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Friday, 28 February 2014

Bird House


At the end of January I went to the craft show at Westpoint and one of the stalls I kept going back to was The House of Zandra.  On their stall there was a lovely display of handmade items made using their range of templates, stamps and papers.   I bought a couple of the templates and a couple of stamps and then remembered that I had also bought a couple of their templates last September which I have to confess I hadn’t yet used.  I decided to rectify that last weekend and made this cute little birdhouse which was one of the ones from last years show.  The cardstock is SU’s Crumb Cake and I used the SU Hardwood stamp  and Baked Brown Sugar ink to make it look like a wood built house.  The roof was decorated using strips of scrap paper from the tag holder and cut out with SU’s scallop punch.  The roses were made sometime back while making another project and obviously waiting for the next suitable project – I knew they would come in handy one day.  The bird is an SU punch too and I have stuck this onto a cocktail stick and then pushed it into the roof to give it a bit more stability.
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I’m hoping this weekend I will be able to get to play with another one of their templates.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Tag Holder

I did a Tags & Techniques workshop at Scrapbook Magic last month and thoroughly enjoyed getting inky and learning a few new techniques.  Margaret is holding these monthly so I am eagerly awaiting the next workshop on the 5th March.  However, I wanted somewhere to store the tags I have created (which on the back of each tag has the instructions on how it was created) so that they are readily available for future reference and I came across a great tutorial that is available to purchase from Helen Allen's blog The Craft Project.  There's a choice of two base designs and the printed instructions are very clear and easy to follow but just in case you prefer to see if being created, Helen has also included links to videos which also show you how to construct the tag holder.
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Now that I’ve made one I might even begin to take part in the Tim Holtz monthly tags which will also give me an excuse to make another tag holder to store them – this time I will make one using the alternative base design.

While out walking with Max this morning I could see lots of Cherry Blossom coming out on the trees and our Rhododendron bush which is in a planter outside our front door also has lots of lovely buds coming out into flower.
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Late night stitching

I stayed up until just past midnight to complete 7 Virtues and although I might regret that later today I am very happy with the completed stitching.  I have a friend who has very much enjoyed watching this one grow and admiring it – I have said I will leave it to her in my will.  I will hopefully get to take it to be framed soon and be able to proudly display it on one of our walls, although I have also thought about turning it into a quilted wall hanging – the jury is out at the moment on that.
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I noticed our Camelia bush is flowering so surely Spring is on it’s way.  This plant has lots of buds on it and I just hope we don’t get any harsh frosts which might ruin them.  It was quite nippy this morning with just a slight white covering of the grass but the sun is shining brightly – more rain though is forecast over the next few days Sad smile
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Monday, 17 February 2014

Weekend highlights

The sun came out for the weekend.  Saturday morning we managed to get out for a nice walk along the creek with Max.  Unfortunately we only managed to get about two thirds round when it started to rain.  We took shelter under a tree (thankfully the gale force winds of the previous day had gone away) and while we were waiting for the shower to pass we were lucky enough to capture this beautiful rainbow.
"Like the appearance of a RAINBOW in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord . . . " (Ezekiel 1:26-28)
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A couple of weeks ago I helped a friend of mine at her grand daughters 13th birthday party.  I didn’t really do a lot except cut up lots of pizza and help tidy up but her daughter kindly bought me some daffodils as a thank you.  When I received them they were only buds but over the weekend they came out in bloom and lit up my kitchen.
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Saturday afternoon I was able to spend a few hours in our conservatory enjoying the sunshine and listening to the rain showers every now and then too LOL.  It also gave me the opportunity to make a start on February’s Primrose from the My Garden Journal series.  This is where I left if Saturday evening.
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Sunday was a lovely sunny day – no showers until the evening.  We were able to get out and do some tidying up in the garden which was really nice.  I made sweet potato and pepper soup for lunch and it was delicious.
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Another afternoon was spent stitching in the conservatory and by Sunday evening I had managed to finish February’s Primrose.  They are lovely to stitch – providing you place the stitches in the correct holes!  I spent quite a bit of Sunday afternoon frogging the border on the left hand side.  Thankfully Sunday evening it all fell into place and I was able to add this to my list of finishes.
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Well my week off work has gone far too quickly – it’s back to work for me today – sadly no lottery win over the weekend.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Stocking update

The weather was absolutely horrendous again yesterday, gale force winds and raining so hard for most of the day.  So once some chores were done I sat down and put some stitches into the Christmas stocking.  The penguin almost has a complete face and is holding onto his Christmas present.  I am hoping now that I have started working on it again it won’t take me quite as long as it did to complete Connor’s stocking.  Having said that Connor’s stocking was all filled in with cross stitching, Elisha’s is just the main image and a few other images dotted around.
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Here is a picture of the piece of stitching I did for the Secret Sweetheart Stitching hosted by Jo on Valentine’s Day.  The pattern was a freebie from Nikyscreations.  I omitted the buttons in the middle when I initially made this up as I wasn’t sure whether to add them or stitch some initials in there instead.  I think I will add a button or two if I can find the right ones in my stash.  The fabric I stitched on was a piece from Crafty Kitten and the backing fabric was from SU.  It was a quick, easy and fun stitch to do.
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The weather has been better today lots of sunshine but also lots of heavy showers at times.  Not sure what tomorrow holds but I’m sure I’ll find something to keep me busy.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Secret Sweetheart Stitching blog hop

