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Friday, 22 September 2017

Coffin Boxes........

 Morning all, Friday here again.

I bought the die from Tonic for these coffin boxes. I spent yesterday cutting them out and decorating. The skeleton on the front is not part of the Tonic set, but one that I had recently bought from China. The skeleton die in the Tonic set, comprised of lots of dies that you make the skeleton up with, and as I was making a few, decided my other die would be quicker. Lots of elements in this die set....well worth the money.
 Below are the coffin boxes that I made up myself last year, without the aid of a die......just as good (but not quite !!).
The decorating is now finished (hooray), and the house is looking good. Just got to clean everywhere and bring back all the accessories that have been in boxes in the garage. 

Have a good weekend. x

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

3 Christmas Stockings......


Morning all, a little late with the blog today, sorry, I meant to do it yesterday to schedule for today, but somehow didn't get around to it.


I was asked a little while ago if I could knit 3 Christmas stockings. Once she had decided what wool she wanted me to use (dk or chunky), the only instruction she gave me was she wanted them all striped and all different !!

I've used the same 3 colours and changed the design slightly in each one. The 3 all have the same tops (which was knitted in a fluffy wool) and the ties are all the same.

I hope she likes them, otherwise I'll 3 stockings to sell on my craft stall soon !!

The craft fairs that I did on Friday and Saturday were ok....made some profit, but people not quite ready to buy for Christmas.

The other piece of good news that I have to share with you, is that my local florist (in my village) has taken some of my goodies to sell in the shop Hip, Hip, Hooray !!!!!!!!

I've given her some decorated candles, a Christmas Cushion, some notepads, a book fold and some Christmas felt decorations.

I'll pop back in a couple of weeks to see how they are going...if at all !! - Fingers crossed please all.

Next Craft fair isn't until next Tuesday, so I've got a few days to restock and rest LOL !!

See you again very soon I hope. x

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Moving Home.....

Morning all, another weekend is nearly over.....hope yours has been good so far.

I did a craft fair Friday morning, and another on Saturday...... Nothing spectacular to report, made a little money, on top of table costs, which is the main thing.

I've made this moving home card for my brother and his family, who hope to be moving this week (fingers crossed !!).

The sentiment is from a Hunkydory pad. The houses are a x-cut die that I bought some time ago really cheaply (a come in handy die LOL !!), and now it has !!

No craft fairs this week, but 2 next week. I'll be bringing out all the halloween items that I've made - must try and remember to take a photo of them all before I start !!

I did remember to take a photo yesterday of my stall.
As you can see....a bit of everything !!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

First Batch Of Christmas Cards.....

 Morning all, half-way through the week, and I hope you've had a stress-free one so far !!

As promised, I have made some Christmas cards.  I had a day of cutting out the background (Sue Wilson background die - twinkle star) on a 6 x 6 card blank. Then I have backed each one using mirri card - different colour on each one. 
 The hard decision, was then what to put on each one ......
 .....and what greeting.....
 I had recently bought these small "first edition" & "Dovecraft" dies from "everycraftsapound". There were loads of things to choose from.  
 I decided to do the same greeting on each card in matching mirri card.
 ....But decided to do a second layer using  black card and off-set to create a shadow. (This gingerbread man was an x-cut die).
 ....each of the corner embellishments have been glittered first by using double sided tape and glamour dust.
This last die was "Cottage Cutz" - reindeer postage.

Well that's a start LOL !! Must do some more soon. Have made the decision to keep the cards small and simple this year. I will do larger more elaborate ones for friends and family that don't get posted. 

How are you getting on with Christmas ???? Have you started yet???? or, like some, almost finished ????

Let me know in the comments box. 

See you soon. x

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

More Felt Christmas Decorations.....


Morning all, hope you are all well & happy.

Another quick blog today, as I'm sure you're getting fed up with seeing Christmas decorations LOL !! I promise the next blog that I do will be cards (albeit Christmas Cards !!)

Finished sewing these up on Sunday.

Easy to do with a simple shape for the reindeers, and just circles for the Christmas pud.

Hope to see you again very soon. x

Sunday, 10 September 2017

More V.W.Campervan Christmas Decorations......

Morning all, hope the weekend has been a good one so far.

A quick blog today.... 

