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If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt then please visit Kirst’s blog to see how this all began.  I’m acting as guest host this month, and I hope you find everything to your liking!

I’ll start off with a list of those people who are taking part – please do visit their blogs and have a look at their entries for this month.

Inspiration

The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects is a very lengthy title, but a fascinating read.  Pictured here together with a few things it helped inspire.

Something I Made

I was actually a bit stuck for this one as it’s not been a hugely productive month, so I chose this random pincushion made from scraps of old pyjamas…

Motifs: Stripes

I couldn’t choose between these two.  The first is a selection of striped papers I’ve got in my stash, the second is a close up of a section of wall on the Portobello Road.  Which do you prefer?

Comfort

A heap of handmade blankets, the very essence of winter comfort.

Texture

Scraps of different leathers from the scrapbox in my studio.

In a few days, once I’ve had a chance to view all the entries for this month, I’ll put up my favourites – please do pop back to have a look!  In the meantime check back tomorrow to find out what the topics for next month’s CPSH will be.

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I have the BEST customers

Really, I must have the most wonderful customers in the world.  Last year a lady sent me a gorgeous pair of hand knitted socks, which completely blew me away.  Yesterday I got another parcel in the post, and I recognised the sender’s address but was mystified – why was she sending me a parcel?  So I opened it…

A gorgeous card, and a wrapped present.  I was still mystified, so opened the card…

Charley and Dan are the couple who commissioned the wedding invitations I made in October.  I was incredibly touched at this point, and in all honesty if I’d unwrapped the parcel to find an A-Z (or something equally as random) I’d have been delighted just because they’d been lovely enough to send me something.  It was much more than something daft and random though…

Hotel Chocolat! Yum-tastic!  What a lovely surprise 🙂  Thank you so much to Charley and Dan for their thoughtfulness, it was completely unnecessary but incredibly sweet of you.  I shall be opening these on Wednesday when I’m in my studio poring over this month’s Mollie Makes… chocolate and craft porn a pretty magazine, a perfect combination 😉

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This Saturday (3rd December) is the date of the annual Christmas Fair at Orley Farm School in Harrow.  I’m looking forward to this as there’s always such a lovely atmosphere at these school events.

If you’re free, then please pop along and join in with the festive fun.  If last year is anything to go by then there will be mulled wine, cakes, Father Christmas’ grotto, lots of handcrafted goodies to buy, and fun activities for kids to take part in.

Orley Farm School
South Hill Avenue
Harrow on the Hill
Middlesex
HA1 3NU

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This week’s Weekword is…

novel.

Get your thinking caps on folks!  What’ll it be?  Novel as in new, or novel as in your favourite book?  Surprise us!

If you’d like to take part in Weekword then please add a comment to this post, and on Friday I will add links to all the participating blogs.

If you’re new to Weekword it’s a simple concept.  A word is chosen each Monday and all you have to do is publish a blog post about that word.  It could be a photo or drawing inspired by the word, some poetry or prose, absolutely anything.

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You may remember that back in September I started making felted Christmas ornaments.  I got them made in plenty of time… and then didn’t get around to listing them on Etsy.  They are finally in my shop, and £1 from the sale of each set will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Squaring up to a task

Three months ago I randomly bought a batch of felt squares, in 70 different colours (from The Felt Fairy).  It was a bit of a whim, and I had a project in mind for them at the time, but that project has since been scrapped and so the pile of very colourful felt has been sat unloved and unused since then.

I went to visit a friend this weekend, and something I saw at her house has given me fresh inspiration … so hopefully I’ll be using this felt in the next few days to create something pretty.

 

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Well, from Blackburn really as I’m away for the weekend.  In truth I’m actually publishing this post in my own absence (got to love the scheduling feature on WordPress), and it’s just a little snapshot of the colourful blanket (which has yet to be named – any suggestions?).

I’ve managed to keep up the progress over the last couple of days, and am sad that I’ll have to take a break from it this weekend (it doesn’t seem very practical to go away with a bag full of yarn!).

In other news, if you haven’t yet signed up for this month’s Crafty Photo Scavenger Hunt then why not give it a go?  It would be lovely if we can get a few new faces participating, so if you know anyone who would be interested then please give them a shove!  I’ll be posting the list of participants (and links to their blogs) on 30th November.

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