Whata' 'bout ye folks? Have you missed me? Thank you to all those who have left comments or emailed me to check Im alive and well, lol. I can feel you all swiping at me and clipping me around the ear for not being around at all for over these last few months. I'm so sorry. I just don't know what has happened to my time! I swear I did have some over the past months but I just don't know where it went or how I lost it. Its around here somewhere, I just can't seem to find it just right now, lol.
Are you all well and truly full to the brim and stuffed like your Christmas Turkey's? Lol. I had a great Christmas. It was my very first Christmas away from my family in 32 years!!!! I've never been away from my ones on Christmas ever in my whole life!! But it was spent with my other family.....my in-laws. And it was a fantastic day and we had a tonne of food, gorgeous pressies and great craic. Thank you to my lovely in-law's, Brian and Lorraine for a lovely day.
So, I did manage to drag my butt to the Creative Craft Show up in Belfast last month. It was up at the King's Hall in their new Pavilion and the first thing I must say is that the Pavilion is a much better building for the craft show. Do you agree with me Northern Ireland Crafters? For starters.....the floor is even! I realise that is a strange plus to find at a Craft Show when there are tonnes of stalls crying out for my money but if you have ever been to the Craft Show in the King's Hall you will know what Im talking about, lol. It's like walking on a knobbly broken up cobbled street and as much as I love the early 1800's, Im living in the 21st Century (sometimes!) and I don't fancy breaking limbs over their dodgy flooring or having a Craft Stall land on my noggin! lol.
And I do realise that at the age of 32 I should be able to get myself around the place without fear of toppling head first from quite a height - I am 5ft 8" after all so its quite a drop! But I was at this craft fair with my sister who is 21 and she is ALWAYS having strange and weird accidents. So it wasn't even me I was worried about.......my sister T, is a total klutz. Sorry Tara....but really, who breaks their foot by merely jumping up and down on the bed? Really.....you are a klutz, lol. Yes, you heard me right.....Tara was jumping up and down on the bed with our wee brother, playing "No more Monkies jumping on the bed". And the biggest monkey of them all somehow managed to break the bridge of her foot........on the bed. No....not the hardest parts of the bed, like the frame or bed posts. Oh no, T broke her foot off the softest part of the bed.....THE MATTRESS!! Honestly....who breaks a foot by jumping on the bed? You'd laugh if someone told you that......which I did of course (being the supportive big sister that I am!). I swear, I would wrap her up in cotton wool and bubble wrap, only she'd probably break her arm on that! Pfftt!
Anywho, the Pavilion is much bigger so the stalls had much more room and the walk ways were much wider too. It was a great day's craic. I met up with my bessy mate, Maddy who is another blogger here in Blogland, click HERE for Maddy's awesome blog. So as we sat supping on a cuppa, we had a bit of a crafty gossip and a good aul giggle and we put the world to rights before shopping! As per usual, Ali-Crafts had the pleasure of receiving the majority of my money. I love their stall. I had a great aul waffle with Ali and her other half. If you want to have a nosey on their online shop, please click (Link no longer in service). They also have a blog, click HERE. If you are a Graphic 45 fan as I am, their prices on the Graphic 45 goodies is amazing. I love'em. And in case you think I am biased because I am affiliated with their company somehow.......I'm not. They are just a really fabulous craft company and I like to give a shout out to any craft company I think is worthy of it.
Anyway, here is a little creation I made. I do have a few other things up my ever filling sleeves, so hopefully I will be about Blogland a bit more this month and next. Thanks for dropping by.
Rag dolls have become very big again in the crafting community and I saw a few videos on Youtube showing you how to make them. But there was one lady in particular, Anneli Võika who is a doll maker and inspired me so much to design my very own pattern of doll. Her tutorials are absolutely fantastic and so easy to follow. Click HERE to go straight to her Part One of a series of doll making tutorials. Here are the channels of the other ladies who inspired me, Va (click here for here channel) and Fiona (click here for her channel).
|I made her some bloomers!! I love these bloomers, they are so cute!|