Friday, 20 January 2017

Winter Wonderland Challenge 2017

Well we finally got organised and thank you 
for your patience.

The Winter Wonderland Challenge will run for 1 month 
and The lovely Kath has donated a 
surprise prize for the winner.

No Christmas card needed this time!
Don't forget, you can have up to 3 entries.

The theme is 
Spring Fever
Flowers, Sunshine or/and Romance

As you can see I opted for the flowers. To colour,
I used my Marvy Le Plumme watercolour pens.

I found the paper with spring words on, in my stash!
Goodness knows where they came from.



The photos were taken on the day it snowed, so the light was rubbish!


Thank you so much for your support in keeping this brilliant 
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog going.

My fellow Teamies are such lovely people.
We have all just got together 
and sorted it out how we were going to do this.

I am looking forward to popping over to your
blogs and to see your gorgeous entries.
We will leave a message to let you know we have been.

So I am Shouting out 'Thank you' to everyone 
who supports us!!

Big hugs,

Carol
xxxx

Friday, 13 January 2017

Hats Off!!

A bit late but Happy New Year.

I really must thank you for all your lovely messages
you left on my Dollhouse post.
I was quite moved by your comments.

I have now decided to make a few things to take to my Craft Fairs.
As someone pointed out, that there a lot of people with houses
 and not many places that you can see and buy pieces for them.

So I started with sets of hat, parasol and hat box.


The 50p coin is just so you can see the size.
Everything is made to 12th scale.
Hubby thought the hat boxes were too big, until
I put a hat in one. He has no idea of the real life size of them.
They can be huge, depending on the hat.



The two boxes tied with cord are boxes of Greetings Cards.
They are folded as a RL card and I have made envelopes for 
them that they fit into.


I have bought some Fimo to make other things like food
 bowls and ornaments.
I have also started to knit a full layette for a baby girl.
I have done the dress, just got to sew it together 
and to add the tiny button.

The knitting needles are 2mm thick and the thread
 is like strong sewing cotton thickness.
It's a bit fiddly doing the lace pattern around the bottom 
of the dress and coat. The hat is even harder, 
as the lace pattern is around the brim.
As for the pants and booties!!! 

They are to fit a 1 1/2" - 2" baby doll.
I hope to finish the set by the end of next week.
I am only doing it in the evenings, 
watching TV for a couple of hours.

News Update on Winter Wonderland Challenge.
Unfortunately the lady who is the Co-ordinator
is in Hospital at the moment.

We are trying to arrange with the Sponsor
 of the last challenge, to get the winning prize to the winner.

We are also getting another challenge put together
 for next week.
So please pop into the Winter Wonderland 
blog and join in the fun next week. 

I will post a note here when it is ready.
Thank you for your patience.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

I love reading your messages 
and only if you let me know you have been,
I will pop into your blog and message you too.

Big hugs,
Carol 
xxxxxx


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Blue Lady

Just found this in 'Draft' and thought I should perhaps
clear some of the 31 'Drafts' I have!!

I just made this for my stock, as it is ideal for the residential 
home I supply cards for. 
It is one of the charity care homes I support.

They were so pleased with the money I passed them
just before Christmas.
I was even asked if I was sure!! 

It is such a lovely, friendly home. The staff are amazing.
A few weeks ago they were in the local paper,
as they had been awarded 
recognition for the quality of care the staff give the residents.


I hope that this year I can get even more for them!

Hope you all had a great start to 2017.

Thanks for popping in and leaving you lovely messages.
They are greatly appreciated.

Hugs,
Carol
xxxxx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

Just like to say
to all my lovely followers 
and my visitors..... 

Happy Christmas
and
A Fabulous New Year




Thank you so much for leaving the lovely
messages, that I just love reading.
You are all so very kind.

Looking forward to visiting your blogs in the New Year.

Sending you all a huge hug,

Carol
xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Monday, 19 December 2016

Dollshouse Decorated For Christmas - An Addition - The Outside of House

Deck The Halls
I have had a few requests to see my 
 Dollshouse decorated for Christmas. 

To build the house, put in all the electrics,
put in all the individual planks for the flooring.
To do all the interior decoration etc
took me just under 3 years.
It is all made to 12th scale.
My Hubby did help put on the front door!

The tools I used was a Scalpel knife set from 
the £1 shop, Balsa wood,  Sand paper 
and Mahogany wood stain.

So hear we go...Loads of pics!!
A cup of tea required I think.
--------------------
I forgot to put this photo on of the actual house!!
And then I chopped off Santa's head!

