I’m in Prima!

I’m chuffed to bits with this little nib in Prima magazine, this month. I’m in a feature all about the ‘Secrets of women who are always smiling’! I’d almost forgotten all about this, a journalist friend of mine rang me up back in January (did you know glossy magazines like Prima work at least four months in advance?) to ask if i’d have a chat to her about what makes me happy.

She said she had to think about women she knew who were always smiling and she thought of me! Now if that’s not a great compliment to have I don’t know what is.

The number 1 tip to be a smiley person is have a feelgood hobby – like crafting. There’s a great quote in here from Concordia University in Montreal who have found that hobbies have the power to help fight off depression. Other top tips include have healthy rows , snuggle up and find your happy weight (i’m still working on that last one!).

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By the way, Prima is a great little magazine for crafters – it’s not on my magazine reading list but at only £2.99 there’s some really nice patterns and ideas in here.


Halloween Crafting

I don’t really go in for seasonal crafting (apart from Christmas of course) but have been tempted by some super cute pumpkin related crafty goodness I’ve been reading about this year, on some of my favourite blogs. What with bridesmaid shrugs, baby blankets and Christmas presents, I’ve no time to make anything for this year but here’s a quick round up of my favourites;

Over at One Sheepish Girl http://onesheepishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/ crochet pumpkin treat holders are the order of the day. Gorgeous! Just need to crack my crochet phobia;

Feeling Stitchy http://www.feelingstitchy.com/ are running a Halloween stitch along this October, with a kitsch witch pattern. Not quite sure how i’d use this (for me, my crafty makes usually need to have a practical use) but I like it all the same;

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Totally breaking my practical rule, Mack and Mabel http://mackandmabel.blogspot.co.uk/ have kindly written up a pattern for these super sweet mini knitted pumpkins. Ideal for a mantel piece decoration or perhaps as gifts for trick or treaters?

And finally, a new addition to my blogroll is Sandra, who blogs at http://sandra-cherryheart.blogspot.co.uk/ and creates the most beautiful crochet creations. Again, I MUST conquer my irrational fear of crochet so I can make things like this;