Monday, 31 March 2008
Then after lunch Phil showed us how to make dichroic items. Ours were still being fired so we couldn't bring them home but as soon as they arrive I will show them off! Here are a couple of the layered pendants I made! What do you think?
This one is my favourite despite the blobbles of blue at the end - I was aware that that would happen though as the stripy bits (can't remember the technical term!) that I chose were longer than the base layer.
And here are the other 3 I made. I used frit to make the blobs in the top 2 - frit is basically ground up glass made into 'sprinkles'.
So all in all it was a fab day and I would heartily recommend it - both for what you learn and Phil's great teaching. Now how much were those kilns again? I will post pictures of the other things I made once they have been fired and sent by Phil!
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Saturday, 29 March 2008
The bottom 2 photographs are of the back of the envelopes with the nursery rhyme on - I've never heard this one. Have you? Expect to see more of these soon!!
Friday, 28 March 2008
Right - best go and make this chicken!
Thursday, 27 March 2008
I think they are fairly representative of my business and I am going to add a range using paper instead of fabric too so that should sum up my business quite well! Obviously the fabric and paper is all recycled/repurposed!
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Into other news I went into town yesterday and got some fab things in the charity shop. One book I got is about embroidery (but it's too boring to photograph) and the other has kept the girls amused for ages.
I love the felt hats below.
I also got a very cute pair of birds that double up as a salt and pepper set! Aren't they cool?? They even have their own perch!
At nursery it is Spanish Day today so Anya had to dress up in red and yellow to represent the Spanish flag. I have plenty of red for her but no yellow. I have plenty of yellow for me but that's not very useful. Anyway, we compromised (as she insisted she had to be yellow and red) with a yellow ribbon in her hair. I'm tempted to find an oak tree on the way back from nursery to tie it round!!
Monday, 24 March 2008
And here is the picture that Anya drew inside the card of Tara. Cute!
I've got lots of washing and sorting to do so I will be back with a proper post soon. And some of the goodies I have been making!
Friday, 21 March 2008
1. I have a phobia of water - not washing water (!) but large bodies of water like rivers, canals etc. I really don't like boats or even walking alongside waterways. It's strange really as I can swim but don't like to!
2. I LOVE charity shops, jumble sales, fleas markets, car boots sales - you get the picture. My ideal day would be to get up and go charity shopping all day. In fact when we were in New York recently we managed to find a flea market. I saw a beautiful bike but we couldn't get it home :)
3. I used to rock climb, abseil and go caving but I haven't been for years (I used to do it in the Guides). I really like the adrenaline rush!
4. I used to be 16st and a size 20/22 but now I'm 12 and a bit stone and a size 14/16. I'd like to get down another dress size and tone up a bit but don't we all!
5. Gosh this is hard! I love reading and used to read a book a day before the children came along but now it's limited to a chapter or two before bed.
6. I like Granny Chic dressing - even though I am only 30!
7. I love vintage ephemera - in fact any ephemera - but especially postcards, recipe books, ledgers, letters, autograph books etc etc. I also like using etc a lot!
There - I'm not going to tag anyone but if you would like to have a go just leave a comment and I'll come and have a look. If you want to see my last 7 facts then they are here.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
I'll edit this post just before I go to bed tonight so you can see what I have done today - it's up to 12 things already!
Right here is the list - I've edited it now so things should make a bit more sense and I've moved the picture from at the end to the middle where it breaks up the long list! Also I was feeling sick and went to bed early - that's why there are no entries after 8.30
Punched some paper flowers from a Cath Kidston catalogue
Loaded dishwasher and switched it on
Got girls dressed
Straighten hair (don’t do it every day!)
