Glass Easter Egg Craft 2017

Happy Easter for those that celebrate.

I spent a lovely afternoon walking off my chocolate Easter egg in the local bluebell woods photographing the bluebells and my Easter craft. I saw this craft on Hobbycraft’s Instagram page. My Rangers (Part of Girlguiding) who are 14- 18 wanted to do an grown up Easter craft and when I showed them this they were very excited.

I went to the Hobbycraft blog post and made a note of all the things I needed to buy I then went to my local store and  purchased what I needed.

We used my hot glue gun to

  • glue reindeer moss to the bottom of the glass
  • glue the polystyrene eggs (they look real right!) to the mini nest
  • glue a cute little chick
  • glue paper blossoms- Daisy and Sunflower to the side
  • glue the nest to the moss

The girls really enjoyed this craft.

As you can see from the final product it looks really effective and something that I have up in house now during Easter.

I will post the link for the hobbycraft blog here go and check it out.

 

Sarah x

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Crafting at Ally Pally. Alexandra Palace 8.04.2017

I had a great day yesterday Crafting at Ally Pally.  I arrived before the doors opened and joined the queue. I really wanted to take part in a make and take but they always get booked up so quickly so decided I would so go and book those first before looking round.

We started filing in and you get a free show guide and bag. The first page I turned to was where the make and takes were they were all over the room at different stalls but identified by a pink dot on the floorplan.
I went to the The Stamp Hut first and signed up to a 4pm slot- the last slot available this was to learn how to use distress inks to do back grounds something I have been wanting to do for a while. I decided to try and find another one and ran to Art cuts and signed up for an 11.30am slot for wood art. I quickly walked round and decided that I was fine with the two workshops I had as I new the other techniques at the other stalls.

Wow do the workshops get booked up quickly!

I then walked around purchasing bits that I needed or hadn’t seen before there was a nice range of things to purchase and was most pleased with my quilling  bargain 6 sets of papers for £5 and I got a lot of paper!

Art Cuts.

This work shop was a lot of fun to do and I spent 30 minutes learning how to cover wood with Chiyogami papers. We decorated an egg and also got shown which inks work best on the wood.

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I purchased some papers and more wood to make some more bits with- watch this space!

 

The Stamp Hut.

This workshop was 1 hour and was very very useful to me I got so much out of it and the teacher was lovely really going into detail about how it works and demonstrating it clearly before you got to have a go.

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The best thing about this technique is that every piece will be different. I purchased so more distress inks and a blending mat. look forward to playing around with this technique .

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A few of my crafty purchases and the lovely Alexandra Palace in the sun by the time I was ready to go to the car the grass in the front was full of people enjoying the lovely day.

 

Sarah x

Birthdays

So a few of the in laws have had birthday’s in the last few months and I have been busy making cards.

Two male cards and one female card.

The first card was a simple car wooden stamp that I used and one of the very first stamps that I purchased. I used stamps for the sentiment that I thought looked like number plate letters. I think this added to the overall effect of the card.

One card was for a 30th birthday and all was done in his favourite football team colours- blue!
It was very simple but effective make.

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The female card was a Gorjuss girl card I had already coloured her in with my promarkers (I forgot to snap a picture!)

 

Sarah

The Knitting and Stitching Show- Kensington Olympia 5.03.2017

So within the first month on 2017 I had booked myself into several craft shows. I really enjoy going to them and seeing the exhibitions and trying out a workshop or two…

The first one I attended this year was The Knitting and Stitching Show- Kensington Olympia Sunday 5th March 2017.

I kicked off the year with The Knitting and Stitching show. I decided to book myself on a cross stitch workshop and was very excited about this having just got back into cross stitching recently and it was one of my New Year Goals.
I met some lovely ladies from the Cross Stitch Guild and was taught some new stitches and given a pack to finish at home this was on Linen material instead of Aida which is what I am used to was nice to be pushed out of my comfort zone and I quickly picked it up. you can see where I got up to in the top right picture.

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So I had to not only get across London on the tube I also had to find a local bus when I got there to take me the rest of the way as all the tubes running to Kensington (Olympia) station were closed for upgrade works and with 4 shows at Olympia London a lot of people were looking a little lots like me! Luckily I had an app on my phone and could follow my journey on the bus so I knew when to get off.

The exhibits there were lovely they had lots up on the wall by various different artists this one (top right) was one of my favourites probably because I am a fan of orange.
The Butterfly garden which was a charity piece (bottom left) was made by the Louise Hamilton Knit and Yarn Group with the help of the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers. It took 15 ladies 4 years to make which is amazing it was so detailed and raised money for The Louise Hamilton Trust

Lastly I couldn’t walk away empty handed and bought a few lovely things from the show including dress making patterns, Bow maker with DVD and free bows, needles, stitch markers as the cheap ones I bought online are breaking, stencil and pallet knifes for my glitter glue and my favourite buy a pair of scissors off the Cross Stitch Guild that fit my big thumb!

