Winter Warmers

Today is the 3rd Tempt Team Treasury Blast off. As it is so snowy outside I have chosen a selection of items to keep you warm on these wintery days so why not check out these lovely items:


Itchy Fingers Lynny – Weekly Shop Feature


Each week, TEMPT Team will select an Etsy shop owner that has excelled in team expectations. By participating in discussion threads, curating team treasuries, and supporting each other with hearts, these shops have earned a moment in the spotlight!

This week we feature Lynn at Itchy Fingers Lynny on Etsy!

Itchy Fingers Lynny out of Bellerby, England, United Kingdom has a wonderful assortment of corn dollies and straw favors handmade by Lynn.  Lynn’s love of crafting brought her to the Wensleydale Popup Gallery, where she began teaching Corn Dolly Workshops.  She says on her profile,

‚ÄúI produced a number of Corn Dollies and Straw Favours for the display and so I have finally taken the plunge and opened an Etsy shop!‚ÄĚ


Above you will see a lovely Corn Dolly with lemon colored ribbon bows.  Perfect for hanging in a window or glass door to add a traditional, rustic touch to…

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Make a pig in a day at Gayle Mill

Make a pig in a day at Gayle Mill

In November I went on a course to make a pig in a day at Gayle Mill near Hawes. The teacher was Josie East who had prepared all the willow in advance.

Stage 1 involved creating the basic shape of the pig:

Pig Stage 1

Pig Stage 1

Once the basic shape was created the willow was woven around the body and legs inserted:

Stage 2 - Looking like a pig now

Stage 2 – Looking like a pig now

By the end of the day it really had changed from Air Balloon to Pig with lovely curly Corn Dolly tail:

At the End of the day

At the End of the day

Once home it just needed tidying up:

The finished article! A Willow Pig

The finished article! A Willow Pig

It was an excellent day and I can really recommend having a go at Willow Weaving!

Corn Dollies at The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Corn Dollies at The Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh


In the middle of October I received an email asking how quickly could I send some Corn Dollies to Edinburgh?

Turns out the Director of a production of The Bondagers being put on at The Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh wanted four Corn Dollies for the play. I packed them up and posted them out the next day along with a part made ArtStraw Corn Dolly for the cast to see how they are constructed..

Being someone who loves the Theatre I was really thrilled that my handiwork was going to be on stage and of course I had to check it out!

It sounds a really interesting play about a side of rural life I had never heard about before.

The webpage is well worth a look:

and I for one will be going if it tours nearby,

I am a Tour Maker!

I am a Tour Maker!

So I made it to Elland Road for my 4pm Role Specific Training session yesterday. As a Rugby League fan I will never get used to going to a Football ground!

First of all I registered and picked up my Supervisor folder with my route maps. The training manual and workbook where on the seats for everyone to pick up.

Training Material

Supervisor Folder and Training Books

The Introductory session consisted of videos with thanks for volunteering and an outline of our role. This lasted about 40 minutes. The group of about 800 of us was then separated into two different rooms depending whether we had an on route or off route role on the day.

The real training started!

The on route training included how to wave a flag correctly¬†for obstacles and how to man a barrier¬†road crossing. The role plays proved the¬†gender difference really does exist and men¬†just don’t know how to¬†put on¬†a tabard!?

At the end of this session the Supervisors were asked to stay back for additional training. This consisted of explaining our role and responsibilities on the day and how we fitted into the chain of command. We also had the route maps and deployment of our team along the route explained. The session finished with a test run on the radios before we could get our hands on the prized uniform, individually packed for us:

Tour Maker Label

My Tour Maker Uniform Label

I have to say the labels made me feel a bit special!

Tour Maker Uniform

My Tour Maker Uniform

Tour Maker Hat and Bag

My Tour Maker Hat and Bag

It was all pretty much common sense but was good to meet some of the other volunteers. It also put into perspective just how many volunteers are involved and what a logistical nightmare it must be for the organising team with so many things not determined until the day. So a big thank you to every single one of them for all their effort from this Happy to Help Tour Maker! I am sure it will be a fantastic day even if I do need the brolly Рalthough I would feel a total idiot with a brolly in the middle of  Grinton Moor!

Yep I am excited! Very, very excited!