The Adventures of Moopy in Sheffield: Part 1

August 18, 2009

A while ago I took part in my first softie swap. I love softies but hadn’t really made any before, except for little tiny ones made from felt. Unfortunately the photos I took of my softie are on another camera that I can’t find the lead for at the moment so I’ll have to share them with you another time.

My partner was the very talented Lisa and she made me a lovely mini moopy:

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Moopy came to Sheffield with us so that I could show you some of the places we visited without having to get in front of the camera myself! The photo above was taken in a little pub in Bakewell, where we spent a nice relaxing afternoon pottering around the shops and walking along the riverbank.

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Of course, being in Bakewell we had to try a proper Bakewell pudding!

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It was deemed acceptable by the highly critical panel.

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Since we were last in the city, the Wheel of Sheffield has been put up at the top of the high street. It is a bit like the London Eye but smaller and you get your own little capsule as long as it’s not really busy. Of course we had to have a go, but unfortunately Moopy wasn’t with us as we were on our way back from quite a smart restaurant (Silversmiths, the one Gordon Ramsay sorted out last year).

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It’s getting late so I’ll save the rest of the trip for another post. Happy Tuesday! (just)



August 11, 2009

We had a lovely few days in Sheffield, got to visit some friends and go back to a few of our old haunts (thanks Ann and everyone at the Dog and Partridge!) Back home and back to work now. I’ll be posting some of our exploits from the trip over the next few days.

I just wanted to share one of my brooches with you.

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I made this little guy a while ago and I’ve been lucky enough to have it featured today on the Handmade Jewelry Club website! This is a great site promoting handmade items as well as sharing techniques and tutorials.

Also, head on over to Lazy Daisy Glass where Kathryn is having a fantastic giveaway of some of her beautiful glass creations, they really are stunning!


Going AWOL

August 7, 2009

I will be away for a few days vising friends but will be back to catch up with you next week!
Have a great weekend 🙂



August 4, 2009

I’ve recently discovered inchies, via swap-bot, and I have to say they are quite addictive! It’s fun to see how much art you can fit on these tiny 1×1″ canvases. A quick search on flickr will bring up hundreds and they can be quite inspirational.


These are some inchies I made recently for a colour themed swap (sorry about the poor photo, I was trying to get a quick pic before sending them out to my partners and there was no natural light). I’m quite happy with how they turned out, and I also received some great inchies back:

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I’m planning to try to collect a whole load from different people and make a sort of mosaic to frame for our wall, something like this. If you haven’t tried making them I really would recommend it. It’s a challenge to create such a mini work of art, but you might end up with some teeny treasures!


I made a treasury!

August 3, 2009

I’ve finally got the hang of the treasury feature on etsy! I waited until there was a space this afternoon and then pounced and got the chance to feature some of my favourite items from all the talented etsians out there. The treasury is here if you want to look. I’d love to hear your comments about it. I can see this getting quite addictive!



Here is a screen shot in case it expires before you get a look. And hoping you peeps are actually interested and I’m not just boring you with my new found passtime!


Attempt at regular posting #1

August 2, 2009

I had planned to try to post here more often this month. At least every couple of days. However, that has proved to be harder than I thought as somehow all the time in the day gets magically used up with other things. And now it’s really late and I should go to bed. But in order to reassure myself that I haven’t been completely unsuccessful I thought I’d just post a quick picture from my weekend.

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I took this at a country park that I went to with a friend for her birthday.

There. Now I feel better for at least posting something. Maybe I can keep this up if I keep it short and simple! I hope you had a nice weekend!


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.