March 22, 2018

The Do’s n Don’t of online dating

Last year I decided to try online dating, it’s a big step for anyone and probably a bigger step if you’re over 60. I wasn’t warned about the scammers so I thought others should be made aware. I’m writing from experience, not hearsay, just what I’ve learned.
Being a trusting soul I believed the first message I received and ended up revealing my email address (I had set up one specifically to join the site). Endless messages followed, life history, pledges of love and support, it was relentless. After a week or so I blocked this fiend but not until after I was emotionally drained.
You’re up, your down, it’s lovely hearing a compliment but then like a kick to the stomach when they don’t reply to a message. Your brain works overtime wondering what went wrong.
Dating life lesson one- don’t give out email address.
It can be tiresome keep accessing the dating websites to retrieve messages so I do use WhatsAp, at least messaging is free and you can easily block anyone you don’t want to talk to.
Many men think they want a life partner but when push comes to shove they have no idea how to share their lives again. Selfish behaviour, not turning up for a date, only have time for the obvious. Some men will only want to use you for the obvious, that’s fine if that satisfies you too but take care and use protection.
Scammers often don’t have a profile picture- they tell you they’re in the army & can’t disclose their location or photos. They tell you their sob/life story in the first message, a huge great yarn, then ask for an email address or want to skype you. They tell you distance is no problem, that love is everything, blah, blah. I don’t give these the time of day, just block them straight away.
It’s not always obvious, you think you’re talking to Mr X from wherever but then you quickly realise from their spelling that they’re probably not even English.
Dating is time consuming, can be costly but so many people have met their life partners online that I think it’s worth taking the time to try. Don’t be fooled by the sweet talkers, don’t give your email address or bank details to anyone and most of all try to enjoy the process.
You might have to kiss many frogs but I’m hoping to find my prince eventually.
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February 25, 2018

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Over the years I have learned a lot about using etsy.com as a selling platform. With 2 shops to keep stocked and managed it is a commitment not to be taken lightly. You either want to sell your products or you don’t but there’s a whole lot more to it than just opening the shop and stocking it.

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February 23, 2018

Networking

Was something I thought other people did. I didn’t think it was relevant to someone like me who spends 95% of her time on her own, in her own little woolly bubble.Processing wool is a lonesome profession and I’ve spent the last 8 years doing it. I’m not a hermit-don’t get me wrong-I was a member of various organisations which got me out meeting like minded people and enjoying social activities.

Last year I joined a local group of people who work from home not realising it was actually a networking group. I went for the coffee and the opportunity to chat to other humans who also spend a lot of time working on their own.

There I met Debra, Debra opened my eyes to other ‘networking’ possibilities. Being new to the area Debra needed to spread the word about what she did, I’ve been in the area for more than 10 years and everyone around here knows what I do, don’t they?

My neighbours know what I do, but realisitically does anyone else? So I started attending Mumpreneurs networking club. This week I visited Toast in Hove and Brighton BNI. Where will it lead ? If you are looking to make your business grow, then it’s up to you to reach out, spend some time and as much as you can afford to join some networking groups. Most importantly enjoy it!

January 17, 2018

Whatever happened to 2017

It seems I’ve neglected to keep up with my posts this year. I won’t give away the ending before I’ve even started though, that really would ruin the surprise!

Processing wool is not an easy job and my body has suffered over the 7 years I’ve been doing it full time, after several de-nervations on my sacroliliac and another to look forward to in the new year, the doctor and I have an agreement that he does what he can to keep me working for the next 2 years.

I have also completely knackered my knees, so much so I have been unable to wash fleece for the past 3 months. I am hoping that with a good long rest things will have improved by the new year so I can get back to washing wool again. In the meantime I will be looking for someone to do a few hours work experience……..

2017 is the year I started networking which I have thoroughly enjoyed, I joined Mumpreneurs and have met some lovely people and had many opportunities offered to me. A dove release to remember my mum and dad was rather memorable.

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I have enjoyed a holiday in France with family, had a working holiday in Italy and a house sitting stint in Poole. Laterly I have been having weekends in Littlehampton but that story will follow shortly.

December 9th saw me organise the final Lewes Craft market of 2017 and my very last overall. 3 years was enough, it has been an experience and I’ve met some wonderful people and lots of new friends but it has taken me away from my first love, wool processing. Thankfully someone else will take it over next year so local makers and artists will continue to be able sell their wares direct to the public.

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My baking has gone down well at our local Country Market and more people are enjoying my gluten and dairy free bakes than ever.  I processed over 20K of Organic Seville oranges into marmalade and many kilos of local fruit in jam and jelly.

