Sunday, 30 December 2012
Saturday, 29 December 2012
Friday, 5 October 2012
It takes a bit of doing in my rush-around life, I can tell you! I have to try to get a week ahead on work, cleaning, laundry and all those daily jobs to free up a couple of nap-times to the task. But, the push of my Mother's 70th birthday, gave me the push I needed.
I knew I wouldn't get the time to sit outside and paint from nature *sigh* so I chose a favourite image from my Honeymoon. We travelled up to Scotland, stopping off at Lake Windermere on the way. Now, my husband is the photographer in the family (and pretty good he is too), but this is one I took and I just loved the light and thought it would be a step up from other paintings I have done.
I am finally at the age where I can paint and not freeze up, worrying that any more may spoil what I've already done. This has always been my problem (and there are only so many times you can say that the half finished look is what you were going for...) but I soldiered on and am sooooo chuffed with how it came out. So, without further ado, here it is!
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Saturday, 30 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
So, after a lot of soul searching, I've decided that this year I must love my house. After a short visit to my lovely sister's home, I was inspired by every tiny homemade touch. A name plate for the front door, tea cosies (one was mine!) glass painting and even a beautiful basket for the lowly loo roll. Some bought, homemade and given meant that her home had a soul and felt loved.
I think that I've spent so long making things for others that I've forgotten to make this house my home. 2012 marks the year of domestic bliss!
Project 1- Make the curtains fit.
The cheap curtains we bought to "make do" never fit and neither did my nice Next ones from our last house. So out came the sewing machine and a shaky pair of scissors and...snip, snip, snip they were cut to length. A bit of steam pressing those hems, pinning and measuring means that each set looks much better. I really must paint those window sills this weekend though! I wasn't brave enough to attack my expensive set but happily paid out a few pounds and got them done just right by my local cleaners. (no photo for that one as the room's too dark)
Sunday, 26 February 2012
2-Lavender heart keyring- so she can keep lavender with her all day
3- Everlasting flowers- until the Spring brings out the bulbs!
The flowers were made from floristry ribbon using the kit I purchased from the Glow event in Bluewater last month. I'm hoping to make up some more bunches for Mothers day.
The heart keyring was a wrench to give away as I absolutely loved it. I had so much fun using some of the embroidery skills I've picked up this year to make an old fashioned floral design. I made a mini bag and stuffed as much lavender as I could inside and blanket stitched beads around the edge.
2-A "Mug Hug" from my "Cute and Easy" crochet book
3-Herbal Tea bags with paper heart tags (featuring sentimental notes)
4- Heart Cookie (Christmas box- couldn't resist)
5- Fimo heart buttons- Not my best work but not bad for a first attempt.
One of my sisters posted that this was a monthly thing. God No, it took me most of the month to do these! I will do a separate post for my sisters beautiful gifts. It was like getting a hug in the post my girls- I look forward to our next challenge!
Sunday, 5 February 2012
I went to my first craft event on Friday and had such a blast! These things are always far away day events that wouldn't be up my husband's and little girl's street. I had heard about the Glow event at Bluewater earlier this year as I was invited to teach there but, as it's on my day with my little tot, I decided not to go. Friday came and I thought I would pop in as I had jobs at Bluewater and I grinned the whole time!
I stocked up on healthy nibbles for my baby, milk and planned rest stops but she spent most of the time holding my hand and toddling around as I one-handed pushed the buggy. The Mermaid's Grotto was our favourite- I don't think we could make one pass without popping in and waving to all the fish and stroking the seaweed strands. The life-sized Mermaid and Fisherman are amazing don't you think? I love her hair and false eyelashes!
I met the wonderful Erika Knight who's books I learnt to crochet by and did finger knitting with Hannah on my knee. She is bringing out her own range of stunning wools and individual patterns for downloading which is a great idea. She also said that she's bringing out a new crochet book for Baby patterns which I must get.
I saw the exhibit of costumes from Downton abbey and managed to even quickly stitch my name into the world's longest embroidery- this was tricky as Hannah was again on my knee, babbling away and pretending to sew with the other ladies.
I did buy myself one treat. There was a stall demonstrating how to turn florist ribbon and tape into amazing flowers. The chap who demonstrated had all the right patter and made it look so effortless that you knew it would actually be really hard. He whipped up two flowers so quickly for my girls and spritzed them with perfume ( which is so 1970s). But it looked like something new and a craft I have never done before so I bought into it happily, knowing that I may flop but I would enjoy the process! I bought the starter kit which came with loads of different colour ribbon, tape, dvd of techniques and the special cutting tool. Then I spent a happy couple of hours getting to grips with it all. Guess what? It worked! I love the ones so far and will pop some pictures up when I have made a few bunches. With Mother's day coming up, I know what I'll be making...