Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Going crackers

A while ago I bought a Tonic cracker die with the intention of making them up for my work colleagues Christmas treat.  The cracker die actually gives a four sided cracker but I have taken one of the sides off and then attached six of them together to make a larger cracker as illustrated on the Create & Craft programme which tempted me to buy the die in the first place.  I still have a fair amount of decorating of the crackers to do which will keep me occupied for quite a few evenings yet.  The leftover side of the cracker I’m hoping to make a matching Christmas card out of but I’m not yet sure about all the little squares that come out after cutting each cracker.  I think by the time I’ve made all of the treats up I will have 864 of them!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fabulous Tags

Today I have been down to Scrapbook Magic for Margaret’s monthly tag workshop.  We have made a total of 26 wonderful tags throughout the year, using different products and learning new techniques – it’s been a fabulous experience as with any of the workshops Margaret runs.  If you are ever down in Cornwall on holiday or live within daily travelling then I highly recommend checking out Margaret’s class schedule and booking yourself in – it can only enhance your holiday/day.
Todays tags look so much better in real life as the camera hasn’t really picked out all the lovely sparkle that is on them. 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Finished–just making up to go.

I have finally finished the cross stitching element of Elisha’s Christmas stocking.  It took a little longer than I had hoped as I ran out of one of the red threads and wasn’t able to go anywhere to buy some more until Friday.  The gold backstitching seemed to take forever but it was certainly worth the effort.  Next week I will search for some backing fabrics for both stockings and hopefully I can make a start on assembling them as proper stockings next weekend.
I’ll now give myself a break from Christmas stocking stitching now and who knows I might even get back to working on some of my long outstanding WIP’s.  I have lots of Christmas paper crafting projects I need to work on over the coming weeks which will be fun – it’s great to have hobbies to while away the cold winter evenings.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Trick or Treat

No stitching done yesterday as I was busy making witches hats for my work colleagues and grandchildren. There are lots of tutorials on You Tube for these and they are very quick and simple to make.  I have just normal treats for our neighbourhood trick or treaters.
Today I have spent in the company of my daughter and granddaughter , Logan was feeling poorly so stayed behind with his dad.  We also popped round to see our two other grandchildren with their treats.  Max has been greeting the trick or treaters this evening which he enjoys, but unfortunately every now and then there are fireworks going off which he most certainly does not like.  Sadly the fireworks no doubt will be upsetting him for a few more weeks yet.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Monday, Tuesday progress

I was working late on Monday evening but did make a start on the top border.
Tuesday evening I had to take mum shopping so limited time again on the stitching front but I did work out where the name had to go and made a start on adding that as well as doing some more of the border.  Slowly but surely it’s getting done.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Just the top border to go

The last bauble was finished today along with the final little star which now leaves me just the border and name.  There is also some decorative back stitching to be added to completely finish it off but I am so pleased with the weekends progress and just hope I can continue the momentum throughout the coming week.
I had a good excuse to just stitch this afternoon as Andy Murray was playing in the Valencia final – what a fantastic match to watch.  How they maintain the standard of tennis they do is quite amazing.  Those that know me know that I am very much an avid fan of Andy Murray and was so pleased he won which has given him the chance to qualify for the end of year tournament – something I don’t think many people would have thought possible just a few short weeks ago.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up in the ATP ranking come the end of the year.  C’mon Andy!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A productive day

This morning I traded my old Dyson vacuum cleaner in for a more up to date model.  Tesco’s are giving up to £100 trade in regardless of the condition of yours.  I managed to get £80 for my vacuum cleaner which must be at least 15 years old if not older in exchange for one of their newer models.  What a difference the new one has made.

DS2 and I have also been busy picking up plants to add some colour through the winter months and Spring bulbs too.  DH cut back the mass of Michaelmas daisies that we had in one corner of the front garden last week and DS2 had previously chopped down the fir tree that had taken over the space and was making it difficult to park in the drive.  So today DS2 managed to dig up the roots, take out masses of the daisies which we are transferring to the other side of the garden and split up the Agapanthus.  It then just left me to put in the plants we had bought – while it looks a lot tidier than before I still think some more plants are required to fill in some of that open space – any useful suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve also manage to put in some more stitches to the stocking.  Today has seen the addition of the the final parcel – the little red one and the start of the final bauble.  I hope to get that bauble finished and put in one more star tomorrow which will only leave the top border and the name.
I forget to say we also called in Hobbycraft today to pick up some threads I needed to complete the stocking and I am pleased to say I resisted all temptation to add to my other crafting stash.

Now I think its’ time to sit down and catch up on some of the TV programmes I have recorded while enjoying a glass of chilled rose wine.  Enjoy your evening where ever and whatever you are doing.