Tao of Scrumble

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Crafty Bees Monday June 22nd ~ part 2

Two members of our group are called Dawn. In an earlier ‘Crafty Bees’ blog I posted a photo of the lace that one had made to edge a blouse, this week she was weaving a bathroom mat on a peg loom:

  

As the loom is narrow enough to hold on her lap, Dawn is planning to join two strips together to achieve the right width ~ I wonder whether she’ll match the vibrant stripes, or work them in a different pattern? I do hope she brings it along next time, so that we can admire the completed project. 😊 

The other Dawn is making these gorgeous cuddly toys to send to the charity organisation Knit for Peace:

 Items donated by knitters are distributed ‘to over 80 outlets, including hospitals, women’s refuges, refugee drop in centres, prisons, community groups, and hospices as well as to developing countries.’ I was really interested when she told me about this co~operative ~ the website explains their ethos and initiatives more fully, with patterns and details about how anyone who’s interested can contribute. In the background of the picture Dawn (the weaver) is chatting to Hazel…..

  
…….who is concentrating on the cute dolls house furniture she’s sewing. 

 
Hazel has three young children and co~authors the website Pound Shop Play with her husband, in which they share inexpensive/totally free ideas for sensory and messy play. She gets really excited when Charlie has bags of used packing peanuts to give away ~ there are so many fun, educational ways in which her children can re~use them. 

I still have more to ‘show and tell’ so I’ll close with a little teaser: what are these mystery objects and how are they connected to the National Farmers Union? 

 

All will be revealed next time………

;)

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Nurturing Thursday 79 ~ One Minute Rule

Jacqueline King:

I love this simple idea that Beverly posted yesterday ~ so I’m re~blogging it and linking it to Nurturing Thursday!

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link.

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are:

Crowing Crone Joss

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Laurie’s Notes

Pocket Perspectives

Mazeepuran

Tea and Paper

Meg Evans

Bowl of Cherries

Hugmamma

Originally posted on My Wonky Life:

Although i have managed to get rid of lots of things, I am not very good at keeping ongoing order in my tiny home. To prove this, here is photo of my living room as i left it last night.

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Following the ‘One minute rule’ it now looks like this –

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The ‘One Minute Rule’ is this ~ if you can do a ‘thing’ in a minute or less, you shouldn’t wait to organise it, you should just DO IT!

So here is Gretchen Ruben on the ‘One Minute Rule’ as she explains it so much better than i do.

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Crafty Bees 22nd June 2015, part 1

Once again the meeting on Monday evening was a hive of industry ~ members chatting, sharing ideas and planning a future publicity event as they worked on their projects. 

There are so many diverse creations in progress that it will take a couple of posts to do them all justice. So without further ado and in no particular order, here we go:

   
 

Catherine often entertains us with anecdotes about her large family and their tradition of presenting hand~made gifts to one another. In addition to Christmas and birthdays, there’s always something to celebrate ~ she’s attending no less than eight weddings this year! In these photos she’s hand~binding a quilt for a cousin’s baby, due in August. Although she usually opts for more traditional patchwork quilting, this machine~stitched pattern, with it’s fluffy clouds and colourful bunting, is adorable ~ I’m sure Catherine’s hard work will be appreciated! :)

  

  

This is Liz with her beautiful embroidery. She’s been making this table~cloth for about ten years and says she joined Crafty Bees to motivate her to finish it ~ as she only works on it once a fortnight, that may still take some time! She has napkins to go with it but they’re much smaller and more transportable, so she carries them in her bag and stitches a petal or two whenever she has a spare moment ~ like when she’s waiting her turn at the dentist. I’m so nervous I can barely flick through celeb magazines, never mind attempting  delicate needlework but  that is the example she gave. It takes all sorts, I guess! 😉

  
Last but most definitely not least, is the lovely Charlie, without whom Crafty Bees would not be half as much fun! She welcomes us with her winning smile and nothing is too much trouble. She explained that, while the building belongs to the Baptist Church next door, the cafe is a joint initiative with other faith organisations in the town. Intended as a community facility they are happy to accommodate us and ‘share the love’! 

