Thursday, 28 November 2013

Still here.....Been busy crafting!....



Been a bad blogger this month,
....lots of celebrations throughout November
....but still managed to fit in some crafty time along the way.
 
I'm really enjoying my latest hobby of...
Knitting
 
knitting premature baby bonnets for charity
-oOo-
and some Christmas Stockings
...and some smaller ones for the tree.
 
-oOo-
...and was shocked when my knitted Nigel the Gnome
 
bagged me £50 of Hobbycraft Vouchers
by winning Star Letter
in
this months
 Knitting and Crochet
magazine
(Can't wait to have a crafty spend-up!!)
-oOo-
I've seen some lovely rag wreaths on pinterest, and often thought of making one, but just never got around to it, but I was inspired by Susan at our knit group, who made a lovely one to display her knitted goodies, and showed us how easy it was to make a rag wreath.
-oOo-
So I decided to make one in my shabby style...
with some off cuts of cream curtain lining
then I decorated it with buttons, cotton reels, paper flowers, frozen charlotte doll, handmade padded fabric heart and a hessian bow.
.....then added some battery operated lights to give it some extra sparkle at night.
Now, must finish my Christmas cards....and not long to go before the rest of the festive decs go up!!....can't wait LOL!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x
 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Q is for Queen......

Letter Q
...is this fortnight's chosen letter for the Alpha challenge
over at
Wow...The challenge end is in sight now!!
...and my Printers tray is brimming with Alpha goodies!
-oOo-
 
I'm amazed with myself (The procrastinating Queen!) for keeping up with this challenge, ....but soooooo determined not to miss one week of the alpha dictionary challenge.... and with only a few hours to go before the new challenge letter is announced, I had to get thinking cap on and create my 'Q' cubby...
-oOo-
I was inspired by the Pearly Queens of London
in their pearly button treasures!
 
and here is the result....

I went with the word
 Queen
for this letter...So using one of the smaller cubbies this week....along with my distressed French dictionary definition, some old book paper....
I added a vintage crown adorned with pearly heart beads and a button.....and a 'Q' scrabble tile.
-oOo-
Sorry, if I have not been around to see your 'Q' words yet, been a busy few days here, with celebrations.....but I will try and catch up very soon
 to see what everyone else is doing with their  letter 'Q'.
 Thanks for peeking!
Jan x
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Family Sketch Challenge.....

If you have been following along with my blog....I'm sure you will remember some of the challenges that I have been having throughout the year with my scrapbooking mad cousin Kerry and my equally creative Auntie Joan.
 Today,  I have another one to share with you. We decided that each of us would design a sketch and we would all create a page based on the sketch.
 -oOo-
Here's the sketch that the talented Kerry designed...

and here is the page I was inspired to make from it.....
My page
I  scrapped a pic of my Barney Boy and his furry friend Dolly.
Using a selection of assorted papers, Bo Bunny, Tim Holtz...
shabbied and torn...
embellished with vintage buttons, lace, doilies, tags, washi tape, TH film strip.
Just under the photo, I have made a little collar from some tape measure and a Tim Holtz ideaology buckle.
-oOo-
....and this is what my auntie Joan did with the same sketch
Joan's Page
I Love the blues and oranges colour combo she used, the fab stitching and beautifully co-ordinated flower cluster!
-oOo-
and Kerry's page brought a big smile to my face,
she chose to scrap a piccy of ...
My brother, me, Kerry and her brother

Kerry's Page
 
taken quite a few years ago!!!
Oooooh I was such a tom-boy when I was younger!!
-oOo-
Kerry did a wonderful job with the colour co-ordinated and torn papers and embellies, love the sweet little birdies and hearts!
-oOo-
I really enjoy seeing the results of our fun family challenges, the outcomes always amaze me with the different takes on each challenge.... and it is My turn to create a sketch next!!! Best get my thinking cap on!!
 
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

N is for Nib......


Letter N
...is this fortnight's chosen letter for the Alpha challenge
over at
Wow...week 22 already!
(only a few weeks to go now to the end of the challenge!!)
-oOo-
I've not missed one week of the alpha dictionary challenge yet, and with only a few hours to go before the new challenge letter is announced, I had to get my skates on and create my 'N' cubby...
and here is the result....
I went with the word
 Nib
for this letter....
So in one of the smaller cubbies this week....along with my distressed dictionary definition..
I added a miniature rolled up Newspaper and a Pen Nib, It is not clear in the pic, but the Nib also has the word Notes imprinted on it

My Printers tray is nearly full now...
I'll be quite sad when the challenge is over...but the good news is The Craft Barn are already working on their New challenge with their amazing DT!!   Will look forward to see what they have in store for us next time!! 
-oOo-
Sorry, if I have not been around to see your 'N' words yet, been a busy few days here, but I will try and catch up very soon
 to see what everyone else is doing with their  letter 'N'.
 Thanks for peeking!
Jan x