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Catch Up

Hello everyone :) I hope you are all feeling well on this fine Summers day :) This is a catch up post, I have lots to share with you :)

Do you like the floral arrangement above? Myself, and a few others made it in this months Women’s Guild meeting :) We were all shown, by our lovely Chairwoman, how to arrange flowers, as she is an expert and is a member of a flower club, then, 4 people, including me, were selected to be heads of a team, and we 4 had to then go and choose another 4 members to be in our team, once we did that, the heads of the team were given a bunch of flowers each, and what we had to do was, each member of the team took something from the bunch, and placed it in the wet oasis that was set out on a table infront of us, thus creating a floral arrangement :) It was fun, and I enjoyed it, and my team kindly voted for me to take the floral arrangement home, which I did, and I love it :)

It was a great night at the Guild, the Chairwoman kindly brought in some old copies of the Guilds magazine for me to bring home with me, and I have read them all already, and they are great magazines…

and with the Country celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee this month, and with the Guild been very big on the Royals ( The Queen was once a Patron for the Guild, and now Princess Ann is, and at the end of each meeting, God Save The Queen is sung ), we were all given a present in honour of the Jubilee! How lovely is that! All the members in our Guild were given a tin of Ringtons Tea, I do not know what the members of the other Guilds up and down the Country got, but I know that the members in our local Guild, including myself, were very happy with their Jubilee presents :) Here is the tin of tea…

and even the packet inside the tin, containing the teabags, is a special Jubilee packet :)

And whilst on the subject of the Jubilee, my kind dad and Pam kindly bought John and I a Jubilee pressie too, a tin of biccies :) So we can drink Royal Tea, whilst eating Royal biccies, lol :) ..

I really enjoyed all the Jubilee celebrations, and watched all the coverage on TV, it was wonderful :) And I really enjoyed this months Guild meeting :)

I thought I would share with you all a book I have recently bought…


I love the Country Diary series, and someone on Ravelry told me about this book, and how it has crochet patterns in it, so I just had to get it! The photos in this book are delightful!…

I can not wait to make a start on some of the patterns in this book :) And speaking of patterns, would you like to see my latest crochet? Well, remember in the last post, I showed you the Venetian 1914 Opera Bag I was crocheting, as a possible contender for one of the County Shows I am entering this year? Well, I have finished it, and love it! I love it so much, that this is the bag I am going to enter, but I am re-crocheting it in white thread, which is better quality, and will line it in a pink, or blue satin like material, and that will be my bag entry for the Show :) But here it is, my trial run version of the bag :)

And some detail shots of this bag :)

So that is the bag I am currently re-crocheting, ready for entering into the Seaburn Show :) I had crocheted 2 bags, and chose between the two which to re-do and enter, here is a photo of the two bags together…

So the little one, is the other bag I was thinking of entering..

But I think I have made the right decision in deciding to re-do and enter the Venetian bag, out of the two :)

I have also just finished crocheting an entry for the other County Show I am entering in September :) This entry is for the craft section, under the category ‘Something to commemorate the Jubilee’, so I have crocheted a filet doily, to commemorate the Jubilee :) Here it is blocking….

And once it is blocked, I will mount it, and then put it away until September, to then enter into the Show :) So the Show where this doily is getting entered, I only have one more thing to crochet for this particular show, as I am only entering 2 pieces of crochet into this one, the doily above, and a small dressed doll, as stated in the schedule, so I will crochet an outfit for my favourite childhood doll, my Tiny Tears doll, and enter that too :) The other Show I am entering, where I will be entering the bag, I still have that bag to finish, and also a flower corsage, a hat with a side decoration, and perhaps a Christmas tree skirt to crochet too :)

And another thing I have crocheted, which was just for fun, for a Garden Themed CAL/KAL I started in one of my groups on Ravelry, is this….

