Monthly Archives: February 2012

Aloha!

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I have just finished making this card. The image is a digi download from Mo’s Digital Pencil, and you can find it here. Isn’t she lovely. I am entering this for MDP  challenge this week, the theme of which is ‘lace’. I have coloured the image with my Promarkers, oh and I have treated myself to some new Promarkers this weekend, as Hobbycraft have packs discounted to £4.98 saving at least £2! I got the greys pack for shading so will be having a play with those in a bit. It is an easel card brought from Craftwork Cards, and I coloured the top part with my chalks. I found the red lace on the floor at school! strange, but when I planning this card I thought that red lace was the way to go and was going to buy some this weekend, and there it was, lying fluttering on the floor in the breeze saying “pick me up, save me”! Perfect! The pinky red background paper was free in a magazine, and the embellishments are sticky ribbon by Hobbycraft, flowers from Wild Orchid, and pink glittery letters and sticky gems from my stash. Not forgetting a ‘Today’s the Day” stamp by Pink Petticoat. So Aloha, my friends! 

The Big Day

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Well, my daughter Lisa has done the bridesmaid thing in New Zealand this weekend. Her she is (third from the left) with Clare- the beautiful bride, and the other lovely bridesmaids. I love this picture, the colours are wonderful and it’s just so happy. We spoke last night on Skype and she told me about the wedding, and what an amazing day it was, and how she dyed her hair and thought it was going to turn blue, and how her sunburnt shoulders began to peel and ruin her spray tan just hours before the wedding, and how we laughed!!! A bit later I was in bed drifting of to sleep and thinking about it all and how much I miss her, and then I realised………..yes, every cloud DOES have a silver lining. And the reason I say this is because if these little problems had happened here, in Tewkesbury, I would have undoubtedly received a few distraught phone calls and cries for help with the ‘disaster’ that was taking place, bless her! Hey ho, I guess that’s what Mums are for! 

Small but perfectly formed

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This is my first tin cover, as seen on, yes…… Attic24. Now, I am aware that it is a little bit odd to love this as much as I do, but I just really LOVE it. The tin originally contained Carnation extra thick condensed milk (yummy, it’s a 70’s childhood thing!), which is quite small. Lucy at Attic24 used tuna tins (guess what I have bought today? Well, we like tuna…… stuff, and the cats like it, in my defence). I chose three shades of pink and three of blue for this one. It’s just a single crochet stitch in rounds, with a slipstitch and picot edging around the top. The bottom trim is tiny pom-poms from a childs craft supplier. I bought them to make a multicoloured edging for a scarf but think they look really sweet on this. I will go on the hunt for little plants to put in them at some point. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have an overwhelming urge to make tuna pasta bake! 

In The Bag!

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Hi all, happy weekend. Here is my completed hexagon bag, I’m well pleased with it and wanted to show it off!  I found the hexagon pattern on Lucy’s blog at Attic24, lovely clear instructions as usual- thanks Lucy! I really enjoyed making the hexagons, very therapeutic. I used random colours from my yarn bag (as you can tell, what a mish-mash!), but I guess you could colour-scheme it to match an outfit or reflect your favourite shades. I used this picture from Pinterest as a template, but did the handles a bit differently, crocheting vertical stripes and edging them with a picot stitch- which I’d just learnt how to do and wanted to practice! I made them  a bit longer to as I like to put my bags on my shoulder. I got a pretty vintage-style design fabric quarter from eBay, and stitched it into the bag- didn’t enjoy this, bit of a fiddlefart, but had to be done. I sewed two more hexagons inside the bag to cover and secure where the handles were stitched. Lastly, I sewed on a very fancy button each side of the bag and chained a length of yarn which I sewed under one button and then slipped over the other button just to keep belongings a bit safer. Ta da! All done, and totally unique. 

Lisa

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As you know (regular readers), my daughter left Tewkesbury a couple of weeks ago to go to New Zealand. Here she is with Clare and Nick Booth. Clare and Nick are brother and sister and when my two were young they all used to play together. The Booths had lived in New Zealand before, and returned there when the kids were about 11 and 13. Lisa has kept in touch and always said that one day she would visit them. Last year Clare asked Lisa if she would be her bridesmaid, which gave Lisa (and Paul, her boyfriend) the incentive to save hard and finalise a date to go. They are having a great time and being well looked after by Clare and Chaz, her fiance, Nick, and Sarah and Dave- Clare and Nicks Mum and Dad. I am missing her lots, but Skype is great and really helps to lessen the miles. The first morning they arrived Lisa skyped me as soon as she knew that I was up and about. It was half 7 in the morning here, and I was staggering around the kitchen going through the normal routine and feeding the 4 furry babies who miaow like mad until their needs have been met. So, picture the scene: me in scraggy dressing gown, hair everywhere, yesterdays make-up in evidence around the eyes…… waving at Lisa, and Clare, and Chaz, oh dear! Meanwhile the cats are becoming frantic as instead as getting on with feeding them I seemed to be talking to a metal rectangle- terrible service. Now, our blind/deaf/old cat, Bump has an incredibly loud miaow, which Clare’s dog in New Zealand heard and ran around barking like crazy…… which Jake, my dog, heard, and started to whine and race around our house, sending the cats flying everywhere. Bizarre, animal communication over thousands of miles!   

Suzanne’s Kitchen

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On Tuesday I escaped boy-heaven and went to see my friend Suzanne. Suzanne and her husband were living in a lovely house, but wanted to move from the built up area that they lived in and head for the countryside. They found an old empty bungalow that was stuck in a 70’s time warp decor style, but fell in love with the amazing  uninterrupted view of the Malvern Hills from the back of the place. Several years on and renovation has begun, with builders knocking down and building up new walls, and gallons of blood, sweat and probably a few tears already flowing by Suzanne and hubby Aurelio as they fitted this gorgeous new kitchen over Christmas and New Year. It was definitely  worth it as it looks great, like something out of Beautiful Homes magazine, well done you two……… can’t wait to see the next room! 

Ewe like this?

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Hello, how are you? I’ve been making again, I seem to feel the need to be doing something all the time so that I make the most of my week off. So I usually do a bit of domestic goddessing, and reward myself with some making. I have to say that the reward time often isn’t equally matched with the length of time spent on chores (ahem) but hey, an extra half hour here or there, where’s the harm in that, tragic to stop creativity mid-flow I think! I made this card using a piece of Docrafts Honey and Hugs for the background. The cute sheep is a freebie from Nitwits. And that’s it really, simples!