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I'm dreaming of a....

not a white Christmas, although that would be lovely. No, the dream thing is something else, which I will touch upon later. Before that, the crafting.

I'll start with the update on the stitch. Not much progress on it this week I am afraid.

The Earth is starting to take shape, but the slow progress on this, and other stitches, proves to me that I don't need anything else!
I've also been making a few other things, mainly cards.

I say mainly cards...this is actually an envelope, made using some of my new Tim Holtz dies. One thing I will say - I love distress crayons! Perfect for colouring those graves. One thing to note is that you have to roll the more intricate dies back and forth through your cutting machine a few times in order to get all the intricacies cut properly.

This is a simple card, made using a star background I had in my stash, flowers cut out of birthday paper with a pearl in the middle, a cake stamped and coloured, and finally happy birthday cut out in diffe…
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From night to day

I have not been as productive as I had hoped this week. I've started flitting between things a little again, which I must nip in the bud. I have done some things.

A series of bookmarks. These are so easy to do, and make such a lovely gift. Only thing you have to be careful of is to make sure the jump rings are secure (which I have found to my cost)

I had a plan to make some spider earrings out of black shrink plastic, so I used my web die. Which didn't cut through at all. So I had a bit of a rethink. I cut out some black shrink plastic in a shape which reminded me of a web, then I used the shatter stencil and a silver pen to make cobwebs. I then shrank them and coated them with UTEE, before adding a head pin with some red and black beads, and a spider charm.

Finally I made a pair of scissor earrings. I've had these in my stash for ages, from when I bought the items I needed for the sewing room stitch. I ordered two too many scissors, so I made them into earrings, with som…

Time to teach someone else...

This week's thing for the week will be picture free, as I don't want to ruin mum's surprise, but there are pictures of what I have made at least.

To start with there is a Tando Creative printer tray. I ordered a ton of these, but when I got them they were a bit smaller than I thought they would be (my fault) so I was a bit stumped as to what to do with them. Then I had an idea the other day that I wanted to have a meditative, almost zen-like piece. I painted the tray black, and used a piece of cardstock from the wild at heart range. I used lindy's embossing powder in sheba silver on some cogs and added a metal bird from my stash. Finally I used the Tim Holtz tiny tattered flowers thinlit die to cut loads of flowers, and a branch, which I coloured with distress inks. Finally I inked and added a quote. The combination of grey and purple is really peaceful.

I also made a Halloween themed charm bracelet. I did have a different word band in mind for it, but it snapped so I…

Off for a picnic

Short one this week, basically as I have nothing interesting to say. Not that that has stopped me before of course. I'm just not feeling it this week. It's strange; first of all I am not feeling like crafting, then I am not feeling like writing on here. If it carries on I won't feel like doing anything at all.

I have taken some measures against this slide though. Just a little to-do list every day. I figure if I can make myself a list of achievable things every day, and push myself a little further each time I do, I can stop this.

Anyway, that's not what you lot care about. You want to see whether I have made anything this week. Amazingly I have. I saw a focal piece someone had done on-line, so did my own take on it, making it into a necklace.

Basically I had a big metal diamond that I didn't like, so I glued on a few other things (flowers, a dragonfly and a spider) before coating it in white gesso, spraying it with Lindy's Sprays and using a little gold wax t…


I've been getting into the Christmas spirit this week. Possibly strange, given the time of year, but it's now that crafters think about getting their cards done. I had done a couple of designs before, but I saw an embossing folder that I fell in love with. So, combined with some colourcore card stock, I got to work.

Don't you love this embossing folder?
I've also been stitching. Here is the update.

broth, meat and veggies, placed delicately in bowl with a tea stained egg
Well, I ended up getting neither meat nor a tea stained egg, but this week was all about Wagamama's. Now, I had heard about this chain before from my very good friend Lucy, who raves about it but, like Nando's and every other half decent chain, there are none in Cornwall. I managed to get to one eventually, and ordered pork gyoza's and the yasai ramen. The food comes out when it is made, which means you may get it in a strange order. We didn't, as we had ordered the same thing.
Almost f…

Books. Books everywhere!

So this post will be a little picture heavy, for a number of reasons. First, here is the update on the Tiger stitch.

I'd forgotten how hard it is to stitch on a dark colour, but it's getting there. At least I have a plan in place for the order of stitching if you get me.
Next, here is the latest Beadhaul box. The theme is fire and ice, based on Game of Thrones, a series that has passed me by if I am perfectly honest.

It's an interesting box, and the good thing is that the dragon reminds me more of the illustration on the Hobbit, so at least it's more relevant to me. The only things that I am not too sure about are the resin pieces, purely because I don't know how to stick them onto something, and the glasswork hearts. I love the crystal glass - it definitely reminds me of winter ice glittering.
This week I have been to Bath. I won't put loads of pictures in, but here are a chosen few, before I get on with the weekly task.