Monday, August 24, 2009

One A Day Craft Challenge

Hello Everyone! I cordially invite you to join me in my One A Day Craft Challenge for the month of September.

Here is how it goes...
Create 1 item per day in September. These items can then go into your Etsy Shop, Craft fairs, used for Christmas prezzies or just for your personal enjoyment. This means at the end of September you should have 30 separate handcrafted items. They can be as small as you like or as ambitious as you please...... just make sure that you can do it in a day!
Post pictures! At the end of the day post pictures of your handcrafted items.

This is my personal challenge but I invite you all to join me and keep me to my word. If you are interested in doing this with me please let me know and I will add a link to your blog at the bottom of this post. Feel free to use my image (above) on your blog if you like!

Up for the Challenge

sara at soap rehab
Julie of Musings of a Northern Girl
Anjeanette of Roots and Wings Co

Juliann of The Sick Chick

Jen D of The Silver Lining

Friday, August 21, 2009


GP105 Red Kaffe Fassett

I took my first ever trip to the Guildcrafters Quilt Shop in Berkley Mi, Not allowed to take photos inside but you can see some on their website. I was hoping to find some Anna Maria Horner Good Folks fabric, which I adore but I did not. They did have some of her other ranges though. It is a lovely shop and filled with the most glorious selection of fabrics unlike Joanne fabrics, also unlike Joanne fabrics, the price Yikes! I mean it is great fabric and you get what you pay for it is just that I am a cheapskate. Having said that I couldn't leave without buying something and I came home with a 1/4 yd of this lovely Kaffe Fassett fabric. They didn't use a ruler to cut and I was a little worried until I got home and realised that they are a little generous to compensate for the lack of a straight edge. In Joanne Fabrics they will trim off an uneven edge and throw it away rather than give that little extra bit to the quilter. That really offends my sensibilities.

Just as I sat down to write this post the most wonderful rainbow appeared across my studio, I took it as a sign that I should post more often. Or maybe that I should clean up as it came from a CD that was lying on my desk in the sun.

Monday, August 10, 2009

5 Years

5 Years ago Today I got married to my lovely Husband. Since I have never posted pictures of my wedding on this blog before today seems an appropriate day to do it. We had a handmade wedding, I made my wedding dress, very non-traditional as you can see.

My Dad drove us to the wedding in his vintage Hilman.

Here is a shot of me in my wedding dress, It is an off white dress, with cut work, hand painted roses and lilies in aquas and pinks over a fuschia silk underdress, which gives the whole dress a light pink feel.Detail of the shoulder piece, my alternative to a veil. You can see the hand painting and cut work.
The drop waist seam of the dress had tiny little cut work lilies and roses on it.

Here is the beaded hair clip I made to match my dress. I also carried Stargazer Lilies.

My Mum and I made the bridesmaid dresses and My Mum and helpers did the flowers on the wedding day!
My Nana baked the wedding cake and my fantastic Mum decorated it.

Everyone got a little package of sweet Pea seeds as a wedding favour.

Finally my lovely Hubby, It has been a very Happy 5 years!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Quick tour - London

Hello, I am back from my holidays, where I was mostly away from a computer for any length of time. Actually I have been back for over a week but it was kind of hard to get back into being connected all the time. My holiday comprised of three parts, first a quick weekend with my best mate Jenny in London. I love London and haven't been there in years so I really enjoyed spending time with Jen and soaking up the atmosphere of London Town . I love the tube and especially the old tile down in the tunnels.

Jenny although she lives there, being a tourist in Camden.

We stopped here and shared a lovely bun and pot of Tea in primrose hill, some actress came in when we were there ( I don't know who she was -I am so out of the loop). After she left Jenny couldn't remember her name either but knew that she had seen her naked in something.

Jenny and me posing in Camden
Down at Camden Lock

This was a great stall at Camden Market everything was such good value, I bought a little purse for my camera. I would have bought more probably but I had no cash and my atm card wasn't working.

That was a whistle stop tour of London, I also went home to Bangor for 5 days and then to Italy for a week. I have so many photos from Italy - I don't really know how I will pare them down.
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