Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

A little bit of foolishness!

Bit of Nonsense!!!

I wanted to make a couple of little gifts for four of my students who have passed their LCCI 2 London Chamber of Commerce examinations with distinction.
After giving it considerable thought and  messing around with this and that crochet wise I came up wit the following.
All a bit of nonsense really....a key-ring with a difference:-

The front ....but on the other side :
Hidden treasure!!!!

Its a time capsule and holds a 1941 10 cents Spanish coin.

A little bit of history!
What was happening in Spain in 1941 when the rest of the World was trying to get to grips with the fact that a Second World War was underway. At that time Spain was under the oppressive power of a military dictatorship ruled by the Generalissimo Francisco Franco, on ending victoriously the Spanish Civil War which had lasted from 1936 to 1939.

 I collect coins of all sorts and I use them as merit prizes in class...they are very popular.

 This key ring was made with No 5 Perle cotton in Tangerine and I used a No 2,50 crochet hook,a small amount of embroidery silk,some tiny beads and a swivel lobster clasp. Its really simple to make.

I will have to make a couple more key rings but two must have a more masculine note to them as I don't think orange with beads will go down so well with men. I don't think I'll make it so fussy as this one either.Personally I think its a bit fussy and I shall not make the twirl with so many Trebles a few less will loosen up the twirl a little.

My giveaway is looming near ! I've 67 followers and I need to reach 80. That is my objective 80 followers on my Followers Google connect list for my first giveaway and it has to be nowish because it is when I have the time.
I just do some private tuition throughout the summer months as most of my students have left the city to go to their apartments or villas by the beach or up to their homes in the mountains. Lucky them..... me like a twit down here in the hot hot city....well at least I have the beaches and the swimming pool....tch!...... one will survive I suppose!

As it is I am preparing already (got to get the maximum fun out of the prep  too) I have decided I will put a little of this and little of that and perhaps one of these and one of those ....oh yes I'd best add a couple of those too just in case ...after all its my first giveaway so its got to be good.
It will of course be open to the world and any off world bloggers who may be lurking, peeking into my blog too shy to follow but who are prepared to come forth and take the plunge! LOL!

Welcome and hello to my new followers ,Shirley at The White House, Lena at Frugal and Thankful and Rae at Felt by Rae. Thank you for joining me here and I hope you'll visit often.

Amanda :-)
PS: 9th July this morning ! Whether its the Monday morning feeling or not I keep looking at this keyring thingy and the more I look at it the more I hate it!!!!  Its a mess and too fussy! 
Back to the drawing board!!!


  1. Amanda what a lovely gift, you are very sweet to do something so special for your students.

  2. Looking forward to your Giveaway, Amanda ... won't be long now! xxx

  3. Good Morning Amanda

    Hopefully my it is showing that I too am following now. The keyrings are a really cool idea. I'll be hosting a give away but not just yet. I'm collecting a little bit of this and a little bit of that for it. Looking forward to seeing your reveal. Have a lovely week Heather xx

  4. What a lovely idea for a gift Amanda... Oooo looking forward to your giveaway, nothing like a little bit of this and a little bit of that..and I've always want one of these and one of those.. hee hee :D

    Julie xx

  5. Such a lovely gift idea Amanda!
    Victoria xx

  6. What a sweet little keyring!
    Have a great week in the sunshine whilst we over here in Blighty are knee deep in rain!

    1. Hello June

      I am sending the strongest strongest vibes possible so the sun gets to you pronto!!!

      Amanda :-)

  7. wow !! what a lovely cute idea for a gift.Bring us more ideas for gifting.I know you can do this.
    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.

  8. So pretty, you're such a thoughtful teacher :) Ooh... looking forward to your giveaway. xx

  9. Hi Amanda,

    Thanks so much for popping into Raindrops and Daisys
    and saying hello!

    I was delighted to get your comment on the blog and am
    following you back now!

    Sure that the weather where you are is gorgeous,
    wall to wall sunshine?

    Still piddling here in Ireland
    I dona't think it is ever going to stop!

    YOu have a lovely blog here and are so so so creative!
    Wow! I could never do anything like the work you do
    it is just wonderful.

    I thought the little lollipop dress was out of this world
    and the rest.....

    Anyway Amanda, just wanted to have a look
    and now that I have I feel totally inadequate!!!

    Be in touch soon.

    Have a great afternoon.

    Fiona x

  10. I am follower 70!!

    Was follower 50 on Emma's blog
    so nice even numbers!!!


  11. Good luck with your 80 followers! Can't wait for the giveaway!

    I think your pupils will cherish the keyrings. They are charming!

    kate xxx

  12. I love the idea of the little coin hiding in there! What a lovely thought!!!

  13. Hi Amanda, I love the colour and it's a great idea to have the coin hidden in the back.
    They'll be able to remember you every time they unlock their door. Have a lovely week. Ali x

    1. hello Ali,thats true! I like the colour too and the coinidea but not terribly pleased with the crochet

      Amanda :-)

  14. Oooh, I've had a VERY busy Monday 9th July, I am so tired today, couldn't sleep very well last night, kept thinking of all the things I need to do when I go back to work on Thursday. I really need to work an extra day instead of the girl who job shares with me. She is not office trained and just doesn't seem to do much or care about the work, so it then gets left to I ended up feeling like your last little face yesterday afternoon.
    I think your key ring is lovely, perhaps not so frilly for the boys as you said. Love the coin idea, very creative. Am posting your jar today :)
    xox Sandi

    1. Oh my Sandi
      I shall have to get my skates on then....I haven't got yours ready yet

      thanks for your comments here

  15. Hey Amanda, what a great idea to use the coin as part of the gift.....a little history lesson hidden away in the key it.

    I'm sure your students will be very touched by your thoughtfulness what ever it is you make for them. A lovely reminder and keepsake.
    It's pouring with rain here today, grey and gloomy.....I love it.
    I guess the sun is shining and it's nice and warm where you are......enjoy your day,

    Claire :}

  16. Thats a clever idea Amanda, and an added twist with the coin - makes it a very special and useful gift.
    Love the tangerine colour although i agree it might not go down to well with the men!
    Gill xx

  17. Another thing I'll probably never do again....bit too much frill I think
    Thanks for your comments Gill

    A x


Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)