So. Butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth, right?
So, thanks to Groupon, I have discovered a little (well quite big) gem, only 30 mins from my house- the Yorkshire Arboretum. It’s basically at Castle Howard for anyone semi local. It’s absolutely beautiful.
We took Elvis but could not explore all of it due to his gammy leg as it is a huge 120 acres!
The trees in the Yorkshire Arboretum come from all around the world, and started with a collection of trees purchased in 1979 from Hillier Nurseries, in Hampshire.
Many trees were grown from seeds brought back by collectors, many from the 19th century. I like the fact that there is a map and they are all labelled.
And so I am slowly trying to perfect the art of teacup candles. I’ve made a few now. I picked up…. Wait for it…. Over 60 teacups at an auction for £20 (as well as 3 teapots, numerous plates, many bits of Wedgwood and untold other bits and pieces which I am slowly trying to offload!).
I’ve not dared to sell any of these yet as they are not quite perfect but they make good presents (I think, friends and family may disagree!!)
If you’ve not made candles before, here’s how.
Melt the wax in a saucepan within a saucepan of water (not directly on heat). You can buy pellets but I am working my way through a massive bag of broken candles Gary acquired for me!
Then once melts you can add candle fragrance. I use these:
Pour into teacups which have already been prepared with wicks.
I attach wicks using old pencils or wooden stirrers ‘liberated’ from coffee shops.
You need about 3 more gradual top ups (making sure completely dry in between) to achieve flatness!
Anyone wanting to give it a go I can highly recommend starter kits. I got this one initially. It was great. Happy candle making!
So Elvis has had a little elbow op. He’s been on minimal walks for weeks- five minutes per day. He’s terrible bored. He’s laying around looking very sorry for himself.
So finally the skirt is finished! The last bit took ages because the craftsy course suggested I stitch the waistband and hem on the machine, but I didn’t want a visible line so I hand stitched it all invisibly. I think it was worth it.
Here is the finished item….
In other news I have finally managed to get three tea cosies into etsy. I had a target of 5 this month but three out of five ain’t bad! I just love making tea cosies, here photographed with part of a lovely tea set I bought in vintage shop Flax and Twine in York. (Amazing place -if you are visiting York take a look).
Here are the three I’ve managed to get on:
Love this mad rainbow chunky wool. Forget where I got the buttons… Whitby I think.
Granny squares rule. This was going to be a cushion but it changed its mind.
I’ve got about another three half done… Always the way!
Happy crafting weekend!!!
So in a break from crafting I am delighted to be able to walk on Clifton ings again after the floods! The flowers are all back out and it looks like a beautiful meadow again! Elvis was also pleased.
The hospital was opened in the 1840s and a chapel was added in 1873. This is still there:
The hospital apparently closed in the 90s…
In 2014 the ings became a site of special scientific interest due to all the wildlife:
There’s a small green beetle called the tansy beetle which only lives there:
So I’m nearly finished with the skirt! I’ve learnt a lot. First of all about pattern matching!
Cut out my two sides…..
Result…. Fail on the seam….
Then, very pleased was I with my invisible zip… Until I realised it was perfect but on the wrong side!!!! How did I manage that??
The waistband and hem seem to be going ok though…
So my new project in this cloudy bank holiday- an a line skirt- pattern drawn from scratch!! This is an online craftsy course I am doing and it is actually great.
So I had to buy a few things. I learnt what a French curve is this week (an implement rather than a physical aspiration!!!)
I’ve got two fabrics I want to make into skirts. The first is this fab Alexander Henry
The second is a good old tartan. I love tartan although I’m making life hard on seam matching!
I’ve been inspired by the latest sewing bee- is anyone watching?
Wish me luck!
So ta dah! The mermaid snugly is complete and ready to go off in the post to London Town to my friend’s daughter.
Other projects I have on the go; a small selection…
Ideas on a postcard…..