I hope you are all enjoying your needle felting and the weather as it hopefully continues to improve as we are well into the Spring . It has been a bit chilly in these parts with the North and Easterly breezes taking the edge off the temperatures , we usually have a pair of blackbirds nesting in our garden and they are busily tending it in the clematis which festoons our wall.
The workshops began in March with an enjoyable trip over to Shirley's in Fangfoss where a great time was had, and some lovely hares and Herdwicks were produced . Please take a look at the workshop photos page .
Our first workshop of 2023 at Artison near, Masham , to which I was looking forward and which I was all prepared for had , unfortunately to be cancelled due to me being quite ill . I was very disappointed to have to do that , so apologies Sue and Gaynor and to all affected , but we have rescheduled some dates. I am back there in the Thursday and Friday of next week , as I write this when we will be making the ever popular Herdwicks again .
The Etsy shop is still ticking over with the wool felting pads still being a top seller , and the small hare kit , owls , and the felted pictures as well . Still debating whether to start shipping overseas again . I put this on hold due to the Royal Mail Chaos earlier in the year , and could do without chasing stuff up that may go missing or be delayed , because it's virtually impossible to talk to a human on the phone these days to sort things out with these big organisations. Looking ahead , the events of the last few days will mean I shall have to attempt to work around the fact that my Mother, who is in her 80s and was quite independent became immobile in a painful manner quite unexpectedly, and what seemed literally overnight due to an issue with the bones of her spine, and the initial opinion seems to be that it is not temporary , but we shall see.
On a happy note , we spent a wonderful week with our Grandson at Easter, when he came to stay , a week in which he climbed his first mountain , in fact he ran up half of it ! He also loves playing on the beach and probing the rock pools for all the interesting flora and fauna therein. Being from Derbyshire , where you couldn't get much farther from the coast, the seaside is still a big novelty and makes us appreciate the natural features of our locality, which we so often take for granted .
Enjoy the rest of the Spring and the Summer and above all have fun with your craft, and of course every thing else !
Best wishes .