Hung washing up on airer
Moderated comments on cuteable
Cleaned downstairs loo
Cut out cardboard for tags
Walked Anya up to nursery 8.40
Wrote a brief swirlyarts blog post
Responded to some emails
Put a load of washing on
Finished punching out flowers
Made two banana cakes
Cleaned up kitchen after baking
Put dirty cake making things in dishwasher
Sorted out some mags/newspapers to go into recycling
Made a cup of tea
Sat down and read emails
Sent out Cuteable advertising details to people
Picked up the pins that
Swore as I find a pin stuck into my bum that I didn’t pick up
Hung next load of washing outside
Opened sites/pages for Cuteable article
Took cakes out of oven
Walked up to get Anya from nursery 11.15
Sliced up cakes – 1 to go in freezer.
Sat and read Now magazine for 10 mins while girls play
Made lunch and ate it! 12.20
Wrote Cuteable post
Responded to more emails
Cleared up lunch things and got some cake for girls
Looked through my blog reader ready for tomorrows clinks post
Asked a question on the crafts forum
Checked the Etsy forums
Sorted some Flickr photo’s
Tidied our bedroom and put away the mountain of clothes piled up!
Hoovered our bedroom
Played with the girls for an hour or so while we were stripping the beds
Stripped the beds!
Sorted some stuff for the charity shop
Put the clothes in the dining room into baskets to go upstairs to be put away
Moderated some cuteable comments
Checked my email
Listed a OOAK doorstop on Etsy
Tidied up front room and kitchen
Put more stuff in the dishwasher and put it on again
Put potatoes on for tea 5.05
Moderated more cuteable comments
Through moderating comments I found a new blog for my reader!
Read some more of my magazine while tea was cooking
Googled crafty tattoo’s as I am researching my next one!
Tidied up the tea things
Went upstairs to get the girls (and myself) in jama’s
Made our bed
Sorted the rest of the clothes out to put away
Put Anya’s clothes away while talking to Matt on phone
Read story to Anya and put her to bed
Checked emails 7.15
Emptied dishwasher and wiped surfaces down
Swept floor and put another load of washing on
Wrote tomorrow’s clinks post for Cuteable
Updated blog 8.30
These next 2 things I did all day - managing grumpy children who don’t want to do what I ask them to and also all day sorting out bickering with them or just watching them play – I didn’t want to detail all of those things separately!I have also counted the number of things done and it reaches an impressive 77 things! Hmmm, next time I am feeling down about not crossing things off my list then perhaps I should have a look here!
Monday, 17 March 2008
I'm posting also to show you the idea I have had for the children's dictionary I bought yesterday at the car boot sale. Tags would've been nice but then you would have got detail but missed the overall picture. My normal envelopes would've worked but again not much of the overall illustrations. Enter the super douper bubble envelopes!
Back view. They are lined with double thickness bubble wrap so will protect my items going out. What do you think? I'm not going to be selling these at the moment unless you think they would do well but if you want some custom requirements with letters of your choice then let me know!!
At the car boot I bought an autograph book from 1918 - I love vintage ephemera! My favourite 2 pictures are below although there is a sewing related one that I love in my Flickr photostream.
I also got an old dictionary which has some lovely illustrations but I haven't yet decided what to do with it - tags maybe but I will see.
I also bought a baby set for the girls consisting of a highchair, travel cot and a baby swing. It also came with a doll for Anya as she doesn't have one (Bo has always been her baby but she has wanted a doll for a little while now.) It was the best £5 I have spent. Tara is feeding her doll as I type and they spent a long time yesterday playing with it. I'm sure it will be played with when Anya gets back from nursery too.
I also went shopping with Alex in the afternoon to Boundry Mill as it is moving to a new site and everything was meant to be a bargain - it wasn't but I got two things for me and the rest was presents. I bought some knickers for me (which you won't be seeing!) and a fabulous bright pink knitted shrug from Windsmoor for £5! I'm sure it will be featured in some clothes photo's of me at some stage.
Bye for now.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
I'll be back later with details of any bargains and to show you a photo of the fabulous orange towelling dress I am wearing - Ruth will tell you it's fab :)
Thursday, 13 March 2008
And she was snoring too! I have no idea what she was doing in there in the first place! And yes she does have her dressing gown on although it was 4pm - she likes to wear it round the house over her normal clothes.
