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Dotty Christmas Baubles

Every year around about this time I find myself saying “I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone!”  Do you do this too?

Well it has flown by and it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas and ARC are joining in.  Earlier this week I held a Folk It! workshop and taught the group how to create Christmas baubles using design templates and the dot painting technique. Continue reading Dotty Christmas Baubles

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The Summer Fete

After being knocked down by a 48-hour bug for a couple of days at the end of this week, I wasn’t sure I’d even make the summer fete today, so much so that last night my wonderful husband was ready to hold the fort for me if required.  Thankfully (much to his relief I’m sure) that wasn’t necessary in the end and what a great day we had 🙂

They say a picture paints a thousand words so I’m going to let them do most of the talking for this post. Continue reading The Summer Fete

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What a difference…

… a week makes!

Hello lovely readers 🙂

I think a quick update is required first.  You’ll remember how excited I was last week to announce a new venue for my workshops. Well, it looks like that may not happen now because, according to a social media post, the current owner with whom the arrangement was made, has ‘moved on to new ventures’!  That came as a bit of a surprise to be honest, particularly as no direct contact has been made.  Anyway, I, intend to see what the new owners think about keeping the arrangement but won’t know until next week so another ‘watch this space’ moment.

On a happier, and even more exciting note, I have shelf space in a local shop, hoorah…


LOTT Bazaar is a community shop for (and I use their own words)

‘talented crafters to rent space to sell their handcrafted goods and paintings’.

How cool is that!  Such a brilliant idea and a fabulous way to support individuals who might find it difficult to get wider exposure of their work.

The voluntary team members are also involved in a number of initiatives to bring awareness to the whole area about how many great local trades people we have in what is know as ‘Old Town’, or ‘South Town’, which is often forgotten about by the district and county council when it comes to funding, improvements etc.  I live south of the River so I’m really pleased to be part of this in some small way.  So folks, there’s not a huge amount on it yet but here is my first lovely shelf which gives me a ‘high street presence’.


LOTT Bazaar also offers space at the rear of the shop for crafters to run small workshops, and this is where my next one will be so don’t forget, if you haven’t booked already it’s on 11th July, 7:00-9:00pm. Come and join me for a fun evening of Folk Art painting.

Have a wonderful Friday and stay safe in this heat 😊 x

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The Vulture has landed…(almost!)

Well this has been a challenge I can tell you!

Coming up in August is the Leamington Spa annual ‘Art in the Park‘ now in its fifth year and this year the theme is ‘trees’.  Now, what do you find in trees?  Birds of course.  So, as part of this wonderful celebration of all things creative, one of the organisers (Ali McKellar) has arranged for a number of local groups and a few individuals, to create a whole array of knitted birds and everyone has really got on board with this.  Grace Cafe (one of the groups I volunteer with) are also joining in and  Ali is shown below with some of our group and a few of the birds we’ve made.  The birds are a very simple design constructed from a single knitted square.

During the course of the morning Ali mentioned she’d love to have a vulture like the one in the book,  ‘The Ugly Five‘ (by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Alex Scheffler) too, but sadly no one had taken her up on this.   Muggings here, always up for a challenge (or so I thought!), found myself saying “I’ll have a go for you,” having absolutely no idea  this wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought.  No knitting patterns fitted the bill.  No crochet patterns fitted the bill and I couldn’t even find a sewing pattern that fitted the bill either!  I said I’d do it and so I had no option but to figure this out…so (eventually!) I did 😉


Having recently invested in a Cricut Maker cutting machine, I managed to find an SVG file with the right shaped vulture.  Now I’m neither a designer nor a computer buff so I didn’t really know where to start but I couldn’t just cut it out like this because I wanted to use different colour materials.  To do this I used Design Space and the ‘slicing’ feature to create separate the parts. Continue reading The Vulture has landed…(almost!)

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It’s Festival time!

The Leamington Canal Festival will be on 24th June 2018 and opens from 10:00am-6:00pm.  There will be stalls, trade stands, food outlets plus live music on stage during the afternoon.  To add to the fun there will be an inter-school model boat building competition too!


I’m pleased to be supporting this event by holding a stall so come visit me there and see  demonstrations on the ‘dotty’ technique, and while you’re there why not have a go yourself 😊





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Workshop – Round Two

Join us for our second beginners workshop in the main hall at St Mary’s Church Leamington on 16th June 2018.

We had a lovely time earlier this month and one of the ladies who attended shared a couple of lovely projects she had created since the workshop.  I think she’s done a beautiful job of applying the dotting technique don’t you? 😊

As you can see, this technique can be used in all sorts of ways to create your own unique gifts and cards, or to simply update and brighten up objects to give them a new lease of life!

Don’t delay, download the Booking Form-BeginnersJun2018  and click this link to be taken to the payment page.


I look forward to welcoming you to the Folk It!  😊