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Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter celebrations

I hope you have all managed to enjoy the Easter weekend.  There has been lots to celebrate this weekend for us.  Firstly the flooring finally got put down in the lounge on Friday.   DH and No2 son spent all day Friday doing that and while I'm biased I love the look of it.


Saturday we celebrated our eldest grandsons birthday, Connor has now reached double figures - I really cant believe ten years have gone by already.


His Auntie Claire made him this fabulous cake.


We managed to get out in the garden and do some tidying up out there.  Our lilac bush is looking very pretty at the moment.


Finally I put the last few stitches into the stag cross stitch so it is now ready to be taken to be framed which won't be until next Monday. 


Now to decide what to work on next.







Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Closing in

I'm close to finishing the stag just a small amount of background, another eye and a little of the face to complete.  Fingers crossed I can get it completed by or over the Easter weekend.

Once it's finished I need to work on a WIP before I allow myself any new stitching lol.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Easter card request

I was asked to make an Easter card for someone to send to their mum and this is the card I made.

I used a Spellbinder die for the background and place some pale blue paper behind the cut out area.  The cross was made using an SU background stamp and I used one of the dies from the Swirly Scribbles die set also from SU.  The flower border is a Sheena Douglass die which I coloured with my Copics.  The sentiment is also from SU along with the Bitty Banner die.  I think I will repeat this design for our parents as I love how it turned out.

Monday, 3 April 2017

A stitching update.

I'm still trying hard to complete the stag stitching hopefully it won't take much longer to complete.  While I may have been working on other craft projects I am managing to stick with the solo stitching which is pretty amazing for me.


The weekend was busy with the craft fayre - we all made some sales and had a fun couple of days.

Last week we found out that we will be having another grandson join the family in August - the girls really are being outnumbered now.

I have been able to drop another day at work so down to a two day week for me which is really nice.  Monday is now going to be my day to do some decluttering of my craft stash every week. Today I finally got round to putting my dies into their magnetic folders which I'd bought ages ago, which meant I was able to get rid of lots of packaging.  Normally I would keep the packaging but I really need to learn to let it go more easily.  Next week I will begin the task of going through my paper stash again  - that will be harder to let go lol.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Scrapbooking

Yesterday I travelled down to Scrapbook Magic for the monthly scrapbooking class.  Slight delays with diversions due to road works and traffic light in place for a collapsed drain but undeterred I still managed to get there to join in the fun.

I remembered as I took a photo of the solitary layout I completed yesterday that I hadn't posted the second layout from last months class so I will show you that one first.

Here is the one I did yesterday which shows photos of how Ernesettle Creek used to have a large mill but sadly in today's photos this is no more but its still a lovely place to stand and stare.



Tuesday, 21 March 2017

On a roll

I seem to be on a bit of a scrap roll at the moment.  These are scraps from just one of the boxes of scraps I am trying to work my way through.  I've used another Mojo Monday sketch #479 this time.  I'm trying to work through their 2017 sketches with the aim of using two a week to bring me up to date with their weekly challenges for this year.  This should also build up my stock of cards should the momentum come to an end.

I've used a couple of stamps from the SU Painter's Palette set this time.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sketch Saturday

I'm on a mission to use up my box of scraps again!  I've used Sketch Saturday's sketch #455 and managed to make three simple cards with one of the sentiments from my recently acquired SU stamp set called Big on Birthdays.  I bought as it has four large sentiment stamps along with smaller ones.  I thought it would be a perfect way of making quick and simple cards as well as making a small dent in the scraps pile.  Making the sentiment the focal point means I can use up the mish mash of patterned paper scraps I have far easier.


Friday, 17 March 2017

1 sketch, 3 scraps and 3 different occasions

I needed an anniversary card for mum and dad today, not an easy card to make as their marriage is more one of tolerance of each other rather than of mutual respect and love.  I decided to use a Mojo Monday sketch #478 and picked out three scraps of paper and challenged myself to make three different occasion cards.  


For mum and dad I kept the greeting simple but expressed my love for them instead on their wedding anniversary 61 years today.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Stash enhancement

I received a lovely box of mixed media embellishments this week from Artful Days.  It's a monthly kit which has a theme each month, this month it was Going Around and has lots of circular embellishments as well as some paints and a ruler with circles of various sizes cut out in the middle of the ruler.

