Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Another lot of weeks gone by, where does all the time go to?
Well this week has been another get together day, with moi as host, so no one who knows me will be surprised to know that we made mini books, from file folders that M didn't know he had lying around, well I hope he didn't know, as he now has quite a few less than he did before we started transforming them! The idea came from Cloth Paper Scissors and as is usually the way, all turned out differently, and of course, gorgeous! Then before we knew it, time bet us and it was 4.30 in the afternoon. Not bad from a 10.30 am start lol.

J did exceptionally well as she is not a paper crafter and was totally chuffed with her book, so much so that she even brought it to our textile class tonight to show it off! Hers is the one on the right using BG Periphery papers. L by this time had darted off to collect children from the school run, so her book will have to be shown another time.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Another Sad Day

Today was another sad one here, our remaining cat Billy went to the vet for treatment for a sore on his back that would not heal any other way than surgery. Sadly he had blood work done and was found to have feline aids, so went to sleep.

Sleep well Billy, see you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Neeps and Beeps

Mr Tesco has a LOT to answer for!

The other day we were there for the clothes sale, I didn't get much in the way of clothes, but did get three trays of reduced price beetroots. Now I do like, beetroot, don't get me wrong, but three trays? What was I thinking of? So it was off to my trusty preserves book to see what was in there. Well lo and behold, there was a recipe for pickled turnip with beetroot, so this morning like the domestic goddess that I like to delude myself that I am, a pickling I decided to go (having acquired baby turnips yesterday).

I will report next week as to the success or failure of this project, if I don't get arrested for suspected mass murder in the meantime. Beetroot stained hands will be hidden in pockets in public for the next few days!

Oh, the title of this post? I was telling Dolly Traybake about this enterprise, and she misheard me!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Sleep well Jones.

Sad day today, after 14 years we had to have poor Jones put to sleep today. The list of what was wrong with her was longer than the list of what was right.

She came to us as a bedraggled scrap of nothing one day when M was at an auction in Belfast. Considering where this auction is, and her love of climbing into vans to be nosey, we were sure that if she could speak, she would have spoken with a Scottish accent. She had to have a lot of help from the vet to become a happier cat, and it took a long time for her to settle down, losing her family must have been a trauma for her and we didn't expect to have her for long, but eventually, settle in she did.

She was a funny animal, with believe it or not a sense of humour, she could be typically aloof one minute and your best friend the next, and of course as I was the one who was allergic to her, it was always me she chose to try to sit on!

Sleep well puddy cat, see you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Friday, March 04, 2011


Not like me at all is it? Hey ho! Better later than never :)

This week I was not at home at all! In ever sense, I have been out in the glorious weather we have been having. Who knows how long it will last so best to make the most of it. Now anyone who knows me even slightly will know that my sewing skills are legendary, for their absence, so I went on an Introduction to Textiles workshop last Saturday and had a ball! Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? I got a basic grounding in embroidery stitches, discovered the joys of dissolvable fabric, made Suffolk Puffs and watched some very talented ladies work on Crazy Patchwork style wall hangings. I have had a veil lifted from my eyes! So much so that I have been buying fabric and I even purchased an embroidery hoop, I didn't need to get embroidery thread as I have a lot of that already, (I use it for crocheting flowers with) so please feel free to be amazed. Now all I have to do is remember the things I learned and go from there :)
This is what I came home with. Not easy to see on this small picture, but the velvet ribbon is held in place with a variety of stitches, and the Suffolk Puff flower has been beaded in places.

So back to WOYWW. This week we were at a friends house where we swapped twinchies, papers, spiders web (?) not sure if that is the right name, and I was on the receiving end of a crochet gift set and some knitting that had been started but never finished :) We did actually make a project too, which of course I have not photographed as yet, but I will. Sort of serendipity with tissue and mulberry papers on a clear pyrex style plate, I even used pink and purple papers! Amazed? I am!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

On a Cold and Frosty Morning..........

And then the sun came out and just look what happened!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Second post of the day!

Not because I forgot to add this picture, but I was getting all confused with adding extra pictures!
I mentioned a while ago about the crazy socks I made, and had forgotten to take a picture of, well L was a good girl and brought them with her when she came to play yesterday and even posed wearing them!

So drumroll please, da da! THE socks!


Another week has flown in, and here we are at WW time again. NO not THAT WW, I don't like 4 letter words, my Nan always said that using four letter words were bad, so Work Desk Wednesday is the only WW that I will recognise (weight Watchers and, dare I say it........diets, I refuse to acknowledge)

This is my work desk this week
and this is why!

Having friends round to craft on a Wednesday was I thought a good idea, at least I would have something to show and tell :) So the first picture just shows the mess that three people can make :) The second shows J perusing CPS, can you believe that she has never before come across this magical publication?
Last but not least, L is doing what L does best, reducing scraps of paper into cuttlebugged lovelies!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Lordy I have missed so many of these, but better late than never!

OK, What can be seen today, I sound like the woman on Playschool, which window will it be today? lol Must be the rectangular window as that is the shape of the door to enter.

Tow projects on the go on that desk, Valentine-ish cupcake cards and a wedding album (no 3) from Nephews wedding, when I run out of ideas for one thing, I change seats and have a go at the other! Yes, I really do use both tables!
These are the cards that will be used in class tomorrow night, as you see, sorta Valentine-ish, but for anyone who either does not "do" Valentines Cards, it can just as easily be a sweet Birthday Card. Had to use the Moomin stamps as they are a bit like Marmite, either you love 'em, or you .......... don't! I am in the latter.
Also very busy making things to send to people in the PIF I have joined, one person so far has received their gift, and what a wally! I forgot to take pictures! As soon as I can get hold of her again, I will get her to model her crazy socks for public viewing :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Couple of Cards :)

Seeing as I have actually found my craft room again, I have been making it messy again lol. I forgot to take my camera out to take pictures for WOYWW, so the results of my days playing will have to do for now. I was messing about with embossing powder resist, and, even if I do say so myself, I like the results! The stamps are Creative Expressions Party and the swirls are from the set Fuschia. Then of course my beloved Distress Inks :)

Quite "girly" for me, so a bit of a shock when these lovelies sort of materialised on the desk!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Post Christmas Blues

We like a lot of other people here in good 'ole Norn Iron suffered burst pipes, power cuts and other niceties over the Christmas period, but we were luckier than some in that we do have a generator so we did have power, our water supply was only cut off for one day, though we did have reduced pressure for a lot of the time, but the worst for me was the burst pipe.

It could have been worse........I suppose, it was in the barn and not in the house like a lot of people had, but in the barn! My workroom is out there!

Craft stuff was brought into the house to be worked on, yep, crates filled, lugged into the kitchen to be disgorged onto the kitchen table, used then packed back into the crate, where of course it does not all fit back into! Then lugged back over to the workroom to be disgorged onto the table over there as it was too cold to stay there and put it all away again. Result, now the pipe has been fixed, I have spent this morning over there "tidying up".

The table looks worse than it did before I started! Too ashamed to post a picture.

Why, oh why did the powers that be make me such a messy pig!?

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Pay it Forward 2011

I promise to send the first 5 people who comment on here, a handmade by me item.

All you have to do is comment then send me your address and sometime during 2011 I will send you an item made by me, just for you :)

I joined a PIF on Facebook and thought to myself, now what a nice idea that is! So decided to do it here too :)