Monday, 16 January 2017

Birthday Girlie!

I can't believe how fast the last couple of weeks have gone! After new year, we had a few relaxing days of clearing up Christmas (not that relaxing!) and dog walks with the Rascally Ruby! And then .... drum roll .... it was "Back To Work"......  Although I'm not inclined any more to lie-ins (having gone through years of babies, toddlers, school runs, dogs, etc.), it's still always a shock to the system when the alarm starts going off again.  It seems even worse at this time of year when that dratted alarm goes off and it's still pitch black outside! Added to the drain of early starts, is the usual chaos, hustle and bustle of the start of term - school offices at the start of term are a thing to behold! But we're gradually getting back into the pattern of working life again (albeit with an eye on the next holiday!).  But I must try and stick to one of my 'unwritten' resolutions to get busy and make some cards! My crafting efforts have been pretty appalling lately, and although I've blamed lack of free time, Ruby, general winter weariness, I must stop making excuses and actually crack on and get some cards made! I have kept busy with the crocheting, and am currently working on an order for a baby blanket, so I'm not sat about doing nothing!

Anyway, I realised that I hadn't shared this card that I made a while ago - a very special one for our little granddaughter Isabella!


Apologies for the rather rubbish quality of the photo - these winter days really don't lend themselves to any photos! 
I used a LOTV digi stamp, coloured with copics with some added glossy accents (which sadly doesn't show up on the pic!)


The backing paper is from LOTV, as is the sentiment, and I've used Britannia flower dies, Memory Box heart dies and LaLaLand banner die.

Hope you like it! 
And I thought I'd share a couple of pics from one of our new year doggy walks at Glasson Dock (not far from our house) - with a pic of me & Ruby (we have lots of pics of Rubydoo, but pictures of me are as rare as hens' teeth!)




Thanks for looking - and thanks for all the recent comments! 
Back soon,
Kim x 






Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that 2017 brings you health, happiness and peace - and time for crafting!

Apologies for rather a long absence (again!), but I'm going to try and make a concerted effort in 2017 to blog more regularly!  I hope that lasts longer than my usual resolutions....!

We had a lovely family time at Christmas - and it's always so nice to get all of our gang gathered together.  It's difficult once children grow up, move away and have busy lives of their own - and that makes the time we all have together that much more special.  And of course, the ever-growing RubyDoo Dog has loved every minute of Christmas, with lots of attention, presents and walks! She's now 6 months old, adorable one minute and incredibly naughty the next - a typical puppy really!

I try to take advantage of any little pockets of 'free' time to do some crafting, and as always, there are always far more ideas and dreams than actual time to get on with them.

I was able to finish a very pretty crochet blanket at the beginning of December.  This was using the 'Cupcake Blanket' yarn pack, designed by the clever Lucy at Attic24.  A very special friend of mine who moved away in the summer, was very recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This has naturally been a difficult and traumatic time for her and her family - sometimes life can feel very cruel and unfair. And because we don't live near one another any more, it was nice to be able to gift this blanket to her when she came to stay for a little visit early last month - I told her that although I wouldn't be there when she started to undergo surgery and treatment, I could provide a 'hug' through the blanket! We're all just hoping that 2017 will bring health & a new start for her!


I love the soft, pastel shades - and they definitely are 'cupcake' colours


Made with Stylecraft DK, it makes a very cuddly and warm (& washable!) blanket - perfect for snuggling under with a warm drink.  Definitely a hug in the form of a blanket! 

I particularly liked the edging pattern for the blanket, which was quite simple but very effective! I'll definitely use that edging again!


And my friend has assured me that it is now in regular use on chilly winter days, now she's back at home - which is really nice for me to know! 


Hope you like it! 

I've now started on the next blanket project - I like to keep busy lol!  And I've realised that I do have quite a few projects that I haven't shared yet, so I will try my hardest to blog a little more regularly and share the projects!

So, I hope that 2017 has started well for you - and that it proves to be a good year for you.

Back soon,
Kim x 








Wednesday, 23 November 2016

My name is Ruby....

Hello everyone - my name is Ruby! I'm 5 months old today and just wanted to let you know that I'm enjoying ruling the roost at home now.

I've got lots of hobbies and interests, including:-

Checking that the household jobs are getting done properly....

Re-arranging the soft furnishings....


Getting belly rubs from Dad ....

Watching David Attenborough on the television - all those animals are so fascinating but when I try to get closer and have a look behind that box thing I can see them on, there's nothing there! Spooky! 

And after all that activity, a girl needs to have plenty of naps, preferably with my special crochet blankie that Mum made...

I try my bestest to keep Mum busy - although she does occasionally have a moan that she can't get on with crafting!  I'm only trying to help sort the yarn out when she's crocheting - you just can't please some people....

And I know that this Blog-thingy is called Tilly's Crafts (and Mum has shown me pictures of Tilly - who did look a lot like me!) - but I'll keep making a little appearance, just so that you know I'm keeping an eye on things and helping Mum with her crafty thingys!

Back soon,
Ruby xx




Sunday, 20 November 2016

Autumn & Hedgehogs!

