Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Sophie's Tree and Decoration

Sophie's Pink tree and first handmade decoration.


Monday, 24 December 2007

Birthday fun...

This is the pretty bit of my supermarket birthday cake. Did not really have time to make one and my icing would never be as good as this.
A group of us went out for a posh restaurant meal, booking anywhere at this time of year is amazing. We were the only ones , it is a lovely small restaurant with oak beams etc. It was really good fun. Lots of laughing, eating and wine.
This was an unusal and cute present from Kirsty (Quilt)

This is HAPPY and there are more friends like this at http://www.momijishop.com/ would make a very unusual gift. There is a slot in the base for a secret message to be placed for the receiver to read.

My hubby gave me this which I think that I will take with me when we go and visit friends in Norfolk for New Year. Somthing nice and relaxing and hopefully improve my knitting as well.

Sophie chose a lovely flower necklace for me which I have not had a chance to photograph but I will next time.
During the afternoon we went for a walk at a National Trust property and in the gift shop I found this...

I think this will make for an interesting read and it will be good to see what methods could be applied to today's life but for environment/recycling reasons.
Happy Christmas Eve..
Take Care

Friday, 21 December 2007

Holiday begins here....

I have tried to make as many cards this year as I normally do and have not really managed it. I have given out about 10 and then had to rely on shop bought. I think that starting in August next year might not be such a bad idea. I am starting to think about ideas for early next year as well.
Anyway, I am now offically On Holiday... yippee. I am really going to try and catch up on some sewing over the next two weeks, I have a couple of birthdays in the New Year so little coin purses might be on the cards. Today we are going to take Sophie somewhere a little Christmasy.
22nd December... Too tired to finish this last night, sorry.
At the moment hubby is out scouring the area for my birthday card, big day is tomorrow. Going out in the evening with a small group of friends to a restaurant while Sophie sleeps at Grandparents. I am not sure what to do during the day itself, maybe get wrapped up warm and go out for a walk with my camera and Sophie's bike.
We have just been outside to finish decorating the playhouse...

The fairy lights are switched on even though they are not very clear. Had great fun doing this and Sophie is very pleased with the chimney that Daddy made for Santa.

I really like making things with felt and it is a good material for children to use. I noticed in a much earlier post that I was going to feature some felt ideas then promptly forgot. These are some of the ideas I have been thinking about. I saw this teddy in Crafts Beautiful magazine some time ago. I enlarged the pattern, added some embroidery and put Sophie's name on it. I think that I shall be making some more of these.

I have also had a little go at making some felt decorations. They did not turn out too badly so I took the idea to work and some of the younger students had a go.

I really like the dove and I want to make these bigger and in a range of colours.
Below are just some of the decorations that the youngsters made

Good aren't they? Will definately do this again next year.
Have a good day and happy cooking, wrapping or shopping...

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Farewell Gift

I thought this photo looked a bit Christmasy. Took it when I was getting to know my new camera a few weeks ago.
The Clothes Show photos are in the pipeline, but because sillybilly here left her camera on the coach I am relying on others and time has been chaotic this week.

I was astonished to see that it was nearly a week since I last wrote a post and delighted to see that the hit counter has suddenly shot up plus regular comments are left. I love getting these and thinking that others put time aside to write them. Thank you.

Right, what have I been doing? Well I finally gave in and went to the Doctor's who gave me some antibiotics and an inhaler (which threw me for a second, never had one of those before.) Due to records it is suggested that asthma is being triggered by bad colds which is why my chesty cold has lingered so long and why I feel completely shattered. Keeping an eye on that one. Damn nearly choked myself when I tried to use the inhaler the first time which resulted in my husband and I laughing, sounds odd but you really had to be there. Much better at it now and it is starting to clear.

The post title is related to this...

An order for a fabric book cover which is to be given as a leaving present for a collegue at work. These are becoming a bit of a tradition at work and I shall be making more to go on my website.

