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Sunday Sevens #28

Sunday Sevens #28 – how did that come around so quickly??

This is how Nat at Threads and Bobbins describes the weekly blog series: –

“Each week, we do things that don’t necessarily warrant a full blog post.  You may have made a nice meal, grabbed some bargains on a shopping trip, had a family day out, spotted some beautiful scenery or just done something you feel you want to share.  A Sunday Sevens blog post is the place to share those things.  You take 7 images from your week and post them every Sunday with a small description.  Tag your post using #sundaysevens on your blog and social media.  I also pin the posts onto the Sunday Sevens Pinterest Board.”

Without further ado, here is my selection for this week.

1. Birthday meal with my little girl – we share the same birthday.

Birthday meal

2. My monogrammed, hand embroidered napkins have been featured in Country Child magazine – they’re bottom left on the page.

sewchet in Country Child

3. A trip to my favourite place, Wells Reclamation. I’m going back for a post box.

Wells Reclamation

4. One of my Crafternooners sent me a photo of her finished pieces. Aren’t they great? I love the colour coordinated pins she added for the picture! You can read about the Comic Relief Crafternoon in an earlier blog post.

Sarah's Crafternoon chick and pin cushion

5. I managed to sneak into another magazine this week too! Pretty Nostalgic is about vintage values, make do and mend, waste less, make more etc. It’s a great publication with NO adverts which makes it a joy to read. You can download the latest digital copy free to see if you like it before subscribing (it’s a members only publication).

Pictured here (top photo) at a Pretty Nostalgic meet up with Jane Arnold who blogs as The Life Of An Eccentric English Booklady.

Pretty Nostalgic

6. The partial eclipse taken, whilst out running, on my compact camera with a pair of sunglasses over the lens!

partial eclipse

7. Decorating the boys’ bedroom. All painted and the A M A Z I N G wallpaper is up, but waiting for some fabric to make bench seat cushions before I blog about it:)

Cockatoo wallpaper


Crafternoon Success!


Wow, what an afternoon, or should I say “Crafternoon”?

A houseful of lovely people busily crafting away to the tune of “Café Olé” on the stereo, fuelled by home-grown egg sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and Red Nose fairy cakes.

Oh, and gallons of Bucks Fizz:)

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The dining table was laden with masses of fabric and supplies, together with printouts of the projects on offer.


The coffee table in the lounge housed yet more felt and yarn for what turned out to be a good variety of crafts for everyone to choose from.


Mr. H-L played Butler in his lunch break as he was working from home.

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The felt chicks were very popular makes.

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Two ladies made good headway with their Cloud mobiles and took them home to finish off.



A classic Red Nose at the start of its crochet journey…..


More cakes….


My daughter’s very first attempt at sewing….



….a cushion for her boyfriend to take on his fishing trips.

Didn’t she do well?!


Mollie Makes’ own rag doll, Mollie, was lovingly crafted as a joint effort between a mother-daughter combo.


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Just the eyelashes and mouth to add at close of play.



A Hen doorstop (as seen in an earlier blog post) reached the stuffing stage before the school run ended play.

I am assured photos of all finished off items will be winging their way to me in due course.


All in all, a very jolly and productive three hours was had by everyone…..


….and £265 raised so far with further pledges yet to be collected!

I would like to express HUGE thanks to Ali of Thimberlina, Kerri of Bristol Crochet and Sarah Holmes for their very generous donation of supplies for this event, without which such a great choice of materials would not have been available.

T H A N K  Y O U !


More Projects For Comic Relief’s Crafternoon

It’s just seven days until the Big Comic Relief Crafternoon on Friday 13th March – well, six days until I host mine because it’s my birthday on Friday and I will be otherwise engaged:)

If you saw my earlier post about the samples I have been making from the official Red Nose Day magazine, you will remember that I’ve been giving a number of the free patterns a test run, so to speak, to see which projects can be made in the three hours of my Crafternoon event. I will then set up individual areas with all the materials needed for each project, together with the instruction sheets, for everyone attending to help themselves to.

