Friday, 22 March 2013

Seeing Red - Something Funny for Money

A week ago today saw lots of people in the UK sitting on their sofas  watching Comic Relief or Red Nose Day on the telly. Another brilliant year - with some brilliant comedy sketches encouraging us to dig deep into our pockets and donate some of our hard earned cash to really deserving causes here in the UK and in Africa. It is truly amazing to see so many people Doing Something Funny For Money. 

It is not too late to donate - the lovely people at Comic Relief are still collecting money - and one of the ways you can do this is through the

Why not pop over and take a look at what some of  the CRAFTfest stalls have been up to and maybe make a donation - you can help change lives. 

Over the last week, my blogs have showcased some of the stalls from the fabulous Purple Team at Craftfest. As a celebration for Red Nose Day's success, I thought I'd take a look through the rest of the Purplies for some lovely red themed goodies. I found loads and loads - ok some are a little more on the pink side, but hey, pink is just a girlie red. 

Just click on the stall names to go to their stalls. 




And finally, just in case you didn't see it on the CRAFTfest Giving Page - here is The Old Button Red Nose Day Quilt -  I used a Jelly Roll Race technique to create this random line quilt top and I'm going to add a red border, cotton wadding and backing to create a Really Red Nose lap quilt. I'll be offering this as a prize draw - just donate on the Old Button section of the Craftfest Giving Page and message me your details by the end of March to be in for a chance of winning this. Just click on the link below to go to my Craftfest page where you can find out more   



Monday, 18 March 2013

Deep Purple

One of my favourite songs as a teenager was Sweet Child in Time by Deep Purple. I wasn't really a rock fan - I listened to lots of stuff including opera - but I especially loved the opening instrumental of this classic.   

The vocal school my children go to is mainly musical theatre, traditional and classical, with a bit of pop thrown in for good measure. But in their last show they got a taste of rock through the musical We Will Rock You which is based around Queen's music. Since then, my son especially is getting more curious about rock music and is begging to swop his acoustic guitar lessons for electric! 

So I got onto good old Youtube and introduced him to Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac. Some songs he likes, some he doesn't - but that's ok - he's only 12 years old - plenty of time yet to build up an impressive music collection before he goes to college. I also suggested (half in jest) he take a look at The Doors - his favourite so far is Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) - if you haven't heard it I recommend you give it a go - it is very weird but rather amusing! So show me the way to the next whisky bar.... 

.....and on our way we'll take a look at some more purple team members from CRAFTfest. Just click on the names to go to their stalls.

So, from Deep Purple, we will go first to lavender!


Rags to Bags

The Bead Shop

Well I'm off now to download some more great rock - I'd forgotten how good these song are!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

In like a lion, out like a lamb?

As the saying goes, if March starts quiet and pleasant like a lamb it will finish stormy and nasty like a roaring lion. Or will it be the other way round? 

So what's the weather like with you? So far in South Wales in March we have had a right mixture - sun, wind, sleet, and even a little flurry or two of snow. My other half and I spend my Saturday afternoons in Cardiff Bay while our kids have drama and singing lessons. The first Saturday of the month had us shivering in wind chill factor of -5 and rushing to get a seat inside one of the great cafes. But what a difference a week makes - last Saturday we were joined by hundreds of visitors and locals, enjoying their cappuccino or expresso sat out in glorious sunshine. It was like being in the South of France. 

This Saturday I was on my own, so I spent a bit of time browsing round the amazing Craft in the Bay exhibition and shop.  It showcases some of the best in contemporary welsh craft and although the artists work in quite different materials and styles to me, I always come away totally inspired. I drove home with loads of ideas and thoughts for my own makes - forget the washing - this Sunday I'll be sewing!