Sunday, 26 June 2016

A busy week of planing and executing

Okay this week I spent a lot more time making products and some OOAK (one of a kind). I love to make OOAK mainly because I get bored with production line making and as I often use vintage embellishments which can never be bought again, do not have to worry about getting each piece the same.

Vintage Lady Silk Bag

I love crazy patchwork and whilst have done on the normal machine now have the embroidery machine which can do it all for me. This is an 8" X 8" square design, have added a vintage lady in photostitch embroidery to the front. One of the bag frames and handles from The Netherlands. These are glued as well as stitched in, as placed an order for some DMC Perle No. 8 thought this would look good as the stitching, which is more decorative.

 Victorian Reticule

Made in white cotton with a hint of silver glitter, with a machine embroidered photo
stitch vintage lady reading a letter, decorative scrolls on the top border. Loved making this again took ages but think worth it in the end.

Rose metal hearts

Picked these metal hearts up from Hobbycraft and being at a lose end turned into shabby chic beauties.

Next Project

Next project: Now this is a bit of a tease, 100% wool felt, threads and a bag frame, now what can I be making with these goodies. Not sure how long this will take as a lot of hand sewing, may be a few weeks before seen.

Silver Pendant Frames

Some pretty pendant frames again a hand stitched project in the wings.

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Have a wonderful week, happy crafting

Sunday, 19 June 2016

A week of not doing what I should have

Do you ever has those weeks when you have a 'To Do' list as long as your arm but end up not clearing anything off said list? Well that has been me this week, okay I did start and complete an order for 30 change of address cards plus a 70th Birthday card, not to forget a New Home card for Lee and I to send. So the things I ended up doing were not on the list but customers come first and the order came in on the 10th. Had to wait and see if a new number would be issued by BT before the main print of the cards but everything else done. The customer a long, long standing one as an old school friend and yes before you say it that was a very long time ago since schooldays but still stay in touch.

Visited the Guildford Means Business Expo at the Surrey Sports Park on Wednesday. Jenny from Women only Connected had a stall to try to get WoC out to a wider audience. Popped in and said Hello! had a chat to see how she was doing.

Not been to the Sports Park before and oh boy it is vast. Missed the Harlequins training at the front today as think they are down under. Did not think I was going to find the car park as hate roundabouts. Good job I went early as when I left the car park was full and grateful drivers were chasing down the leavers, lol. Even the overflow was full, very busy inside and a lot of business's represented.

Back to making downloaded a list of 'Day's' and found that Sister's Day is next, never heard of it but as have a sister thought would be churlish to ignore. Sometimes these 'days' may sound gimmicky but then again could be an idea to boost sales.

Selection cards and a lavender sachet

Same place next week and another busy week ahead but most of that will be spent sewing. Which means should have more to show and tell about next week.

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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Another week in the life of a crafter

As mentioned last week have a lot of decorating to do, primed and top coated the radiator cover, inside and out. Lee primed the tongue and groove. Then dissarster sttruck the Crown paint we were trying to use to cover the tongue and groove is rubbish, so thin even after 4 coats. Now all covered in white again and off next week to get our normal Dulux paint, stick with what works........

Anyway back to some crafting and Friendship Day gifts and cards, again one of those days that unsure whether works or not but in for a penny etc.

Friend bracelet, simply but a pretty gift to give. Ended up using felt as fabric just gave way under the outline stitching, now much stronger. Love the Kam snaps so easy to apply and all the colours are fantastic.

Some simple but pretty cards

Lavender sachet, this is an ideal small gift, perfect to hang in the car or on a wardrobe handle.

That is all for this week, going to the Guildford Means Business on Wednesday as Jenny from Women only Connected has a stand. Already registered must remember to print off my documents. Leaving Lee in charge of mutt, now that will be fun and games.

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Same time, same place next week. Have fun.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

A week of doing nothing

Yes you did read the title correctly. Have had the builders in putting tongue and groove  plus new doors in the hallway. Got making coffee down to a fine art, lol.  apart from the painting the hall is finished. Four doors, tongue and groove and a dado rail. Going to be mellow green on the tongue and groove, the doors remain as plain oak but stained with matt Sadolin. The dado rail, skirting and the top of the wall white.

I have not done any crafting as been baby sitting a whingy dog, he hates visitors as messes with his strict routine. Not that we have imposed him with a routine he has sorted his own daily life out and we have to work round him. Walkies, fun & games, snacks, naps, din dins more snacks and naps, then more snacks and naps ..........

Have been reading. Two books A Fowl Murder by Joanna Sheen, love her books based in Devon. Plus to top up an order with Amazon (must get free postage) bought the Mary Portas book 'Shop Girl' so far very interesting and have to drag myself away.

I get like this with books, so involved in the story line that everything else just disappears into the background.

Hope to get back into some creativity next week but then again the paint brushes may call me.

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