Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 21 February 2018



Thank you to all those lovely deskers who gave me such lovely support for the card making last week - I really appreciate your thoughts and input. I have really enjoyed playing with colour in a different way.

There's lots of potential in this week's post - that's a posh way of saying that I'm pondering over a lot of stash but haven't made a start on anything yet!! :-D

Margaret Glitter&Glue was telling me all about her church's amazing work with schools in Uganda - she makes bags to be given out to children there. Well, I have quite a lot of fabric in my stash so thought I'd like to get rid of some in the nicest way possible.  The box on the left contains the furnishing fabric, whilst the right hand one holds the linings. Since this pic was taken I've cut out quite a few bags but will show you next week.

Ah, there are some real old favourites there, brought from all over the UK. If I see a fabric I like I buy it, simple as, you just don't know if or when you'll come across it again. We're only talking about a metre or two, more if it's a seriously good bargain.  I'm quite ruthless and unsentimental about using these, I don't hang on to things for long (with the exception of Mr LLJ of course!!)

Talking about Margaret, she did add to my fabric stash last week:

Beautiful fat quarters from a craft show, with some lime I got in Hobbycraft.

Some pieces from her stash - glorious stuff!

And some lush ribbons - they will ALL be used Margaret, have no doubt!

Elizabeth (The Silver Scrapper) had promised to send some papers for my card-making attempts and it turned up a couple of days ago with a beautiful card. They're really funky papers, thank you!! I'll enjoy using these!

Everyone has been asking if we felt the earthquake that was centred about 30 miles away - NO is the honest answer!! G and I were walking on our special beach when it happened and we didn't feel a thing or hear anything. Friends of ours thought a bus had crashed the noise was so loud - maybe the sand changed the frequency of the shock waves, I don't know. Or maybe we were concentrating too hard on watching the amazing land and kite yachts. 

Just breezing along the tide line - it was fun to watch. All those birds in the distance are Oystercatchers, there seem to be loads of them on the estuary at the moment, obviously lots of shellfish and worms in the sand.

Two having a race with the Gower and Worm's Head in the background. Perhaps we were too distracted to notice the earth move - if ya know what I mean!! :-D

Have a great week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 14 February 2018



Thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog last week - I'm sorry that I didn't manage to do return visits to everyone. Will try harder this time!

Well, I don't honestly know where to start.....only kidding, I know many of you want to see pics of Margaret Glitter&Glue's visit :-D  We had a lovely time, Margaret is so lovely, easy to get on with and funny...we chatted a lot, had some laughs and she was so helpful with breaking me in to card making!

This is Margaret last Wednesday evening, helping me sort out the amazing stash that had been sent to me by Shaz Silverwolf, Annie C and Crafting was less daunting once things were sorted!

There - that's better!

Thursday morning... and after a failed attempt at taking Margaret for a beach walk (far too windy and rainy!) we settled down to a card making lesson for me, whilst waiting for Ali to turn up. I think you can tell that I'm not finding this easy! But I had a very good and patient teacher....

..and once I got into it, I rather enjoyed it. But as I was saying to Julia, it was just assembling stuff as opposed to the proper techniques of stamping/die cutting etc. I know that's a step too far for me.

I discovered the joys of vellum - I loved these flourishes and flowers Shaz, really floated my boat!

And before you knew it, I'd made four cards.....

and then another four using bits from Crafting Queen and Annie's selection

I found matching the colours very easy, it's something I love doing, but the perils of double sided tape and teeny tiny pearls were taxing :-D

Margaret sat and just got on with it and before you say anything had made all these for my WI! She's so clever...

And then Ali turned up!!
It was lovely to meet someone who you've 'known' virtually for such a long time! Needless to say, after lunch, we got straight down to the onerous task of crafting and's a hard life eh?!

Ali also very kindly bought me some useful supplies:

Papers, cardstock, card blanks, tapes and thoughtful Ali, thank you very much! I've already made inroads into it all!

It was interesting to hear about Ali's crafting and what she gets up to and her machine (I forget the name of it sorry) that she used for embossing looked like a little handbag with bling on! Very cute.

We had a lovely afternoon - there's nothing nicer than getting together with crafters! 

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018



OK folks, another photo heavy post coming up so the text is pretty much limited to captions so you can whizz through it really quickly. I'm really excited today because Margaret Glitter&Glue is coming to stay for a couple of days and Ali Wade is coming over for lunch tomorrow as well - happy dance!

Right, the desk yesterday:
My mate Helen came for a cuppa and catch-up. I couldn't have her sitting there doing nothing (!) so she made pom-poms to attach to the charity beanies. She's a good lass :-D  

We had a lovely morning nattering and soon all the hats were sorted (apart from the top right, we just couldn't find a matching yarn for that one!)

The desk on Monday:
Some new purchases, material that I'm going to make something with and the finished masterboard bag.

I've got a project in mind but can't tell you what yet! Watch this space.....

The finished craft bag - looks a bit wonky but it's ok in reality!

And then there was last weekend!  If you're bored by now, feel free to dip out!!

G and I had a lovely weekend in Bath - he was attending a creative photography course at the Royal Photographic Society there (a birthday prezzy from me) so whilst he was doing inventive things I met up with Julia!

We found this AWESOME haberdashery stall in the Guildhall market - it started at one end with yarns, then moved into embroidery, then ribbons, buttons and finally into paper crafting supplies. It must have been 20 metres long.

It just went on and on and on........

I may have bought a couple of items :-D


And then we found the leather stall!! Oooh, they had some wonderful stuff there all made in the tiny little workshop behind that door to the back:

There were lots of leather bound books to fondle (and sniff!)

