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.

About Me





  • Crochet reigns supreme for me where craft is concerned. I am a sworn fanatic and a total addict. It is also my saviour ; therapeutically helping me through difficult days. I used to do a lot of fine lace crochet and some Irish crochet too but I find my eyesight is a problem now .  I rarely make the same thing twice I find it boring repeating things, once I have done it then I want to go on to something else.
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  • During the intervals when I have put crochet to one side I have done a lot of cross-stitch and embroidery. However of late I've been finding it more difficult to do, once again because of my eyesight,although I do wear glasses. All the same I still embroider small things if I wish to embellish a crochet project. 
  • Machine sewing. I bought myself a sewing machine January 2018 and little by little  I have been teaching myself how to use it. It is a slow process. I find I like the possibility of making projects where sewing and crochet is combined but I really don't think I am going to be an ardent sewer. I can't see myself making clothes or big projects as yet. I do like the end results but I can't tuck it in my bag and take it with me to do when I want nor can I do it in front of the TV or while I am chatting to someone.  The machine actually scares me and it is all because I don't really know what I am doing . It is quite a chore when I have to change a bobbin.
  • Buttons... I love buttons. I am tempted to have a go at button pictures. I've seen some lovely work. I think I could make things with buttons, not sure what...pinterest could probably put me on the right track.
  • I like mixing! That is a crochet project embellished with embroidery,beads or buttons and felt


Myself as a person. Although I like to make frilly colourful things for others I dress very plainly myself. I just don't feel frills and fancy baubles look right on me. We are big gals in my family and too much colour and frazzle broadcasts it more;so I think anyhow.
I was blessed or cursed with a vivid imagination and I can visit the numerous dimensions out there and beyond in a split second and have lost many a bus and had collisions with lamp posts due to this.

Now things I like:
  •      Reading,watching a good film,time to myself,music, a good discussion,history,inspirational quotes, the origin of names, classic art, doors,family history research,swimming,snorkling,photography (taking and receiving), flittering through a home improvement magazine,  art deco , car boot sales hunting for china,British comedy,Devonshire clotted cream and my mother's steamed chocolate pudding. I am also an animal lover and have always had pets. I like walking through the woods,cycling and visiting my family and home in the UK at least once a year.

7 comments:

  1. I found you by way of Attic24.I love your blog...it looks quite charming and reads fun!

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  2. Hello there
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your very kind comments. Have you a blog I could visit too?

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  3. I am on the other side of the spectrum then you are.. I used to make baby blankets and blankets for everyone else but with the heavier wool it makes my arthritis act up something fierce.. Currently using crochet cotton to do my blankets now.. did a queen sized blanket in crochet cotton.. it takes alot longer to do a blanket but alot easier on my fingers and shoulder..lol

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    1. Many thanks for visiting my blog. It does indeed take a long time to make a cotton blanket but the results are fabulous. Cotton bedspreads last much longer than woollen ones and in fact frequently become treasured heirlooms!

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  4. Hi, I found your blog via "The Simple Life of a Queen" blog. I am a thread crochet addict! and I do mean ADDICT! Especially for doilies. I'm 69+ and still going strong with the thread!
    my blog is http://lindacrochets.blogspot.com/
    Glad to find you!
    Linda

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    1. Hello Linda Thank you for visiting my blog! I love thread crochet so very delicate and lasts such a long time. I still have some of my grandmothers work. I don't do much thread crochet anymore. The occasional doily if a family members asks for it. I'm off to visit your blog now :-)
      Happy New year

      Amanda :-)

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  5. I have never tried crochet, I have tried the sewing machine, We have two (inherited) I am still trying to get it down. I was raised with mom on a tredle machine, she never crocheted as I remember. I am not sure what it is called, but she did make doilies. We have a home just a few miles from Lisa and have never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. She is a personal friend of a friend and they both are experts with a crocheting needle(?).
    Anyway I enjoyed the visit.
    Sherry & jack

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