Sarah x

Moogly CAL 2017 No. 4 Crossed Square

I have just completed the fourth square. I really enjoyed this one it is very simple but really effective.

Just make sure you don’t forget to do a fptr (front post treble) as you are going round I had to go back a few times and pick it up again!

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This is the finished square!

I decided to sort this one so that I didn’t have red, yellow or orange next to each other. I bought pegs  and wrapped samples of yarn around them so I could decide the colour order for this square.

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Want to join in find out more here http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-2017-2/

and the facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/moogly2015cal/

Sarah x

Moogly CAL 2017 No 3. Crumpets and Tea (Modified version)

So third square down. This is a modified version as the original had lots of holes and I don’t want a blanket with lots of holes in it. I can’t say that this was easy, it was very hard to work out how to sort it out to get the holes closed up and I had to re-do the green row several times until I got it right.

The white row is where there should be a lot of gaps and I filled it with double crochets.

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Here is the finished square!

I think I might be re-doing the last 3 rows again at some point as it’s bunched up and I can see why but for now I think I will move on and go back to it at some point later probably near the end and see how it looks next to the next of them.

Want to find out more here http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-2017-4/

and the Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/moogly2015cal/

Sarah x

 

 

 

Moogly CAL 2017 No 2. Danyel’s Square

I just completed the second square yesterday Danyel’s square. I really enjoyed learning the popcorn stitch and it was pretty simple pattern once I got going.

I tried to use more of the green and blue in this one and have them in the centre this time instead of the red and orange.

 

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Here is the finished square!

while doing this square it clicked in my head how to make something that starts off as a circle finish as a square by doing three double crochets in the corner chain three and then doing another three double crochets in the same corner.

The next square was released on Thursday so will get going with that!

I’m so please I started this project as I have already picked up loads of new skills.

Want to join in find out more here http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-2017-2/

and the facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/moogly2015cal/

 

Sarah x

Batman Birthday

So today is my brother’s birthday he turns 30! He asked my mum for a batman cake so I decided to  make him a batman birthday card.

I used lots of my Christmas present to make this card and really enjoyed it also had to dome some of it free hand.

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My sizzix big shot plus and oval die to be the logo background. I cut the bat free hand and used outline stickers to cut round them. I really liked the distress ink hickory smoke for a cloudy background.

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The houses I cut out free hand and stuck some yellow on it for the lights and lots of stick foam pads to layer it.

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I am really pleased with the out come and hope that my brother likes it.
I think the outcome of the buildings and smokey back ground gives it a good effect.

Sarah x

Moogly CAL 2017 No 1 Fantastic

I have finally finished square number 1 of the Moogly CAL this square was realised 5th January 2017.  I really enjoyed this and have learned a lot. I really want to start to learn to read patterns and this is definitely helping.

It was a real challenge and I got stuck a few times a long the way with round 4a which I asked for help on the Moogly CAL Facebook group and also on round 12 but managed to work that one out and trying again I finally got it.

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Here is the finished square!

I chose the colours for the flower and then once that was finished worked out the colours for the rest of it. I will have to make sure that next time I use more of the blue and green as I used a lot of the yellow, red and orange this time.

I am really pleased with it and can’t wait to get started on the next one which has already been released.

Want to join in find out more here http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-2017-1/

and the Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/moogly2015cal/

Sarah x

Moogly CAL 2017

So on the 23rd December 2016 I stumbled across the Moogly Blog for the CAL (Crochet along) http://www.mooglyblog.com/category/2014-afghan-cal/

I had heard of CAL- you buy the yarn a square is released and you make the square with your yarn at the end of the year you join all the squares together.

I joined the facebook group  (https://www.facebook.com/groups/moogly2015cal/) and loved all the 2016 work I was seeing and decided that I would join in and make a blanket for mine and my husbands bed.

After thinking about my colour scheme I sourced the yarn and purchased some Stylecraft Special Aran from http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/ in the following colours

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The order went through on 27th December I didn’t think I would get it until the new year but it arrived on 31st Decemeber
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It was really lovely to receive the yarn in these bag will keep them protected until I need them.

I decided to take a colour from each bag to have a proper look and am very pleased with the choice. I also reordered the bages putting two colours of each in one bag- this will be my working bag and the rest in the other bag to put away until I need more.

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I chose the colours as red is my husbands favourite yellow is my favourite and the rest I matched into two pictures that are hanging above our bed we bought them  on our honeymoon in August.

Jamaica Honeymoon August 2015

I have hidden the yarn and plan to try and make this with out my husbands knowledge he works shifts and so gets home late in the evening and works lots of weekends so it should be easy to work around that! Then I can wrap it up and give it to him Christmas 2017.

The first square is released tomorrow and I am very excited!

Sarah x