Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 Review and sneak peak at new products

 I set myself quite a few targets during the year, some of them met with success and a few I failed miserably at - but all in all 2012 was a good year for my leisure activities.  I started the year with 13 cross stitch WIP's of which I only managed to complete 2.  At least two projects were finished and one of them is now hung in our bedroom and the other was given away as a birthday present.  This should have meant that I only had 11 WIP's to carry forward to 2013 but of course me being me started some new projects during 2012 so this number has increased instead of decreased.  In total during 2012 I did manage to complete 7 projects which included the Fat Man SAL, 2 WIP's and four smaller pieces of stitching.

On the knitting front I managed to complete 8 items and have made a good start on another project - the baby blanket.  I also managed to read 14 books and complete 12 blocks for the Craftsy BOM something else that will be carried over into 2013.

Although I didn't achieve as much as I had hoped I did have fun with my leisure activities and that is the most important aspect.  I think for 2013 I will list my WIP's in my sidebar to keep me motivated.  Will be interesting to see just how many get the words FINISHED by the side of them by the end of the year!

I made this card for DH's birthday which was on the 15th December.  I'd just got some of the lovely new products that will be available during Saleabration, which include lovely DP's, a cute little label punch and stamps to go with the punch.  I also used the Sizzix Framelits that are available in current catalogue.  Colours used for this card were Tangerine Tango, Old Olive and Indigo Island.  There is so much coming up with the new Spring mini catalogue due out in February I think I will be having lots of crafting fun in 2013!

Sunday, 30 December 2012

True Blue

DSCF1756 I came across this new to me challenge blog yeterday which is the SUO challenge blog - the perfect motivation for me to use my SU products.  The challenge is True Blue and we could use any shade of blue and for this card I have gone with Pool Party and Indigo Island.  The DP's are from a set of papers that will be available during Saleabration which starts at the end of January in the UK.  I've also used some Whisper White cardstock which I ran through the Big Shot using the spotty embossing folder.  Stamps sets used are Four Frames and Just Believe along with the frame punch and word window punch.  Just a few pearls have been added around the card for a little bit of bling.

Another wet and miserable day yesterday so apart from catching up on a few household chores I spent the rest of the day knitting (I'm almost at the halfway point of the baby blanket), reading (new book called Demon by Tosca Lee) and making the above card.  Today looks to be another dreary day weatherwise so more crafting could be on the cards again.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

WOYWW #186

I hope you have all been enjoying the Christmas holidays.  While the weather outside has definitely been frightful we have had the enjoyment of seeing all our grandchildren so excited with all the presents that Santa had brought them this year.

DSCF1708My crafting this week has been spent on the baby blanket and I am happy to report that I am probably about a quarter of the way with this - fingers crossed progress will continue to go well. I decided I would spend any spare time I had over the festive period working on this as this is one project that does need to get completed in plenty of time.  Hopefully I will be back at my crafting desk soon and joining in with some of the many challenge blogs in the New Year.  Off now to check out some of the other WOYWW bloggers thanks to Julia at the Stamping Ground

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

WOYWW #185

DSCF1661 It's more a case of What Was on Your Workdesk today.  I had made this birthday card for our youngest Grandson's birthday but forgot to take a photo of it after I had made it and it was still on the workdesk.  It was a fun card to make using one of the papers which will be available in January and some bright coloured SU cardstock.  The stamp set is SU's Make a Monster and great for young children, the beauty of this set is you can make the monsters as freaky as you like - I kept them fairly simple as I didn't want Logan to be afraid of them.  The banner stamp is from the retired Party this Way SU stamp set along with some retired alphabet stamps.  The colours I have used are Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit, Indigo Island, Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party.  Don't forget to check out some of the other WOYWW desks thanks to Julia at Stamping Ground.

DSCF1655DSCF1643It doesn't seem possible that Logan is two already.  It's also hard to believe that his mum actually made this fantastic birthday cake (our daughter has never really been very domesticated) but what a difference being a mother has made!  She did have a little assistance from MIL but only on quantities to make the cake.  Logan thought it was fantastic too.

It's also MIL's birthday today and later we will be going down to her house later and celebrating with a chinese takeaway so it's party time all day today.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Day 14 Advent Calendar–Stockings, sacks or something else?

