Thursday 30 August 2012

IBSIC #24........A Sketch.

Hello my friends, I'm back today with a new challenge from Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge and this week we have a sketch to inspire you.
I always love Joanna's sketches and this one is no exception.

I haven't gone with a round card but I've used a scallop circle in the centre of a square card and followed the sketch that way.

I used a selection of different pattern papers and cut out a scallop circle using a large Sizzix die, then using a Spellbinders circle die, cut the centre out of it, laying some more pattern paper underneath it and zigzag stitching them together.

Stamps- IBS Vintage Sayings.
Papers- Pink Paislee, MME, October Afternoon, The Girls Paperie.
Pretties- IBS FlowersIBS Victorian Crochet Trim, buttons, twine.
Tools- Sizzix Scallop Circle, Spellbinders Circle Dies, stapler.

I hope you'll join us this week, we love looking at your creations and you could get the chance to be Guest Designer !!!!

Happy Crafting

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Tuesday's Tallies.......Springtime Throw.

Hi there, I hope you've all had a good week, I'm back today with my One a Day, I didn't have much to show you on last week's Tuesday's Tallies but I've made up for it this week.
I've managed to complete 72 and part finished 36 so hopefully by next week I will be able to join up some more squares to my Springtime Throw.
I know that's way more than one a day but they are tiny squares, I started this a year ago now and I really want to get it finished.

I always like to make 216 squares so I have six of every colour combination before I double crochet them to my throw in a random order.
I've only got one ball of each colour left so I'm on the home run now and maybe by next month I will have a Ta Dah for you.

I've also crocheted a teddy bear for a Christening present this week, thanks to my IG friends we decided to name her Elsie, you can see her here if you didn't see her on my last post.

Thanks for looking, don't forget how everyone else has got on this week, here.


Sunday 26 August 2012

A Crocheted Teddy Bear for a Sweet Little Baby Girl.......

Hi, I hope you are all enjoying the weekend, it's August Bank Holiday weekend in the U.K. which means we've got an extra day. We've got nothing planned and the weather isn't going to be that good so we'll be having a quiet time at home. I'm not complaining though, it means more crafty time for me.

Next weekend my daughter's best friends are getting married and are having their baby girl christened at the same time so I wanted to make little Daisy something special for her day. Jodie is gutted as she's on holiday and won't be able to attend, they are the first set of friends from school who are tying the knot.

I decided to crochet another teddy from the Cute & Easy Crochet book by Nicki Trench, I did the last one in pink (you can see it here), this time I thought I would make her a posh frock to wear.

The dress is very basic, which I made up as I went along, I used  Cath Kidston fabric and some IBS Scallop Crochet Trim which you can buy in 5 yard rolls.The bear is crocheted using Rooster Almerino DK, colour 202. I love working with this yarn it's a blend of 50% baby alpaca and 50% merino wool so it's very soft and cuddly, perfect for baby toys.

Here's the back view, I'm really not very good at sewing, I don't seem to be able to even cut fabric straight, is there a knack to doing that ? I've made it so the dress can't be taken off because if they did, they would see all my messy stitching inside the dress.

I would really like to go on a course to learn how to sew properly, I really admire people who can sew and love looking through blogs featuring sewing especially Rose and Dahlia's and Nana Company

Thanks for looking, enjoy the rest of your weekend, today is suppose to be the nicest day over Bank Holiday so I'm off to sit in the garden whilst it's not raining and make some more squares for my Springtime Throw which is  also from the Cute & Easy Crochet book. I've really had my money's worth with this book and would highly recommend it. 

Back Soon

Thursday 23 August 2012

IBSIC #23..........colour inspiration.

Hello my lovlies, I'm back today with this week's challenge from Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge and this week is a colour inspiration.
Here's this week's gorgeous photo to inspire you.

I think Joanna created this challenge especially for me, lol, this week's colours are Sage Green, Pink and Cream. I've also gone with the yarn theme and made a simple crochet flower, I found this in one of my old Mollie Makes magazine.

Papers- Prima Tea Thyme.
Pretties- handmade crochet flower, vintage ticket, tag, IBS lace trim, buttons, pins, hessian.
Other- Spellbinders Label 18.

I hope you'll join us this week, you know we love to look at your beautiful creations.

Happy Crafting

Tuesday 21 August 2012

A Knitted Beach Hut..........

Hi, did you all have a good weekend ? The girls went to V Festival in Staffordshire, not far from where we live so Hubby and I went down to Brean again.The weather was good and we had a really lovely time, I can't remember the last time we went away just the two of us.
I don't know what's the matter with me but the last couple of weeks I haven't been able to finish a full square for Carole's, One A Day. I have managed to do some of the cream around some of the pink centres though.

Take a look here to see how everybody else has got on.

