Craft Day

Dreadful weather here at the moment, nothing but rain for days keeping us inside more than we’d like but the upside is that it gave me time for a little crafting. I began the day with a little light spinning and then moved onto a quick card making session.

This came to us as a card Christmas 2011 and was used as a gift tag by my daughter this year and is now being used as a template to make cards for next year. That’s good value.

Years ago we bought a stool for the bathroom, it was battered and the upholstery was moth eaten We stripped it back and painted it at which point we decided ir was fine without being reupholstered.

Lately, for that read the last year, I’ve been thinking that perhaps it’s time to recover it. The top is scratched and I didn’t want to repaint but what to put on? I considered several felt designs but wasn’t really happy with anything so I paid a visit to the fent shop in Skipton and bought a designer remainder for £1. These cheap ends often have problems which on this piece was that it had printed faintly, which suits me just fine. I think it looks fab on the stool and there’s even enough left over to make a new shopping bag.

Tidy up time

Having finished my commissions I reckoned it was time for a tidy up of my work room. Now logical people amongst you, of which I hope there are few, will expect that to mean picking things up and putting them away. Those amongst you with crafting tendencies will know this to be laughable.

I’ve picked things up shuffled them around, re-arranged piles and yes I can say progress is definitely being made, with the exception that nothing has actually been put away yet!  With no workshops to distract me I find this a good time to take a close look at things and decide what to do in the long term rather than just putting them in a cupboard.

There’s been a couple of samples hanging around for months. The first is a piece of felt onto which I stencilled blue hearts in fabric paint and the other was an experiment with a skeleton leaf and a fine layer of Blue Faced Leicester fibres. I really don’t need these to illustrate any points in workshops so decided to make them into cards. First stop my inspiration box.

Obviously this needs tidying up too but it’s where I store my hand made papers, patterns and general inspiration from cards and photos to magazine cuttings. I always enjoy a browse through here and always think I should browse more often if I had the time. I found some lovely blue papers for my little felt hearts.

One has tissue paper pasted onto card and lightly painted, the other has painted card onto which I impressed bubble wrap which made a lovely pattern.

Little bits of scrap felt combined with a little time = a little bit of happiness. I’m pleased with these cards and now they really have been tidied away, going into the card drawer for some of those birthdays coming up in the next two months.


Decoupage and glitter

Not knowing what to do with herself on a wet and windy afternoon, my daughter decided to take a proper look at the box she’d received from Grandma for her birthday. An earlier look had ascertained it was full of all kinds of things to make cards. As she looked more carefully through the box my daughter became quite excited and enthused, Grandma had thought of everything! Coloured card, background papers, decoupage, stickers, glue, sparkles, scissors and paper flowers.

It wasn’t long before the table was littered with all the bits and one teenager was quietly absorbed in card making.With the festive season on the horizon she began with cards for Christmas.

Cutting out all those little twiddly bits for the decoupage would drive me nuts but my daughter has actively enjoyed it and produced some lovely cards. I wonder which one is for me? I kept her company and thought perhaps I should make some too so I got out the glue and glitter.

They’re very imprecise designs and my favourites are the curly ones. The one with the strange sheep was supposed to be something else but it went wrong and a sheep was all I could think of to change it into. I’ve ideas for more cards that don’t include glitter. My daughter meanwhile has shown her cards to Grandma and received even more crafty bits – she was thrilled to bits and I’m looking forward to seeing the next batch.