A cute little fairy :) The CAL/KAL was to make anything you associate with a garden, and just for fun, I crocheted a flower fairy :)

Speaking of Ravelry, I am also having a Lark Rise To Candleford Read Along, and Watch Along, in the LRTC group, so if you are on Ravelry, please feel free to join, and to also join in with the CAL and KAL that are going on in the Thriftiness group :)

I think I have caught up now, on all my latest bloggy news, lol :) I am actually unwell right now, I have caught this flu that is going around, so am feeling quite under the weather :)

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, thank you for leaving your lovely comments :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)




Hello :)

How are you today? I hope you are all well and happy :)

I have more news about the County Shows I am going to enter :) Well, in my last post, I wrote about the Seaburn Show that I am going to enter in September. I have the schedule for the crafts section of this Show ( I got it from the Chairwoman of the Women’s Guild that I go too, as she is involved with the crafts section of the Show ) , but am still waiting for the full schedule to be printed, and when it is, it will be getting posted out to me, and I can see what the baking and preserve categories are, so I can then decide what I want to enter into these categories, and see if there are any other categories of this particular Show I want to enter :)

So far, for the crafts section of this Show, I have decided to enter a bag, a flower corsage, a hat with a side decoration, and a Christmas tree skirt, and all my entries will be crocheted :)

So, at the moment, nearly all of my crochet ( apart from my weekend crochet, which is when I do something easier on a Friday and Saturday night, so I do not have to concentrate over the weekend, lol ), are possible entries for the Shows I wish to enter in September. I have crocheted one bag so far, which is a contender, and am now crocheting another bag, and when this is finished, I will decide between the two which I want to enter, and crochet it again in better thread ect… I will show you the first bag I have crocheted in just a moment :)

Anyway, I have also found out about another Show in September which I am going to enter. It is called The Herrington Village Show, and is about a mile from where we live, so not far at all to go too.

I have the full schedule for this Show, and have decided to enter the craft and cookery sections of this Show. For the craft section I am going to enter a small dressed doll ( as stated in the schedule ) with my dear Tiny Tears Doll, dressed in a crochet dress, which I will make for her in the next few months. I am very happy about this category, as my Tiny Tears Doll is so dear to me, I have had her for almost as long as I can remember, and my dear, wonderful grandad, who I was so very close too, gave her to me one Christmas when I was very young, and she has always been my favourite doll, and I would not part with her for the world. She has such dear memories attached to her, about my grandad and my childhood, so crocheting a pretty little dress for her and entering her in the Show will make me very happy :)

Another thing I am going to enter into the craft section of  The Herrington Village Show, is something to commemorate our Queens Jubilee, I am still thinking about what to crochet for this.

And for the cookery section of The Herrington Village Show, I am definitely going to enter a small lemon drizzle cake ( as stated in the schedule ), perhaps a jar of strawberry jam ( I will have to see how well our strawberries do this year :) ), and perhaps a few other baked goods which are listed :)

The Seaburn Show has been on every year, for the past 25 years, and The Herrington Village Show has been going since at least the 1970′s, and I have only just found out about them, even though both Shows are practically on our doorstep! I found out about both through the Women’s Guild. I suppose you would not know about these Shows unless you were interested in them, and made enquiries, and it is only in the past year that I have become interested in entering Shows, so it is pure luck that I found out about them through the WG, good job I joined! ( I will become an official Guild member next Tuesday, when I go to May’s meeting and pay my subs :) ), so anyway, I am really looking forward to entering these Shows, and I am enjoying searching for patterns and making things for the Shows :) I will keep you posted :)

On my last blog post, I posted piccies of my almost completed Vintage Roses and Leaves Doily, well, it is done now, and I love it :) Here is a piccie of it whilst blocking…

and piccies of where it now lives, on top of one of my wool chests…

And here is the first of the two bags I am crocheting, as possible entries for the Seaburn Show. The pattern for this bag is called Topaz Purse, and there were so many mistakes in this pattern, so many in-fact, that the site that pattern was originally published on, has since taken it down, due to its many mistakes. But, I got there in the end, though I had to improvise on a bit of it :) …..

Instead of crocheting the drawstring handles, I decided to thread a pretty pink ribbon through, and use this as my handles, and I lined the bag with a pretty dusty pink fabric….


The fabric in the bag, I hand hemmed, and then hand sewed into the bag…

So that is the first bag of the two, that are possible contenders to enter into the Seaburn Show. Once I have finished crocheting the other bag, which is this one……

( Which is called Venetian Opera Bag, and the pattern for this bag is from 1914! Nearly 100 years old!, ), I will decide between the two which I like the most, and re-crochet it in better thread, and use nicer material to line it :) The Venetian Opera Bag I am now crocheting, with the pattern been so old, it is quite different, in how it is wrote and laid out, compared to modern patterns, so I have had to improvise on this pattern too on the centre of the bag ( the circle with the trebles in it ), I have done to my own pattern, and now, I am following the pattern precisely, as I want it to be as authentic as possible :)

Anyway, that’s all folks :) For today anyway :)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, and leave your lovely comments :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)