What I have managed to finish though is my Beach Hut Doorstop designed by Susie Johnson from The Wool Sanctuary. Susie taught Kirstie Allsopp to knit and was featured in Kirstie's Homemade Home.

When I went to Brean the weekend before, I started knitting it on the beach, which I thought was a good place to knit a beach hut, lol, I also took a little bag of sand from the beach to fill it when it was finished.

It's a nice, easy pattern to follow and I soon got the front, back and some of the side finished but when  I came to do some more the following day, I'd lost one of my needles on the beach the previous day, sob*sob*. I got Paige and Mick looking along the sand where we'd been sat the day before, but it was gone.
They were Knit Pro and the lady who sold them told me they were the Rolls Royce of knitting needles, I'm hoping some children found it and thought they'd found a pretty stick !!!

Here's a photo of my one lonely needle, I have replaced it now, I went back to House Of Fraser who are selling Knit Pro at less than half price, bargain !!!!!
You can find the pattern for the Beach Hut, here, I've also bought Susie's new book, Janet Smith Can't Knit. It's such a fun book, full of quirky, colourful patterns.

Here a few of my Instagram photo's from last weekend.

eating prawns along Western Super Mare's seafront.

On our way home we stopped at Clevedon, a quaint Victorian seaside town, I had my first savoury cream tea at Tiffin's, it was delicious and consisted of cheese scones, apple chutney and cream cheese, yum,yum. We sat on the terrace, overlooking the beautiful seafront watching the world go by, a perfect end to a perfect weekend.

Thanks for stopping by, I can never get any internet where we stay so I'll catch up with everyone's blog this week.


Saturday 18 August 2012

Thanks A Bunch.......featuring IBS Mason Jar Set.

This is the last day of IBS August Release Party Blog Hop and today I'm back with two of the new releases, Mason Jars and Mason Jar Add On II.

I've used the Mason jar as a vase and done some masking to create a bunch of stamped flowers, I've added some lace trim around the top and recreated a table cloth using the fabric gingham washi tape and more lace trim.I got the water effect with Pan Pastels.

Stamps- Mason Jar, Mason Jar Add On II, Daisies,Little Flowers.
Papers- Authentique Fresh.
Pretties- Gingham Washi Tape, Scallop Crochet Trim, Princess Crochet Trim, twine.

Thanks for joining me over the last week, don't forget the free shipping ends tomorrow and congratulations to the winners of the blog candy.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday 16 August 2012

IBSIC #22.........A Sketch.

Welcome to this week's Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge and this week is a sketch.

This card is using another couple of stamps from the Mason Jar Add On II which will be available to purchase at the IBS Shop from tomorrow.

Stamps- Mason Jar Add On II
Papers- MME Follow Your Heart and Miss Caroline.
Pretties- IBS Gingham Washi Tape, IBS Cream Crochet Lace 1cm, button, pearls.

I hope you'll join in the fun and don't forget you get another chance to win some blog candy today, check here for details.

I'm back tomorrow with all the new releases from IBS.


Wednesday 15 August 2012

Inspired by Stamping August Sneak Peek Blog Hop......

Hi there, I'm back today with this months sneak peeks from Inspired by Stamping, this month there are four new releases and it's all about the Mason Jar, designed by Joanna and Debbie.
I love Mason Jars so I was really excited when I saw these new stamp sets, also this month Joanna is releasing some gorgeous washi tape, lace trims and seam binding and satin ribbon, everything is available from Friday.

Mason Jars

I love this set with the jar, it comes with lots of little accessory stamps to decorate it with, I made a noteboard to leave messages for the family and to write my shopping list.I also used the Mason Jar Add On Set II for the sentiments.

Stamps- Mason Jars, Mason Jar Add On II.
Papers- October Afternoon, MME, Stampin Up.
Pretties- IBS Washi Tape, chipboard hearts, button, pearls.

Mason Jar Add On II

I used all my scraps up for this card, I also used the new IBS Satin Ribbon in Victorian Rose.

Stamps-Mason Jar Add On II
Papers- various left over scraps.
Pretties- IBS Flower, IBS Satin Ribbon, button, leaf pins.

Mason Jar Add On

I've made a Strawberry Jam recipe card with this set, for those of you who make your own preserves, this set is ideal for making your own labels but also for using with the Mason Jar set. I've also used the gorgeous new IBS Lace Trim, it would look so pretty around the lid of your homemade jam.

Stamps- Mason Jar Add On
Papers- Basic Grey, MME.
Pretties- IBS Victorian Crochet Trim 2cm wide.

Spice Jar Labels

Again, another perfect one to make your own labels, I covered this homemade mustard (not made by me) with a handmade label.

Stamps- IBS Spice Jar Labels

This month, Joanna is offering blog candy today and tomorrow, two lucky winners will win one of these bundles.

