Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas is coming ....

It has now reached the time of year when there are lots of Craft Fairs and Fetes, after all Christmas is coming!

I love creating little items for Christmas.  I like to make things that are suitable for presents and I also like to make the specifically Christmassy items.  I have my old favourites - little patchwork balls that I have made for years and years - in fact since I was at school; fabric crackers.. and so on.

Then I also like to try out different things - which I have done so this past week or so. 

I have made little houses before.  In fact they are on a previous post on here.  This time I thought I'd make some that were Christmassy houses in Christmas fabric or at least Christmas colours.  I am rather pleased with the result ...

I particularly like this more cottagey style one.  On the other one the roof is a bit lost.

Then I saw some trees on Pinterest.  Oh they were lovely - just triangles with cinnamon stick trunks.  Aha ... time to use some of my Christmassy fabric scraps up and make patchwork trees.  I love the idea of using cinnamon sticks as the trunks as that's a really Christmassy scent.  Most of the time I stuff lavender into my creations as that's really my favourite scent.  However - I am also a big fan of spicy Christmassy smells and cinnamon definitely ticks the box there!

Sadly I am unable to go to one of the Craft Fairs I am booked in for.  I had a fall on Wednesday morning and have been in a bit of pain since with my left knee and my right ankle.  I thought I'd better get them checked out and it turns out I have successfully torn ligaments in both and need to rest up.

The Craft Fair I was booked to do tomorrow is in Bradworthy, near to where I used to live.  I do this one every year as firstly I lived that way and then because it gave me a great excuse (as if I need one) to go and stay the night before with my best friend who lives down there.  We get to catch up.  I do miss her.  She used to pop in at least once a week for a cup of tea and a good old chin-wag.

So these goodies will have to wait for next weekend.  I'll be making more for the other craft fairs and for The Crafty Phoenix Lady unit at The Emporium too.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Froggy Friend (and friends that were)

I thought perhaps that Witch Hazel may be lonely so I made her a Froggy Friend.


I once had a friend who was frog mad.  So everytime I see anything froggy I think of her.  I even bought loads of froggy fabric in anticipation of her having babies as I wanted to make her a frog-themed baby quilt.

Alas that was not to be as when my ex and I split up she sadly sided with my ex as her husband was his best mate.  Why is it that divorce and break-ups cause friends to have to chose?  I spent months, years, mourning over the loss of that friend.  I think I have finally come to terms with it.  I've had to accept that in order for her life to be easier then she had to side with her husband.  Although sometimes it does smart to think of the version of events that they were told.

Another friend I lost through the divorce was someone who I thought would understand fully what I was going through as she'd already been through a divorce herself.  However, at a wedding reception my ex and I attended just before the split was made, he got talking with her at the bar.  She then proceeded to march me into the ladies' toilets and lecture me about how wonderful he was and how I had to stay with him, blah blah blah.  I was gobsmacked.  I decided to put that down to the drink talking and let it go. 

When I did call her up on it and try to tell her what had been going on, she proceeded to tell me that I was completely different to the person she thought I was - and I definitely wasn't the nice little quiet mouse in the corner office.  Again I was amazed - I had no idea that was what she'd thought of me.  She obviously didn't know me at all.

My apologies for ranting on a bit.  I just felt that it kind or - loosely - linked in with the Froggy I've made.  I guess too that sometimes I feel I need to get what I think "out there". 

I do believe I am a much better person now.  I am now in a relationship with a wonderful man who is my best friend as well as my partner.  He accepts me for what I am and loves me for it.  This is the first relationship that I have ever felt secure in and able to be ME!

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