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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

WOYWW, It's all Halloween!

Good evening my dear friends!

I am late posting today! I am still busy making Halloween tags for the crop! It isn't an easy job for me as I am not into Halloween ( have I said that before?) and I am struggling with the ideas! I will show what I have come up with but first I will show my totally messy desk - actually I had to clean up a little bit to be able to do more work because it was just too messy!

Glues, scissors, Crop a dile, various markers and here are the 3 main distress inks I use for the Halloween tags - this years new colors are ideal - twisted citron, carved pumpkin and wilted violet!

Over the weekend my DBFs grandchildren were here and we did some crafting but for all of them I made little packages of treats.....

And here are some examples of the tags I am making for the crop....

and this one made with the stamp of our fellow WOYWWer Darcy - she now designs stamps for Paperartsy and this one was on the latest Craft Stamper.....

So there that is me done - I am really looking forward to the crop! It is always fun! I will take my quilt with me and try to get some ideas of how to finish it off! And well I will also chat a lot!!! He, he...:-)
Have a lovely week, get up to those Christmas cards after this Halloween nightmare is finally over!!!!!
Lots of hugs to all of you, the ones going to the crop - I will see you there!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

WOYWW, Getting things ready for the crop!

Good morning my bloggy friends!

I am saying good morning but is it really? Very dark here today! It was lovely sunshine yesterday and this morning we wake up to this misery! Huh - I guess I haven't got used to English weather yet!
Ok then lets get up to some proper WOYWW business and show what is on my desk! Well I am getting ready for the Jan's and Julia's crop - they call it the WOYWW crop but really they do all the work so it is their crop! I am making halloween tags - I will be honest with you I am not really much into Halloween but it is a challenge and I like a challenge! So here is my desk with some of my Halloween tags! I bought a few stamps and other bits - spiders and stuff and well I hope the tags come out spooky! :-) By the way that heart doesn't have chocolate in it - just sequins! Wish there was chocolate!

I have also made a card using Brusho! As you know I went to the Happy Stampers Festival recently and I bought some Brusho crystal colors. I don't know many techniques so I just put water on some water color paper and then tapped my Brusho colors on top and watched the amazing effect! I die cut the leaves (Lil' inker dies) because the colors reminded me of autumn leaves! Used a bit of vellum, a lovely sentiment from Najlepši par, embossing powder,  some sequins and there you are a nice card for my 86 year old auntie!

On the quilting side of things I got back my quilt from the quilting place and it is really lovely - I have to bind it now and I will show it when it is finished! I have also joined a hand sewing quilting club - just to refresh my hand sewing skills! I have so many projects on the go, which you will hear about in due course!
  I will keep this short because last week was a really long post - he, he I don't want to upset our boss Julia :-) !
Have a lovely week! Last week I didn't get round to much of you but I will hopefully this week!
Lots of hugs to all of you,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WOYWW, Liverpool - lots if crafty pleasure!

Good morning lovely ladies and gentlemen (if there are any there)!

I hope you are having a good week, the weather doesn't seem to be too bad so that can usually cheer us all up! I have had another 2 lovely, busy weeks full of crafty indulging! 
So before I get on with telling you about all my crafty journeys here is a photo of my desk - taken just a few minutes ago! It is still quite dark so it is taken with light on! As you can see I am still taking over the table in the lounge where 95% of it is covered in crafty stuff and right at the end is my DBFs laptop - and if I put something on his 5% of the table he just says the word  "encrouching" which means I have to move my stuff off of his 5 % of the table....

 Now what you can see is all Halloween-ish stuff as I am preparing to make things for the crop which by the way I will be attending! No, I haven't told Julia or Jan yet but I will today! Halloween is not really my thing - I didn't even have any stamps to make these tags so I had to get out and buy a few bits! No, I haven't made anything yet but ideas are floating around in my head and hopefully I will make something soon - you will see what I make in due course!
The official WOYWW bit is over now so I can tell you about my crafty journey - as you know I went to visit my lovely friend Jo in Liverpool! The next day we went to the Happy stampers festival - oh what joy! I was in card making heaven! There was lots to see - not only new stamps but many demos. I have been to Ally Pally previous years which is really huge - this is a smaller event but still so big it is a real struggle to get round and see everything that is on offer! I must admit I bought a lot of stuff - I found some new stamping companies I didn't know before and of course there were some there that I know very well - like Paperartsy, Crafty Individuals... I knew about Lavinia stamps but I never bought any of their stamps - I have now :-)
Here are a few photos....Leandra from Paperartsy demoing....

Crafty Individuals stand.....

Lavinia stamps....

We met up with Pearshaped Chris and had a nice chat! Thank you Chris for finding us and taking time for a  chat!
Then came the busy time of finishing off my quilt! You see  the quilt was still in bits when I came to Jo...but with her help it was put together - the hardest bit was getting the center piece in - I think I couldn't have done it but Jo is a fantastic sewing expert and she did it - so here is a bit of the process....

And finally the finished quilt....I think it is really beautiful...I really enjoyed the process and I am so thankful that Jo encouraged me to do it! My daughter will be very happy!

It is a really big quilt! 84 X 84 inches square! When it was finally finished we took it to the Quilters trading post where it has been professionally quilted! It will be sent to me this week so hopefully by the end of the week I can start with the finishing act! Here is a photo of the place where they do the quilting - I have never seen this done before so it was very interesting....

All 3 layers of the quilt are stretched and sewn together! Amazing stuff...
Here I am all happy my quilt is being done....YIPEEEEEE!!!!

I have also been invited to Jo's Quilting club where I met these lovely ladies - thank you for having me for the day and letting me explore all your lovely quilting secrets.....

So there that was my Liverpool crafting journey....Thank you Jo and Dave  for a lovely time! Now all my travels are over I better get up to some work! Sorry to bother you with such a long post but there was really so much stuff going on! 
Have a lovely week and I will be around snooping on your desks!
Lots of hugs to all,

P.S. I still haven't made a single Christmas card! Huh!