Monday, 30 November 2009

We love Santa Paws!

We had a great time at the Bullies In Need Christmas Party. They raised £585 which will help with the vets bills they have! Big G sat nicely on a chair and watched the party go by......

We met Santa Paws who gave us a nice present full of doggie treats!
We loved the party games, the egg and spoon race and pass the parcel were our favourites! We stayed over in Mablethorpe, the weather only just held out for a run on the beach on Sunday morning! Look at the sky! We managed to shelter just before the hail storm started!

I did find some time to craft this weekend. Lynne kindly gave me some lovely pink Hessian to play with. I used it to mount my title tag and embellishments on. Ive got loads left so watch this space Im sure it will appear on a few more pages

This picture makes me smile everytime I look at it. My sister says at least Isabel is warm and dry and I say she will look back at this in a few years time and say "arrh Mum... how daft do I look!"

Friday, 27 November 2009

My jolly holidays...

I went to my weekly class last night at the Craft Den. I love the layout. I just had to finish it as soon as I got home. I added a title with some foam letters I bought a while ago. Thanks Lynne for an enjoyable evening. Lynne is celebrating her Blogoversary, she is 1 year old. She is giving some gorgeous Blog Candy away, you must have a look here

I have been off work this week so I thought lots of crafting to catch up with....well you know what thought did! I dont seem to have achieved much this week. I have been finishing off some bunting for my Niece's new bedroom. It has also beem the 25th of November this week, so here I go again! This month is "Totally You" a day to focus on yourself. I hated taking photos of my self. I must have took 5 attempts at each one until I got one I liked! Here are my mug shots!

Please dont have nightmares after looking at these shots!
We are off to the seaside this weekend for the Bullies In Need's Christmas Party. Daisy and George are really excited about meeting Santa Paws. It will be BJ's first time so I hope he's not scared! Daisy has her fancy dress out fit sorted so we are ready to go. I will get loads of photos so will post again after the weekend!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Last weeks Craft Den class....

This is my layout above from last week's Craft Den class. We had great fun punching out all those flowers. I couldnt resist doing another page to go with it as I always have too many photos!
Lynne, I think I need help.....I'm addicted to Pearl Pens just like you. I love making my own bling with them so added a few to finish off my pages.

The photos were taken when my Brother ran the Worksop marathon a few weeks ago, so I took the opportunity to get some family photos!

The colours for the layouts are gorgeous, Lynne explained at the beginning of the class about her colours choices, she is really good at it. It took me back to my art college days, with the colour wheel...perhaps I should use it more! LOL! I apologise for not blogging as much as I used to , this work thing just gets in the way!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

All things Japanese!

Katie from Japan Crafts demonstarting how to wrap 2 bottles (Bin Nihon Tsutsumi)

Hon Tsutsumi (Book Wrap)

Hana Tstsumi (Flower Wrap)

Otsukai Tsutsumi (Errand Wrap)

Hana Tstsumi (Flower Wrap)

Yotsu Musabi (Four Petal Knot)
Sweet Wrapper!

On Saturday, Mary kindly invited me to the Sheffield Lacemakers Day. There was going to be a demonstration on Furoshiki - The Japanese Art of wrapping with fabric. I have always loves all things Japanese so jumped at the chance. The workshops were run by Katie Chaplin from Japan Crafts. It was very interesting to watch Katie wrap a number of items in a Furoshiki. We made beautiful shapes such as flowers and animals from the cloth. The cloth can then be used by the recipient around the home, a perfect example of reusing and recycling! In the afternoon we made some Origami. We learn the basic folds and make a variety of objects from handmade ‘washi’ and ‘chiyogami’ paper.

Christmas trees and garlands!

We also made boxes from paper and fabric which was stiffened with Japanese Rice Glue. Katie kindly made me a fabric origami crane which you can see in the background. I have a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


I've had such a busy weekend, we had a family Bonfire Party. My sister made the scrummy Snickers muffins above and the OH made a Baileys and Chocolate Cheesecake. He is great, he just makes the recipes up as he goes along! The party was lovely, we had a few pretty fireworks for my niece bangers as she only 16 months old!
I am working on scrapbooking my recent London trip with my Grandma, I am putting them in an 8x8 book so I wont bore you with it as you have seen the photos before! I love looking back through my scrapbooks, this is one of my favourite pages. My sister and I went back to New York in 2007. We had been before so this time we had a list of stuff we either missed or loved the first time round! As always it is a double page layout with the title going over both pages. I wanted to keep the page black and white with a hint of colour so I picked out the blue of the NY sky.

I mentioned a while ago on my blog that I would show you the pages about my motorbike accident. Id forgotten how bad they wise! I think these pages were completed within the 1st six months of scrapbooking so dont look at the LO. I like the photos and the story it tells!

I was in and out of hospital for 3 years, and I think 5 operations before I started to totally recover. I spent the 1st 6 months in a wheelchair which meant I had to move out of my flat and in with some very kind friends. Some of you know Mary who comes to the Craft Den with me, she set up a bedroom for me in her Dining room and I lived with her for a year until I found a ground floor flat! Mary taught me how to sew and the rest is history! It helped my recovery as it took my mind of the situation I was in. When I looked back now, it brings back lots of good memories Ive forgotten the bad bits!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Craft Den Rocks!

Just a quick post today.....Theses are my pages from last weeks Craft Den class. We used a new range of Bo Bunny papers, sorry forgot which one as Lynne stocks so many! I especially enjoyed using the Viva Pearl Pen to make my own "bling", you have some great ideas Lynne....I wonder what you will do with the Pearl Pens next.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Dont you just love rainy Sundays!

Last night I enjoyed Halloween at my Sister's house with friends and her daughter Isabel, she put on her special outfit to greet all the Trick or Treaters. We had great fun! I made pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins, which were very tasty...even if I do say so myself! This is Isabel eating a gingerbread bat!

25th of the Month Book
When I woke this morning to see the rain coming down in buckets, I knew what I would be doing for the next few hours! I have completed my October page for The 25th of the month challenge.