DSCF1610 Jo of Serendipitous Stitchings has organised a fantastic Advent Calendar blog hop and I am so happy to be a part of it this year and here is my offering for Day 14.  This sweet Santa design is by Prairie Schooler and is just one of the lovely designs in the booklet.  It's the first cross stitch ornament I have ever made and was really pleased with myself when I finally finished it off and it is now hanging on our Christmas tree.

Jo also asked the question of whether it was Stockings, Sacks or something else for Christmas.  When our children were young I used to fill stocking up for them with small presents, fruit and sweets which were placed at the end of their beds for when they woke up.  As they grew up this changed and all the presents were put around the Christmas tree.  We now have grandchildren and it is my hope that I will finally get round to stitching them each a Christmas stocking which I can fill up with small gifts each year and hopefully they will be able to then continue that tradition when they are adults -which gives me a few years to make them!

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

WOYWW #184

DSCF1608 Not a great deal has been happening on the workdesk this week, I'm not even sure where the last week went!  DH did ask me to make a birthday card for his friend so I finally got round to using up those scraps of paper from a LO I made a couple of weeks ago.  I kept it fairly simple and used a candle from the SU stamp set Party this way and a sentiment from another set.  I'm also in the process of making some more of the Rudolph chocolate holders as little gifts - they will be filled with After Eight mints.  Behind the small amount of crafting I have done are some Christmas CD's which DH found while looking for something else so I can now listen to them while at my workdesk and get into the Christmas spirit. 

If you get chance then do check Julia's blog and the links of other blogs and catch up with other fellow crafters.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

WOYWW #183

DSCF1597WOYWW - well for the past couple of days I have been working on the baby blanket I want to try and get completed for our friends who are having their first baby in May.  I decided to go with white and it's being worked in 4ply wool.  There are 303 stitches and 16 rows to each pattern repeat.  So far I have managed to complete 2 pattern repeats and am guesstimating that it will take approximately 21 pattern repeats to get to the desired length.  After that there is the border to do.  It's a fairly simple pattern but quite pretty at the same time.  Short and sweet today as I'm late getting this linked up and I want to check out some of the other workdesks.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Over halfway through

DSCF1594 the Craftsy Block of the Month course.  Sunday evening I managed to put together the second block for the month of June which was a very simple one and only used a couple of the fabrics.  Although I have pressed this block it doesn't look like it in the picture.  Just four more months worth of blocks to try and catch up with at some stage!  July's blocks include dresden circles which I am looking forward to as they look really pretty on the videos.  Somehow I don't think I will finish this before the year is up (but I will persevere with it).  I already have another project lined up to do in the New Year which is also by Amy.  I think I may have found the fabrics I want to use for the Sugar Block Club so I should be ready for that at least in the New Year. I will post a photo of them when they are in my possession.  I'm going to be doing this along with my friends Karen and Wynneth so hopefully we can keep each other motivated (well me mainly as Karen and Wynneth are oh so quick with their projects all the time).

Monday, 3 December 2012

Card for Father-in-law

DSCF2232 Here is the card I made to go with my father-in-laws flowers on Wednesday.  I've used one of my favourite SU stamps sets at the moment French Foliage with a sentiment from a retired set.  Various inks were used to stamp out the leaves which were then cut out and arranged around the sentiment to create the look of a wreath.  Cardstock, backing paper and ribbon from my stash.

Short and sweet today as I've been at work all day and this evening I need to try and finish some of my Christmas 'smalls' one of which I will be posting on Jo's Advent Blog - Jo has devised a post for each day of advent and a different stitcher is posting a Christmas item for people to see behind their door.  A great way of getting to know even more stitchers and seeing their stitching masterpieces.  If you have chance do pop along and see what's behind the door each day. My day to post a project is the 14th December.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

December–our weekend

DSCF1571 Wow - here we are in December which means I am now officially allowed by DH to sing Christmas songs!  Yesterday was a lovely sunny day although it was a very frosty morning but we decided to pick up Logan and take him for a walk round Saltram with us and Max.  DH was mainly in charge of the camera and he came up with this beauty.  The reflection of the clouds in the lake area near the River Plym is just amazing I think - maybe I should let him lose with the camera all the time.