..... more V.W.Campervan Christmas decorations made...this time in more colours.

2 are on their way to Ashford, in Kent as we speak.

£3.00 each plus postage. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Christmas Cushion.....

 Morning all, Saturday here again.....

It's hubbies birthday today, so i'm being a good and loving wife, by making continue with the decorating LOL !!!. Before you all start feeling sorry for him, he did have Tuesday afternoon and all day Thursday off to go fishing !!
I've made him a birthday cake (just a plain victoria sponge) as that is what he likes the best !! So he will be well fed whilst working !!


On to other things and I've just completed this simple but effective Christmas cushion.
Not very complicated to knit, as just rows of different bands on the front and plain on the back. The santa's hat was just a square of knitting folded diagonally and sew across the top. 
The eyes are swiss darned on afterwards. 

Another make ready for my Christmas fairs. So far I've got a large cardboard box filled with halloween makes and another with Christmas makes.

Think I need to have a bit of a break and make some Christmas cards for myself, or I'll never catch up. I think a spot of "batch" making is in order......
..... watch this space !!

Whatever you are doing - enjoy yourselves LOL !! xx

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Crochet Penguin.....

Morning all, hope today finds you well & happy.

I crocheted this penguin a few days ago, but this was the first opportunity I've had to show him on my blog.

The pattern is Janine Holmes from mojimojidesigns.
Very easy to follow, as crochet in the round, so no seams to sew up afterwards.

Lounge now ready for flooring to go down. Went to the shops with hubby yesterday to look for lights, cushions, and throws. I wasn't feeling too great myself, but this was the only day we could both go together. Halfway walking around the shops he announces that his shoes hurt and can we go home soon !!! Men !! they'll never understand how to shop !! Needless to say we only came home with cushions LOL !!

Never mind, good job on-line shopping was invented.....probably for men LOL !!

Thanks for stopping by, and come again soon. x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

V.W.Campervan Christmas Decoration...


Morning all, hope your weekend is going great so far.

Hubby is continuing to decorate the lounge. We had to wait for the plasterer to come , so that put us behind a few days.....but I'm glad to say that paint is now on the walls !! Just got to wallpaper one wall and then the flooring can go down and the new sofa's can be unwrapped. At the moment we are sitting on them with the plastic covering still on, as I don't want any paint on them.

Whilst the weather has been nice, I've sat outside and done some sewing. I've shown the stars already. I thought I would see if i could do a V. W Campervan one too, as I'm thinking of doing a gift set with loads of V.W.campervans included.

A bit fiddly, to cut the felt out, and so far I've only done this one. I've added the confetti holly on the top and used hot fix crystals for the lights. Then glued a large flat-backed gem for the centre - too small to do the V W emblem.

Will probably do other colours before Christmas.

There are so many things that I want to do -that I just don't know what to do first LOL !! I'm trying not to do too much of the same thing (ie knitting), as I'm finding that I've got a touch of arthritis beginning to set in, so I can't do knitting continuously. 

From the end of September until Christmas, I think I've got at least one craft fair every week, so I better pull my finger out and get on with making things !!

On that note, I'll say cheerio XX

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Christmas Theme Continued.....

 Morning all, hope the start of the weekend is going great so far.

I made a few of these felt Christmas Star Decorations last year, so decided to make some more. In traditional colours of red, white & green. I've used hot fix crystals to decorate them.

See you all again very soon. x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Christmas Stockings......

Morning all, well here we are again, the end of the week and the start of a new month !!! Soon be Christmas LOL !!!!!!!

On that note, last month at a regular craft fair, a customer asked me if i could knit a Christmas stocking for her grandchildren. Not too sure what she had in mind, I've knitted 2, one stripey in DK wool, and the other plain in Chunky wool.
Hopefully she'll like them both when I see her on Monday.

Doing a regular local market today....not expecting to sell a lot, as this one can be a bit "hit and miss", but I live in hope !!

Enjoy your weekend. xx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

MAWTT Challenge:- "Add a number"....


 Morning all, well not only is it the last day of the month, but it is also the MAWTT challenge again. This time Judith wants to see cards with numbers on.

I've made this one for my Husbands birthday which is soon, but I thought I would show today. 

