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..!

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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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Winter SunshineThey don’t happen often at the moment, but today we actually managed to have a day off with some…View Post

Winter Sunshine

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Mini Cottage PieTilly was at grandma’s yesterday so I thought she’d need something quick but filling for dinner,…View Post

Mini Cottage Pie

Tilly was at grandma’s yesterday so I thought she’d need something quick but filling for dinner,…

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What’s in Store for 2014…

Well we’re already a week into the new year  and what a week it has been! We hope that everyone is staying safe whilst the country is being battered with high winds and severe flooding. We’ve only lost a few fence panels here at the HQ so we’re counting…

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