Sunday, 23 March 2014

Liebster Awards

I have been nominated by Geaorge from http://georgesartandnails.blogspot.co.uk

The Rules are:
  • Post 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the award with less than 200 followers.
11 facts about moi:

1. I LOVE marmite!!
2. my fave colour is pink.
3. I'm scared of heights.
4. I have a bald patch on the side of my head.
5. I love to craft.
6. I have an obsession with winning makes of the months in various magazines.  Been featured twice in Sewing World mag!!
7. I have awful taste in music: 
               cheesy pop music,  steps.
               Classical music, piano concertos are my fave.
               Folk, James Blunt.
               Soft rock.
8. I drink 8 cups of tea a day!
9. I love vintage motorbikes but never actually been on one!
10. I'm clumsy.
11. I play piano.

Here are my questions from George:
1. Where in the world is your favourite place to be?
My craft room.

2. Do you have any bad habits?
I bet I have loads but can't think of one at the mo....squeezing spots??

3. Who is your celebrity crush?
Paul Walker 

4. What do you do for a living?
I test Dust and Fume extraction systems to ensure they comply with Regulation 9 of COSHH and HSG258.

5. If you had one wish what would it be?
To win the lottery. 

6. heels or flats?
Flats!!!!!!!

7. Favourite Beauty brand?
Max factor

8. What is your most treasured memory?
The two huge hugs from my late grandad the last time I saw him!!! 

9. Do you have any tattoos? if yes where and what of?
No tats.

10. What cover do you have on your phone at the moment?
Plain black cover.

11. Do you have any phobias?
Yeah heights and spiders.

Supposed to nominate 11 people but I'm struggling on that front being a fairly new blogger, the same as George!! 


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Bracelet making

Sunday should be the day of rest so how better to spend my evening making bracelets.  I personally prefer my bracelets to be elasticated so have used just standard jewellery making elastic.  The beads are sets I had as gifts and they are Jesse James Beads,made sign elements in Rhapsody and Maui Wowie.

The beads are just stunning, a burst of wonderful complementing colours.

I cut off a length of elastic which is twice my  wrist size as I like to double up on my thread. I thread through an old hoop earring with the cut ends together at the top.

I thread both the cut ends through the beads


When you have threaded your beads, grab both ends and tie them together in a tight knot

I advise trimming the ends as close as possible to the knot and adding a drop of glue or clear nail polish to hold the knot in place.

And voilĂ : 

Very impressed with these beads and will definitely buy some more!! I love the colours!!!

Card Making

I'd like to share with you some of my Cards that I have made. I have uploaded these to the docrafts gallery.

1. A nautical themed birthday card for a male. 


2. A pink themed birthday card.


3. Pastel birthday card for a female.



Saturday, 1 March 2014

Big birthday

That's it, I've done it I hit the big 3 0. It really wasn't as bad as I expected. Felt like just another day and  reaching thirty didn't bother me one bit!! I was completely spoilt rotten and embarrassed with photos of me as a nipper surfaced, for example:



One of my gifts was a piano sized keyboard. Complete with stand and headphones.  I am delighted. I have been practising like mad. I used to be very good at classical piano once upon a time. I haven't touched a piano for over ten years. I was suprised at how much I can remember!! With practise I will be good again.


My family and friends who know how much of a crafty person I am brought me lots and lots of crafting goodies which I cannot wait to get my teeth into!! I am one lucky girl!!!  :-)

One particular gift which I have started is a house of crafts Silk Painting Card Set. I've never done silk painting before. It's something my nan did and was excellent at!! I've made a start by applying the gold gutter and thoroughly enjoy it so far.



Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spaying

I have been neglecting this corner of the web lately after a very busy fortnight. Cadi and Erin were spayed a week ago and I celebrated turning 30!! 

Spaying

The build up to their operation was distressing for me. I couldn't sleep and was a nervous wreck dropping them off at the vets. They love the vets so went in very happily. Cadi was caged in one room and Erin caged in another, so that they wouldn't distress each other. I could hear them whimpering so left as quick as I could as my distress would only serve to increase their anxiety.

I had booked some site work which helped a little in taking my mind off them.  When I rang to check their progress, Erin was having her operation and Cadi was to follow after. I rang an hour later (around 2pm) to be told they were awake and wagging their tails at the nurse!! We were able to collect them that day at 5pm!! 

I must admit I expected the girls to be completely helpless needing carrying but they were fine and walking!! Cadi was still a little out of it as she didn't recognise us at all. We ushered them into the car and settled the bill and got our care instructions for the next couple of days. 

At home the girls were fine. We showed them to their beds, checked their stitches and covered them with fleece blankets. The incisions were quite small and neat. They slept heavily most the evening waking up to have some dinner and water. They slept all through the night, waking up sometimes to whimper a little.  The following day they slept most of the day and night. They didn't have cones, we were told to stop them licking the stitches and if they did bother them then to go get a cone. We were quite happy with that as I don't like those cones.

Two days after and they were back to their bouncy normal self. We were instructed to keep them as calm as possible which seemed an impossible task. We did manage to get them to settle down but then they would have bursts of energy!! 

I had to return to work but I organised a dog sitter who did well keeping them calm. I took up all their toys to discourage jumping about etc but they managed to find one somehow!! I'm not a complete meanie, I've given them some chew toys now!! ;-)

The whole spaying wasn't as bad as I imagined and the girls have been recovering at a remarkable pace. Here is a picture of Erins stitches on the day of the operation:

Sunday, 9 February 2014

February already

Can you believe it is february already. January seems like a blur. I haven't been doing a great deal of crafting as I have been revising for an upcoming exam for work. 

I have some good news. I won the makes of the months in Sewing World magazine which is being featured in Aprils issue. Below is a picture of me with my wonderful prize as well as various photos of Cadi and Erin taken in the new year.


Monday, 30 December 2013

December makes

Hope you all had a brilliant Xmas. I thought I would share with you some of my December makes:
1. Xmas decoration.
2. Photo cushions.
3. Small handbag using Catherine Kidston fabrics.
4. patchwork Cushion using Cath Kidston fabrics.

I've entered all the above into Sewing World magazine makes of the month so please keep your fingers crossed for me!! :-)

See you in the New Year!! 

Lou.x






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