Belsay Hall


Proggy & Clippy Workshop

Come along and enjoy learning to make your own in a relaxed morning taster

Saturday June 24th  – Newcastle upon Tyne

10 am – 1pm

Light refreshments included



You can bring along your own fabrics, scissors, cutters or use the ones provided!

Gum Arabic Day!

I love to learn a new thing.  I had some money from a birthday present and searched for a creative course to do…… Gum Arabic Transfer was the only one not fully booked so I decided to find out what it’s all about.

A complicated and very messy three hours later I made some lovely prints of my grandparents from these 1930s postcards.

I loved the process and wished I had more time to explore the medium.  Ink, water, printing press and cutting up – what a great day!

Spreading the Love

I have the privilege of contributing to a hamper of goodies for a friend who is having major surgery.  I spent ages thinking about toiletries, food treats etc. but it was all a bit same old same old.

Of course she is a fantastic crafter so I have put together a bag of fabric, hessian and other lovely bits so that she can make her own little clippy heart while she recuperates.

First I need a nice bag to present it all in  and for a bit of  inspiration – loved making this and definitely better than my first attempt20170321_090446.jpg.  Loved the trimming down at the end it looks like petal confetti. FB_IMG_1490036853323

Proggy and Clippy

I love learning new skills.

I started a textiles course a few weeks ago, learning traditional skills and I have to say…..



In the way that a jigsaw draws you back and back until it’s completed.

This lovely raggy heart is my practice project and I am so pleased with it.

Saturday Morning Leek & Potato Soup


Saturday morning cooking session. I made some chicken stock a couple of days ago  so time for a quick pan of soup, with what’s in the fridge, while I am doing the Saturday morning tidying up and getting organised thing.


Melt some coconut oil in a heavy bottom pan on a low heat.

finely chop some celery and add to the pan

then add

a large carrot, two leeks, trimmed and sliced and two medium potatoes peeled and chopped.

stir them round gently in the oil until they start to soften then add a tablespoon of onion seeds (nigella) some white pepper and some pink salt.

Black Onion Seeds Benefits

top off with the  chicken stock  (of course use whatever you have ) and cook until the veg are soft.  It will be tasty  today, but if you can wait it’s even better tomorrow somehow!

I like to take a few cupfuls  of the soup out and blend it smooth once it’s cooked.