There are 18 delightful packages included in this kit and they came beautifully wrapped in circle tissue paper which I will also use.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Seasonal cards

Over the past couple of weeks I have been making a few Mother's Day cards to go to into the basket of cards held at Vintage Brew.  I forgot to take photos of the first two sets I made but these are the latest ones I  have made.  I've made one as a Mother's Day card and another as a birthday card.


The flower stamps are from a set I bought from Clearly Besotted a long time ago and I've used them lots, one of my favourite sets which also has the matching die.  I love colouring in the flowers.  Sentiments are from a variety of SU stamps sets and one from Avocado Arts.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Stitching update

It's been a while I know since I posted any progress on the stag stitching.  I am over the half way mark now and working on the background area of the picture.  I'm leaving the stitching of the stag until last which hopefully won't be much longer.  The past week or so I haven't had much time to devote to this or any other crafting.  I hope you enjoy this latest update.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Scrapbooking with friends

Yesterday I went down to Scrapbook Magic with my friend Moya for the scrapbooking workshop.  This year Margaret has decided to go with mixed media layouts and we both loved our time there.  It was great to catch up with the ladies again and as usual lots of laughter was had.

I put the final touches to my January layout this morning before going into work.  I took this photo on one of our morning walks, it had been frosty overnight but as the sun was warming up it created a lovely mist.


Still love gathering quotes and this is what I hope to do on all my Scrapbook Magic layouts this year.  The snowflake die is a Tattered Lace die and I've cut them from Kraft cardstock, some of them I added Irridescent embossing powder to for a little sparkle.  The icicle trim at the bottom of the photo are Tim Holtz Frozen Alpha Parts and I have used white and irridesecent embossing powders on them as they are clear to begin with.  Was a little worried with them being plastic but they withstood the embossing process.

I hope to add the finishing touches to the February page tomorrow.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Almost halfway

I know there are some people that are disappointed with my infrequent blog posts for which I apologise but other than my solo stitching there is very little other crafting going on.  I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching done this past week and I am almost at the halfway point of the solo stitching project.


Just a little more stitching on the left hand side to complete and then I can start on the bottom half of the project.  I only have 25 days before the birthday it is intended for.  It is a deadline I don't think I am going to make but I will purchase an interim present for the actual day and then hand this one over as a belated surprise.  I will endeavour to get it done as close to the birthday as possible but I am determined to enjoy this project rather th a  feel undue pressure.  As the recipient has no idea I am doing it does help.


Friday, 3 February 2017

Stitching update

I have managed to add a few more stitches to the gift stitch but no where near as many as I would have liked.


I'm hoping to be able to get more hours in on it over the next week.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

New stitching solo stitching

I've been naughty and started a new stitch.  It's another pattern I found in the magazine which I  discovered when going through my stash earlier in the month.  I'm doing it as a birthday present and for once I'm going to see if I can do solo stitching for this one as I've got a pretty tight timescale.  This is how far I've got after a week's stitching.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Art Journal Adventure 2017

I've been joining in with the Art Journal Adventure being run by Jogglesdot. The first prompt was to complete your cover for the journal.  With it being the year of the rooster they used this theme for their covers and I also went with it but used a quirky bird stamp which is my rooster element.  I'm a hoarder - something I am trying to change this year - but I did recycle some packaging to make my journal with.  I knew it would come I handy one day.




Prompt 2 was texture.  Again I recycled something - cereal packaging this time, cutting the box into four pieces to create some journal pages.  I created the texture using scraps of paper torn and adhered to the packaging and then covered with paint.  This was then partly embossed with an embossing folder and then I sanded the raised areas to show them up a bit more.  Some gliding wax was added to the snowflakes.  I've also used a couple of stamps and then some gorgeous embossing powders from Lindys Stamp Gang.  I've also used Paper Artsy infusions, some splatters of white gesso and finally some clear embossing powder which I then stamped into.  It's been fun experimenting and actually using lots of my stash.

Prompt 3 is mug shot and this is currently a work in progress in my mind - hopefully it will soon transfer onto another page.



Monday, 16 January 2017

Forgotten designs

While I was sorting through my crafting stash last week I came across an older copy of Cross Stitcher which had lots of lovely charts inside.  One in particular I am hoping to stitch as a birthday present for someone this year but until the fabric arrives I decided to stitch one of the smaller charts.  The bird charts are designed as brooches but I didn't read the fabric count and wanted to try and use up some of my scraps of aida.  Consequently it has turned out a little too big for a brooch so I am going to turn it into a hanging decoration instead.


