Sunday, 22 May 2016

Wedding fast approaching....

Hello all and I hope that your May is proving to be a good one? I think it's been quite good so far, but it's passing so fast that I can't be certain!  Life seems to be a fast-moving treadmill of work, home, teenagers, work, home.....etc!  It's a busy time at work and I confess that my crafting time has been limited to a bit of therapeutic crocheting in an evening to 'chill out'. Not to mention that when I arrive home it sometimes feels like my house is an outpost of the Sixth Form centre at school, with various (& often numerous) teenage boys lolling about the place - mind you, much as I might complain it's only half-hearted really as I know I will miss it terribly when youngest has left/gone to uni/wherever!

Anyway, my step-daughter's wedding is fast approaching and we're all heading off to Dubrovnik for a big family gathering and to celebrate Lucy & Jon's nuptials! Outfits have now all been purchased (a pain for me - clothes shopping is definitely NOT on my 'favourites' list of activities) and we had a 'dress rehearsal' so that I could check we would all pass muster.  I will take plenty of pics (although youngest is on photo duty as he's got the best camera!) and share some when we return, as I probably won't get chance to blog again before the wedding.  But I thought I would share some pics of the wedding invitations that I made for Lucy and Jon. They wanted a sort of 'shabby chic' theme, so after looking at some samples and getting lots of ideas from pinterest (!) we came up with these

It was a bit like a production line in the Tilly's Crafts crafting room! But it was lovely to do them and I was thrilled to be asked! 

And I've been busy making fabric bunting for the reception tables, with gorgeous Tilda fabrics, so I'm hoping that it will all look just right - the happy couple don't deserve anything less as they are such a lovely couple! 

So happy crafting time to everyone, and I look forward to some time to 'Carry On Crafting' when we return from Dubrovnik! 

Back soon(ish)! 
Kim x 

Monday, 2 May 2016

A finished product!

I hope you've been enjoying a relaxing Bank Holiday weekend - well, for those of us who've got one!  I must admit that it's been so nice having an extra day (even though it still seems to get filled up with doing "little jobs"!).  Sadly the weather hasn't really played along nicely, with rain and chilly wind, but this afternoon things cheered up a bit here in the north west UK and we were even able to sit with a cuppa outside! I've also been busy with crafting things - I had a happy time browsing in a local fabric and yarn shop for some fabrics to make bunting for my step-daughter's wedding, and somehow ended up buying some yarn too..... I don't know how that happened!  The wedding is drawing ever closer - it's 4 weeks tomorrow - eek! We fly out to Dubrovnik (where the wedding is!) in just over 3 weeks and I'm so looking forward to us all being together - and getting baby cuddles with our gorgeous little granddaughter again lol!

Anyway, I just thought I'd share a 'finished product' with you. I shared some pics with you last week of 'works in progress' when I'd been doing some colouring, so I thought you might like to see one of the finished cards

The stamp is from LOTV of course, as is the sentiment stamp and backing papers
I've used a Joanna Sheen ivy corner die, the LaLaLand banner die, and a little wooden heart from stash! 

Hope you like it! 

Well, it's back to work tomorrow - and a really busy few weeks ahead. And I need to get a Knitted Knockers order finished and then start on the bunting, not to mention upcoming birthdays, a baby blanket to finish for someone, ........etc........!  No chance of getting bored then eh?

Thanks for looking (and reading the waffle) and for all your lovely comments - they mean such a lot!
Back soon,
Kim x

Monday, 25 April 2016

Did ya miss me? ....again!

Oh dear. Over 3 weeks since the last blog post. I can only blame the usual suspects of work, family, jobs to do, etc - in varying order and varying degrees!  My hours at work have increased a bit due to some changes in our school office and that's definitely keeping me busy - and I promise I haven't increased hours on purpose just because husband has retired!  And family always keep me busy - it's strange how we always seem to be busy and preoccupied, even with the offspring who've left home!
But I promise I have also been busy crafting too - well, how else would I keep my sanity.....

I was pleased to finish a crochet baby blanket and I'm loving the mix of blue and sage shades, mixed with some silver grey and soft parchment colours

It measures approximately 42" x 28" or in metric, 106cm x 72cm! And I love the blues with the soft ripple pattern

I'm quite pleased with it and I think it makes a very cute baby boy blanket! 

And of course I've still been busy with the crocheted Knitted Knockers!  It's been very rewarding to be able to do something I really enjoy and know that it's going to help bring some comfort to another woman somewhere - and I love the line on the registered charity name "Made with Love, Filled with Hope".  If you're not sure what I'm wittering on about (nothing new there!) please take a look at their website and spread the word! Knitted Knockers UK

But in the last few days I've also enjoyed doing a bit of colouring again - and am going to have a card-making session.  I've been digging out and using some of my older stamps and I'm determined not to buy any more stamps until I've made good use of the ones I've got! (How many times do crafters say that to themselves?)

What does your craft desk look like?  And how do you prefer to work? These days I tend to pick the stamp first, then the papers and then colour the image to match - but just occasionally I'll colour the image first (and then have a root and scrabble through all the paper stash to try to find matching papers!).

A couple of oh-so-cute LOTV stamps and then one of my old favourites, a Sarah Kay stamp

And one bit of good news on the home front is that our youngest Jack passed his driving test 2 weeks ago - first time!  So a proud mummy moment for me - even though we've not seen much of him since lol! He's definitely enjoying his new-found freedom of mobility and even gives me a lift to work in a morning (a bit of a strange reversal when your child takes you to school...).

So apologies for the absence and then the rather long, rambling post - but yes, I have been busy!  
But, I will try to get time to finish these cards off - and have a browse around Blogland and catch up with what everyone has been doing!

