Sunday, 11 August 2013

Creative Crafting Blog Tours - I'm running for the bus

Hiya all. I thought August was supposed to be a quiet month. You know - wind down, enjoy the lovely weather, catch up on some reading. And do some sewing!

No chance - my day job is really hectic. A public finance accountant by background, in recent years I've got involved in developing the skills of finance staff working in the NHS in Wales and I'm getting more involved in some wider public sector staff development projects with local authorities, police and fire services and Welsh Government.

I'm in the middle of developing a website for finance staff development and I'm looking at using social media - twitter, blogging etc - to find better ways of getting the students and younger members of staff involved. Can I say a huge thank you to everyone who is a part of the Creative Connections community - all the IT & social media promotion skills I learned helpoing out at Craftfest are paying huge dividends in my new role.  

Creative Connections logo for Blog Stop Tour
So, between work commitments, holiday visits to family, auditions for the kids and a couple of big commissions, I've barely had time to enjoy the fantastic Creative Crafting Blog Tours.

Well, today is a ME day. I'm going to make some aprons and start on some Christmas makes. And order some fabric for patchwork quilts I'm going to make in September. But before then, I've been catching up with the blog stops I missed. I've had a great couple of hours - there are some great stories and lots of offers and giveaways - which I think are open until the end of August.

If like me, you've missed a couple, the list so far is - in reverse order ...... (just click on the name to go to the blog.)

  Pastelesta - amazing drawing of German Shepherd dog and a giveaway

  Berrybakewell - fantastic crochet tutorial and a giveaway

  Beaded Bazaar - gorgeous new jewelry ideas and a giveaway

  Personal Space Interiors - great picnic accessories, a delicious fruit flan recipe and a discount voucher

  Arlenes Crafts - brilliant embroidery app update and a giveaway

  Glasspirations - beautiful fused glass hot off the kiln - and a giveaway
  Stitchers Anon - clever cross stitching and lots of giveaways

  Vicky Myers Creations - great recycled shirt drawstring bag and giveaway

  Susses Spindehjrne - huge love of spinning and a giveaway

  Loopys Place - pretty recycled bag tutorial and a giveaway

Close up of embroidered felt snowman by The Old Button
Detail from Christmas Stocking by The Old Button

My own blog stop was Blog Tour Number 1 - back on the 1st of August where I suggested the idea of a Christmas Swop - where crafters would be paired up and make each other a gift that showcases their talent and skill.

I have had loads of interest which is really exciting. I am currently making a list (and checking it twice) and will be in touch with everyone shortly to get contact details from you and give you the info you need to get started.

I was originally looking for up to 10 swappers - which we've got - but I'm happy to add on a few more - so don't feel you've missed the bus. Either comment here or on the original post.

So now I've caught the bus up, I'm looking forward to reading more blog stop posts over the next week or so. Hope you can join me. You can find out where the other stops are on Creative Crafting Blog Tour list or check out Joy's daily status updates on Creative Connections Facebook page.

PS Accountants in the NHS are nothing like those nasty creatures portrayed on the TV programmes such as Casualty. We do a brilliant job trying to balance getting the best value from the public purse at the same time as helping clinicians provide the best care for patients. OK, off my soap box now!

Picture of child actor Ioan Lloyd appearing as Sam Turner in Casualty TV programme
Ioan Lloyd as Sam Turner in Casualty

PPS - I've nothing against Casualty - I love it. In fact my son even appeared on it a couple of years back. If you fancy taking a look, you can watch a short video clip by following this link.
BBC Casualty Series 25 - Deception

Although I'd love it more if they offered him another job........

Bring back Miriam Turner .... and her step grandson!


  1. Hi Sharon, I know what you mean, I work in public sector too and have also benefited from the social media experience. Look forward to the swop!

    1. Oh interesting - perhaps we should share ideas

  2. This is great that you entered all the stops to date. It helped me to catch up.

    1. You are welcome Karen - I hope you enjoyed them all as much as I did.

  3. Oh, you are a busy girl! I really appreciate all the time and effort you all put in to making these things a success

    1. Thanks Jane - it's like buses - everything comes at the same time - I had a really quiet Spring!

  4. The bus tour sounds like a great way to see lots of different crafters blogs. I love your little embroided snowman, he's cute

  5. Thank you Lucy - I love doing the Christmas embroideries - I usually pick a motif from a fabric as my inspiration - this character is on the front of a stocking and the reverse, toes & heel are in a snowman fabric. And yes, the blog tour is great isn't it - well done to Anna from Creative Crafting

  6. I hope you get a chance to slow down a bit for the rest of the school holidays - won't be long till they're back and we're ramping up for Christmas! The swap sounds lovely - look forward to seeing the results :-) Simmi x

    1. Thank you - I'm off work for a while so hopefully will be fully recharged soon. And yes, Christmas is coming. Yikes!

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