DSCF1582As usual Logan had great fun running along the footpaths and we even got to see three trains go by while we were out walking so he was very happy.  The train track runs alongside the River Plym which can be seen from the walk round Saltram.  We did a slightly different walk this time and headed towards the main road that comes into Plymouth so that Logan could look down on the train track. 

Logan would have stayed there for ages waiting for a train and at one point he refused to walk back and sat on the floor - he didn't have a tantrum but he steadfastly refused to go any further.  Finally we managed to convince him to get moving again by letting him take control of Max and hold his lead. 

DSCF1584As you can see it took him a great deal of concentration but it did finally get him up on his feet and walking and we were able to continue with our lovely walk without any upsets.  Once again the fresh air and the exercise tired him out and he fell asleep briefly in the car on the way back home.

DSCF1586We called in to see mother in law on our way home just to check everything was ok - happy to report that she seems to be coping very well at the moment.  The funeral is this Wednesday and mother in law asked if I would make a card to go with the flowers which is what I did this morning.  Father in law always liked my cards and every year he would ask me to make her a birthday, Christmas and anniversary card (all of which were in December) - it will be strange not doing that for him this year so I felt extremely honoured that mother in law asked me to do this for him.

DSCF1591Also today we got the Christmas tree down from the loft and spent this afternoon decorating the tree - we have decided that the lights we have put on the tree are not bright enough (they were originally bought to go in the conservatory each year as a festive touch) so we need to invest in some new ones.  Next year we will probably get some new decorations as we really are hoping that 2013 will be the year we will finally get round to re-decorating the lounge (something we've been saying for the past few years).  I have asked our friend to come round in January and sort the fireplace out for us so with any luck that will spur us onto to getting the rest of the room done.

There hasn't been much crafting going on this week although I have made a start on a babys blanket for our friends who are expecting their first baby in May.  This is something I have been able to do while watching TV this week as I haven't really felt like doing much else.  I have a few things to make before Christmas as little gifts and that is probably all that will get done now this year.  When the New Year arrives I will start making monthly goals again.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

WOYWW #182 and bowling fun

DSCF1569DSCF1540 On my workdesk this week is the LO which had been outstanding since the retreat, apart from filling in the journalling box it's now complete.  I also made a start on a card to use up some of the scrap paper leftover from the LO and with any luck I will get that finished later today.  I'll probably have enough scraps of paper to make another couple of quick cards.  I'm trying to get back into the habit of using up those scraps after doing a project so that they don't start causing an overflow problem in the never decreasing scraps box.  If you want to take part on WOYWW then visit Julia's blog and you will be able to have a good old snoop around at other peoples workspaces.

I also have a couple of photos to share from our night out celebrating Bryan's 22nd birthday - getting him to smile in a photograph is no easy task and while this may not be the clearest of photos it does at least capture something resembling a smile from him.  I'd also forgotton how hard it was to capture action photos in poor light conditions. After several function changes on the camera I finally managed to get one or two shots which I will be able to do something with at a later date.  Despite the horrendous weather and having to drive in it to get to the bowling alley it was a fun evening and something the family needed at the end of a very emotional week for all of us.

I started my new job on Monday and in many ways it's like I've never been away from pharmacy.  It's a much busier place to work in than the ones I used to work in, a lot more staff in quite a small area but they are a friendly group of people which always helps.

The sun has actually come out today after days of wet and cold weather - I think it was nearly ten days ago since it last came out to say hello - fingers crossed he'-ll stay out for a while now. 

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Happy Birthday

DSCF1502 It's our youngest son's birthday tomorrow - he will be 22 - where did that time go!  I knew I wanted to use SU's Great Sport stamp set but inspiration was lacking due to events that happened during the week.  I decided to do a search and managed to find some great ideas on Splitcoast Stampers and have lifted this card by Yvette.  Colours used are Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit from the new In colours.  Embossed background, papers from new In Colours paper pad and sentiment from SU's Curly Cute stamp set.  Finished off with some twine from my stash.

The reason for my inspiration going is that sadly my father-in-law passed away on Thursday evening.  Thankfully he died peacefully in his sleep and didn't appear to be in any pain.  His family were with him so he was not alone and while we are sad of his passing we believe it to be a happy release for him - he had not been a well man for many months.  I know he will be at peace and in pain no longer and we are all comforted by that.

