Knitted Hats

I’m not very good at knitting, well, I can knit, and do enjoy it. What I’m not good at is understanding patterns. When others says ‘this one is easy,‘ it normally isn’t for me! I’ve had some great disasters in the past and still have half a baby’s cardigan in my drawer from an ‘easy’ pattern, that has gone wrong!

I was shown this pattern and took a picture of it. Since then I’ve knitted four hats! It really is easy to follow.

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It can be knitted up in an evening and I find it really satisfying. I’m also told the bootees are easy once you have read the pattern a few times.

So for my craft stall rather than just selling a hat, I’ve created a new baby card and a gift tag just to be a little different. What do you think?

 

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Storage Tins

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I thought I would share this simple idea with you. I went to a craft fair and the stall next to me was all about recyling. They had some lovely containers which I didn’t automatically recognise as tins, but there were.

So I went home and made my own version and thought I would share them with you crafters out there.

Screen Shot 2019-06-29 at 19.05.38Take a tin, any tin, and take the label off it. You may have to scrub the bit where the glue has been. I would also put it in the dish washer to sterilise it.

Next step is to paint your tin and line it. I use lining paper for decorating. It’s thick and curls the right way. It will stick snugly under the lip of the tin. Be careful there is no sharp edges. I tend to find those that can be opened with a tab rather than the tin opener are not sharp.

I use a cross stitch a picture of what it will contain, simpluy because I love cross stitching. You need to stitch something that is quick and easy, or perhaps add a photo or something you have downloaded to show what it could contain. Make sure the photo is free to use. I use Pixabay for photos.

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I’ve just made this to hold knitting needles in. There are lots of things you can put in the tins, like crayons, pencils, etc. So  adapt the picture to show whatever you like.

I also used string to go at the top and bottom, secured with a Prit stick. Then just put embellishment in the centre, or decorate it as you will.

 

Gwenfro Gifts – Introduction

by Karen J Mossman

I’m retired, although I didn’t intend to 2013. I was made redundant from my job at the RAC. Hubby and I jiggled money around and I didn’t have to go our find work. Initially I thought I could start writing books and earn a little cash. How wrong could I be!

Yes, I wrote, and to date have fourteen books. I’ve always loved writing and what better idea than to do something you love?

What I didn’t foresee if the Indie market flooding. Everybody wants to write a book. Readers have so much choice and just like everything else want bargains and free books. Distributors, like Amazon offer a platform to sell, but take three quarters of any profit made. Now I write because I love it, if someone buys a book, then I’m thrilled but don’t expect it any more.

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When my husband retired and we lived off one pension. The government in their wisdom moved the goal posts and instead of receiving my state pension at sixty like I’d always been been led to believe, they moved it to sixty-six. Same for him, so we have a few years to wait for that. I still needed a small income and as I couldn’t do it with books, I turned to my other passion, crafting.

It is so much nicer to give and receive a personal gift, isn’t it?  Initially, I discovered I could make cards, and as nice they were, people didn’t want greeting cards any more, and although I sold a few, they much preferred putting a notice on Facebook instead. That’s such a shame. I love to receive a beautiful card, it makes me feel cared for know they have have taken the time to select it for me.

I then began making things and its been a real learning curve. YouTube has been my best friend. It’s amazing what you can learn from there. My imagination went into over drive. It takes time to build up a stock and I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different things.

I got this idea from a craft fair I did. The stall next to be did recycled tins, I went one step further and adding these pictures to to them.

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I’ve got two more craft fairs coming up, so am busy making new things..
Having said all that, I haven’t introduced this to the Magic of Stories just to sell, although it would be nice to do so. I want to share crafting stories, share my discovers, and write about what I’ve made, the difficulties and fun bits, and where the inspirations came from.

I also want to host other crafters as it’s great sharing stories or just seeing photographs of beautiful handcrafted goods.
All links to the blog posts will appear on the Gwenfro Gifts page, and if you subscribe to Magic of Stories, posts will land in your email box if that’s what you’ve selected, or just in the WordPress reader. So please reblog, share, and let’s bring crafters together!

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Do Middle-Aged Woman Become Invisible? Guest interview Toni Kief — A Little Bit of Blake

These are two of my favourite writers! I couldn’t reisist reblogging this absolutely great interview. In  parts it made me laugh because Toni Kief is a great character, she often cheers me up with her posts, comments and writing.

