I had a day in Hastings yesterday with my friend and four children. I love Hastings for a day out. It's a great mixture of beach, chips, seagulls (poo), crazy-golf and quirky shops. My husband met us and we managed to install him and the children in a wonderful children's book shop (complete with café) called Bumper Books while we ran along to Made in Hastings, calling in at Robert's Rummage (bargains) on the way. It's quite a small shop but there was a great assortment of locally produced craft. I hastily bought a custard cream lavender bag and fabulous hankie, which I might frame.
PS I have been sorting out photos for out new web-site and found these lovely knitting dollies that I photographed in Amsterdam and I thought you'd like to see them.
Just to let you know that Lou and I (Emma) are leading a free crochet drop-in at Much A Do About Books in Alfriston this Saturday. We are encouraging people to drop in and crochet granny squares which will be made into a blanket to be raffled at the Alfriston Festival this summer. For more details visit Much A Do About Books' website. It's a great opportunity to visit this lovely bookshop and have a crochet and a natter. We may also be holding a class for beginners in the morning.
Last night Kelly and I ventured into Brighton to visit our friend Sam Reece who helped us pimp our pants in February. She was having a private view to mark the beginning of her open house, part of Brighton's wonderful festival. Sam's jewellery is an extension of her lovely home which is like a treasure box of beautiful found objects, lights made from old teacups, ornate birdcages filled with fairy-lights and a mantelpiece displaying a collection of heart shaped stones from the beach. Sam's young daughter has started making jewellery too and Kelly came home with one of her pendants, a vintage car and tiny silver dolls' spoons hanging from a fine chain. I bought a patchwork cushion made from squares of old embroidered napkins and tray liners. My photo's don't do it justice, nothing to do with the Pimm's that was flowing, it was candle lit which is rubbish for the amateur photographer.
We weren't quite the last to leave.
It was interesting to see Sam's desk with all her bits and pieces.