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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 :) :) :) :)





12 Responses

  1. #1

    Gorgeous crocheting! You’re sure to win!
    Blessings & a happy week to you,

  2. #2

    Thank you so much Georganne :) A happy week to you too :) xxx

  3. #3
    Pom Pom 

    You’re a pro! The bags are lovely! Fit for a queen!
    I remember that yummy lemon cake. DELICIOUS looking!
    Hooray for you, Melanie!

  4. #4

    The rose doily is stunning, well done you and it must surely be a serious contender for that winning rosette. The bags too are gorgeous, I can’t wait to see the Venitian one completed. Difficult to decide which one is better, can you enter both of them? Dev x

  5. #5

    Thank you so much Pom Pom :) I am pleased you like my bags, and the look of the lemon cake I posted a while back :) I am looking forward to the Show :) xxx

    Thank you so much Dev :) I am very happy you like my doily and bag :) Unfortunately, the Shows I am going to enter do not have a category for doilies, so I won’t be entering them, just the bags and other things :) I don’t know if I can enter both bags, I will have to check :) xxx

  6. #6

    Fantastic work, just love your bags and your doily. You are very busy! Hope you do really well at the shows.
    Have you come across a pattern for a doily featuring tulips? (similar to your rose one but the tulips are the outer ring). For several years I have lusted after one in an antique shop but it is “not for sale”, I’ve searched on Ravelry without success. I imagine it would be a very old one. Perhaps I need to take a photo!
    Carol xx

  7. #7

    Would you believe, since I left my comment, I have managed to find and purchase an original 1950′s booklet containing the pattern!!!! Whether I will be able to make it is another thing, here is the same booklet on Etsy.
    Carol xx

  8. #8

    Hi Carol :) Thank you so much :) I have never seen that pattern for the tulip doily before, but when I looked on the link you posted and saw it, wow, it is beautiful! And how strange that just as you were talking about it, you found the pattern! I am sure you will be able to make it, but if you get stuck, just PM me on Ravelry, and I will help you :)

    I hope you have a lovely weekend :) xxx

  9. #9

    Melanie my dear,

    You are quite amazing at your craft. Love the opera bag, mistakes or not. Everytime you crochet you improve..I hope you pick the little 1914 pattern it is adorable. a few of those would be a treasure with potpourri in them.

    Because of you I decided to make some orange marmalade. I have the oranges but won’t start it until probably Tuesday??? as I have much to do and need a few more jars.
    Wouldn’t goosberry jam be something a little different…either way strawberry would be lovely too and lemon cake wow.
    Best to you on your endeavors.
    Barb :)

  10. #10

    Hi Barb :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment :) I never thought of putting pot-pourri in them, thats a good idea, hang a few around the house, perfect :)
    I hope you enjoy making your yummy marmalade :) Good idea about the gooseberry jam, but the schedule specifies it must be strawberry, so that is what I shall have to enter, but, if we get an abundance of gooseberries this year, I will certainly make some jam with those for home use :)
    I hope you have a lovely weekend :) xxx

  11. #11
    Bev C 

    Hello Melanie,

    I am sure your entries will all be winners. Especially love the bag.

    Happy days.

  12. #12

    Hiya Bev :)
    Thank you, I am pleased you like the bag :) I hope you have a lovely day :) xxx

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