Hello everyone. What a strange year I have had since I Iast posted. My ex husband died and left his house to our son Alexander. It has taken a huge amount of work to make it habitable. Alexander moved into the house with his girlfriend about 6 weeks ago. Then last week he graduated from university with a first class honours degree in music technology He has set up his own business doing the lighting and sound for music events and it seems to be working well so far. Tony and I are empty nesters now and my craft stash has expanded to fill aAlexander’s old room.
I thought you might like to see how much we love Christmas. There are more photo’s on my blog and I will be adding even more over the next day or two. northyorkshirescraftguru.blogspot.co.uk
We have had great fun this morning yarn bombing our local railway station. This is just a small selection of photo’s. The bottom picture shows boats knitted by an 85 year old man from my local wood carving club. Bert is an amazing knitter and once knit me a whole veg basket full of fuit and veg for a veg competion that I was running… it really was the star of the show amongst all the homegrown produce.
I have had great fun drying flowers this past year. They really keep the colour well and if you chose tiny flowers in bright colours they would make gorgeous table scatter or confetti for a natural wedding
I made this from ring pulls/poptabs and it won me a first prize at the show. I am thrilled to bits cos I was also awarded Reserve Champion for my woodcarving. Also won a 1st for my little beaded box. If only you could have seen the smile on my face yesterday when I saw that I had some winning entries
I am busy knitting ships, boats and all things ocean themed and nautical in order to ‘yarn bomb’ our local railway station. I am lucky enough to live in Nunthorpe which is the housing estate right next to the one where the great explorer Captain James Cook was born. Captain Cooks birthday is 27th of October so we have decided to have a nautical theme to celebrate his life. They will all be tweeked to within an inch of their lives before we stitch them to the fence at the station. I have made 8 boats and 30 fish so far.
I made some cherry brandy last night after picking 2.80kg of cherries. Well even after eating our fill of cherries I still have tons left so I have decided that I shall make a Rumtopf for Christmas ……….. google it like I did…….. I have a few strawberries and some raspberries that can go in too so it should be utterly delicious by Christmas and just think of all that rum soaked fruit mush that I will be able to use like a sauce over ice cream.If you have been for a walk lately you may have spotted that it is going to be a cracking year for blackberries…… hmmmmm now I am wondering whether to pick more cherries and try making cherry wine. I have nothing to lose as the cherries are free for the picking. Then I will need to make some blackberry wine and probably some plum wine using fruit picked locally from hedgerows..
The pond is now crystal clear and the fish have setlled into a little shoal. The planting around the pond has beenflowering for some time now and the fragrance from the pink Dianthus is wonderful
I am currently knitting and crocheting all kinds of flowers and little creatures for a local project. This is my crocheted Delphinium. There isn’t a pattern to follow as I simply made it up as I went along. I have stood it against a little table that I made a very long time ago. Underneath the glass you can just about see a picture of daffodils. I printed Wordworth’s beautiful poem and added the picture to it. In the litte vase are some paper daffodils that I made ages ago. On the flower stalk is a little knitted mouse. I have made fifteen more mice since I started crocheting the flower on Wednesday
This is what I am looking at right now. I have just taken this photo through the conservatory window. If you look into the picture you will see my beautiful fragrant ‘Leaping Salmon rose climbing all over the pergola.. Under the pergola is the log store and this will be hidden from view in a few weeks when the sweet peas cover the frame. The pond looks amazing now and the flowers around it are really bursting out into bloom. We eat tea most evenings outdoors since we moved the table. It used to be under the pergola and we rarely ate down there. The stained glass rainbow on the windowsill is a piece I made a very long time ago when Tony and I were taking stained glass classes. It is a hobby that we return to now and then