Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lakeland Retreat

I recently met up with a few of my Etsy friends for a brilliant weekend in the Lake District and, thanks to a great write-up by Maisy, we were lucky enough to be featured by Amity in Etsy's blog 'the Storque' today! Click here to read the article and see more photos!

(Left-right, Back Row: Ali aka AliBaliJewellery, Su aka QuercusSilver, Caro aka Caroline Hardy/Overspill, The Moo aka Moocowhandknits, Clare aka Clarebears, Deepa aka Lazygiraffe.
Left-right, Front Row: Mel aka Feltmeupdesigns, Jeanette aka Maisy aka OneLittleHouse, Me aka Siansburys
Photo: Clarebears)

I've never been to the Lakes before and it was an absolute treat - the mountains are so beautiful and we stayed in a gorgeous whitewashed cottage, tucked away in a secluded hillside near Broughton in Furness (there's only one taxi driver in the village. Sadly his name isn't 'Babs'). The nearest lake was Coniston Water (pictured below) which was breathtaking (and not just because it stank a bit). Luckily no smell-o-vision here.

We all had a lovely time chatting and eating cake while somehow managing to get loads of actual crafty things done. Most of us got the opportunity to try new disciplines too, which was great. Mel generously donated some of her materials and I had a go at needlefelting (spent a good 4 hours prodding fleece until it was sort of monkey-shaped). Mel also showed me and Clare how to use a Gocco Machine (really want one of those now!) and Clare taught me that I haven't the patience for crochet, hah.

My attempt at needlefelting - Renaldo's effigy 'Paulo'.
Renaldo came to the Lakes too but, um.. we forgot about him.

This *stamp*ing had nothing to do with wine intake, no.

So thanks ladies for a fantastic, inspiring weekend. In your honour, here are a few of my favourite picks from your Flickr streams in a mosaic-stylee arrangement.


Deepa said...

It was a fab weekend! :)

Sneddonia said...

Aww, sweet, looks like you had fun :) The Sned clan were actually in the Lake District the weekend before too :D

Jeanette [Maisy] House said...

aw, thanks sian! great post - i'd forgotten about the STAMP tattoos, lol. can't wait for the next one - and you are under orders to be well ALL weekend! xx

ClareBears said...

I was a brilliant weekend!

I wanna go again

Kendal said...

Looks like you all had great fun. If any of you are considering coming back as Clare suggests - perhaps with you respective partners or families - please take a look at our place which we've just opened:

It's a luxury riverside apartment in Kendal, just minutes from the Lake District National Park, but also close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, too.

And for those of you into your needlework, the accommodation is just around the corner from the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition (influenced by the Bayeux Tapestry). :-)