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Friday, 25 September 2020

Home Sweet Home!!

Another heart and my favourite colour!!

A simple Clay Rose with Clay leaves I made. 
Also a few small flowers from Hobbycraft. 


The background was of course my crackle paint job!

The sentiment is a die, multi cut to make it a bit stronger.
Along with wooden bits from my stash. 
I am finding things that I have had for years and forgotten I had them!! 

Hope you are all home, safe from this awful weather.
Plenty of big trees down on the local news.
At least I don't have to water the garden!!

We are back to having central heating on!!
Crazy, when a few days ago we were baking in the sun!!

Stay safe and don't go buying hundreds of Loo Rolls!!!!
Didn't get that last time, so why them again?!!!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog
and leaving your lovely comments.

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx



 

Sunday, 20 September 2020

A Swinging Fairy With Friends!!

This is my Swinging Fairy!! 
I made her with Air Dry Clay, also the Toadstools,
Snail and Caterpillar are the same clay


Sadly you cannot see her wings, as I made them with
a pretty sparkly Organza fabric.

I used felting wool for her hair, which I made into ringlets.
That's the hairdresser in me!!
Her swing I made with Balsa wood.

The circle is a wooden embroidery ring, 
covered with ribbon.


Getting used to this new format. Can't find the 
spelling check button yet!!

Hope it is sunny where you are. We are having
another sunny warm day and looks like 
not so windy, as the last few days.

Thank you for your lovely comments and
for taking the time to visit my blog.

Have a lovely weekend  and stay safe.
Big Hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Friday, 11 September 2020

The Blues !!

I am pleased to say that my mojo has come back and
hope that it is here to stay!! Yipeeeeee!!

All I needed was a reason/purpose to make things.
Having got the Craft Market bookings, was all I needed.

If they all will be still happening, nobody knows.
However, all the time I think they will, is mentally 
important to me. 

So here is another MDF heart, made from my heart!! 
(Cheesy I know)!!


I had a lovely walk with a friend last Tuesday, through the 
local Marshes. 
We walked for just over 4 miles, with a coffee and a Sandwich
half way round! The weather was perfect and just warm enough
to enjoy it and not many people on the same route.

It's a shame that we cannot have the freedom, we have been
given the last few weeks.

It has been spoilt, by the people not conforming to the 
safety measures that were important to us all.

I saw 3 girls being interviewed on the TV, at a party.
They were asked why they were not conforming 
to the numbers that were allowed at a gathering.

Their reply really shocked me, which was
'We can't be bothered with all that. We want to have fun
and enjoy ourselves!!!'

I still cannot believe, that they have no cares for
their friends and families, getting ill and dying.

Well I have had my rant!! What do you think?

Enjoy the sun and stay safe.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxxx


Tuesday, 8 September 2020

A Red Heart!!

Trying to get some different items made for the Craft Market next month.

I have used a Lili Of the Valley paper as the background.
The flowers are from Hobbycraft .

A simple make, just added a line of Gold Embossing 
powder to the edge of the heart, to finish it off.

Also added the sentiment, using an old stamp and 
Gold Embossing powder.



I just wish I had made things in all the spare time I had!!

Never mind, I didn't know there would be the chance 
of selling any of my items!!

So looking forward to the first one!!

Thanks for your lovely comments on my last post.

Big hugs,
Carol 
xxxx


Friday, 4 September 2020

As Requested Framed Bears

I had a few requests from you, to see the Cross Stitch
in it's frame.

The frame was a very dark brown wood, with a panel
of gold on the narrow internal edge.
I gave it a coat of white Gesso and then did my crackle
paint effect, with 2 shades of blue acrylic paint and some glue.

There is a lot of detail on the background of the picture, 
as they are supposed to be sitting on a bed against a pillow.
So the bits that look like creases, are actually stitches to
give the effect of creases.
My ironing is not that bad!!Lol!!

I cut some board to fit into the frame,
and to attach the fabric to. I ironed the fabric on the back 
and then centred it onto the board. I stretched the fabric
on all 4 sides and taped it to the board. 

Then put it into the frame. 
I screwed in 2 rings into the back of the frame.
I then put 2 runs of wire through the rings.
Job done!!!


It's now on the wall in the spare bedroom.

So there we are, another job done off my list!

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and
to leave your lovely messages.

They are all read and appreciated.

Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

A Bit More Clay

Thank you for your lovely messages on my last post.
As requested, I will post it again when it's in the frame.
The frame needs a bit of work on it, to make it to my taste!

My mojo has come back and keeping me awake at night!!!
Not complaining though!!

I bought this plywood stand at Noble's Craft Shop in 
Great Yarmouth. It was in the sale box and that was back
in the new year! 

Didn't know what I wanted to do with it, until this week!!

So out came the Hearty Clay!! It hasn't been out for months!!

As I love making roses, they were an easy make.
Fortunately I have kept my floristry bits, from when I 
had my business, many years ago!! So I could 
create stems with wire and wrap them with floristry tape.


Another make for my first weekend Craft Market, on 
17th and 18th October at the Cherry Lane, South View
Garden Centre in Fritton, Norfolk.
I am there every weekend from then, until 
the last one on 14th and 15th November.
I will be going home in between!!!Lol!!

