Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Cliffs & Crochet!

Things have been quite busy since my last post. We have been sorting out all of the Christmas deliveries in the shop, planning our annual Christmas shopping events & also holding 2 card making workshops. The first was for a local carers group who approached us because one of their members attends our regular workshops, the second was for our usual group of ladies & we are holding another with this same project this Thursday too!.
Here's the creations our group made last week

The cards were based on a design by Linda Walmsley who is one of the design team members for Indigoblu . Please check out her blog here, she really does some fab designs.
As you can see, our group really enjoyed making their 8 x 8 cards & I just love how they all put variations to the original design to make it their own.
I'm sure our ladies this Thursday will love making it too as we start getting into festive mode.
I'd also just like to say a big Hello! to my newest follower Julie. It's lovely to have you here.
Julie is my oldest friend & we have spent many happy hours crafting together over the years.
Julie makes the most beautiful oil cloth bags & if you'd like to see them please go & have a look at her Facebook page Bags By Boo.
Julie has lots of patience & after I told her that I'd taught myself how to chain stitch she kindly showed me how to crochet a Granny square!
Here's my first attempt
It's quite addictive & during our second crochet get together I think you can see the improvement I made

So when I got home I made another!

Crochet is something I've really wanted to get to grips with & I'm really chuffed with my granny squares. Hopefully I'll produce a blanket at some point ( not in these colours though! ) but for now it will be put aside as I need to concentrate on other more pressing projects.
Anyway, see you soon & thanks for stopping by
Amy x

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Christmas make and take

I've had quite a productive few days! Our garden fence has finally been completed & whilst hubby & friend were working on that, I was entertaining a 10 year old.
I knew that she likes to craft so it was quite easy really & so we decided to make some Christmas cards..
She knew what colours she wanted & where she wanted things to be placed & I only had to show her once how to do something & off she went!
Anyway, here's how we got on
We loved the paper piecing technique & die cutting & also made a tag specifically with music stamped on it because she plays the violin

we then decided to make this card too with a bit of bling!

This was the favourite of the day but I think mine is the deck the halls tag.

I'm not sure these will be given away as she was very chuffed with her creations, I think they will be on display in her bedroom instead!
I also managed to finish my finish my samples for our next Out Of The Blue workshops which are also Christmas themed, so I'm a happy bunny!