It has sadly taken a little off the celebrations for our youngest son but we are going out bowling this evening to help him celebrate - life has to go on.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

WOYWW #181

DSCF1501 Time to join in the fun with WOYWW as Julia's Stamping Ground.  On my workdesk this week are the remnants from the cards and LO's I created last week for Mondays workshop.  There's also the LO that was on my desk a couple of weeks ago which with any luck will get worked upon later in the week.  You may also notice a jar of jelly beans which just help sometimes when inspiration is lacking!

The workshop went well on Monday evening, reasonable sales and another booking for next year so lots of positives from that.  As they were all scrapbookers it was nice to introduce them to cardmaking and also how to use stamps creatively on the LO's too.  Unfortunately the evening ended badly when I got home as I misjudged the turning into our drive and scraped the passenger door against the drive pillar - to say I was pig sick is an understatement.

Work has been busy the past couple of days and felt really tired yesterday evening so no crafting has taken place since Mondays workshop.  My friend Sarah called round yesterday evening so that was another reason - would much rather spend some time with friends than try to put something together when tired.

I was supposed to have had a couple of hours in the pharmacy today as I will be starting my new job next week but one of the ladies had to go home sick so I had to stay on in the kitchen instead.  I do get a whole day in there tomorrow which will be good and then I will finally be on set days and hours - hooray.

This evening I am going to meet up with some crafting friends at our friend Moya's house.  I'm going to take along some cross stitch (freebie kits) as my brain is not capable of much else at the moment.  FIL is still not good and becoming more confused, sadly it is a case of just waiting for the inevitable.

On a more positive note my eldest son and his wife seem to be managing well with the new regime they have with Elisha's diabetes so that is good - Elisha has also become quickly used to the routine and although doesn't like having the injections is beginning to understand that she needs them - kids are amazing at adapting to change so much quicker than us adults.

A long weekend off work to look forward to with plans already made for a couple of the days - so looking forward to having my weekends back - it's been two years.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Christmas LO and fabrics

DSCF1500 As promised here is the LO I was working on over the weekend.  It was fun playing with the new papers, stamps and dies from Stampin' Up!  I've used the gorgeous Candlelight Christmas speciality papers along with the Ornament Keepsakes bundle which is on promotion this month.  I also had fun with a couple of the Big Shot dies and embossing folders.  These photos were taken at one of our local garden centres a few weeks ago - I love going round and seeing all the different displays each garden centre puts on each year. 

This morning I put together this set of four fabric coasters using the co-ordinating Candlelight Christmas fabrics which in real life are a deeper red than in this picture.  I couldn't get decent pictures of either of these projects as we've gone from brilliant sunshine yesterday to wet and miserable today.  I found this video on You Tube on how to make the coasters - really quick and simple and would make a great gift for someone.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Autumn Sunshine

DSCF1465 Sun shining although a nip to the air today.  We managed to enjoy a couple of hours out walking with Max through one of our favourite places.  DH had the camera today but I often wonder if the camera thinks I'm sure I've taken photos of this place hundreds of times already - do I really need to take another.  Somehow I don't think you can ever take enough photos of a day like today and with such beautiful features along the walk.

DSCF1483It was our No1 son's 6th wedding anniversary today - we called in on our way back from our walk to drop in a card and gift and give them our best wishes.  They are slowly coming to terms with Elisha's diabetes although there is a lot to take in but they will get there I know and hopefully Elisha will learn to manage this for herself as she gets older too.  I played table football with Connor - he beat me 7-6 - it was fun though.

I managed to get some stitching done this afternoon - I'm trying to finish the Lizzie Kate months of the year for November.  I've only managed to do the capital N and a small piece of the acorn for this design so far - with any luck I might get some time during the week to get it completed.  I don't want to fall behind on this one as December will no doubt get busy and I would like to have it finished in time to put up in the New Year.
Watched Strictly this evening - I really do love this programme and I wish I could dance like the professionals.  After Strictly I managed to complete the Christmas LO for the workshop tomorrow evening - the light was too poor to take a decent photo so will leave that for the morning and post then.

