Thursday, 2 December 2010

...playing hooky...

It's been a pretty hectic 10 days...

...what with labeling and boxing-up...

...bagging and packing...

..and then driving to St Donat's Castle again...

.... for Christmas Crafts this time.

Sunday morning was bright..

...but the weather station was showing -7, and my fingers certainly got cold getting all the stuff into the back of the car!

It was well worth it though...

.. a lovely day all 'round.







I did try to take some photos of the stands, but the place was quite dark...

...and absolutely stuffed full of people, who, by the end of the day...

..were likely to be seen wearing various animal woolly-hats from the Nepalese guys on the next stall!

I had considered having a jaunt up to Llanelwedd on Monday..

..for the Royal Welsh Winter Fair...

...but weather conditions are not the best right now, and we decided to stay put!

No matter...

...Christmas presents are now being made at last! :-)

I love the little stuffed houses that appear all over blogland...

...and so set to work with the sewing machine.

(I like having all these fancy stitches to play with...like a kid with a new toy!!)





I've already started stitching them together...

...so will be stuffing like mad this evening. :-)

And just WHERE does the "hooky" bit come in you ask...

...well, that's THIS bit!

Crochet! I LOVE CROCHET!!!!!

...especially when it's all cosy with the fire going in the evening...

...so I started some bits with flowers in fine yarn...



..along with some granny squares in a lovely soft cotton...



..all made with hooks that live in this lovely little pot :-)))



There's lots more going on....

...but the buzzer has buzzed....

...and my sprout and bean gratin is therefore ready to consume.

Keep warm and happy....

11 comments:

Eva said...

What a great castle! And obviously well renovated. Such a sight makes me happy.

Dolores said...

Love those houses. It gave me an idea that I can make a house pillow for my daughter. Bigger and more work but I have the pillows in my cupboard just waiting for covers...

Chris Gray said...

Yes Eva...that castle is a beaut! It was nice to meet the students this time too....from all parts of the world...and all wearing animal hats! :-)

I'm glad I've given you some ideas Dolores...get that sewing machine going!

jude said...

hooky is good for the soul.

Chris Gray said...

...sure is Jude...:-)

ArtPropelled said...

The houses are going to be lovely, Chris. Glad you are enjoying the new toy.

JP said...

I am impresed by the sprout and bean gratin - more details please

Sharon said...

What a beautiful place the castle is. I love your little houses and would love to see the finished ones.

threadmedley said...

Hope you did well at the Christmas Craft show. And glad you are now enjoying some time playing with other things. Enjoy@

Chris Gray said...

Sprout and bean gratin...

brussel sprouts; tin of borlotti beans (drained and washed); 1 leek; a handful of grated gruyere cheese;

cut leeks into rounds and fry in a little olive oil. boil sprouts for about 20 mins until soft but not soggy! put sprouts and beans into the pan with the leeks. stir around and add salt and pepper. sprinkle over the gruyere and bake for about 30 mins at 180 degrees.

yum yum

little houses will be stuffed and finished by the next post :-)

jackie said...

Best wishes for Christmas and good things in 2011.