Author Archives: Elvira Jane

About Elvira Jane

I am a self-taught Crochet Designer, specialising in free-standing sculptural crochet. I'm striving towards a simpler life, where I can appreciate and co-operate with nature. Small steps, but I will get there!

Granny Squares – getting back to basics

I taught my self to crochet, as a child, using 1970’s craft books such as Golden Hands and Good Housekeeping.  My only problem was that my natural tension is very tight.  Eventually I decided to put that tight tension to … Continue reading

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An Island of our own…one day…maybe!

Our dream is to live a fairly isolated existence and I’m always keeping an eye out for such properties that come up for sale.  It’s daft to be looking right now, as we won’t be moving until my husband retires … Continue reading

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Combe Hill Wood – a lovely walk

One of our favourite places to take a walk, is Combe Hill Wood, in Somerset.  Although it’s a popular place, we tend to go there during the week when it’s a bit quieter. Our dogs, Captain Jack, Zillah (both Lurchers) … Continue reading

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Genealogy Links

This is a list of links to websites for family research (mainly UK).  I have included my experience of some sites, but I have not used all of them.  I will add to this list as and when I find … Continue reading

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A baking day – Lemon Drizzle and Ginger Cake

I have been using an old Mary Berry recipe for Lemon Drizzle Cake, for several years now.  It uses margarine, is so easy to make, and the result is light and delicious.  My range of baking is very limited, but even I have … Continue reading

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Wood burner – free heat!

We live in a 1930’s house, which was extended by the previous owners.  The original part of the house had open fireplaces and, presumably, had a stove in the kitchen.  When we moved in, only the lounge and dining room … Continue reading

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Lilac – a favourite

A favourite, in our garden, is the Lilac.  It was already established when we moved here and now, 14 years later, it is probably four or five times larger than it was.  It is a joy to watch it come to life, … Continue reading

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Tambour Embroidery – a new hobby

I was introduced to Tambour Embroidery (and Tambour Beading) by a friend of mine, who used this technique for the detail of her daughter’s wedding dress.  I was struck by the beauty of the work, but thought I would find it … Continue reading

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Family History – it’s a small world

One of my interests is genealogy.  I have been working on my own family history for a good few years now, mainly since records have been available online, and I also enjoy working on other people’s family history too.  It doesn’t matter … Continue reading

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A great start to the day

Waking up to the sunshine is always a good start to any day.  I took a couple of steps outside the back door, and I just had to take a photo. What a gorgeous colour combination – a gift from nature … Continue reading

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