The Living Room is an ideal venue for our club, with it’s comfy sofas, tables on which we can spread our work and excellent lighting, (not to mention yummy homemade~made cake and free refills on hot drinks,) so we’re very fortunate that Charlie is prepared to open out~of~normal~hours especially for us. 

Well, as Porky Pig would say, ‘That’s All Folks!’ 

For now anyway ~ I’m off the the Isle of Wight County Show to spread the word about Crafty Bees in the ‘Craft in the Community’ tent. But I’ll come back and tell you more about our vibrant and creative group another time! 

:) 

  

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Nurturing Thursday 78

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Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 


Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 


Crowing Crone Joss 


Inside the Mind of Isadora 


Laurie’s Notes 


Pocket Perspectives 


Mazeepuran 


Tea and Paper 


Meg Evans 


Bowl of Cherries 


Hugmamma

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Crafty Bees 8th June 2015

At our last group meeting I learned about two new crafts. New to me anyway ~ one of them has been practised for centuries and the other makes use of vintage materials. 

Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese technique which historically produced functional and decorative braiding to lace the armour of Samurai Warriors and their horses. It is also used to tie haori  jackets and kimono sashes. There are many patterns, which can incorporate beading ~ some of which use up to thirty~two strands of thread or ribbon. 

Kerry (right) and I learned the basics (from Jan, who preferred not to be photographed) using just seven different coloured lengths of yarn:  With the empty slot at the top, take the third strand from the left and tuck it into the gap. Then turn the template clockwise until the empty slot is at the top…..and so on…..

 …..and this is how it comes out. Magic! ;) 

After she’d finished the möbius scarf she was crocheting in my last Crafty Bees post, Emma turned her hand to Book Folding Art: 
It looks extremely complicated but ~ although she’d never attempted it before ~ she explained that this project only took her two nights from start to finish. The result is truly impressive ~ a personalised, hand~crafted greeting card and gift all in one. The following evening she produced another, this time for Father’s Day. 
  
 

The most difficult part, Emma told us, was sourcing old hard~backed books with the right number of pages (which vary according to the length and number of words used.) A variety of patterns are downloadable from the Internet ~ a member actually ordered one on her touchscreen tablet (courtesy of the Living Room’s free wifi connection) while we were all admiring Emma’s awesome creations! 

Although it’s only been running for a short while, Crafty Bees is a lively and creative group ~ as you can see. I’m already looking forward to our next session and wondering what unusual and exciting projects I’ll be able to showcase next time!  

:)

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Nurturing Thursday 77

Weather conditions on the Island have been unusally erratic this spring ~ even when the sun has come out to play, strong winds have kept temperatures low. There have been times when I wondered whether my veg crops would survive, let alone flourish. 

But, with the warm sunshine of the last few days and a little nurturing from me ~ feeding and watering, using ‘grey’ water, wherever possible ~ they are finally forging ahead:

   

Tomatoes, Chantenay carrots, lettuce.

    

Courgettes, with more carrots, salad leaves and ~ in the background ~ a single runner bean. (The other two snapped off in the wind! Luckily I have a few more planted in a raised bed.)

   
Blueberries, black mint, tomatoes and…. yep…. Even more carrots and lettuce! (There are more seedlings in a tray than I thought there would be!) 

I tried to add a few more photos this morning but loading them sent the iPad into a tizzy, so I had to close the whole thing down until it had sorted itself out. Not one to tempt fate, I’m going to quit while I’m ahead ~ but I’m sure you get the picture. 

Gardening is great exercise and you don’t even notice that you’re doing it. I get completely lost in the moment when I’m tending my raised beds and pots. And in return for a little effort on my part I’m rewarded with peace and tranquility, plus a few servings of organically grown veg. Win~win~win.

It’s a nurturing situation, all round! 

