Lets Get Crafty Fair :-D

I love to do the occasional Craft Fair as I make Teacups into Candles and trinket stands.One of my favourite fairs is Lets Get Crafty which is held on the third sunday of every month in the Lancashire Village of Whalley.

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Mrs Tibbs Teacups & Candles ( Thats Me!)

I always look forward to the fairs as you get to meet some really lovely and creative people.Lets Get Crafty has lots of super talented stall holders.Any money I make usually ends up in their pockets.:).So many Pretty Things!

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Lets Get Crafty is organized by Charlie of Crafts By Charlie.He makes the gorgeous scented soaps, Bath bombs and candles above.

Lisa from http://www.tileproductions.co.ukย  specialises in handmade tiles,tags, buttons and gifts.

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Lorna of http://www.blackrosecrafts.co.uk creates gifts and jewellery using brightly coloured fused glass.

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To see more of Nancys handcrafted nursery and interior decor items and jewellery look up http://www.n5nsy.com

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I love Tracys stall! She makes all sorts of pretty things with yarn.I purchased an adorable crochet pin cushion and have a ‘Hattie the hare’ on order.All Tracy’s proceeds go straight into her animal charity which she blogs about on her Olive and Harry blog.

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I also bought my kitty Tibbs a lovely collar from the Felix and Fido Pet boutique.She wasn’t for posing for a piccy though!

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Another regular at Lets Get Crafty is http://www.babyblingbling.co.uk.I love these glitzy little shoes.:)

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So that was only a small selection of some of the goodies that can be found at the fairs every month.There is also a fab food market outside too but I didn’t get chance to grab any sneeky pics.

Maybe we will see you at the next Lets Get Crafty on the 17th March!

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Orton Farmers Market.

Today on the way to visit family near Penrith we spied a sign saying ‘Farmers Market, Orton’. Of course we love tastingย  local produce so decided to take a little detour.:-D.
It turns out the market is held every Saturday in this pretty Cumbrian Village. There were a scattering of stalls in the village centre and some indoors too.

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A couple of folk singers perform from their wagon.

We purchased some tasty treats including a soft scottish cheese rolled in oats and black pepper, Bessy Beck smoked trout pate and a decadent chocolate covered meringue.
I also noticed a sign saying Bric A Brac and an arrow pointing to the church so dragged a rather reluctant boyfriend inside.

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All Saints Church

I am always on the look out for a pretty vintage teacup or two but I didn’t uncover any at the Church sale.:-/ I did buy this rather fine brooch for ยฃ1 !

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And when I saw Mum later I discovered she had found me 15 Teacups! I am now all set to make lots of gorgeous teacup candles for my first craft fair of the year next wknd in Whalley.Thanks Mum ๐Ÿ˜€

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Also in Orton there is a rather nice Chocolate Shop called Kennedys.They already have anย  enviable Easter Egg display.

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The Tasty treats we purchased today.

Can’t wait to tuck into the goodies !

Films to snuggle up to with your Valentine ( or a tub of Ben and Jerrys :) )

Well its approaching that Hearts and Flowers time of year again…..so I thought I would share with you my TOP TEN list of movies to watch with your Valentine, or on a girls night in, or snuggled up with a furry cat face and a grumpy black labrador. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some of my choices are old, some are more recent.They are all firm favorites of mine!

10) Under The Tuscan Sun(2003)
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Diane Lane plays a writer whose life is in a real mess when a good friend offers her ten days in Tuscany.Once there she impulsively buys a ramshackle old villa,throwing herself into a life changing adventure filled with unexpected surprises,friendship and romance.Could well make you rush and book a dream holiday to Italy!

