Craftybrens Embroidered Toppers

Craftybrens Embroidered Toppers
Craftybrens Embellishments

Monday, 30 November 2009

SNIP-IT 2 -History Lost

"The Nornen"

When I moved to Somerset back in 1965,I moved to a little village called Berrow, twix Burnham on Sea and Brean.

Our house overlooked the golf course and that in turn overlooked the beach. It is an estuary really but it is known as the beach.

On this beach directly opposite my house was a ship wreck "The Nornen" but this can only be seen at low tide. The sands on this beach are notorious for sucking you under (quicksand) but if you know what to look for you are ok, and can stand inside the wreck. Once inside you get an awesome feeling of how vunerable those old sailors were, being tossed around on the open sea. After standing there for over 100 years at the mercy of the lashing waves, all that is left is the arms (ribs) reaching up as if crying for help.

There had been a terrific storm and this tiny ship with a crew of 10 and one dog after dropping off their in coming cargo, were anchored in Bridgwater Bay waiting for a cargo to return home with. The crew were tossed around until finally the anchor was ripped away and the crew had no hope of saving the ship.

The crew and dog were succesfully saved and given shelter in a tiny cottage (one up and one down) that was next door to me. My house was not there then. In this cottage they ate and dried out and the ships figurehead was given to the cottage owners in thanks for their kindness. This figurehead stood outside on the bank for years and the cottage became known as "Figurehead Cottage".

In the year 2000 a builder bought the land the cottage was on and dispite my pleas the cottage was demolished and two 5 bed houses now stand there. What happened to the figurehead, no-one seems to know.

To me this is history lost.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

My latest craze

I have got somewhat addicted to hand stitching on cards, I am no good with inks and paint, so stitching with decoupage builds the picture for me. I envy those who just colour in with no probs.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Ann's Challenge #2

Ann's Challenge #2 Black/White and one other

This is my entry Black and White and Red all Over.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Rainbowladys Challenge #80 beads

This is my first blogging challenge, to try and get this onto Rainbowlady's Challenge Blog, so I can enter her comp.
ATC: machine embroidered holly and bow, beads added as berries


Being I like reading or hearing other peoples happings I thought it might be good to have a weekly SNIP-IT from my memories, It might give you a laugh or a groan.
My first SNIP-IT.
"I knew from an early age I was going to be a crafter, wether this is because in those days, so many years ago, we had to learn crafts or wether we actually wanted to learn, I don't know. But I was aged 6 years old and my older sister, 9 years, was teaching me a fairisle pattern on mittens, just a little snowflake. Oh I could easily knit and purl by then but how to add patterns was a bit beyond me. I had got to the pattern row and was waiting and waiting to be shown what to do, I waited forever (well it seemed forever), my sister was being so horrid telling me " in a minute", she loved getting the upper hand with me, still does I suppose, well I got so fed up I whipped the stitches from the needle and threw it under the beautility sideboard.
Why do I remember this incident, guilt I suppose and the regret of never having a pair of mittens as a child with a snowflake on. I never finished them you see, I couldn't get all the stitches back on the needles. It was years later as an adult that I finally learnt fairisle.
But patients I learnt at the age of 6years old.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

My First Ever

Hello friends and welcome.
First and foremost I must hunt out my friends and follow their blogs.
Then I will have to go into the depths of my old memory and dig out some interesting things to say. So bear with me as I might get lost in there.