Julia Blake, is a very gifted writer and she has just started this new blog. Previously she wrote Facebook posts with acompanying photos. When I saw she had posted, I always wanted to read what she had to say because it I knew it would be entertaining. Now I’m thrilled she has started blogging properly. So do go over and follow her as you will enjoy what she has to say.

I’ve also read some of her books, they are clever and all different. You can see the reviews on Karen Book Buzz Blog.

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Gosh, its not until I’ve listed them I’ve realised how many I’ve read. My favourite? It has to be Lost and Found closely followed by Fixture and Fittings, or maybe the other way round!

Do women become invisible as they get older? That is certainly the opinion of this week’s guest the fabulously funny author, Toni Kief. Author of five independently published books, she made a conscious decision to have her heroines buck the trend and consequently they are smart, opinionated, determined and are definitely what would be termed […]

Be sure to follow Julia’s blog and read this fascinating interview.

 

My Week in Pictures

by Karen J Mossman

Today is chill out Sunday. A day to sit back and relax, which is what I did. This made me think of the all the things I’d achieved last week.

 

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Besides writing, I love crafts and the top row of the picture shows containers made from painted recycled baked beans tins. With a little decoration and a cross stitch picture, they look totally different.

I also played around with pom-poms and made this cool little owl.

Next to that are flowers in a pot made from crocheted daisies.

The pink knitting is actually a multicoloured wool where it changes colour the more you knit. I saw this cute baby hat that seemed quick and easy to make, so started it last night.

I walk my dogs every day and if we go to the park we come across this beautiful palamino horse. Last year, I was calling one of the dogs back, when the horse came running over. Now I make sure I have a carrot with me, so I can give him a shout and and stroke him, too.

Two of my Electric Eclectic books came out in paperback. Distant Time and Down by the River. I’m really looking forward to receiving my copies.

And lastly I have a new Electric Eclectic book coming out. The Magic of Stories has been republished under the EE banner, and is full of short stories and poetry with a new cover and even more content. It will have a slightly different launch to that we have done before. I look forward to sharing it with you soon.

What about your week? What have you achieved or done, we’d love to know

Abortion Protests

I was listening to the radio this morning and they were talking about exclusion zones outside abortion clinics. It was appalling to hear how women entering them were being harassed. It must be a difficult decision to have an abortion in the first place. There would be a lot of soul searching beforehand.

There are many reasons why a woman would choose this as an option. One mentioned on the radio was when the baby is not viable or deformed. It could be that the couple had been trying for so long and then devastated to discover they wouldn’t be having a child after all. Then to be harassed and shown photos by protesters outside a clinic make a bad situation worse.

The protesters are very passionate about preserving life but ultimately it’s not their body, their state of mind, or their choice. To protest is perfectly acceptable, but not at the cost of causing more upset and anxiety as a result.
It reminded me of when I was pregnant thirty five years ago, I had a good friend who was an anti-abortion protester. She sent me photographs of an aborted foetus, I don’t really know why, and guess she wanted to highlight the subject. I found the graphic photographs upsetting, and as a result, we fell out and never spoke again.

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In  Joanna’s Destiny, she faces the dilemma of what to do with an unwanted pregnancy. The father could be one of two men. One, an encounter that should never have happened. One of those, ‘at a party, too much too drink’ things. Besides, Joanna hated Kane, he was her nemesis, and the thought of having his baby made her shudder.

This is the moment it happened. They had been at a party at a villa in France. Joanna had just taken revenge on a girl who beat her up at a nightclub. Kane had instigated the revenge, and Joanna was so angry with him, she fled outside.

‘There was a small clearing in the bushes, overlooking the bay. Joanna sat down near the fence and put buried head in her hands. Sometimes she was such an idiot. She shouldn’t have done that. Why did I play straight into his hands?

Suddenly he was there, standing beside her. “Here, drink this.” He handed her a large tumbler. Standing up, she grabbed it, not caring what it was and knocked it back. It made her feel hazy, but relaxed. The music, still loud enough to hear, throbbed through her. Kane was watching her and removed a strand of hair from her face. “She’s gone.

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Claudine’s gone now.”

“Good,” she sighed, leaning her head against him. She felt surreal as if she wasn’t there. It was like she was watching herself from somewhere else.

Kane’s hands were rubbing her shoulders blades, and when she arched her neck, his mouth came down, and he eased her to the floor.

Joanna was lost in the moment. His kisses were tantalisingly good. She shivered, and her body arching towards his. At the back of her mind, she knew she should not do this, but felt powerless. Her dress fell to the grass, and she hadn’t even realised until his mouth was on her nipples. Her body felt like it was pulsating towards the music accentuating her sudden deep need. It was one she hadn’t felt for a long time.

