HELLO! Welcome to my blog. On the right of the page in blue is a list of categories - each one contains many poems or stories. Over many years I have written almost a thousand poems so please do take a look
Feel free to take the verses for your own personal use but remember that they are copyrighted so cannot be used for commercial purposes. Thank you.
Underneath the labels you will find photographs of my many craft projects over the years.
I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org and I'm pleased to let you know that my songs are now available on iTunes to buy or on Youtube just to listen.
I was born Patricia
Mary McCormack in Halifax, Yorkshire, England in December 1948. I have one brother and two sisters. I worked as a secretary/pa for many years, before retraining as an adult education teacher. My first handicraft project was when I was about eight and I wrote my first poem at 13.
The first toy project I can remember was when I was around ten. I converted an old teddy into a hand puppet. Since then I´ve made toys for family members and even sold some here and there!
I got a book from the library and then made this doll. She had real hair too!
VICTORIAN DOLL 2
I really liked making this one. Her hair is made from a wig I had. She even has accurate 19th century underwear!
EBENEZER ORANG UTAN
I fell in love with Orang utans at Chester zoo. I didnt have a pattern for this one, which is why he looks a little odd around the eyes! He does have a voice box inside him with 14 phrases
KNITTED PADDINGTON BEAR
He was so cute to knit
MARKET STALL TOYS
In between office jobs I made lots of toys to sell on a market stall
TOYS FOR MARKET
An assortment of the toys I made for the market stall
MORE TOYS FOR THE MARKET STALL
I did enjoy making these little child-hand-size toys
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG
This is a lifesize stuffed toy that took a full weekend to make.
This is from a Jean Greenhow pattern. I made it around 1985 and it still comes out every Christmas
1981. This was in a magazine and he was just so nice, I had to make him
Very cuddly plush fur bears
These were child-hand-size fleecy teddies
SYLVESTER & TWEETY PIE plus CHRISTMAS MOUSE
Cat and Bird were knitted. The mouse is crochet - and very fiddly indeed to make!
These were very appealing
BIG TED and WHITE RABBIT
Big Ted got raffled for Lamplighters, a children´s cancer charity in Yorkshire. White Rabbit was for daughter Lynne
I made this with a hollow interior so that I could hide little gifts inside
PAUL WITH ORINOCO WOMBLE
I made this Womble for my nephew Paul around 1975. They are both just so cute! I also knitted his Aran sweater.
SNOWMAN & SNOWBABIES
The big snowman is knitted, the little ones are fleece. I have a small one that I pin to my jacket every Christmas
I love making things for the home. This is just a small selection
Fabric paint edged with embroidery. I think the idea came from a "Family Circle" magazine many years ago.
Applique of bridge between Arnside and Grange over Sands in UK
My first try with shells was when I was at school. I made a little box for my mum and stuck shells on the top. Since then I´ve made all sorts of things. It´s a great hobby as your main ingredient is free!
SHELL FRAMED MIRROR
This took a long time to make but was worth every minute. I stuck the shells on with Bostik then varnished over them.
Shell topped jewel case, Bunny, Matchbox cabinet, painted and covered with shells. Cone shells form the drawer handles
A simple shell design
SCALLOP SHELL ALBUMS
The tiny pages contain pressed flowers.
Below are photographs of the various crafts I have enjoyed over the years.
I really enjoyed the dried flower work. Sometimes I would collect my own items from the local park, ready dried! Tony and I made dozens of arrangements together. The only one I kept was the wreath.
I enjoyed doing this one with dried and fresh items
DRIED FLOWER GARLAND
I made this to go on top of a corner cabinet
Dried flowers set into ducks and such were very popular at one time
MORE DRIED DESIGNS
The ducks began to take over!
Tony and I had great fun making this basket
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I think that after this lot, we´d had enough!
A simple design using cones I collected locally, together with helichrysum flowers
More dried flower work
DRIED FLOWER WREATH
I used all sorts of things on this wreath
I began to learn how to paint in 2005 and have enjoyed it immensely. My friend Wendy runs a painting course at the Lux Mundi centre in Torre del Mar, where we spend winter. These are the paintings I have done up to now.