Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

WOYWW 433

BURN, BABY, BURN....

I haven't done a huge amount of crafting again this week as it's been rather full of life events! But as I promised to make a few little bits and pieces for my Weight Watchers class Macmillan coffee morning, I'd better get cracking....

So, the table is full of lovely bright coloured fabric - how gorgeous is that?!  I sorted out all my Christmas materials and am going to leave them out so I can pick and choose as the fancy takes me.

I took a couple of samples along to class to see if they were appropriate for sale. I'm down to the very last bit of that Orla Keily type leaf pattern, maybe two more tissue holders and then it's done. I've had that particular fabric for ages and have made a fair few bits and pieces out of it. Same with that hearts material, which is particularly suited to making glasses cases I think :-D

Another project was inspired by Pinterest:
I'm having a go at painting pebbles - after all, there is a rather good source locally! I put a base coat on using a tester pot and it's worked quite well - the pebbles were scrubbed really well beforehand and left to dry thoroughly. We'll see, it may a glorious success or be doomed to disaster!

I was away at the wedding of my niece this weekend (the second in a fortnight). Clare and Darren had got legally hitched a couple of days before so this was a blessing ceremony. They asked me to lead the proceedings, so with knees knocking, I did:
It was outside set in a woods and was completely magical. It all went well and my niece was so beautiful - a wonderful day. They're a great couple and I know will have an amazing life together xxxx

Outside the hall was a metal globe that had been laser cut with trees and animals - after the sun had gone down, it was filled with blazing logs..
We sat around for ages just watching the flames flicker, quite magical....

I fancy one of these for our garden!

Hope you all have a great week - keeeeeeep crafting :-D

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

WOYWW 432

ONE KIND FAVOUR...

Actually, this week isn't about asking favours, it's all about friends surprising each other with RAKs :-D  The best sort of week, don't you think?

But first, the desk:
The scraps box is out again!  I've got a tutorial on the ipad on how to make cathedral window pin cushions - the last one I made was for Shoshi and that was a good while ago. I'd forgotten how to do the folding and ironing fabric origami bit so had to refresh my memory. You can also see the C*&%^$%£*s stockings I'm making for the Knit Stitch and B*tch charity stall - they're all sewn up but now comes the tedious bit of seam clipping and turning out the right way.....

Halfway through! This is for my mate Helen who needed a new pincushion as her cat Molly ate the last one (bet THAT litter tray was interesting!!). Helen loves spots so these scraps were my choice. It was nice to be able to surprise her with this...

as Helen had given me some jars of chutney, spiced jelly, lemon curd and carrot cake which she'd entered for a local show. I love getting cast offs if they're like that, lol!!

Some other lovely unexpected things that arrived this week were:

These beautiful roses from Sandra, a friend who came to stay recently. Gorgeous colour!

And a card and some buttons from Julia! She'd noted that my button stash had diminished and so shared a few of hers - thanks mate, they will definitely be used! It was just fab to receive these unexpected gifts :-D

Do you remember that I'd been dragged to a new shop last week? Well, I did buy a few things, it would have been rude not to....
Some more buttons for bunting and two pieces of quilting cotton. I thought they could be used for Christmas/Hogmanay double sided doggy bandannas! Or something else, see where my fancy takes me....

In the shop (which was very good btw) were a few quilts displayed on the wall - I loved this one and could think of a few deskers who would like to take this home:
It was the first ever quilt made by this lady - I think she's found her talent, don't you? The central panel was bought in the US and the other colours bought to match from this little shop. Brilliant isn't it? I wish I possessed the necessary patience.....

Have a great week everyone - I hope that any deskers in Florida are safe and well xx

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

WOYWW 431


                                       COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED....

Hello! Sorry there was no post last week but I couldn't join in as (a) I hadn't made anything and (b) was away and couldn't return comments. But I'm back and raring to go :-D


Yep, it's bunting-time again. It's for friends of mine whose beautiful new granddaughter made an appearance a few weeks back. There's an a and an h...could be so many names but it is:


Pretty name, huh?  I decided to go all pink and girly as Charlotte has two older brothers and I thought her mum would like a bit of frivolousnessness.


I got all my buttons out to pick a few and have noticed that I'm definitely down on the spotty ones - oh dear, I may have to go shopping ;-)  My mate Helen was telling me about a new shop that sells yarn and fabrics - ooops, a double whammy!

I've been away at my niece's wedding up in Stratford upon Avon - it was a lovely family event. On the way up, we stopped off in Tewkesbury - it was the first time we'd been there and we loved walking around. There were lots of ancient buildings and charming shops but the thing that made me hoot was this:
Lolol - telling it like it is, huh?

We were walking down the beach a few days back and saw something a little way off... we thought at first it may be a whale or dolphin carcasse that had been washed up but when we got closer, found it was a tree trunk about 20' long, absolutely smothered in these:




They're Goose Neck Barnacles and are not normally found off our coast so goodness knows where this came from! They were interesting but obviously starting to die off unfortunately as the air was quite pungent.


It was an amazing sight - you just never know what's going to get washed up on our beaches. One of the perks of facing out to the Gulf Stream coming across the Atlantic, I guess!

Have a good week :-D  xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx