Saturday, 27 February 2016

Craft Club Exhibition - Summerhouse makes

Hello......... It's time again for our local craft clubs annual exhibition,  having several chronic illnesses has led me over the years to discover my creative side and was in fact the reason I started this blog. It has also helped me meet some wonderful creative people.

 I spend most my time either in bed or resting on the sofa and my days are structured with paced activities  and lots of rest in order to try and help manage my health and energy levels.  Within this I'm allocated 10 minutes crafting time a day, it's my favourite part of the day an escape and a lifeline

A few years ago I started going to a local craft group run in our library, (when I was well enough) in fact it turned out most of the members also have chronic illness, so it appears crafting seem to be a perk of these horrible illnesses, any road once a year we have a exhibition in the local library and this years one start tomorrow, so for the past year we have all be crafting away making items.

The themes this year are Hans Christian Andersen, Rohld Dahl and a group project based on the seasons.

Hans Christian Andersen

The Ice Maiden

As I've struggled a lot with my health over the past year, a lot of the makes I'm putting in the exhibition this year, were not specifically made for it, you could say I've done a little bit of borrowing and if it can fit one of the themes then it's going in.

So I because of it's wintry icy colours, I'm going to put this mandala in, I made it here in memory of the lovely Wink here

The Snow Queen

 For the Snow Queen I made a few things including something new, yes a friend and I decided we would make a tiara, as every queen needs a crown.  So last weekend, we had a go, neither of us, has ever made one before but with beads, wire and a little help from you tube.


We made this !!!
I'll write up a post all about it soon.

I'm also borrowing putting in this flurry of snowflakes for my yarny advent calendar

and I've put together this collection of Roses and winteryness from the fixings of my crocheted wreaths, you can read more about them here

The Little Mermaid

For the little Mermaid I made this paper cut which you can read all about here

Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I'm entering my Ice Cream Cushion  

and these candy coloured

Mandala's made back in 2014 for Charlie and the Chocolate factory, none of them were made with the theme in mind so are kind of borrowed, but hey ho

Fantastic Mr Fox

Another old make going in is this fox also made back in 2014, well with the theme it would have been rude not to let him go in the exhibition, you can read more about him here 

and finally we have my Spring panel for the group project.  So that's it for this year all the makes are ready and waiting to go.

I'll do another post when the exhibitions up, so you can see what every ones been making.

Happy Crafting 

Clare xx


  1. Claire, you did a wonderful job getting all those projects together for the exhibit. The crown is gorgeous,

  2. What a fantastic group of projects. I don't think I could choose one that would be my favorite. The mermaid must've been before I started reading your blog. She's gorgeous. And so is the fox. I could reach right out and pet him. I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of the rest of the groups efforts too. Everything fits the theme perfectly and they're all beautiful.
    Blessings, Betsy

  3. Lots of fabulous creations :) must be satisfying to see them all together! X

  4. Lots of fabulous creations :) must be satisfying to see them all together! X

  5. This is just beautiful, you did a GREAT job, Clare, and I'm sending my heartful wishes to you and all crafters of the exhibition !

    In stitches,

  6. You get so much done with such limited time. Wish I could attend this show!

  7. Well done, Clare! So many good makes...but I especially enjoy Mr. Fox and your Spring panel. I hope many enjoy the exhibit. xx

  8. What great entries for the exhibition, I particularly loved the tiara very impressive.

  9. Your creations are lovely. I remember when you were going to start the tiara and now it's finished it looks so pretty. Congratulations to you and the other crafters. The exhibition in the library will be enjoyed by all who visit.

  10. I love the beaded embroidery project - all of the projects are beautiful.

  11. Oh what lovely projects one and all - and fantastic to see the finished spring panel, it's so pretty!

  12. I can see how the 10 Min creative time are your favorite of the day! Your works look amazing and so cheerful!

    Take care
    Crochet Between Worlds

  13. Super makes, Clare, and now I think we need to see a photo of you wearing that tiara! I love your wintry colour palette, which is surprising because I always think that I don't like pastels; I obviously do! Take care. x

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  15. Hi Clare, thanks for linking up. Your makes are wonderful! I love all of them, but especially the tiara. How neat. I can just see you wearing it. Good luck with the exhibition and enjoy.