Saturday, 4 August 2012

Flower scarf Ta-dah

Hi all back again i have finally finished
 my Flower scarf.
So here it is the big


TA-DAH

 
I just love it it's so bright and
colourful i think it will bring a 
touch of brightness to those 
dark winter days.

The inspiration for the scarf came
from Lucy over at Attic 24
she makes the most wonderful things,
that's where i spotted hers.
Not being able to find a pattern for the 
flower anywhere on the Internet, (i think it's called 
a Japanese flower), i looked at a close up
of Lucy's and made my own version up.

It wasn't hard to do and i soon had
it cracked. I don't want to tread on 
anyone's toes copyright wise so I'm not going to 
publish my version, but here's a close up of
one of the flowers if you fancy 
having a go yourself.


I used Sirdar Snuggly DK yarn as it comes
in a variety of colours is reasonably priced and
is so soft to the touch.
The hook size i used was 3.75mm and each
flower came out at around 10cm wide.
I made 46 in total and had them in 4 rows of
13,12,11,10.

Woo hoo I've got the telly on 
the Olympics and we have just won
two more golds in the rowing  well done

Go Team GB.

Sorry about that i got a bit excited 
then.
Thanks for looking and have a fab
weekend

take care 
Hugs Angie x


 

Friday, 3 August 2012

Summer's here at last



Hi all hope you are well.
What a difference the sun makes, i must say
it's been quite rainy here in the north west,
but the sun has made a bit of an appearance
this last week and all the flowers love it.
They all seem to be opening  up and giving us
a blooming display.



My Lilly's have taken forever to open
but at last hurray one has finally opened and 
how gorgeous worth the wait.


  The Fuchsia Swingtime is one of my favourites
i love the big blowzy flowers and the colours are
just fantastic.


These poppies are just fabulous too and 
free. I don't know where they came from they
started to grow a few years ago and have been here
ever since. The great thing is i just leave them to 
do their thing and they self seed and come up every year.


 It's not just the flowers that have benefited
from the rain my spuds have done well.
I dug up my first batch and got 39 spuds just from
the one plant and ooh they made fab chips.


Beth's been busy too she had a baking day
and made biscuit bears and did most of it herself.


I'm not far off finishing my flower scarf.
It's has taken a bit of a back seat for a while
but I'm going to finish it before i do anything
else. I've got a long list of things i want to do.


I have finally given in and bought a copy
of this fabulous Homespun style book that
a lot of bloggers are oohing over
I now know why, it's just gorgeous.
 There are lots of fabulous photos
and bags of idea's, I'm already buttering up hubby to
make me some shelves for my kitchen for all
my nick naks I've got and yet to buy.
I may end up being cushion mad too.
I wonder if there's a cure for that?

Take care
 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Holidays are here



Hi all hope you are well,
Hooray! holidays are here the kiddies 
broke up from school on Friday for 6
weeks. It was more emotional
for Beth as she was leaving junior school for good.
She's really excited about going to 
big school she can't wait. I don't think 
that feeling will last that long once she gets there.



As you know i had decided to take a break 
from cardmaking for a little while, so
 what happens, i get a commission to do.
It's for the granddaughter of a lady 
i have made a few cards for, I think i made a birthday
card for her and she loved it so much she 
asked if i could make one for her 
teacher to say thank you.
Then Beth saw it and loved it, she asked if i could
make one the same for her teacher 
so i ended up making two.
Never mind.


Out shopping the other day in a lovely little shop
that sells material i came across this fab
remnant so i decided to use it to reline my
wool basket. It needed jazzing up as the 
lining was just a plain cream and boring.


It was the colours that instantly
drew me to it. I didn't have enough to go 
right to the bottom it's about an inch off,
 i have attached it to the liner that was there
already and when it's full of wool you 
would never know.

Talking of wool here's what I'm on with at
the moment.


It's the beginnings of a granny square
blanket. Looking through blogland 
as you do i came across a fabulous 
blog page called 
When i saw Julies blanket i 
fell in love with it, what fab colours.
So i had a good look through my stash
and found some similar colours, all i had
to do was visit my local wool shop and 
get some Grey for the main colour.
I settle on a slate grey from Debbie bliss.


Lastly as it was sunny this morning 
we decided to make the most of it and go
car booting. I didn't find many bargains today 
just this lovely lace doily.
I have been after one for my table so i can
put my flower jam jar on.
I think it makes the flowers look so nice.


