Friday, 29 June 2007
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
This is a candle tin I decorated for the centre manager - inspired by Stacey (casa182), thanks hun x. I used some free papers I got with a scrapping magazine, I rhink they are Crate paper. Added a couple of large blooms, and a button, and some organza ribbon, et voila!
Well, thats teachers gifts out the way until Christmas...
Sunday, 24 June 2007
Hopefully after tomorrow I can get back down to being creative whenever it takes me, well for a little while, as we go off to New Zealand on the 6th of July for nearly 4 weeks :) and I haven't even started thinking about packing....
The little bit of crafting I have been doing this week, is a teachers gift for Jemma's teacher. I bought a desktop flip over photo album from Au Naturelle, which has 12 6x4 inch double sided pockets. Just the right amount for a calendar. So I found some quotes about each month of the year on Quote Garden, and I have finally cut into my Karen Foster Calendar papers!! I also have a 7 gypsies calendar stamp set, which has been very useful too. Will post a picture when it is all finished:) If it turns out OK, I have another one which I will do for my Dad for Christmas!
I also need to do a couple of small gifts for Tom's 2 nusery teachers, and I thought that I could use some of the Basic Grey carry out cartons I bought the other week. I shall then fill them with lots of different goodies, and put some lush ribbons on the handles. Then 2 cards, and I am all done with teachers for another year!!
Which reminds me, I must make a note of all the birthdays and anniversaries I am missing in July, so I can get cards sorted for them before I jet off....
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
This is a paper bag book I did for my Dad for Fathers Day - I filled it with all of his favourites, from motor sport to kiwi fruit, books to music. I had lots of fun doing it. I used the Crate paper zoom range again, and the worded paper on the front cover is Creative Imaginations I think, but not entirely sure ;) Jazzed up the book rings with some ribbon, and did lots of machine sewing on the pages. Dad was chuffed to bits :), as were all the Dads I did gifts for this year.
Monday, 11 June 2007
And finally, this is one of my felted bags - I got the pattern from Cathy Z , when I saw what she had done I just had to have a go!! The wool used is Twilleys Freedom - its chunky and 100% wool, which you need to allow it to felt. After knitting it up I threw it in the washer on a 90 degree cycle, and it came out all felted!! I added some felt flowers, buttons and beads, and then posted it to my bestest friend (ever) in the whole world, Amanda, for her birthday a couple of weeks ago.
I have a few more of these bags in the pipeline, went mad on wool actually, but I have plans for all of them!!
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Monday, 4 June 2007
I am very honest in the fact that I don't class myself as being "original" - I tend to lift ideas or use patterns or sketches to complete my projects. I am not a designer by any meaning of the word, and do not pretend to be one. I have sold some of my cards and other crafty creations in a local craft shop, but it is on a very very small scale, I am lucky if I sell 2 or 3 items a month. I am not wanting to make a career or living out of my craft, it is purely for my relaxation and pleasure - the biggest kick I get from this is the response I get from recipients of my hand made gifts, that is worth more than any fame or fortune.
I don't spend alot of time crafting, although I am sure my long suffering hubby would disagree with that :P, and my craft room is the understairs cupboard...just call me Harry Potter!! Life gets in the way a lot, especially when Mark is away, so my priorities reflect that, and my crafting suffers...But it is not the be all and end all, as long as something creative happens sometimes, then I am happy!!