Monday, 23 May 2011

Pirates, Punks and almost a Prince!

Good evening

Thanks for the lovely comments on my last post - yep migraines are horrid and I am lucky that they don't happen too often.

The raggies have all been labelled and are now packed away ready for the fair this weekend. Am just 2 strings of bunting away from being finished! Might get those done tonight if my sewing machine has finished sulking - it decided to stop working earlier until I'd given it a thorough clean, oil and pampering! Seem to remember it did this last year when I was preparing for this fair - perhaps its hinting it needs TLC more often!!

Anyhow, I managed to finish raggies No7 & 8 - a pirate and a punky one;

 I can't remember if I told you but when MIL was clearing out for her move, she put an old leather suitcase in the chucking out pile which I promptly rescued;

With some help from MrVV, I've added some straps to keep it open and some padding and I shall be using it for displaying my brooches, hair clips and earrings at the Fair;

Saturday night was a rare night out with just MrVV. We headed into Ipswich to the Corn Exchange to enjoy a concert by Ade Edmonson and the Bad Shepherds - if you've never heard these before then you're missing a treat - classic punk hits done in a folk style - absolutely brilliant. I didn't take my camera with me on Saturday but found an old pic on my computer from a festival we went too a few years ago;

Now as its springtime it must mean that almost every weekend there's a band engagement of some sort for Little Son & MrVV. This one was special as it was the first time I've watched Little Son play AND march - something that's taking lots of practise - thank goodness for lovely neighbours!! Just a short march from the Moot Hall in Aldeburgh up the hill to the church;

The band then wander off for coffee before meeting the rest of the parade out of church and marching back down the hill. After a few speeches, the band then play for a little while whilst the Mayor holds a reception for local dignitaries etc;

Every year a local forces squadron takes part too - this year was the turn of 653 Squadron of the Army Air Corps based at Wattisham - yep the one Prince Harry is part of at the moment. Sadly he wasn't there - day off! However his colleagues were wonderful and some of them treated the crowds to a fabulous display in their Apache helicopters;

I thought last week was a busy one - this week seems to be much the same. The list of who is supposed to where at any one time is increasing - here's hoping we get the right person to the right place with the right equipment!!

Off now to wrap my latest birthday swap parcel and also check what else I need to do for my button swap one - think apart from the edible I'm almost there.

See you later in the week.

xxx Vicki xxx


Catherine said...

I love what you've done to the suitcase! A great idea! Cx

B............... said...

The suitcase looks fab such a great idea and I love the dolls but I think Jess would love even more as shes just doing her bedroom out a bit punky, just waiting for the wanting of black walls lol!

B xxx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Case looks fab - and my youngest would love raggy pirate! Bet he'll be popular now Pirates of the Caribbean in is cinemas again

Scarlett Fontaine said...

Ooooh Pirate raggy!!! Can i buy him from you before he hits the fair?? Or maybe you could make another one after the fair for me to buy? Ideal for my little boys nursery! Love what you have done with the case, such an awesome idea! I now want a little case to do that to show my jewels in my bedroom! Scarlett x

Pooh's Abode said...

Vicki - where and when is the craft fair?

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

LIking the raggies but loving the case a lot.

Northern Hi-Lights said...

Good luck at the fair at the weekend - your dolls (and that suitcase!) look amazing!

Madison said...

Love the pirate raggie. Very lucky salvaging of the leather suitcase. Why do people throw away perfectly good things?
Madison xxx

Romi and Bob said...

I love the dolls, especially their stripey leggies! The suitcase idea is great, it will look gorgeous. I love the brass band pics, we also had one walking around our village last weekend.What cute houses in the pic too! You know me, mad for cute houses!

crafts@home said...

I have that suitcase..... well, not exactly THAT one :) I loved playing with it when I was little! Hope the fair goes well, oh, and thank you for reminding me about the next birthday swap!

**Anne** said...

I love your dolls and how you are going to use the suitcase is inspired.
Lovely to see those boys in uniforms playing music.
Anne xx

delia hornbook said...

The suitcase is a great idea ;-)) Good luck at the fair your dolls are going to just walk out the door ;-)) dee x

Josie-Mary said...

Love the case, what a great idea! :)

Serenata said...

The dolls look great and fantastic idea for the suitcase, it will look brilliant with the brooches etc... on it.

I think it is so nice that young son and his Dad share the same hobby, music is such a wonderful thing to take part in.

♥ emma bear forever ♥ said...

The suitcase idea is fab, I'm sure you will sell loads of your makes. I bet the pirate doll will go down well x

Anonymous said...

Loving that suitcase, very Enid Blyton. The band looks very smart, you must have been very proud. Your raggies are looking good - love the punk one!

Florence and Mary said...

The punk is looking pretty cool with her pirate pal!

Victoria xx

fee @ chipper nelly said...

Like a random round up post!
dolls look fab - good luck at the fair - hope you have fun and meet some new pals too
fee x