Monday, 4 February 2013

I Wish I Was An Octopus.......

 
If I was an octopus, I could.......make my quilt, (look at those corners, yay!)
 
 
AND I could play with printers trays and wallpapers.......
 

 
AND I could crochet away to my hearts content........
 

 
And I could indulge in my newest hobby, needle felting.....
 
 
Actually, make that a centipede! There are so many things I want to do, all at the same time! Unfortunately I haven't enough hands, or energy!
 
On Saturday I spent the day with like minded crafty souls learning the art of needle felting, just look what greeted us as we walked into the room!
 
 
A HUGE basket full of yarny candy floss, I almost fainted! I really enjoyed the needle felting, I almost felted myself into a trance, that was until I pricked my finger, the needles are soooo sharp! I definitely want to do more of this, when I have the time (and energy!).
 
Last week, the first of my swaps arrived.......
 
 
Thank you so much Gillian, little Bea loves it!
 
 
She wants to know why I can't do stuff like this!!!
 
I've also been lucky enough to receive these....
 
 
Thank you Rosie, these will come in very handy!
 
 
I'm amazed everyday by the generosity of this Bloggy community I am part of here. Whether, it's advice on something crafty, support because someone's feeling fed up, or just to share funny stories, there is such a sense of belonging. It might be different from the relationships we have with our family and friends, but it's still so important to many of us.
 
After several years of ill health, I'm trying very hard to get my life back on track. This is taking up a lot of my energy, so whilst I'm readjusting, I might not be able to post so much, please bare with me!
 
 
Bye for now!
 
Ada :) x
 
 
Etsy news....I'm putting a few more bundles in my shop, these are just from my own collection of sheets, when they're gone, they're gone! I'm needing to make room on my shelves! I've also reduced the price of some wallpapers, again....need the room!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

47 comments:

  1. Oh to be an octopus! I know that feeling far too well. There is always a list running in my head of things I want to make / do / try - needle felting is one of them. Good on you for making it to a class!
    As much as craft is wonderful and blogging is important too, your health is the biggest priority by far so carry on looking after yourself Ada Bea and put your energy where its needed x

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  2. You've been very busy for a non- centipede! :)

    Your corners are brilliant....wish I could get them so perfect.

    Needlefelting is looking very appealing..maybe one day when I turn into an octopus I'll be able to try it.

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    1. Thank you, never thought I would be proud of corners! :) x

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  3. The needle felting bug is stabbing it's way around my house too. My eldest went to a craft workshop the weekend before last and came home with a bundle of fluff and a needle that duly broke. I bought her new needles on Saturday and have hardly had a peep out of her since! The mini pastry cutters have gone up to her room and every so often she emerges with little hearts and flowers. After I dropped her at school this morning I realised she was clutching a carrier bag with the fluff and the rather lethal looking tool in it!
    Have a good week
    Ellie
    x

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    1. Oh No! Well spotted, that wouldn't have gone down well with the health and safety police!!! :) x

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  4. Oh yes - that WOULD be great! One tentacle for each of my unfinished projects and one to spare for something new! Enjoy those books whilst taking a step back and resting up a bit to regain your energy...
    x

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  5. I know the feeling - being an octopus would suit me just fine! x

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  6. I went to your etsy ,and the prices were all in dolars ,The needle felting is a mystery to me ,I look forward to seeing your makes ..love Jan xx

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    1. You can change the currency settings by clicking onto the button, bottom left hand side on the Etsy site. I always put them on in UK pounds! :) x

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  7. Your etsy store is looking great. Sooo much goodness there. Take care Ada xo

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  8. Ada, I absolutely adore all your wonderful sheet projects. They are all so beautiful! Corgi? I came running. I really didn't know anything about this type of dog until all this Jubilee business (I'm always the last to get on the bandwagon) What a cute sweatshirt for your daughter. What a lot of work, beautiful! Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks for visiting Elizabeth, Gillian did a great job with the tshirt! :) x

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  9. I'm so glad little Bea likes the t-shirt. I had a lot of fun making a floral corgi.

    I too wish I was an octopus - so many WIPs, so little time...

    Gillian x

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    1. She wore it for her sisters party, lots of compliments! :) x

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  10. I can utterly understand how you find craft a great therapy. I do to. It has got me through some of my hardest times. It's brilliant to completely focus on a project and to turn illness into something beautiful and tactile.
    Take it easy on yourself while you are recovering. I hope that you feel better soon.
    Rosie xx
    PS Glad you like the books.

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    1. I'm fine, just need to pace myself that's all! Thanks so much for the books! :) x

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  11. a lot of energy!!!! I would love even a day with more than 24 hours!!! ;oD
    xxx Ale

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  12. There's no stopping you Ada ... needle felting looks like a lot of fun, although I've never tried it. Love the little felted heart! Debbie Stoller taught me to knit through her knitting book :) Hope you're feeling better soon, at least crochet (& knitting) can be done in a comfy chair with your feet up :) take care, Wendy

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  13. I love that t-shirt....and i too wish I had extra hands to finish everything on my many lists!!
    Heidi Every thing always looks so colorful and happy here!

