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Look what I found…..

A wee bit of impromptu crafting took place yesterday,

I was planning to tidy some drawers , it all started so well then i came across a bit of oilcloth that I had bought in Dunelm, it cost me pennies, I mean, what could I do,  I had to make something, sure it would be rude not to……
A tote bag!  Always a good idea, always needed, and seeing that I had a new sewing machine just waiting to be used, any opportunity felt like a good one.

Couldn’t be easier, the fabric  (thats the thing with oilcloth, what do you call it, its somewhere between plastic and cloth so I’m calling it fabric) well it was about 25″ deep by the width, 44″ I think.  One strip cut at 4″ made the two handles, another strip was cut  it was another 4″, the bag was then simply hemmed top and bottom, french seamed at the sides and finished with ‘sugar  bag’ corners, finally a loop was added at the handle edge to clip on your keys, its such a simple add but how it saves a load of frustration when you are fishing about in the abyss of a bag looking for car or house keys to offload your purchases!

Couldn’t be easier, nifty polkadots, one happy crafter.
One happy daughter ….. she is  away to the shops with a new bag for her purchases…..

Me… I’m heading back to tidy those drawers.   Wonder what will distract me next………

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Some Catch Up Crafting

Hi Folks,

Didn’t quite meet my own agenda for posting so best say that a monthly post is where I will start and if I post more often, its great, well, best leave that conclusion up to you.

Sometimes life has an unfortunate way of interfering with crafting, it can really get in the way, shopping, cooking, generally doing the rounds, so between one thing and another I’ve been kinda busy, having a wee hour to sit and chill and catch up is lovely.

I have been just trundling along very nicely doing little bits and pieces of all sorts of things, no really big projects just some nice enjoyable crafting; you know the stuff that’s good for your soul and helps you calm down and chill out.

So ….. my Stonehenge Project

These lovely cushions came about quite by accident.  I have recently had the pleasure on having some family stay with me, my cousin Barry and his wife Irene, from Canada. Irene and I share a passion for quilting and so what do you bring a quilter as a present…. Fabric of course.  This range is called Stonehenge and it is from Canada (yes I Know),  after they left me to go onto the next stage of their travels, I pondered and decided to make something that I would see every day and it would remind me of their trip to see me – and so the cushions or pillows or whatever suits you to call them were born.  No fancy quilting or cutting, I cut 6″ strips of the FQ’s and used my ruler to get the 60 degree triangles, they are sewn with 1/4″ seams and echo quilted inside the plain triangles for a wee bit of interest, its stitch in the ditch everywhere else.  I now have a lasting memory and some new cushions for my new furniture if it ever arrives.


Some Floral Reflections

Ever since I was little I loved to colour in, even without colouring pens or crayons, I would shade and doodle and fill spaces with just plain pencils or old ballpens and create patterns and designs and imagine.  Now its fashionable to call doodling Zentangling and colouring in makes you a Colourist, so I guess that I have new careers just falling over themselves waiting for me to take them up (Don’t think so).  It’s really a good thing that I don’t take myself seriously, and for those of you reading this, we folk in Northern Ireland take an immense delight in sarcastic humour, we just never try to take ourselves seriously.

Oh where was I, yes, colouring.  It is now possible to get books for adults to colour in. These are not ‘seedy’ adult books, at least I don’t think so, just nice pictures for us adults to while away the hours.  I dabble, well more than dabble at card making, and its brilliant that we can now get digi images via the internet or on CD or DVD and this access had made colouring much more accessible and much more appreciated and soooo much easier, it’s not a guilty secret, or a need to be pinching the grandchildren colouring books and pencils when they come over.  So I have built up a lovely little assortment of pens and pencils to assist me in this very relaxing and satisfying hobby.  I am often found balancing trays, paper, pens, blending solutions, tortillions whatever and the gentle sound of pencil or pen striking paper is soothing to me.

I never said I was any good to it, but sure I keep practising, torturing the experts on FaceBook for tips and critiques, sure I could be doing a whole lot worse…..

IMG_2232    This little one was a digi from a Spectrum Noir CD and I was firstly coloured with alcohol pens in a range of creams, apricots, gentle pinks and corals, then over these original colours, I laid down more layers of wax crayon and blended to settle the colour into the first layer.  It gives a richer tone, sometimes pens are too harsh and pencils too gentle and the blending brings then together nicely.  Having finished this image I cut and mounted it and make it into a card for a very dear friend and hopefully she should get it soon.

Tomorrow is Another Day

Well tomorrow, I am receiving a new box of goodies to play with from those lovely ladies at Linen and Lace, looking forward to creating some new exciting projects.  I hope to share these with you later…..