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Isle of Bute, West Coast of Scotland, United Kingdom
Too old to be a rock chick, so I am the hippy hen! Environmentally conscious, eco aware vegetarian goddess. Human & animal rights activist Against discrimination in all its forms. LGBT Ally. Lover of music. Womb cancer survivor.

Friday, 22 October 2021

Support Indie Sellers - Part 4.

Well, here we are again with another selection of fab #IndieSellers for you to check out.

This week I am popping over to Folksy and sharing some fab selllers from there so if you are sitting comfortably then we'll start.


The very talented Ann Galvin AKA Elf World Creations makes these amazing mini sculptures.

I have been gathering my own small community of elves for the past couple of years and might just have to add a couple more new inhabitants soon.


Over the years I have developed a bit of an obsession with handmade lampwork glass beads. There are some very talented makers out there and one of them is Lampwork Beads by Jo.


Not only does she make beautiful glass beads but she also turns them into some lovely pieces of jewellery too so make sure to check out her shop.


Next up is Sue Trevor who is an absolute whizz with a sewing machine. She makes the most amazing creations from bags & quilts to 3 dimensional objects like tea cups & pots.


Check out her shop - you will be amazed at the creations. 


Another extremely talented lady is Joys of Glass who makes beautiful glass suncatchers. This time of year, like a lot of other #IndieSellers she is busy making festive themed items like these fab Christmas trees.


Definetly another #IndieSeller to check out.


My final offering this week is Caractacus Pots who makes lovely mugs, pots, bowls etc in her studio in Middlesex.



So there we are. Another selection of fab #IndieSellers for you to check out.


See you next week for some more lovely handmade goodies.



Thursday, 14 October 2021

Support Indie Sellers - Part 3

 OK, here we go with another round up of great #IndieSellers for you to check out, this time ones I have found over on FB. 

We'll start with Michelle, who is know as Creatively Wired. She makes a fab range of jewellery and homeware items so make sure to pop over and have a look.


I especially love her positive pants which come as either a pin badge, fridge magnet or keyring.

Would make a great stocking filler or secret santa gift.



Another fab seller is Argyll Sea Glass who makes lovely jewellery using sea glass found on the beaches of Argyll, which is my neck of the woods.



It's been a while since I was able to go beachcombing here on Bute but I do still have a stash of beach glass bits that I will get round to using one day!!


Another #IndieSeller that I have been following for a while is Stef at Agni Presada Burning who does the most amazing pyrography. 





She is so very talented and I just love her style.


Make sure you check out her work.




Yet another fab seller that I have been following for some time is Melted Glass by Steph who is one of the many glass workers that I follow. 



She has these fab glass Christmas trees which are just amazing.





So there we go for this week. Another 4 fab #IndieSellers for you to check out. Please give them a follow on their social media - I've only given links to their FB pages but most of them are on other platforms aswell.


See you again next week for another crop of lovely creative folk for you to check out.

Until then.

😎




Saturday, 9 October 2021

Support Indie Sellers - Part 2

 If  you read last weeks blog post then you'll know I am doing another set of posts in support of #IndieSellers.

Let's get straight into this weeks selection.

If you are vegan then you might well be very tempted to check out Fab Fudge  over on Twitter.


This is a yummy looking white chocolate fudge laced with Bailey's Almande cream liqueur.


However, they have over 20 different varieties to choose from so you are bound to find one, or more, that tickles your taste buds.


If candles are your thing then check out Bee Happy UK I've just spotted this fab gift set over on Twitter.



She has a lovely range of products over on her website so go check it out.



If you are looking for some lovely Christmas cards then check out Homeless Made which is a social enterprise initiative set up by Baron's Court Project who support people experiencing homelessness and mental health issues.



The artwork is done by some of the guests who use the service and proceeds are split 50/50 between each artist and the project.

The artwork appears on cards, t-shirts and pin badges.



I spotted these cute Christmas hearts on Twitter so had to go & check them out. 



Made by Sew In Skipton she has an Etsy shop full of lovely fabric creations so please pop over and check it out.



That's all for this week.

I'll be back next week with some more fab #IndieSellers.


Saturday, 2 October 2021

Support Indie Sellers - 2021

 Last year I did a series of blog posts featuring some fab #IndieSellers that I have come across on various social media sites.

The past 18 months during the covid pandemic has been hard on everyone especially small independent creatives & sellers so I wanted to try and help out in a small way by featuring some of them and thought maybe now would be a good time to do another post or two featuring some more fab folk.

So grab yourself a cuppa and lets go browsing. 

I've just found these fab wooden keyrings from Raven Handcrafted over on Twitter. 


They are made from an old whisky cask and would make an ideal gift for a Dad or Grandad maybe.

Wonder if they actually smell of whiskey too!!

That would be so cool.

You can find her Etsy shop here 



I've just spotted these fab fingerless gloves over on Twitter from KnitClaire 



Perfect now the weather is turning cooler and the colour is bound to brighten up even the dreariest of winter days.

