YARNY GOODNESS

I am not one to who usually approves of wishing ones life away, however when it is the name of yarny goodness I believe I can make an exception! So, it is with much joy that I can tell you that it is a mere 100 days until I go to Yarndale!

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And, I’m not the only one who is excited!

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I was gutted that I couldn’t get to Yarndale – a “creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful” – last year, so was overjoyed when my Crafting Guru, Claire from BTHQ, arranged a road trip for this year’s event. A whole, long weekend away with follow (somewhat crazy!) crafty folk from BTHQ, surrounded by yarny loveliness…bliss!

To ensure a truly pleasurable weekend, I have come up with a plan to guarantee some guilt free shopping – oh, yes, there will be shopping! I have decided to try and save up some pennies between now and then.  However, I am rather pants at saving…so many pretties to buy *sigh*…so will need some help. I found a post earlier in the year via Pinterest and it was so simple that it has frequently popped to mind.  I am going to use the theory behind the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge to help me save, save, save so that I can spend, spend, SPEND!

I will write a separate blog about exactly how I plan to use this fabulous savings plan, however, in the mean time I will share a little crafty twist that I am adding to it.  Rather than keep a physical jar of pennies in the house to encourage and motivate me while saving, I found another fabulous idea over on Pinterest – Sea Pennies!

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Inspired by this simple crochet pattern, my love of sea glass and the lovely Lucy of Attic24’s Coastal Blanket palette, I decided to finally use some of the gorgeous Rico Essentials Cottons that I bought at the Waltham Abbey Wool Show from ever colourful Janie Crow.

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Obviously those three, beautiful balls of loveliness weren’t quite enough, so I had to purchase a few more…

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I may also have even more gorgeous colours saved on my wish list over at Janie Crow’s but we won’t mention that!

I plan to crochet lots of Sea Pennies to represent the actual pennies I am saving in my online Nationwide Savings Account  between now and Yarndale and then join them all together on the train journey up there so that I can show both Janie, who is exhibiting, and Lucy who is one of the key organisers of Yarndale while I am there!

So…would you like to see one? I know you would!! Here you go!

Underwater penny

Isn’t it lovely? So simple yet so beautiful, so like the sea glass that inspired me!

Oh and guess what arrived, rather appropriately, today? Yup, my Yarndale Cotton Bag! Woo hoo!

 

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A CORNUCOPIA OF CREATIVITY!

Last weekend was positively overflowing with creativity!

I spent a fabulous day at BTHQ on Saturday making a rather, if I do say do myself, lush roman blind. The day was filled, as ever, with Claire’s professional yet relaxed teaching and some excellent company from some fellow Beautiful Things regulars.

My Blind

Then, on Sunday, I had the immense pleasure of joining Claire and her lovely Mother in Law, Christine, on a road trip (well, technically, a train trip) up to that, there, big London to attend the School for Creative StartupsMakegood Festival. What a treat!

I had seen the event advertised but as I don’t have a product or, still, a clear idea/plan for my blog, I hadn’t considered that I might find it a) useful at this time and b) interesting. Well! Thank goodness my Crafting Guru, Claire, messaged me after reading my guest post on The Sewing Directory and suggested I join them as “it would be good for you and your blog!”

Makegood sign & me!

So, with my newly made top (aka tried to make one top, turned into something else entirely, still needs some adjustments!) and even newer BTHQ fan brooch I headed out early Sunday morning for a day of creative fun.  What we encountered was AMAZING!

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My favourite makegood companies…oh and a little bit of Liberty too!

Based in the Old Selfridges Hotel, the festival was bursting with creative people who were buzzing with enthusiasm, excitement and the abundant promise of what was to come! We stopped and talked to lots of people, some who had launched, some who where launching that weekend and some who were due to launch later in the year.  I loved meeting the individuals who created the products and learning the story behind their creative businesses.

Crafting Guru about to meet one of her Crafting Heroes, Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons

Three crazy ladies in The Vintage Photobooth Company’s fabulous booth!

Tasting Sweet Victory’s yummy cakes made with her historically inspired baking kits

I was SO happy to finally meet the lovely Inma from The Old School Club

Nancy Nicholson

Nancy Nicholson

Amongst the many people I spoke to, I had a fabulous chat with Nancy Nicholson who designs and creates some beautiful embroidery kits. I am looking forward to having some thread-tastic fun with the kits I bought (yes, yes, I know I bought them for D but I know she will be happy to share!) and have promised my Crafting Guru/Motivational Mentor that I will write a blog all about it!

The whole experience has left me feeling motivated, inspired and excited about the future for More Miriam, so watch this space!

The calm…well, after the storm!

I made it! The last day of term, the last day of the current academic year and, far more significantly for me, the last morning school run for six glorious weeks!!

I have my gorgeous little man with me today but have opted to have a ‘quiet’ day at home in order to prepare myself for the full onslaught of the storm that is ‘The Summer Holidays’!  So, while things are still relatively calm before that storm and after the most spectacular thunder storms of last night, I thought I best do a quick blog about the mini rainbow (are you picking up on the weather theme here?!) bunting I made for my equally gorgeous, little lady’s teacher.

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So, using Attic24‘s fabulous pattern that the lovely Lucy came up with for Yarndale, I hooked up some mini granny bunting triangles using my custom hook from Beautiful Things (BTHQ) and some gorgeous Stylecraft Merry Go Round Rainbow DK yarn.

mini rainbow bunting before

I hooked up twenty and decided to add one more! I also changed from a size 4 to a size 6 hook (also from BTHQ) to help speed things along a little. Finally, just wanted to point out my gorgeous little scissors from Mollie Makes – I love them as they are super sharp and have a tiny M engraved on them just for me…well, maybe!

These little triangles take no time at all to hook up, especially using the Stylecraft Merry Go Round yarn, as there is no need to change yarns to add different colours.

In the end, I decided to do 21 flags, separated with four chains and with eight chains at each end which would hopefully make a useful/practical length.  I then added some simple ties to each end.

Although a relatively quick and straightforward make, I still ended up a bit lastminute.com, so had to take my hooking to the pub!  After a little thought about how to keep my lovely granny triangles in the correct order, I came up with the Crochet Kebab!!

Crochet Kebab

So, armed with my Crochet Kebab (topped off with an old cork from a bottle of bubbly for safety), I met up with my pals for an evening of catching up and crochet.  It worked really well and I was able to completely relax in the knowledge that my mini rainbow would stay in order.

mini rainbow bunting

I am really pleased with the final product and hope that my daughter’s teacher will love it as much as I do!

I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and that your days are filled with sunshine and, if there are a few storms along the way, don’t forget to look out for the…

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