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Isle of Bute, West Coast of Scotland, United Kingdom
Too old to be a rock chick, so I'm the hippy hen! Womb cancer survivor and founder of Womb Cancer Support UK, a national cancer support and awareness organisation. Environmentally conscious, eco aware vegetarian goddess. Against discrimination in all its forms.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Hello again.

Hello, so sorry I've not been writing much lately but to be totally honest with you I've not been doing much crafting so not really had much to write about.
The black dog has been hanging around again for a few weeks so not felt up to doing much.
Plus the hot humid weather that we have been having up here on Isle of Bute has been sapping what little energy I have. Unusual for us to go so long ( around 4 weeks, I think ) without any rain but the humidity has been hard to deal with.
Having to wear my compression stockings due to the lynphoedema has made it very hard and the pain has been unbearable at times.
Anyway, enough about my health issues.

I have been doing a spot of crochet. It's easy to pick up and put down and it has been good to get back to doing it.
I finally got round to using some yarn that I got from a local charity shop. I got 5 cones (not full ones!) for £3 I think it was.
Nice yarn, but there was no label on them to say what the fibre content was. I have a feeling it might have been something like a silk/cotton blend. Anyway, it crocheted up nice.

I made a one piece bag and finished it off with some lovely sari silk tassels that I made up from some lovely sari silk from Yarn Yarn. I am obsessed with their products and keep buying odd bits and I have finally found a use for some of them!!

I only used up 2 of the cones - it was 1 ply so I doubled it up - so I made another bag! And used more lovely sari silk for yet more tassels!!

This was a two-tone bag and I even added an extra tassel!!

Still got 2 cones left - am tempted to make another one ( with tassels!! ) but how many bags does a girl need? Ok, don't answer that!!

Might make a scarf but we'll see. I guess I can add sari silk tassels to that too!! Hmmm!!.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Stocking the shelves!

Well, the Folksy store has been open around a week now and I am slowly adding bits to it.

Have manage to persuade hubby to let me list a few pieces of his artwork so that should complement my handmade items nicely.

Hoping that we can make a sale soon and gets things going but we'll see how things go.

Would appreciate if you could pop over and have a look and maybe even consider giving us a share on social media.

The shop can be found here and I shall be listing more items over the next few days.

Here is a sneak preview of some of the items listed so far.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Folksy here we come.

At the end of last year, you may remember that I said I was considering re-opening the shop on Folksy that I had started back in 2010 when I was raising funds for Macmillan after being diagnosed with womb cancer, then I changed my mind.

Well, I've changed my mind again and am pleased to say that the shop has re-opened as of last week and is slowly being filled up with some of my handmade items.

If nothing else, I need to make some space as our tiny flat is slowly being over-run with my creative makes - and also hubbies artwork, some of which may also make its way into the shop if I can persuade him to part with it!!

Anyhow, I would be grateful if you would pop over and have a look at the shop and let me know what you think. It's been 8 years since I set it up and things have changed a bit over there regarding the listing of stuff and I want to make sure the shop looks nice so any feedback is welcome.

You can find the shop here and make sure you also check out some of the other lovely stuff listed on there. Never amazes me the talent that some people have.

As I said there will be lots more goodies added but for now I am eagerly awaiting my first sale.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Animal Free Research UK

As some of you may know I have been donating items to Animal free Research UK - formerly know as Dr Hadwen Trust - for them to sell in their 2 charity shops in Hitchen and Hove.

I have sent several boxes of handmade goodies to both shops over the past year or so but learnt recently that they have made the decision to close both shops.

Obviously they have to make best use of the funds they have and I guess in the current financial climate and the cost of shop rentals it was a hard decision to make.

You can see details of some of the items we have donated to them on our website

Friday, 26 January 2018

Multi-coloured Swop Shop

Been a while since I wrote a post here so sorry for that. Not been up to doing much crafting recently but am hoping to get back into it soon - and I've got a whole new stash of lovely goodies to give me some inspiration.

