Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Beading between birthdays.....

It was my daughter's 21st birthday yesterday and my youngest son's 16th birthday tomorrow so I took advantage of the peace and quiet today to  recharge my batteries with a spot of beading.

I didn't make this bracelet today, it was one I managed to make last week, one of my friends at work ordered it, although I was so pleased with it, I was a bit reluctant to hand it over!!

I made this one today, another order from work, love the colour, its so fresh and reminds me of summer - despite the rain lashing down outside!

I am having a table at a 'Ladies Night' at a local gym soon so thought it was about time I made some items to sell. Love the heart on this bookmark, would have been really quick to make but I had a spot of bother with the jump rings!

A set of wine glass charms, the beads don't show up too well, they have turquoise and pink with a flash of silver running through them.

I had better clear the dining room table of beads now, as its going to be another busy day tomorrow. Hope to squeeze in some more crafting on Friday!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Cot quilt for Elliott

 I've not managed to post much over the last week, as I've been busy finishing off a quilt I made for a niece who has recently had a baby.

The dark blue fabric was so cute I didn't want to cut it up and its such a shame as the design I was using doesn't show it off properly.
I've taken some close ups of the different characters.

Here's the finished quilt, I was really pleased with it, although I now remember why I prefer working with the thinner wadding.

It's such a shame I won't get to see little Elliott wrapped up in it as he's up in Scotland - unless I can wangle a visit......

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A bit of bling - a card and a bracelet

First photo today is a card I was recently asked to make a card for a lady who will be 89 soon.
 I've put the 89 on a circle to match the central greeting, along with 'Mum' on another circle for the person who ordered the card to position. 

I randomly stamped the images from a Hobby Art set, Floral Sketches, using Stampin' Up! inks. I covered the stamping with double sided sticky and sprinkled generously with glamour dust. This is a style I saw Jenny Mayes demonstrate at Newbury last year and is always well received.

The second photo is a bracelet I was asked to make when I took some of my beading in to work recently.

That's one of them, another 2 to make yet, one in turquoise and one in purple. I had forgotten how fiddly these are to make!

Off to make a start on one of the other ones now.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Happy Birthday Gary

Another birthday card today, 

I used the sketch from Sketch & Stamp and this cute image from LOTV, papers are from a paper stack I've had a while, think they are Hot Off The Press.

I wouldn't normally put red, blue, orange and green together but as they were in one of the backing papers thought I would give it a go.

Did the usual trick with the glossy accents, stuck my finger in before it was properly dry - don't look too close!

That's it for me today.


Beads beads beads....

I had a few presents to make lately so I've got beads all over my dining table, and at times the breakfast bar!!

Here's a couple of the things I have made. I really like these beaded lariat style necklaces, reckon I need to make a few more in different colours, especially as I am having a table at a Ladies night soon.

Some wine glass charms, a lovely idea I saw recently so thought I would have a go. Great for people who put their drink down and don't remember where!
The little silver beads are stardust beads and have a lovely sparkly effect to them that doesn't show very well in the photo.

I'm off to make a charm bracelet now, going to sit at the table by the french doors where the sun is streaming in - got to make the most of this lovely weather while it lasts.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Fab and Fifty

Here's a card for one of my friends who is celebrating her 50th birthday


I have used this LOTV image as we like to get together for coffee or even lunch from time to time! I used the sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp and am going to enter in into the LOTV challenge which is 'Warm & Cosy' as I think they look quite cosy! I am hoping the postman arrives soon as I've ordered some handbag charms and wanted to put one of those on their as she is quite partial to handbags!

Am off to sit in the sun now - indoors - its not that warm, and bead a christmas bauble or two to take to Gallery 77 where I am running a workshop next month.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

A new generation and a challenge card

We had some wonderful news this weekend, my husband's niece and her partner had a baby boy, he arrived on Friday evening weighing in at a healthy 7lb 10.5oz. Welcome to the world Elliott, wish you lived nearer so we could have lots of cuddles, will have to try and get up to Scotland sometime soon.....

Its been a while since I made any challenge cards but thought I would use this opportunity to take part in the Secret Crafter Saturday challenge which is
'Anything goes as long as it sparkles'

Here's a close up, is that sparkly enough? I used quite a think gloopy glue and when it was partly dry, I smudged it around to give it some more texture and make it more cloud like.


Sunday, 9 October 2011

Green beads....

Here's a bracelet I made during my blogging break 

The beads have been collected over the past couple of months - I just kept buying green beads so I've got enough to make another bracelet almost!

The beads are on wrapped loops, so a bit fiddly, especially when you're wrapping the last couple of beads as the bracelet is getting a bit heavy by that stage. Well worth the effort though, I took in into work and have got orders for 3 more. 

I love the movement in the bracelet, I will probably make another one in a different colour for me, with crystals or crackle beads.


Saturday, 8 October 2011

Sock it to me!

 Okay so not a very good start to my return to blogging - I've got so out of the habit of posting!

I bought a book about knitting socks after having browsing the craft books in Hobbycraft one miserable weekend last year. However I didn't find it very easy to follow the patterns so the yarn sat in my knitting bag until I was given a pattern by a friend (who funnily enough teased me mercilessly when I originally told her I was going to knit socks - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!) This pattern is so easy to follow so have filled my knitting bag with sock yarn - watch this space!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Time to catch up - Beaded Baubles

I've neglected my blog of late, although I have still been crafting and taking photos, I just haven't got round to posting them on my blog. I hope to update it with items I've made over the last few months over the coming days....

Let's start with a bit of beading - Christmas baubles

and I enjoyed making it so much I made one on a different colour way

The bauble is 4cm diameter but it used up a lot more beads than I imagined it would. I've stocked up on baubles to make lots more in different colours :)

Not so sure I like this new fangled blogger - suppose it will just take a bit of getting used to!