Back soon (hopefully!)
Kim x

Friday, 1 April 2016

Extra Cards - and a very special day (well, in our household!)

Hello all and I hope that you all had a good Easter, and that you've had some nice Spring weather? Yesterday was a delightful day here, with blue skies and a lovely bright Spring feel. However, in typical British spring fashion, today has turned grey, chilly and wet! Hey ho.

But we've had a relaxing few days, and I had chance to make a couple of cards - nothing too complicated though!

The first one was made with paper from my (embarrassingly large) stash! I added a sentiment stamp from LOTV and flowers from WOC. The leaves were cut with a Joanna Sheen die.

The second one, for those times when you just need to let someone know you're thinking about them, is a simple white-on-white, with an embossed background (using a Crafters Companion folder) and punched flowers (using a Tonic punch).  The sentiment stamp is from LOTV.

And today was a rather significant one in our household as it was my lovely husband's last day at work!  After over 46 years working for the same company, he has taken early retirement (although he refuses to call it "retirement"!).  It's a big change for him (and me too lol!) but I think he deserves the relaxation time after all those years - and then he can have a look at the little list I've made for him with all those jobs that have been put off over the years!

Well, I hope you have a relaxing weekend and manage some crafting time too! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

Friday, 18 March 2016

A little cutie!

Hello all - where did the last couple of weeks go?  We just seem to have quite a few things going on at the moment, and sometimes I think I just need to step back and take deep breaths. Last weekend we waved bye bye to youngest as he set off to Lyon in France for a week on his school French exchange.  And one of my colleagues at work has also been away, so it has felt strangely quiet at home and work!  Much as I might complain sometimes about the mess (not to mention the guitar playing, wet towel trail across the landing, plates and bowls disappearing from the kitchen and reappearing in a certain teenager's bedroom, and the constant stream of taxi duties), we have missed him really lol!  But he's back tomorrow (with a suitcase full of laundry no doubt!) and it'll be lovely to have him home in the nest again!

But I did find time in the last week to make a card using a super-cute image called 'Sweet Sparkle' from Sylvia Zet at Wee Stamps. I've coloured the image with copics and graphit pens, and a touch of glamour dust for the sparkle!

The backing paper and sentiment stamp are from LOTV, and I've used a LaLaLand banner die, Marianne flower dies and Poppystamps leaf die.
Hope you like her too! 
And I've been busy with the yarn, making knockers for Knitted Knockers! Please have a look at their website HERE - and pass the word on!

Another crochet project at the moment is a baby boy blanket, with some lush shades of soft blues, teals and silvers, in a snuggly ripple pattern

I'll share 'Ta-Dah' pics when it's finished! 

I hope you enjoy your weekend - whatever you have planned.
Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Trying some CAS..

Time seems to be flying by so fast at the moment. 1st March already? Happy St David's Day! It's definitely been on the chilly side but it's nice that the mornings and evenings are getting just that little bit lighter and I am soooo looking forward to the clocks changing at the end of this month!  I don't seem to have had much crafty time this last week or so, and things seem to be busy at home and work. But I'm still busy with my crocheting - and currently making another order for Knitted Knockers!  Please do have a look at their website here - and spread the word to all women you know! The link to their page is HERE.  And it's nice to use my crochet addiction to help other women.

Anyway, I did have chance to make a CAS birthday card - something that I find difficult to do lol!  I always feel the urge to add other bits and pieces - and it's something of a strain to stop myself getting giddy with embellishments!

I used a digi stamp from DigiStamp Boutique, coloured with copics and backing paper from K&Co. 

I also have a pic of some recent crocheting - a couple of teachers at school (ones who teach my son!), have recently become parents, and I think it's nice to give a little handmade gift.  This is a little set of hat & socks that were for one of my son's French teachers on the arrival of his daughter Lucie! 

I've used a lovely Stylecraft variegated yarn, with a hat pattern made up as I go along! 

Two of my friends are becoming grandparents in the next few months so I'm busy with more baby gifts.....

I hope to find a little bit of free time to catch up with blogs and crafting over the next few days! 
Back soon,
Kim x 

Friday, 19 February 2016

Where did that week go...?

I can't believe it's Friday already! Where did the week go? It's amazing how fast a week's half term break can speed by - but I'm not going to think about going back to work on Monday and the usual routine just yet!

We've been having a bit of building work done at home, so it was with an extra bit of delight that I waved goodbye to husband and son, and left them to it (sniggers!). I headed down to Sussex and enjoyed a lovely few days with my daughter Lauren.  I was treated to a visit to her new school where she's now teaching (and helped out with a wall display - mothers who like crafting have their uses!).  And some nice time with lunches out, browsing round the lovely little shops in Lewes, and meals out with Lauren & her partner Tom in an evening! But I'm back now and I think the boys missed me really (and not just for the catering and laundry duties as I had cynically suggested!).  There's a bit more building work to finish off and then hopefully I can get my house straight once more as I hate having things upside down - and I'm not OCD really (despite what my husband suggests).

But before I went away I was able to finish a card using one of my favourite cute little characters from Mo Manning

I've coloured the image with copics and graphit pens.  The papers are from K&Co and the sentiment stamp is from LOTV

I found the lovely wooden kite embellishment in my stash, and I've used a Spellbinders edge die for the top edging and some hessian ribbon

Quite a simple layout, but I think it's still quite a cute little card! 

I've had a lovely coffee & catch up with a friend today and another one scheduled in tomorrow with another good friend - school holidays are always a good chance to meet up & re-connect! 
But I'll try and fit some crafting and blogging time in too as I need to stop being such a bad blogger and get around to doing some blog visiting! 
Enjoy your weekend, whatever you have planned
Back soon,
Kim x