You can find her on Etsy here





Aswell as a pair of gloves to keep your hands warm you might also need an ear warmer too for when it gets really cold.

 



Just spotted these lovely colourful crochet ones from Little Red Frog Designs

I love the purple one and you can see more of her work here






I've just found MUdesigns who makes some lovely resin items.




Looks like she is getting ready for Christmas.


You can check out her other items here 





If the dreary weather is making you crave some bright colours in your home then you have to check out Lara Craft Creations 




Her amazing cushion covers will brighten up any sofa or armchair.


Lovely retro fabrics.

Check out her Etsy store here 



Right, that's all for today.

I'll do another blog post for next weekend and share some more fab #IndieSellers with you.

Please go check everyone out and give them a follow; lets spread the love around in these tough times. 

💕💕💕

Monday, 20 September 2021

September Challenge

 At the start of September, I set myself a challenge. I decided to crochet a beanie hat a day throughout the month so that by the end of September I would have a stash of 30 beanies ready to send out to any homeless outreach projects that needed them.

Well, its now 20th September and I am still on track. 20 beanies done and 10 to go.

Not a huge challenge I will grant you but its been fun to do and I've been posting a daily update on both my Instagram & FB page.
















I started out posting pics in the morning as i was starting each new beanie but that got a bit boring after a week or so, so now I post a pic of each days completed beanie!!!












Should have enough yarn to finish the project and any left will go into making some more scarves as they will also be needed come the winter.

Not sure where these will end up being sent to but wherever they go hopefully they will help keep a few people a little bit warmer this winter.

Until next time.

😉

UPDATE - Well September is now over and I have successfully completed my challenge.

Here are 30 completed crochet beanies!!



😃😃

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Welcome April

 Today is 1st April - and there is no joke here whatsoever!!

Doesn't seem that long since we moved into 2021 and here we are now already 1/4 way through the year.

We're still in semi covid - lockdown although some restrictions are being lifted in various parts of the UK. 

It is a nice sunny day here on west coast of Scotland but still chilly out there - weather looks set to get cold & wet again next week though.

I've decided to wind down with the scarves & beanies for the summer. You may remember that I kept on making them all through 2020 but I ended up with a huge stash of them that I struggled to pass on to homeless outreach projects come the autumn/winter as many of them had stopped their outreach work due to covid restrictions.

So this year I have decided to take a break from the crochet for the summer and have a rest and maybe do some other crafting or make a start on the huge pile of books that I have bought but not yet got round to reading.

My yarn stash has been seriously depleted and I've been resisting the urge to buy more yarn as I know if I buy any I will also have the urge to pick up my hook and make more items. But at least I've got something to look forward to in buying more yarn later in the year ready for when I start making again for the autumn/winter as that will be when the scarves & hats will be in most need.

Just got a couple more parcels of items to go out this week then thats it for a few months. Hope I don't start getting withdrawal symptoms!!

I've just found a FB group for local crafters so it will be nice to see what others are making here on the island. 

Hopefully I'll have some craft news to share with you over the coming months so until then - happy crafting.





Thursday, 31 December 2020

Goodbye 2020.

 Well, I think most of us can agree that 2020 has been a terrible year and we'll all be glad to see the back of it.

As most of you might know I make & donate crochet items - scarves, beanies & wristwarmers - to homeless outreach projects around the UK. I've been doing this since around Oct. 2018.

I've just done my end of year tally and am quite surprised by the number off parcels that I've sent out considering that we were self isolating between mid March and mid September so no parcels went out at all. 

Having the Royal Mail start their new collection service has been a gret help as I no longer have to rely on hubby to go into town to the PO for me. Our lovely postie collects all my pacels and makes sure they go on their way!!

So, 33 parcels went out this year around the UK. From Glasgow, Manchester & Liverpool to Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham & London.

I have made 99 scarves, 256 beanies and 26 pairs of wrist warmers. I have certainly made a dent in my huge stash of yarn and I want to say THANK YOU to those people who have sent me donations of yarn because I certainly couldn't do all this if I was having to purchase the yarn.

I will of course continue to make and donate items in 2021because as much as I wish it wasn't, the need is still there. There are still thousands of people who are homeless and having to survive out on the streets. A warm hat and a scarf might not solve their problems but I'm sure it will help keep them a little bit warmer than they would otherwise have been. 

There are so many wonderful people up and down the UK who run local outreach projects with volunteers and go out in the evenings to offer hot food and warm, dry clothing etc to people on the streets and sadly due to covid restrictions during 2020 many of them have been unable to continue with their work as usual.

Hopefully 2021 will be better or all of us. I shall of course continue to crochet away, and make as many scarves, hats & wrist warmers as I can and donate them wherever they are needed.


Thank you too, for following what I do and if you've donated yarn then please know it is very much appreciated. I never turn down yarn!!!

Wishing you a peaceful and covid free 2021.😊