So I’ve been on my travels

I’ve had a nice few days R&R around Ironbridge and up in TLC of Wales. I had a fabulous time in Ironbridge. Although it’s not too far from where I live in Brum I had never been! I really enjoyed my trip back in time to Blists Hill and was inspired by a lot of the craft work on show and a lot have been created by the people who work there – (it’s part of their job role… yeah I said work… which means they get paid to do it… possible new career?)

I would try and upload pictures to show you but tonight I am having a battle with technology. Hopefully normal service should resume on Sunday. Till then enjoy the sunshine! πŸ˜€

Blessings! πŸ˜€

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It’s annoying when…..

When you are a knitter and you go out travelling and you forget to pick up your scissors. This happened to me today dear Reader. It just so happened that I past a nice little craft supply shop – slightly more than a LYS as it catered for a few different crafts.

Yep it turned out expensive but I did not buy any yarn! I brought this fab magnetic devise to hold onto the pins!

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I then saw this cute thing to wrap round your wrist to put pins on. Very useful!

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I do like my sewing when I have time. It’s good to have practical things to make life easier. I just like them to be pretty! πŸ˜‰

Blessings! πŸ˜€

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Dear Reader

One of my favourite guilty TV programmes are programmes on Hoarding. Hoarding is a form of OCD. I do know a couple of people who suffer from it so I’m not going to be critical. However I do agree with Stelios the psychiatrist that the Channel 4 programmes use, who says that “There is a little bit of a hoarder in all of us.”

If you don’t agree have a think about it. You may be a crafter and have loads of materials – as a Knitter I have a bit of a stash! πŸ˜‰ You could be a reader and have lots of books. Into music and have loads of records and in the digital age loads of MP3s. Photography – cameras and of course the pics you take. Shall I go on?

It’s when it gets out of control that the problems occur. That’s why every so often it’s good to have a clear out. That is what I’ve been doing over the past few days. Now I know you can sell things at Car boots and online via Ebay and Amazon but I can’t be bothered with that. I’d rather give it away and straight away.

One thing that charity shops have introduced is to gain extra pennies from the tax through gift aid. If you pay tax it’s simple just register at your favourite or local charity shop. Win! Win! All round! πŸ˜€ Result! πŸ˜€

Blessings! πŸ˜€

On being female

I follow lots of blogs, a lot of them are by Christian women trying to live Godly lives according to how they believe the Bible to be interpreted. All of them are American.

In America there are many Christian Communities living out their lives. One that springs to mind are the Amish. Now I have an interest in Amish. I love reading about them and watching programmes about them. I’m loving “Breaking Amish” on TLC – a TV channel that a few of my tweeps are addicted to. A couple if blogs that I follow are influenced by how the Amish live and try to follow certain principles – mainly dress. This blog post has been making me think this past week.

The girls on the left are British girls who as part of a Channel 4 programme a couple of years back went to live with the Amish to see what they could learn. Now normally these girls would have make up on and dress slightly less modest than the pic. The experiences they had did change them but I’m not here to talk about that but to question what is beauty? Is makeup a really bad thing?

I’m trying to change my looks at the moment. Trying to find a style that suits and is in line with where I feel God is leading me. Trying to do this without looking like a frump but not in a way that is over the top. A difficult balance but one I know with God’s help I will accomplish.

Made me smile

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This photo caption really made me smile. As someone who has issues with her weight, who has tried different diets, who has eaten emotionally and is presently trying to be on a healthy eating kick…..in my opinion there is a lot of truth in this! πŸ˜€

Blessings πŸ˜€

#Cannock #Embroidery

Hello Dear Reader

As you know I am a fairly busy lass, but I try to make time to do things that I enjoy.Β  A few weeks back my wonderful friend Di suggested that we go and see a tapestry in Cannock. She was very enthusiastic about itΒ  so I got my diary out and found a date.

The Tapestry/Embroidery was created by Chadsmoor Tapestry Group, who meet at Chadsmoor Methodist Church.Β  It was started many moons ago to create a piece for the Church to represent the many groups that meet there.

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From there the group decided to re-cover the seats. The church as far as Methodist Churches go is more ornate than ususal. For a start there is some beautiful stained glass.

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The group took the theme of creation and following it they produced this. I apologise that my photos really do not do their beauty justice.

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My favourite is the Octopus! I love it!

So from there they recieved a commission to produce a piece to hang in the Cannock Council Offices, Civic Suite. The piece represents the local area and is a beautiful work of art.

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If you loved the Bats….wait there is more.

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The Embroidery can be viewed Monday-Friday, roughly office hours, at the Council Offices please telephone 01543 462621 for more details.

The Cannock Tapestry group meet on a Wednesday evening. They are having an Open Day at the Church on Saturday 29th June.

The group is very friendly and I enjoyed talking to them about their work as well as spending time admiring it!

Blessings! πŸ˜€

Going back in time

Dear Reader,

There are times when despite the weather you have to show some British Spirit and go out. Today was one of those days. I had seen advertised a 1940s Day at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens and thought it would be worth a trip across to it. The weather forecast was not promising so I made sure that I packed my umbrella. True to form it has rained, which made me feel very sorry for the Reenactors. There was a variety of displays.

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However what I enjoyed most was the RAF Observation people who gave a feel for what it was like during an air raid.

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It makes you think and be thankful for the things that our grandparents and great grandparents did for us during World War 2. Things that Reenactors bring back to life to remind us of our history. I think Reenactment should be celebrated and I encourage you to go out and experience living history!

Blessings πŸ˜€