9) The Ghost and Mrs Muir(1947)
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A gentle atmospheric romantic comedy about a young widow (Gene Tierney) and her little daughter who move into a lonely English seaside cottage which is haunted by a former occupant ,Rex Harrisons grumpy seafarer Captain.LOve this film ๐Ÿ™‚

8) When Harry Met Sally (1988)
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This charming Manhatten romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal examines the age old question “Can a man and a woman stay just good friends? ”

7) Grosse Point Blank (1997)
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John Cusack is Martin whose Career as a Hitman has lost its appeal.With one Last Job, A ten year High School Reunion and a shot at rekindling a romance with a girl he stood up on prom night all on the agenda,this is a fun comedy packed with action and laughs.

6) A Life Less Ordinary( 1997)
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Poor Robert ( Ewan Mcgregor) has been replaced by a robot at work, made redundant and been dumped by his girlfriend all on the same day.Not the most promising start to a kooky rom com which features Cameron Diaz as the spoilt brat bosses daughter he kidnaps and Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo as a couple of gun toting angels ๐Ÿ™‚

5) Some Like iT Hot (1959)
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Screwball comedy starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as musicians who accidentally witness the Saint Valentines Day Massacre and go on the run with a women’s band disguised as…..Daphne and Josephine! They both become enamored of the bands gorgeous vocalist ‘Sugar Kane’ (Marilyn Monroe) who has sworn off male saxaphone players and vows to bag’ a sweet bespectacled millionaire ‘ instead.Madcap hilarity follows!

4) Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
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Our favorite Single thirty something staggers through the perilous world of dating in this modern take on Jane Austins Pride And Prejudice. ๐Ÿ™‚

3) Twilight (2008)
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Ok I admit it I am a BIG Twilight fan.So There! Teen Romance starring Kristen Stewart as ‘Bella Swan’ a high school student who falls in love with the dazzlingly beautiful ‘Edward Cullen’ played by Robert Pattinson, only to discover he is a vampire.And his skin Dazzles in the Sun.Tee Hee ๐Ÿ™‚

2) Bridesmaids(2011)
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Kristen Wiig takes on the role of Maid Of Honor for her best friends wedding with an eccentric cast of bridesmaids. I laughed out Loud so much when I saw this film at the pictures. Lol Lol :0)

1) Breakfast At Tiffanys (1961)

Holly being woken up by her flatmate 'Cat'
Holly being woken up by her flatmate ‘Cat’

I love this whimsical tale of a country girl trying to make her mark as a New York socialite. Audrey Hepburn is alluring as ditsy Holly Golightly who stares longingly through the window of the famous jewellers whenever she feels blue ( or gets the mean reds!) and George Peppard is a frustrated writer who falls in love with her. And she has a cute cat companion, Cat. X

Hope you enjoyed my Valentines Top Ten. Feel free to add any film treats to the list!

Yummy Nutella Muffins.

A friend told me about this very easy muffin recipe she found on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ingredients.

A jar of Nutella.
2 Eggs.
9 tbspoons Self Raising Flour.

Method.

Mix all the ingredients together.Bake in the oven for thirty minutes on a medium heat. Easy as that!

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I also dusted them with icing sugar.My friend added raisins to hers and topped with hazel nuts.

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Yummy Nutella Muffins.Enjoy!

Camping in Silverdale :)

Ooooh I definatly need a little bit of sunshine. It is sooo grey out there and at times like these I wonder what can I possibly write about? So I thought I would go back in time and tell you about a lovely chilled camping trip we went on in May last year. I really love the sea side so I thought I would try and find a camp site on our own Lancashire coastline. The camping criteria with us is almost always somewhere that is dog friendly, in beautiful countryside and within walking distance of a pub. ๐Ÿ™‚ We found the perfect place! ‘Gibralter Farm’ in Silverdale.
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The very name ‘Gibralter Farm’ conjours up warm sunshiney days and we were in luck! The campsite is situated on a working farm in the heart of the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural beauty with gorgeous views over Morecambe Bay. We pitched our tent in the lower left field which is adjacent to a little wooded area where you can camp too.silverdale 084
There are lots of footpaths from the site and if you wander through the woodland there is a perfect little cove where we saw Oyster catchers and Shelduck. Ok I was more excited about the birdlife than my other half but yes I am a bit of a bird nerd!