:)

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 

Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 

Crowing Crone Joss 

Inside the Mind of Isadora 

Laurie’s Notes 

Pocket Perspectives 

Mazeepuran 

Tea and Paper 

Meg Evans 

Bowl of Cherries 

Hugmamma

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Nurturing Thursday 76

I’ve been riding high on a wave of wellbeing lately, so I was hoping to write about my new exercise routine today. 

But on Tuesday I woke up aching all over, with a sore throat and fuzzy head. I sincerely hoped that this was due to hay fever or ‘something that’s going round’, not another painful auto~immune ‘flare~up’.

I couldn’t pinpoint what might have caused such a set~back, except that ~ ironically ~ feeling so much better has allowed me to be more active. Maybe I’d over~stretched myself in a fit of enthusiasm? I decided to step up my tried and tested anti~inflammatory measures ~ these make sense anyway, whatever the cause of my discomfort.

  
 I prepared a stew crammed with veg, in the slow cooker and a juce of celery, apple and root ginger. These go a long way towards meeting my ‘9~a~day’ total. (Yes, that’s right ~ NINE portions of fruit and veg, plus a clove of garlic every day.) Thankfully I love them, or keeping this up would be quite a struggle and ~ particularly with regards to the garlic ~ it’s a good job that my man loves me! 

  
Tart Cherry Extract has natural analgesic and anti~inflammatory properties without any unpleasant side effects. It’s one of those tastes you either love or hate ~ it can be diluted it with water to make it a little less sour but then there’s more of it to get down! I actually prefer it neat and took three 5ml spoonfuls a day for several months, as a complimentay supplement. It alleviated my symptoms so well that I actually forgot take it regularly ~ but I’m back on schedule now. 

  
I can also treat myself to a glass of red wine and a square of very dark chocolate in the evening, with a clear conscience, (as long as the cocoa beans are ethically sourced, without the use of child slave labour.) But I have to remember that while ‘a little warms, too much burns’ ~ alcohol and sugar in excess will cause inflammation.

I found all of the above recommendations and more, in the book ‘Anti Inflammatory Diet’ by Victoria Lane. I’m not yet following it to the letter, there’s a lot of information to get to grips with ~ but I am making more conscious food choices and the measures I am taking have definitely had a positive effect on my symptoms and energy levels. They also meet with the approval of my GP, a great supporter of holistic and preventative therapies, who has encouraged me to pay attention to the messages my body sends me. 

So I’ve listened and have been giving it what it was asking for: common sense nurturing and plenty of rest

And I’m already feeling the benefit: my sore throat has cleared up and ~ although my joints are still sore and itchy ~ I’m optimistic that they’ll soon become more flexible again! 

:)

N.b. Please note that I’m not advocating the above measures as an alternative to prescribed medical treatment. I am following them after thorough consultation with my doctor and I would advise anyone who might be interested in them to do the same. 

Nurturing Thursday is hosted by Becca Givens, author of the inspiring blog ‘On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.’ To read more about it, or to find out how you can join in, press this link. 
Other ‘Nurturing’ contributors are: 
Crowing Crone Joss 
Inside the Mind of Isadora 
Laurie’s Notes 
Pocket Perspectives 
Mazeepuran 
Tea and Paper 
Meg Evans 
Bowl of Cherries 
Hugmamma

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New Book: Bluebells New School

Jacqueline King:

Today I’m shining the spotlight on my lovely friend: super~talented illustrator and children’s author, Jules Marriner! Tah~Dah!

Originally posted on julesmarriner:

Woo hoo! Bluebell has landed. After what seems like the longest labour ever, my latest book has been delivered. And keeping with the similie, it wasn’t a straightforward gestation and towards the end I needed a lot of laughing gas.

However, she’s here now and the main thing is, she is happy and healthy.