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  14. I wish I was an octopus, too!! Such pretty makes!! xo Heather

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  15. I so agree about being an octopus but even then I do not think I would have enough arms maybe a centipede is being a bit greedy though! Patchwork looking good and love the needle felting, I can see you investing in an embellishing machine, I have one, do not use it as much as I should as lacking those octopus arms but it is a great machine. Mind you to do little things hand felting is fine,

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    1. Not heard of an embellishing machine! Sounds intriguing! :) x

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  16. Ooh I love all your crafty things Ada! The needle felkting is fabulous, very original and pretty. Wish I was an octopus too, there aren't enough hours in the day to achieve everything ...

    Have a terrific Tuesday!

    Love Claire xx

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  17. So pleased to hear you are getting better. No pressure to post!

    The blog community is fab!

    X

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  18. but I thought, with everything you do, that you WERE the most exquisite centipede- with each little leg (or hand?) a different pastel flower-power colour!
    xx

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  19. What a fun idea, but by the look of all these lovely makes, you've got the art of multi-tasking down to a fine art already!
    It's all very fab-u-lous :-)
    Happy Tuesday,
    xx

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  20. what a fabulous way to spend a day...love the needle felting x

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  21. So sorry your health isnt very good at the moment i know what that feels like. Im in pain everyday but just carry on because you have to i want to make the most of life before my body gives up on me :-) That felting looks great fun what are you going to make? look forward to seeing what ever it is. Its nice to try different crafts. Have a good week and take lots of care, dee xx

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    1. I'm sorry your health isn't great, bet this cold weather doesn't help, take care :) x

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  22. Eight arms would be so useful but might look a little peculiar :) ... they would make life alot easier though ... I could craft and clean at the same time ... Bee xx

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  23. EIGHT ARMS-

    Perfect for Jumble Sales!

    noodleBubble x

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    1. Hadn't thought of that one! Thanks for your visit! :) x

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  24. Many pretty things in your post:)) I love the colours in your quilt:)
    Needle felting looks interesting:)

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  25. I too have the octopus syndrome Ada, so much to do, so little time :o) Sometimes I lay in bed and cannot sleep for the desire to be making, totally silly I know !
    Hope you can pace yourself and keep that in line with your health too. As for your swaps, my goodness that corgi is too heavenly, wow. Oh, and such a generous couple of brilliant crochet books. Gosh , the generosity is truly amazing in the land of blog, I really value it too xox I'm not sure if I'm going to paint and decorate my newly bought old printers tray, I have been tempted to do a little bit of paper background sticking similar to yours...hmmm. Decisions, decisions xox P

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  26. It is a wonderful community to be a part of isn't it.

    And from one who has also struggled with health issues for years and who knows both that it does us good to try and get some semblance of normality back into our lives but also how easy it is to overdo it, take it steady my friend

    PS I'm glad we only have two arms, knitting a sweater with more would be so tedious! ;)

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  27. "In an octopus' garden, in the shade..." Oh yes, I often have that feeling. I do think of you as an amazingly productive and vibrant crafty person though, so I'm sure you're more than halfway to octopus status already. And I'm desperate to try needle felting! x

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  28. Yes octopus arms would come in very handy! I'm excited to see your needle felting creations. Have a happy week, Hazel x

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  29. I generally wish I could have 36 hour long days to knit and crochet and create... But being an octopus could actually do as well!
    Lavinia

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  30. You're not alone Ada - I'm all over the shop too. Lots of little projects on the go and more I want to start. I can't seem to commit to one project at a time. On the plus side - there will be an abundance of beautiful makes being completed at the same time that you will be able to show us. I love Gillians top - very cute :-) Take Care Ada, hope you feel better soon. Mel x

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  31. You don't need another 4 arms and legs, you already get an amazing number of projects completed. I have decided i probably need to clone myself, at least 6-8 times in order to fulfil all my mothering, work, wifely, renovating, creating and gardening obligations and dreams! Until then i will just puddle duck along in bits and bobs, doing what I can. Love visiting your colourful blog. mel x

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  32. yes lots of crafts there! you will never be at a loss for things to do. I like needle felting. Have you seen the garland of felted hearts in the recent mollie makes? I'm quite tempted, although I'm not sure where my needles are now. Hope you are okay. I will hop over and have a look at your shop now, Heather x

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  33. There are definitely not enough hours in the day - or tentacles on an octopus - to get everything done! I haven't tried needle felting yet but love the work over on Marmalade Rose's blog - well worth a visit x

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  34. ~ Hello...I did think YOU had been watching to much of Professor Brian cox, with all the octopus stuff! hehe...LOVE your felt makes, Mrs! Enjoy all your creative days.... and I agree a few more hours in the day would be lovely for all this creativeness! I am pretty lucky I get to sew and paint at work all day and I have just the bestest job ever..Take care now.....Love Maria x

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  35. Thank you all so much for your comments, apologies to those whom I've accidentally deleted. Ada Bea and technology, not a great mix! :) x

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  36. I'm just trying to imagine having eight arms to do all those things we all want to do all at once and wondering what kind of head space I'd be in!!!

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  37. You always use such gorgeous colours in your makes. I love those greens in the patchwork and the pastel crochet.

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