The strange and wonderful life of a self-confessed bead addict (and speech and language therapist)

25 March 2012

First Day in Devon (Saturday 3rd March 2012)

Howdy all!

This post is the first in a series chronicling my recent week in North Huish, Devon with my lovely mum, Crafty Gailie. The point of the holiday: do whatever we like for a whole week!

This also marks the beginning of a new blogging experiment for me: I’ll be attempting to follow up each post with a tutorial article for the techniques I’ve used to make the items for each day of the holiday. Bear with me: I’ve never done this before. I’ll be enlisting my mum and fiancé to take photos of my hands while I explain the basics of each step. I’ll also be relying on you lot to tell me if the instructions are clear enough!! one. After about four hours of driving, broken up by a lovely ploughman’s lunch at the Eagle Tavern on the A303 near Buckland St. Mary, Somerset (well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area), we arrived in the idyllic setting of North Huish, Devon.

The cottage was stunning; pure bliss. We stayed in one of the gorgeous barn conversions run by Faith and John Scharenguivel of Coombe House. The views from the front and back were gorgeous, and we soon became of our new ‘friend’: a local (and very noisy) pheasant who circled the grounds daily. We named him Gil, and he very quickly became a regular source of amusement and affection for us.
So...after our arrival, and a quick(ish) trip to the nearest supermarket (7 miles away), we had a week’s worth of supplies to fill our cupboards and fridge (a sizeable wine box and bottle of gin were high on the list, as well as some frankly stunning locally made cheeses).

And so...the making did commence! This little lot represents our first evening of crafting: not bad for a few hours in the evening! A pair of decopatched coasters (now available on Folksy) and a wire-crocheted necklace for me, and a couple of gorgeous new-home cards for mum. We were already in heaven!
My first tutorial post (hopefully to be published some time next week), will go through the basics of crocheting with wire, and adding beads to each stitch as you go.

Wish me luck!! :)

1 comment:

  1. At least you are having lovely weather. The coasters are very pretty.

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