31 December 2011

A Monthly Make 2012

I've just signed up for this year long project, hosted by Annie at The Felt Fairy

The plan is to make one thing every month.  I can Knit, it crochet it, paint it, felt it, sew it, carve it, embellish it, play dough it, scrapbook it, stick it..... whatever I want.

I already have an idea for January so fingers crossed they turn out OK.

If you'd like to join in pop over and see Annie.  I'm sure she'd be delighted to see you.

A year of crafting

I didn't think I'd done that much crafting this year but it seems I did.

:: January ::   A Thomas the Tank Engine cushion for my nephew.

::  February ::  A felt heart for Samuel's girlfriend.

:: March ::  More felt hearts.  This time for Mother's Day.

:: April ::  I started sewing my 101 Granny Squares together.  This is still an on-going project!!

:: May ::  A Birthday card for my sister.

:: June ::  A scrapbook reminder to self that the diet starts now!!  Unfortunately I'll need to bring this reminder out again next week after over-indulging in the last few weeks!!

:: July ::  With fresh raspberries picked at the local farm it was jam making time.

:: August ::  It seems I wasn't crafty at all in August so I thought I'd show you my favourite picture of the month.  Samuel outside Notre dame Cathedral, Paris, France.

:: September ::  A bird badge for my sister to wear at a weekend scrapbooking retreat.

:: October ::  A card for my friend at work who turned the Big 40.

:: November ::  Time to crochet some Christmas tree decorations.

:: December ::  I'm still plodding away at my first ripple blanket.  It's going to be a lot bigger than I thought but I'll get there in the end.

So there you have it.  My crafty 2011.  I'm just about to sign up for something new and crafty in 2012 so watch this space.

30 December 2011


So what has everyone been up to since Santa came? 

We've been eating waaaaay too much of John's delicious cooking.
We've been walking the dog.
We've had the gas boiler man out to change a fan and ended up having 3 visits as their computer system went wonky and lost all our info!!
I've been trying to get Orange to fix my mobile phone which is only a month old.  No luck so far.
We've finally got the approval for Samuel's brace to be fitted.  4 Jan 12 will be a trip to Aberdeen.
I've been adding the finishing touches to my December Daily.  Still have a few to go.
John has cleaned the oven (good lad).
I've been adding a few more rows to my ripple blanket.
We've de-frosted the freezer and now don't need to shop for the next few months!!

I've made my Kindle a cosy cover.  I was going to buy one but thought I'd like a go at making my own.
Made with Heritage wool
and lined with lime green fabric (of course)

 and finished with a button from Paperchase which my Mum sent me months and months ago.

My Kindle by the way, although being the "Dark Side" of reading is brilliant.  I downloaded two books on Christmas day for the grand total of £3.68.

25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas filled with love and happiness.

10 December 2011

December Daily

I'm managing to stay on track with producing the daily pages, just not so organised at posting pictures every day.

Here's what I've I manged so far.  Apologies for the really bad scans.  It's not so easy to scan once you've already bound your journal!!!

Days 1 - 4

Days 5 - 8

I still have some sort of embellishment to put on the journalling pages but can't decide what to do yet.  Any suggestions?

8 December 2011

Power Cut

What do you do when the power goes off.

1.  Rummage through shed for camping lamp.
2.  Rummage through teenager's room for board game.
3.  Set up said game in living room near to gas fire and aforementioned lamp.
4.  Make tea the old fashioned way.  A pan of boiling water on gas hob.
5.  Drink tea, play game of choice and watch the teenager doesn't cheat.

It was a lovely way to spend an evening.  Teenager's comments were..."It was really nice to spend time with you!!!"  Mum's comments were."I'm always in the living room at night it's just you never notice because you're always on your X-Box!!"

The Monopoly (Star Wars version) is still set up in preparation for finishing the game tomorrow.  I hate to say it but Samuel is very good at it and seems to have all the properties and still have money left.  Where am I going wrong?

4 December 2011

December Daily

Instead of falling behind on Journal Your Christmas with Shimelle (like I did last time) I thought I'd have a go at December Daily by Ali Edwards.  My sister Ruth sent me all the templates to get me going but being a bit dim when it comes to classes I wasn't sure what to do with any of them.  I've since had a quick talk through with Ruth and am now following her lead when it comes to sticking paper to card.

I need to get my scanner up and running to show any pages I've done but here's the journal I made to put all the templates in. 
The papers for  inside are Basic Grey - Eskimo Kisses and when I've checked it out I'll let you know what the red paper is.  I bought it at my local Papercrafts because I liked the Reindeer but can't remember who makes it!!

Bloomin' Eck

My Clematis is still blooming despite the bad weather.