Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday Smiles - A trip to Crawick Multiverse and Sanquhar Tollhouse Museum

Afternoon Everyone,

I don't know where the morning has gone let alone the week but, once again, I've certainly had much to smile about.

On Saturday we took one of our trips out. This time to the Crawick Multiverse and the Tolbooth Museum in the village of Sanquhar (the name means old fort). Warning - this is a photo heavy post!

The Multiverse proved to be an amazing art installation commissioned by The Duke of Buccleuch to pretty up an abandoned open cast coal mine on his land. It took one million pounds and the imagination of the well-known landscape artist Charles Jencks to create this fantastic cosmic landscape. It also proved to be a tad challenging for my poor husband who's big toe is giving him gyp at the moment. Here's just a very few photos taken that day.
This one represents Andromeda and the Milky Way which are, apparently, converging at speed and will meet it is predicted in four billion years time. The mounds are 20 metres high - we didn't climb them!
We did walk down this very long path, 400 metres, only to find that it was a dead end! It's a North-South line which splits the site down the middle. That's the Sun Flare/Earth Shield Mosaic in the centre of the Sun Amphitheatre that you can see in the foreground. It's said to represent the 'dance of life and death' between solar flares and the protective electromagnetism of Earth,

There's a lovely video with aerial views, on YouTube showing much more of the Multiverse. Here's a link should you be interested - I promise you won't be disappointed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YnEawc7aXM

This is himself smiling through his pain.
We left the Multiverse to visit the museum in the Tollhouse where we learnt a great deal about the village's past history, including the work of the famous Sanquhar knitters.
Originally knitted in drugget - a very cheap, coarse, wool - on very find needles and usually in black and white, they are now knitted a better quality wool and in a variety of colours. The distinctive feature of these gloves is that the wearer's initials are always knitted into the wristband.

Himself again, looking quite miserable because of his sore foot. Do you think he is trying to tell me something - the quote on the bench is 'Never injure a friend'!?

In the village itself there's a shop that still sells Sanquhar knitting however these cushions were knitted on the machines that are just visible in the background.

Another craft shop window display featured these tasty treats.

And possibly the biggest crochet hook in the world - with a thistle atop it too.

Enough! I could show you so many more photos - the whole day was wonderful - and I haven't even begun to cover all the nice things that have happened during the rest of the week.

I hope you have had a lovely, smiley, week too.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Giveaway - Spectrum Aqua CD-ROM - The Winner

Hello Everyone,


Just a very quick post this morning and apologies for being a couple of days late. As there was only one person interested in this CD-ROM I didn't need to do a draw.

The Spectrum Aqua disc is now yours Valerija. I hope you find it as interesting and useful in learning new colouring tips and tricks as I have.

Please email me with your postal address and I will send it out to you as soon as possible.



Look out for more giveaways as Operation Craft Room Sort Out progresses.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Rudolph Day Cards - April

Hi Everyone,

It's Operation Craft Room Sort Out here, hence the absence of posts recently. It's surprising just how much time it is taking me to sort through all the shelves and drawers. I think I could be some time. Anyway, I decided to take a break today and make a few cards for this month's Rudolph Day Challenge over at ScrappyMo's where anything goes as long as it's Christmas themed.

Here are the cards I made.




I had a good rummage through the scrap box to make the first two cards and the topper on the second is one of many pieces of scrap card I embossed recently. The toppers on the last two are recycled from cards received last Christmas that I thought far to nice to throw away.

I'm submitting the second card to Pixie's Snippet's Playground - snippets of paper patterned paper and green cardstock used.

Well, that's my day off over and it will be back to Operation Sort Out tomorrow. Sigh. I'll be back ... eventually!

Have a great week.