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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Autumn Colours


What a super half term holiday!  The colours have been absolutely glorious around our home.  When walking our dogs we have been fully taking advantage of them.  There are a line of trees that line the canal and pathway from our estate.  I love watching these trees as they change throughout the year but I think Autumn has to be the best, don't you agree?

The fallen leaves are scattered all over the pathway and have totally covered the grass areas.  Our dogs love walking through these.  Happy days!

Just at the back of our estate are some lakes and these are another popular daily visit when walking the dogs.  There are lots of geese and ducks and other water birds around here.  We regularly see people feeding them.  The birds are always very keen to say 'hello' as you walk past even with the dogs!

I have got a few crochet projects on the 'go' at the moment but have had to put these aside for the time being after a request from my daughter.  She had found this pattern on Ravelry so I bought it and bought some 4ply grey Women's Institute wool to begin.

I have made a good start but have hit the cabling section and I am definitely struggling with this.

I have created the holes to weave the cable into but I have been struggling with the next step.  A definite puzzle for me to solve!  A few attempts in front of TV tonight ....
I will let you know how I get on!

Bye for now

Von xx

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Birthday Card


It was my Mum's Birthday last week and she is quite a card maker herself.

She had commented that she doesn't often receive handmade cards so I set about having a try myself.
I began by using some wax and melting it this to create a background.

Then I used double sided tape to attach to a card for the background.  After that I used my Big Shot machine and the Sizzix flower layers dies to cut some paper flowers for the base of the card.

Following this I added some little silver gems to the centre of the flowers for a bit of glitter.  Next I used a butterfly die from "Signature Collection" by Sara Davies to cut two butterflies.

 After that I added some little blue gems to the outer edges of the one butterfly.  Then using sticky pads I layered the two butterfly cut outs and added these to the card.

I think my Mum liked it.  I have had a go at some Christmas cards too which I will share with at a later stage.

Bye for now

Von xx

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Kindle Cover

It was my mums birthday at the weekend, so I decided to make her the kindle case that I promised her I would make this time last year!!    I thought it would be nice to wrap up along with her other pressies as a surprise, but  a week before her birthday when the kindle case was near completion she announced that she had plans to make a kindle case for herself.... typical eh   ... I did suggest that maybe this was not a project she needed to rush to get started with which made us both  giggle, so a surprise it was not but  it was completed in time and wrapped!!  LOL
 Whilst making a kindle case for mum I decided to make another one for me - well it would be a shame not to !!    Here is a couple of photos to show you what the finished cases looked like.  Hope you like it...

I really enjoyed making these cases... it seems as though it has been ages since I have had the chance to sit down, sew and create.    It has given me the incentive to get a few more of my projects completed ..the next one I think will be to make a lampshade from a lampshade kit that has been sitting gathering dust for 12 months.