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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Simple quilling

I haven't done any quilling for absolutely ages. It is the simplest of craft and requires no tools.  I simply roll strips of paper between my finnger and thumb. Official letters usually are typed on lovely quality paper and you can simply cut the unprinted areas and put them through your paper shredder if it is the sort that cuts paper into strips.


Monday, 24 July 2017

One upcycled envelope

I have been a bit of a domestic goddess today.  A lovely tasty curry is simmering away on the stove.  I have sorted a few cupboards out and then spent the afternoon making a couple of cards.The embellishments on this one are made from an envelope and a piece of last years Christmas cards... I use the cards to practice water colour painting on.

Upcycled envelope. Die cut and then embossed

The box base ready for embellishing

Birds cut from an old Chrsitmas card

It's dying

We are currently dealing with the flood and now the darn car is dying. It feels like one thing after another now. I keep wondering what will be next.  Oh well, smile and keep going, smile and keep going.  I will pop back later and show you a couple of little craft bits that I have made.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Wedding aniversary

Thirteen years ago today I married my lovely hubby. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made

If I can offer one piece of advice for someone getting married it would be... Don't expect to agree about everything.  Accept that there will be times you drive each other to distraction.  If it is meant to be  it will be...... we were meant to be.  

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Retirement card

I made this for a fellow blogger who retired this past week.  I bet he will find that he fills every second of his time with other things.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Lovely lavender and a piece of wrapping paper

Yesterday I picked a posy of lavender to stand beside my bed.  It looked really pretty in the little glass bottle (upcycled of course).  Well. for as long as I can remember I have wanted to paint my bedside cabinets but Tony has said that he will sand them down... I am talking many many years here.  I very much doubt that they will ever get sanded unless I do them myself. Unfortunately this means that they have looked really shabby and yucky.  Last night I took a roll of wrapping paper and simply cut it to size and sellotaped it to the top of the cabinets and the chest of drawers... I told Tony that he would need to be a bit careful how he places things on there or it will tear.  Guess what he said?????  That looks nice, why don't you decoupage it on and varnish over it.... grrrrrrrr... :-)   In truth I wouldn't want this particular paper as a permanent thing but it does mean that I can now look for a one that I would like to have.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Patched jeans

I have a tendency to be a bit overzealous with the bleach when I am cleaning up.  I wish I could remember to wear an apron.  Ho hum,,,, never mind.  The hems off Tony's jeans came in very useful.  I cut a few hearts and drizzled some 'Fray Stop' around the edges. They look much better than a bleach stain

They are multiplying

Yesterday the gentleman came over to take a look at the dehumidifyer... he has replaced it with two hot air blowers. The noise is horrendous.  Thankfully I spent a large part of yesterday out in the garden.  Anything to escape the racket.  The fragrance from the beautiful rose and the lemon lily is absolutely fabulous.  I intend to plant a lot more fragrant lillies next yet.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

And a little bit of bling

Because you can never have too much bling...

 And just in case anyone should wonder how on earth a box card can be posted.......

Ta daaaaaaa.... They simply squash down flat.... Wonderfully descriptive today aren't I  :-)

Another box card and the flood hiccup

On Sunday Tony and I will celebrate our wedding annivesary so I have been busy making a card for him.  I have used a 'hearts 'theme but I think this would work well if I made a batch of Christmas cards and used Christmas trees.  I have several sizes in my die cutting collection.  Speaking of die cutting.  I am having a huge purge of my craft stash and have been sorting out my craft punches and rubber stamps.  I have dozens and dozens of them but on the whole I don't use them any more.  I really am rubbish at rubber stamping and am totally in awe of the beautiful stamped cards that some of you create. My friends tell me to sell them on ebay but I would much rather just give them to a group that crafts for charity.  I have had many years of use out of them and if someone else can benefit by them I am happy to let them go. This will free up some space in my craft studio and means that I might just find the space to set up all my stained glass equipment. It is a real nuisance having to put it all way each time I start a project. I much prefer to have everything set up ready to use whenever the whim takes me.
As for the flood hiccup.  I had thought that things were starting to dry out as the water tank on the dehumidifier had stopped filling up. Tony moved the unit back to take a look in the cellar and discovered that the flippin things has simply been leaking back into the cellar.  The unit has leaked all over the parquet floor which meant another mop up job with bath towels....... The saga continues and I will let you know the next installment as it happens.