We've been feeding the birds in our garden, ever since we moved into our house, 17 years ago. It's lovely to hear and see them with their young on the bird feeders. I'm lucky enough to live in a semi rural area, so we have a great many birds visiting us.

This bird image is perfect for my husband.

Pop over to MAWTT PAGE, to see the other entries by the DT.....or why not enter a card yourself.

Bye for now.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Shaun The Sheep Christmas Decoration !!!!.......


Morning all, a bank holiday weekend is here .....hooray !!!! The last Bank Holiday until Christmas -  Boo !!  That means only 17 weeks until the big day !!! 


I saw this on pinterest, and decided to make one. I had to draw the head onto paper first, once I had cut the circles of felt out. I must say, pleased with the result. I had some confetti Christmas holly, which I've sewn on. The eyes are just 2 small buttons, and the legs are just 2 strands of Double Knit black wool.
I've made this as a small "thank-you" gift to a customer, who has ordered a lot of stuff from me other the past few months. I know she likes Shaun, as I knitted her a scarf and mitten set recently.
Enjoy your weekend. xx

Friday, 25 August 2017

Key-ring For Cat Lovers !!!!.....

Morning all, another week nearly at the end...and also another month !!

Hope you're all looking forward to the Bank Holiday Weekend. We're on the last of the decorating, with the lounge being the last room, before all the flooring can be laid. So needless to say, we are going to be busy this weekend.


Following on from the Eeyore key-ring that I showed on Wednesday, here is the other one that was requested. Done in foam sheets, I've layered the background oval twice to strengthen. The cats are a Marianne Designs die, which I cut twice. Once in black and once in white. The customer said that the white cat had ginger bits on, but as I haven't seen a photo, I've just coloured in with promarkers in a few areas. I hope she likes them.

No craft fairs until next Friday, so I've got time to take stock and make a few more bits. 

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for popping by. xx


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

EEYORE.....Looks like I Felt After The Dentist !!!!!


Morning all, Hope you are well & Happy !!

Went to the dentist on Monday for a routine check-up and clean. The Check up was fine, but the clean  made my gums bleed and my mouth was quite sore for a while after.

On a happier note, whilst there waiting to go in, I was talking to the receptionist, who asked me to do an Eeyore key-ring. Came home Monday, looked for a pattern on ravelry and found this one, which was free !!

Crocheted it Monday evening, but when finished wasn't happy with it. I looked on goggle at images of Eeyore  and decided to add the black line down the front. Much happier now !!

She also asked if I could do a cat key-ring for her husbands bowling ball bag, which I'm in the process of doing.

So every action does have a reaction LOL !!!

See you again very soon x

Monday, 21 August 2017

Update.......

Morning all, quick update on the weekend, when I did a craft Fair on Friday and Saturday...... disaster both days !!!!!


Friday I didn't sell anything....and on Saturday sold 2 things for a total of £19.00 !!!!! - Good job I don't do this for a living LOL !!


No particular reason, other than although people were about....they weren't buying. This happens some days - just have to accept and move on. 

I've started knitting my pumpkins and spiders now ready for halloween.

I also had people take my card and hopefully will get sales later in the year.


Hope you have a good week, I'm off to the dentist this morning for a check up and clean.....the week can only get better !!!!!

Bye for now. xx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Shaun The Sheep.......

 Morning all, hope you are all well and happy and looking forward to the weekend.


As promised yesterday, here is shaun the sheep !!! The pattern is by Rowan, and should have been knitted in DK wool, making him about 8 inches high. I decided to use chunky wool, and my Shaun is about 20 inches high !! It took a lot of stuffing...as you can imagine !!
 I've taken him to my craft fairs.....and to be honest I don't mind if he doesn't sell, as I would be happy to keep him !!
 Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Here Comes The Bride....


Morning all, another week almost over and the weekend looming ahead. 

A while ago, I was asked to knit a bride bunny for a friend's, daughters, wedding. This was the original pattern that was chosen. I had knitted all the components, but wasn't happy with the body. So I knitted a different bunny altogether and left all the bits in a bag.



 This is the bunny that I knitted


A few days ago I came across the bag and decided to knit another body and make the bride different from the original pattern.



This is the result !! I made the skirt out of net, instead of knitting as I thought it would be quicker to do. I also made a veil. The skirt has 2 layers of netting, the inner skirt shorter and not as full as the outer skirt. I bought some ready made small silk roses in lilac, and sewed them onto the sleeves, shoes, headdress and waist line.
 You can just about see her tail which is a ready made pom pom.