Still single but hope it’s not forever, there’s a man out there somewhere who needs me!

 

 

 

 

 

December 27, 2016

Stash Busting Blanket

Having knitted numerous woolly hats, cowls and mittens it was time for a change. Choosing just one ball of yarn from my stash I then tried to match other shades of yarns to it. I now have 22 mitred squares of approximately 9cm each.

Many of the yarns are hand spun, some are hand dyed sock yarn and I still have some of these colours to use up before I move on to a new colour.blanket

May 17, 2016

The Big 1000

Thanks to British sheep breeders around the country, dye suppliers, friends and family I will be able to celebrate my 1000th etsy sale before the year is out. I would say 95% of those sales are dyed and natural Rare Breed wool locks, that’s a LOT of wool! (If I combined the 2 shops I would be over the 1000 but I want to concentrate on the woolly one)

I love my job, love the natural products I work with and love the customers who never fail to amaze me with how they use the wool locks I produce.

2017 is just around the corner and it will be just as woolly!

January 25, 2016

For the love of Roger

One of the reasons I moved to this quirky abode was the fact there were two sheep in the paddock. Roger & Dave the elderly & overweight Romneys grazed happily year in, year out. Every year they were shorn and initially the fleeces were usable, in later years not so good. I had 2 of the good fleeces spun up into a nice yarn.
Every autumn I’d pick up all the windfalls in the village and in our orchard and give them a couple every day, this meant that every time they saw me they’d Baaa.
As with every life there is an end and Rogers came yesterday. He had struggled with arthritis for a while and the regular injections were not helping. The vet came and with blackbirds singing in the twilight he took his last breath. Dave is now a batchelor, he too struggles under his immense weight but we will make a fuss of him and hopefully he

will be happy for a while longer.

September 11, 2015

Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015

What an amazing day! arriving early meant I had the opportunity to meet a few of the makers before the public arrived en masse. My stand didn’t need much setting up, just needed more chairs & another table, 4 in all and I think 16 chairs. I met folk with 3D printers,a mosaic creator, a couple with huge structures made of crazy coloured ‘straws’. The dalek was waiting in the foyer. PCB’s, LCD’s and other things I had no idea about, slime that you make at home, tiny creations made from fimo, sewing machines, a knitting robot, a spinning wheel and a host of gadgets that you could play with.

Volunteers made sure I had all I needed, even a packed lunch appeared mid morning. These guys work their socks off.

After last years faire I came up with the idea of felting selfies, or felfies as I like to call them. Due to surgery interrupting my creative year I had to think of an alternative to making a hundred or so balls which I’ve done previously. I tried felting onto a piece of upcycled wool jumper and it worked a treat. Much less work cutting up the fabric (old jumpers) and took up much less room in my suitcase too.

So I was organised, 2 helpers were confirmed and the flood gate opened at ten, it was a slow trickle at first but then it was all hands on deck as the seats were filled and the activities began. Everyone was given the health & safety talk then they were able to create an image of themselves with wool.

Of course many went off piste, we had landscapes, seascapes, aliens, animals and anything else they felt like felting.

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June 1, 2015

What do you do with my Longwool curls?

I thought you’d like to see a couple more creative ways to use British Rare breed wool locks. I really look forward to seeing these images!

Cheryl of softnwoolly https://www.etsy.com/shop/softnwoolly created the unicorn, My very talented friend Hilary created the Tart. All her lingerie is machine embroidered. Her hair is natural black Wensleydale.

There are some very talented ladies out there!

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The Tart

Needlefelted Unicorn with Teeswater mane and tail

Needlefelted Unicorn with Teeswater mane and tail

May 18, 2015

Masham fleece, Ardingly Spring show 2015

I was lucky enough to catch the sheep show at the Ardingly Spring Garden & Leisure show this year and noticed there were some Masham sheep waiting to be shorn as part of the sheep show.

A quick chat to the shearer and he marked the ewe that had the nicest fleece, I was on spinning duty with the alpacas so couldn’t wait to see her being shorn.When I had my next break I caught the end of his show and then he sold me the fleece.

At the first opportunity I started to wash it and realised just how beautiful it was. I have washed the entire fleece now and about half is dyed. I have managed to spin some too, from the locks, no carding required. The locks are very lustrous, super soft and not very curly.

This has to be in my top 5 favourite fleeces. I think I have the fleece that I will spin up for the Masham sheep fair. I certainly won’t be selling all of it! Call me selfish!

Rose Petals

Rose Petals

Raked leaves

Raked leaves

Truffles

Truffles

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