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Friday, 28 November 2014

Beanie Hats to Match the Scarves.


Good Morning, it's Black Friday today....but to me it's more like "shades of grey"....ooh argh misses !!!

I'm glad to say that I'm feeling slightly better, in that the stomach cramps have now stopped and I actually had a small dinner last night - only lasagne - but 1st meal since Monday !!.

Unfortunately, I'm not going to Excel - couldn't risk going on public transport and walking about all day without feeling lightheaded or needing a sleep....I don't think my friend would be able to carry me home, so I'm disappointed but at least I've saved some money !!!!
 On to todays blog, I have just finished these beanie hats for my sons girlfriends Christmas presents. I crochet them a scarf (scroll down to see previous blogs) but I wanted a hat to go with it. I couldn't find a suitable crochet hat in my patterns but I found a plain knitted one in a "Womans Weekly knitting special magazine". So I knitted them as the pattern stated, but then I crochet a chain and added them around the hat to match the scarf.
 A close up of the crochet part.
I took these photos in the evening and I think the light may be a little bright in the photo , as in each photo they look a different colour. They are a soft cream.

My son is coming home for a long weekend again tomorrow, so there wont be much crafting going on - as he stays in the craft room (which was his bedroom). I will be doing things as and when I can so keep popping by to see if I've managed to get in and put them on the blog.

Hope if you are looking for bargains today, that you snap up some good ones, if not enjoy your day and have a good weekend. x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thank Goodness for Scheduling


Good afternoon everyone. Hope your fit and well, unlike me, I have been suffering since Monday night with sickness and diarrhoea then from Tuesday till now I have had stomach cramps and feel sick and light headed. I've slept more than I've ever slept before - being awake at the most 3 hours before I've had to go and have a lie down.I've even had to cancel going to excel tomorrow as I don't think I could last the day.

Luckily I had scheduled up until today with my albums. So today is just a short blog of my Christmas Crackers that I finished Monday - before I became ill. I bought the kit from Hobbycraft, but added the Spellbinders poinsettia flowers to each one. I bought a Christmas scratchcard for each cracker.....so hopefully someone will be lucky enough to win something a bit extra when they pull their cracker.

Thanks for stopping by and keep away from germy people like me!!!









Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Final day of Photo Presents.

Happy Wednesday to you all.

Here is the last day of my photo presents. Monday was for the grandparents, yesterday for the girlfriends and today for the Aunts & Uncles.

I have used Sue Wilson dies (Austrian Collection) to make a frame this time for the photo. I used the border  which I glued onto cream hammer card and then the corner which I glued onto red card to create the frame.


 Again, like yesterday, this is a 8 x 8 inch card.
 I am really pleased with how these presents have turned out. Hopefully all those that receive them will be pleased too!!
The front of the card.

There are some more presents completed, so keep stopping by and hope your Christmas shopping is stress- free. x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Photo Frame Calendar.

Good morning, hope you liked my Christmas Album yesterday. Today I am continuing on the same theme. This time I have used a photograph of the boys without their Christmas Hats on as I thought it would be nice gift for their girlfriends to have a photo of them and also on a practical level have a calendar too.

 I have done it like a card, but when they want to have it on display they can fold the front behind the photo, to make it stand properly.
The size is 8 x 8 inches. I have used my Silhouette portrait to cut the frame shape out. This I backed onto cream card before putting the photo behind.

I then just added a small calendar onto matching card.

Hope the girlfriends will be pleased and my sons not too embarrassed as they don't know what I have done LOL !!!!!

Have a good day and see you tomorrow x

Monday, 24 November 2014

CHRISTMAS PHOTO ALBUM FOR THE GRANDPARENTS.



Good morning one and all, hope your Monday will be a good one. I've spent the weekend finishing off projects that I wanted to make for Christmas Presents.

The first one today is a photo album. With my eldest son living in Oxford, there isn't always an occasion when I can get a photo of them both, so when he came home the other week for a few days I took the opportunity to take some photos.

I bought a Christmas hat for them to wear, as I thought it would be a good idea to do a Christmas Album for their grandparents.

 I used 16 x 16 inch card to fold into the album pages. (I have shown this before on a previous blog - but much smaller )
 The photos are 8 x 8 inches and fit perfectly into the folds in the corners.
 Obviously Rolo had to be included with his own hat !!!!
 I kept the decorations simple on each page.
The back of the Album.

I did one in red and one in gold - exactly the same design on both.

Tune in tomorrow for more gifts completed.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

BAUBLES !!!!!!!!

Good afternoon one and all.  Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday, despite the weather.

I had a lovely lay in this morning....didn't get up until nearly 9am.....BLISS !!!!


Here is another project completed. I have showed on a previous day a small fabric covered bauble....well I decided to go LARGE!!