Hubby isn't usually to happy when I get new supplies bless him, although he does seem to have his fair share of new art supplies!!! However this time I think he's ok as I have explained that I've not actually bought them - I've swopped them!!!

I found a great swop group on FB and its full of lovely ladies who swop stuff!! I've got so much bits and bobs of stuff - mainly jewellery stuff that I no longer have a use for so its been great to be able to swop it for stuff I can use.
Bearing in mind that I live on a small island and its hard to get a lot of craft related stuff here, this way of doing things is like Christmas day every time the postman turns up.

Over the past week I have swopped lots of jewellery findings, embroidery threads, canvas panels and other bits and bobs for yarn, card making stuff and wool fleece. Really chuffed with my swops and am ready to get crafting again - if I can find the energy and shake off the depression again.

Anyway, if you fancy having a clear out and swopping some of your unwanted craft items then check out the group here

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Change of mind!

You may remember a couple of weeks ago in my last blog post I said I was thinking or re-opening my Folksy shop that I started in 2010 when I was first diagnosed with womb cancer.
Well, after thinking long and hard about it I've changed my mind and won't be re-opening it.

Since being maliciously reported to the DWP last year I have cut back on selling my items online. I have always been open about my fundraising and always show records of my sales publicly and show receipts when I have donated to the various charities and good causes I support. I donate 100% of sales and even cover paypal fees myself so that every penny that someone pays for an item goes to the charity/good cause concerned.

I was extremely upset and angry that someone could be so nasty and report me. Sadly I have no idea who it was as it was anonymous. The investigating official accepted my explanation but said that if I was reported again they (DWP) would have to investigate again and it may not be the same official who did so and they might come to a different conclusion.

Which is why I have decided against re-opening my Folksy shop. However, that doesn't mean that I won't be supporting my favourite charities and good causes.
Instead of selling my handmade items and donating the proceeds from sales I shall instead be sending items direct to them to either sell of use for their fundraising efforts.

I have done this before on several occasions aswell as selling items myself and donating the proceeds but this will now be how I support my fav charities and good causes.

I am already in the process of sorting out and packing up a couple of parcels for Animal Free Research UK (formerly Dr Hadwen Trust) They have 2 vegan charity shops, one in Hove and the other in Hitchen. I sent a parcel of goodies to the shop in Hove before Christmas which was well received.

Most of the items will be Valentine themed so hopefully it will help raise a few £££'s for the good work they do in keeping animals out of medical research.

I found a stash of these lovely resin hearts and have been using up some of stash of beads to make these lovely necklaces. Really pleased with how they have turned out.

So, although slightly disappointed at not being able to re-open my Folksy shop (it's just not worth all the hassle and stress of being reported again by some nasty little low-life!!) I know that my items are appreciated and are still helping to raise funds for the charities and good causes I support.
So if you live near either Hitchin or Hove then please check out the Animal Free Research UK shops - you can find details here.

All that remains is for me to wish you a Happy New Year & I'll see you in 2018.

Kaz  xx

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Back on Folksy - well maybe!!

When I was first diagnosed with cancer I started a shop on Folksy selling my handmade creations (mostly jewellery) and donated the proceeds to Macmillan.
However after a couple of years I closed the shop and began donating the proceeds from sales to our local fundraising group here on the island. That way it helped push up their totals every year and it also meant that I was allowed to have a small stall at their coffee mornings to sell my items.

Since then I started to raise funds for other good causes and charities mostly via Facebook. I have raised funds for various charities over the years - you can read more on our website

I am thinking about re-opening my Folksy shop for 2018. My craft work is something I do for therapeautic reasons but I'm running out of space for it all. I do occasionally post off boxes of goodies to various charities for them to either sell or use for raffles and tombolas etc but sometimes its not always practicable to do so. 

I haven't decided which good causes to support through 2018 and there is a chance that I might not even go ahead with the re-opening but if I do then I'll let you know!!

This will probably be my last post now until the New Year so I hope you have a nice festive season and that you get lots of lovely handmade goodies as gifts.