May 8, 2020

Hello all!

I don't know about you, but for about six weeks my creativity and most of my playfulness went on holiday without me.  There was too much white noise and stress to think about getting crafty, which seemed such a shame as we have so much more time at home.  And...

October 5, 2019

Last weekend, 25 beaders plus a couple of partners and a pal came together at our usual haunt, Gartmore House, to spend two days worshipping at the alter of the beading deity, Jean Power!  We had people travelling from across the UK and even one intrepid beader who joi...

March 25, 2019

We've got loads of fabulous things coming up in the world of Mrs Magooty just now, so here's a little blog to tell you what's going on and how you can join in!

Beadwildered Bead Retreat 12th to 14th April

Firstly in a matter of weeks we have our 11th annual Beadwildered...

February 4, 2019

We've been shortlisted for an award!

It's really blooming exciting.  We're a tiny micro organisation, so to get a bit of external validation like this means so much.  We find out on the 8th March whether we have won, but regardless of that outcome, this moment gives us...

April 17, 2018

This weekend was the tenth year of our annual beadwork retreat at Gartmore House.

To celebrate we put on our sparkly outfits and held an exhibition of the all the previous classes.  A glass of fizz or two may have been consumed in the process!

As part of the evening, I g...

November 17, 2017

the workshops

Six workshop at two venues.

Forty five participants and two facilitators.

100 cups of tea and coffee and numerous slices of delicious cake.

hand-me-down part 1 is complete.

Jackets off, introductions made, eyes smiled and we scanned the room before seats were...

September 11, 2017

With the launch of our open workshops for hand-me-down, we thought it was timely to talk about our own craft heritage.  Everyone who makes has one, and hand-me-down is as much about celebrating these stories as it is about exploring the history of women's domestic need...

June 6, 2017

Sometimes things don't go to plan.  But that's just part of life.

As the Kaiser Chiefs once said "Knock me down, I'll get right back up again... I'll come back stronger than a powered up Pac-Man".

I think one of my best attributes is the ability to be a powered up Pac-Ma...

May 1, 2017

Getting your storage right can bring untold joy.

That process of reorganising and rearranging brings up a very big part of the craft retail sector – storage.  What might seem like boring small Tupperware to some is like the key to nirvana for others.  And sometimes, reo...

April 16, 2017

Mrs Magooty.  That's an interesting name.  

Here's a story about it.

When I was little, my Granny and Grandpa lived in my house.  On the bottom floor, they had their own living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.  Out on the patio was my Grandpa's studio.  It was a...

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