Spring Hares Workshop Crafternoon; a big dose of craft therapy

Don’t they all look fabulous!!!


It was definitely a battle of the ears at yesterday’s workshop. Look at them all fighting for the limelight 

It was another busy afternoon at Blacksmith Shop Crafts and for some it was their second and even third workshop with me. Now that could mean one of two things; they really enjoy my workshops and are needle felting addicts or, I’m doing something wrong  I’m pretty sure it’s the former though. Thoroughly fabulous afternoon with a healthy over indulgence of craft, cake, tea and great conversation. A crafting collective; what could be better! Also a great reason for me to escape the virtual world for a little while and hang out with real people.  I came out feeling so much lighter, despite the amount of cake I had eaten!!! Talk about crafts as therapy…


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It’s Okay To Feel Uninspired

You’re probably thinking, “Where is the pretty picture”? “Where is the carefully executed photograph”? Well, in the interest of full disclosure and honesty (and I do like to be honest), this is exactly what I achieved yesterday…nothing!

I picked up my felting needle, stared at some wool, drifted off somewhere else for 10 minutes; don’t ask me where? Stared some more, and then gave it all up as a bad job and watched the TV for the rest of the day.

Today, over my morning cuppa, I started to think about the ‘nothing’ I had achieved the day before (an Oxymoron, I know) and quickly realised that I didn’t care because do you know what? It’s okay to have a bad day, in fact, it’s okay to have several bad days. It doesn’t matter if you don’t create something every day (I most certainly do not) or get the ironing done, sort out the draws full of odd socks the kids have created, walked the dog for long enough, stuck a meal in the microwave because you just couldn’t face cooking etc. etc.

We live in a world where we are bombarded every day, via social media, of perfect lifestyle photographs; perfect images of creativity and artistic ability; perfect homes where every item in it is handmade; perfect artists and creatives; perfect pictures with inspirational quotes… and I love all of those pictures as much as the next person. In fact, we need them, just like we need galleries, green spaces, feel-good movies, coffee shops, and days of doing nothing.  However, I can guarantee, behind every one of those photographs is a person who has bad days just like the rest of us. It is the bittersweetness of being human, top of the food chain, of being self-aware, feeling guilty; now that’s a whole other conversation…

I think what I’m trying to say is just don’t feel bad about it. Your craft box will still be there tomorrow, the next day, the next week and month. Your wool, needles, paints or whatever it is you use to create won’t be judging you so no need to judge yourself. The worst thing you can do is force yourself and take comfort that, at some point, you will be doing this again…



So, my advice is to put down the wool, needle, whatever… stick the kettle on and do something else, or, like me, watch the TV and fall asleep on the sofa doing nothing. Now, where’s that remote…

Spring Hare Needle Felting Workshop March 2018

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March 24th, 12pm-4pm Cost £45; gift vouchers available.
Contact Anna on : 01757288541

Unlock your creativity and spend the afternoon with me learning how to make one of these beautiful Spring Hares.
This half day workshop is tailored for complete beginners or those just wanting to improve their needle felting technique. No sewing and no tricky patterns. Just a barbed needle and a handful of wool! The afternoon will, as always, be relaxed and informal with one to one tuition, a guarantee of tea, cake and a beautiful fox to take home. All materials will be provided. It’s the perfect way to get away from the noise of daily life and learn a new craft.
Blacksmith Shop Crafts is close to York, Leeds, Hull, Beverley and Lincolnshire and this lovely venue is set in a renovated 19th century blacksmith’s forge.



Craft Your Way To Better Mental Health

As many of you may know I am a firm believer in this philosophy and Amy Jakob from Hope The Black Dog is a testament to this. Read her article and how crafts help her deal with depression and anxiety here at: http://www.thenationalstudent.com

£1 from every sale in her Etsy shop:  hopetheblackdog is donated to MIND who is a proud charity partner of the Heads Together campaign, which is led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

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Painting by  Cathy Malchiodi  a wonderful advocate for art therapy.


One of my favourites


One of my favourites designs which, unexpectedly, turned out exactly as I had planned first time.
Have a lovely weekend and make the most of the sunshine because next week is going to be…..brrrr! ❄️ Time to unpack those furry knickers girls; have you never heard the saying, “ne’er cast a clout till May is out”?

Rainbow Sheep

Sharing some colour to match the mood of the glorious sunshine we are having in Lincolnshire ☀️ Have a lovely weekend and happy felting. Psst! Just open the box and get started on that felting kit; you know, the one that you have had for weeks…What’s the worst that could happen 🙃


New! ‘Rustic Robin’ Needle Felting Kit

New kit ready.  I know I shouldn’t have favourites and should love all the fuzzies just the same but I can’t help it… I have put this on as an introductory offer for Mother’s Day and Easter and, even better, you get to make two Robins from one kit because there is zero chance of you parting with the first one! www.lincolnshirefenncrafts.com


Come On Spring…

Come on Spring! We’re ready and waiting…

Life size Mountain/Winter Hare. Their colour changes to suit the season. This one is mid change heading towards its Spring/Summer brown.

#handmade #mountainhare #needlefeltedsculpture

Life size Mountain/Winter Hare