J for Join a Group – A to Z Challenge

The best thing about crafting is sharing what you make and learn. And the best way of doing that to to join a group.

There are lots of group all over the place. Start by looking in the crafting magazines, or the local library. You will find local groups, some which are just for knitting, some for sewing, some for everything.

There are on line groups like www.ravelry.com which is dedicated to knitting, and quick search will result in many more.

My Mom runs such a group (or 4) she plans projects every 6 weeks, and the rest of the time you can do what you like. she is there to help and guide. I usually join in when I can and when I have a large project that need help.

If you can’t commit to every week or month, some craft shops run drop in sessions, or alternative go on a workshop, crafting day, or join the crafting sessions that are run at the large craft shows.

Joining a group of like minded people is exciting and very rewarding. you will learn something, be inspired and have a good time. and if not there will probably be a cup of coffee for you to enjoy.

What are you waiting for? be inspired and make new friends.

Happy Crafting


March Round up

March weather was very mixed in the UK. we had snow, frost, rain, the march winds and glorious sunshine.

Me and my husband Stuart, cleared out the green house and moved the veg plots so they are more acceptable and easier to use. I am hoping for bumper crops this year.

My 1st month at slimming world I have lost 1/2 stone in weight, loosing about 1 1/2 pounds a week. I feel healthier and have more energy. 🙂

We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary, (no chocolate, but a glass of wine was nice), and we had a lovely relaxing weekend near Ludlow. Check out Ludow food centre, yummy.

Both the craft workshops went well, and the craft fair was brilliant, lot of people buying our stuff. the demo’s i did were good fun also, if now stressful with the prep, and my family were in the audience.


I have signed up for the April A to Z Challenge. every day (expect Sundays) you blog, starting at A, So 1st +A, 2nd + B, and so on.

There are two workshops this month. Beginners Patchwork (which is full) and Learn to make Lace with a needle or Tatting. places left.

And i have another girls day out. Me my Mom and Sister are going to Wonderwool in Wales on 27th. As we spin and weave it is a specialist show just for wool lovers (but any one can go) . I have saved some money and have a couple of projects that i need to buy for. I am so excited

Again lot of things are happening this month, but with the extra hour as the clocks have changed i should fit it all in.

Happy Crafting

February Round up

So February was a mixed month weather wise in the UK. Rain, flooding (but not where i live) sunshine, and the last few days have felt like spring is about to arrive.

My Olympic challenge was a success with two hats knitted to the correct size. what a result, my attempt at hats have resulted in dolls hats in the past.

Girls day way great, lunch out at the pub, laughter and tea. oh and I made a plated rag rug on the sewing machine for my demo’s on March.

also the crochet workshop’s were a good, everyone make at least one granny square, and went home with plans for more.

I also started Slimming world diet.


The Craft network challenge did not happen 😦  to may other things going on, but i still have a week.

I am running 2 craft workshops this month, Learn to Sew – bond with you sewing machine and Rag Rug Making (places left on both)

This month is all about Rag Rugs, I have a demo for the WI and will be attending a craft fair in Stourbridge where I will be doing another rag rug demo and workshop promotion. we will also be selling craft items.

Mother day UK will be then end of the month and then I go on holiday, which i think by then i will need, looking at the busy schedule. so which project shall I take with me?probably be Needle Tatting as that is a workshop for April.

no rest for the wicked (and i need chocolate, I will allow 3 syns only on slimming world)

Happy Crafting