Tuesday, 17 July 2012

My best creation ever...

... my girls!  Sorry, but I am feeling so proud of my babies today.  Last night they swam THREE MILES!   EACH!  That's 192 lengths - a long way in anyone's book and further than either I or their Dad have ever swum.  We weren't allowed to take photos on the poolside and were too excited to remember afterwards but I just wanted to say to them:

Monday, 9 July 2012

Not boasting at all...

... today. Obviously, I try to show you things that I've made that I'm pleased with, but this time I thought I'd give you a laugh about something that went totally wrong today. 

It's my daughter's birthday and I thought I'd make a water-slide cake that I'd seen in a cake book.  This is what it's supposed to look like:

And this is how it turned out.... OUCH!

We've all agreed that it's the modelled swimmer that looks worst, as if she's drowned.  As my daughter would say: EPIC FAIL!!!!  May as well just eat it then...

Saturday, 7 July 2012

A new creative challenge...

...just in case you're in need!

Have you ever heard of self cling window film? It comes in lots of "stained glass" design panels, and you stick it on your window by just wetting it with soapy water and smoothing it on. I got it from here and have just fitted some on my daughter's window:

So where's the challenge?? Well, I have some film left over, and can't bear to throw it away.  I have just been experimenting and have found it die-cuts beautifully and you can punch out shapes as long as the punch is quite strong and it is still on its backing paper. You could definitely cut it into shapes and apply to windows (maybe spelling out a name?).  I think it would stick to acetate really well.  I was wondering what else my readers might be able to think of to do with it?  Put a suggestion in the comments, and I'll send you a piece to try it on!

Felting fun recently...

... with a group of lovely ladies from the Reigate WI.  We sat in my kitchen at the big table and everyone made a piece of flat felt that most people turned into a "rose" corsage.  I wish I'd taken some pictures because they were really pretty, but I was running around the table making sure everyone had a nice time (including tea, coffee and some lovely little cakes from Cullenders' Deli, which happens to be next door.)  As usual I learned plenty from my guests as well as them learning some stuff from me and we had a nice time.  I feel I should apologise for pouring water over Heather, though, I don't know what came over me!!!!

Several of the ladies were interested in a further class in one or more of the ideas below. If you would like to take any of these classes, do get in touch on 01737 762078 or see the sidebar for my email.

Felt pictures (2 hours approx) (uses needle felting, very simple and effective).  £12 for the class, including fleece and background and you need to bring along a frame with a passepartout for your design.  I will provide a felting needle but the best and quickest tool for this job is a sprung 5-needle tool, which costs about £14.  If you think you may do more needle felting, it is a good investment, and if you order one in advance, I can purchase it for you.

Little felt robin (ditto, just like Kirsty Allsopp's, see my previous post) £12, will take about two hours, all materials provided. I think this robin is quite realistic, but if you want to make a different bird, or a fantastical one, I won't be discouraging you!

Reversible, seamless bag, like this one, or smaller, for instance for a phone or a glasses case.  This project will take about 3 hours and cost £12.  The felt will be charged by the finished weight of the item, which should be no more than £5 for a smallish bag (this one is about 8"x6").

You'll be enchanted...

... by the latest StampinUp offer.  Do you remember these papers?
They're called Everyday Enchantment and they were so popular during Sale-a-bration that they are now for sale for a limited period only and limited stock for £9.95.

And to add to your papercrafting pleasure, this pack of delicious embellishments is FREE!  

You get one pack with every £45 you spend. This limited edition pack includes 30 brads and 2 x 9m spools of delicate organza ribbon in Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral, worth a total of £15.95. These could be turned into lovely gift packs for your crafty friends combined with the papers... Call me to order soon, before they all run out! 01737 762078.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Reasons to recycle...

...spotted this today, really made me think about what I recycle, thought you might be interested (source was the environment agency).  My friends Jen-down-the-road and Jane-across-the-street have both called me a "Womble" (in the kindest possible way), due to my habit of collecting discarded tin cans and glass/plastic bottles from local pavements and recycling them.  At last I know why!

* One recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for three hours
* One recycled glass bottle would save enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes
* One recycled plastic bottle would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for three hours.