A little cove.
A little cove.

Windswept tree.
Windswept tree.

Even he was impressed that Gibralter Farm has its own resident Green Woodpecker. I spent a lot of time trying to capture its vivid colours on camera but the best I could manage was this siluette shot.
Green Woodpecker.
Green Woodpecker.

We wandered into the village of Silverdale a couple of times. It has a convenience store,a butchers, tearooms, an Indian restaurant and two pubs ‘The Royal Hotel’ and ‘The Woodlands.’ If you like your real ales and somewhere a little different try ‘The Woodlands'( If you can find it!) which is run by the villagers in an old manor house.It is kind of a bizarre place which also had a pop up victorian tearooms in one of the downstairs rooms when we visited. ๐Ÿ™‚
We also had lunch at ‘The Wolf House Gallery ‘ across the road from Gibralter Farm.It was a little expensive but the food was good.

Silverdale itself is in Lancashire and neighboring Arnside only two miles up the road is in Cumbria.Both are well worth a visit. Arnside is a pretty village facing the estuary with a tiny promenade of cafes and gift shops.We took our dog Jake here for some walks on the beach and he made friends with a local dog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Arnside Estuary.
Arnside Estuary.

Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.
Sat outside the Fighting Cocks with views over to Morecambe Bay.

If you love your wildlife make sure you take a walk round the RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve where you can see all sorts of water fowl in the reeds. Unfortunately as we had Jake there were not to many areas we could take a dog.There is one public walkway where you can walk the hound,on a lead of course.

Tufted Duck in the Reeds.
Tufted Duck in the Reeds.

And a stay here is not complete without sampling the local delicacy ‘Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps’ which are caught in the shallow waters of the bay. We tried some in the nearby seaside town of Grange Over Sands.
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Gibralter Farm Campsite.
Gibralter Farm Campsite.

Hopefully we will try and head to Gibralter Farm again this year for a nice relaxing camping trip by the sea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let It Snow!

Hey we have had some snow in Clitheroe at last. Yay! We had a little last week which has been slowly melting…then today we had ….. an Inch! Chaos! Lots of schools in the area closed for snow days.Crazy! I of course trudged to work in my wellies.Don’t think I will be needing my snow shoes just yet. : )

Here are a few snaps I took in the castle grounds.

love this vivid yellow shrub in the snow.
love this vivid yellow shrub in the snow.

The Castle Keep.
The Castle Keep.

Jake in the snow.
Jake in the snow.

War Memorial.
War Memorial.

The sun setting a lovely pink behind the roof tops.
The sun setting a lovely pink behind the roof tops.

Sledging! Felt instantly jealous.Need to buy one...or improvise.:)
Sledging! Felt instantly jealous.Need to buy one…or improvise.:)

Vintage Treasure Troves.

It is remarkable that it is only in the last year or so that I have discovered the very existance of Vintage Shops. They are walk in Treasure Troves of Olde Worlde delights where you might discover anything from a 1950’s Powder Blue Vanity Case( I live in hope) to a beguiling Box Brownie.Who Knows ๐Ÿ˜€

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Pretty Vintage Brooches,Callooh! Callay!,Clitheroe.

My latest obsessions are Vintage brooches. There are an abundance in my fave Vintage shop ,part Alice In Wonderland inspired Tearoom/part Curiousity shop Callooh! Callay! in Clitheroe.You must visit for a brew and a browse..

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Winter Wonderland Tea.

I have decided to use my newly made Teacup pincushion as a tidy for my as yet quite small collection of brooches.You can either pin them to the cushion or display them on the saucer.:)

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Has anyone any ideas concerning what I can do with my brooches? Apart from wear them of course!

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