Saturday, 28 May 2016

Revamping some drawers!!!!!

Hubby Chris saw these little wooden cabinets on ebay. Very "rustic" and shouting out for a re-vamp. There were being sold as "Wooden Engineers Cabinets" but I am hoping that eventually they will find their way into my craft room!

Last weekend I made a start on one of the sets, lightly sanding them down and attacking them with some chalk paint. I decided to keep the original handles on this set, but I do have a further little project to "tart them up."

 I kept them rather rustic still, not sure of when they were actually made but they deserve that tatty look in my opinion.....for what that's worth. lol

Finished for now and quite please with how they have turned out. Simple, clean and usable.

I lined the bottom of each drawer with a different Basic Grey paper.....and then sealed them with Modge Podge.

Hopefully this weekend I will get the chance to finish the handles and then move on to the second set. I want my conservatory back and it's looking like a workshop at the moment!

Bye for now.


Sunday, 1 May 2016

Likkle baby shoes!!!

Oh so cute!!!! I am trying to get creative again but still struggling to actually get into my craft room. So knitting seemed the ideal way to go as I can just pick it up where ever I am in the house.

These little shoes are made in 100% cotton and I know the pattern was a freebie but I feel if I were to make them again I would make a few little adjustments to make the next pair a little bit neater to sew up.

Rightio....what next?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Knit 1, purl 1........another pair of Baby Booties.

I am TRYING t rest my poorly foot as much as I can so I decided to dust off the knitting needles and make another little pair of booties. They are quick little projects and fun to do.

Tried a different pattern this time and I have just ordered some little buttons to embellish the cuffs.

What shall I make next?

Friday, 22 April 2016

A bit of this and a bit of that

Well that seems to be pretty much my life at the moment. Feel like I am running around in circles only doing as much as I possibly need to do on one task before dashing to the next. This is not just leaving me  feeling exhausted but I am lacking the sense of any achievement and as I am leaving almost everything incomplete, my house is becoming more and more chaotic. 

I have achieved a few little things, only the hat on this set though, my mum stepped in and made the little booties as I was up to my eyes in glitter and table decorations for my party. Mum to the rescue, thank you.

Loved this little set which was made to a download from Etsy, I plan to make more and will sort out the link. 

With my Birthday Party looming, yesterday I made several batches of cupcakes, 76 in total....there was an odd number so we shared number 77. They aren't as professional looking as I would have liked but number 77 tasted pretty scrummy.

Today I am measuring out curling ribbon for the balloons, making a few last minutes bits and bobs and cooking in preparation for a cold buffet. 

Foot still killing me and after my 3rd therapy appointment with the Osteopath on Wednesday, my tendon is still damaged and feeling rather bruised.........I don't think killer heels are going to be an option tomorrow. 

Bye for now.


Saturday, 16 April 2016

Wedding Invitations!

A very lovely family I know have a bit of an appeal for help going on. They are always the first to help out others and are the some of the kindest and thoughtful people I know. Now I couldn't ignore the call out and rather than donate money, I have offered to make a few bits and bobs for them. Yesterday I finished off their Wedding Invitations.

Wedding Invitations now made I have just one week to get "stuff" sorted for my Birthday Party. Currently my breakfast bar in covered in glitter....well in fact there is glitter scattered all over the house.

I have a lot to do over the next few days but I want to enjoy it. As usual, so many ideas, so little time and energy to put any of them to use.

Onwards and upwards.


Monday, 14 March 2016

DIY Birthday Banners!

I am such a bad blogger, it's been a LOOOONG time since I posted last. As usual, life just gets in the way and all my inspiration flies out the window.

Well, I am full of optimism that I can change. My health has really taken a bit of a nose dive at the moment but doctors say there is nothing wrong with me. After 2 appointments Rheumatology have discharged me and I am now being referred to a Pain Management Clinic. I have given up on the prescribes painkillers as all they did was make me groggy and I think I'd rather try to cope with the pain rather than feel like a zombie constantly. 

Enough of that! 

Well, I had a rather ermm....large birthday last week and I am preparing for a party booked for next month. Despite my pain, my stupid brain keeps coming up with all these mad ideas and yesterday I put one of them into action. Not content with buying ready made banners, I thought it would be good to make my own!!!!!!! Should I just print out, or know something quick and easy?
Oh no, I had this mad idea to Zentangle each letter individually! 

Whose mad idea was that again? Oh yes, that would be ME!

One and a half lettres later......

Very time consuming but fun. 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

How does your garden grow?

Over on Crafts by Carolyn we have been talking "gardens!" To be more specific...SLATE and it was mentioned about our borders. I ended up looking back to some of the work we did in the garden back in 2011 (I think) not long after we put the fencing up. The top border was almost completely stripped back and nearly all we had was a few potted shrubs.

Below is a picture of the same border today and as you can see it has filled out quite a bit. Look at the change in the Dogwood, this really looked pretty last winter, the first year it's stems turned a beautiful shade of red. Fingers crossed for this winter too.

It's still be no means finished, but is a garden ever finished? I MUST take an up to date picture of our box tree......LOL my feeble attempt at topiary.

As I hung my washing out this morning I noticed these fungi growing alongside by palm and it is amazing how I see things in nature now I have started to Zentangle. I took some photographs a few weeks ago when we went away for our Anniversary. Hopefully I can share then soon, alongside my interpretation of them!!! LOL

Not sure what we are going to do with these, it's the best year we have had with them and Chris is now considering wine making!

Other borders are not quite so established as we have lost a few big plants leaving us with chunks of border to fill. We lost a lovely big Mahonia a few years ago so we decided to replace it, hopefully it will fill the gap, especially when some of the surrounding plants loose their leaves. 

This year we turned the old Belfast sink into a little herb garden and I have got some white gravel to help retain moisture as it's in quite a sunny spot. Once again, it's a work in progress, I stood our lavender in as a filler and I have left the chives and the mint in their own pots so that they don't take over. Next year I may take them out and replace with a few other herbs. Unfortunately little Brucie Boy has very recently started to take interest in it so I may need to move the chives sooner than planned.

Today I am needing to do a bit more concrete laying as it would be lovely to get it all finished while the weather holds out. I am getting quite obsesses about my pebble border, I feel I want to get the hoover out to clean it up and then varnish it so the colours in the stones can be seen better.

Here is a close up, again, by no means perfect but it's fun (and back-breaking) work and Brucie Boy can't dig it up like he does the slate that we still have around the edge of the patio.

(PS. I have wet the pebbles to show some of the colours better.)

Right, waffle over. Chris is already out in the garden and waiting to mix up the cement for me. I am going to put the kettle on first though.


Saturday, 5 September 2015

Christmas!!!!! EEEK!

I am NOT going to frighten myself........but I sat down this morning a flicked through the Lakeland Christmas Ideas book as I drank my tea!!!!!!! :

Now for a long as I can remember, I have never been prepared for Christmas, certainly not since having the children. This year I have no real work commitments so I actually stand a chance of being a bit more organised.

As well as hoping to make my Xmas cards this year, I have high hopes (or pie in the sky) ideas of making Christmas cakes, Gingerbread houses, truffles, decorations, gifts...........

If I can achieve even a few of my creative Christmas ideas I will be very happy. I think it is time for me to sit down and sort myself a few targets.