Sunday, 31 January 2016

Be My Valentine

The Feast of St Valentine or Valentines Day is celebrated in many countries around the world.
Although stories go back to the Roman Empire the first time it was  associated with love was in the Middle Ages with the poet and writer Geoffrey Chaucer. 
Courtly Love flourished in  18th Century England when lovers expressed their feelings with flowers, confectionery and cards.
In Europe keys were given as an invitation to unlock the heart.
Valentines Day in a Leap Year is extra special. Every fourth year it has become tradition that the lady may ask her partner to marry her.

Liberty Bag

 New my Fashion Duffle in grey Liberty Wool, with drawstring closure and cream satin lining and pocket.
You can find it in my shop now.

Goodbye January

January has been a tragic month not only closer to home, but for the world of entertainment with the loss of four great entertainers.

David Bowie, Glen Frey, Terry Wogan and now Frank Finlay.

Here is a little tribute to Frank as I remember him as 
Porthos in the Three Musketeers

Thursday, 28 January 2016


Beautiful handmade shoulder bag in Tweed with a chocolate lining and embellished with a vintage 1970's ribbon.


A lot of exciting things are happening 
at Katrina Krafts and I hope the 
reveal all in the near future.
This morning has been busy with
 phone calls etc. So early this morning 
I decided to be very organised and 
put a Lentil Stew in the slow cooker 
and guess what? 
Yes you've guessed I forgot to switch it on!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Beached Whales

Another whale has been washed up onto the Hunstanton, Norfolk shore and is fighting for it's life. While another eight have been washed up near Germany. If this sperm whale dies it will be the 24th from the same pod that would have died in the North Sea in the last month. Scientists are still struggling to decide the reason.
One idea is they have entered the North Sea looking for food.

The three whales were moved up onto the beach to prevent them being washed away and last night the where wrapped and transported to landfill in various parts of the UK.

A spokesman said that the 30 ton animals had been treated with respect. 

This is a photo of two of the three Sperm Whales recently washed up on the seashore at Skegness in Lincolnshire.This follows the discovery of another on the shore at Hunstanton in Norfolk (just the other side of the Wash) and another discovered today at Wainfleet.
It is not yet known as to why they came to end up on our beaches.
It is just so sad that these magnificent animals should end their lives like this. 

Happy Burns Night

Burns Night is a celebration in memory of Scotland's Robert Burns.

Traditionally they have a Burns Supper where Haggis is served.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Edwardian Britain

There are several centenaries occuring at the present
World War One, Women's Institute, Cub Scouts
and of course the Women's Suffrage.
Women in the UK did not have a parliamentary vote until 1918.
Therefore the years running up to this were fraught with battles as women fought for the right to vote.
This film clip tells the story of the campaign to vote by Edwardian women and  many of the photographs are by Christina Broom a pioneering Suffrage Photographer.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Crochet Heaven.

I have just seen this picture and had to share.
Crafting is for Everyone.
 It is brilliant to see this man who not only has mastered 
crochet but is obviously enjoying it too.

So much can be achieved with a needle and a bit of wool.

Fox Cub

This young cub is my new addition to my Felted Friends, avaiable now in my Folksy shop.
He was a delight to make and will soon be joined by other woodland animals and birds.

Thursday, 21 January 2016


It is the 40th Anniversary of  Concordes the maiden voyage.
I have still have my first day issue cover tucked away.
I have never been lucky enough to travel on her but I have seen her on the ground and remember the distinctive boom as she went through the sound barrier.
I wonder if we will ever see her in the sky again?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


Oh no yet another great taken from us in so short a time.

RIP Glen Frey

Monday, 18 January 2016


My tribute to the late David Bowie.
This is one of my favourites.

Snow Teddies

Meet the Snow Teddies all soft and cuddly with child friendly nose and eyes. They can now be found on my Folksy page.
Ideal for a small child or for someone you love.

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Such sad news at the loss of Alan Rickman a brilliant and versatile actor who will be sadly missed by many.

It's cold outside...........

While I'm enjoying my first picked daffodil of 2016 in the 
warmth of my kitchen. The cold January winds are blowing 
our first snow flakes about.

Monday, 11 January 2016


About 3/4 weeks ago my other half was making a concrete base ready for the arrival of his new shed. His ring came off and we looked everywhere. He was resigned to it being lost for good and probably in the concrete.

Look what we found this morning.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Hi ho Silver......away.

It's hard when you can no longer exercise like you used to and I could easily walk 8 miles on a shift. So it is no surprise that I have gained weight since I had to finish work.
My clothes have become tighter, buttons refused to meet and I refused to go out and buy bigger clothes.
That is where my hubby stepped in and bought me my trusty white steed.

Together we travel all over the place. Today I was galloping across the plains with Yul Bryner and the Magnificent 7.
I have had to make a slight adjustment by laying a piece of non-slip mat across the saddle. For some reason I kept sliding off the saddle!
Along with wearing my shoes with a small heel and I am well away. Each day the miles add up and already I am feeling a difference.
Hi ho Silver ........away.
It won't be too long before my cowgirl figure will return!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Pottery Graveyard

Today my other half and I went to Horncastle a town in the Lincolnshire Wolds to have a browse round.
We actually went to find a cupboard in one of the many antiques shops there. We had no success with that.
One of them has a pottery graveyard at the back where crockery is piled up against all the elements. It is a sad place really where house clearances end up. Years of memories and prize possessions are left to die.

But then some pieces are given a new lease of life. I love Portmeirion pottery and today I had some prize finds.

A few years back we went to Wales and visited the village of Pormeirion famous for the setting and filming of the cult programme 'The Prisoner' with Patrick McGoohan, who was Number 13. 
 I cant't believe it is nearly 50 years since it went off the air.
Portmeirion was designed and built bySir Clough Willam-Ellis. The Portmeirion pottery was founded in 1960 by his daughter Susan Williams-Ellis.
Arguably her most famous design has been the fruit and floral illustrations adapted from Thomas Green's Universal or Botanical, Medical & Agricultural Dictionary of 1817. It was launched in 1972 and is still made today.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Rosie the Riveter

Well I have to say you learn something every day. 
Such an iconic poster from the war time 

Rosie the Riveter

Geraldine Doyle was born Geraldine Hoff in Inkster, Michigan, USA on July 31st, 1924.
She was a high school graduate living near Ann Arbour during the summer of 1942 when she decided to help the war effort by taking a factory job. She worked at the American Broach & Machine Company in Ann Arbour as a metal stamping press operator. However, she was a cellist and left after a few weeks, concerned she would injure her hands.
She later married dentist Leo Doyle in 1943 and had 6 children.
It was not until 1984 did she find out that she had been used as the model for this poster.

Sadly she died on December 26th, 2010 aged 86.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Feathered Friends

Meet one of my new feathered friends.
New to Katrina Krafts 

Handmade felted birds in pure wool, standing approx 4 inches tall

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Its the first day of the new year and my decorations have come down, not because I'm a grouch but because I always do. I like to start my year anew every time.
This year seems a bit more special as its the first time I've started a year with a business.
I have worked hard to overcome a health problem and work with it.
We all have our own mountains to climb and and I am no different.
My intention is to make my Katrina Krafts work and succeed.
So journey with me on my long and winding road and see what adventures I have.
Happy New Year to you.