Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Part 1 completed, birthday girl and stocking update.

I’ve managed to complete Part 1 of the Halloween mystery SAL from The Primitive Hare today.  Part 2 came out last week so thankfully I’ve not fallen too far behind with this stitching.  I’m stitching it on some hand dyed fabric from The Crafty Kitten which is 16 count aida.  I’m working with one strand of cotton as I found it was too bulky looking with two strands – it looks more delicate to me.
I took loads of pictures at Savannah’s birthday party on the 13th which includes this one of her with her Nanna Jane blowing out the candles on the Little Pony cake I’d made for her.  The cake by was no way perfect but it certainly brought a lovely smile to Savannah’s face.
 I also love the photo of her playing at her dressing table pretending to put on her make up just like mummy does.  It was a fun afternoon with lots of bouncing on the trampoline (for the children) and party games.  I just can’t believe she is two already.
The Christmas stocking for Elisha is coming along nicely and the penguin apart from his hat is complete.  I’m now working on the large Christmas present at the bottom of the stocking and then I’ll be able to work on the top half of the stocking.  I’m hoping I can keep the enthusiasm going on this one and get it finished within the next couple of months.  The problem with me is there are so many other distractions all the time including another trip down to Scrapbook Magic for a day of crafting tomorrow.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Penguin update and a mystery

July seems to be flying by with lots of shift swaps at work and outpatient appointments going on throughout the month.   I’ve managed to spend a little time on the Christmas stocking and the penguin will soon be able to stand on his own two feet, although still a long way off from leaving the nest.  I might have got a lot more done if I had remembered to take my threads with me when I met up with a crafting friend earlier in the week LOL
I have tried very hard not to start anything new but I couldn’t resist joining in with Isobel’s mystery Halloween SAL available from the Primitive Hare shop.  I’ve been working on this one before I go into work and I am trying hard to get part one completed before part two comes out – might just have to spend some additional time on it over the weekend.
I’ve also got the next month in the Garden Journal series to start – have fallen slightly behind as June has gone and not a stitch put into June’s Honeysuckle so need to remedy that over the weekend too.  So many things to be done and never enough hours in the day to do them.  We have our granddaughter’s birthday party to look forward to on Sunday – DD asked me to make and decorate her cake.  It’s been a long time since I’ve made a children’s cake before so it will be interesting to see how well that turns out.  The request was a My Little Pony style cake – fingers crossed it will look something like a pony.

Monday, 30 June 2014

I can see clearly now

I’ve finally picked up the penguin Christmas stocking again.  Here is how it looked the last time I worked on it way back in February – I can’t believe it has been so long since I last worked on it.  Must crack on with it now in order to get it finished in time for this Christmas.
The penguin now has both eyes so can keep a watchful eye on my progress each day.  I’ve managed to get quite a few stitches in over the past few stitching sessions but still a long, long way to go.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Mojo Monday challange #351

A couple of weeks ago while at Scrapbook Magic I picked up some lovely papers by Marion Smith from the Nirvana range and the Garment District range.  My card making and craft making  Mojo in general seems to have disappeared recently – possibly due to the fact I spent a month going backwards and forwards to the hospital visiting dad.  Thankfully he is now out of hospital for the moment.  To try and get my Mojo working again I looked around the many challenge blogs to try and get some inspiration so I could actually use some of the lovely papers that I’d bought.  I found a great sketch on the Mojo Monday challenge blog and as my brain is unable to come up with much inspiration at the I pretty much followed the sketch to a tee.
As I’d made a card for a girl yesterday I thought I’d make a boy card today – both fairly clean and simple which seems to be all I can manage at the moment.  Fingers crossed inspiration and motivation will come back soon.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Inching by to say

I feel really sorry for anyone I know who has a birthday in June – why? – because I always seem to have a mental block with their dates.  I have four important dates to try and remember.  Our DIL’s is the 3rd, our friends son Michael’s birthday on the 9th, our son-in-laws on the 18th and our nephews on the 21st.  For some reason I always seem to forget to get cards to Michael and our nephew on their due date – I have no idea why as they have been celebrating their birthdays on the same day every year for the past 14 and soon to be 18 years respectively.  For Michael I made this belated birthday card to apologise (again for forgetting) using this sweet stamp from Paper Artsy along with a sentiment on the outside of the card from Avocado Arts.  Fingers crossed I will remember to get our nephews card to him on time this Saturday especially with it being his 18th birthday – wish me luck.
Yesterday we spent some time tidying up the garden, cutting the grass and weeding mainly – I also cut some of our lovely Sweet Peas and brought them inside to place on our kitchen window sill so that we could enjoy their fragrance (well for me enjoy).
And today we took a walk along the Tarka Trail from Bideford to Instow and on our way back we came along this beautiful butterfly/moth – it really was so pretty with it’s wings of lilac and blue.  Isn’t nature wonderful.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

NBUS Challenge #1

The very lovely, funny and talented Darnell of djkardkreations has set up a NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge blog
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This is an easy one as I have tons of stash that has not been used but has been patiently waiting inside my craft cupboards for just such a day and just such a challenge to come along and make their debut.  In this case it was from three different stamps sets that came free with various craft magazine.  I initially made this card design as my Father’s Day card and then decided to use the scraps that I had left over to make another three (I have another two balloons stamped out so a further two could be made at the weekend).  I’m going to be using another one of them this week for my son-in-laws birthday tomorrow but have left sentiments off the other two so that they can be used for a variety of occasions.

Monday, 9 June 2014

May’s Lily of the Valley

I have managed to work on May’s Lily of the Valley from the My Garden Journal series this weekend.  The first photo is where I had left it just over a week ago.
And here it is after the weekends stitching – I’ve really enjoyed working on this one especially as it contains the flower for my birthday month and a flower I love the look and smell of.  I am hoping that I will get it finished by the end of the week.  I think then I should concentrate on Elisha’s Christmas stocking next otherwise it is never going to be ready in time.