The Kitchen and the hat shop are in the basement.
There is also a garden there but I want to change it
 soon



The climbing roses I made from paper. Each rose 
took 9 pieces of 18th of an inch hole punch pieces.
There are 60 roses and buds.
I made the wreath and topiary ball from ultra  small 
punched pieces of Holly.


The Drawing room.

 I made the Christmas tree from a Flue Brush,
 for cleaning full size chimneys. 
Took me ages to cut down to the shape
I wanted, as it was so hard to cut.
I made the crackers from paper and the candy canes from Fimo.


I made the Holly and Ivy bower from very tiny punched pieces.
The Christmas cards are the smallest I have ever made!!
And the stockings I made from felt.



My Hubby bought the sofa and chairs for me in Spain.
The stair carpet, floor rug, cushions, fire screen and bell pull
I have cross stitched on Linen to 12th scale.


Grandma's knitting I did on pins.


The Kitchen

The cook is preparing the turkey and has got the stuffing ready!
A couple of joints, made with Fimo, on the butchers block. 
The block was the first piece of furniture I made
The table was the next piece, along with the plate rack 
and the wall shelving.
Also the cupboards at the back.
The fruit and veg I made with Fimo.


All on this table I made with Fimo, including the mixing bowl.
The cherry pie is in a Beer bottle lid!!


Cabbage, Cauliflower and Carrots waiting preparation. Made
from Fimo and were not very easy to make.
The box I made from my Balsa wood scraps.


All the doll's clothes and hair are hand made too.
None of the rooms had a Chimney Breast, so I had to make my own.
The kitchen one was the biggest, as I wanted an inglenook style.
I used Balsa Wood to build the main shape, 
which I used the brick technique on.
I then carved a piece and coloured it to look like an oak beam.
I made a quick shelf to go above the beam.
I used to do Cane Basket Weaving and made full size
carpet beaters. I made the one on the side of the fireplace.
It took a while for me to remember how I used to do it!!
Then to scale it down to 12th scale was fun!!



The Dining Room

The maid is laying the table for dinner.
The glasses on the table have liquid candle making 
stuff in them, to look like wine.


The cupboard, bottom right was a piece I made from Balsa wood.
This is one of my favourite pieces I made.
Inside it. there is the turkey cooked ready for the table.
Also the Christmas pud and cake!



The table centre was very fiddly to make but the cloth
etc were very quick and easy.


The Study.

 I built the floor up at the back to make a library area.
The desk was one of first large items I made.
Very rustic! It does have a leather top but
the finish is not like the other furniture I made after.

I bought the captains chair I bought but made the big chair at the back.
 From Balsa Wood and covered it with leather, stitching through the 
wood for a button back effect.
The telescope was made from a straw and cocktail sticks.


The master bedroom.

All the furniture, other then the chair was bought in Spain.
Most of the accessories I made, bedding, cushions, rugs,
hats and hat boxes.
The perfume bottles I made with beads.



The Nursery

The rocking horse was a gift from Hubby .
I bought the rocking chair and high chair.

The rest of it I made, even the baby walker, 
complete with bricks in it and it pushes along too!
The hardest to make was the rocking crib.


Balsa wood bed and wardrobe.
Patchwork bed cover and a dress, knitted on pin like needles.
The book has pictures in it.


The Nanny

Holding the 1 1/2" baby, whose whole outfit I knitted with thread, 
a bit thicker than sewing cotton, on pin like needles.
It consists of dress, coat. hat, knickers and booties!


The Bathroom.

I bought everything in this room,
 other than the laundry basket and towels.

The geyser, on the left and the range in the kitchen, I bought from a
company in Germany. Very expensive but well worth it.
For both items, you get small special candles that you put inside them.
If you make a hole in the side of the house and connect to the chimney.
Then light the candles, smoke will come out the chimney!


And finally!!!! If you are still awake......
Santa on the roof with his sack of pressies.
Think he helped himself to a bottle of wine too!!!


Hopefully you were not too bored but I had so many friends 
telling me I should put pictures on my blog, 
I finally got around to doing it.

I would love to read your comments.

Big hugs,

Carol xxxx


Sunday, 18 December 2016

No Ink Line Stamping - For Annette!!

I was having an email chat with Annette at Netty's Cards
about water colour pens and using them direct onto 
rubber stamps.
I said that when I started stamping many years ago,  I didn't have
any inks, just my pens. 
So I had to use the pen direct method.

