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On Saturday 5th December, it's the Aboyne Lodge School Christmas Fair. My children use to go to the school and for many years I was on the school committee (ALSA), helping to raise funds for the school. This year a friend and I have been invited to have a stall at the fair. We will be selling some of our crafts, knitted, sewn and crocheted. So if you're looking for gifts and decorations, something a little different at reasonable prices, and your in the area pop in. Aboyne Lodge School is located in the centre of St Albans on Etna Road
On Wednesday morning I went to the Courtyard Cafe, with my friend Sue, it's located at 11 Hatfield Road, next to St Albans Museum. The cafe's decor is charming, right up my street, an eclectic mix of old and new. We had tea and coffee and home made cakes, beetroot and carrot. I must recommend it, it has a lovely atmosphere and the staff are very friendly and welcoming.
I was thinking about making a needle case when I came across this tutorial by Skebba. A little letter needle book, perfect! I adapted the pattern slightly. Then the thought came to me, my needle case could do with a companion, a pin cushion. Keeping to the postal theme I designed a parcel pin cushion, over stuffed and tied with string. I think this postal pair would make a perfect present.
I have to show you this fence my husband, Steve, designed and constructed. Steve took a week off work to make this eighth wonder of the world! I think he enjoyed building it, making a change from working in his studio in London, in front of a computer. Good job!
On Wednesday we were without home phone or computers, a branch from a neighbours tree fell on the telephone wire and severed it. This morning BT engineers came promptly at 8 am, we are back online! Good service BT, well done.
The photograph, above, I took in the garden, it's the seed pods of a very unassuming iris (its flowers are brown and purple), but its berries look like strings of shiny orange beads.
On Sunday I went to a craft fair in Welwyn, there I met and had a chat with Shelley Faye Lazar. Shelley had a stall selling some beautiful scarves you can see them here This is Shelley's explanation of her work "I have been painting on silk for years, and the success with this fabric is that it is a wonderful foundation for brilliant, vibrant colours, retaining the intensity and luminosity. Wool, however, absorbs the colours and then diffuses them, as if it has a mind of its own. I can have a design in mind when I start to paint on the wool, but I always have to submit to its will and see what the wool itself has created. I often joke that I leave a piece overnight in my studio, only to discover that the fairies have been down there and played a joke of their own! A bit whimsical, I know, but when you have finished a beautiful design, only to discover it "changed" the next morning, you have to approach the situation with humour! Although, I hasten to add, that what evolves is always an enhancement! I create very colourful and wearable pieces of art! I use acid dyes for painting on silk and wool. Some come in powder form, which I make up to the intensity required, some ready made. All the fabric has to be steam fixed to set the dyes permanently. I would say that to get to the professional level I aspire to does require special skills, a sense of humour and patience." Shelley even has some scarves with pom poms on, a women after my own heart
I couldn't resist these little rubber ducks, but at this time of year I think they need jumpers. With Christmas on the horizon what could be better than to emulate their festive cousin, the robin. I devised a little pattern, very simple, and the red breast I achieved with Swiss darning.
It's a milestone, I can't believe my baby is 25, that can't be right, where did those years go? Ash was born this day in London at Queen Charlotte's hospital Hammersmith. Although the first few months were a shock to the system, a combination of colic and my freedom being taken away by a little dictator! I can honestly say the past 25 years have been interesting and most of all fun! Happy Birthday Ash.