Friday, 11 May 2012
Thursday, 10 May 2012
I finished off the little Nan wooden spoon and got that all wrapped up to :) All ready for the travels to Northern Ireland :)
To me personal gifts mean far more :)
Still working away on the cala lily sugar craft cascading bouquet, many many more flowers to make!
Spare room bits are on hold for the moment as I am also making some other special gifts for family members (will show photos when I can) as well as working away on commissioned Miniatures and other bits for my online store!
It was nice to sit down this morning, John picked me up another cross trainer as I had literally worn the last one out! If the burning in my hips and knees is anything to go by I have managed to burn off more than a few calories this week!
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Its a gift for my friend Sharon's wedding on the 12th of May.
Money is extremely tight and always loved them but couldnt afford to buy one, so set to making one up myself,
Bought a lovely blue and white towel set , sad I couldnt find them in cream and blue! It was a 6 piece towel bale two bath towels two hand towels and two flannels.
Firstly I bought a cake board. Placed that on a large sheet of cellophane. For the bottom tier I rolled up the flannel, then the two bath sheets and tied them off with some east of india ribbon and placed them as the bottom tier.
Next I added a candle (on the same theme as the other two candles made) and rolled the two hand towels around the bottom and pinned them to the bottom tier, for the top tier I wrapped the flannel around it. Now I have the basic cake which stands nearly two feet tall. I added a bath scrunchie to the very top. Next I added two lovely white dove soaps that had beautiful blue sparkly bits in them to the middle and bottom tier using some double sided foam pads, to the middle of the top tier I added a bottle of scented oil (fresh linen) Then added some champagne bottles of bubbles and lastly some fresh linen scented tea light candles, then decorated them all with tiny butterfly rhinestones, Scooped up the cellophane and tied if off with a 35mm satin blue ribbon. tucked in the excess cellophane, stood back and was very pleased with the results. A gift that is different and holds a very personal surprise inside too. Still working my way through the sugar craft flowers and completing commission dragons and gremlin sculpts for my online store too!
Its definitely a very busy month!
With the making of more cushions, plus the cover arrived for the bed, so pretty, all ruffles of cotton in duck egg blue!
Plus delved into my linen cupboard and found this lovely white embroidered linen cover with a crochet edge which was a perfect addition to the bed!
I popped two lanterns on the window sill and plan on making some bird cushions to sit with them when I get the time :) Still waiting on the valance, pillow cases and sheets to arrive, but think I can count them as lost in the post. Along with quite a few other deliveries that disappeared that week. I did also make a V pillowcase and some more cushions too! All different shapes and sizes will update photos of those later!
I got to have fun and play with some image transfers, two different types, first was t shirt iron on transfers and the other was the liquid image transfer medium by dylon.
I much prefer the liquid one!But the results were lovely on both and it helped me add to the cushion collection in the room. I also added more pretties to the shelf unit. made some pompadour bags to hand from the shelf. Stacked some hat boxes to the side of the wardrobes, hung a lovely heart ornament from a friend on the wall :)
I think I would make the next torso cushion a little slimmer on the hips next time though, but still pleased with the results so far :)
The two candles are 9inches tall.
Printed on to water slide decal paper and then added to the candles, Her theme is blue and cream with butterflies
The candles are for those who cant make it, Sharon's mum and Dave's sister have both passed away but they wanted something to show people they would be remembered and missed. Ive also made her two silk butterflies that she wants to sew inside the hem of her wedding dress :)
I am also in the process of making a sweeping sugar craft bouquet of cala lillies to go down a three tiered wedding cake for another friend, will post photos of that as soon as it is complete.
Its a lovely size too, over a foot tall with a corrugated metal roof, the materials to make this would have cost me a fortune to buy!
So gave the whole thing a coat of white, it instantly looked better!
Next I gave the roof a coat of sponged green, painted some little MDF bird shapes in duck egg blue and placed them where the bright and gaudy bugs had been
The result a very tasteful little bird house wall decoration :)
Made them all different sizes and shapes and plan on making many more, then hung the wire heart hook rack on the wall and used them for their display :) very pleased with the results of these, again they took no time at all to make which is a good thing as time is always at a premium!
I dont think there is ever enough hours in a day for a crafter!
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
so thought I would give it a go
One free hand rose embossed ten minutes later, popped in the frame and hung on the wall! a very pretty bit of wall art in minutes!
Followed closely by a little patchwork cushion
My son moved out a few months ago which left me with a lovely blank canvas of a spare room!
So armed with paintbrush I painted the room cream and white.
As the rest of the house is decorated in modern dark colours I wanted a change, I wanted pretty! Having bought a selection of Tone Finnanger's books years ago admiring her eye for colour, I pulled out my stache of fabrics (the advantage of being a quilter and doll maker) and set about turning the room into a little light oasis!