No change in FIL condition - it's so sad to see him like this.  MIL is getting some help with nurses coming in to help out which is making a huge difference for her.  Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and comments.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Autumn Days LO

DSCF1462 I started this LO yesterday and have just managed to put the finishing touches to it today.  It's one of the LO's I want to show at the workshop on Monday to show the scrapbookers how stamps can be used on LO's and also showcase several other products that SU sell.  The base card is River Rock and I've created a stamped background using stamps from the French Foliage set using Sahara Sand, River Rock and Crumb Cake inks.  The patterned papers are from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and are called Orchard Harvest.  I've used two different sheets from the set but as they are double sided then there are three patterns on this LO.  A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder and I gently sanded over the embossed areas.  Other products I've used are the Autumn Accents Sizzix die, Morning Post alphabet set, one of the button stamps from the Button, Button set and punched out with the 3/4 inch punch, vintage lace and some of the linen thread.  I stamped the Morning Post Alphabet onto some Very Vanilla cardstock which I had coloured with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler inks using finger daubers.  I had great fun working on this one - hoping to get a Christmas one completed tomorrow.

FIL is not good - they have now got a nurse coming in at night to sit with him in case he needs assistance during the night - this allows MIL to get a bit more rest than she would normally do.  Nurses are coming in today to discuss a day time plan including how to ensure he is getting the right medication.  Sadly old age is finally creeping up on him.

Thursday, 15 November 2012


DSCF1461 I loved stamping this stamp out in so many pretty colours - I've used five colours from the Bold Brights collection and five from the new in colours.  I've blanked off some of the bingo squares with tiny squares and then used the images from the Every Little Bit SU stamp set - total of 28 images.  Hopefully I have been random enough with all the different blocks - will find out on Monday which I'm really looking forward to. 

I've thought of another game I can make with this card so once the workshop is over on Monday I will put that together and show you - I want to be able show it's versatility - mind is racing with ideas but really just need to concentrate on the workshop at the moment!

Tonight I'm going to hopefully make up a couple of LO's to show as they are mainly scrapbookers and I want them to see how stamps can be used on so many projects and in so many different ways - that's the plan but sometimes real life gets in the way.

FIL is not good at the moment and MIL finding it increasingly difficult to manage with him at home now so some tough decisions made need to be made over the coming weeks.

On the good side Elisha is now home from hospital and hopefully mum and dad will be able to cope sufficiently with her condition and they can lead a 'normal' life again.

Went out to Tavistock quickly today to meet up with my friend Chris - enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee together and a good old chin wag - so nice to catch up again.  While I was out there I bought some 4ply baby wool as I want to make a start on a lacy blanket for our friends who are expecting their first baby in May - fingers crossed six months will be long enough for me to achieve this!

My new job will be working as a Pharmacy Assistant - I trained as a Dispensing Assistant over ten years ago so I am so looking forward to brushing up on those skills again and putting them to good use.  I only gave it up because I was working full time and I was offered a part time job earning the same amount of money and with three children at school it made sense at the time.  So I have come full circle again although this time I will be working part time with no children at school - hence the theory that I should have some time for me and the grandchildren and the ageing parents.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

WOYWW #180

DSCF1460 On my workdesk this week are the preparations for the workshop I'm doing next Monday.  To the right I have prepped up the make and take which the ladies will be doing.  I'm in the process of using the new bingo stamp from SU to make up some bingo cards - thought we'd have a game of bingo as an ice breaker.  I'm going to use different coloured cardstock for each bingo card to show off the colour families.  Still lots more to do including making sure I've made a list of everything used and what I need to take along (I generally forget at least one thing).  Going to check out what fellow WOYWW have been up this week on Julia's blog Stamping Ground

It's been a mixed week - over the weekend we found out our grandaughter Elisha has Type 1 diabetes and has been in hospital for several days while they sort out her sugar levels and educate our son and his wife in giving her insulin injections.  Poor Elisha can't understand at this age why and obviously it's hurting at the moment.  It will take time I know for them to get used to this adjustment but hopefully they will take on board everything and Elisha can lead a normal life.

Sunday we had the pleasure of taking Logan out for a few hours to Stover Country Park and then to Buckfasleigh to see the trains.  Logan had great fun running around the country park and it was wonderful being out in the fresh air and sunshine with him.  We played peek a boo in the wooded areas and had a thoroughly fun time.  We hopefully tired him out for mum and dad.

