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Thursday, 2 July 2015

A month with Alice

Back in April I was reading Justine’s blog and she had just completed a sweet Soda Stitch picture.  I thought it was really cute and so went to check out their other designs and came across a couple of Alice in Wonderland charts by the same company and had making them for Savannah in mind. 

Justine is also working on another larger Alice design and with it being the 150 anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland we thought we would dedicate a month to an Alice stitching SAL.  Yes I’m starting another new piece – my problem is I also came across another (more grown up?) design and now I can’t make up my mind which one to start – which one would you choose?

While I’m at work this afternoon I will have to make up my mind so that I can make a start on it this evening.
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Stitching update

The last couple of Sundays have been quite busy, either looking after (and recovering from looking after grandchildren) or working so there hasn’t been a great deal of time to be spent on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler.  Here is how it looked this Sunday – I had managed to complete five pages of the chart but only a few more stitches were added this week.  Fingers crossed I will get more time on it this coming Sunday.
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Monday, 29 June 2015

Bon Voyage

The theme for the Lollipop Box Club this month was Bon Voyage.  I decided to recycle the box that all the delightful contents came in again – this time I have turned it into a travel journal.
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I took inspiration from the kit and also recycled a road atlas of Britain – with modern technology in one of the cars this is no longer required.  I’ve covered the inside and outside of the packaging to make the cover of my travel journal.  The spine has been decorated using the chevron fabric washi tape that I had leftover from the Alice’s Tea Party kit last month.  I’ve made lots of pages to go inside the book to add photos, etc to later.  The cover has been decorated using just some of the lovely elements in the kit.

I have a little more work to do on this before it is complete.  I want to add a couple of pockets to the inside front cover to be able to add postcards of the places we visit and stamps to send them to people.  The back cover I will probably also make a pocket to put in any leaflets that I pick up from places we visit.

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Inside this months kit there was also a lovey little journal notebook which I thought I would decorate and use as a travel notes book – to keep a record of times, dates and useful information that you often read but can never remember when it comes to scrapbooking the photos.

I have also completed another picture using the Alice’s Tea Party kit.  Everything apart from the large rabbit stamp came in the kit – it’s been so much fun playing with the kits and I still have some more projects with the few elements I have left over from this one.
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Next project

Below is a photo of the remaining contents from the Lollipop Box club kit after I’d made my Alice picture.  Plenty of washi tape, twine, a beautiful stamp and lots of other ephemera.  Also included in the kit was a very tasty lollipop.

There are so many wonderful handmade items which is of the things that I think makes the kit so special and all of the smaller items are pack and wrapped in smaller envelopes to keep them safe.  A lot of thought and effort goes into this kit and everything from the kit can be used, including the packaging, in some way or another.

I'm not being paid in anyway to say this - it's just how I feel about the kit and how impressed I am about the kit.  I've found it's challenged my creativity to use items that perhaps I wouldn't normally use and to USE every item for a variety of projects.
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My next project is to make another picture from the rectangle that was cut out of the box the kit came in.  First step was to give it a coat of white gesso.
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Before I went to work yesterday I managed to add some of the blue tissue paper that had covered all the gorgeousness in the first place and yesterday evening I loosely placed the items I thought I would use to complete the picture and that’s as far as I got.  Today I am hoping that when I get home from work I can complete the picture.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sunday means it’s time for the Cornwall Cottage Sample

This is where I left the Cornwall Cottage Sampler last week.  There is one larger motif and a little of the vine border left on page 8 which I am hoping to get done today.  Shopping and gardening have been done for today so the rest of the afternoon can be spent stitching.
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Remember my post yesterday?  Well Lisa of The Lollipop Box Club honoured me by adding a post about my picture on the Lollipop Box Club blog – it certainly put a big smile on my face this morning when I got an e-mail from Lisa asking if I would mind her doing this.  A fabulous start to the day.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Lollipop Box Club

There’s not been a lot of crafting going on lately, my  mind seemed to be all over the place with so many ideas whirring around inside but with nothing wanting to come out.  Does this happen to you often?

Anyway last month I decided to try out the Lollipop Box Club just to see what the kits were like - it's a new kit club and this was their first one.  It’s a monthly box of goodies of which you only know about certain elements you will be getting each month and the rest is a surprise - I love surprises.  More details can be found here. 

Well my Lollipop Box Club package was waiting for me when we came back from our holiday and I have to say I loved it.  This week I have been putting together a boxed picture using some of the elements from the kit and I recycled the box that it came in to make my 3D frame.  Apart from the Alice stamp, the cupcake stamp and some heart tissue paper all the other elements came with the kit.
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I still have lots left over and I’m going to make another picture this time recycling the rectangle I cut out of the box and using another stamp I have with some of the other elements.  Even when I have done that I am sure I will have some elements left over to make some cards or ATC’s.

I have worked on this a little each day as some of those ideas finally decided to leave my brain and tell my hands what to do.  I have enjoyed the challenge of working with items I might not necessarily have put together myself – so much so I have decided to subscribe to the kit on a monthly basis.  I am so looking forward to receiving the Bon Voyage kit hopefully later next week.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Sunday SAL

Time for an update on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler SAL.  I was able to work on it when we got back from our holiday on the 24th May and was able to almost complete another of the large motifs, just a few more stitches required on this motif.
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This weekend though I was working on Sunday and when I got home I was just too tired to pick up my needle and thread – this is the first weekend I haven’t added any stitches at all to the sampler but I just didn’t want to risk making any mistakes.  Here is a picture of the sampler as it stands at the moment.
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There was not much crafting either last week but I am hoping that will change this week.