Friday, 26 December 2014

Boxing Day.....

All the presents are unwrapped and we're all feeling stuffed from yesterday. Here is what my table looked like before everyone arrived for dinner.

 I made the chair covers, place mats and runners a few years ago. I bought the Father Christmas "hats" for the chairs this year from Avon.

 The placemats and runner is a very simple design with a poinsettia flower appliqued on.

My centre-piece.


 The decorations - red and gold in the dinning room, gold and cream in the hallway and red and lime green in the match the d├ęcor of each room. These photos are just of the dining room.

Hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and I wish you all every happiness and a healthy new year. x

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas to you all....
A handmade Christmas present.

After the success of the mug covers that I made for myself and friends back in October, I made another one for my friend who likes baking.
 The material that I have chosen shows cupcakes. I have chosen 3 different coloured backgrounds but the cupcakes are the same on each piece, so match beautifully.
I enjoyed making these, as I feel that it is nice to give a handmade gift, especially for Christmas. They didn't take too long (about 2 hrs) and are really useful.

Hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas and are opening some lovely presents.

See you all soon xx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

3 Stitched Calendar Christmas Cards.

Well, it's Christmas eve and yesterday I cleaned the house from top to bottom, so today I can sit back and relax and wait for the big day.

Here are 3 cards that I have stitched for friends. I've added a calendar to the front so that they can then keep it on display for the whole year.

Owls, hedgehogs and penguins - all "form-A-line" patterns.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A look back at the past few years.

Hello to everyone, well the big day is nearly here, are you getting excited yet???

A big thanks to all of you who have joined my blog and have left comments. It's nice to read such lovely comments and words of encouragement. I have also enjoyed looking at your blobs too - lots of inspirational projects.

This year seems to have whizzed by at lightening speed, not sure if I have achieved much, but I have crafted loads of things, with friends and on my own.

Here is a small selection of my favourites......hope they're yours too.

A wedding card and box for a lovely couple who got married later in life (86 & 66 years)
 A cottage with draws.....I saw something similar on line and decided to try and have a go myself at making. I've still got it on display in my craft room.
 Really pleased with this gift I made my son, when he moved to Oxford.....a good reminder for him of important dates my birthday, mothers day etc lol !!!!
 A pretty card for a little girl, and the first time I had used a Perspex dome in my card making.
 A dimensional Christmas card - the doors open to reveal a snow scene - in navy and white (not traditional colours)

 An art-deco card using the embossing boards. Still have the board but don't think I've used it since !!!!
 A patchwork cushion. Front all hand sewn.
 A baby plaque made from cardboard letters, with decoupage and characters added.
 A Chewbacca cake made for my youngest son's 18th birthday....he was stunned !! (in a good way - I think )
 A reverse stencilled Christmas card using Spellbinders Poinsettia dies. Loved the way this turned out. The poinsettia die is still my go to favourite every year.
 This was one of them moments when the stitching and the card just came together perfectly..... and look I did use that embossing board again LOL !!
 I made a few frames like this - very cheap to do. Frame came from Ikea (£3.50). It was just a case of decorating as much or as little as you wanted.
 Again, a stitched card that worked really well with the colours, topper and decorations.
 This is me venturing into other mediums.....strips of an old book woven together to create the background.

 Just love this card, the way that the blossoms cascade down from the front to the inside of the card when opened. (needed a big box to put it in !!)
 I created this Christmas Tree box last year to house my secret santa pressie for my craft group. Took some doing as I had to make the sides of the box with lots of folds so that it took the shape of the Xmas tree.
 My craft bucket - this sits in my craft room with all my sewing bits and bobs ready to go at any time.
 A blackwork stitched fuschia. Loved doing this - will have to take note to do some more in 2015.
 A different stitched Christmas card. I love the colours and the stamped image - which I did after I had done the stitching - which was very brave of me.
 This mannequin has been painted. Using tissue paper, I stamped the images twice and then using P.V.A glue stuck them onto the mannequin - reversing the image so that it gave a mirror image.
 How can I forget folding 90 squares of paper to create petals - TWICE !!!!.
A lot of effort, but my mum & mother-in-law were pleased with their gifts.
 A posy of flowers inside a card for my mum.
A 3d owl box that I created - behind the front there are 3 drawers to use as a jewellery box.
 Owl bunting for my craft room.
 Another cascading card - this time vivid poppies - everything about this card came together like a dream- just love everything about it.
 A patchwork throw for my bed - this took quite a time as my bed is king-size.  
 I created this handbag with draws. I made a few of them in different colours - but this was my favourite colour way.
 Another cascading card - sunflowers this time. I couldn't choose from the 3 that I have made - so have shown them all. They look so different to each other.
 This happy accident was achieved when I realised that I had done the stitching wrong. (if you scroll up you will see the proper stitched design (on the mauve art-deco card). I had to add large gems into the spaces where I should have stitched but I was actually pleased with the result.
 This was made when I first bought some stitching dies. (a new concept). I used the die to emboss the silver mirri card- the stitching part has been embossed into the card which co-ordinates with the actual stitching.
 Last year, a friend of mine had the template to make the paper cup & saucer. I took it one step further by making a 3d teapot to go with it. I gave this to my mum for her Christmas present last year and put gifts into the cup & teapot. She has them on show in her display cabinet.
My Christmas cushions that I have been working on (off and on) for a good part of this year. I had an idea to use dies to get a paper template and then enlarge that image so that I could use with material. These are now in my lounge along with all the other Christmas decorations that I have done in the past.

Hope this wasn't too much of a marathon to look at. Once I started looking back over the photos I did get carried away......

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. Love from Janice xx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Memorial Bunnies.

 Good Morning all, not long now before the big day, hope you are all organised and prepared to celebrate Christmas with friends and family.

Whilst you are celebrating, please spare a thought for those people who are less fortunate. 
My Sister-in-law is a midwife at the local hospital. Part
of her duties is to care for the bereaved parents who have had a still-born baby, or due to health issues have had a mis-carriage or termination. 

 She asked me if I would crochet some small bunnies, with pink or blue bows for the hospital to give to the parents for their memory box, and also for one to be placed in the casket with the baby. The parents are given the choice as to what they want to happen to their baby, some want a full burial, some a cremation , and some just want the hospital to deal with the baby. As some are very, very small the hospital didn't want anything too large, so these only measure about 2 inches and are flat.

 Of course, I didn't hesitate in helping the hospital, and have made quite a few for them. I will continue through-out the year to make these.
 I photographed them on a white and a black background so that you can see them clearly.

I hope I haven't made you all feel depressed with this blog, it's sad but it does make you appreciate your families.
Take care all and thanks for stopping by. x