Saturday, 24 March 2012

In my head that was said in a cod Australian accent
and had a lot of wobble board in the background.

Today I am wearing my Ninja disguise.
I have been having a bit of quiet time, just me, the yarn and the crochet hook.
Remember the camp fire?
Well this will be going with it.
Hope you are all having fun in the sun.
Love Nora xxx

Wednesday, 21 March 2012


Some times I wonder what I am doing here.
Flaming Nora takes up so much of my time and head space.
Time and head space I could be lavishing on the boys and the Hippy.
Though in reality the day job creeps and expands in to all available spaces both physically and mentally.
My day job is demanding.
Its challenging and inventive at its best, and at its worst its routine and repetitive.
I'm lucky I have a very interesting day job. One many people would give their right arms for, but after well over 20 years it is just a job.
So I invented Flaming Nora.
Being here wittering away is fun,
I love the connections and friendships I have made,
it makes me feel wonderfully supported and encouraged in all my crafty endeavours.
But it isn't what puts the bread on the table and keeps the wolf from the door.
So I have had to make some decisions, some have made them selves and some have taken more thought and planning.
Basically old Nora needs to start paying her way or there won't be a place for her at the table any more.
It will be hard, but probably no harder than it is at the moment.
I hope that eventually I can find a more even balance between Nora and day job.
May be (here she holds her breath and says it only in a whisper)
I won't have to take on those annoying rush jobs.
The ones that are a pain in the bum but pay really rather well.
Or even those really boring ones that also pay rather well.
I'm sure that time is a way off yet, but...
So I have decided to concentrate on the kids sewing school,
holding classes more regularly in an inspiring venue.
You can read about the next one here if you want.
I've also decide to concentrate on these too.

Actually this was the point of the post and I seem to have gone off on a moan about who knows what.


I've developed two kits so far

but have ideas for many many more.
The Owls have been hanging about in my head for a couple of years now, so I'm very glad they have finally hatched and are about to fly the nest.
The Chickies were just a natural development from my last sewing class.
Both kits contain detailed instruction and patterns, enough fabrics to make one bird and pins, needles and threads.
They are suitable for all levels of ability and any one over the age of 6.
Though I suspect that many under 6's would make a fantastic job of it,
but would need a bit of adult help.
What I am aiming for is a kit the whole family can enjoy,
together or separately,
boys, girls, Mum's, Dad's, Grannies, Granddad's, Auntie's next door neighbour's dog.
You get the picture.
Both kits are available here.
Pop over and take a gander.
Well thats enough of both the moaning on and the shameless self promotion for now.
Se you soon.
Love Nora xxxx

Monday, 19 March 2012

On Saturday I did a bit of this.

We were making lots of these.

In the new and spiffy venue.
We were all so pleased with how it turned out.
The kids were amazing, and worked so hard

they produced some of the
finest Easter Chicks South London has ever seen.

Here is a selection of them for you to admire.

One of them even laid an egg!

I am holding the next class on 28th April
we will be making these

With more than a passing nod to my good friend Lola Nova for the inspiration.
You can read all about the class here.
Love Nora xxx

Monday, 12 March 2012

Whilst taking a breather in the park this afternoon I spotted some rare, very wild, quite possibly dangerous and defiantly toxic wild beasties.

I tried to tame them with ice cream but it didn't work and they turned on me.

Later they tried to initiate me in to the ways of their tribe

But it took so long to decipher the code we had to resort to the use of
hand signals to convey the essential information.
What would my super power would be?

By the time I had formulated an answer they had gone.

Escape was made and they ran howling in to the shrubbery never to be seen again.

May be next time I will try chocolate buttons.
Love Nora xxx

Saturday, 10 March 2012

What is it about boys and fire?
We are in a brief sort of lull in some major work that is going on round here.
One bedroom done, kitchen and dining room to be painted tomorrow, and then a new roof.
Not looking forward to that one I can tell you.
Any way the result of all this work is we no longer have a garden just a skip in waiting.
This does however lead to great raw materials for camp making.

And if you have a camp you need a fire.
Daddy was in charge of this camp.
It started with a candle.

Escalated quite quickly to a small but well contained bonner.

And now as we speak the Hippy has returned from a hasty trip to homebase and is excitedly assembling a brasier in the back garden.
I am frantically bringing in the washing and hiding up hoping the house will still be standing in the morning.
More hands over here.
Hopefully see you all on the other side!
Nora xxx

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Today the ginger one was off school,
but I had to work.
So we decided it was about time he was handy and learnt to make the tea.

Amazingly I had a really quite productive day.
If you are enjoying the hand made life series you can join in over here.
Love Nora xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Queen Elizabeth I in a message to parliament.

Of all the monarchs England has ever had the first Elizabeth is my favourite.
May be it was the red hair, may be it was the steely resolve, may be it was being a woman in a man's world and doing it bigger and better, may be it was having Anne Boleyn as a mother and Henry VIII as a father.
May be I watched way too much Black Adder in my youth.
Who knows, but she's the monarch for me.
Which meant I was very pleased to be asked to come in to the Ginger Ninja's school recently to hold a workshop with the year 5 students on
Tudor and Elizabethan costume.
After a quick slide show and costume lecture from yours truly we
decamped to the hall.
I had taken in some dress stands and we had gathered a big stash of cardboard, paper, fabric, sticky tape, glue and hole punchers.
And so we let 5M and 5D loose.
I must warn you that this post is heavy on the photos.
But those guys did such an amazing job it wouldn't be fair to not show their achievements properly.

Young Elizabeth I

Old Elizabeth I

Henry VIII

And my favourite thing of the day.
Henry's shoes!

There were over 50 children working hard that day, all day.
They were all so creative and clever.
They worked amazingly in 3 teams to create these fantastic paper sculptures.
They solved problems and worked with numbers in new and unusual ways.
Making a ruff isn't all about frilly ruffles you know!
We all had the most fantastic day, and every one in the school was blown away by what the children had achieved.
I wish I had had this much fun when I was at school.
And not once did I have to say
"Off with their heads!"

Well if you have made it to the end of this post I want to say well done!
I thought today was going to be a brief departure from the current theme of
But as I look at all the pictures I realise I was wrong.
Love Nora xx