….a little bit more…

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 

― Dr. SeussHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!


Richard III

Just because I can, and because Windsor reminded me how beautiful this piece of writing is: here is Gloucester’s speech.
From Richard III, spoken by Gloucester 
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths;
Our bruised arms hung up for monuments;
Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings,
Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.
Grim-visaged war hath smooth’d his wrinkled front;
And now, instead of mounting barded steeds
To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
He capers nimbly in a lady’s chamber
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish’d, sent before my time
Into this breathing world, scarce half made up,
And that so lamely and unfashionable
That dogs bark at me as I halt by them;
Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace,
Have no delight to pass away the time,
Unless to spy my shadow in the sun
And descant on mine own deformity:
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.
Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous,
By drunken prophecies, libels and dreams,
To set my brother Clarence and the king
In deadly hate the one against the other:
And if King Edward be as true and just
As I am subtle, false and treacherous,
This day should Clarence closely be mew’d up,
About a prophecy, which says that ‘G’
Of Edward’s heirs the murderer shall be.
Dive, thoughts, down to my soul: here
Clarence comes.


“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

Jawaharlal Nehru


Pottery Elf – Revisited

Not that long ago we tried our hands at pottery, well recently we picked up the results of the workshop.  If you want to read that post again click here.

They are wonky and in some ways look like they have been produced by a small child, but I am quite proud of them.  The vase especially, it has turned out such a lovely colour.  The candle holder has a lovely shape and turned out much more refined than I thought it would.

I definitely think crafts are a good meditation tool and very much enjoy the produce of creative time.

Knitting Elf

A distant time ago I decided to teach myself to knit.  Many, many, many YouTube tutorials later I did actually manage to get going and basic stitch that it might be I was off.  I kept going, it was long going, I dropped more stitches than a cared to count, and certainly more than I had the ability to correct!

Then came the daunting and terrifying task of casting off.  In fear, I lingered, too terrified to actually take the leap I watched more tutorials, read more blogs…. I kept loitering in fear.  It could all so quickly go wrong.  Eventually I did get the courage to cast off and it was not too bad, I did manage it without destroying anything.

I am ridiculously proud of my holey, dropped stitches, wonky scarf! Just in time for summer I know, but oh well!

I am already planning my next project, but given the speed with which I knit please, please, for your own safety do not hold your breath!



Pottery Elf

A crafty adventure for Little Elf this time.

Three hours of ceramics hand build crafting madness.  On a freezing morning, I took myself off to learn how to make ceramics!

No “Ghost” music here, we are hand building, so no spinning wheel with peddles and slightly sexual clay moulding.  Nope, this was more like playdough for grownups.

IMAG1554The lovely Nam was our tutor who guided us though three different styles of ceramic hand building.  Starting with creating a base then creating thin sausages of clay that we built up on the base before smoothing out to create our final piece.  I chose a bowl…it was interesting.  I am not sure how watertight, or how reliable this “bowl” will turn out to be, however, I really enjoyed this method.IMAG1555

We pinch, roll and work the clay through the next methods with varying degrees of
success.  During the three hours, which go incredibly fast, I make a vase, box, tea-light holder and afore mentioned bowl.

Some of the other students create beautiful masterful creations with forethought and

design, and I fear I should forward  plan a little more!  But even so I am ridiculously pleased with my creations afterwards.
Now we wait for about four weeks until the ceramics go through two rounds of firing in a kiln and glazing to become the final products.

Have a look at Go Create for lots of courses and fun crafting adventures.

This was great fun, actually even more enjoyable than I had thought it would be.