A Crocodile, a Salmon & 1970’s Cucumber.

If you hang out more regularly on my Facebook page (it's a daily quickie, who doesn't need that?) then you'll see this bit of of loveliness that I fooled around with over Christmas. Yep, I'm in love this year with texture and one of my aims (aside from trying to work out how I have … Continue reading A Crocodile, a Salmon & 1970’s Cucumber.

Crochet bringing people together (amidst tears, swearing and wine)…

        So nearly a year ago I wrote about a lovely lady. It's a tricky one this, because she passed away, very suddenly and left a lot of folk stunned, shocked and empty. It hurt. I didn't know her all that well, only from playgroup and singing group, but what I did … Continue reading Crochet bringing people together (amidst tears, swearing and wine)…

The 2015 Handmade Fair: Knitted it, ate it, nailed it.

It would've been rude not to go really, and in the name of research (ahem!) Jaydee and myself set off for Hampton Court Palace. Please don't go all Henry VIII, it was the parky bit with tents and marquees and a whole heap of ladies getting their craft on. In the interests of gender equality, … Continue reading The 2015 Handmade Fair: Knitted it, ate it, nailed it.

Dad Made It: Crochet Tools for Muvverhookers…

So the last time Dad and I worked on something it was my GCSE maths coursework. There were tears, it didn't end well and I wasn't (quite) old enough to hit the Merlot to take the pain away. Fast forward 20years and due to a Grandparent-down-size-garage-clearance situation, Dad has taken up wood turning...Like a tired … Continue reading Dad Made It: Crochet Tools for Muvverhookers…

Happy Holidays Mess No. 2: Potty training (or, ‘How to crap in a wheelbarrow like a pro’)

  Hattie is two and a half. She is my second and final child. I can't express how much I am over scraping poo off her butt. She needs to do her thing in the appropriate place. So decision made, it was time to communicate this to Hattie. The summer holiday is hailed as the … Continue reading Happy Holidays Mess No. 2: Potty training (or, ‘How to crap in a wheelbarrow like a pro’)

The value of creative industries and creativity in industry (or, wind your neck in Esther McVey)

Sweet potato makes this a vegetable serving... This week Employment Minister Esther McVey dropped the metaphorical coffee cup with her suggestion that young people need to take entry level jobs in 'Costa' before aiming for higher paid (and the suggestion was therefore 'better') jobs in management. In terms of getting the skills required to function … Continue reading The value of creative industries and creativity in industry (or, wind your neck in Esther McVey)