Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Not made by me!

Morning all and I've set this to post whilst I am at work, trying to be more organised!
Mmmmm.  I wonder how long it will last?
It's the 1st of October too, when did that happen?

Now this is not something I have made but something my Mum bought me whilst in Aviemore at the Harley rally.  These are made by a lovely lady called Kate with a lot of patience.
Why do I say that?
Well, these are made with jump rings, yep, I said jump rings.  All are attached together one by one.
Sometimes you've just got to appreciate the work involved in a handmade item and share the love.
Don't you agree?

I am not a religious person but just loved the work on this cross.  You need to get up close to it to appreciate how many rings are involved and the bracelet is just lovely on.
Check out Kate's website here at Dragonsmaille.
I'm sure you'll agree she make some beautiful jewellery.

More from me tomorrow.  x

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A wee progress report....hooking style.

Good morning and how are you this Tuesday morning?

I have a day off today and it's a beautiful day, my walk along the beach with the dog this morning was lovely.  The sun is out and it is warm enough still for a t-shirt.  #lovewhereyoulive
It was so nice I did even contemplate finding a nice rock to sit on for a while to enjoy the sunshine and view.  (Meet Scotland's answer to Shirley Valentine...."Hello rock!")
The only downside being, today is my only day off this week apart from Sunday, therefore I have a list as long as my arm of jobs and tasks to achieve instead.  This working lark really eats into crafty time! Even my crocheting on an evening has been slow.  My "staying power" is obviously weak with hubby on shift, work and all the usual everyday things to do, where does the time go?
It will be Christmas before we know it!

Today I thought I'd show you how slow my progress has been with my crocheting.

Only 190 left to make and then stitch together!  I might have to stitch and go I think.  The thought of having 196 to stitch in a oner is a little scary.  I think it might have to be a long term project especially if I am going to make some gifts for Christmas too.

I was also looking at patterns for poppy's last night.  Do I use one I've seen, do I use last years or do I make one up myself.  Decisions, decisions.  I have seen some beautiful ones on Pinterest but if I am going to do them again for Remembrance day I need it to be good but not too complicated.
I am drawn to the beautiful yet complicated ones....force of habit, but I need to get my sensible head on instead.
I mean look at this one....

Or this one.....

I would love to rattle these off but I know my limitations.  Don't you think it is stunning work?
Mine will not be as complicated because at the end of the day I shall be wanting to make as many as I can to raise funds for the British Legion again. 

I guess you can say I've got the next few months mapped out, now all I need is some willpower, more energy and a few extra hours in the day!
Catch you tomorrow.  x

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A wee giggle for the weekend.

Well, it would be rude not to have a wee giggle!
Hi, how are you?  How is your weekend going so far?
I can't wait to get home after work, have my tea and then chill out with my boys.
Whilst I am busy running around this morning I saw this funny yesterday and thought I'd share it, it made me smile.  Ever had this feeling?

Maybe that is why my room always looks like a bomb has gone off?  That's my excuse anyway.

Then I saw this stamp and really did giggle, although I have to say I would seriously scar my boys and the neighbours if I did this, not to mention how chilly I would be.  :0

Now there's a challenge for you folks!
I'm glad I'm at work.  Not something you'd want to Skype either!
Have a super Saturday and more from me on Monday.  x

Friday, September 26, 2014

It's that Friday feeling again, how about sharing an oldie with me?

Good afternoon, I did mention yesterday that I'd be posting slightly later today.  I've been into work with my goodies, wish I was staying today, one of the girls has even set up a chocolate fountain! Nomm.
Let's hope that the gang all enjoy the different nibbles today.
After popping into work I had a couple of messages to do and a bit of food shopping followed by my appointment.  It was a mighty fine appointment and a wee treat after all the extra hours I have clocked up in work, it was a hot stone massage!  Oh my how fine it was.  The only problem is I was going to spend the afternoon catching up on some housework but I'm to sit quiet and relax.  I don't need telling twice, although the blue cheese biscuits were so popular here yesterday I have promised to make more for the boys before they come home from school.  Compared to cakes they don't take too long it's just the cheese is a tad smelly!

Back to today and the oldie I am sharing with you is in honour of the Aberdeen craft retreat which starts today.  I did take a few classes at the retreat before I started with M and S but haven't made it for the last couple.  I'm sure all the ladies will have a super time as I normally enjoy my weekend at the Papeterie.  It is always a good giggle with plenty of banter from the regulars.
So to my oldie this was a grunge class I ran for the girls to make their own corsages.
They could either do A or B.