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Anya and Tara taking a break from crafting and looking after their babies to read a story. And this was all done in the space of 20 mins while I put the shopping away! Amazing then that it will take 3 of us and about half an hour to put it all away!!
Monday, 10 March 2008
I am also busy making presents for a friend who turns 30 this coming weekend. I will obviously post photographs after the event because I know she reads this blog!
Wednesday, 5 March 2008
Speaking of crafting, I have actually been making some things of my own! Yesterday I whipped up these little beauties to add to the tasty tags section of my shop. I'd found the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales book in the post office on Monday (it sells books on behalf of the local hospice) and it just jumped into my hands and begged to be made into envelopes! I took the pages out that were good enough to use for envelopes (they haven't been made yet) and the little illustrations were turned into the tags you see below. I also have some more tags to come but that will be (depending on sunlight) tomorrows post.
The illustrations are very varied and I love the one of the Tinderbox dog. To see more photo's then check out my flickr photo's or my Etsy shop.
I've also been making different kinds of envelopes but that will have to wait until I have made a few more - just photographing one doesn't work too well! I'll leave you with some more chickens - notecards available in the shop!
Tuesday, 4 March 2008
Then just above the photo is a row of grey commands - one of them says send to group. Click on it and something like this will come up.
Just click on the group that you want to send the photo to - then something like this will come up to confirm that you have sent it to that group. Just click OK.
You can easily see which groups your photo is in by looking to the right of the photo and a list will come up - see below!
Now this method works really well if you only have a few photo's to upload to a group - I'll now show you how to use the organize section for uploading photo's to groups.
You'll need to look at the top of your photo's page and in the main section there is an organize button. Click on it and it will take you to the page below.
Your photo's come up along the bottom and all you need to do is drag them into the grey section in the middle. Once you have put your photo's into the middle then there is another send to group button - at the right on the pic below.
Do that and the instructions are just the same as the individual photo upload. If you drag a photo in that you don't want then simply drag it back out again. You can also change the permissions on your photographs from the organize section - it makes it much easier to do a batch at once.
I'm writing this tutorial as some people aren't sure how to upload photo's to groups and rather than tell each person individually then I can just direct them here!! Don't forget to visit my groups on Flickr too UK Craftsforum, Children's art and craft, Cuteable and Etsy Treasury Screenshots.
Hope this helps - shout if not - and feel free to link to this and tell other people!
I was very busy last night and yesterday finishing off little bits that have seemed to drag on forever. I have no photographs of these things yet as the sun hasn't hit the garden yet but when it does I'll take some pics!
Here's a picture of a card I made for my friend Jennie. I wanted to use up some of my larger buttons (of which I have a lot!) and I like the design but I'm not sure about the colouring in. The card I use is slightly 'ribbed' and the colour doesn't sit quite right on it. I do hope you know what I'm talking about here!! I'm going to try a different design but still using large buttons and I might try felt tipped pens to see if that makes a difference.
Right well I have an Etsy order to fill so I'd better go and crack on with that!
Monday, 3 March 2008
This is the beautiful lady that Anya made for me for Mother's Day. It's gorgeous and I think I'm going to use it as a bookmark. I also got some daffodils from Tara and a Gerbera from Anya. They were a nice suprise as Matt took Anya out to get some shopping and he came back with those - so thanks darlings!
On Friday Anya has to dress up as a nursery rhyme character as it is book week so I have had lots of ideas. I haven't got time to make a costume though so we raided the dressing up boxes. This is what we came up with!
Tara is Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Anya is the cat from Hey Diddle Diddle and I am the Ladybird from Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away Home! Obviously only Anya will be dressing up on Friday but we all had to try costumes on for fun!
And I'll leave you with a photograph of what we had on Friday night for tea. Smiley face pizza!