Wow! I love these knitted cactus! So cool. I’m having a total succulents/bottle garden moment so these float my boat.
Made by Thomas C Chung, they are part of an art exhibition. Find out more at: http://www.thomas-c-chung.com/

Wow! I love these knitted cactus! So cool. I’m having a total succulents/bottle garden moment so these float my boat.

Made by Thomas C Chung, they are part of an art exhibition. Find out more at: http://www.thomas-c-chung.com/

This is what happens when craft eats itself. At 3am on 23rd December, I attempted to make a pom pom garland as featured in Saga Magazine*. The results were not at all as expected. But it made me laugh!

*I have always read above my age…

I haven’t had much chance to blog lately as you can see. But I have been taking lots of pictures (www.instagram.com/thisbetheday) here’s some I took yesterday at one of my favourite shops, Attic in Hampton. The owners are always so lovely (I was doing a photoshoot outside) and their creative displays could rival the larger department stores.

Yesterday was spent with my lovely friend Em making stuff. It has been such a long time since I had the concentration to sit and make something so this makes me very happy indeed. Felt is so much fun!

Mellow yellow

It’s here! The mists! The turning leaves! I LOVE it! Here’s the perfect coat for autumn from one of my fave label, Lowie.

Mustard yellow might not suit me but if you’re brunette, this would look amazing. Cute bobble hat, too!

I didn’t know too much about the National Centre for Craft and Design before I visited Lincolnshire but am really glad I stopped in Sleaford to take a look.

I visited with Emma who like me, loves craft and we were both fascinated by Helen Snell’s ‘Paper Flotilla’ pictured here. The colours used make it so striking but the detail is incredible. There’s just so much to see!

If you’ve never visited the Centre before, make sure you do. Head over to: http://www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk/ for more information and to plan your visit.

On Tuesday evening, I pitched my caravan at a site just outside the National Trust village of Lacock. I’d never been there before so really enjoyed wandering into the medieval village to explore. It seemed that nearly every house had its own honesty shop whether it was plants (one stall offered tens of varieties of mint - eau de cologne anyone?) or veg (buttercup yellow ‘patty pans’ were on offer). One thing that really caught my eye though, was this tray. All the items on it were being sold to benefit the Wiltshire Scrapstore based in the village.

This great organisation champions creativity by salvaging materials destined for the dump and using them for community projects. They even offer a travelling scrapstore!

Find out more at:
www.wiltsplay.org.uk

On Tuesday evening, I pitched my caravan at a site just outside the National Trust village of Lacock. I’d never been there before so really enjoyed wandering into the medieval village to explore. It seemed that nearly every house had its own honesty shop whether it was plants (one stall offered tens of varieties of mint - eau de cologne anyone?) or veg (buttercup yellow ‘patty pans’ were on offer). One thing that really caught my eye though, was this tray. All the items on it were being sold to benefit the Wiltshire Scrapstore based in the village.

This great organisation champions creativity by salvaging materials destined for the dump and using them for community projects. They even offer a travelling scrapstore!

Find out more at:
www.wiltsplay.org.uk

My awesome friend Gemma made this for me to keep my knitting needles nice and orderly! I was so touched to discover it on the doormat when I got home after a day at work. Isn’t she clever?!

My awesome friend Gemma made this for me to keep my knitting needles nice and orderly! I was so touched to discover it on the doormat when I got home after a day at work. Isn’t she clever?!

Little birthday grotto. Welsh blankets, bunting, hammock, my Ercol table and pretty china.

Was lovely to lie in a hammock when I got in this evening. I lay there with a cup of tea and nearly dozed off.

Was lovely to lie in a hammock when I got in this evening. I lay there with a cup of tea and nearly dozed off.

Tonight I made a bee piñata for my birthday party. I had so much fun. Was in a terrible mood before so this really helped.

Sometimes a visit to the market for yummy fresh stuff is enough of a good thing!

Sometimes a visit to the market for yummy fresh stuff is enough of a good thing!

My Celia Birtwell book arrived. Thank you Celia, I am so happy you liked my style!

My Celia Birtwell book arrived. Thank you Celia, I am so happy you liked my style!

In the street in Chenonceau after our photoshoot. It was hard work but l loved quickly changing into my smart clothes and heading out for dinner. The light was incredible!

In the street in Chenonceau after our photoshoot. It was hard work but l loved quickly changing into my smart clothes and heading out for dinner. The light was incredible!

I love dogs. I find them everywhere I go. I’m currently on the first leg of my European road trip in Poole. Early ferry to France tomorrow!

I love dogs. I find them everywhere I go. I’m currently on the first leg of my European road trip in Poole. Early ferry to France tomorrow!