Doing a regular craft fair today, and another one tomorrow, so will report back some time over the weekend.

BTW, if you like shaun the sheep.....pop by tomorrow !!! x


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Second Day of Notebook Gift Sets.....

 Morning all, second day of my notebook gift ideas. I bought these 5 small hardback notepads for less than £1 in the range. I decided to combine them with a matching post-it-note pad and a pen on a base.
 What do you think of them??
 Do they need anything added to them??
 Your comments/suggestions are always welcome.
That's it for now..... x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

V.W Campervan Notepad, Pen and Keyring Sets..

 Morning all, I've been making a few notepad gift sets up. Here are the first lot. V W Campervans are still very popular at my craft fairs....normally manage to sell something about them each time.
I thought I would start making little gift sets up....you know....ready for the end of the year LOL !!

Thinking of doing a big gift set....sort of hamper.....with a collection of Camper van gifts. Will have to work out costings.... (watch this space as they say!!)

Bye for now x

Monday, 14 August 2017

A Bit Of A Catch Up........


Morning all, I hope you are all well and happy.


Nothing new to show you today. I've been busy last week, as my eldest was home, I also went out for afternoon tea with my 2 friends from school, had to take Dan back to Oxford on Thursday, and did a craft fair on Sunday .....Phew what a week !!!


I've been busy making things ti re-stock my craft fairs....but as nothing new haven't posted anything.

Sunday was a glorious day....the setting was fab, there were loads of people, it was well organised, and the sun was shining !!! I did quite well too !!

It was advertised as a "vintage fair", and there were people dressed in 1940's style clothes, having their photos taken. There was also a lindy hop demonstration by 3 couples (who were well into their 50's) and did remarkably well. 

A good day all round.

A quieter week for me this week. Having carpet laid on Tuesday, and doing a craft fair on Friday.

Hopefully this will give me a bit of time to make new things to show here.

Don't forget you can order items from me via my etsy shop
"Etsy.com/uk/shop/createdbyjanice" or my facebook page "facebook.com/createdbyjan"


Bye for now xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Would You Cuddle Up To A Fox ?????

 Morning all, a quick blog, as my eldest is in my craft room, so I've just managed to sneak in and do this blog !!

I've made this fox hot water bottle cover (although it could be used as a tablet case). A simple pattern, knitted in chunky wool, which knits up quickly.


Whilst I was in my craft room on Saturday (before I had tidied up and my son had arrived) I was on my laptop when my dog, Rolo, decided he wanted to look out of the window. I think it was because I had opened the large window to refresh the room before my son arrived. He kept pestering me, until I made a space for him to lay down and look out of the window.
He stayed like that for quite a while, just watching the world go by !!

Have a good day, and enjoy crafting XXX

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Knitting For Christmas......

 Morning all, hope you are all well & looking forward to the weekend. My eldest will be coming home today for a few days....(so I'll be absent from the craft room).

Did the craft fair yesterday.....very poor.....not many stallholders....or customers. Everyone must be on holiday !!

Never mind, I'm thinking ahead to Christmas. I knitted a couple of these last year and they sold straight away. So I thought I would make a start now and do a few variations. This is the first one. You cant see too clearly from the photo, but his jumper is in a white sparkly wool. I am going to do other colours and maybe do a striped jumper with plain sleeves....or all stripey....the possibilities are endless !!! Well almost LOL !!

Enjoy your weekend. x

Thursday, 3 August 2017

MAWTT Challenge :- "Things that fly"....




 Morning all, here we are again with another challenge. This time it's set by Jessie, who wanted to see "Things that fly". I could have chosen the old favourite of a butterfly, but I remembered that I had some ladybird and bee dies by Elizabeth Crafts. 

I decided to use the ladybirds. I chose some polka dot backing paper, and using Spellbinders die (sorry can't remember what it's called ) cut out 2 flower shapes. Then I've used a sharpie pen in red to create another layer, before stamping on the sentiment, and adding the ladybirds.
Pop over to the MAWTT site and see the other DT entries......or why not enter a card yourself.....just for fun!!

Thanks for stopping by. x