Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Shetland Wool Week and Yorkshire walls

admiring the stone walls in Yorkshire!


I've just returned from a fun break in Yorkshire with my good pal T.  Here I am in Heptonstall - a beaut village where Sylvia Plath is buried and there are rather beautiful stone walls, too.  While on my travels I got some very lovely compliments with regards my Shetland Fair Isle poncho (double click on image for close up).  It was a very hot weekend, however, I did manage to showcase the Shetland knit quite a bit; flinging it over restaurant chairs, twirling around the airport, shimmying down Hebden Bridge high street and such like....

This brings me, in a roundabout way, to the annual Shetland Wool Week - the yarn extravaganza to top all yarn extravaganzas is fast approaching (24th September - 2nd October) and visitors from across the world are flying in to attend all the fab events (top tip: book accommodation and flights asap).  If  you're a yarn addict - I guarantee you will be in woolly heaven.

Handy link:
Jamieson & Smith website and read their fascinating blog here.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

A good place to eat my cheese and pickle sandwiches

St Ninian's Isle
(click image to enlarge)

Oooh it's been too long!  I've had heaps going on - no change there!  So, today, I thought - 'I deserve a break - a me day'. I travelled down south to St Ninian's Isle and I took a packed lunch of cheese and pickle sandwiches and I felt truly contented.  It's not the big showy things in life that make me happy - it's moments of  just being, of walking along a stunning beach collecting pebbles and thinking of jewellery crafting projects that I want to do at my kitchen table during the long winter nights, it's finding a sheltered spot and sunning myself, it's laughing when the wind got so lively and I was sandblasted from all directions, it's saying hello to fellow strollers (all two of them!), it's listening to the sound of the crashing waves, it's being totally present and thinking: i'm so lucky to be here right now and thanking the universe for bringing me to such a beautiful place.  Life is sweet when you keep it simple.

Have a lovely evening all

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Shetland Sunday Teas are too good!

an Abby drawing

Shetland Sunday Teas - a great place to meet the community and get a yum sugar overload.  The funds raised go towards good causes.  However, don't attend too many!

Shetland Times (published every Friday and online) has a list of Halls holding Sunday Teas (may include a craft market, too).  Weisdale Kirk (near my Airbnb cottage) also has a very popular cake extravaganza from 2-4 pm every Monday.

happy Sunday all

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Yay! I'm an Airbnb Superhost!

Yay to me!  I've been awarded Superhost status by Airbnb

I love hosting people from all over the world and sharing stunning Shetland with them and good news winged its way to me today  - Airbnb is very happy with my guest reviews (I'm reviewed by Airbnb quarterly) and has kindly awarded me a shiny golden Superhost medal  - well, a picture of one, which is just as nice and I feel Super proud.

I had a loooong speech prepared, but I'm just too overwhelmed with award-winning emotion.  I just want to say thank you to friends and family who have supported me on my Airbnb journey, to my cat Mo - she's been very well behaved (for the most part!), to my grandma who taught me that doing things from the heart will bring true happiness and success, to P. for his generosity of spirit and hard work, which has made all this possible....And finally - to all my fab guests from across the globe who have made it an absolute joy to be an Airbnb host *blowing a million air kisses and queenly waves galore* 

home sweet Airbnb home

I'm now off to the Airbnb Superhost after party in my Superhost Airbnb outfit (denim dungarees covered in Butinox fence paint) for a cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake in the garden with my glam crew/neighbours - a gang of noisy sheep!  

Super host super happy Abby
hope to see you soon

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Woolscape gifts, Jennifer Budd & the island of Fetlar

Thank you Jennifer and Stuart for being such fab guests and for the delicious chocolate fudge tiffin from Hayfield Croft (a yummy must visit complete with honesty box).

Mellon Udrigle, Scotland
by Jennifer Budd

Jennifer was visiting Shetland for the first time and stayed on the island of Fetlar (known as the 'Garden of Shetland') for 4 days - she was teaching a Woolscape workshop to a group of happy crafters.  On the final leg of her Shetland adventure she stayed with me - what an inspiring lady and an absolute joy to host in my airbnb cottage.  She truly made my day when she gifted two fibre art paintings.  They take pride of place in my kitchen.  The colours are simply stunning.  Check out her Facebook page here and fab photos of the workshop and Fetlar.

When she showed me her work I got very arty-farty excited, as you do -  and then it dawned on that I haven't done any crafting for such a long time - come the winter I must get going again.  I really miss getting lost in creative projects for hours on end - total switch off from my monkey mind!  Jennifer said she will definitely return to Shetland in the near future and I look forward to attending one of her workshops.  Get back here soon, Jennifer!

Hope you're all having a fab week and if you'd like to follow Shetland's Craft Trail - click here.