Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween!

I love this time of year and the Halloween season although I have to admit I haven't made anything at all this year to celebrate Autumn or Halloween!  I did cut out a load of leaves to colour a couple of weeks ago but they are still in a bag somewhere! Oh well, I am still enjoying running through the leaves and throwing them about with my youngest - there are some things you never get too old for aren't there!

The children are still enjoying taking sweets from this gravestone that I made a couple of years ago, so I thought I would reshare it:



Hope you are all enjoying the half term as much as we are in our house!

Thanks for looking - Feeling slightly spooky from Solihull

Monday, 27 October 2014

Back to blogging

Thought I would get myself back into the habit of blogging again - I have been doing lots of crafty stuff recently but just haven't been turning on the pc which has actually saved me such a lot of time to spend doing other things, particulary reading! think I have read 17 books since and during the summer holidays!, but now the weather is turning I have decided to get back into the online community and be a bit more social!

Way back in July Bernice and I attended a lovely fabric tag class at Bramble Patch and these are the tags I made:

They were all going to have eyelets set in them but I struggled putting the first two in and decided life was too short to carry on and do all 7 so I used Tim's hangers instead 

I was also going to ink all the edges but I am unsure of the middle one that I have inked so have left the others as is  - they now all hang on my birdcage in the craft room for inspiration.  We were taught by the lovely Angie Hughes and had a fabulous day out - I recommend Bramble Patch for classes to you all, this is my third one there and I have enjoyed everyone (even when I managed to somehow sew my machine foot to Santa's pants! could only happen to me eh!).

In September my lovely Mom turned 70 and we had a big do.  She wanted no presents but I obviously couldn't do that so I made her this quilt:

she was delighted with it and it now has pride of place on the back of the lounge settee!  Talking of which I now have managed to source the last three balls of wool needed for my crocheted blanket for in my lounge so I am busy getting on with that at the moment.  I also went to the Malvern Quilt Show on Friday where I purchased two lots of material to finish off my sons Rocket Age quilt and a Christmas quilt and I am also trying my hand at a Christmas redwork picture (needed a new hobby!) which I started immediately on Friday and am already about a fifth of the way through.

See its still all go here, have done lots more too but don't want to overdo the blog post!

Thanks for looking - in a Stitching frenzy from Solihull

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

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Thought I would join in again this week as I have finally done some papercrafting!  This was done yesterday and this is still the state of my craft room this morning:

The advent box is going to be a class at my next crop and is the first bit of papercrafting I have done for a few weeks as I am so busy crocheting at the moment.  The little snowman is to go on top of the box too but he was just precariously balanced there against the paints whilst his glue dried!

If you would like to go and have a nosey at lots of crafters desks to see what others have been up to - its a very sociable and inspiring pastime! - then pop over to Julias and join in the fun.

Thanks for looking - still got glue on my fingers from Solihull

Sunday, 7 September 2014


I have started crocheting a blanket to drape over my sofa!  Always wanted one.

I wasn't sure whether to go with a whole mix of colours using up all my spare wools or for a trendy tonal one.  Of course then I couldn't decide between blue (my go to colour) or brown (would go with my sofa) and then when I walked into Stitch Solihull last Thursday and saw these colours all sitting together I knew they were the ones.

I got the pattern from and it really is very easy (I only taught myself to crochet last year and I am managing just fine and am even joining them as I go to have minimal stitching upon completion! get me!).

Just in case you can't tell the blanket is actually made up of hexagons - here is my sample one:

I only bought the wool Friday lunchtime and I have done all this since then and believe me I haven't just been sitting crocheting but I did have a busy Saturday - lunch out with Mom and Dad (to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary!) plus shopping for an, erm, new sofa that hopefully this new blanket will still go with! (being grey I think it will be ok) and also reading the very first Wallander book - see as usual it's all go here!

If you would like to make your own I recommend both the instructions and the lovely Bergere De France Aran wool - if you are quick it's on offer at Stitch Solihull for £3.50 a ball during all of September - I bought 10 balls which hopefully should be enough.  Anyway that's it for now I am off to make another hexagon and then start the second Wallander.

Thanks for looking - hexagonally happy from Solihull

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Hello everyone, Gosh it seems such an age since I joined in with the weekly snoop at crafters desks over a Julia's.  Probably because it is really - I seemed to be spending far too much time online looking at blogs, pinning or gaming that I took the decision to drastically reduce my pc time as I wasn't getting anything else done!  However after a nice long break I am back and raring to go!

Here is my desk as of last night:

Not the most exciting but I wanted to join in and it is what it is eh!  The cards on the left are table settings for my Mom's 70th Birthday lunch next week which are plain and simple but as today is another day they will probably be all inked up by lunchtime!

Anyway that's it for me now, thanks for visiting and I will hopefully be round to visit you today too.

Back into Cardmaking from Solihull.

Ooooh I have just looked and the last time I joined in was week 204! where on earth has 70 weeks gone??

Monday, 1 September 2014

I'm back!

Hello everyone, and thanks for bearing with me.  Have had a big break from blogging and have been spending the last few weeks catching up with friends and family and just generally having a very social time!

I have been doing quite a bit of crafting still with lots of sewing projects getting completed (and started), some knitting projects done (mainly blankets for the homeless this winter) and I have also tried to teach myself to water colour with re-inkers to no avail so I will be sticking to using distress inks and promarkers from now on instead!

I have also been busy making some you tube videos so if you want to have a look they are here: I would be grateful for any feedback.  There are just three beginners videos at the moment although I do have some more indepth ones lined up once the children go back to school tomorrow.

Hope you are all well and thank you for visiting - relaxed from Solihull.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Collage composition week 2

Week 2 of Claudine's Composition for Collages workshop was all about horizons - I was still having printer issues but obviously wanted to play along asap so I knocked out these three pieces - all 7"x5" so I can mount them onto cards if I want to at a later date - they really didn't take me long at all but its more the process of understanding horizons rather than spending hours creating (like I usually do!) - hope you like them:

Yes I know the car is far too big but I wanted to use it!

Simple inked bird on a branch - brick wall is Tims die matted over a tea dye inked strip - the Happy Birthday banner is just to break up the wall and isn't actually stuck down at the moment! If I use it for a card then that will probably be done in a different coloured ink.

Yet another Christmas scene - never too early to start Christmas stuff in my opinion!  Loving my new Victorian Carollers die (can you tell!).  Just wish I had placed her a bit further in before sticking!

Have now sorted out printer issues so hopefully my new few pieces might actually be collages!

Thanks for looking - off to teach a scrapbooking class at Hobbycraft - whoo hoo - from Solihull