The covers are used to hide the dull diary covers that we are given. I handmade the cord and embellished it with beads which unfortunately do not show up very well in the picture. It is lined with lilac cotton fabric. It is all wrapped and ready to go.
I have added a tutorial link to the blog which I hope to add to in the New Year. I also have a website under construction which I have not touched in over a week due to felling rough but it is getting there. Stretching those grey cells a little bit too. Gave up with E-junkie which is a pity as I hate walking away from something.
Got a lovely email from Recycle2art, (see margin for link) and she has asked if I would like to feature some of my work on her site. Talk about grinning from ear to ear, that certainly cheered me up and I will be following this up. I will let you now when I have sent the details etc.
Also been trying the join craftyblogs but I am stumbling at the point when I have to enter in a username as it is saying that it does not look like the image? What image for goodness sake?... Anyway I have had two nice emails from a chap called Simon and I am going to try again tomorrow.
Well I seem to have rambled on a bit here so I shall sign off and head off to my bed.
Take care all
x x x
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Thursday, 13 December 2007

Clothes Show Live

On Tuesday I got up at 2.30am and took a coach load of very excited girls to The Clothes Show Live. Luckily the excitement was controlled as many fell asleep on the way to Birmingham which was the aim.

The rest of the day flew by with out any real incident, even the missing handbag was found even though it will have to be sent back from the NEC. To find it in a venue of that size was a small miracle.. Will try and post some photos soon, but due to worrying about the tickets, the girls, the coach etc I managed to leave my camera on the coach. Great.. Got to bed that night just before midnight. A 22 hour day, a cold that will not go away and general tiredness has nearly finished me off. This afternoon was Sophie's Nativity which was brilliant, typically funny and got some good photos. So what am I going to do? yes that's right tomorrow night I am going to my work's do and staying over-night in the hotel when really I should be tucked up in bed with a Lemsip. Why oh Why does nothing happen for weeks if not months then everything happens in one week.

A Christmas Hat was suddenly needed for Sophie for school.. What do you think? Not bad for a very panic striken 20 mins is it?

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Christmas is coming...too fast..

The tree is up, the lights are in the garden, Sophie's playhouse has lights on it and a chimney, my hubby is busy writing cards and nearly all of the presents have been sorted out. Can't stop I'm on a roll back later. Like the wreath? Made it last year, taking it in to work hopefully someone will buy it as I have several more and they take up too much room..
If you have never seen the DVD 'Polar Express' do try to because it is a good film for Christmas, Sophie is watching it now and loving it.
Back tomorrow hopefully.
Clothes Show trip on Tuesday and have to leave at 4am heavens what was I thinking...
Bye for now.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

A Christmas Fayre, a lost voice and purses...

Well, where has the week gone?
Last Friday Sophie and I went to her school's Christmas Fayre in the early evening. it was raining and blowing a gale. Sophie's umberella kept collasping around her ears which was quite funny.

We found several nice little books including this one...

it is by Gail Mahan and was printed in 1967 by Hallmark Cards in USA. It has delightful pictures which are typical of the time it was printed and then little sentences such as this..

"A little book to open
when you're alone,
and nobody's looking...

Full of praise for all
you are and do,
when nobody's looking...."
thought that was cute.. We also saw Father Christmas and now have yet another small teddy bear to add to the collection.
The following day I had an Embroiderers' Guild Christmas party where I recieved my first card. We were all asked to embroider detail to various letters which will then be made into a title banner. I was given the letter 'i' which I finished and gave in on the day. Then I started the letter 'g' which I brought home just to finish off..
Poor light does not really show it off very well but I think you can get the general idea. Must send it in.
Then this week my ever lingering cold has jump on me again and I have succeeded in losing my voice for the second time in 6 weeks. Roll on Christmas, I could do with a rest...pleeeeease...

Today my students completed their little zipped coin purses which we only started the previous lesson. I am just waiting for the carabiner clasps to arrive just to finish them off. It is based on a tutorial featured on U-handbag. Link in margin.
I have made about seven variations of these coin purses including one in velvet which I am pleased with. I want to add another idea to the front pocket and the zip with the next one. I will post some of mine next time but I think the above have turned out well considering they had not made anything like this before.
Well I'm off to collaspse in front of the TV, write come Christmas cards and maybe some sewing if my eyes can focus on it.
Best wishes to you all.
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