I have missed doing Craft Fayres and this one will be very 
small, only 10 tables, 2 of which I will be having.  
A very safe one to do.

So thanks again for your lovely messages and
I hope to have more time, to get round to all your 
blogs and message you all too.

Big hugs,
Stay safe,
Carol
xxxx



Friday, 28 August 2020

A Stich In Time and Brilliant News!!

Yippee!! I finished my Cross Stich Teddies!! 

I started it in May and finished it yesterday. Not too
bad, as I only did it in the evenings and on a couple of afternoons.

It was quite big, measuring 18" x 9" or 46cm x 23cm.
I always use Even Weave Linen, rather than Aida, as 
the end result looks more like a painting on canvas.

So I have a frame to put it in, just need to paint it first.
I always frame pictures myself, as it is so expensive to have 
them done in a shop.


This picture is just a close up of the detail.


The next 2 pictures are of the chart, which was a bit of a challenge!!


This was just a third of the chart.


 The Garden Centre where I go every year for 3 months 
for their Craft Fairs, had decided not to have any events this year.

So I was excited to get an email on Tuesday, saying that  they
are going to have  Craft Markets, between the middle of October
and the end of November. 

They are only going to have 10 tables and I have booked 2 
tables for each of the weekends.
I am so happy and I now have a reason  to get in my craft room
 and make some things!! 

I have dug out my Mojo too!!! 

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post and 
for making time to pop in on this post too. 
I love reading your lovely, uplifting messages.

Stay safe. 
Big hugs
Carol 
xxxx


Saturday, 22 August 2020

Ellie Balloons

Thank you for all the lovely messages again on my last post.
You are all so kind.

I have been playing with clay again. 
I had made a blue one of these boxes for a boy
 before, but never got around to making a girly one.

Ellie is made, using a Kathryn Sturrock mould 
and air dry clay.
The balloons and gift box I make in my hands,
using the same clay.


The flowers are made from air dry clay too.


I have a few more ideas for makes, so just hope
my head will get on with it!!

I have nearly finished a cross stitch picture I have had for years!!
It was still in an unopened bag!!
This morning, I found 4 others that I had started but not 
finished for years. They are mostly very big ones, 
by my favourite company Lanarte. 

A week today, my hubby will be 70!! 
Sadly, we will not be having a gathering of friends
 and family, that I was lucky to have.

We will just have a lunch out at a lovely pub near to us. 
Just hope the weather is kind to us. 

Back to my craft room to finish off a few notebooks. 

I must give a BIG HUG to Chrissy. 
You are so kind and thoughtful. I will treasure it 
and will stay on the wall in my craft room for ever!

Thank you for taking time out to visit my blog
and hope you are keeping safe and well. 

Please leave me a message so I know you have been
and I will visit your blog too. 

Have a lovely weekend.
Big hugs,
Carol
xxxx

Monday, 10 August 2020

Clay Flowers Frame

Thank you all for the lovely messages on my last post. 
Also to my 2 new visitors, I hope you liked my blog. 

I love making flowers with my Air Dry Clay and Roses 
are a regular make. So for a change, I thought I would
 try to make a Calla Lily and a Camellia.
I do have some in my garden, so I went and had look
at them to make sure I could get the detail right. Ish!!

The frame was an old one that I recycled, painting it
with some Gesso first. I then topped it with some
Duck Egg Blue Emulsion paint.  
I dried the paint with my heat gun.
I then dry bushed some craft glue over the whole frame.
I then dried to glue off a bit with my gun.

 I then dry brushed white Emulsion over the whole frame,
covering the glue.
I then dried the whole frame with my heat gun, which
then created the paint on the top to crackle. 


Below is the top corner with 2 clay flowers and the 
white flowers are from Hobbycraft. 


The pretty paper in the frame is from my stash.
So the flowers below are a Rose, Calla Lily and 
a Camelia. 

I don't use Moulds for making most of my flowers.
I prefer to just make them in my hands. 
With petals it works, as they mostly have veins
on them, which they can pick up from your hands.


So I have made a gift box to put this in and it will
go up for sale soon!!

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine and keeping safe.
I can't remember when we last saw any rain!!
Thank goodness we have 2 big water butts for my new plants.

Thank you for taking time out to visit my blog
and I love reading your lovely messages. 

Big hugs, 
Carol 
xxxx

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Fairy With Flowers

At last I have got a picture on my blog!!

Our main computer decided it didn't want to take my photos
 off my camera!! It told me that there were no pictures on there!!
 Not very helpful!!
So I had to do it on my lap top, which is a bit of a pain.

This is a Christine Haworth image and I have a lot 
of her stamps, from many years ago. I didn't have this 
one, so I bought the prints in a Cancer Charity shop.


Hope you are all keeping well.
Happy at last, as we  had some rain, not mega amounts, but
saved getting out the hose!! 

Well back to my Family Scrapbook I am doing at the moment.

Stay safe and stay well.
Thank you for taking time out to pop into my blog
and will visit you too. 

Big hugs, 
Carol
xxxx