Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Camper Sprocket Pillow

Hi all I've not been blogging
for a bit, the only reason is 
i haven't had any little projects to share.

The weather has been fab so I've been
pottering outside and hubby is also building himself
a workshop in the garden so it's a bit of a building site.

I am quietly getting on with my
crochet sampler blanket i will finish it this year.
i have also been thinking of having a dabble with

Patchworking in particular.
i stumbled across a fabulous blog 
all i can say is wow she makes the most 
beautiful quilts and cushions.

When i saw this tutorial for a 
i knew i had found my first project.

So last night i set to and couldn't stop till i finished.

I had bought this camper van material in a pack with these other 
three last year. I had no idea what i was going to do with it,
i just loved it because it was pink and had campers on it.

When i saw the sprocket cushion i knew this pack was 
perfect. Oooh i felt a bit giddy at the thought and had to
start straight away.

So i rummaged around and found some plain cotton material
that Beth had left over from her patch blanket she made, and away i went.

It's not bad for a first attempt . 
I think i would prefer a patterned material
for the sides and back, and 
my front patchwork wouldn't lie flat after
i had sewn the pieces together.

Pulling it in the middle with a button did hide a lot of faults
so i got away with it.

I'm definitely going to make another, it's a good excuse to go
material shopping.

The only problem is it's yet another new hobby!
I need more space?
Oh yeah!! hubbies workshop.

I've more chance of winning the lotto 
than getting in there.


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Zentangle Dad

Hi all i know I'm a bit late showing the card
i made for my Dad for Fathers day.

To be honest, i have spent the last week outside and 
not at the computer.
The weather has been glorious and
i would rather be outside,
Crocheting, Pottering, watching the Tennis,
sort of through the conservatory window.

I finished my matching cushion for my outdoor sofa,
I'll not bore you with another picture it's the same as this one.

So here at last is the card

Told you i made a card and gone
Zentangle Mad.

Doing this is so therapeutic, you get so 
engrossed in it time just flies.
I can imagine doing Zentangles would be a 
good stress buster.

I have finally got back on with the sampler blanket i started
a few months ago, i'm not going to start anything else until
this is finished.

The little voice in my head just Laughed 
and said "Yeah right".

See you soon

Friday, 6 June 2014

Anniversary Cards

Hi all i popped on today to show you 
a couple of anniversary cards i have made recently.

 This first one is for my Mum and Dad.
Mum loves Orchids and this digi stamp was perfect.
I've coloured it with Spectrum Noir pencils and blended with
Sansador and paper stumps.
the sentiment is from woodware and I've stamped it so it looks
all joined up.

I've also been having a play with the art of 

It's so so so addictive.

I made a little panel for the edge of the card.
I've also got another card to show soon were I've gone
zentangle mad.
 The second is for hubby.

this is also coloured with the Spectrum noir pencils.
and I've frantaged round the edge.
The papers are DCWV Nana's Nursery.
La La Land Bunting Die and hand wrote LOVE.
Lace from Dunelm Mill.

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off outside now, 
the sun is shining so i'm making the most
of it while its here.


Monday, 26 May 2014

Crochet cushion Ta Dah!

Hi all on the gorgeous bank holiday Monday,
The sun is shining here and we have
a BBQ planned for tea time
(so pleeeze stay Mr sun).

Now the weather is better out came my
outdoor sofa and i wanted to make a crochet cushion
to match the cushions i made last year out of some
gorgeous Clarke and Clarke material i had stashed.

I had a bit of a change and made a ruffle trim 
around the cushion.

I bought some vintage buttons, they are all the same size
but different, i love them.

All the yarn came from my stash, bits of wool left over
from other projects.
The cream is Drops Lima the same wool as my recent pink 
cushion it's so nice to used and a very reasonable price.

Although i think it's looking a bit lonely LoL, so yes
number 2 in under way.
This sofa is the best thing we bought for outside, it's so
comfy, it's like having another room.
I spent a lot of time on it last year and also this year.
Morning brew, lunch, afternoon brew, crocheting.
It,s shaded in the morning and then gets the 
afternoon, evening sun.

I love it!!

