Sunday, 31 December 2017

YEAR !!!

Hope to see you all in 2018, with hopefully, loads of creations, makes, and tips. 


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Dad's 80th Birthday......

 Morning all, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I had a lovely Christmas with my boys at home with me. 

Now, it seems, that it's been a long, long, time since I made a card !!

It's my dad's 80th birthday today, so I just had to make a card for him !!

I've got my family coming over this evening for a birthday celebration get together. I'm laying on a small buffet style feast for all, and my niece is making him a cake. I'll take a photo tonight and show you in the next few days. 
My dad was in the royal navy, and served on the HMS Gambia, in the late 1950's. I went on google to search for an image.....but this was the best I could find....which isn't very clear, but hopefully he'll recognise it LOL !!. The other image is of a spitfire. My brothers and I have clubbed together to pay for him and my mum to go to the spitfire museum, and for dad to have his photograph inside the spitfire cockpit. Hopefully, my brothers and wives, will be able to meet up afterwards for a meal in the new year.

Bye for now x

Monday, 25 December 2017

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year xxxxxxx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Finished in the Nick of Time !!!

Afternoon all, hope you are all now in doors, with your feet up, with everything done !! 

My two boys are due home today....can't wait to see them !!

My youngest only moved out last Wednesday, and I can't believe how emotional I have felt ever since....almost bereaved..... it really hit me hard.

Anyway they will soon be here, so here is a quick blog to show the jumper that I managed to finish on Friday evening. The customer picked it up on Saturday. It's for her grandson who's also celebrating  his birthday today, so I'm really pleased that I was able to finish it.

Just in case you are too busy tomorrow to pop in and see my blog ..... i would like to wish you all a.......

Have a wonderful time. xx

Thursday, 21 December 2017

MAWTT Challenge: "Anything but a card"......

 Morning all, hope you are all well & happy and ready for the big day !!!

This is the last MAWTT Challenge for this year. The brief is "anything but a card". I made this table decoration last week at a local flower arranging class. I've never done flower arranging before, and it was quite simple to do. I am really pleased with the result.
Pop over to mawtt challenge to see the other DT entries. 

If I don't get a chance nearer the time, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Also a big thank you to you for supporting me, on this blog, with your kind comments.

I hope to make more and more in watch this space !!!!! xxxxx

Saturday, 16 December 2017

My Last Craft Fair This Year......

Morning all, well not long now until the big day !!

Today is my last craft fair for this year, and I have to say, I'm looking forward to staying indoors and resting LOL !! Last year I did 25 craft fairs in a year, this year I've done 69 !! Glad to say that overall I've made a considerable profit, so will continue next year. Now that I've done 2 years I can see what ones are worth doing and which are not. Generally, the summer fetes and Sundays are not good days for craft fairs. September onwards is brilliant !!!

This is the last of things that I've made for the craft fairs. I've made these little birds before and they've always sold well. 

Some good news that I'd like to share with you. My eldest son passed his driving test and will be looking to buy a car in the new year......which means no more taking him back to Oxford - Hooray !!!!!. My youngest moves into his first home on I might get a bigger craft room LOL !!!! (I'll let you know if I get my own way)

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Starting to wind down......not !!

Morning all, a little late again with the blog.....and sorry that I've not been around for a while. I've been very busy with craft fairs, did 6 last week and have got 2 this week. 

My youngest is also hoping to move this Friday into his first home, so have been busy with him, sorting things out.

The customer who I had knitted the cat for, also asked me to knit a fireman. This pattern is a Jean Greenhowe design. I really like knitting her patterns, as the instructions are very clear and informative. I especially like that she tells you what the measurements should be when it's stuffed.  Anyway I just had to sew the helmet on, so took it with me on Sunday to finish off if I wasn't too busy (which I wasn't due to the bad weather !!). I took the photo on my phone and messaged her to tell her it was completed. She came down especially to collect it. She had a carrier bag with her......which contained wool, pattern, and needles LOL !! She had started to knit atThomas the tank engine jumper a few years ago and couldn't complete, so she asked me to do it for her. So now I've un-ravelled all that she had done and have started knitting again !! 