My hydrangea bush in the garden is
straining under the weight of the 
flower heads especially with all the rain
so i have picked some.
I haven't bothered before but how
pretty are they in a jar and they last a while too.
I have added some sprigs of apple mint
 for greenery and smell.
Ooh I don't need to buy any flowers anymore, i think
garden flowers look so pretty and they are free.

Take care

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Anyone for Strawberries and Cream






Hi all hope you are well.

I'm afraid to say this is my last
post as a DT at the fabulous 
I have decided to have a break.
I have fallen out of love with
cardmaking at the moment, 
I don't know why but
my MoJo is Missing In Action.
I'm sure it will be back one day
( i hope ).

Anyway lets get onto this weeks
challenge.

The theme is 

STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM.

and we are sponsored this time by
The Stamp Fairy.



I have used one of the stamp fairy's 
digi images. This is Lenny Fruits with strawberries.
I have coloured him with a mixture of 
Copics and Promarkers.
The sentiment is from Lili of the valley.
The papers are DCWV Nana's Nursery.
I used a Martha Stewart heart border punch.


I have finally finished my socks,
 I really had fun making 
these and even though the colour stripes don't
match perfectly i don't think they
are to bad for a first go.


 They are comfy to wear,
I think i will make the next pair
a bit longer in the leg perfect for winter.
Though I've got Hubby and now Beth
 wanting some first, i will be kept busy.

So, please pop over to Papertake and check
all the fab DT work, they are the best bunch
of girls and i have enjoyed my time there.

Thanks Girls

Take care 

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

I'm forever blowing bubbles!!!!






Hi all hope you are well,
Wow another week has gone already and
the school holidays will be on us soon.
Beth had a fab time in London
she didn't want to come home.
I think she was ready for a rest though 
they had 3 really long busy days seeing
everything they could.

It's time for another Papertake weekly
challenge and this week it's

Anything Goes
with the option of highlighting something
with Glitter or Glossy accents etc.

 
I have used this fab Teddy Bea image 
blowing bubbles. I used glossy accents on the 
bubbles and sprinkled a little glitter 
before they dried to highlight them.
The image is coloured with Polychromos pencils
blended with sansodor.
I cut the image out with a spellbinders die
and then inked the edges with Milled Lavender and
Dusty concord distress inks. I think i was a little 
heavy handed with the dusty concord it's a little dark,
I didn't want to start all over again so it had to do.
Papers are from Tulip paper pack.
Flowers Wild orchid crafts.
Ribbon from the Ribbon Girls.


I've nearly finished my first sock
 

It's not been to bad to do really
they look harder than what the are.
Cant wait to try it out though I'll only have one 
warm foot till i can make the other.
I've got orders already
Hubby wants a pair next. 


Look what's starting to flower.
 
I've picked my first Sweet Peas
out of the garden


They smell gorgeous can't wait for
more to start flowering so i can fill the house 
with it's fab scent.

 Thanks for dropping by today
take care 

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Sketch time


Hi all hope you're well, it's a bit of
a Boo hoo day for me, my baby (she's nearly 12)
has gone off to London on a 3 day trip with 
her school. We were up at 6 this morning as 
they where leaving at 7.30 to catch the train.
Though when i got up this morning
she was so excited she was already up
watching the TV.(Why can't this happen on
 a normal school day??????????) 

Anyway I'm sure she will have a fabulous time
they have a none stop schedule seeing all the
sights and the weather isn't to bad thank goodness.

At Papertake this week it's time for another
brilliant sketch from our lovely
Dawny.

We are sponsored this week by
Simon Says Stamp.

This time i felt it worked better for me if i 
flipped the sketch on it's side.

 
I thought it was time to have a play with 
these fabulous Patchwork Pixies again
they are so adorable.
I have used Bristol Board and coloured with
Polychromos Pencils and blended with
Sansodor.
The papers are from Basic Grey.
Flowers are from Wild orchid Crafts.
Scallop oval nesties and i have used 
Antique Linen and Vintage photo distress inks.
Ribbon and faux brads from stash.


Look what I'm going to tackle next



With having loads of time to kill this morning
i ended up in a yarn shop (i don't know how that
happens, it pulls like a giant magnet). 
Next thing i saw this fabulous
yarn, i just love the colours they just jumped out at me
from the shelf and look if you bought the wool
you get a free pattern. I have never tried
making sox so this should be fun.
Watch this space.

Thanks for looking today and 
please stop by Papertake weekly and 
have a go.
take care 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Bingo



Hi all hope you are well, It's 
Bingo time this week at 
Papertake so eye's down and 
choose


As usual you can choose 3 in a row
up, down, across or diagonal it's up
to you.





