Saturday, 31 May 2014

A creative space.

Accessories sign from B&M

Moot set of drawers from Ikea.
I thought I would share my two latest additions to my sewing room. The first one is the gorgeous vintagey hanging sign, £3.99 from B&M. As soon as I saw it I thought ooo that would be fab to hang my scissors from and circle template rulers. Also it would fit perfectly in the space above my main work desk for easy access. At the time my scissor where in a jam jar on my desk. It comes on a ribbon to hang but I knew that wouldn't be surdy enough, so I got my brother in-law to drill two small holes either side of the writting and I screwed it to the wall. The second purchase was the "Moot" draws £15.00 (haven't got a call why they are so called but that's how Ikea describe them). I originally only wanted the set of 4 draws £9.00 but they where sold out so I had no choice really but to buy the set of six. However, I have made the most of the two extra draws. This purchase came about after I watched a you tube video "The Frugal Crafter" who advised that you should store certain pens horizontal. I have just invested in some of these pens (Copics and Pro markers) and they two where in a lovely fancy glass jar on my desk. These pens are not cheap and I obviously want to get the most out of them. I needed to find a way to store them horizontal but still have them on my work desk. So I googled, I searched the shops, I even nipped to a car boot sale last Sunday but no joy. Then I came across the "Moot" and the problem was solved as the draws where the perfect size to lie the pens flat and it was not to big to sit on the desk (which is really just a pine dinning table). I like the oh natural look but I have decided to paint mine so watch this space folks to see it transformed. Thanks for dropping by X:)

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Its all about colour.....

Flower Power.
Here is my completed top of Flower Power designed by my wonderful friend Janet. I was a such a lovely design to follow and I really enjoyed making it. I just need to pull my finger out and layer and quilt it. It is a really sunny quilt with lovely bright colours and a fab flowery boarder. I have used some colours that I rarely touch such as yellow, orange and purple. Its not that I don't like these colours I'm just never drawn to them. I am more of a pink, blue or green girl and the fact that I have two draws full of fabric in each of these colours is probably testament to that. However, to wear my favourite colour is red followed by black. Drop me a comment as to what your favourite colour is and I will pick at winner at random on the Sunday 1st June. He or she will receive a mystery prize X:) good luck all.  

Friday, 23 May 2014

Whimsical letters....

I have been waiting for three months for this book and oh boy it was so worth the wait, I love it. I got up this morning plonked myself at my desk and tried my hand at some whimsical journaling in my RED BOOK. This book was a project that began on the very first day of creative thinking and it is based on "The RED BOOK" of Carl Jung.  So it will come as no surprise when I tell you that my red book has all the ramblings of a creative crazy lady (me).  I love art journaling and I enjoy watching endless you tube videos of other artist and crafters making it all look so easy never daring to have a go myself.  However, along came the "RED BOOK" and I entered the world of art journaling. I thought I'd show you the two pages I created today by following some of the amazing tips and advice Joanne Sharpe gives in the book.

Monday, 19 May 2014

The wonders of Wales

Plas Y Newydd

Italian Garden at the back of Plas y Newydd

Beach huts at Abersoch

On the beach at Aberdaron


The entrance to Plas yn Rhiw
I have just come back from a fabulous four day break in Wales, we had a great time as well as the most glorious weather. Each day we jumped in the car and followed the coastal roads to where ever they would lead us and they did not disappoint. We stumbled across some gorgeous little alcove beaches, one being Whistling sands which is a national trust area.  The most quaint and idyllic little villages, it was just blissful. It was one of those holidays that I didn't want to end. 

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Free demonstrations.

Look what I made yesterday! I went to see the free demonstrations at Southport craft centre on Lord Street (which is one of my favourite shops).  Angela Puck the proprietor invited the very talented Karen Mackie to do free demonstration through out the day and I went along to have a nose. I was not disappointed, I didn't realise you could actually sit down and have a go at the demos. I spent a great couple of hours chatting away and crafting. Karen was so lovely and showed us endless amounts of things you could do with all different types of glues, glitter and beads. Needless to say I walked out the shop with several Pro marker pens and a few stamps. Well I really couldn't resist but I did restrain myself  (almost).

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Feeling rather Whimsical.....

FMQ May swap to Barbara.

This one is for Paige.
I have started my summer holidays by dusting my beloved Bernie and giving her a good run. Sunday I made several blocks for Flower Power quilt and this morning I made these two delightful fabric postcards. The first is my May swap for the group FMQ Postcards/sewgals and the second is for my niece Paige. I started to make and send Paige one a week when she started Uni but I did not manage to do this over the last month as I became bogged down with uni homework. however, now I have completed my first year (HOORAY) I intend to sew sew sew throughout the summer.  As you can see by these two cards I'm feeling rather whimsical. I adore watching you tube, people making journal pages, ATC'S or handmade cards I get lots of tips and ideas that I can sometimes incorporate into my fabric post cards. The penguin PC idea came from watching Linda Pearson making a journal page which then gave me the idea for Pages PC. I now have several other ideas so I will love you and leave you and get back in the sewing room and continue to sew.

Monday, 5 May 2014

The end is nigh.

Tomorrow I have to turn in my final pieces for Uni and then I have finished the first year. I feel I have done all that I can and what will be will be. Today I  decided I was just going to sew, sew, sew just for meeeeee. I bought some beautiful fabric from Dot on Saturday, at the Crosby area day. Elaine Humphrey's was the speaker, he quilts where simply stunning.  A great day was had by all, as always lots of chatter and laughter with great people. It is days like this that make me want to rush home and make a quilt.  I purchased my lovely friend Janet's block of the month pattern a few weeks ago, with the intention of making it during my summer holidays but I couldn't wait so I started it today. I have completed three of the applique flower blocks and four log cabin blocks. I have really enjoyed sewing today. :)