I am starting yet another job in just over a week, still working for the same company but going back to doing a job I did just over ten years ago.  It means I will have my own regular days and hours, no more wondering what hours I will be doing from week to week.  It also means I will no longer be working weekends so hopefully more time to spend crafting and going out with the grandchildren - yippee!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

1st June block completed

DSCF1459 Another block for the Craftsy BOM - this is the Greek Cross using the 9 patch block.  On Amy's block she used three different fabrics but my block has only the two - misread the instructions so the triangle blocks ended up being the same as the Greek cross.  I'm happy with the end result though.

The steak night last night was a success.  I had a gammon steak that was so tender and so tasty - delicious.  DH had rump or sirloin steak (can't remember which).All the meat and vegetables are sourced locally.  Great value too so think it might be something we'll repeat again at some stage.

Made a start on a little cross stitch yesterday evening while watching the tennis and then football.  It was one of the freebies from a cross stitch magazine that I've had a while.  Felt I should be doing something while watching tennis so that's what I did.  I probably managed to get just under half of it done so will try and do some more this evening and then hopefully get it finished by the weekend to post on my blog.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

WOYWW #179

DSCF1456Wow the weeks seem to be flying by.  This week on my downstairs craft space which has been our dining table our two more blocks for the Craftsy BOM course I signed up for.  I'm still way behind on these but these are the two we were set for May - half way there now!  I can't say I'm really all that keen on these two they are a variation on the log cabin blocks.  We were shown two different wonky log cabin blocks and they were made with random lengths and widths of fabric and I think that's what I don't like about them - they are too random for me.  Still it's something else I've learned but am looking forward to moving onto June's blocks.

DSCF1457On my upstairs craft desk is the LO I didn't get to complete while at the scrapbooking retreat and other than taking it out of the box I have don't anything further to it since I started it on Sunday.  Hope to rectify that by next week as I need to clear that off my desk as I am going to be busy next week preparing for a workshop on the 19th November - first one I have done in ages so need to get myself organised for that one and hopefully make a good impression.

I've been called into work tomorrow to cover someones shift so my leave will come to an end - best make the most of today then I guess.  This evening DH and I are going out for a Steak Night at one of our local garden centres  - love this time of year at the garden centres as they all have their Christmas displays out - might pick up a few decorations while we are there.

Right off to link up to Julia's Stamping Ground WOYWW and then have a quick blog hopping trip to see what everyone else has been up to this week.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Fat Man returns

DSCF1442 Here is the Fat Man back from the framers - the light isn't all that good to take photos today and there is the glare of the glass too but I'm pretty pleased with how he's turned out - just need to decide which wall he is going to go up on in December and then where he will live for the rest of the year!

A couple of LO's to share with you that were completed over the weekend it seems like ages since I did any scrapbooking and it was really nice to get going again.  Papers and cardstock from my stash not sure which ranges but the stamps on the background paper were a retired SU set called Pirates Beware.

DSCF1444The second LO was using one of the Scrapaholix kits the papers just seemed to go perfectly with the dress that Elisha was wearing in these photos.  I didn't take any of the photos for these LO's - my DIL Vicky took them and I love them.  It's always more difficult to think of titles to go with photos that you haven't taken as you don't really know the story behind them but I just though Elisha looked so cute in them and worked with that.

Hoping to get to play with the sewing machine again this evening and hopefully crack on with some more blocks of the months which I need to get done by the end of the year as I've signed up for the Sugar Block of the Month which starts in January 2013 and don't want both projects going at once - wish me luck!  Details of the Sugar block can be found in the sidebar if you click on the icon.

Monday, 5 November 2012

My darling little trick or treaters and 2nd April block

DSCF1428DSCF1414 Our first trick or treaters were Logan and Savannah.  Logan was dressed up as a pirate zombie although he didn't like wearing the headscarf and trying to get a photo of him was extremely difficult as he just wouldn't keep still long enough.  As he wouldn't wear the headscarf Savannah kindly modelled it for us.  Savannah came dressed as a black cat wearing some cute little leggings with a tutu attached.

DSCF1431A little while later we had Connor and Elisha arrive in their Halloween outfits.  Connor also came as a pirate zombie but he had a pirate hat and mask.  Elisha came as one of the sweetest witches I've ever seen.  They were more than happy to pose for the camera.  Aren't they all just adorable?

