I rarely make the free gifts which come with many craft magazines (in fact I have a large pile which I intend to give to someone to make up for charity) but I did have a go at a wooden key ring free with Cross-stitcher magazine. I have been curious about unusual surfaces that people have used for embroidery and cross-stitch (and I have even ordered some paper for a future project) so I was attracted to trying on wood and it was certainly interesting. Not easy ... a bit hard on the hands and not as restful as fabric. I hit 2 major hurdles 1) ran out of thread, so you can't see the finished product.
2) Life seems too short to me to worry about the back of things and I tend to meander around trying to save having to end and start stitching, so the back of this currently looks like this....
Whoops! Still I have a cunning plan and will simply stick a bit of felt (or even some crotchet) over the back to cover.
Not my most successful of crafting weeks really! Never mind.
I had a lovely Saturday visiting Kendal Antiques Fair and Kirkby Lonsdale Vintage Fair. Some great stalls.
... and even better cakes ...
I manage to find a few bargains.
A vintage vase (£4), scarf(£7), Cup (£2 for two), the couple of Kath Kidson teatowels came from a shop and not vintage! And my favourite buys - 3 vintage broaches. I love how you can pick these old broaches up so cheaply - the bar broach was the dearest at £10 but I think it is genuine Deco. I've been enjoying wearing these (not at once) this week, a bit of bling on my rather sombre black jackets.
On Sunday the snow came again (but went as quickly) ... and I think many of us are in for some more tomorrow, so hope you can keep warm and snuggled up. Till next time.