Saturday, 27 June 2015

A QUICK CATCH UP

I haven't been able to post on my blog for a while as I've been away and then doing 'catch up' before the next 2 weeks which won't belong to me.
Last weekend we went to the Weston Park model air show again. It really is a good show and well worth a visit. However, the front bit of the exhaust went on the motorhome part way down the M6 causing a bit of a nuisance. Hubby, being one of the most able men ever, did a quick patch up job on Monday  morning so we could get home. Our lovely next door campers also lent a hand.
Here they both are getting the job done using this
Of course it was empty!!
I took lots of fabric with me and cut out a few sewing projects to keep me going for a while.
I made a new Summer door wreath before we went away and though I say it myself, it looks lovely.
Must get that letter box flap re- painted!!
My garden is growing well but the cucumbers and dwarf beans are not. I've sown 2 packets of both so far and hardly any have sprouted. Those that have grown have been eaten despite the wool slug pellets surrounding them. I did manage to pick a few little flowers for a vase and am now cutting sweet peas.
Hopefully I will get my crafting mojo back. I am looking forward to a little crafty session next month with my step daughter and a lovely crafty friend. If I can I will post a photo or two when that happens, until then xxxx

Monday, 15 June 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015 - JUNE

Did I mention that I was a Tim tag winner last month?? I did, oh well I'm mentioning it again because I was so excited, even more so when after contacting Mario he replied saying I had won a $25 voucher for Simon Says Stamp. Yippee! A massive thank you to Tim for running 12 tags and picking my name out. On to this month's tag. It showcases both Tim and Mario's great love for Starbucks. The die is perfect for mimicking their coffee cups but sadly I don't have one. I began by trying to make a cup cake incorporating card, corrugated card and plastic. To be honest it looked such a mess that it's gone in the bin and I started again this time using my all time favourite die, Umbrella Man.
I managed to make my background by very carefully dragging 3 colours of Distress ink pads across the stencil. It worked and I didn't compromise the pads - result. The rest was simple as you can see and I made the umbrella with recycled plastic packaging, Snow Cap distress paint and a tooth pick! So cherish each day even if it's raining, but wish for sunshine along the way.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

I'M A WINNER BABY

Thank you Tim and Mario for picking my tag from May as one of the winners of 12 tags of 2015. I am so thrilled believe me.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

SCRAPS

After making 4 patchwork cushions for outside during January to April this year, I decided to use the material scraps to TRY and make a patchwork throw, also for outside.
I've 'problemated' over its design and construction for weeks making several grid drawings and copious notes during that time. However, despite all this attention, bringing both design and material together is not proving easy.
I took my ideas away with me recently and managed to cut a few bits of fabric but, needing to make 12 x 12" blocks, this is going to take some time. Today, I decided to bite the bullet and sew 2 of my blocks.
This is my first attempt, and the one below is my second,
I hope to make 2 similar blocks times 6 in order to end up with 12, these are the first of #1 design.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

WOW! SEE HOW IT'S GROWN

For me the most difficult part of having a perennial garden is 'patience'. It's quite alarming to see everything die back at the end of the growing season but so delightful to watch it all spring back to life again starting in Spring. This is my first time of seeing that happen.
These photos were taken on 21 December 2014 to show how it looked on the first day of winter.
and the above 2 photos show it on 21 March 2015 when Spring had sprung. Another month to go before Summer but this is how it looks today.
I am so happy with it and it's a delight to sit out there when the sun shines.