Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Cardiff Craft and Hobby Show

At the end of May I went to the Cardiff Craft and Hobby Show. I think that this is the second or maybe the third one, but it was my first time attending. 

Personally I was a little disappointed. If I had been into jewellery, jewellery-making or papercrafts then I would have had a ball. But although there were a few stands selling finished stitched goods, there was less than a handful of stands selling fabric, yarn and other stitchy supplies, which is what I was really hoping to find.  Having said that I did manage to buy a few things, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise that there wasn't more to tempt me! I think the show has got a lot of potential and I'd probably go again, but I would like to see more textiles and needlecraft stands in 2014.  So if you're a supplier of stitchy goods, then there might be an opportunity for you...

So what did I get? Some lovely May Arts chevron ribbon in three colours from Anna Marie Designs, of course a few new buttons to add to my burgeoning collection (the stripy buttons are my favourite), some plain polycotton fabric in a fabulous shade of blue and a bargain bag of crochet cotton (not pictured), which I hope to turn into as shawl for an upcoming birthday present.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Luck of the Draw

About a month ago I had a small run of good luck when I won a couple of blog giveaways. Woo-hoo! First I won some pretty cards and a letterpressed poster, then I won a gorgeous sheep on Isabelle's blog.  My petit mouton is so cute and my initial has been beautifully embroidered on the back.

I was delighted to get Isabelle's parcel, but then when I realised that she had generously included a couple of extras in the form of ribbons and buttons, I actually squealed a little bit. 

What good luck have you had recently?

Finished Friday

You've probably heard of Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday. Well, this is Finished Friday - a place to celebrate those finished projects. Yay! There's nothing quite like putting your needle or hook down and sitting back to admire your handiwork.

My first Finished Friday is these adorable crochet baby sneakers (pattern from Mon Petit Violon), which I made for my husband's nephew's new baby boy (is there such a thing as a great-nephew-in-law?).  Aren't they sweet?  What have you finished lately?