Jo of Serenipitous Stitching is hosting a blog hop – lots of stitchers have been secretly stitching away at various projects and those that have taken part have received a lovely photo of a stitched item via e-mail.  This is the gorgeous stitched item that dropped through my inbox – isn’t it beautiful? So delicate – thank you secret stitcher.  You can join in the blog hop and see all the other lovely creations as Jo has a full list of participants on her blog.
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I’m off now to find out who got my piece of stitching.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

More Valentine treats

These are the treats I made last night and will be for my group of crafting friends – we are meeting tonight at Moya’s house for some crafting fun.  There are a couple of extra ones for members of my household.  I’ve used a Sizzix die to cut out the treat bag and then used a couple of SU heart dies to cut out the centre of the front of the treat bag and added some acetate behind the heart so that the chocolate treats can be seen.  The acetate came from the packaging that came from a shower curtain my daughter bought while we were out yesterday so a great bit of recycling.  I finished the bags off with some ribbon and a ticket stamp from SU.
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I braved the elements today and drove down to Mullion for the Graphic 45 workshop – it was a very wet, wild and windy drive down but was worth the effort.  Great fun was had at the workshop and one of the ladies also brought in some delicious fruit cake to go with our cup of warming coffee.  I have made the album but the inside pages need to be decorated which I will hopefully get round to tomorrow so will post a photo of it once it has been fully completed.

The return journey was much better until I got to near Liskeard and had to take a diversion as there had been an accident at Tideford.  It had been nice and sunny up until that point.  After that it was a slower drive home where it rained heavily, lightening could be seen and by the time I got to Carkeel it looked as though it had been snowing so I had obviously missed a hailstorm.  Not sure what the weather has in store for us tomorrow but I’m not planning on going very far as there is plenty to keep me occupied at home.  Wherever you are I hope you keep safe and well.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A stitching update

At the beginning of the month I was working on a secret project which I will be able to reveal on the 14th February as part of the Secret Stitching Sweetheart event that Joanne of Serendipitous Stitching is hosting.  My main focus this month has been on Seven Virtues and I am over halfway to completing it now and really enjoying it – not very taxing on the brain and only a few colours to work with.  I haven’t picked up Elisha’s Christmas stocking so far this month but hopefully this Friday will see some stitches put into it, nor have I worked on the landscape picture either.  The next chart from the My Garden Journal series arrived from the Patchwork Rabbit this morning – February’s Primrose so I will probably spend some of the weekend working on that one once I have checked out if I need any threads – if I do it will be a quick trip into Hobbycraft on Thursday morning.
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Today I took Logan, Savannah and Colette to a play den new to us called Zero Gravity over in Satltash, lots of fun was had by all of us and hopefully some energy burned off by Logan and Savannah.
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I even managed to enjoy a lovely walk along the creek with Max this afternoon – the sun was shining and it was feeling quite warm.  Amazingly though I’d not been back home much longer than ten minutes when the skies opened up again and it poured down – is it ever going to stop?

More fun for just me tomorrow as I’m off to another workshop in Mullion at Scrapbook Magic where I will be making an album using lovely Graphic 45 papers.  This evening I have been busy making some more Valentine Day’s treats – I will post them up tomorrow.

Monday, 10 February 2014

A Bakers Dozen

This weekend I have been working on Valentine treat boxes for my work colleagues.  I’ve kept it fairly simple and made mini pizza boxes and then decorated them with a layered heart band.  The cardstock is SU’s Early Espresso and the paper is from the SU Bold Brights paper pad and is the Real Red although the photo doesn’t show off the red properly.  The decorative edge on the band is using an EK success punch and the hearts are from a set of Nellies dies which I picked up at the Westpoint craft show last weekend.  One of the many crafting projects on my to do list this week that I can now tick off – so many more to go!

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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Winner of January's Snowdrop chart

Huge apologies for not being in the land of blog for a while.  Lots of nice things going on which have kept me busy including a tag workshop down at Mullion, doing an SU workshop, looking after Logan and Savannah and taking them out to see our other grandchildren Connor and Elisha, coffee with friends, crafting with friends and work, work, work.  Still I have a week off now so am hoping to have something to post on my blog over the next few days.

Anyway the winner of the chart January's Snowdrop is Natasha of A Stitchers Ramblings  if you could e-mail me your address I will get the chart posted out to you this coming week.