Welcome to The Good Life!


Hello and welcome to our little part of cyberspace! I'm Viki and live with my husband, best friend and personal chef Paul, and our beautiful daughter Matilda at the top of the Elham Valley! Our friends refer to us as Tom and Barbara, because we're basically trying to live The Good Life! We run a business called Valley Crafts UK selling our own handmade and handpainted thingymabobs on Etsy - www.valleycraftsuk.com

We are owned by numerous cats and have a random number of chickens - including some of our neighbour's birds which tend to pop by from time to time... Paul can mostly be found in his workshop creating wondrous things out of wood, like chicken arks and cat houses, or in the kitchen making delicious fudge and chutneys. I spend most of my time in the office/craft room where I knit, crochet, attempt to learn to sew, and paint traditional canalia (that's "roses and castles" style painting).

We grow our own veg, brew our own beers and wines, make chutney, eat free-range eggs from our own chickens and are a hybrid of country bumpkins and hippies with some boho chic thrown in for good measure..!

Bored? Lonely? Need Advice? Ask us Here!

Day 4: Seaside, Sheds, Sunshine & Shells

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Tilly’s birthday present finally arrived - it’s almost finished!

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Ice cream at the seaside with Aunty Jo

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Gifts from Tilly picked up by the seaside

+ A peaceful and uplifting yoga session
+ More birthday cards for Tilly!
+ A spring clean
+ A new meditation space in the office
+ Time to sit, crochet and think
+ Lemon tea
+ Sunshine!

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Day 3: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend - Part 2

Day 3: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend – Part 2

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A happy 2 year old

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Precious moments with Grandma

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More lilys out today!

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The only things in life that matter

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Who needs computers when you have a sandpit?!

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Precious moments with Nanny

+ Having family & friends together
+ Getting caught out by the rain but everyobe coming together to rescue food and save the day!
+ Tilly’s messages on Facebook and knowing that people care so much for her to share…

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Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend - Part 1

Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend – Part 1

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Beautiful (and tasty!) gifts from beautiful people

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Tilly meeting a new friend for life!

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Wonderful gifts for the garden - must be tried and tested instantly, obviously!

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Cuddle time!

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Spontaneous barbecue with amazing people!

+ A surprise visit from some friends we don’t see often enough!
+ Our first ripe tomato
+ Wonderful company and new friends

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Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend - Part 1

Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend – Part 1

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Beautiful (and tasty!) gifts from beautiful people

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Tilly meeting a new friend for life!

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Wonderful gifts for the garden - must be tried and tested instantly, obviously!

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Cuddle time!

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Spontaneous barbecue with amazing people!

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Day 1: Flowers, Food & Free-Time

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Seeing our first lily open - strikingly beautiful

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Getting updates of Tilly’s day out with Nanny & Aunty Jo whilst we prep for 2nd birthday celebrations

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Tilly having fun with Nanny and Aunty Jo

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Enjoying lunch with Nanny and Aunty Jo - “stop taking photos, I’m trying to eat here!”

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A brief moment to be enjoy some adult time before Tilly came home

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Whilst Tilly was away… Phase 1 complete!

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21st Birthday Gifts for a Leopard Print Lover!

21st Birthday Gifts for a Leopard Print Lover!

It was my sister’s 21st birthday recently, and she has a passion for all things leopard print and girly, (so pink is in on the act too…). We hosted a leopard print party for her, with cake, but I also decided to make her a hamper of lovely gifts. I forgot to take photos of some of the bits, so as soon as she arrives back from sunning herself in Mexico I’ll be sure to grab some photos and post…

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Day Out to Folkestone

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Beautiful Flowers to Brighten the Day!

Beautiful Flowers to Brighten the Day!

Birthday Snugglies

First off I will say I did not make this! But I wanted to share it with you because I will probably be living in it for a while - it’s so soft and comfortable!

Birthday Snugglies

First off I will say I did not make this! But I wanted to share it with you because I will probably be living in it for a while - it’s so soft and comfortable!

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Spring has Sprung!

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Viki’s 30th Birthday Shenanigans

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My First Crochet Efforts…My first crochet…
I’ve wanted to get in to crochet for a while as I’ve got so many ideas I’d love…View Post

My First Crochet Efforts…

My first crochet…

I’ve wanted to get in to crochet for a while as I’ve got so many ideas I’d love…

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Rainy Day Fun
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Rainy Day Fun

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Customer Photos…Here are some of the items that have recently been re-homed! Thanks to Jo Bridges (Tabby the Cat),…View Post

Customer Photos…

Here are some of the items that have recently been re-homed! Thanks to Jo Bridges (Tabby the Cat),…

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Park Life




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Park Life

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