Sunday, 28 November 2010

sew much to make .....

..... sew little time!

I've had a very creative weekend (yeah, I know - same old, same old) ..... but today I am exceptionaly proud of myself.  I'm not a natural "sewer" but when the mood strikes I can rattle of a mean bit of bunting, which I did yesterday for a friend at work:

However, today I excelled myself which, given my limited sewing skills, isn't hard!  I wanted to make an apron and, after spending hours on the internet without finding an easy, free, downloadable pattern, I decided to draw my own.  So I did :-)  then I cut it out from my chosen material, sewed it up, undid a few bits a few times and eventually I made a rather sweet apron!  It's taken me a while and it's too dark to take photos today but I will share it with you soon if you promise not to laugh!

I also made these little beauties over the course of this weekend:

A book for a friend to give as a Christmas present.  I've totally fallen in love with Cuttlebugs embossing folders, especially the paisley one:

And, behind the drag curve, I've discovered Nestibilities ..... I think all my photo mats will be made this way in future!

I also made a word book which is a rather lovely mix of lilac and turquoise (not grey despite how it looks in the photo):

And, I was lucky enough to feature in my friend Joy's blog - she's taken loads of lovely photos of the baby book I made for her granddaughter.  I had so much fun making this and I'm thrilled that she likes it (and looking forward to making two more as soon as I get a moment!).

Sunday, 14 November 2010

almost a .....

..... MISI meet up

At the Landsdowne Arms on the 13th November, raising money for Help for Heroes.  Lots of lovely stalls and several lovely MISI ladies ....

..... Jean and Janice - Talking Beads

 ..... Mo - Mornie G Jewellery (that's Mo, opening chocolates that she made us eat!)

..... Rachael - Rosy Tint

..... and me

It was a lovely day, and a great chance for us to chat!

And, look what I picked up for Otis .... 

A fab bandana that Rachael made .... isn't it cute?

Sunday, 7 November 2010

it's beginning to look a lot like .....

..... craft fair time!

After saying I wasn't going to do any, somehow I've signed up for five craft fairs over the next month.  The first is on the 13th Nobember from 11-4 at the Landsdowne Arms and is raising money for Help For Heroes.  There are several MISI ladies attending with a fabulous range of handcrafted goodies including beaded items, jewellery and knitted items and it would be great to see you there! 

Want to see some of the things I've been making to sell?

Snowballs ... well, mint imperials actually.  I''m a blog junkie and I've fallen in love with the "rudolph spares" and "pumpkin poop" packaging for sweets that I've seen and thought I'd give it a go ... I wanted something Christmassy and couldn't find anything that would suit a red nosed reindeer so plumped for snowballs instead!

Word books .... cut with my craftrobo and then decorated with hand embossed paper.

And explosions boxes ... old favourites that I've rediscovered.  Made with stunning DCWV papers from the Mango Frost range ... lovely, even if I do say so myself!

And, you ask, what has that lovely puppy of yours been doing whilst you've been slaving away over a hot desk?

Relaxing of course!

I do hope that you can make it on the 13th - should be a great trip out with some lovely crafty finds!