Thursday, 10 December 2009

More of our Christmas..............

............ my stuffed snowman display, these are just the cutest things I've ever made!! They are from a pattern from the Tilda books by Tone Finnanger - take a look, I dare you! LOL......... this is where I got the BOOK from. Totally cute!!

I also did this one for my mum

And our tree - it looks small here but is 7 foot! The picture on the right is a cross stitch I did a few years ago before I started papercrafting & comes out every year together with another 3 very large ones of Santa!

And a couple more bits, a little tree ornament that I got from our trip to Germany last year - from the 'real' Christmas markets, the angel on top of the tree & a 'NOEL' which stands on our unit in the lounge.

Right, I'm off blog surfing now & then a bit of craftroom sorting before I get started on my Christmas cards tomorrow!
Thanx as always for visiting my cyberspace & leaving your comments - they're very much apprieciated!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Some photo's I promised.................

...... first of all I'd like to introduce Baby Paul - how cute?

Then I would like to say Happy 2nd Birthday to our beautiful Grand-daughter Olivia Rae

It was on the 28th November but we celebrated again the day after she arrived back in the UK (2/12)and Henry was there too to help blow out her candles!

Next meet Gracie Anne, she's a spindle doll i've been making over the past few months - I think I'm gonna alter her face tho cos' she's not very attractive with that one!!LOL

Next here's the neck warmer I was telling you about, I decided to give this one to Natalie as an extra birthday prezzie, since then I've made another for myself which is exactly the same & very warm too!

I've also been doing a bit of scrapping lately, mainly at the crops I've been to and a few pages for the January kit over at Sarah's (some sneak peeks below)

This first one is done with American Crafts Junior, Henry with his granddads bikers helmet on - just had to scrap those pics!

An older photo of Olivia which I've scrapped a couple of times before!! LOL but I do love it! I took inspiration for this one from the wonderful Kiesha Campbell's fabulous pages - I used AC Letterbox here & some embellishments from my stash!

Henry dancing his socks off one night - you know that mad half hour they get before bed?? He's such a show off when he knows you're watching!! LOL
I used the fab Nikki Sivills Henry's bbrilliance range for this.

And lastly, a photo of Olivia on the run in the park near where she lives in Germany, I just love this pic & how she looks in it! I took inspiration from one of Jen Jockish's pages for this one - another of my favourite scrappers!!

Here's my sneak peeks for the January kit from Sarah's

Yet another great kit that you're gonna love if you are a subscriber and one you'll miss out on if you don't hop over there and give these gorgoeus kits a try - you won't regret it!!

Gosh, this is a long post! I'm making up for NOT posting often! LOL
Before I go I thought I'd let you see a bit of 'our' christmas preperations -

Well that's me for now, I'll be back very soon with more photo's of our christmas & almost definately more of Olivia & Henry!

Thanx for coming to see what I'm up to, see you soon, love

Saturday, 28 November 2009

New baby in the family!

Welcome Paul Daniel, born 28/11/2009 at 16:53 wieghing 8lb 7.5oz and totally gorgeous!!
Congratulations Bec, I'm so proud of you hun!

Been a busy day here so I'll post a bit more with photo's of baby & crochet tomorrow!

Thanx as always for popping in love

Friday, 27 November 2009

Oooooops!! ............

...... I really didn't mean to leave it so long!! Sorry! :)

:( My beloved sewing machine decided to die yesterday :( so today I took it to a shop to see if it could be fixed - oh yes the nice man said! :) £56 for a service & then whatever for any parts!!!! :( :( it was obvious it was gonna need a new shuttle case.
OK quite expensive - 'so when could you do it for me?' about 4 weeks he said!!!!!! what??? ...... I couldn't live without it for that long - I've had a sewing machine since I was 9 years old and use it quite a lot these days!!!
Anyway, I decided to treat myself to a new one :) :) :)