I will try my hardest to complete before Christmas for her if I can.

Still haven't written my Christmas cards out yet or wrapped my presents....but hopefully next week will be a quieter one !!

Have a good day/week if I don't manage to blog again this week.x

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Scented Tea-Lights.....

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

Here are some scented tea lights in co-ordinating boxes that I've made for my craft fairs. 

They smell fantastic, with lovely fruity smells. Makes my craft room smell wonderful as I'm making them. 

Did a craft fair yesterday at a Catholic college. Haven't done this one before, and it turned out rather well. It was well organised with tables clearly labelled before stall-holders arrived, with table cloths on them too!

Doing another one today, at a venue that I've done before. Hoping to have another good day, as people are in the buying mood now, with Christmas approaching.

Only 7 more craft fairs booked in this month, then I'll be able to sit back, relax, take stock and maybe make something for myself LOL !! I've seen so many things that I would like to make for me...but just haven't had the time. 

My youngest will hopefully be moving into his new home with his lovely girlfriend soon. So I will have an empty nest then......(feeling sad already !) ......  On a positive note.....part of his bedroom will then become my stock room for items not sold, but kept until next year !!!!! I'll soon take over the house !!

Oh Well must go now.....will let you know how I get on today. 

Enjoy the rest of your day x

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Orders Complete !!!!!!

 Morning all, hope you are all well and happy and on track to finishing your Christmas Shopping ( or starting !!). I'm pleased to say that I've done all my shopping now. 

Further more, I've just finished the last of my orders. A customer wanted a life-like toy cat. I found this pattern by Alan Dart.  He came up a little larger than I expected.....almost life size !! I just hope the customer likes him !!

Side and back views.

She also wanted another jumper, like I had knitted before, but this time with a "m" on.  All complete, ready to give to her on Monday.

I did another Christmas fair last night at a school, which went ok. Could always ask for more sales....

Doing two more at the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, so will let you know how they go.

Bye for now, keep warm !! x

Saturday, 25 November 2017

A Few More Batch Cards.....

 Morning all, did a craft fair yesterday and doing another one today. I offered a few "Black Friday" sales which went well. Hope today is just as good !!

A couple more batch style Christmas cards. I've kept them all simple and small this year. I bought this die from (Aliexpress) it was less than £1 with free p&p !!

I decided to cut it out three times in black card and red & green mirri card.

Then just mixed up the components to create 3 different looking cards. 
The small segments have the stitched design on, so team up lovely with my Sue Wilson Noble dies.
 These two, were created by using the Tonic dies directly onto the white card blank, and then adding a topper on top, and mirri card underneath.

Bye for now x

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Batch Christmas Cards......

Morning all, hope you are all well and happy. Here are some batch Christmas cards that I made a few weeks ago, but just haven't had the time to show you.

I've kept the design as simple as possible on these 6 x 6 cards.
This die was from the magazine Die Cutting Essentials.

Today, is the MAWTT Challenge. I'm really sorry but I have been so busy, that I haven't had the time to enter my design to the challenge. Please pop over to the MAWTT Challenge to see the other DT entries.....or why not enter a card yourself.....??

Have fun, and I'll see you all again very soon. x

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Panic Stations !!! .......

Morning all, I don't know where the time goes, but it seems to be going extra fast in my house at the moment !!

What with trying to finish orders, make extra things for my craft fairs, do the craft fairs and still try and do the housework, I don't know if I'm coming or going LOL !!

Very busy week last week. I ended up doing 2 craft fairs on Friday, straight after each other. One Saturday and one Sunday. 

I feel extremely tired, and i'm starting to panic a bit, as I don't think I'll get everything done in time.

I've finished making this Santa Cushion, which was an order.
 Now in the process of knitting another jumper for a customer. After a while, my hands ache from doing to much knitting, so I then have a break and do some crochet. I haven't got any orders for crochet, so I decided to make a couple of Nordic Gnomes. These are very similar to the gonks that I made a while ago, but the hat is much taller, and there are no arms.
Have another busy weekend ahead, as I've got craft fairs Friday and Saturday, and Monday. At least I'll have Sunday off in between this time.

