Archive for July, 2009


Seafood festival

July 28, 2009

The seafood festival in Weymouth last weekend was a very wet affair, at least on the saturday when I was there.


Despite the weather there was a good turnout, and some crazy fools even swam across the harbour!


At our stand we were making basking shark pencil pots. Most of the kids seemed to enjoy it but the instructions were a bit complicated for some of the younger ones and that meant it took some of them a while and caused some frustration! A lot were really excited when they saw the pots and it was nice to see the creative streak coming through at such a young age. Almost everyone, including the parents, was surprised to learn we get basking sharks along the coast here, and it was great to see the look on some of the children’s faces when we told them that even with that huge mouth these sharks aren’t man-eaters and don’t even have teeth!


As well as the crafting for the children we had a lot of information about the ocean, and the problems of pollution in particular. One of the displays that seemed to have the most impact was photographs of balloons and plastic bags as a turtle would view them from underwater. These look uncannily like jellyfish, which are the favourite food of turtles and many other marine animals. The most common cause of death across all turtle species is starvation caused by eating plastic bags that have been mistaken for jellyfish so we are campaigning to reduce the plastic bag waste that is thrown away, ending up in the ocean. Charity balloon releases are another huge problem, because although people see it as raising money for a good cause, they often don’t realise that the vast majority of these balloons end up in the sea causing major hazards for marine life. So I guess the message is hold a raffle instead!

Another display that got a lot of comments was this “souvenir” stand (click to enlarge):


The packets are all filled with plastic rubbish collected from the local beach. There was so much it could even be put in packets of matching colour! I find it very sad that so many people still think it’s acceptable and normal to leave litter on beaches, or throw waste over the side of a fishing boat, especially when by their very nature beaches are mostly used by children and families.

Luckily there are plenty of people helping to make a difference through beach-cleans, campaigns and fundraising. If you’re feeling inspired why not join your nearest beach clean event? Or look at the Dorset Wildlife Trust and Marine Conservation Society  websites for other ways you can help.


Not quite the weekend…

July 10, 2009

I was really looking forward to the weekend. Just ready to enjoy a relaxing couple of days, house-sitting for Matt’s parents, taking the dog for long country walks, watching the grand prix, having time to cook a few decent meals together… And then I remembered I have to work on Saturday. It’s the Weymouth seafood festival so I have to get down there to help set up a stand and talk to anyone who’ll listen about sustainable fisheries and the Marine Bill that’s currently working its way through parliament. Hopefully I’ll get a bit of time to look at the other stalls and try some of the seafood too!


These are a couple of ATCs that I made for a swap recently, I did a few more but don’t have a working scanner at the moment and I can’t seem to take good photos of them to I had to send them on their way without keeping a record! There is also a card for Matt’s sister who has just gone travelling for a few weeks.


Have a nice weekend, whatever you’re doing!



July 6, 2009

Yesterday we had a lovely day out in Winchester so that I could get to the Handm@de craft fair being held at the Guildhall. It was a fantastic event, and I’m glad I set a limit before I went in as it could have been very easy to spend a lot of money!

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There was such a wide range of crafts represented, from jewellery to soaps to photographs to stuffed toys, and just about everything in between! I tried to buy some small items from as many stalls as possible to try to bring home a good selection and support a lot of artists! Here are some of my goodies…

Greeting gards from Joan Stewart and paperleaf, and postcards from Joe Hurry and Julia Davey.

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Very funky pup keyring from Laurie Redman

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Lovely ceramic buttons (I could have bought hundreds of these!) from Karen Turner and Penny Spooner

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I love owls. I especially love embroidered owls with cute little heart buttons and bead dangles! From meninafeliz

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These ladies had just about my favourite stall of the day, although there were so many I loved it’s hard to say that! But something about this table really draws you in, and the detailed little pieces like my owl were beautiful.

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Another thing I loved about the fair was that so many people were using moo cards as business cards! They are really cute and I think I’ll have to get myself some.

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After a good hour and a half wandering around the guildhall,we found a nice little pub with a lovely beer garden to sit in.

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Even better, they had a little outdoor pool room with a television so we could watch the amazing Wimbledon final.

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We ended up having to eat here because we couldn’t leave before the match was over! Nail-biting stuff.

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!


Getting there

July 2, 2009

We are just about settled in to our new flat now and most of the (many) teething problems have been sorted out. Although I think the ancient fridge is struggling to cope with the heat so we may have to speak to the landlord about having that replaced. Ah, the joys of renting!

I have discovered that it is impossible to take a decent photo of the place so instead I focused on a few of the little things that were easier to get a picture of.

I love the weathered look of the letterbox and door fixtures. They give the place much more character and a greater sense of age and grandeur than it deserves!

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This little chap was a favourite Christmas present from Matt. He bought it for me on a trip to London when he was really ill and felt awful but still struggled out to get me a prezzie! I’m a lucky girl.

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It wouldn’t be home without books! This is just a small collection, mostly craft books. There are several boxes currently being stored at my parents’ house!

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I have to confess to being a bit of a hoarder. I love things. I’m not sure why this is, except that I get it from my dad, who has huge collections of books and postcards. I love hunting around charity shops and car-boot sales for anything that catches my eye. Anything that I think looks pretty is fair game, although I try very hard not to accumulate too much clutter as we just don’t have the space for it! But that is the explanation for this odd little mushroom, which I found for 50p at a charity shop and I love it! The puppy came from Manda, who writes one of my favourite blogs and  has a wonderful shop.

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I have a few new crafty endeavours to share with you soon, now I need to get out and make the most of the lovely weather we’re having here.