Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Knitting and Stitching show, show and tell!

Good afternoon and what a lovely afternoon it is, bright and sunny, blue skies, shame about the wind because without that it would be warm.  The dog and I had a good blast along the beach this morning after waving my youngest boy off to his adventure week with school.
He has not been away before so he was very excited this morning, I do hope he enjoys it and the weather stays kind to them.  From the forecast it looks as if the weather will certainly be better than last week, no snow!
It seems quiet here, my eldest is now on study leave for his highers but whether he is doing enough only time will tell.  The draw of electronics is great but he does seem to have taken over the dining room table with all his books.  We will know how much work he has done when he gets his results.

What you really want to know though is what did I purchase at the Knitting and Stitching show, isn't it?
I really did go for it, but in my defence I had been saving for it.
In further defence they are at least four gifts for friends amongst it all, we will say no more on that point as I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Firstly I got some wooden laser bits, I haven't decided what to do with them yet but the smaller bits I hope to use on some altered art canvases.  Another idea of mine!  I would like to learn more on the altered art front.

I intend on putting the large sign up on my craft room door, I was going to colour it but I quite like it in it's raw state, what do you think?  To paint of decorate or leave Au natural?

Now the top kit is for me but the other two are gifts so I don't want to give the game away.
I shall take a photo of them in all there glory before passing them on then I can show you at a later date.

Now to material.....

The beach hut canvas I just bought because I love it and I am thinking bags or bunting or maybe just stroking it on occasion!
The fat quarters are all for projects that I have in my head.  Again I am afraid I will have to ask you to watch this space on that front.  

Jewellery bits next....

I'm afraid there is a bit of a colour theme going on with this lot.  Can you tell what my favourite colour is?
I have a couple of kits top right, where you add beads into a net to make a necklace and bracelet, I had not seen this before so bought some more net and beads, next to the kits to make extra or give me flex with the kits.  I love the effect of the finished piece, the beads shimmer through the net, very pretty.
The couple of glass jars are to add to my unfinished Tim Holtz configuration box.  I made the box a long time ago when I demonstrated for PI, but as I wanted it to be personal to me, I just add bits to the boxes when and if I see them.  It is a work in progress.  The rest of the findings are just to top up my supplies.

Charmed I'm sure......

You can't go to a craft show and not pick up a magazine, I happened to love the amigurumi seahorse and crab pattern with this magazine so can't wait to play with that.  The angel wooden bits I found at the bottom of my bag after photographing the rest earlier.  I have some jewellery glue, some tiny wooden cotton reels again for my configuration box and then lots of charms to add to my stock. Things I haven't got.

Finally something I never buy some beauty products.

I do suffer with dry hands.  I don't think the soap at work helps but then I don't really have any beauty regime, I'd far rather be crafting.  A quick scrub of hands and feet with this scrub seems to do the trick, job done, quick and easy.  I had tried something similar at the SECC but not bought it, as it worked really well, I decided to treat myself this time.  

The tool on the left is a DermiEye tool from Opatra.  
Oh me, oh my they must have got me in a good mood that day I don't normally buy these sort of gadgets but I did haggle and get a very good price.  
It is supposed to reduce puffiness and wrinkles around the eye.   I have taken a before picture and am going to use it for a couple of weeks then we will see if there is an improvement.  I should have bought the gel too, but as I already had eye cream at home, I thought I would see how I got on with what I have first.  
The young Italian salesman was very complimentary, which I am not used to, let's just say I was putty in his hands.  A bit of a Shirley Valentine moment, I'm afraid to admit!
Both hubby and I suffer around the eyes with lines and shall we say bags (you know what I mean!).  
I am hoping that it will be good for both of us.  I have already noticed a difference, since not sleeping as much I have had a bit of a twitch in my right eye when tired.  I have used the tool morning and night since I have been home and the twitch has stopped!
It will be interesting to see if there is a marked improvement in a few weeks, I shall show and tell with you.

What a mammoth post today, sorry folks but you did ask.  Wasn't I naughty?
I better get some of these projects started. 
More from me tomorrow, I shall tell you all about the classes that I took.
I hope I haven't bored you all to death today?
I could hold a craft party around mine?!  :D


Jenny L said...

Hi Erika,
brilliant buys from your visit to Edinburgh.
That eye thing sounds wonderful.
Don't put yourself down we are all putty in the hands of someone that's compliments us.
Can't wait to see what you create.
I would have bought that Beach material even if I didn't sew as it looks so very lovely.
I have a beach theme going on in my bathroom, and have a toilet seat with a beach scene on it.
My friend says my bathroom is the only place she can visit a beach indoors.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Erika, fabulous purchases, the fat quarters look gorgeous, love the beach huts too. Mmmmm, putty in his hands!! and and Italian, I would be putty too. Well done on treating yourself, as they say"your worth it" and so you are.
Hope the little one has a fab time and great weather, Kate x

Carol said...

A lovely stash haul Erika....lots of diversity. Look forward to seeing some finished projects. Enjoy your little indulgence too, nothing like a treat now and then. Carol x

Cara said...

Looks like you had a lot to lug home with you. Love the beach house fabric, I almost stroked my iPad screen looking at it! Interesting about the eye tool thingy. I've had a twitch in the bottom of my right eye for a couple of weeks now, Mum insists it's because I'm tired. Might have to try waving a magic wand over it! Looking forward to the next instalment of your adventure. Cara x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time and why not too? You deserve a treat for all your hard work. Lovely mixed array of crafty goodies going on here, can't wait for the finished projects to be shared. The materials look gorgeous and I think the idea of a tote bag made from the beach hut one is perfect.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely to see what you bought. I love the sign and would decorate it. Interested to see the difference the eye tool makes, hope it helps.

Lau W said...

Oh fabulous !!! thanks to share with us ! Can't wait the things you will make with these fabulous goodies !
ahah love this mammoth post looool !
Big hugs, with sun, oh just fantastic !

Barb said...

Hi Erika, You certainly got some goodies - good for you. I'm glad to see you got the lovely rabbit kit. He's really sweet. I think you should definitely paint the sign. It sounds as if the eye tool is already working for you. Barbxx