Going to try and do all my Christmas shopping tomorrow with hubby. 

Hope you are all well and are more orgainised than me !!

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Herd Of Reindeer.......

Morning all, a little late with the blog today.....I've been a busy girl LOL !!

Here is an order that I've just completed. A friend wanted 5 reindeers....all different for Christmas gifts.  They are relatively easy to knit ...but still takes time to do. I must admit when I was on the 5th one I'd had enough of knitting them.

My friend would also like an initial put on each one, which I haven't done yet, as wanted to show them like this.

I've had a busy past week of craft fairs, doing them Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The beginning of them were great. Did really well Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Less Saturday and almost nothing on Sunday. The Sunday one was supposed to be a Christmas market, but there were a lot of tables selling jumble. I think it either put people off coming in, or if they came in they weren't willing to pay full price for my or other stall holders items. 

Nothing now until Friday. Then I've got Saturday and Sunday too. 

I was lucky in that last Sunday my lovely son and his girlfriend cooked Sunday lunch for me and it was ready when I got in.

......I might push my luck and ask them to do the same this weekend !!!!!!

I've started my next order so might not be around for a few days.

Have a good week and hope to see you soon xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Feeling a Little Blue !!!!!

Morning all, the title doesn't describe my mood....I'm very happy, although extremely busy at the moment.  I knitted this reindeer from a free kit in a magazine, and although I wasn't going to knit him in these colours, in the end i decided why not?. I must admit he would probably look good in browns and beige, but he will go on my stall tonight. 

I forgot to update yesterdays blog with the results of Mondays craft fair. Pleased to say i sold quite a few things, and took a couple of orders too. A lot of the people there, will be at the Christmas Market tonight, as it's being held in the same place, so I'm expecting to sell more ......fingers crossed !!

The local florist that kindly asked me to supply a few items, has sold a Christmas cushion, and taken an order for another one!! I'm going to have to knit and crochet at supersonic speed to complete all for Christmas LOL !!

Must dash now....needles wont wait for no woman !! x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Bauble Sweets......

 Morning all, last of the sweetie makes for Christmas. These plastic baubles are smaller than the ones I made for pets, at only 6 cm in diameter. I've filled these with sweets ranging from smarties, dolly mixtures, fruit drops, skittles, etc. 
 I used a glue gun to stick the poinsettia flower on either side of the ribbon. 

Yesterday's craft fair was

Next one is Wednesday Evening - which is advertised as a Christmas Market...fingers crossed for me !!


Monday, 6 November 2017

More Gifts....... !!!

 Morning all, it's back to school for all now....that means it's only about 6 weeks until Christmas !!!!

Another quick idea for a gift. I bought a set of 3 plastic Christmas mugs and have filled them up with sweets and wrapped individually for a quick and easy gift.

I'm doing a craft fair this morning, so will report back on how it goes tomorrow.

Bye for now. x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Santa's Trousers.......!!!!

Morning all.

A quick blog today, showing another make for the craft fairs. I bought these santa trousers on-line during the summer, with a few of making them into something fantastic........couldn't think of anything fantastic to do, so decided to just fill them up with sweets for a different selection box. I've wrapped them in Christmas celophane for more of a gift.  Cheap and cheerful gift - that are great for kids.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Christmas Gifts......For Pets.....!!

 Morning all, weekend here at last !! Hope you've had a good week so far. I'm still beavering away in the craft room, trying to finish things ready for the Christmas rush !!!!

I had bought these large plastic fillable baubles last year, and have never used them. I came across them, whilst looking for something else, as you do LOL !!, and decided to make them for pets. I've filled one half with dog/cat treats and the other side with a gift for the owners. The cat one has a catnip toy and a keyring, and the dog one has a light up keyring. I found an image on goggle of a dog and cat paw, which I printed out and laminated. Then added it to the bauble.
I've only made 3 of each of these at the moment to see how they go,but I've still got a few more baubles - just in case !