It wasn't long before we had some trick or treaters from around the estate calling at our house and I am grateful that I made so many of those treats for the craft fayre - it felt so much nicer giving out something handmade and the children were pleasantly surprised too and their manners I have to say were very good this year - what a bonus!  I'm surprised we had any trick or treaters really as the weather wasn't that kind to them but it was nice to see them dressed up in their outfits and most of them either being accompanied by an adult or a nice safe group going around together.

I've been away this weekend on a scrapbooking retreat and had a thoroughly great time.  I did manage to get four 8 x 8 LO's completed for Logan and Savannahs family album along with two 12 x 12 LO's one of Connor and one of Elisha and part way through completing a third one.  I will post some photos of these throughout the week.

DSCF1435Today I finally got to use my sewing machine even if it was only to sew the blue strip to the main block of the 2nd April BOM.  It meant that this evening I have been stitching the hexagons on by hand.  It's not my favourite block but at least I can now move on with the next months where I will finally be able to put my new sewing machine to good use.  I didn't copy Amy's block exactly - on her block the strip at the bottom is green and the small hexagons are laid out slightly differently to look like the sun.  I've used the blue to create the sea and I'm thinking the hexagons look a little like some space craft taking off - or at least that's what my mind makes of it all!

My Fat Man is all ready to be collected from the framers tomorrow so mum and I will go to the art centre tomorrow to collect it and then have some lunch on the way back.  I don't have to go to work until Friday evening so I'm hoping this will be a nice and relaxed week catching up on a few projects at home.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


DSCF1398 I have two work areas to show you this week for Julia's WOYWW 178.  Firstly my downstairs space which is at the far end of the kitchen/dining room - I'm lucky enough to have a whole range of units to accomodate a large amount of my crafting stash.  This is where I set up my sewing machine which finally came out of the box yesterday.  It still hasn't been used yet as I don't have any proper cottons for it,  should be rectified tomorrow.  On the left of the sewing machine is the second block for April (yes I'm way behind with these) Craftsy BOM course.  To the right is the Stitcheree SAL,  I've managed to put another bit of candy cane border in while sat out in the conservatory for an hour this afternoon - bad light stopped played plus I thought it was almost time for DH to be home only to realise it's the one clock in the house which obviously hasn't been put back.  So it will be another hour before he comes home!

DSCF1399My upstairs workspace has been completely covered with just some of the boxes that my retired SU stamp sets were in.  I decided as they are now retired and I no longer have to have them in sets for demonstration purposes I would put them into 12 x 12 plastic boxes.  Each box will have a theme, so far I have managed to accomodate the Christmas, sentiments and male orientated stamps - this has used up all seven of the boxes that I purchased at the craft show in Exeter last month. Thanks to Darnell of djkardkreations blog for the inspiration - go check out her playhouse it's fantastic - one very organised lady and workspace.

DSCF1400 Think I will be needing quite a few more of these before the job is complete as you will see in the next photo as there are still loads more to sort out which I think will come under floral, nature and numerous other catagories.  It's amazing just how many stamps I have acquired and this is only the SU ones.  I still have loads of other manufacturers that I have to sort out as well.  I did make a start on the Unity stamps on Monday but didn't get that far with them - another mammoth task which is going to require quite a few more of the plastic cases that the new SU stamps come in.  Again they will be sorted out into different themes.  I think I've scared myself with the amount of stamps that I have got and just how many haven't even seen a speck of ink on them as of yet.

I feel I should keep the plastic trays that the stamps were in but am unsure of how I can utilise them - any polite suggestions?

Friday, 26 October 2012

Thank You

DSCF1349 I decided to use the border stamp to create a larger decorative border strip to go across my card this time.  I've stamped it several times in all of the new in colours and then edged this piece with two strips of Raspberry Ripple cardstock that has been punched using the SU scallop trim border punch.  The base card is Gumball Green and I've used Whisper White and added the sentiment from SU's Curly Cute set which was matted onto some of the DP before adding to the base card.  The last step was stamping the flower stamp onto the various colours of cardstock in the co-ordinating inks and then using 3/4 and 1/2 inch circle punches to punch them out and placed along the decorative strip.  Some gems from my stash were added to the centres for a bit of sparkle.  It's a lovely bright and cheery card - which is needed today as it's very grey outside.