What I didn't realise that this magazine goes back to February 2011.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Buttons galore


Last week I took a load of my buttons down to Vintage Brew where Mitch kindly helped me sort them out into colours in the bottles they had kindly collected for me.  On tidying up the craft overflow on Monday I came across some more which will also need to be sorted at some stage.  I love how they look and it should be far easier to find the right one for future projects of which the above photo would be a great project.


I have still to find a more permanent home for the buttons in my craft room, I'm thinking I might just need another set of shelves for them.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Mixed media birthday card

I made this birthday card for Margaret at Scrapbook Magic, as her birthday was on Saturday it is now safe to post it.
I've used Paper Artsy paints, stamps and Infusions.  Some texture was added using a stencil from Stamplorations and texture paste from Ranger. Lots of paper piecing for the birds and flowers, clouds created with a die set and lettering from a Simple Stories sticker sheet.  I even used my Inktense pencils for the leaves on the branch.  This was a lot of fun to make even if it did take me a whole evening but I'm pleased to say Margaret loved it.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

A stitch a day progress


So far this week I have managed to stitch every day.  I added some back stitch on Tuesday and some orange French knots on Wednesday. 


Thursday I attempted Daisy stitch and yesterday I added some more French knots but this time in red.

I'm finding it very relaxing at the moment and decided I wasn't going to try and learn a different stitch every day but just see what I felt like doing each day and where I needed to fill in - less stress.

Yesterday I spent some time with our daughter, Harlee-Jay and Lincoln.  I treated myself to some denim jeggings and a new top and I bought Colette and myself some Yankee candles that had been reduced as well as some of the new fragrances. I also managed to pick up some plant bargains yesterday, these had been reduced from 10-15 pounds to just 2 pound each.


I was attracted to the plants pots as much as the flowers even if the festive season has now passed.



Monday, 2 January 2017

2016 review and 2017 possibilities


2016 was pretty good for us.  We had the addition of two lovely grandsons Lincoln and Theo.  Two relaxing holidays one with our youngest son and family in North Devon and the other on our own in Porthallow, both weeks the weather was  extremely kind to us.

  On the crafting front I started selling my cards at Vintage Brew and have now raised just over £200, we also enjoyed a fun weekend there doing a craft fayre.  I managed 21 stitching finishes and read a total of 32 books.  I also spent a fabulous weekend at Scrapbook Magic doing two mixed media workshops.

I took part on my first ever Muddy Race for Life and had a thoroughly fun time with work colleagues.  We also had a few other work related outings which was also fun.  I made new friends thanks to Darnells visit from the USA, one in particular was Hazel who I hope to get to see more of in 2017.  Far more positives than negatives thankfully.

Now onto 2017 which I hope will be just as good.  All being well we are going to be grandparents yet again which will bring our total to eight grandchildren.  A Spring fayre to get ready for.  Some of the 'projects' I'm hoping to take part in this year are 2017 Art Journal Adventure,  1 Year of Stitches and 52 weeks to an Organized Home.  Of course I have lots of stitching to finish and I want to read lots of books again this year.

I have made a start on my year of stitches.  I'm using a baby's cot sheet to do this so that should I fail to complete this challenge then I've not wasted valuable fabric.  The threads were a cheap packet of threads which I think came free with a subscription.  So far I have tried blanketstitch and satin stitch, it really is stitching with no particular design in mind so it will be interesting to see how out of my comfort zone this takes me - I don't usually do random. 

  I have also completed the first 52 weeks home challenge now WE just have to follow it through each day, week, month, etc.   So for the remainder of the week I will work on the cover of my art journal for the Art Journal Adventure along with whatever other crafting takes my fancy.

What have you got planned for 2017?



Sunday, 1 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR


Happy New Year to you all.

Weatherwise it's been a bit bleak here today but I've brightened up the day with playing in my craft room.  I made a couple of Thank You cards and dropped them down to Vintage Brew but forgot to take photos but they are similar to the one I made for Moya's birthday card.  I have also tried to get ahead a little and have made a couple of Valentine/anniversary/engagement type cards  - same design but slightly different colourway.




New Years dinner is at mother in laws this evening along with brother in law and his fiancee.  It really has been a very easy festive season for us.