Saturday, 5 March 2011

Your guide to a great day out with the Somerset stars!

Steeped in history and mysticism, with a unique and magical landscape, it is little wonder that Somerset has served to grow, inspire and attract some of history’s best and minds. 

Explore the rugged rural setting for Lorna Doone, climb Jack and Jill’s fabled hill and run like the Beatles across the station platform in A Hard Days Night. Discover your Famous Somerset... (


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The Famous Somerset Guide (see will help you unravel what stirred the emotions of romantic poets and novelists, as well as film directors, business men and women and more, including:

·         S T Coleridge and William Wordsworth
·         J R R Tolkien and John Stienbeck 
·         Hot Fuzz and Elizabeth The Golden Age
·         Deborah Meaden & PJ Harvey
·         Folksy crafters – Artyadz (featured in previous blog entry), booboocraft (featured today) and rosielee and MrsJonesHandMadeJewellery (both coming soon).

Today we’re interviewing Lesley, aka booboocraft, a local Somerset crafter with a shop on Folksy.


Please introduce yourself and tell us what brought you to Somerset?
My name is Lesley also known as Booboo hence the name of my shop and business. We moved to Somerset 6 years ago, we had both had high profile jobs and were fed up with the rat race of city living. We sold a large house and down sized to be mortgage free.

Tell us about your chosen craft.
I worked for 7 years as a factory manager in a commercial embroidery factory and then for 12 years in higher education part time teaching and part time technical advice this time with hand, machine and computer embroidery also surface textile and fabric manipulation.

As well as selling through your Folksy shop, can your work be found in any other outlets in Somerset?
I only started Booboocraft last May and have sold through an Artist Studio as a guest Artist and once at a craft fair was also asked to show my embroidered pictures at a gallery not with much success.

Where does your inspiration come from?
As we live on the coast I walk every day along the sea front and find the coastline very inspiring Brean down is also an amazing place to visit.


And finally, what's your favourite place in Somerset and why?
There are so many favorite places in Somerset Burnham on Sea where we live is great as it is like stepping back in time and there are a lot of crafters and artist living locally, I am also very fond of Somerton it's a great little town full of character with a fantastic gallery/shop with brilliant works of art across many different media.

 To visit the booboocraft shop, please visit