This is it & it's the best I've ever had!!
It was more expensive than the repair of my other but well worth it, it stitches like a dream & has a cool function that is gonna be so good for me - you don't need to use the foot pedal!! it works with just the touch of a finger so it's gonna save loads of leg/back strain! BRILLIANT!! Also it will get a full service from the shop every single year of it's life - what more could you ask for?
I've been busy playing tonight & have stitched all the pyjama's for my Xmas snowmen - which I was in the middle of yesterday!! Oh and Mick said he will pay for it for my Xmas prezzie - what a guy eh?
I'll take photo's when they're finished and also of the neck warmer I crochted thru the week ............. yes Sarah I've finished it & love it!! ............ think I've got the bug back after years of not doing any crochet!! - I'm blaming you for that one! :D :D

Right I'm off for now, need an early night cos' I need to do lots of Christmas stuff tomorrow & I've got a crop on Sunday!

Be back as soon as I get chance to take pics!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Wanna win a fab e-voucher?

...... here's the deal:-

pop on over to Sarah's Blog and get the details of a fab sketch challenge going on there!
All you have to do is create a layout using the above sketch, take a photo, link it in the comments OR send your image to the email address shown & be in with a chance of winning a £10 e-voucher to spend in the online shop HERE
There's some gorgeous goodies in store right now, with new lines arriving all the time!
So what you waiting for? ............... GOOD LUCK :)

I'm really tired tonight so I'll pop back some time tomorrow & update with a few more photo's!

See you then, Love

Sunday, 15 November 2009

What wonderful friends I have..........

.......... Kath & Elsie are so lovely! I went cropping with them yesterday & the gave me this little miss .........

While I was away with the DT last weekend they attended a class to make her & instead of doing their own dolls they made this for me! I was so shocked & delighted at the same time! I love her & my friends!! Thank you!

Here's what I got up to last week at the retreat .........

This was my one hour challenge layout - Sarah chose my photo's & three papers which I had to create with, I scrapping under pressure (and it was a bit of a rush for such a 'bare' page!!) but I'm pleased with the result!

This one was quite a quick page to do, I used the lovely Lilybee 3 little birds Accent Rub-ons - gorgeous!! and embelished with some old SEI epoxy essentials. Love these photo's of Olivia!

Again I used the Lilybee papers & rub-ons, I added small brads for the little birdies tummies here (much better in real life!) and also used machine stitching to add a bit of texture.

I wasn't very happy with this page last week so altered it a bit & added another to make it a double page spread at home! I used the gorgeous Basic Grey Lemonade papers, embellishments & doilie papers and a bit of hand stitching.

And finlly as promised, here's a couple of photo's of the houses I've been altering lately for christmas.............

These are so much nicer in real life, they are covered in fine very sparkly glitter but it doesn't show in these pics!

Oh & before I go I'd just like to show you another project I done a couple of weeks ago ..........

This is a wall hanging that I did as a practice before I start on a full sized quilt. I've never quilted before & didn't want to throw myself right into such a huge project!! LOL I love the 'querkiness' of this little angel, such a cute little thing. Did you notice the fabric? It's Basic Grey Figgy Pudding - love it!!

Right I'm off now to watch I'm a celebrity! I'll be back tomorrow to upload a couple more LO's that I didn't get chance to photograph today with this awful dark weather!
Thanx for visiting!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

OK, as promised ........

......... a few photo's from last weekend!

Sarah & Lianne, what wonderful ladies eh?
Thanx to them we had the most fabulous weekend, in the most lovely place, with amazing views, delicious food, fantastic company & tons of inspiration to boot!!

The rest of the DT, Vanessa, Rachael, Sarah, Rachel, Lianne, Tracy, Lou, Cal, Nat, Jen and Sarah (Gerties) arm & shoulder .............. I'm behind the camera! :)

From another angle!

A fun one taken at the back of the barn & including Sarah (Gertie), again I'm behind the lens! :)

And finally, our Oli, he's such a cute little guy, handmade by the very talented Gertie and fostered out to Cal.

Right that's me for now, I'll upload a few pics of what I created while there tomorrow, oh and I might take a few photo's of my christmas houses that I've been making too!

Thanx again for coming to see what's happening in my world, it means a lot!