Thursday, 25 October 2012


DSCF1347 Card No3 made with the World Treasures stamp set from SU.  The colour combo this time is Gumball Green, Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  I've used the flower image as the main focal point for this card and coloured the image in using the Primrose Petal ink pad and Garden Green marker pen.  I've also used the same image to create a background for the base card.  A strip of paper from the 12 x 12 paper pack from the In Colour range which co-ordinates with all the new colours and a lovely piece of stitched ribbon in Summer Starfruit.  The Gumball Green piece of cardstock I ran through the cuttlebug with a butterfly embossing folder to give some depth to the cardstock.  This one was finished off with a sentiment from the SU Tiny Tags stamps set and punched out with the jewellery tag punch also from SU.

You have now seen all four stamps that come with this stamp set which you might have guessed I quite like.  My challenge for the rest of the week is to see what other designs I can come up with.

Going in town with Colette, Logan and Savannah today to do some more Christmas shopping, I also want to make myself a long overdue hair appointment and hopefully pick up some new clothes for myself.  I'm going on a scrapbooking retreat next weekend so thought I'd treat myself before I go away.  Really do need to start thinking what I need to take with me photos and paperwise.  I've been asked to take along my SU stuff so we'll be having a little SU party while I'm away - so looking forward to the weekend as it's been ages since I met up with the 'girls' from the Exeter Scrapaholics group.

The sun is trying to come out today, it's been very murky and overcast for the past couple of days.  With any luck I might even get the washing dry!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

WOYWW #177

DSCF1346 Two posts in one day!  WOYWW this week is the new Christmas SAL that I have started now that the Fat Man is completed.  I've only had about an hour to work on this one today but have made a good start on the Merry & Bright design by Erynne.  I think this is going to be another fun stitch and am already looking forward to working on it again next week.  I have changed the day for my SAL from a Monday to a Wednesday simply because today was the first day I have had a chance to make a start on it.

The Fat Man is now at the framers and I have gone for an off white mount and a Teally Blue frame - they are hoping to have it done for me by the 7th November so fingers crossed.

Faithful friend

DSCF1343 I thought this week I would try and see how many different cards I could make out of the World Treasures stamps set.  I've use Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple cardstock and designer paper from the 2012-2014 in colour range.  All the papers in the pack are double sided so I have only had to use one piece for this card (with plenty left over).  I've stamped the sentiment out in Midnight Muse ink and then hand cut the sentiment before matting it onto on of the lovely Window Framelits.  With a small strip of Midnight Muse I have used the background stamp which is in the stamp set to create my strip across the middle of the card.

I now have a couple of days off work.  Today I'm taking mum out, firstly to go out and get my Fat Man SAL framed, then some lunch and finally the highlight of her day - food shopping!  Nothing spectacular but it does at least give her a few hours break from my dad - bless him.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

World Treasures

DSCF1342 I've finally got to play with one of the new stamp sets from SU - this one is called World Treasures and I made my version of the card which is on page 98 of the current catalogue.  I've used four of the five new in colours from SU, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit (just love the names they give to their colours).  The image has been stamped out in all the colours and then I've cut out different layers.  I've used an embossing folder on Whisper White for the background and created a little banner with the sentiment which comes from the Just Believe stamp set from SU.

Short and sweet today as I have to get ready for work now.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Snow more and chart swap anyone?

DSCF1335 The Fat Man SAL has finally been finished - I do have to confess that I didn't actually finish it on Monday but I only had a small amount left to do so I finished that this evening along with stitching on the cute snowflake buttons.  I've really enjoyed this and am so looking forward to picking out the frame and mount and having this on one of our walls for this Christmas.  I'm taking mum out next Wednesday so I will probably take it to be framed while we are out and about which means it should be back with me in about three weeks - yippee!

Now as I am never likely to stitch any of these again is there anyone out there in blogland that would like to swap these charts for something they have already stitched or have a chart they have bought but are now unlikely to stitch?  If so then please contact me and we can arrange a mutual swap.  I'm happy to send anywhere in the world.  The charts no longer have the buttons so you would need to add your own embellishments.

Next week will see the start of Erynne's Christmas SAL - parts one and two have already been put up on her blog Stitcheree! but I am hoping it won't take me too long to pick up speed on this one - I can't imagine I will get this one done in time for Christmas but I will give it my best shot!

Right must crack on and try and get some more last minute craft fayre crafting done - fingers crossed I'll be ready for it Saturday morning.