Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Last Leg

If there's one thing I love its community spirit .. and this month I have experienced it multiple times !

A few weeks ago I joined in our local  community garage sale - there were many houses and stalls involved  but only two of us taking part in my street . However other neighbours starting bringing out chairs and parking them at the side of our tables , we spent the day selling and having a jolly good gossip and eating and drinking , my neighbours husband was even bringing out sandwiches and coffees. My neighbours on the left were having Ramadan and bless them , they came out giving drinks to everyone too, which can't be easy on a hot day during Ramadan. We had a really good day , and I encourage anyone to organise one in their street . Its a great way of getting to know your neighbours and also making some pennies . - Well thats if your neighbours table isn't selling make - up and baskets ( I think I spent all the money I made haha !) 
As you can see , it did turn into a bit of a knit and natter - and yes that's Calvin sewing the ends in on a crochet blanket  ... he does make me laugh !

Well I thought the excietment was all over until I watch  a programme called The Last Leg .. its a comedy programme here in the UK but it does talk about serious issues , like the recent budget and how its just going to make things so much harder for people. In the programme they encouraged people to give someone a #legup - meaning help someone who is struggling be it work , fixing something or just general help . When I saw this I thought of my neighbour , he had made huge plans for his garden and then found out he had a leg tumour and could not go through with rebuilding his garage . Some people might  not think that's too important , but when your poorly and when you open your curtains every morning and see it lying there in piles taking up the garden  , knowing that there's no chance of getting it done this year or being able for him or his family to enjoy the garden in the summer - it can prey on your mind and really get you down at a time you should be concentrating on getting well. ..... So I put a plea out for help on a facebook community site and wow within minutes there was about seven people willing to move and erect about 14 heavy concrete panels and bolt them in place .  One of the willing was the boss of a  local  Horsforth building company , L.A.H building , and knew exactly how he was going to help erect the garage even coming round the day before and planning it . We even got offers for the electrics for it - but it wasn't needed on the day - still how lovely is that ?







. It was a second hand garage and these things don't always have a tendency to go back up the way it did in the beginning ! But everything turned out super and everyone worked really hard . It was alot of fun too , lots of laughing , sandwiches , cake and beer ... perfect day really ... and my neighbour - well he was well chuffed !

 . So a Big Big thank you to all that was involved . xxx If you can help someone or  need help or know someone that does there is now a #legup website https://thelastlegup.wordpress.com/  

Or if your on Face book , go join your community page and ask there you may be surprised at how many kind people there are around you willing to give you a helping hand ! I hope the trend keeps going as its made a real difference in so many ways for my neighbour .

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Back to into the creative world !

Its been a while I know .. but the last few months I have got my creative mojo back - its back in a different way mind . I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and hypermobility some time ago and it has played havoc with my joints - to the point its very difficult to make cards and do the fiddly bits I used to - Thats not to say I've stopped forever , I've just taken a seat back a while .

However just because Im not cardmaking at the moment that doesn't mean to say I haven't been creative , far from it in fact . So where to begin  the gossip ?

Well .. I got into crochet and last year taught myself ( with the help of YouTube) to make some gorgeous little booties and baby things - i then progressed to blankets - which I love doing !
and also some tea cosies .. which at some point i did get a little obsessive about haha !



I even did some crochet bunting for the fireplace ! .. well guys from the crochet i then started paintng - the picture at the top is one i did called "If I had a caravan " .. I needed abit of colour for one corner of the living so decided to paint a picture for it - its abit qurky and the picture contains all the things I love -  you see if I had a caravan , it would be a vintage one , adorned with crochet blankets and cushions . Calvin and I would travel the countryside just selling our wares and eating cake .. oh what a life eh ... well I can dream can't I ? 

So Nice to be back in blogland folks - I will probably have to do a few posts this week just as a little catch me up !

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Fairies , rabbits oh and a tea party !



My house is being taking over by fairies , unicorns , rabbit and some jungle animals having tea parties and being read fairytales !!! .... If  your wondering if i've gone totally mad i haven't
i've just been doing some orders !



I love this one , my favourite i think is the Giraffe - its the tongue that makes me giggle ! .


Here's another pink one  with cupcakes  and fairy having a tea party . .. i do love making them its so much fun .. i chuckle sometimes while doing them ... thats sad ! haha  well these three we be making their way to a new home over the weekend ..

Orders can be made via email or ebay -  maddy.hill@hotmail.co.uk  £14.00 + 3.50 posting .


   happy crafting !




Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Tea and Cookies !

Well i actually started this card a few months ago and just never got round to finishing it .I have a box with images that i have been coloured ready for a rainy day .. Do you ever get those days were it's just relaxing just to colour rather than go the whole hog of making a card ? Well i must have had a few of those days because this box is half full !



Love this Tilda with her heart cookies !  Its not often i use this colour combo , i dont know why i really like the teals and browns .

This is my first card in months - really !  The inside is decorated also and ofcourse matching  I'd like to enter this card into these challenges .
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http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/ - ribbon but no bows.
http://fashionistachallenge.blogspot.co.uk/  anything goes .
http://craftsandmeinspiration.blogspot.ch/2014/01/january-challenge-144-and-winner-of.html  use a heart .- the cookies are heart shaped .


Happy crafting !


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Well shiver me timbers !

Just thought I'd do a quick post of the fimo plaque i was working on last night .. All finished and ready for the facebook page for Hearthounds crafts . 

I had great fun making the pirate and parrot !  They are available to order in any colours of your choice too.
 
They can be ordered from our page Hearthounds UK crafts and gifts on facebook or email me direct maddy.hill@hotmail.co.uk 

£14.00 plus £2.50 posting - 
paypal accepted .


Happy Crafting 
love 
Maddy x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Fimo fairy door /name plaque

Well the fimo has eventually come out ... yes im getting back to my old love of fimo - soon i shall be doing the cards again !

I made the fimo fairy and teddy  door / name plaque  for orders for Hearthounds a non profit organization that helps the homeless and their street dogs with food and vet bills .. I was very touched by two doggies in particular . One called Zac a street dog in Edinburgh ,he belongs to Kevin who is homeless . Many of the homeless who have dogs relay on them for companionship - in many cases it can be the only family they have and will often feed the dog before themselves...

They gave Zac a coat and food for the week plus treats !

              This door / name plaque has a cute fairy with glittery wings and teddies ! 

The name / door plaques are available to order - monies go towards hearthounds and its their paypal that it goes into .. they are £14 plus £2.50 uk posting - overseas will vary .. please email me to order - colours of plaque / hair etc Boys also available - name / pirate and teddies / puppies .. or more bespoke orders welcome ! maddy.hill@hotmail.co.uk for orders or via facebook .


I you would like to help hearthounds there are many ways to do so -- whether you could help with a blog appeal ?? or donate or just share this post or please if your on face book check
them out  here and see the wonderful ways in which they help - its only very small so everything and every share counts xx  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hearthounds-UK/427594664019097?ref=br_tf

Happy crafting everyone xx love maddy