All you have to do is leave a comment on Joanna's blog, telling her what you would like to see in the future from the Inspired by Stamping Store

Today's DT

Deb H (me)

Tomorrow's DT

Also Joanna is offering shipping Friday through to Sunday with purchases over $20, no code needed and if you want all four sets, if you buy the August Bundle you will save 15% !!!!

Thanks for looking, I'll be back tomorrow with a new challenge from IBSIC.


Tuesday 14 August 2012

One A Day..........Tuesdays Tallies.

Hello my Lovelies, I hope you all had a good weekend, we decided to go away to the seaside as the weather was so nice. I didn't book until Friday afternoon and didn't expect to get anywhere with at short notice but we managed to get a caravan in Brean for one night.
We had such a lovely, relaxing time on the beach, we had a picnic, I did some knitting, read magazines and did some crossword puzzles together.
I haven't done so well with this week's One A Day's, I haven't finished any squares, just the centres.I do them in stages so I crochet 36 centres in one colour, then add the cream around them all and finish off by adding the final row.

I have finished a pair of knitted welly toppers for Paige though, it's V Festival on Friday so I needed to get them finished. I think she may need them with all the rain forecast for this week !!!!

The pattern is by Rhian Drinkwater, the pattern used aran but Paige found some Sirdar Crafter Fair Isle  effect Chunky she really liked.
I used a 4mm circular needle so they came out smaller, I'm not sure whether you're suppose to go down that small with Chunky but it seemed to work.

Thanks for looking, don't forget to check out how everybody else has got on with their One A Day's on Carole's blog.


Thursday 9 August 2012

IBSIC, green & yellow.

Hi, I'm back today with this week's challenge over at IBSIC, and this week we have this gorgeous inspiration photo for you.

Here's my card using pink, green and yellow from the photo.

I inked the gorgeous Delicate Doilies II for the first time, I love them they are so pretty, I think you'll be seeing these a lot, I also used my new Prima papers. A quick, simple card this week.

Stamps-Delicate Doilies IIHeartfelt GreetingsLittle Phrases II.
Papers- Prima Tea-Thyme, Melissa Frances.
Pretties- seam binding, IBS Flowers, pins, SU Tag punch, SU pearls.

I hope you'll join in the fun, we love looking at all your gorgeous creations.


Wednesday 8 August 2012

No Sew Tutu.......

I'm back today not with one of my creations but something that Paige has made. After I knit Olivia the ballerina wrap, I wanted to buy her a tutu skirt to go with it.
I looked everywhere and couldn't find one so I suggested to Paige that she make one, it would give her something to do as she was moaning already that she was bored, it's only two weeks into the summer holidays.
I went on YouTube and found this video on how to make a no sew tutu, perfect for what we were looking for.
Off we went to our local haberdashery store and bought 8 metres of net in various colours, as soon as we got home she started the first tutu.
Within an hour she had finished, this one was for my friend's Granddaughter, she used ribbon for the waistband which when tied makes a pretty decoration on the front.

The second one was for her little cousin, she added some green net to this one, to match the ballerina wrap. The cardi has a bow on the front so Paige did this waistband with elastic as the ribbon looked a bit too fussy.

 I think they both turned out really well, and the two cuties who received them, absolutely loved them, as soon they put them on they started dancing like little Prima Donna's.

Thanks for popping in to look.

Tuesday 7 August 2012

One a Day.......Tuesday's Tallies.

Hi, I'm back today with my One a Day's, I've been doing a fair bit of knitting lately and missed doing crochet so this week I've concentrated on my Springtime Throw.
I love making these little squares, they crochet up so quick and with my little production line I can soon get a few made.
I've finished 36 square this week so I've got a total of 396 all together,the pattern says you need 420 but I don't think it will be wide enough and I've got loads of wool left so I'll be carrying on until I've used it all up..

Check out everyone else's progress over at Carole's blog.

I've also done 4 rows of my Wonder Blanket.

I've used the yarn left over from my niece's ballerina wrap, I bought the wool from Porthmadog when I went away with my friends. Evelyn who started The Wonder Blanket on Ravelry, commented about when using your left over wool, it will remind you of certain times and what project you used it on so this bit will always remind me of my fun few days with the girlies.

Talking about the ballerina wrap here it is with my niece wearing it.

She's such a little cutie !!!!

One last thing, I wanted to show you my new yarn that I received from the The Natural Dye Studio Yarn Club. This is July's YOTM, a merino/tencel mix lace called Koroibos in commemoration of the Olympics. Koroibos was the winner of the stadion race in the first Ancient Olympics.

Have a good week, I'll be back tomorrow with a new sew tutu that my daughter Paige made for the little girls in our family.


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