Take a chance

Would you like to own a masterpiece? Not mine, but one inspired by it. Well, here is your chance… at least if you live in the UK.

Sociable and creative

Sociable and creative

Early on in 2014 I had the idea to start some sort of ‘knit and natter’ or ‘stitch and bitch’ group up at my beloved Denmark Farm. However, I didn’t like either of these titles… partly because I wanted to open the group up to all sorts of crafters, partly because I didn’t like the gossipy negativity, and partly because I wanted to build in the idea of afternoon tea! I really wish at the time I’d come across the word ‘crafternoons’, but that didn’t appear in my lexicon until about July this year and so I came up with Cake and Craft (or possibly Craft and Cake, depending on your emphasis!). Originally my idea was just to have a social group with lots of creativity, but my dear friend Linda suggested the idea of fundraising as part of it and so, we created a project entitled Everything is Connected … and started making connections through eating cake and crafting.

An evening spread

An evening spread

Over the months we’ve spent some lovely afternoons, and a few evenings (we call those Cawl* and Craft) with hooks and needles, creating beautiful blankets inspired by my masterpiece.

We’ve made four lovely blankets so far, plus a number of smaller items and I’m working on a fifth blanket, and now we are raffling them off. So… buy a ticket or two (they are £1 each) and you might have a masterpiece of your very own! I’ll do you a deal… if you live in the UK**, buy some tickets and I’ll cover the postage to send them to you and I’ll also pay to have the blanket delivered if you win one (make sure you tell me if you have a preference – first drawn gets the choice). How can you resist?

In fact, the blankets aren’t the first prize – that’s a long weekend for two in our beautiful ecolodge… just 12 miles from where I live – you could come round for a cuppa!

So, if you fancy your chances, send me an e-mail to my snailofhappiness address that you can find on my ‘about’ page and we’ll make arrangements.

-oOo-

* Welsh soup

** If you’re overseas I’m afraid I can’t afford to cover the cost of sending a blanket… but if you really want one, I’ll make the arrangements if you cover the cost should you win!

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  1. That must be “my dear friend Linda” too!!! I will definitely buy some tickets. I like blanket D. how do I buy the tickets?

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  2. Craft-tea-afternoons just sprung to mind!

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  3. What wonderful ideas you have. I like the craft tea afternoons title as well. It’s very much like what our quilt group does. We quilt, you knit, we chat, you chat, we raffle off quilts for charity and you are doing the same with your lovely blankets. I love them! If you do it again next year, I might be in and even spring for the shipping to the states. I’m quite behind this year on so many levels. Your blankets are stunning!

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  4. Well, phooey. That’s what I get for living on the other side of the pond. :-/

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  5. Fabulous! I quite understand the postage thing – for a while there I was sending [much smaller] stuff out all over the world and it quite blew the budget 🙂 The blankets are lovely and I am inspired! I might see if I can get something off the ground using – perhaps – a name like ‘Crafting and Conviviality’ which might cover all avenues do you think?

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  6. Really lovely and postage is indeed a massive issue. Just sending one of Stevie-boys wooden spoons to the U.S. cost in excess of $30 so I can only begin to imagine how expensive one of those amazing woolen creations would cost to send! What a beautiful way to spend time doing what you love and sharing the love around. Just the ticket for communal friendship, building of community and a social out for people who might not get out much. I am going to pinch your idea for a local group and am going to work on getting it up and running early next year 🙂

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  7. They’re gorgeous blankies, but having sent a quilt from here to there at a cost of $80 dollars, I am completely with you on the restriction. I would suggest CreativiTea, except that won’t work if it’s morning coffee!

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  8. Ooh I’m in for a pound ! I love a good fund raiser……I’m guessing proceeds go to the upkeep of your beloved Denmark Farm?. But because I’m on the other side of the pond too, how would you feel if my name is drawn for a blanket prize, you donate it on my behalf somewhere……….perhaps a women’s shelter or somewhere you know would be happy to have a beautiful handmade blanket. Would that work?

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  9. What a lovely idea! I wish I lived closer! 😀

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  10. from one masterpiece to a masterpiece bunting 😀 great going and wonderful work !

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  11. These are so beautiful and what a lovely gift for someone!

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  12. Fabulous! Have fallen in love with C. They each are beautiful though. Please put me down for £10 raffle. Mara knows me n will vouch for me I’m sure. How do I send the money for raffle tickets please? Best wishes, Rachel Turner

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  13. Really lovely to gather together and make these beautiful mistresspieces.

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  14. Hello
    I have sent you an email with an offer of some crochet squares….
    Let me know if they might be of use.

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  15. Oh how beautiful and such a good idea…but of course, out of my area…I live in the US, but I sure admire the work. Lovely.

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