Wednesday, 28 June 2017

My Copic Addiction.... still going strong. As much as I have loved colouring my Gorjuss images I thought I needed a bit of a change and I have dug deep into my (accessible) stamp collection. Feeling quite disappointed as so many images I have used in the past are all store on my old desktop PC which has been pack away in the loft, I grabbed a few handfuls, got stamping and set to attempting to bring them to life a bit with some colour.

I must say, although I am not sure of the finished image, I have love colouring in these bears, it was a nice change to try to create a fluffy, more textured look as opposed to a smooth transition from one shade to another. So much quicker too! LOL

I am not going to be able to avoid it for much longer! I am going to HAVE to face the cutter in my craft room and actually make up some of these cards but for the time being I am just enjoying the relaxation of my child-like colouring.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Falling in Love again...what am I to do......

After a break from crafting for some time, that's it, I am hooked again. I have fallen in love with my Copics all over again! So much that I have been naughty and ordered a few more which arrived this morning. I ordered 4 refills, which could be considered quite boring as they were mainly basic, neutral, but obviously well used colours. Just so my order wasn't completely "boring" I decided to throw in a few new colours too! Now I have always been a Copic Ciao Gal in the past, building a kit was so costly...but instead I treated myself to a few Sketch markers....and I just LOVE the look of them amongst the other pens. I can see a bit of an addiction coming on! LOL

I have been busy colouring though, that's if you can actually be "busy colouring" as it feels like such an indulgent, childlike activity. Let's call it pain management therapy instead then!!!

Soon I am going to have to face the chaos of my craft room and actually make some of these up, sitting and colouring is the "easy" part isn't it!

Bye for now.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Copics, Gorjuss and Anna Griffin.....

...and I am really enjoying my little revisit to paper crafting!!!

Still mucking about with Copic colours as it has been SOOO long since I have used them!

I had previously coloured the little cat in shades of grey using C1, C3 and C5 but as I had used these in the dress, tights and boots I wan't some sort of contrast. I used YR20, E33 and E33 in an attempt to give the llittle kitty a pale ginger coat....not sure it worked!

I do struggle with pinks, I don't feel I have the right combination of colours to give a really good effect but overall I am quite pleased with my attempt considering I only used 2 different tones to blend the dress. I used RV34 and R20....with a tiny stroke of the colourless marker.

My craft room is still in chaos and I am unable to work up there really so I am working off of a lap tray under my daylight lamp. Not ideal but at least I have started crafting again! My aim is to make up a few images and colour match them to a main background card or patterned paper....THEN, once (or IF) I get back into my craft room I can make up the cards with greetings and embellishments.

WELL, that's the plan! LOL

Sorry for the lighting!


Friday, 23 June 2017

A Spot of Craft Therapy with my Copics

Decided to have a very lazy morning as I am at the hospital again this afternoon for my second session of Pain Management.

I am still dithering over which colour Copics I NEED to add to my collection! A few of my basic colours are running dry and seeing as I have to order a few refills....well, it would be ridiculous not to add a few new colours into my basket at the same time!

I really need to get up into my craft room and start getting myself organised but the days are just not long enough!

Little steps.....pacing is the name of the game.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Colouring with Copics

I's been such a long time but I have dusted off my Copic markers and attempted a little bit of colouring therapy. I feels like I am a complete beginner again, my good old faithful Impress ink pads had dried up so I had to research online to find alternative inks to use. Luckily I found that an unopened Memento ink pad was ideal for the job.

I stamped up several images and set to work on them, one after the other, just colouring in the skintones. When my first batch was complete I decided to start again on the same batch but this time just working on hair colours.

I used Pinterest for references but got frustrated that a lot of the colours used I had not got in my Copic collection. SO....I thought I'd start making a very rough guide for my own use.

My first few images all use copics E33, E35 and E57. Quite happy with the way 2 of them came out but I need to look more at the shading and highlighting before I attempt the 3rd image again. lol

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Purple hearts - wrap bracelet and earrings

I have had a couple of days of doing nothing, well nothing I can actually look back on and feel that I have actually achieved something. Today was going the same way so I decided to finish off the wrap bracelet that had been left two thirds of the way through.

I must admit I do prefer the way the leather wrap bracelets "sit" and hold their shape more but I know not everyone likes leather so I am making some on a waxed cotton base.

Another few little items to add to my "stock!"

Bye for now.


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Felt Pencil Toppers

Last year I made a few little props for a DIY Photo Booth at my 50th Party. As usual, I didn't do everything I would have like to do as time is always against me it seems.

However, I did put aside a cardboard prop to use as a template, which I came across the other day. I have had to rescue it from Amelia several times but yesterday I sat down and made up a couple of little felt pencil toppers using the template as a rough guide. Very simple, hand sewn with over stitch as I have somehow "mislaid" my sewing machine in the depths of my cluttered craft room!

Got loads of ideas for other designs, just need the time and motivation to face the clutter! Been sleeping terribly again, perhaps I need to increase my pain killers, I'm fed up of feeling so tired and still in so much pain.

Bye for now,


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

My "To Do List" for June / Leather chocker, lariat necklace

I won't bore you with all the details I have set myself, some are healthier living, more exercise, know the same old goals I have had for yonks and yonks but still not achieved!!!!

BUT I am setting a few craft related goals for the month;

Make at least 10 new craft items.
Make a Birthday card for Hubby!
Prepare list for stall at School Fair.
Possibly dye bench cushions.
Aim to spend 1 hour per week organisng craft room.