Here are a couple of garden pic's the 
Lapins were full of bees, so i went to get my
camera to take some pic's and there was only one left when i got back.

I love these white foxgloves they are one of my
favourite flowers.
I don't seed them myself i let nature take its course 
and i have a lovely display every year.

Thanks for stopping by today,
I'm off to have my Lunch outside.


Monday, 19 May 2014

R.I.P. Old faithful

After 22 years of faithful service, on nearly every day especially since the kiddies have been around
I have to announce the retirement of my washing machine. Boo Hoo.  

Our Zanussi has served us well but had started to show its age, like I had to kick the door to get it going, also all the writing had faded off so I had to put them back on with a marker pen. It also started to make a funny sound when draining.

So hubby took me out washing machine shopping,
after doing a bit of surfing on the internet for the best price.
Isn't the internet great you don't have to trawl around all the shops any more
then end up back at the first place because they were the best. 

So farewell old girl

And hello sexy

It's nearly double the drum size and has a 15 min wash, ooh how can you get so excited over a washing machine.
Can't wait to take it for a spin. Ha! Ha!


Friday, 16 May 2014

Spectrum Noir Pencils

Happy Friday all
What could be better, It's Friday, the sun is shinning
and i have just  received my complete set of 
Spectrum Noir pencils from C&C.
I love blendable pencils, i have the Polychromos ones
as you will probably know already.
But after seeing the fab pencils from Spectrum Noir on 
TV last week i had to give in and order them.
Well they were a very good price.

 You can download a colour chart from the 
website here
I did the A4 blank colour chart so i could colour
it in myself, then i would have a true colour copy for matching.

I did have one little problem i discovered that i had
two of the same colour in my essentials tin. That meant i was
missing one colour so i emailed  Crafters Companion and they said
they would mail me the missing pencil.
It hasn't arrived yet, but they couldn't have been more helpful.
Watch this space.

The first thing i wanted to do was to colour on Kraft card
they had some samples on kraft which looked great
so i wanted to give it a go.

Here's the result of a bit of playing last night.


I'm impressed

The colour goes on and blends beautifully.
I do feel i need a bit more practise on the 
skin to make it stand out more, but no I'm 
really happy with the results.

I used Crafters Companion Kraft card
and inked it up with vintage photo distress ink.
Handmade Coffee filter paper flowers. 
( I so need to make more).
Leaves are from a Crealies die.
Stamp i have used is Tilda with cherries in basket
 it's an older stamp but I'm going to make a point of using them more,
I keep buying new ones and the old ones seem to get forgotten about.
I can't tell you where the papers are from, i found this in my bits draw
and thought i would go perfectly.
Tim Holtz sentiment tag.
Lace from stash.

Well would you believe it the postie has just been
and my missing pencil has arrived.
You can't beat that for good customer service.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fab

I'm off for another play with my pencils.


I've had a little play

 The Postie also brought this little

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Tilda stamp storage technique

Hi all hope you are well,
I've been a bit poorly with 
Man Flu!!!!!
I couldn't actually take to my bed to recover
until this weekend you know how it is when your
a busy mum.
I have done absolutely nothing this weekend and
boy do i feel better for it.

Anyhow passing my craft desk i noticed i
still hadn't got round to laminating my new Tilda's
that arrived last week.

Which got me thinking, i don't think i have ever shared
how i store my stamps.
 (forgive me if i have my minds still a bit flu foggy.)

But here goes anyway.

I stamp the images onto spare paper
and write the name of the stamp
next to it and colour them in.

Then i roughly cut them out.

Then place them along with the card that came with the 
stamp into a laminating pouch.

 With the laminating machine warmed up
i put the piece to be laminated in the paper folder

then through the machine

There you have it

and the stamp clings to the back

I keep them in 3 draws, i love these plastic draws
you can keep adding to them as your stash grows
i could probably get one more set before i hit the ceiling lol.

As all my stamps have a picture on them i
find it a lot easier to flick through and find the one i want.

As you can see i have a few Tilda's,
i bet it's not as many as some of you out there.
She can be a bit addictive!
I hope you enjoyed looking at how i store my stamps.
Thanks for stopping by 


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