For this class we used Grunge paper 12 x 6, it is easier to cut than the board and just as flexible but still as tough.  The metallic stains used are Antique bronze, Brushed pewter and Tarnished brass, together with Hitch fasteners from Tim Holtz and brads supplied by PI.  The Hero art stamps sets are Layered flowers and  Big flowers pattern, great crafting staples, so to speak, I used them lots!
I have edged both flowers with Distress ink Brushed corduroy and to finish, shaped the grunge paper.  Girlie style!

I'd love for you to join me in sharing an old crafting project today, it can be anything you've made yourself.  
Please link to me here and leave a comment, purely for selfish reasons on my part, I'm nosey and would love to see your projects too.  I will visit all who do and share in a little crafty love!

Normally I would now wish you all the very best for the weekend but I remembered to photograph the goodies I should have shared yesterday, want to see?!

We have orange and dark chocolate chip muffins on the left and toffee apple muffins on the right.

In the brown bags we have American blue cheese and spring onion biscuits and cinder toffee in front.

These were to raise funds for today's Macmillan coffee morning at work.

It only remains for me to wish you all the best for the coming weekend folks.  I'm in early at work tomorrow, it's another dine in weekend so I expect it will be a busy one.  Then on Sunday I have promised my boys a trip to the cinema whilst their Dad is working.
Have a good one!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Did you guess correctly?

Good evening all, I was going to have a lovely post today with lots of yummies to show you.
I have been in the kitchen all day baking getting ready for our charity coffee morning at work tomorrow.
I have made cinder toffee, toffee apple muffins, orange dark choc chip muffins and American blue cheese and spring onion biscuits.
By the time I had put the finishing touches to the cakes and got things ready to photograph the light was going, which is a shame.  Plus I had to keep my lot away from all the lovely smells!
They hate it when I bake because it's usually for me to take elsewhere.
Well, I would eat it if it stayed in the house!

We really are heading into autumn now as the nights are drawing in, boo, hiss, with the joys of winter to follow.
I'm not fond of this time of year, darker mornings, darker nights and cooler days.
I'm a Spring bird!
I love the flowers poking through the ground, the lighter mornings and nights and the promise of better weather.
I will get my camera out in the morning before I take the goodies to work and share with my oldies tomorrow.

Now as to my question yesterday, did you guess correctly what I was showing you.
A couple of you got it right so well done guys.
It is a Rolls Royce Griffin rocker cover from a Shackleton aircraft.
My husband used to fly on this aircraft before the Nimrod, both now are no longer in service.

It's an old aircraft!

That's all from me today, don't forget to join me tomorrow in sharing an oldie.  
I shall probably be posting mid day as I have the goodies to deliver first thing and an appointment to go to late morning.  

Catch you tomorrow.  x

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Can you tell what this is?

Good evening, another busy day at work and music lessons galore this evening, keeping my lot busy and out of mischief.

Today I have a picture for you, for a change, this is a project my husband wants to do but I thought I'd share it with you.
Firstly can you tell what it is.....

He wants to clean it up and use as a base for a coffee table, I will keep you informed of his progress.
There is a big clue written on it but do you know what it is?
He seems to have been bitten by the same bug as me for reusing and recycling.  I think it will look fabulous and unusual polished up but will he do it?!

Don't worry I won't make you wait too long before I tell you what it is, how about tomorrow's post?

Short and sweet for me tonight as the GBBO starts soon so I shall be pouring myself a cuppa and getting out my crochet hook before sitting down comfortably and chillaxing.  Have a good evening. 
More from me tomorrow.  x

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bespoke time again.

Good afternoon all, how are you today?
A couple of you guessed correctly yesterday, I've always wanted to make one.  I did think once I'd made it I would love to do more but if stuffing certain parts of it is anything to go by I might not be doing another one.

I'm back from a short shift at work, boy it goes quickly.  I've just time to post here before starting the tea and today I have a bespoke card for you that I was asked for recently.
My brief this time was a gentleman who is 60, he comes from Montserrat, was in the Royal Navy and supports Gillingham football club.
This is what I came up with.

 I think that is all bases covered.  Don't you?

After finishing work today I grabbed a quick bite for lunch and then it was time to get the boys, since then it has been "mum, mum, mum."  I wonder why I don't get things done!
I'd like to get around to a bit of crafting later so I guess I better go and start the tea.  The sooner I start the sooner I will finish.

Before I go can you believe a customer asked me today if we had any mince pies!
Ho, ho,'s coming don't you know!

Monday, September 22, 2014

And now for something completely different.....I'm becoming a material girl!