Including a suitcase full of tiny little notebooks in leather and tempting.

And giant perspex spheres with gorgeous journals in - very Harry Potteresque!

But this display of tools on the back of the door is what really appealed:

Different leather working tools for a variety of jobs and each in their proper place - we both liked that a lot. Needless to say we were so busy chatting, laughing and generally being rude that I forgot to take any more pics of me and Julia - hopefully I'll have some photos of Margaret and Ali next week.

I am sorry about these long posts, there's just so much to share!! 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018



This is a photo heavy post today but there's quite a lot to share! It's been a fun week with visitors, lots of chatting, a nice meal out and some different crafting.

First, the desk:
There's a lot going on! The hare bag at the back was fun to make, I broke into some Virgin fabric and am determined that my stash is going to get some serious bashing this year. I found the fabric masterboards that were made a couple of months ago and am going to make a craft bag out of these two.

The bag turned out ok, the stripy fabric I bought from Dunelm went really well with it.

These need a good iron first! I've found a grey and white heart fabric for the lining and hopefully I have enough fusible fleece to iron on for extra oomph! I really do like the colours in this, it was a fun way to use up some odds and ends of fat quarters.

The generosity of deskers continues! Anesha (Crafting Queen) sent me these papers - they're brilliant and will cover a wide range of card topics. Thank you Anesha, I really appreciate you putting these my way - they'll be ever so useful!

But there was another desk this week! I'm making table decorations for the 1st Birthday party of my WI Group in February and Janet, the Treasurer said that she had some crafting bits and pieces and would like to help. So I tripped over to her place last week:

...and found that she has quite a lot of crafting stash too!! She likes scrapbooking and had a goodly supply of paper and equipment - we had a lovely afternoon drinking tea, chatting and making paper flowers!

Janet used her Cricut to make these flowers with some crinkled spotty tissue paper for the insides - they're so pretty!

Whereas I went for the concertina folding and then crinkling of tissue paper to make others - honestly, these were so simple to do but really effective (my sort of crafting!) There are many tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube if you fancy having a go. These were meant to be peonies....

..and these were smaller and looked like carnations.

Janet had a machine that you're probably all familiar with but was new to me - boy did I have fun making leaves!!
It's a bit like a tube of Pringles - once you pop, you can't stop :-D  I've bought florists wire and tape so these will be wired on together with a flower. We're using recycled tin cans with hessian wrap and ribbon to put the flowers in..I hope it works ok. I'll take a pic when we do them.

And that's why I have two boxes of pretty flowers on my sewing table. They make me smile!

Have a good week everyone xxxxx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018



It's been a week of getting back to normal - well, as normal as is possible in this household!  When the weather has allowed, G and I have been walking more, trying to get our stamina back to pre-lurgy levels, I returned to both bands (and literally was all puffed out at the end of the rehearsal!) and we had a lovely family visit at the weekend. So, it's been a good seven days.

One of my WI friends became a great grandmother for the first time last week, so I thought I'd make some named bunting for her new GD. Anwen is a pretty Welsh name!

Pretty pastel colours make me smile :-D  It's all wrapped up now and ready to give to my friend Gwen at WI this afternoon.

Someone else on the desks was knitting with this yarn last week and it reminded me that I had a spare ball lurking in the stash so I've just started a new ribbed beanie. I always tend to make this style when the item is destined for charity as rib hats tend to fit most size heads. This is a win win project for me - I adore the bright colours and the chunky yarn knits up so quickly, which satisfies an impatient soul like myself!

I popped into the Range in Carmarthen a couple of days ago in order to buy some tissue paper for a project that I'll share next week. Of course, while I was there, a couple of 'essentials' also leapt into my basket :-D  The stripy box is to keep all my cardboard templates in order, the little bows get used a lot for personalised bunting and there is a roll of double sided sticky tape - my first ever - because I'll need it for the tissue project but also with these:

Some more crafty bits and pieces arrived through the post, courtesy of Annie C. I can't believe the amount she sent and am incredibly grateful. I know Annie was having a good clear out of her craftroom anyway but am still bowled over by her generosity. The WI will be having some amazing cards!! Janet, the Treasurer, is a scrapbooker so she is going to help me get started with making cards - we have a few crafty sessions to arrange!  Thank you Annie, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

WOYWWers are the BEST!! It's a fact.

Hope you all have a wonderful week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

WOYWW 450 (150x3, 50x9, 90x5, 30x15, 45x10, 450x1, gosh, this is a good number to play with!!)


Sorry about breaking your heads with the WOYWW number in the title today!! Please feel free to add some more number calculations, I love 'em :-D

The song lyric today reflects the wonderful and generous nature of our lovely deskers! I became birthday card organiser for my WI recently (another thing I got 'volunteered' for...!) and wanted to cut down the cost of buying them. So Julia passed on some card blanks to me, then Shaz Silverwolf gave me some of the results of her clear-out and much much more:

Opening the jiffy bag was great fun but my goodness Shaz, you were generous, thank you so much for the thoughtful colour selections, something to please everybody. I'd better get some glue.....:-D  And the lovely Annie C said she'll post me some of her stash clearout too - wonderful and thank you so much. It will all be used!! Watch this space.....

My stash clearout continues too:

It's no good having fabric sit in the wardrobe huh? So I've got some out to have a little play with and see if I can pass some RAK love on into the universe.

Soft tones but nice to work with.

The knitting has continued too:

I've had this wool for AGES but never knew what to make with it. Then I found a Half Fisherman's Rib pattern (though which half I'll leave to your imagination!) It's easy to do, the perfect TV crafting.

Hope you have a wonderful week everyone and enjoy your crafting xxxxxxxxx