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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and more recently Pokémon Go. I'm a Preschool Practitioner and I run a UK based on-line papercraft group.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOYWW #407 - Still Embroidery

My desk on this horrid rainy day, thank goodness for my SAD light!

My scrapping has taken a back burner somewhat.

However I did make this tag for a SWAP on the theme of "Faces"

In return I received this quite delightful take on the theme.

My embroidery has certainly evolved over the week which can be seen day by day on my previous post of my weekly check-in. My thumb has been aching from all the work.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Embroidery - Week 2

Done loads this week.

Monday I stamped a couple of dragon flies and started my purple with them.

Tuesday I decided to use metallic thread but it took an age!
Wednesday reverted to cotton thread.

Thursday thought I'd fill the remaining space with a sun in the various colours of the colour wheel left, using ribbons and a padded appliqué sun. I did LOADS of the rays in the ribbons and stitches.

Friday went geocaching so only added a few rays in the pink.

Saturday more rays...

Sunday and a couple of die cut appliquéd butterflies.

I have a few spaces to fill but expect it will be done by next week.

Now what am I going to do for the rest of the year of stitches? Perhaps I'll get back to my scrapbooking instead, especially as my right thumb is aching.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOYWW #406 - More Embroidery

I think the embroidery has taken centre stage this week.

It certainly has evolved and I have a vague plan now - the colour wheel!

My daily progress can be seen on my previous post.

I stamped the dragonflies before filling them in with stitches. Who knew stamping would transfer to embroidery?

The spirals are being done with purple metallic thread so are taking an age...

Also I have moved the lounge round so we sit on the opposite sides of the sofas and having moved my harp have actually played it this week. Must have been months since I did last.

Planted a few plants in the garden too.

Spring is definitely in the air round here.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Embroidery - Week 1

I don't think my 10" embroidery hoop will last me the year of stitches after all as I have quite got into this melarky and I'd say a third of my blank tablecloth is stitched now!

Here's what I have been up to since my last WOYWW post on Wednesday and my initial start of this challenge on Monday.

I started with no real plan and just embroidered with lime green and Stem Stitch round an ivy leaf from the tablecloth design, then as per usual, the colour theme hit me!

Here's my colour plan!!!

So I did some turquoise Feather Stitch which turned into the sea, with its own little fish.

Some wispy green grasses followed, with Wheatear and Fly Stitches.

And then the sea grew with a shell and wave cut from felt with my trusty Cuttlebug and dies.

Plus Chain Stitch, Cable Chain Stitch, Running Stitch, Chevron Stitch, Bullion Stitch and a myriad of French Knots.

Really pleased but think it might become
"1 Month of Stitches" - LOL.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WOYWW #405 - Embroidery

Well who've thought it, me back at embroidery! Did a lot back in my teens from kits, following a printed pattern, so nothing quite like this!

Been inspired by Jan and the 1 year of stitches  challenge so set to on Monday, and am just going with the flow....

The fabric is a piece of old table cloth with an ivy design in the weave so I started with that, all outlined on my previous post - here.

Also saw my GP on Monday and am trying out some new medication to try and sort out my ageing female reproductive system! Find it quite laughable to be "on the pill" at 53yrs!! We'll see, not worked before!

The other MAJOR thing on my desk is my new Ed Sheeran CD - Divide.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Monday, 6 March 2017

1 Year of Stitches

OK so I am a bit late for the start of 2017 but I was so inspired by a friend's work that I just HAD to start one of my own.

So my 1 Year of Stitches begins with a scrap of old white table cloth with an intrinsic ivy leaf design.

My 10" hoop, my trusty embroidery book and the gifted embroidery threads I got in January via Streetlife (which is sadly no more).

I have no plan whatsoever and am just going with the flow.

Started with some Stem Stitch around one of the leaves, then a glance in the book to find an embellished Stem Stitch called Portuguese Stem Stitch to do the veins in the leaf.

Well that is day one done.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WOYWW #404 - More Presents

My desk - as is - Tuesday evening before badminton!

I made four cards from the TH multi media dies from last week, then a journal page on the same theme.

I finally did the 8x8 scrapbook page of my pregnancy, to back my wedding page as our only son was a honeymoon surprise!

The BIG Pink Envelope is from my 19th Anniversary Card yesterday (gosh February was a busy month).

As for the "More Presents" a friend took me on a Magical Mystery Tour  to Hobbycraft, where she gave me a basket and said I could choose whatever I liked.

I got a new Tim Holtz (TH) alphabet Boardwalk, a couple of XCut mini die sets (exclusive to Hobbycraft, Travel & Haberdashery) a mini flower punch and some silver stickles.

Here are the cards I made with my TH multi Media dies. Sunshine and Moonlight, Buzz and Splash.

I checked out my stencil stash and found I had one the same as one die and 3 others which were a good match.

So decided to "replicate" the cards into a journal page...

And here's that scrapbook page too.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WOYWW #403 - The Presents

Early morning desk, so no point even opening the curtains yet!  

Thought you might like to see my wings though, they were a late found Christmas decoration last year which I couldn't bear to put away!

On my desk is my journal and the next set of photos for scrapping.

Anyway, amongst my presents for my birthday last week I got some new dies.

A couple of Tim Holtz thinlets sets which I saw on some desks a few weeks ago plus a set from a friend. 

I had an initial play then I did the journal page using the months dies.

The dies cut like a dream and are already finding their way onto my scrapbook pages.

I added "july" to last weeks last page and "august" to its facing page which I did this week.

I did a couple more pages which were quite hard as it was from my son's visit to see his girlfriend last Summer but they broke up last month! 

I made it matter of fact as it showed him on his first real train journey on his own which in itself was special. 

So that's me for the week, onward and upward with the scrapping, only 6 months behind now...

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW #402 - Happy Birthday ME!

Gosh 53yrs - really????   Yep born in 1964 so it must be!!

The desk shows the latest scrapbook page I am working on, my journal and other Love card.

Got a bit of "LOVE" inspiration from our host's desk a while back although neither of us can find the original post - blog or facebook???? Anyway Julia assures me it was her original creation which launched my crafting.

Firstly I made a SWAP card on the theme of LOVE, plus a spare.

I then changed up the colours, but had lots of paint left on my board so spread it on my journal.

The journal page just grew and grew and I added my favourite Tennyson quote.

"O love, O fire! Once he drew
With one long kiss, my whole soul through
My lips as sunlight drinketh dew."

I then adapted and blinged up the spare for a friend's Valentine Birthday.

Then changed the items for twin boys 15th birthday cards. (today too!!)

Thanks for the inspiration Julia.

Oh and the other scrapbook pages I have done this past week.....

Happy WOYWW Everyone