Evening all. Just dropping in with a date for your diaries:
I will be selling my wares at Clutter City Yuletide Market in Norwich on Saturday 8th December, so if you are in the area be sure to stop by and say hello. I think this year is going to be an especially good one. I have been working my socks off to get all my kits stocked up for Christmas and I am just putting the finishing touches to some brand spanking new kits that I will be taking with me too... I am not entirely sure how I am going to fit everything in!
Possibly the most excellent stocking you have ever seen? I think it may just be. I don't often go in for self-congratulation but I just love this project!
I made it for this month's CrossStitcher magazine, together with a couple of matching patterns for a tree decoration and some bunting:
They all come in a couple of different colourways and you can find patterns and instructions for the lot in the November issue of CrossStitcher magazine - the one with this cover:
If can't get hold of it nearby, you can get a print copy from here, or a digital copy for the supremely bargainous price of £2.49 from here. Those of you with newfangled i-things can also find it on the Apple Newsstand.
Ok, so I know it is painfully tedious looking through other people's holiday photos, but I promise these are not holiday photos in the normal sense. I will keep it brief. I just really want to show you where I went because it was awesome and I thought you might like it too (working on the proviso that if you are reading this we probably share a similar aesthetic).
Home for the week was this shepherd's hut in the middle of a field surrounded by trees and sheep (naturally) in deepest rural Hampshire. I was given glamping vouchers for my birthday so I knew whichever place I chose would be in a wonderful countryside location, but what sold me on this one was the beautiful job Alex (the owner) has done of kitting out the hut. Just look at it:
I was blessed with no electricity and no phone signal and was therefore forced to relax, spending my time playing with fire, going for lovely long walks, reading by lamplight and eating copious amounts of toasted marshmallows. Bliss. I also now need a wood burning stove in my life more than ever...electricity may be useful and convenient but it is just so very dull in comparison.