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Good to see you

Just before the clock strikes 12 and we all turn into pumpkins or white mice – thank you everyone who called in and said hello at the Norwich Summer Fair today.

From this point you can travel the inter-galactic super highway to find me here and here and here.

On a practical note; birders there will be curlews, godwits, oyster catchers and herons on cushions by the end of the week.

For the people who fancied a flamingo I can’t find the promised photo but flamingos are definitely in the repertoire so I’ll get on with that.

And all those folk who arrived after the bees had sold out there will be new bees at next weekends open studio for sure.

Hope to see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 days

9 days until the first Cambridge Open Studios weekend which is cutting it rather fine.

The lists are many and long,

the walls are now chalk white,

the woodwork needs attention,

the door handles need repairing

the front garden is distressed,

the back garden is no longer domestic,

the headphones have stopped working,

a vital sketchbook is missing,

and the cans of spray paint are all blocked up so neon pink pigeons are on hold.

On the plus side I have discovered this which is delicious,

thread storage has been dealt with in a timely and recycled way,

I have work hanging on the chalk white walls

and the moths are out and about

 

Hope you can make it x

 

 

drizzle at first otherwise fair

img_5092The troops have rallied – surviving on emergency rations for days.

The hoover gave up – the new hoover looks scared

Rewards for prolonged period of self-sufficiency so far: new soap dish

Indulgence required before household rebellion.

On my calendar today is written ‘To The Beach’ in pen. Following Christmas fairs on two consecutive weekends and many weeks of preparation a sea breeze was calling.

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair was a tremendous event. The blue cotton drill hereditary cash bag, handed to me by my wonderful grandparents around 1985 following its retirement from the Alcester WI cake stall, was aired and back in use (an entreprenurial spirit was always encouraged).

And yesterday Histon Handmade, a contemporary design and craft fair with 14 other makers, over 750 visitors, old friends and new, and just 3 cushions left at the end of the day. Happy stats!

The order book is full and there are busy days ahead but today Well-next-the-Sea with a kite.img_5192img_5191img_5185img_5169img_5161img_5154

 

 

all hands and the cook

The show at  Craftco in September was a wonderful experience – thank you to all who visited and the great feedback.  Who knew hanging cushions on the wall could be so satisfying?img_4206-1

Stitchery workshops are being recieved with enthusiasm. For the most recent I decided zippy bags would  a good idea, not sure all participants agreed… with 10 minutes to go and a second attempt to insert a zip a voice called out ‘I’ve never had children but I imagine it’s something like this!’

More workshops in January, zips optional.

Right now, today, this minute and all minutes between now and Nov 17, I am making work for Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair and Histon Handmade. I have progressed from the calm stage through the denial stage to the batshit crazy stage. Not pretty.

pigeons-in-a-bean-field

See you on the other side.

a little elated

and working hard after a tip top weekend.

The list is unrealistic:

Waders, Hare bird, Foxes, Budgie, Goat, Octopus, Sheep bird, Moths at least two Bees and a badger.

It’s now Wednesday and moths are definitely out of the question.

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I have also discovered I am known by more than one name; not just the cushion lady but also The Upstart Crow. I’ll take that.

There are still three weekends of Open Studios so if you have time and the inclination do drop in. Make yourself comfortable, say hello to the dog, have a slice of cake and relax.DSC_0146.JPG

And then continue on to Number 206 wood engraver Andy English and all the other artists who are opening in East Cambs this weekend.  There are so many worth visiting. Really loads!