As Kane manoeuvred himself into position, she had a moment of clarity. “Kane, no!” He didn’t respond, or perhaps he hadn’t heard her. Maybe she didn’t want him to stop.’

 

The other man was rock star Niko D’Angelo. She loved him and he loved her back except he had a carreer and was always on the road. She would hate for people to think she had trapped him. Beside, he once told her he didn’t want children.

 

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‘Joanna sat opposite him, so she could watch him as he spoke. “She got pregnant,” Niko continued. “We married and then everything I did was wrong. She’d somehow gotten in with my family. I had an album to record, and she wanted me with her. Hell, I think she expected me to carry that damn baby.” Joanna felt uncomfortable as she drank slowly. “I was trying to write and record, and she complained all the time. My mom gave me lectures, my sisters gave me lectures…it was shit!” He got up and refilled his now empty glass. Joanna shook her head as he raised the bottle to her. He was looking tired.

“So, what did you do?”

“I tried to do the right thing, stopped what I was doing and spent time with her. It still wasn’t good enough. After the baby birth, I was keen to get back to work.”

Joanna couldn’t help but sympathise. She knew how important it was to him. How could anyone tell him not to?

“Everyone thought I should spend time with the baby. All it did was yell, and I couldn’t work with that racket. Things went from bad to worse and finally I’d had enough and walked out.”

“You left her holding the baby?”

“I know it sounds bad. Things were bad. That’s why my family won’t talk to me. I had pressure from the record company as I was still under contract. I was just being pulled both ways, and no one understood the other side. Something had to give and it sure as hell would not be my career!”’

 

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As if Joanna’s life wasn’t complicated enough, there was her boyfriend Mike to consider. He hadn’t wanted children, she had known that from the start. He was horrified to find  out she was pregnant and felt betrayed. The moment he told her what he wanted came as a shock as she always thought she could talk him round. As a couple, Joanna and Mike hardly ever rowed but things were different now.

Joanna folded her arms and glowered at him. “This is also my house too, and I’m not going anywhere, either.”

“Fine,” he snapped, “but get rid of it.”

“What?”

“You heard me. Get to the doctor and tell him you want an abortion.”

“I can’t,” she gasped, realising that she couldn’t do that.

“Can’t or won’t.”

“I lost one child. I can’t kill another.” And that was the truth of it.

Mike looked stern. “You either get rid of it or piss off with it.”

“Mike!” she cried.

“I mean it, Joanna – it’s me or it, and I’m not having it in my house.”

That night as she lay in bed, she realised she hadn’t told him about Niko after all and went over her options. The following day she made an appointment with a clinic. It was awful as there was no one to talk to, and no one to tell her she was doing the right thing.’

 

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Don’t Look it up First!!

I’m delighted to share these wonderful words of wisdom by writer Joni Martins. They made me chuckle, as how many times have you done this?

Just came across a fun picture I thought I would share.

As you may be aware, I’m currently still working on ‘Diary of a Female GP’. This is nearing completion, albeit slowly. The book is based on the real-life experiences of a very close friend who worked as a GP. Although the stories have been changed slightly, the names are different and some of them have simply been chucked together, similar things have come across her path.

When I saw the image below, I just had to share it with you. It also reminded me of the mug her husband gave to her recently. It said: “Please don’t confuse your Google Search with my Medical Degree”.

And I can see how that could be annoying. Imagine John going to the GP after doing a search on the internet of his symptoms. He has had an itch on his scalp for a few days (he also has three young children in primary school who incidently also have been scratching their scalps but he has not taken this into consideration).

Guess what? His symptoms have now made him convinced, after the Google Search, he is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

It takes his GP a long time to convince him, after finding out the kids are scratching their heads too and head lice is rife at school once more, that John has picked up head lice from his kids. Even after the GP has confirmed the diagnosis by seeing the nits on his hair and scalp, John still needs convincing and reassurance there is no need to be referred to a neurologist to rule out Multiple Sclerosis. Still convinced the Google Search must be correct (the internet is always right, right?), John only agrees after the GP has reassured him he can come back if the symptoms don’t improve after treatment of the head lice.

I hope I have not made you scratch your head now with this story. Often people start scratching their head when you tell these stories. I also hope I have not made you paranoid now you may have head lice!???!! 😂😜😉😉