I describe Bluebell’s New School as being a bit like Harry Potter in reverse. She is a witch who wants to go to normal school but her sarcastic owl Twit is not terribly pleased with the idea. Her first day at Footleton Primary doesn’t exactly go to plan, thanks to the extraordinary actions of a small boy with legs like beansprouts.
This is the first book in a series and I have an idea that Twit will be taking a larger role in future stories. I imagine it’s a bit like writing a new character into…

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 Crafty Bees

I’ve engaged in some form of crafting all my life ~ Scrumbling being my fibre art of choice, (the clue’s In the title of this blog!) But when I began to suffer neck problems, I found I couldn’t manage more than a few minutes of crochet or knitting at time ~ and even that left me with a headache. Sad face. 😟

Recently I embarked on a programme of specific exercises (which I’ll tell you about another day) and, to my great joy, I find that I’m now able to work for longer, providing I follow my own advice and don’t push it too far. Yay! Now I don’t have to donate my (considerable) yarn stash to charity ~ and I can try my hand at some of those fantastic projects bookmarked for ‘when I have time’. 😊

But self~motivation can be tricky, particularly when you’ve been out of the loop. So when my friend Kerry asked if I’d be interested in joining a new craft group I jumped at the chance to meet up with other creative people, some of whom I already knew.

‘Crafty Bees’ started in March and is held in a local cafe every other Monday evening. With it’s comfy sofas and welcoming ambience, The Living Room is the ideal meeting place for members to bring along their WIP’s; exchange tips, tricks and advice, touch base with old friends and get to know new people. The manager, Charlie, opens up especially for us and serves yummy home~made cakes and beverages at very reasonable prices. 

As you can see from the photos below, which I took at last night’s session, Crafty Bees is a literally a hive of creative activity!

              

 

:)

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Brand New Tao 

This is ‘brand new day’ (all lower case.)

I’ve been scrolling through the WordPress Themes menu and have decided it’s time for a change. This one attracted me because of it’s name ~ it’s bright and optimistic and reflects how I’m feeling at the moment. Long may that continue!

For a couple of years I’ve been unable to publish regular posts. A series of unfortunate incidents ~ culminating in complete collapse, followed by me being diagnosed with inflammatory dis~eases ~ brought me down. Brain~fogged with pain, I couldn’t think of anything worth blogging about and in the end I gave up trying. If it weren’t for my self~imposed commitment to Becca Givens ‘Nurturing Thursday’ movement, I would have closed this site down a long time ago. 

When I was originally told that there’s no cure and no treatment for my degenerative condition; that my aches and pains are a result of the natural ageing process which I must simply accept, I sought further consultation. The second doctor was a woman nearer my age, with a ‘no~nonsense’ attitude, who knows me better than the one who’d delivered the news so unsympathetically. 

She encouraged me to improve my mobility and core strength with exercise, reassuring me that this wouldn’t do any further damage ~ in fact quite the opposite. She’s a qualified acupuncturist and had given me this alternative therapy in the past ~ but wasn’t able to offer further such treatment on the NHS. (With our health service in crisis, I was surprised and grateful to receive it at all!) She did, however, recommend  that I investigate complimentary methods of alleviating pain, such as chiropractic realignment and deep tissue massage. 

It’s now twelve months since I started following her advice and although it’s felt like a frustrating dance of ‘two steps forward, one step back’, I’m finally feeling the benefits. I’m more mobile and can manage activities I love ~ gardening, reading, craftwork, writing and so on, in addition to light housework. But I’m not complacent ~ this experience has forced me to pay attention to my body and make wiser choices. I’ve had to learn when it’s time to stop pushing myself and take a break. That way ~ ironically ~ I seem to achieve more. More of what matters, anyway.

I’ve been considering whether to renew my WordPress subscription for ‘taoofscrumble.com’, which runs out next month and I’ve come to the conclusion that blogging is an important part of my recovery. So I’m glad that I kept it going, (however feebly,) thanks to Becca and my other ‘Nurturing’ buddies.

Having finally made that decision, I’m feeling the old, creative excitement stirring and ideas for fresh posts beginning to flow. Yay!

Hence the bright new theme, with the optimistic title……. 

This is a ‘brand new day’!
:)

  

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