27 April 2008

A Grand Day Out .......continued

Here's what I bought yesterday - Beads £1 a bag or 6 for £5

I thought I'd chosen 2 lots of 6 bags but I hadn't so I didn't save any money but still they where a bargain for £1 each.

These where £2.50 a bag. You can't tell from the photo but there must be hundreds in some of the bags.

I don't think she charged for these because I can't find them on the bill.

These where £1 as well.

I couldn't resist buying these. They're made of glass and cost £2. They have a loop at the back for something to be threaded through so I'm going to use one of them to make a necklace for my SIL's birthday. I never know what to buy her.

3 tubs of Embossing powder for £5

3 stamps pads £1 each

I also bought 5 books by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn - No Stone Unturned, Colour Explorations, Grids to Stitch, Red and Seductive Surfaces.

I also got some supplies from 'Kim Thittichai's' stand, Lutradur, Tyvek, Evolon and Pelmet Vilene.

25 April 2008

Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts

I'm off to 'Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts' at Aintree racecourse tomorrow. I've had a look at the list of Exhibitors but there seems to be an awful lot of card making and scrapbooking suppliers going to be there. I hope I won't be disappointed with my first show of this kind. I was hoping there would be stands where I could stock up on supplies for my C & G and future textile work.

24 April 2008

April Calendar Girls

My postcard this month is for Lynda.

I painted nappy liner with watercolour paint and ironed it on to a piece of cotton fabric. It needed something else so I painted scrim with fabric paint. I don't know what sort of scrim this is I got it from Fred Aldous but it's stiff and if you wet it you can stick it down so that's what I did to adhere it to the nappy liner. I printed the saying on to T-shirt transfer paper and added a few of the hearts. I added some zig zag stitching around it to make it look as if it was a separate piece that I'd added. I'd also printed the flower on the same paper but once I'd ironed it on to the background I felt the postcard was a bit flat so I've machine embroidered over it.

22 April 2008


My brother came to LFC's match tonight. He got here early because the last time he came he got stuck in traffic for 5 hours on the motorway and it was 8pm by the time he got to the outskirts of Liverpool so he had to turn back, it was too late for the match.

Anyway he taught me something about using a computer that I never knew.

He wanted to check his e-mails so used my computer. I've had the internet at home for about 14 months now and I've only just discovered I can access my e-mails from any computer via my ISP website, doh!!! I thought you could only get them by using Outlook or Thunderbird. What a twit!!!!

15 April 2008

19 years on



Never Forgotten

'You'll Never Walk Alone'

I'm not usually keen on poetry but I found this and it had me in tears. 19 years on and the memory is still so sharp of that fateful day when so many went to watch a football match and 96 never came home.

The Justice Bell
by Dave Kirby

A schoolboy holds a leather ball
in a photograph on a bedroom wall
the bed is made, the curtains drawn
as silence greets the break of dawn.

The dusk gives way to morning light
revealing shades of red and white
which hang from posters locked in time
of the Liverpool team of 89.

Upon a pale white quilted sheet
a football kit is folded neat
with a yellow scarf, trimmed with red
and some football boots beside the bed.

In hope, the room awakes each day
to see the boy who used to play
but once again it wakes alone
for this young boy's not coming home.

Outside, the springtime fills the air
the smell of life is everywhere
viola's bloom and tulips grow
while daffodils dance heel to toe.

These should have been such special times
for a boy who'd now be in his prime
but spring forever turned to grey
in theYorkshire sun, one April day.

The clock was locked on 3.06
as sun shone down upon the pitch
lighting up faces etched in pain
as death descended on Leppings Lane.

Between the bars an arm is raised
amidst a human tidal wave
a young hand yearning to be saved
grows weak inside this deathly cage.

A boy not barely in his teens
is lost amongst the dying screams
a body too frail to fight for breath
is drowned below a sea of death

His outstretched arm then disappears
to signal fourteen years of tears
as 96 souls of those who fell
await the toll of the justice bell.

Ever since that disastrous day
a vision often comes my way
I reach and grab his outstretched arm
then pull him up away from harm.

We both embrace with tear-filled eyes
I then awake to realise
its the same old dream I have each week
as I quietly cry myself to sleep.

On April the 15th every year
when all is calm and skies are clear
beneath a glowing Yorkshire moon
a lone scots piper plays a tune.

The tune rings out the justice cause
then blows due west across the moors
it passes by the eternal flame
then engulfs a young boys picture frame.

His room is as it was that day
for nineteen years its stayed that way
untouched and frozen forever in time
since that tragic day in 89.

And as it plays its haunting sound
tears are heard from miles around
they're tears from families of those who fell
awaiting the toll of the justice bell.

© Dave Kirby 2002

07 April 2008

TIF March

I completely forgot about March's challenge.

I went through my photographs that I took last year and decided to post them for the TIF challenge for this month.

"Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details."

Back of ivy that had fallen from a wall in my local park with the weight of it.

Close up of bark on a tree

Lichen or moss on a tree

Moss on a wall.