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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.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Trying something new - again!!

If you're anything like me, then you'll love doing something different occasionally from your "usual" craft!
Over the years I have made cards; jewellery; done decoupage; plasterwork; made handmade paper; crochetted; even painted on canvas! I just love dabbling in anything crafty!!

Recently I have been making a fair bit of jewellery - mainly to raise funds for my Macmillan Fundraising store on Folksy http://www.folksy.com/shops/MacmillanFundraising but I'm wanting to make something different now and have been searching for some inspiration amongst the other Folksy sellers!

However, they needn't worry that I will be trying to tap into their market as these items will be going into my local arts club exhibition here on the island in August!!
We are a group that meets every Monday afternoon and hold an annual exhibition of members work in August to raise funds for the club!

Hubby and I joined the group about 6 years ago and although its supposed to be "arts & crafts", the crafts people definetly get pushed aside. In fact there are only 3 or 4 crafts people there; the others are painters - some of whom sell prints of their artwork and exhibit it as crafts!!! Not that I mind that, I have made cards of my photographs, but at least there is only one of each card - they're not printed off by the hundred!!!!

Last year, in an effort to bring something new to the exhibition, I made some jewellery that went down pretty well. I even had a go at a bit of abstract art! It didn't sell but at least it brightened up the place!!

This year, I am going to continue my Macmillan Fundraising push and want to make something different.

So first off, inspired by the lovely Sue at "Over the Rainbow" who has made and is selling these lovely woolly brooches in aid of my Macmillan fund http://www.folksy.com/items/453522-Flower-brooch-for-Macmillan-fund-raising?shop=yes

I have made a few of my own using some left over bits of wool from my crochetting phase!!

Then I remembered years ago when I was child that my Nan taught me to finger knit, but I couldn't remember how to do it! So I searched Youtube and found a video and now I'm over-run with some lovely scarves! They are ideal as a fashion accessory and will be great even in the summer as it never gets that warm up here!!!

Nearly everyone I know around here loves using candles so when I discovered some large scallop shells that I collected on the beach when we first moved here I have decided to turn them into pretty candles. Can't decide whether th make them scented or not, as I guess not every one will like the same scents as I do! Oh well, still plenty of time to decide!! Might also make some small ones in mussel shells - would look nice presented in a small wicker basket!!

So thats enough to keep me busy over the next few weeks - thats provided that I can keep my energy levels up as the chemotherapy is having a cumulative effect now after 3 sessions - thankfully only 1 more session to go in just under 3 weeks!


  1. Nice to have inspired you ! The corsages are lovelyto make, I need to make more. Look forward to seeing the end results.

  2. Awesome! You are an inspiration!