 I have gone for
Ribbon, Free( Pearl gems) and Blooms.

Out came my Sarah Kay stamps these are so
pretty and perfect as all the flowers are
blooming in the garden.
She is coloured with Promarkers and 
edged with Antique linen distress ink.
as is the sentiment.
The Blooms are from Wild Orchid crafts
the ribbon is seam binding.
Papers are from K&Co.

This weeks challenge is 
sponsored by the fabulous
Ribbon Girls
who have a £10 voucher
to spend in their store.

So why not have a go 
cause you never know.


I've got another wildlife 
piccie to show you.
We have had three baby squirrels
playing in the garden lately

Aah they are so cute 
i managed to get a good shot at
one who was climbing up the garage wall.


 It was crawling along the wall, it looked a bit like
Spiderman.
They are so good at holding on.
I walked into the conservatory and there it was
good job i actually had my camera in my
hand, because as soon as it noticed me it was off.

Thanks for looking
take care

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

3 2 1



Hi all hope you are well and not to wet.
Fortunately here in the North West we have 
managed to escape all the horrid weather
that has been about over the last few days.
Which make a nice change for us anyway.

This week over a Papertake we have a

3 2 1 
challenge.

We want to see your cards and projects 
with 3 of one thing, 2 of another and 1 of
something else ( if that makes sense).
This weeks challenge is sponsored by
Whiff of Joy.

 I have used
3 Pearls, 2 Papers and 1 Image.

The image and papers are both from
Wild Rose studios. The papers are called 
Vintage Rose.
I have used Polychromos Pencils to 
colour the image with and blended it
with sansodor.
The sentiments are computer generated.
The paper doily is from a Marianne Creatables
die and i have used Tumbled Glass distress
ink to highlight this and round the edges 
of the image.



I have also got my latest crochet cushion to show




I had seen this granny square here and there on
blogland and loved the pattern and thought it
would make a good cushion. Doing a
bit of digging i found the pattern in the
book 200 crochet blocks by Jan Eaton.
it's called Tricolor square.


 I just made a plain granny square for the back.
I need to get a bigger cushion middle for it though.


Thanks for stopping by today 
take care

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Dad your the best



Hi all hope you are well.
It's Anything goes week at Papertake
Weekly and as it's 
Fathers day coming up soon 
for us in the UK we have 
the optional extra of making it a
card with a male theme.


Out came this cute Teddy Bo image 
he's perfect for all those dads out there.
I have coloured him with Polychromos pencils
and then used sansodor to blend the colours.
The papers are from Papermania's portobello road
paper pack.
These papers are great for male cards.

Check out the Papertake challenge blog
and see the other DT's fabulous work.

Here are some pictures i took the other day 
in the garden, I've had a few busy bird mums 
and dads on the feeders coming and going with food 
for the hungry little mouths in the trees.
It was hard to try and get photo's of the baby's 
they where deep in the tree, but i managed
to get this of a parent on the feeder.


She or he was about to fly off into the tree
with a suet pellet.

My clematis is full of flowers as well this is 
it's third year and it has done very well.


 I've got quite a few buds ready for opening.



Thanks for stopping by today
take care
 

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Afternoon Tea

  

Hi all on this fab Jubilee weekend,
Just though i would pop by and show you what 
we got up to yesterday.
Beth had broken up from school a day 
earlier than Jack so we had a girlie
day baking.

In the afternoon the sun came out so we
decided to have afternoon tea
in the garden.


I wanted to road test my new Tea coszie
anyway.
It's quite a simple one just knit every row 
changing colours as you go.
I used up some of the wool left over from the 
spring blanket i made.
The pattern is out of the new 
Although the one in the book had 
5 pom poms around the top.
To be honest i couldn't be bothered making 5
so i just added one.

I wanted to use my new car boot finds
as well.
This pretty table cloth i got for £2 it's got 
coloured daisy's on it and is the perfect size 
for my square outdoor table.


I also picked up this fabulous Royal
Albert cup and saucer/plate. I have never
seen anything like this before and just fell 
in love with it, so had to have it.
It's the perfect size for homemade scones
which i must say were yum.

I had a go at making scones a long time ago
it was that long ago i can't remember but i
don't think the were very good.
Anyway i had just picked up a copy of a new
magazine out called Landscape and there
leafing through the pages
i came across some scones (that look delicious)
with the recipe so i had to try.

Fantastic, delicious, perfect 
and really easy to make.
I'll not be buying shop bought ones again.

Have a super long weekend
take care 

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