WELL, not got off to a great start, we are already on day 6 and I have only just got around to blogging! (Bad, bad me!)

A very quick and simple project to share today, a leather chocker/lariat type necklace with matching earrings.

I have also finished a few, very simple, felt items but I want to work on how I am going to present them before sharing on here.

Oh well, a slow start is better than no start at all!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Another 5 wrap bracelet and matching earrings!

Whoop, whoop....well it was only on my beady board for 5 days-that's equivalent to one wrap a day...I am telling myself that's not too bad! LOL

I really enjoyed working with this one, I suppose the colours are a bit different.

I decided to make a little pair of dangly, beaded earrings to match too!

Oh I am at that point again where I have to decided what to do next. I am really not good at making decisions.

Bye for now.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

5 Wrap bracelet...slow progress.

Had this 5 rap bracelet on my beading board since Friday, although progress with it has been very slow going I am really enjoying working with this combination of colours.

If I am lucky I might be able to finish it tonight or tomorrow, I am rather eager to make some matching earrings!


Friday, 26 May 2017

Wrap chocker/necklace and matching earrings

Made a pair of quick and simple earrings this morning and then decided to make a matching pendant.
I have put the pendant on a long cord with beaded ends so it can be worn as a chocker or as a long pendant necklace.

Bye for now.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Beaded earrings!

I am sat here, day 4 of having Amelia at home with a rotten cold. It's glorious outside but my head is pounding and my throat feels like I have swallowed half a tonne of gravel from the back garden, had my Tens machine on the go, on and off for the bulk of the day.
Chris isn't due back until late, late tonight and I am generally feeling sorry for myself! LOL

No energy or motivation to do much else so I have decided to make a pair of earrings this afternoon.
Not made many earrings before, in fact I think these are only my 4th or 5th pair. Trying to attempt a few new things but not being very adventurous!

Hmm, what next, I really need to do something to save what's left of my sanity!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

More macrame!

I've had a couple of bracelets that needed finishing but somehow kept getting put off! Yesterday I actually got around to it...I think the main problem is that I wasn't happy with either of them. I am trying to build stock to hold a stall at a school Summer fair. I know I need to offer items at a lower price but I am just no "feeling it" as I am attempting some of these items!

I have had these infinity connectors for ages and this is the first time I have used one...but the bracelet is just not how I wanted it to be.

This one was originally planned to be 4 or 5 wraps but once again I wasn't happy with it. It is worked with multi strands...up to 12 strands at one point and I just felt it wasn't good enough. 

At some point I might have to try to adapt the idea though as I quite liked using a
 wider combination of stitch designs.

Back to the drawing board today though, what to do next....hmmmm????


Monday, 22 May 2017

Vintage suitcase...part 2!

This morning I was eager to check out how the suitcase has dried out...quite pleased with the results and keen to move on to the next stage of the old baggage revamp!

After ripping pages out of an old book, I made up a PVA mix and decoupaged a new lining for the suitcase. It's dried quite well and has also given the case a bit more rigidity. 

I need to rummage around the still chaotic garage to look for supplies next...wish me luck, I could be gone a long time! 


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Old suitcases!!!!!

I have failed miserably at decluttering!!!! In fact rather than getting rid of stuff, yesterday I bought an old suitcase from ebay but on collecting it, I came away with not just one, but four!!!!

Here are the first two I have started working on today.

Tying to concentrate on just the smaller case, I got out the paint and sat in the garden.

A few coats of paint later and a bit of de-stressing I set upon ripping up a paperback book.

Just waiting for it to dry now before I can start the next stage!

Not very productive but nothing more enjoyable than sitting in the garden on a sunny Sunday afternoon, just wasting time with paint and old paper!!

Bye for now.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Causing chaos in the garage!

Over the last couple of weekends we have attempted to start de-cluttering and re-organising the garage!! Not a task for the faint hearted! After taking out the old, base corner cupboard and rearranging the base units we made a start on the wall cupboards...absolute chaos with all the contents precariously stacked all over the garage.

I thought I'd use some of the green paint I had left over for what will hopefully give the garage a nice fresh, brighter look.

We have loads of these old wooden crates...which I fancied giving a bit of a revamp...

LOVED the way the metal edges came out after I had attacked them with some sand paper...

I wanted to buy some stencils to mark up the boxes in a more professional looking manner but my eagerness won me over and we have ended up with a rough, rustic and very much hand painted effect! LOL

Must admit it was a nice little creative break in between painting cupboard doors!

Still a long, long way to go but small steps in the right direction. 

Bye for now.


Monday, 15 May 2017

Same old stuff!!!

I cannot believe it has taken me so long to actually sit down and sort out how to access my blog!!! Hey ho.....nothing much changes anyhow! LOL

I am still in constant pain, now more than ever, I am still living in a state of permanent chaos, projects around the house and garden started but never completed - running out of time, energy and/or motivation is just the way I roll!

In an attempt to accept and distract myself from my pain I am trying to throw myself back into crafting but even so, it's still a bit of a roller coaster of emotions and energy (or lack of it!)

I have however managed to make several bracelets over the last few weeks....not much but it's a step in the right direction.

I haven't managed much this last week because we are attempting to re-organise, de-clutter and decorate the garage. I say we but it's mostly Chris but I have managed a little bit of painting here and there but suffer terribly afterwards. It seems I just cannot win. LOL

Hope to share some more craft chaos with you soon.