More things to show over the next few please pop by if you have the time. x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Something New....For Sale......

 Morning all, hope you are all well and happy and maybe, thinking about Christmas??????

I've been busy making these little gift sets. I bought the wooden crates as unmade, unpainted. Got Hubby to glue them together, as he had some wood glue in his shed. Then I painted and decorated them, in Christmas papers.  I decided to make a co-ordinating set of a notepad and cracker. 

 Here you can see the contents. I've added a co-ordinating pen, balloon, party popper, some sweets and a candy cane.

 The cracker contains a celebration chocolate. The sweets are jelly beans or smarties.

 I've made 15 in total ready for my Christmas craft fairs that start next week (I've got 4 next week !!). I just need to finish off the tops and make a gift card to attach.
Busy making more things and have started some more batch cards, but not completed yet, so will show asap.

Bye for now. x

Monday, 30 October 2017

Finished At Last !!!......

Morning all, hope you all had a good weekend, and that your week is going great so far.

I've at long last finished making 25 finger puppets. Everyone different. I made up quite a few of the designs in the end, and overall, am pleased with the results. 

  Set 1:- frog, pig, hedgehog, fox and owl ( i designed frog and pig)
 Set 2 :- dad, mum, baby, granddad and grandmother (i designed baby and grandparents - not too happy with baby - it should look like it's wearing a nappy with a nappy pin on !!)

 Set 3:- Father Christmas, snowman, penguin, white rabbit and reindeer (I designed them all apart from rabbit)
 Set 4:- lion, tiger, clown, dog and elephant (i designed clown, tiger and dog)
and finally set 5:- unicorn, octopus, pirate, witch and soldier ( i designed all apart from octopus). Not sure about unicorn !!

Will be giving to customer next week.....I hope she likes them !!

Bye for now. x

Friday, 27 October 2017

Hooray.....It's Friday !!!!!

Morning all "TGIF" LOL !!! It seems to have been a long week somehow, not sure why.

Here are some more finger puppets.......hope you're not fed up with them, as there's loads more to see LOL !!!!

The hedgehog and owl came from a pattern, but the frog I designed myself, and must say I'm really pleased with him.....even hubby knew what it was when I showed him LOL !!

This afternoon, hubby and I are going with my youngest to view his (hopefully) new house. Will be going with his girlfriend, and meeting her parents there. This will be the first time that we will have met her parents, so should be a happy occasion, will let you know how it goes !!

Haven't got any more craft fairs now until 6th have got time to get a load more things done.....

Have a good weekend. x

Thursday, 26 October 2017

More Finger Puppets.....

Morning all - more finger puppets, this time knitted and people, rather than animals. Again relatively simple to do. 

Hope you're not going to get bored looking at these.

For a change of viewing, pop over to MAWTT Challenge, to see the DT entries. The challenge is "add a charm". Unfortunately, I've been too busy to enter this month, but will be back next month.

Bye for now. x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Finger Puppets......

Morning all, half way through the week now. Hope you are all well & happy.

I've been asked to do 25 finger puppets !!

These are the first 3 LOL !! A lion, elephant and fox. I've used a pattern to do these and they are relatively easy to make, if a bit fiddly. I think I will try and come up with some of my own ideas to do other animals, that I don't have a pattern this space !!

Bye for now. x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Designer Jumper.......

Morning all. Another commission order today. I was asked to make a jumper for a little girl in purple sparkly wool with the initial "E" for Emily, which had to be in pink. This is what I have designed. I've laid this onto a white damp towel to "set" it and will give it a light press, just before I deliver it to the customer.

My youngest son and his girlfriend have been house-hunting recently and have just found a house and had their offer excepted !! Now the nail biting weeks of hoping it all goes through smoothly. When he first told me that they had found somewhere, my initial thought was "oh no empty nest syndrome" . I'm sure I will get use to him not being around.....I will certainly not miss the piles and piles of washing and ironing that I do LOL !!!

More orders to be shown tomorrow. x