Saturday, 30 March 2013

Off on our Holidays!

We are sooooo excited to heading off on our holidays
in Dumfries and Galloway
and we really hope to see some of these....

Never stayed in this part of Dumfries and Galloway before
will tell you what it's like on our return next week!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

It's a bit of a mad rush

Today I have had a wonderful day dying
Mulberry Bark.

Just about unpacked all our goodies from the
show on Sunday and started to list some of it

I really liked the new jester coloured 

It's a bit of a mad rush as we are going
away for a family holiday on Saturday
and I can tell you I am
so looking forward to it!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

The show will go on!

We will be at the craft show today....
Cardwell bay garden centre, Lunderston bay, Gourock!
10a.m. - 4p.m.

Car packed and let me tell you it's fit to burst!

Photo's to follow!
We had a ball such fun!

Thanks to John for photo of us with hot chocolate trying to keep warm!

Rita - Vicky and Me!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

It's a snow pig.....that's what they tell me!

Yep they have been busy building a
Snow pig......
well what else can you do on a day like this!

It's still snowing!

This is bizarre, we are on the west coast with
the effects of the gulf stream......we never get this!

The view out out bedroom window below 
shows the snow on the trees.
Reuben has just kindly walked orders to post office.
There is no chance of getting my car out and I'll
be so disappointed if we have to cancel tomorrows show.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Oh my....not what we expect!

We're just not used to this.....
kids are hoping school is cancelled!

As you can see still snowing and
happy children as school closed.
Although Hope was crying when we received
the text as she rather likes school, 
so Mum had to take them all out a short walk in it!

Time for coffee!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

3rd Select Sunday....Introducing Rita

This week I'd like to introduce Rita.
We are both lucky to live in a beautiful 
coastal part of Scotland, but as you can see
Rita is even closer to the sea than me....
it's right at the bottom of her garden.

Rita HELPS me out big style at Hope Jacare's
new adventure back into the world
of dying / felt making and creative textiles.
She helps with many different things but she
loves to spin.

I can not tell you how exciting it is when Rita goes home with
a big fluffy batt of carded hand dyed fibres
and comes back with a wonderful yarn.
As Jacob would say - "Epic"

You will find Rita's yarns make an appearance
in a lot of our luxury creativity packs
and luxury felt making packs.

I can also let you into a wee secret about Rita
she has alot of spinning wheels!
I think it's a bit of an

Thanks to John her husband for the fabulous photo's
of spinning wheel in situ !

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Happy 3rd Birthday Stitch Bear Stamps!

Almost forgot! It's the 3rd Birthday at SBS
definitely something to celebrate.
I have sold my digi stamps there since the very early days
so from me a huge thank you to Stitch
and all the DT at OSAAT, you do a fantastic job!

Oh yes and there is a 1/3rd off all images to celebrate!


Yesterday spent a happy day wet felting pieces
for the cardwell craft show next sunday.

as always a merino base with added hand dyed
silks, mohair(you get great hairy bits!)
 and bfl locks.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Special order....

One of my favourite things is making up special requests
and this afternoon I made up a needle felting pack
for a lovely customer that I hope will be appearing
 in my select Sunday slot in a few weeks time. 

It had lots of lovely things in it and I can wait to see
what it needle felts into......

In case anyone is interested my craft room clear out 
this week is some Copic Various ink refills
and the tweezers to remove the nibs. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Playing with colour....

Lots of playing with colour this week.
Alas the weather hadn't been good enough to dry
dying outside on my washing line,
so it's back to the radiators.

But the sun did show an appearance for me to photograph
the large silk squares I had dyed.....

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Select Sunday no2 - Teeny Tiny textile Art by Ali

Secret Garden by Ali
" I create my pictures on felt using a mixture of needle felting, 
applique and hand embroidery, 
I add detail with beads, 
found items and other fabric." Ali

This week I'd like to introduce Ali at
I love these little pieces of magic.

Such fab tiny details in itsy bitsy
pictures, great spiders web,

What about that rock pool like
tangle of fishing nets below.
The tiny beads just add 
the perfect finishing touches!

Teeny Tiny Textile Art 
can be found at
and Folksy!

Ali is also a blogger and can be found at

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Featured again...and craft show at Cardwell

So pleased to have one of my
needle felting packs featured at Folksy again 
this week with some other
creative people .

Thanks to Claire Louise for letting me know.
This is one of her knitted felt kits

You can find her shop on Folksy
and she also blogs here!

Also just a wee heads up that we will be showing
at Cardwell Garden Centre,Gourock
 craft show on
Sunday 24th March 10a.m. - 4p.m.

Anyone local we'd love to meet you!

I'll let you know how it goes.

back tomorrow with my next select Sunday!
 Teeny Tiny Textile Art.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Bugs assembly

Great fun today up at school.
The P1A assembly show for parents
and friends - BUGS!

As you see Hope was a ladybird.
Below Ophelia, Scarlet and Hope.
They were all brilliant!

Their teacher Mrs Fox , Mrs Reid 
and of course the children
put in so much work.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Bilbo Baggins, Undead Ed and Mr Topsy Turvy

Dressing up at school today as your favourite book character
for world book day.
We have Caleb as Bilbo Baggins - The Hobbit
Jacob as Ed Bagley - Undead Ed
and Hope as Mr Topsy Turvy....Mr Men!

Such fun!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Introducing........Select Sunday no.1 Suzanne Martin

 I am soooooo amazed by  the wonderful creations
that crafts people share with me.
I have decided to start doing a regular post - Select Sunday.

This is not my work but I think it should be shared

This will be different people that use my hand dyed fibres
and fabrics and what they create with them.

Select Sunday no 1  - Suzanne Martin

A before and after of this wonderful vibrant wet felted piece
by Suzanne Martin.

Suzanne and I have known one another a long time
(right back to school days)
And she is still local enough that she can come by the studio
and hand pick her own fibres to create her wonderful pieces.

So far Suzanne isn't on Folksy 
but I don't think it will be long!

She can be reached at

Another piece by Suzanne combining some embroidery!

Pop by next Sunday to see another talented crafts person.

It goes without saying if you have used something of my hand dyed
fibres to create with I'd love to see it.
It gives me a huge buzz when I get contact with the crafts people I supply.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Tim Holtz - just incase

Just in case anyone is interested I am selling off some
Tim Holtz neglected goodies on ebay
You can find the listing here

Also Vintage items great for altered art or vintage projects.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Hope Jacare featured on Folksy

Really Pleased that my Hand dyed Merino Braid
was featured on the Folksy newsletter this week
I am really pleased with how my shop is going
and have met lots of interesting crafts people
and bought some lovely gifts too!

There really are some wonderful creations on Folksy and
if you haven't yet had a chance 
pop by to see what you are missing at
You can see my merino braid in their newsletter
choices here.