Saturday, 30 April 2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
I sorted the jelly roll into light to dark and the red fabric doesn't go with it at all.
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
So cold today despite a beautiful blue sky earlier. Thank goodness I'm off for another dose of sunshine in a moment. My light treatment is going well and I was given 2 mins 48 secs on Saturday so should perhaps get 3 mins today.
I've had a really bad back for over 3 weeks which has prevented me from doing certain things, one being cutting patchwork pieces. I played with this gorgeous stash yesterday and spent ages working out measurements for a particular design.
My plan is simple to begin with and involves sewing 30 strips together so no cutting til that's done.
Not sure how far I will get today but I'm off to the hospital now so will see what happens when I get back.
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
I seem to have several bottles of all different sizes and shapes. Many are from Christmases past and birthdays. Why I have so many is a mystery because I can only keep a few things I alter due to lack of space and bottles are not something I can send as presents through the post.
Yesterday I decided it was time to at least have a go with one of them.
I chose a green wine bottle, sourced a few bits and bobs and set to.
Monday, 18 April 2016
My blog is 8 today.
Cannot believe that. I had a look back at the posts from 2008 and some of the paper crafting I did back then, wow! What rubbish!
Anyway, this is the photo I shared on that day. My special pal Toby, my chocolate Burmese. Little did I know then that we would only have him around for another 8 months. Despite the years that have passed he can still bring a tear to my eyes because I so want to cuddle him.
I started my blog to celebrate him with bits of life and craft thrown in for good measure. Craft has since taken over especially as I wandered into retirement and all the wonders that threw at me. I try to do something 'craft wise' each day even if that just means planning or researching something and this year I have done my best to Blog more. So far so good.
Today I am going to bite the bullet and find a patchwork hexagon pattern to my liking, then it's a case of - watch out Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabrics, my scissors are at the ready.......
Sunday, 17 April 2016
After being quite poorly yesterday plus I couldn't have my light treatment because I got a bit over cooked on Thursday, I feel much better today, hooray!
The sun is shining too which always gives me a boost so I decided to get this lot out.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
I saw a quilt on Pinterest a few weeks ago which had a pocket at the front to keeps your hands warm. I just knew I had to make one for my pal Sylvia so I sent off to www.HomeSewnByCarolyn.com in America for the pattern.
Now you may remember that Sylvia is a very proficient patch worker so to make a quilt for her when only a beginner myself made me wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew.
Over 4 days last week I did this
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
After last months tag post, I tried to upload a replacement for Google Chrome on my computer as I have Windows XP on it and Chrome is already giving me problems with Blogger. I have an iPad and iPhone plus access to a MacAir computer, but linking still evades me. I've decided to post my April tag on my iPad and hope for the best.
I gave it a good go and tried to use my wood grain stencil to dry emboss some card, didn't work, so I reverted to using Distress paint through it in order to create the background. You can guess I don't have the new wood grain card stock. Actually, the effect, although not in keeping with a new technique, is still fab.
I more or less continued to Tim's instructions and produced this as my April tag.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
I couldn't find the photo of the card I sent to our friends for their wedding anniversary last Friday but have just discovered it on my Flickr account.
It's very simple but made using paint and a pen.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
I just had to have a go at another bright canvas if only to try and remember everything Karen taught me last Sunday.
Then, bish bash bosh, I ended up with this.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Monday, 4 April 2016
Well I certainly used mine yesterday when I almost flew my way to Harrogate for a workshop with Karen HAYSELDEN .
Never been to a class at Art from the Heart before so the whole day was exciting for me. The journey was good taking about an hour and three quarters. I drove there and hubby drove back. No holdups which on the A59 is an achievement in itself.
Karen was a delight, a true Yorkshire lass with an accent you could listen to for hours. Her attention to detail was quite amazing to watch and this particular canvas just spoke to me when I saw the class advertised. I was mesmerised by it and just HAD to learn how to create it.
Anyway, time eluded us on the day so I got stuck in today and this is my attempt at USE YOUR WINGS by KASSA.
Thank you Karen for your patience and for sharing your expertise. I want to make more now.