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Frock ‘N’ Roll

Handknitted Scarves

Last Saturday was Fe-line Women’s Christmas Frock ‘n’ Roll and I was lucky enough to have a stall for my crafty little bits and pieces. It was only the second time that I’d had a stall anywhere so had the same worries that I’d had before: What if I didn’t have enough stock? What if no one bought anything of mine? What if I sold out? (Okay, this last one would be awesome! But I worry about everything!) I always worry about not having enough stock, & just like last time, had left making things to the last minute. I had a new range in scarves that I’d been working on, but I hadn’t even started the final one by Saturday (though I was half way through by the end of the end of the day!). I hadn’t made any jewellery in ages and wanted to add some mobile phone covers to by collection. So in the run up the Frock’n’Roll, I was crafting like it was going out of fashion! The end result? I had more than enough stock!

Frock n roll

Not bad huh?! I was sharing my stall with Carol from Beyond Bubbles, who hand makes her own soaps, using all natural ingredients. I think the stall looked, & smelt, pretty good. I was right by the entrance to the stall area, so wanted my stall to be as eye catching as possible. The scarves were a great hit, as they are so tactile! Almost everyone came up & felt the softness of the scarves. They were quite popular & I sold the red one quite quickly, with one of the blue ones not too long after. I sold some jewellery too, which is great, and some of it was older stock.

Handmade Jewellery

I had hoped that some of my newer pieces would sell too, but they didn’t. Either way, I still like my new creations & have updated my Folksy shop so if you like something in the picture, then feel free to hop over there & take a look!

Handknitted Scarves

My scarves are my absolute favourite thing though. I love the brightness of the red and am tempted to buy more red wool and knit another. I’m halfway through the purple one and hope to list that buy the end of the week. They are relatively simple to knit, even though they take about 8 hours of knitting each. I’m glad they were popular and am hoping that those who were umming and ahhing over them on Saturday will buy them on-line! They are really soft and super toasty. Perfect for this icy weather!

Tuesday Treat

Objects of Use

Saturday was a complete wash out, for most of the nation. While it was raining & pouring, and the old man was snoring, my OH & I were out and about in Oxford City Centre. We had a few bits to buy & after supporting local producers in the Covered Market, we stumbled across Objects of Use. I’d heard about the shop, but had forgotten to go there. What a treat it was tho!

Objects of Use

It was like stepping back in time! Seeing old, traditional tools & house bits and pieces was so cool! I recognised many things that I remember my grandparents using. While ‘ooing’ and ‘ahing’ our way around the shop, we also found, not surprisingly, really useful things that both my OH & I needed. So we bought a few things to go in our stockings (yes, we do that!) and they have been squirreled away ready for the 25th December.

If you are in Oxford, then this lovely little shop is well worth a visit.

Oxford Botanic Garden

Begonia Augustinei

Saturday was all about relaxing & avoiding doing jobs/chores. So the plan was to head out to Oxford, breakfast at Oxfork & then stroll down to the Botanic Garden. We decided to buy an annual pass as it means unlimited visits to both the Botanic Garden & Harcourt Aboretum, another favourite walking spot. The reason I like both these places is that there’s always something different to see as the seasons change and it means I can take tons of photos to feed my Instagram addiction. We spent ages walking around the garden & were rewarded by seeing some great things & plenty to fill my Instagram page. Below are the pictures I took. Apologies if the names are wrong/missing!

Begonia Augustinei

Begonia Augustinei

Passiflora Alata

Passiflora Alata

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Dichotisandra Thyrsiflora

Dichotisandra Thyrsiflora

Not sure what this little fella is, but it’s a bundle of seeds

Not sure what this little fella is, but it's a bundle of seeds

Fungus growing on a John Downie

John Downie

Jay

Jay

Now I love all these pictures, but my favourite is the one of the Jay. We’d been looking at some Goldcrest birds, trying to figure what they were, and we spotted a Greater Spotted Woodpecker (my OH has a bird identifier app on his phone!) Then we were walking along & I spotted the flash of the blue on the wing of the Jay. It’s a much bigger bird than I thought a jay might be, as I’ve never seen one before. We followed him around for a bit then he settled on this tree. I never thought I’d get picture of him, but he stayed still for ages! And I just kept taking pictures and walking closer and closer. The picture above is the result. What do you think?! Not too bad for an iPhone picture!

This is why I love going there – you never know what you’re going to see. Plus it’s like a little oasis in the middle of the city. We’re going to go back further into winter to see what else has changed. If you haven’t been, you must go! It’s lovely. And you can always just sit & read on Will and Lyra’s bench and watch the world go by. Let me know if you do go and share any pictures you take! x

Tuesday Treat

Fresh Eggs

A few weeks ago, I came across The Oxford Pantry on Twitter. Naturally I was intrigued, as it is in Little Clarendon Street, near where I used to live in Oxford. I love this street as it’s a real mix of places. It used to thrive, but due to various reasons, lots of businesses have moved out. So it is great to see a new business move in.

Fresh Eggs

We popped in on Saturday & we weren’t disappointed. We bought a pug mug (cute!), an espresso mug (for my OH) and this lovely egg holder, which looked lovely in the sun this morning. We’d been looking for an egg holder for a while so this is perfect & suits our kitchen perfectly!

If you’re ever in Oxford, it is worth popping to Little Clarendon Street & The Oxford Pantry. A lovely little shop! x