Twas the month before craft fair…

    …And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, apart from me! The wool was all stacked on the shelf with care, In hopes that The Craft Fair soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, Whilst dreams of gin and crochet danced in my head. With designs…

Hooking through the Heatwave… For the Meadow School Balsham Craft Gift & Food Fair 2016!

Across the UK, crafters, makers and local producers are busy building stock for the flurry of Autumn craft fairs and farmers markets that mark the countdown to Christmas. Yes, I’ve mentioned it, ‘Christmas 2016’! If it seems too early for gift buying, spare a thought for the crafters who begin their planning and making before the previous year’s decorations have been packed away.

Charity Exhibition: Get yourself arty this Summer!

My lovely friend Zoe does super work with the Community Engagement Team at Cambridgeshire County Council. This is a project she is involved in, and ANYONE can enter! Hooray! So if you can get your mitts on a canvas, your work could be exhibited at Kings College Cambridge. Bit good that. So have a read…

Falling out over the fall out.

What a pickle. A darn sorry mess. Those in ‘power’ bluster, befuddle, resign and call ‘no confidence’ when the citizens of the UK entrusted their confidence in a vote. A vote that is a poll of public opinion and at very best (or very worst) a mandate for further action. I’m surrounded by disbelief, but…

Playground politics just got tricky…

Playground politics used to mean being worried about which clique you fitted into. Do you wear your gym kit on the school run and hurry off to yoga? Do you try and avoid mud on your work suit and leg it to make your first meeting the minute the bell goes? Are you the mum…

In, Out, please shake it all about…

Today is the last day you can register to vote for the EU Referendum, and you should. You really should. And it’s not because Emily Davison threw herself under a horse (that’s not why women can now vote, but it helped) and it’s not because countless people in the world still can’t (although this is…

You must not slay dragons (or, The Tricky Second Album)

A little over a week ago I scribbled a letter to the PM (they haven’t got back to me yet, neither have McVities) and lots of you got stuck into the debate. This was unprecedented for my blog, primarily because I mostly write about wool and hooking (and I get that) What made me super…

Why I’m sending Mr Cameron 34p.

Dear Mr Cameron, I’m a little confused. If you follow my blog (and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you on your tea break) you would know that this often happens, usually following the announcement of some education policy or another. Then the confusion gets coupled with a bit of research, some healthy debate and then…

I’ve got an exclamation mark and I’m not afraid to use it!

Well. It seems as if the Department of Education have a little too much time on their hands, and it’s nice to see that they’ve obviously solved the more pressing issues of recruitment and retention, overwork and decline in pupil wellbeing, because they can now tackle the exclamation mark. Apparently these little bad boys of…

Why sewing machines are essential…

I’ve just spent the morning with a group of lovely ladies who fed me cake. Yep. It’s a great deal when you can swap some skills for actual tea and cake and something to be advised I’m sure medicinally. They wanted a sewing machine trial -a play about and learn some basics before cracking on…