Hello all, I hope that your November has been going well.  We've definitely seen the autumnal weather this last week or so, with a mixture of icy cold or wind & rain. And I seem to have the usual busy few weeks, with work, family birthdays and a craft fair to get things ready for! I'm sharing a craft stall with another 'crafty' friend and I've been busy getting crocheted things ready, not to mention glycerine soaps, bath bombs, etc - at least the house smelt lovely yesterday whilst I was cutting and wrapping soaps! Not to mention the fact that it's an extra challenge trying to get anything done with a lunatic puppy dog round your feet all the time! And last weekend was a very special party for our little granddaughter's 1st birthday - can you believe that she's one year old already?! So I made some food & cakes as a contribution and we headed off to a lovely little party!  And the day of the party coincided with my eldest stepdaughter Charlotte's birthday which was an extra treat, as now they're all grown up and live away, its not often that we can see them all on their birthdays.  So I thought I'd share the card I made for Charlotte


 Apologies for the rather dark and dreary pic - the grey autumn days are definitely not helping the photography!  I treated myself to a few of the LOTV digi stamps - and they are gorgeous.  This is one of the new ones featuring these oh-so-cute hedgehogs


I've coloured the image with copics and pencil.  The backing paper is also from LOTV (I'll be a bit lost when I've finished up my stock of these!) and the flowers are from WOC


The sentiment is also from LOTV. 
Hope you like it.

And I mentioned it was my little granddaughter Isabella's 1st birthday - so I thought I'd share a little pic of Bella the Party Girl to show you what a cutie she is! 


Thanks for looking! 
Back soon,
Kim x




Sunday, 30 October 2016

A bit of cosy crochet!

Hello all and I hope that you've enjoyed your weekend - and are getting ready for Halloween and Bonfire Night!  It'll be Ruby's first experience of both of course, and hopefully she'll cope well with the fireworks, etc.  I think she'll get more excited if any of our local children call tomorrow for Halloween - or she'll be trying to pinch any sweeties!  Here in North West Lancashire our half term break seems to be different from the rest of the UK (typical!), so we're actually on our week off this coming week and I am soooo looking forward to a break.  There's nothing exciting planned apart from a couple of arrangements with friends to meet for coffee and cake (always a welcome trip!) - and I'm hoping some crafting time too, as it feels as though that has been in very short supply lately!  And in a few weeks I'm sharing a craft stall at a local Christmas fair with a friend, so really need to make some 'stock'!

Thinking about what things might be popular at a Christmas fair, I decided to make some snuggly, cosy crocheted hot water bottle covers (with the hot water bottle inside of course!).
 

There are many examples and ideas on the internet for these, but I decided to make up my own pattern to fit the bottles I'd bought! 



I love the candy colours for this one - and used the 'cosy stripe' pattern that Lucy uses for blankets on her Attic24 blog (a fabulous colour and yarn fix on grey days!)

I'm hoping that they might be popular on our Christmas craft stall - but they'll make great little gifts for family and friends.  What's not to love about a cosy, cuddly hot water bottle on a cold winter's evening? I've also added a couple into my Etsy shop HERE.

I'd love to know what you think!
And thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last post - when you've been missing for quite a while, you do think that people will have forgotten all about you and your little corner of Blogland.  So thanks again for remembering me! 

Kim x





Thursday, 27 October 2016

Back once more....!

Well, what can I say?  I haven't packed up and emigrated, or got lost, or forgotten how to use the computer. And most importantly, I haven't stopped crafting!  But sometimes life just speeds past, with lots going on when you have jobs, family, pets, etc. - definitely pets!  As I mentioned in my last long-ago post, we have now acquired a puppy, Ruby, who is 18 weeks old today.  She's adorable, a sweetie and full of puppy naughtiness - it's just like having a toddler in the house again!  So the combination of that, and a very long and busy term at school, has meant that computer time has been a bit restricted to the essentials - especially because I'm using one most of the day at work!  But I am still crafting and have some crochet bits and pieces to share with you soon.  But, as anyone who has had a puppy or kitten will know, the lure of yarn is irresistible to them - not to mention the fact that they have this innate ability to know that your attention is elsewhere (so they will either pester you until you put your toys down and play with them - or they will go off and find something to play with that they definitely shouldn't!).  So crafting and crocheting time is restricted to Ruby's nap-times! I must warn family and friends not to expect fancy handmade cards this Christmas....

Anyway, I do have a card to share with you today that I made quite a while ago - and using one of my favourite LOTV stamps.  I haven't tried any of their digi-stamps yet - I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried them and what they are like!


I love using the lilac and aqua colours - they always seem so fresh and bright! 
I coloured the image with copics, Graphit pens and a little pencil.
The backing papers are from LOTV and flowers from WOC. The butterfly dies are from Joanna Sheen.


Hope you like it! 

And just a few pics of the fast-growing Rascally Ruby!

Enjoying sunshine on the promenade (& ice cream!)
Trying to work out what's going on in that stupid machine....
Me? Naughty? I think you must be confusing me with some other hound....
(She's gradually growing into those ears and feet!)
All that activity takes it out of a girl. Time for a nap, cuddled up in blankie...!

Thanks for looking
Kim x 






Thursday, 18 August 2016

I haven't vanished really....

Hello, and just wanted to say that I haven't vanished from the face of the earth! I can't believe it's been so long since I last did a blog post but sometimes life just gets in the way.  I hadn't been feeling too good, having some pretty grotty side-effects from new medications, and the 'relaxing' summer holidays have turned out to be a mixture of either feeling c**p or busy with other jobs!  Sigh.

But I wanted to share a little piece of sunshine that arrived in our house today in the form of an 8 week old puppy called Ruby!  As you can possibly remember, we lost our beloved Tilly (who the blog is named after!) over 2 years ago.  By chance, and 2 days after the anniversary of saying goodbye to Tilly, I found out that the lady we got Tilly from now had another Staffie and was letting her have one litter of pups. We had a lovely catch up, and as we knew what a lovely family Tilly came from, and they knew how loved and spoilt our Tilly was, we were added to the list for a pup.  So today we collected the gorgeous Ruby - who is adorable! She's full of mischief and lots of licks and cuddles and will no doubt keep us all busy for a while!





Such a cutie! 

So I hope that you'll forgive my absence - and I'll try to make more of an effort to keep a bit more up to date with blog posts! 

Back soon,
Kim x