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August was a 'BOMB'!

July 24, 2014

August - Was A 'BOMB'!!

What can I say - did you see the craft bomb that hit New Milton this month?  Well, it was us!  We had a great time planning, organizing and executing the biggest craft surprise New Milton (Maybe Hampshire too!) has ever seen.  We were up at 2am sewing bike racks into their jackets, padlocking a crocheted bike to the racks, sitting a blue chicken on the phone box, fixing caterpillars to the railings, adorning the benches with beautiful knitted and crocheted decorations, hanging bee hives up and attaching an octopus to the parking sign!  The public loved it!  Such surprise on their faces and lots of lovely people just coming into the shop to say 'Thankyou'!  We wanted to bring smiles to people's faces and I think we succeeded!

If you didn't see it, here are a few links to news articles:



Enjoy! xx

July, a Heatwave and Holidays!

Kathy here, just thought I'd pop over and say hello! 

What amazing if stifling weather we are having down here in the New Forest!  We are seeing lots of lovely holiday-makers already who are loving the shop and lots of souvenirs are being taken home to various parts of the country (And indeed the world!)

We are still making lots of plans at HMNF and our latest idea is to hols a children's craft activity day on Saturday 16th August - a great opportunity for the little ones to have a bit of hands on crafting and have something to take home so tell your friends and family, it will be a great day!  (Crafts will be pay-as-you-go because, as much as we love doing stuff like this, we don't have a money tree!)

There will be lots more to see and do in New Milton that day so it will be well worth coming down to see everything!

We have also been quite impressed by a new initiative being run by the New Forest National Park - a Tec Creche - take a look at the video to see what it's all about!  I for one am astounded at the amount of holiday photos friends are posting on social medial sites which include their children - of varying ages- plugged in to some technology or other and I find this shocking!  I know we need to move with the times but that doesn't mean forgetting what family is all about.  When I was a kid I didn't have any of this (Nor did anyone, for that matter) and I was thrilled when I opened up a Sony Walkman for Christmas in 1981 and then dismayed when my sister opened a pair of headphone so we could 'Share' it.  Needless to say which one of us used it more!  So please take a minute to look at the film above to see just how a family holiday COULD be!

So, back to the grindstone, we hope you all have a lovely summer and hope to see you in the shop soon.  There is always lots going on and new stock coming in every day so it's always worth a look if you're passing or takie a look at the web-shop for some inspired ideas available by post.  (Thank you to Sharon for keeping the web-shop dusted and stocked!)

See you soon!

Kathy :)


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