My good friend Sandy had bought a large polystyrene bauble to cover as she had recently redecorated her lounge and wanted her xmas decorations to match. Check out her blog (listed on left hand side).



 I bought a hanging decoration from the £1 shop, which was the silver hook, star, ribbon and then the bells hanging down. So I took the bells off and attached the top piece to the largest ball the hang up with.
 
Then I added the 2 other balls and put the bells at the bottom.

 I then decided to add the reindeers in between so that they match my candle wreath holder (scroll down to previous blogs)
 Although from a distance it looks like a 2 headed reindeer...here is a close up.

 and some close up shots of the baubles.
 I have used Spellbinders Poinsettia flower as my decoration on all 3 baubles, with a pearly flower gem stuck in the centre.
I am really pleased with the results....thanks Sandy for the inspiration as always x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer




Good morning to you all, T.G.I.F !!!!!

It seems to have been a hectic week for some reason. My son has been home since Saturday, I took him back to Oxford yesterday (2hrs driving there and 2hrs driving back!!!!). When he stays I have to give up my craft room - well it was his bedroom originally, so I haven't been able to get on with what I wanted to do what with going Christmas shopping etc .......
 .......having said that, I have just completed this reindeer. It was a free kit with "Knit Today" magazine - latest issue. The kit contained the wool, embroidery thread, ribbon, bell and stuffing. The wool was 25g - but it wasn't enough, so I wrote to the magazine who very kindly sent me another kit so that I had enough wool to complete.
 The first photograph is a bit dark, he looks better in these !!
 He is 5 1/2 inches high in the sitting position.
 
It was easy enough to knit, with the instructions very clear and precise.
 
Have a great weekend, what ever you are doing x

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Amigurumi - Mouse


Good Morning everybody, hope you are all well and enjoying your Tuesday and the start of the busy period leading up to Christmas.



This amigurumi mouse I have crochet for my Sister-in-law. She saw it on face-book and sent it to me. It was a free pattern from www.littlemuggles.com 

 It is approx. 8 inches high.

It only took the weekend to make and was quite easy to do, apart from the arms and legs, which were a bit awkward when the number of stitches began to decrease.

There are other patterns on the site, including a reindeer, giraffe & sheep..... might be tempted in the new year to make some others.

Have a good

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Christmas Coat for Rolo....

 
Good Morning everyone. Haven't blogged for a while as I seem to be doing lots of things, but achieving nothing...  well nothing to show as yet!!!
 
 
I have just finished making this coat for Rolo, as his Christmas present, so I hope he doesn't read my blog today , as it will spoil the surprise LOL x
 
The pattern is from Simplicity 2695. The material I managed to find on ebay, as I have been looking around for a while for some suitable material., but hadn't found any. Quite reasonable on ebay £12 per metre and no p&p.
 
 
The photo shows the coat folded in half, with the collar to the right and the strap hanging down at the bottom. I just have to add some velcro to the strap so that it sits neatly underneath his belly (which is quite large......too many mince pies !!) I also have to add the strap across the front by the collar - which i am going to do in elastic so that I can stretch it over his head when I put it on him.
 
I will photograph him at Christmas wearing it xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

2 Crochet Scarves - ready for Christmas

 
Both my sons have girlfriends, so as a small Christmas present, I have crochet a scarf for them both.
 
 

I got this pattern from "NAZTAZIA" it was free and is for Breast Cancer Awareness.
  
 
 
 

 I decided to do both in cream. It was a simple pattern to do. I have added a fringe to my scarves.

Just need to trim some of these !!!

Hope the girls will like them. If I have time I will make them a beanie hat to match.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Nearly a Sweet Success !!!!

Good Morning all,
 
 
As it's Remembrance Sunday, I spent yesterday afternoon baking some confectionary from my childhood.
 
I remember that when I was young I went to the local library quite often, and one of my favourite books that I took out was called "Time for Tea". This little book had lots of lovely sweet recipes and I use to enjoy making things at the weekends for my two brothers and my parents. I can remember taking this book out quite often as I enjoyed it so much. A few years ago I tried to see if I could buy this book - but as I don't know who had written it I couldn't find it on-line as there were many books with the same title.
 
Anyway, back to yesterday. I went through my cook books and found 4 recipes:- "Coconut Ice", "Fudge", "Peppermint Creams" and "Truffles".
 
Only 3 out of the 4 were a success - the fudge hasn't set. I don't know if I managed to get the correct temperature before I turned off the heat.  The other three came out fine. My husband and son agreed that they tasted good. I think I will use the fudge in a cake (no waste - as in war time - nothing was thrown away!!)
 
I am lucky not to have been alive during WW1 or WW2, and when I think of all the lives lost - many men the ages of my two sons 24 & 22, I thank my lucky stars that they too have not had to go through it.
 
