Thursday, 3 May 2012

Some Woolly Goodness

Even though we're now into May, we're still in need of little woolly warmers on the way to school in the morning. It may not be the full hat-scarf-gloves combo anymore, but I have been appreciating my little cowl:

And youngest daughter has been grateful for her headband, which also keeps her ears warm ;-)

These were both made with Cascade wool I received in my swap last year from the lovely Amy - glad I finally got to make something with it, even if we're supposed to be well into spring...  Scottish weather, cannae beat it!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Forrays into Jewellery Making

A wee while ago, I was bitten by the bracelet bug :)  Could not stop making bracelets, I think all the girls' friends received bracelets as Christmas presents!  When I found that Shamballa-style bracelets were made with a macramee knot I had learned in the 70's, I was delighted and churned out one friendship bracelet after the other, with the waxed cord I'd bought on a whim some time ago. On my birthday, I treated myself to a few nice, big glass beads and made this:

And then I bought a few sparkly, disco-ball beads, and made this:

The beads are lovely and sparkly, and eldest daughter has already borrowed this bracelet to wear to school, which, considering she is a teenager, is praise indeed :) I've had to order more beads, so the girls can all have their own bracelet...

Finally, a bracelet made not by me, but by youngest daughter (age 7), for her best friend's birthday:

She chose the beads, the colours, and made it all by herself (I just helped with the sliding knot closure) - I was very impressed!! :)

So much for today, a different craft coming next time.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, 30 April 2012

Let's see...

... what's been going on around here!  It seems to be pretty darn impossible to get back into a reasonable blogging rhythm, but I've been feeling "the urge" a bit more lately!  We've been having computer problems, so that even made keeping up with my favourite blogs difficult, never mind writing my own posts. But, like I said in my last post, I am still making stuff, so I'm going to have a dig around and see what I can show :)

A birthday card for middle daughter's friend:

Middle daughter had shown me a drawing by her friend, so this seemed to be the right type of card for her.  I used one of my Gorjuss Girl stamps, some Basic Grey papers, my trusty water colour pencils and a few flowers and buttons from my stash.

Next up, a girly birthday card (which is always useful in a house with 3 girls!):

Then, a Big Sister card, commissioned by a friend:


I dug out my SugarNellie Maggie stamp - she's a ballerina, but she also looks to me like she's saying: look how big I am! ;-) The papers are Stampin' Up! from quite a few years ago, the name is computer-printed.

And the associated New Baby cards (prepared for all eventualities!):

I saw these adorable baby stamps by Lilly of the Valley in a magazine and simply could not resist.  Hadn't bought any stamps in a while, but these just shouted out to me "buy me!!!"

So there we are, quite a few cards made recently!  Next time, I'll share a few other things I've made recently - till then, thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Still here...

Yup, I'm still around!  And I'm still making stuff, only I don't seem to be finishing things, or if I do, I forget to take pictures :( So there's not been an awful lot to blog about, seeing this is mainly a crafty kind of blog.
However, I've been organising the photos on my laptop recently and came across a few cards that I hadn't posted yet.  Better than nothing, right?

From October, here are a couple of cards going back to October, made as a commission for a friend's husband's birthday:

This card was actually inspired by the birthday cake at the party - thankfully the big day was a couple of days later! ;-)  Yes, I guess the birthday had a bit of a curling theme :)

This card is based on a design I kept from a magazine, since I always struggle with men's cards.  Glad I kept it, really enjoyed making this design!

Then, from December, a couple of cards for the same friend, whose daughter turned 18 (aargh! I remember her as a wee 8 year old!!!):

One card from the proud parents, one from the (mostly) adoring sisters, both on the brief of "black and pink".

And finally, not a commission, but for my friend herself :)

Birthday card and matching gift wallet, made with Stampin' Up! specialty papers - the damask pattern is flocked and very strokeable ;-)

Card only - very similar to this card from just over a year ago, when my friend said: "I want one like that for my 40th!"

Well, here you go, a small sampling of what I've been up to.  I've also been knitting and crocheting, but with very few finished items to show for it - startitis, I think, some people call it! ;-)

Other than that, things in my little corner of Scotland are just ticking over quite nicely now.  For some reason, I got phenomenally stressed before Christmas, far more than normal, but I have recovered now and have embarked on a journey of decluttering and organising my house.  It's slow going, but changes have been made :)  As part of this, eldest daughter has now moved into a new bedroom downstairs (formerly the playroom aka dumping ground...), so that middle and youngest daughters both get their own bedrooms.  Work is by no means finished, but so far everyone seems pleased with their own little domains. And maybe, just maybe, there might be less squabbling in future???!!???

After two very harsh, snowy winters, this one has been rather mild at times and far more windy than usual, but we hardly had any snow.  And now, when the sun is out and the skies are blue, there's a definite hint of spring in the air - I cannot wait!!!

Oh well, after this rather random last paragraph, I'm going to sign off - thanks for stopping by and taking a look :)