Good morning all, how the devil was your weekend?
I had a busy day at work on Saturday and was shattered by home time, part-timers, you just can't get the staff!
I enjoyed a quiet evening in with my boys as hubby was on nights, finished off with a glass of wine, just for me, and a sleepover!
Sunday morning was spent packing for my afternoon crafty get together with my pals and ironing uniform ready for school again today.
I had a super afternoon crafting with my like minded pals.  For this occasion I took a kit I was supposed to do as a class a couple of years ago through in the Sewing room in Alford. Unfortunately Irene and I didn't make it through for the class due to bad weather and the kit has been sitting in my craft room ever since.
Can you tell what it is going to be, it is only half finished and the challenge for me now is to leave it alone till we next meet, so I can finish it with Irene, when actually I am itching, and I mean itching, to finish it now.

Can you guess from that picture?
How about this one?

Why is it with the second one I am singing "Ding, dong the Witch is dead" from the Wizard of Oz?!
That is not a clue by the way it's just the strange way my mind works sometimes.
It is a work in progress, as you can see, a couple of threads need trimming there!
I can't wait to get it finished.

Meanwhile back in the real world after a busy week last week and extra days in work again this week I better crack on with the less interesting things around the house.  I have an ironing pile from hell, crampons required my Lord!  (To climb that mountain!)  Not to mention the regular housework, boo, hiss!  In amongst that just to break up the monotony I have two trips to the dentist today!
Yes, I said two.  One myself at lunchtime and another one in the evening with my eldest, who is dearly hoping to have his brace removed, we will see.
That was a bit of good planning on my part, NOT!
I guess that will be my day in a nut shell, what have you got planned today?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I just want to drink tea, create stuff and take naps!

Hi folks and the weekend is upon us again.  I'm sure the weeks get quicker as the year goes on.
Today I thought I'd share this picture I saw on Pinterest yesterday, why, well, simply because after a busy week in work this sounds like my idea of heaven.

This is a download from Etsy, see here for more information.
One day when I get my craft room tidy and decorated how I'd like it.....maybe even as tidy as this one, I will get some lovely quotes like this to add to my walls.
I love it.
Mind you the likelihood of me getting my craft room even tidy is a tall ask especially in the run up to Christmas.
A girl can dream and wish that a magic pixie will turn up and tidy it for me.  Why?  It's no good me doing it I'm too easily distracted by all the yumminess!
If you craft too, you will understand.  :)

I am hoping to get a little crafting time tomorrow afternoon with some of my like minded pals, looking forwards to it.

For those of you who asked whether I was happy with Friday's result, I am.  It is purely a personal decision, I thought too many questions were not answered, it also means I get to stay in a place I love. Hubby might have had to move with his job.
There has been lots of talk on Facebook from both sides of the fence, happiness, sadness and lots more to boot, one thing I will say, take note politicians in London, this as a wake up call. Nearly half of this country is not happy about how it is run, now is the time to listen and make the changes you have promised.  Regardless of the result I think change will happen and if it doesn't watch out 'cause the people in Scotland are watching!
You have this opportunity to make a difference.

On that note, it only remains for me to wish you all the very best for your weekend.  Catch you with some more crafty fun next week.  x

Friday, September 19, 2014

Share an oldie this Friday.

Go on you know you want to join me in sharing an oldie today.

Now you must excuse me but as I am at work today, I have written this Thursday evening in preparation for Friday.

If you have been living on another planet the last couple of weeks you may be excused for not knowing of the momentous occurrence yesterday in Scotland.
We voted as to whether we wanted to go independent from the United Kingdom......quite a big decision with many, many questions unanswered by the politicians.
By now whilst you are reading this we will know what is happening as all the votes should have been counted, yes or no, no matter which way you vote there is one guarantee, at least half of the country won't be happy!
I've heard all too much over the last few weeks, "it's too close to call!"
Whichever way it goes we shall now just have to wait and see what happens and how things change.

Back to my oldie and in honour of Scotland today I thought a wee bit of tartan would be appropriate.

This is a real old post for me and was a Doodlebug house challenge at a crop I used to go to in Elgin.  I wanted my "wee hoose" to have a Scottish feel.
Mind you looking at it now there are lots I would do differently, but that is the fun of looking back at your earlier work.

Do feel free to join me in sharing an oldie today and don't forget leave me a message below so I can visit your crafty spot, sharing the love of all things creative.
I shall be making a cup of tea and parking myself down after work for a cyber wander!

It only remains for me to wish you all the very best over the weekend, I hope you have some crafting fun.  Catch you soon.  x