Saturday, 30 July 2011


It was my birthday yesterday and so I treated myself to a visit to Pinnacles as it was their 30% weekend and it started yesterday. I had two friends who wanted to go with me, so I ended up going twice as one could only make it in the morning and one in the afternoon! I was very restrained I thought (mainly because I have ordered a couple things off QVC this last week).

Tomorrow my older son is taking me to the shop to treat me, so I am looking forward to that.

Unfortunately I cant play with my new crafty things as I damaged my hand with the dog lead (it whipped through my hand as Phoebe made a beeline for a couple badgers who live nearby). No ones fault but I am left with some burns so my hand is wrapped up to keep it clean while it heals. managed to work today but had to be careful I didnt knock it.

Only pic I can add right now is one of the stash I got yesterday

Hoping to get back to crafting very soon . . .  . 

Monday, 25 July 2011

Jennys Album

This has got to be some kind of record for me - two posts in as many days!!

Its been fun putting together 6x6 pages. They are so small it takes no time at all

I only hope that after seeing these that Jenny gets the bug and has a go. I find scrapbooking very rewarding and its a great stress beater. 

This was Jenny on Southend pier recently

Jenny loves her garden

Jenny talks about her sons quite a lot, so thought it nice to add a pic of them

A family gathering with Jenny in the middle

Jenny and I both belong to Slimming World. She joined about the time I was reaching my goal weight back in 2005, I then left the group, lost contact with Jenny until much later when she started popping into the library and we'd see each other. Finally after I gained all my weight back, I decided to rejoin SW and there was Jenny waiting for me with open arms! We've been close ever since and although she is at the end of her weight loss journey, she keeps going, so I have a slimming buddy :-)

Hopefully be back soon with more crafty pics!
See you in Craftland xxx

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Crafty juices are flowing

Last night I prepped some photos for a friends mini scrapbook. I'd shown her one of my 12x12 albums and although she was keen to have a go, she seemed daunted by the size of the pages, so thought I would surprise her with a smaller one. I have a few 6x6 albums from an old QVC order a couple years back, so chose one to give to her. After raiding Facebook for photos of her, I was all set to go. This morning, I made up the first page barring a couple of little elements which will take moments to finish. I have an idea for about 4 other pages so hoping to get them done before I see her Tuesday night. Cant wait to see her face!

This morning I arranged with dad to go sit with mum while he went out. I knew I'd be there 3-4 hours and after telling mum about the mini album, she remembered she has one of those albums too. It was the perfect way to re-introduce mum to crafting. She has found this time round (after her 2nd session of chemo) that she has had trouble concentrating on much at all. We got a few items out and after a fun hour looking through old photos, we chose a couple of photos to scrap. Mum was a bit shaky so I did the fiddly bits, but it was mum who chose the colours and actually stuck things down.

I'm very proud of her for trying when I know a couple of times her concentration wavered. Dad was pleased too when he got home as he has worried about her just sitting doing nothing.

Happy crafting

Monday, 18 July 2011

Storage and Scrapbook Pages

I've been looking after my daughters dog for the last couple of weekends, and finally managed to get a little bit of crafting done now she has gone home - first was my drawer storage. I bought 2 of these kits before Christmas and made one up for my neice Miriam, the other I put off until I felt the urge . . . which I did this last week!

I love daisies, so used my one and only sheet of them for the top and sides, then a paler daisy paper for the drawers. (Black paint covered the whole unit, then papered afterwards). Then I had the fun bit - deciding what to keep in it. I have had a lot of oddments laying about for some time so it wasnt a huge decision to make. My label maker was a quick way to show whats in each drawer. maybe one day I'll get around to making proper drawer front labels like I did on Miriams unit.


Today was scrapbooking day - after a trip to Lakeside. I went with my parents to show my mum the wig shop there, as she has found her wig is a little itchy in the warmer weather. She has accepted that her hair is going to fall out with the chemo she is having but wants to cover up for her own confidence. The shop was very expensive, so we looked at the scarves instead (even they were expensive, but I was determined she was going to take at least one home, so I paid). Mum now has a very classy deep blue turban and a funky multicoloured scarf . After I dropped them home, I was able to think about my fun afternoon.

First of all this months scrap challenge. I made use of my 12x12 templates for the first time and went with a beach theme as the photos were taken at Southend. My friend Jenny and I walked Southend Pier and back last Wednesday. Its the longest "pleasure" pier in the world. It was a windy day but we had a lot of fun and want to do it again in the future. This week has also been challenge week in my slimming club. This week we have been challenged to say No to food/drink temptations and see how much weight we can lose by doing that. Jenny and I took pictures of us shunning the vending machine half way along the pier. Theres a prize for the biggest list of "no's" but we are hoping my artist interpretation of the challenge will win us something!


The second page was also using the Southend photos, this time the pier itself. We decided to treat ourselves to a certificate to prove we walked the pier. I wanted a smaller version with both our names on it, so I scanned my certificate, used my Paint program on the pc to remove my name and the date, printed it off onto parchment type cream paper and then rewrote our names and the date again in my own handwriting. The black arrow has the word "Sarfend" in blue glittery letters and its finished off with blue paper flowers held on the page with brads. Its a bit late now to start a new page so thought I would blog a while and then watch a bit of tv til hubby gets home

Thats all for now, Happy Crafting

Monday, 4 July 2011

Chunky Book (UKPC June 2011)

Hoorah hoorah - I finally did something crafty!

The Chunky Book exchange last month was a fun project and I have enjoyed stretching myself a little to complete it.

First hurdle was to find the time (as always!), then decide what to add to my page. Once all the pages were in, I made covers for the book which were far too thick so remade them last night. Today was the biggest challenge of all - Shrink Plastic. In the past I have tried this and ended up almost throwing my heat gun out the window as everything I made shrivelled up as its supposed to, but would not unshrivel again, grrr.

But today it all went right, although I cant overcome something without it going a little wrong! I dont have any printable plastic so printed off the names I wanted using Snap font, traced the names onto the plastic and then coloured them using my new Promarkers. I guessed they might bleed a little so allowed for them spreading and it was all looking good. It was only once I had them shrunk that I realised I should have printed the names backwards so they showed through the nice shiny side rather than be on the frosted side. Oh well , you live and learn :-)
I'm still undecided about the book rings I have used to bind the book. I have used 3.5cm rings (biggest I had) but the pages are still difficult to open. I have ordered some ball chains which I had hoped would have arrived by now. I'll try the book with them instead to see if it looks any better, then finish adding the ribbons. But the plastic charms look great!

See you in Craftland :-)

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Crafters black hole

Wow, I cant believe I havent done much crafting over the last couple weeks. I did spend some time on making a chunky book page with UKPC. There were 7 of us in total, so we all made 7 pages to send out to everyone. It was a lovely week of mini packages coming through the letter box. Typically mine was the last out but at least I got them all posted in that same week!

I've made covers for the book - which were too thick so even my biggest book rings wouldnt fit. Got a bit of fixing to do, then I will take photos to add here. It was a fun project and I think we are all hoping to do it again (maybe for Christmas?). Watch this space . . .