She then told me to 'Do It'!!
So I have Annette!!

I have used stamps that were free with the Creative Stamping
magazine, latest one.

The first image was a bird on a garden tool handle.
I just altered the shape a bit, to make a larger
garden ornament.
The Crocus as also one of the stamps.
The plant between the Crocus an the wood I just 
drew with one of my pens.
The purple flowers to the right are a very old stamp.


This stamp was from the same set of stamps.
Very simple but really liked the end result.
More importantly, I really enjoyed going back to 
how I started stamping. 

I used my Marvy Le Plumme and Tom Bow Water Colour Pens.
They are so old that it was a bit of a struggle 
to get many of them to work!!

So THANK YOU Annette for getting me to do it!!!!

Thanks for popping in and leaving your lovely messages.
You know I will always return the compliment. 
That's what blogging is all about!!

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx



Friday, 16 December 2016

Winter Wonderland Last Challenge This Year


For Someone Special.

That is one of the themes for this challenge. 
Does not have to be Christmas.

The other choice is Happy New Year.

I chose to use a Digi from one of our Sponsors,
A Day For Daisies called Mr Snowman.
A very happy snowman.

The background I created with Distress Inks.
The Sentiment, trees and flying Santa were all free
stamps that came with Magazines.

Mr Snowman was coloured with Copics.


One of our Sponsors and please check out their amazing shop here

Our second Sponsor is 


The generous prize is a £10 voucher to use in CC Shop.

I know it is a busy time for us crafters, but I do
hope that you take a breather from the chores and enter one 
of your lovely cards.
You then might get another exciting prize.

I must say to all my followers, that take time out of their busy
days, to not only visit my blog but also leave me lovely messages.
It sometimes is the only connection that some people have with
the crating community.

So I am shouting out 
A Big Thank You To You All.

So I hope you all have an amazing Christmas 
and looking forward to seeing you in 2017.

Big hugs,
Carol xxxx

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

My Christmas Decs

To get this all done it took me 6 hours!!




This is one of my makes, many years ago!
I made 2 of them and I would like to make some more.
Unfortunately I no longer have the chart, so I intend
to make one from the decoration.
It is an Edwardian design.


This is another of my makes. A Cross Stitch using many
different types of thread.
His beard and on his cuffs I used a fluffy mohair, 
which was also used for the animals.
It was very scary cutting the boot shape out
then lining the whole thing.




 My Snowman collection!
I just love snowmen, especially the biggest one at the back
He is gorgeous.


My Dollshouse also has it's Christmas decs up,
including a big tree with fairy lights on too.
Even has a Santa sitting on the roof with his sack in one hand
and a bottle of wine in the other!!

Sad I know!!
Thanks for dropping by and leaving me your lovely messages.
They are really treasured.

Big hugs,
Carol xxxx


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Believe!!

A simple card, as I am making my own cards now
to send out to friends.
There is not time to stamp and hand colour all of  them.
So this is a precoloured topper from a magazine.

This is my DT card, for the last but one
Crafty Ribbons challenge before Christmas.

I have used the brilliant 

This one is in the Christmas Doodle range.
I can't tell you how many cards I have made using the ribbons.

Saves stamping and die cutting sentiments.
Also looks lovely too.

The theme this week is 
Christmas With Ribbon.

The amazing prize is........
A Fab £10 Voucher 
to spend in the  Crafty Ribbons Shop!!

Make sure you have plenty of time when you visit the shop!!
I can guarantee you will be amazed at the 
beautiful ribbons and lace there for you to enjoy.
Also, a lot of the ribbons are totally exclusive.


I look forward to seeing your brilliant entries.
So good luck and enjoy.

Please remember to have ribbon on your entry 
to qualify for the draw.

Hugs,

Carol xxxx

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Crafty Ribbons Challenge

Welcome all, I have the pleasure of being your host 

The theme for this week is 
Christmas

The prize is A £10 voucher.
to spend in the Crafty Ribbons  Store.

I love these ribbons so much, I couldn't decide which to use.
So the answer was to come up with a design
so I can use a few!!

As always, it looks much better in real life.


Over to you now and get making a Christmas card.
If you need some inspiration, pop over to the Crafty Ribbons blog
and see the fab samples from my DT Teamies.

PLEASE REMEMBER

ALL ENTRIES MUST HAVE RIBBON OR LACE ON
YOUR ENTRY.
If we cannot see it, you will not be entered into the draw.

Good luck.

Hugs,

Carol xxxx