Dash Away Part 6


Part 6 complete of Caterpillar Cross Stitch Dash Away SAL which is a mystery Christmas sew along


Getting into Artist Trading Cards

As many of you have seen recently I have been working on big sewing projects. I used to make cards for people but the numbers have dropped a lot so didn’t see any point in continuing.
Then I came across Artist Trading Cards (also known as ATC) on Facebook. There are all sorts of groups for it and I found it quite enjoyable being limited to a small size 

Cards I sent out

You are given themes which does help. I would highly recommend joining these groups to mix up your crafting a bit as it also involves paper craft. 

I would say also only say you can do a swap if you have the time to do the making otherwise it’s not fair on your partner.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery 2017 Stitch Along Reveal!

And another Stitch Along I have joined! This one as you can see from the sneak peek has been designed so it will be one picture at the end. It is a standard one where you will get one picture per month.

For more information you can check out their website https://www.thefrostedpumpkinstitchery.com/ 

But as I’m in UK I ordered mine from http://www.thehomemakery.co.uk/

Cloudsfactory 2017 Stitch Along Reveal!

Yes I have signed up for next years stitch along which is called Fabulous Women in History. The most exciting thing about this one is that there will be two pictures of these amazing ladies each month next year.

If you are interested and want more information check out their website http://www.cloudsfactory.net

The 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge

As 2016 is rapidly coming to the end I thought I had better see if Popsugar is doing another reading challenge as I have done the two they have done so far. To my delight yes they are and they have included an advanced section which I’m not sure if I will achieve but will definitely try! 

It may sound hard work as I’m effectively being told what to read but I have come across books that I never would have tried before and enjoyed them. Because of them I have finally read Dickens and Agatha Christie.

Are any of you doing a reading challenge? 

Completed Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2016

I am very happy to announce that I have finished my second reading challenge from Pop Sugar and now I can read exactly what I like! That is till next year….

A book based on a fairy tale


A National Book Award winner


A YA bestseller

Red Queen

A book you haven’t read since high school


A book set in your home state

The Light Years

A book translated into English

The Blinded Man

A romance set in the future


A book set in Europe

Mary, Queen of France

A book that’s under 150 pages

Too Good To Be True

A New York Times bestseller

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

A book that’s becoming a movie this year

Me Before You

A book recommended by someone you just met

The Past

A self improvement book

Eat Pray Love

A book you can finish in a day

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

A book written by a celebrity

Back Story

A political memoir

Please Mr Postman

A book at least 100 years older than you

Great Expectations

A book more than 600 page

Hold The Dream

A book from the Oprah Book Club

Great Expectations

A science fiction novel


A book recommended by a family member

Picture Perfect

A graphic novel

Star Wars Episode One Phantom Menace Vol 1 Manga

A book that’s published in 2016

Too Good To Be True

A book with a protagonist who has your occupation

Hold The Dream

A book that takes place during summer

And then there were none

A book and its prequel

The King’s Concubine

The Uncrowned Queen

A murder mystery

And then there were none

A book written by a comedian

Back Story

A Dystopian Novel

Red Queen

A book with a blue cover

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

A book of poetry

Poems of William Blake

The first book you see in a bookstore

Red Queen

A classic from the 20th century

And then there were none

A book from the library

Slimy Stuarts

An autobiography

Please Mr Postman

A book about a road trip

Eat Pray Love

A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

Eat Pray Love

A satirical book

The Uncommon Reader

A book that takes places on an island

And then there were none

A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

Lord Robert

1066: A Medieval Mosaic A Modern Bayeux Tapestry


This week I went to see the exhibition 1066: A Medieval Mosaic,a modern version of Bayeux Tapestry which appropriately is being held in Hastings, East Sussex. Although this is nowhere near as old as the original the colours have been chosen sympathetically in keeping with the original.


Michael Linton (Pictured above) along with his daughter created this wonderful masterpiece using steel. I was lucky enough to talk to Michael about his creation and even held a small piece of steel mosaic!


The total mosaic is 64 metres long and weighs 450 kg.


The last two panels which had been lost sometime ago had been lovingly researched so they were able to finish the Bayeux Tapestry as accurately as possible and show William I being crowned (Pictured Above)

The exhibition is being held at St Mary’s in the castle crypt, Hastings and is there till 28th October 2016. Check out their website here http://stmaryinthecastle.co.uk/events/#exhibitions

It is free entry but you can contribute a donation.

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