If you haven’t got your magazine yet, they are only available to buy in Sainsburys, nowhere else, and they are being snapped up extremely quickly so get a move on!

£5.00 out of the cover price of £7.99 goes straight to Comic Relief which is fantastic. Comic Relief get your donation and you get something for your money – a fab “Mollie Makes” Red Nose Day Special magazine with a load of fab projects for you to make.

So, onto the latest additions to the party!

Well, I had to crochet the red nose, didn’t I?

red nose

crochet red nose

I loved making this Cloud Mobile – all hand stitched in less than three hours!

cloud mobile




I think this is my favourite make though…..

pin cushion

….a Pear Pin Cushion!

pear pin cushion

And when Ali (AKA Thimberlina) revealed her makeshift excuse for a pin cushion (sorry Ali!), I had the perfect reason to make the matching Apple shaped one. I snapped a couple of quick photos and sent it off that same afternoon.


I love the attention to detail that has gone into this particular design, especially the two pieces of contrasting felt rolled together to make the stem. Although this part was completely omitted from the instructions, it was easy enough to work out how it was done.


Ali has very generously sent me a bundle of supplies for my Crafternoon so it was lovely to be able to make her a little something off her wish list as a thank you. Just look at everything she donated!

crafternoon supplies

I still have room for a few more, so if you’re free next Thursday 12th March between 12pm and 3pm, please, PLEASE try to come along. I’d love to get a full house so that I can send off the maximum amount of money to Comic Relief.

I’m also thinking of either auctioning off all the bits I’ve made, or raffle them on the day so bring an extra couple of pounds – it’s for such a good cause!!

Here’s a reminder of all the details: –

Craftenoon event


Craft Progress For The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon

With four weeks to go before Comic Relief’s Big Crafternoon, I have been busy.

Busy making up samples of some of the things that will be available to make on the day, all of which feature in the Mollie Makes Red Nose Day special magazine, and I thought that people would probably like to see and feel examples of what the finished articles are like.




I’m planning on having a dedicated crafting table for each of the items that can be made, so that all the materials for each project are to hand and won’t get mixed up with materials needed for any of the other crafts.

Each area will have a copy of the magazine open at the relevant pages, a selection of fabrics/yarn from which to choose, together with all the sundry items required to complete their chosen item.




I’ve manged to source most of the sundry bits and pieces that will be needed, but NOT round lolly sticks – so I’ve substituted with a straw instead which works perfectly well!





Don’t forget to come along if you can!

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The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon – Come And Join Us!

I’m hosting a Crafternoon to raise funds for Comic Relief – this Red Nose Day event was thought up by Mollie Makes magazine.

Keep abreast of all the news, including events near you, on The Big Comic Relief Crafternoon Facebook page.

A5 flyer with border


Sunday Sevens #21

Guests have gone home, Husband has taken No. 3 Son to play in a tennis tournament and No. 2 Son is watching Toy Story with the dogs which all means…….my Sunday Sevens post is on time!

Seven photos taken during the week to give a little insight to my life as organized by Nat over at Threads & Bobbins.

So, here we go….

1. Homemade Blackberry and Apple Pie with fruit I picked and froze in the summer.

Apple and Blackberry Pie

2. A surprise gift from visiting family!

Chickens Hens Umbrella

3. Thinking about hosting a Red Nose Day Crafternoon…..

Red Nose Day Crafternoon

4. My latest creation to be blogged about shortly.

baby wrap over dress green buttons

5. Guess who has something featured in the next “Country Child” magazine…..?

Country Child

6. Pretty Nostalgic members meet up in Salisbury.

Pretty Nostalgic Meet Up

7. Procrastinated right up until the last minute (well, 57 minutes actually) about filing my Tax Return!

Tax Return