A time not only to remember the past,  but also a time to rejoice in the present, and hope for the future. x
 
 
See you again soon. Take care. x


Thursday, 6 November 2014

A birthday card for a little girl who is just like her Mum !!

 I have made this birthday card for my friend's granddaughter who will be the ripe old age of 11 on Sunday. She is very like her mum, in that she knows her own mind and wont wear "just anything"  LOL !! 
 When I bought the LOTV toppers a while back and was flicking through and looking at all the images, I knew this one would be perfect for her.
I used a Spellbinders die for the topper. The shoes are from Robert Addams Dies and the parasol is from Marianne Designs. The mannequin is from Spellbinders that I have added a bought topper dress.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Where do I get the time to do all this card making ???

I am lucky enough not to have to work, so my time is near enough my own. That said I do try and do some housework each morning so that I can craft in the afternoons.  (well you have to show willing sometimes - don't you ladies ??)Also if there is nothing on the t.v that I want to watch in the evening, I let my husband have control over the remote and then he can watch his gory/violent films and I can continue to craft. Good life isn't it ??? LOL !!

On to todays card. Another stitched Christmas card.

Nothing too elaborate here, a simple stitched pattern with a topper. Wording using Robert Addams Dies. The 2 Christmas trees are the brads that I bought on Sunday at the Sincerely Yours craft show. I didn't use them as brads as I didn't want to put a hole in the stitched piece, so I cut the back bits off and then just glued them on using foam pads.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Another Day, Another Stitched Xmas Card.


 Morning, well here we are with another Christmas card made. I've been making them all year round, of and on, but am now on a mission to get them done before December....
 This card has a simple stitched pattern in the centre, using multi coloured sparkling thread. I used a tonic die for the shaped circle. The topper came from Hobbycraft. The Teddy in the corner was a peel off outline which I have put on the same metallic card that I have used behind the tonic die.  I have added some small bells threaded onto red cotton and stuck at the top with a poinsettia flower. Wording in the same metallic card by Robert Addams dies.

Monday, 3 November 2014

My Buys and a Stitched Christmas Card.


Good afternoon to you all. A miserable day here in Kent. It's been raining all morning and doesn't look like it's going to stop. Still had to take Rolo for his daily walk.....he doesn't care if it's raining - he goes out in all weathers. Now he is sharing my chair whilst I do this blog!!

On to yesterday and the Sincerely Yours show at Tonbridge. Parking was awful. I got there half an hour early as I hadn't been to that venue before and didn't know what the parking was like, good job I did. Only a few spaces left in the car park and when I left everybody else had double parked, and on the verges of the road that leads into the school. I bet the locals were annoyed.

The venue itself was fine, a large hall to accommodate the stallholders. Didn't buy a lot this time (see picture below) but there were plenty of things to buy there.
 I bought the word "XMAS" from the MDF man. Will decorate like I did "SNOW".
A nice stamp from "Honey Doo Crafts" that I will try out in gilding flakes soon....watch this space.

On to a completed project. A stitched Xmas card in pink. I have done quite a few in modern colours this year, rather than the traditional red, green & gold.


Enjoy the rest of the day, whatever you are doing and see you soon. x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Red & White Candle holder to match the Bauble.


Good morning everyone. Well this morning I am at the "Sincerely Yours" craft show at Tonbridge in Kent....will let you know what goodies I buy.




 Following on from yesterday's blog, here is a matching candle holder.

 
 I used a polystyrene ring and using the same technique as the bauble, covered it in fabric. Then added some pearls on a string across each join.

 
 I cut out a circle of red card to use as a base and added some thick felt reindeers around the edge.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Red & White Christmas Bauble covered in Material.

Good Morning....it's the start of the weekend. Hope you are all fit and well today.

Today is back to a Christmas Theme......it's getting closer and closer !!!

This maybe something old to most of you crafters, but I had never done it before....it does, I believe, have a technical name for it, but I don't know what it is so I will just explain what I did.

It is a polystyrene ball. I drew lines on it to divide into 8 sections. Then using a craft knife I cut along the lines (quite deeply) to create a groove. Then I got a piece of material and poked it into the cut grove until it was in securely. I trimmed the edges before moving onto the next piece and repeated. Once all 8 sections done I added a string of pearls into the groves using glue and pins to hold into place. I added the ribbon and poinsettia flower across the middle and added some ribbon on the top to hang it up with.

It is quite easy to do and looks effective. Another thing to hang on the Christmas tree......it will be groaning under the weight with all the things I keep making to put on it. Will have to remember to take a photo of the tree to show all the things.


On a different note, tomorrow is the "Sincerely Yours" craft show at Tonbridge. This is a new venue as it used to be held at Biggin Hill. I will be going so if you are there and you see me say hello.

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by. x