Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Weaver Fever

I saw a post on facebook about learning to weave and thought that it would be good to try something new ... after all you can never know too many crafts!
So I signed up for the Devon Sun Yarns Weaver Fever club and eagerly awaited my first package.

Oh and what a great package it was!
A little wooden lap loom with a wooden comb, wooden shuttle and a wooden shed, along with two little dowel sticks for hanging the finished weaving, and the most gorgeous yarn ....

Not only is it so very pretty but it is sooo soft and tactile!
Well my first attempt didn't go so well!  Well it did, but it didn't! 
I threaded the loom up and wove a complete piece only to find that I'd threaded it wrong
and couldn't get the piece of weaving off!  Oops! 
So I had to cut all the warp threads as I couldn't un-weave it without doing so!
Second attempt - oh so much better!  This time I double checked how to thread up the wee loom and I got it right! 
Ta-dah ....

Isn't it pretty?
I made little tassels to go on the warp thread at the bottom and below where I threaded the dowelling through at the top - that way it was more secure for me!

What do you think?

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Happy Mail Success ...

Continued from my earlier post today ...

I went to the Post Office nearest my eldest son's school to post these two packages ...

AND the lady working there said
 "Oh I love these envelopes with drawings on.  They are so much fun!"
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And there's two more ...

I had another go last night...

  I finished colouring and doodling one envelope that is not yet been allocated a recipient; and I also doodled on two more that I knew were going out today.  
 And I addressed these using my Berol Calligraphy pen - it's been a long long time since I used that!

They are not brilliant I admit it!  However it's giving me enjoyment to create them and I can only get better!
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Stationery with an "e"!

I love stationery!
All of it ... notepaper, cards, envelopes, notelets, notebooks, notepads, journals, tags, postcards, washi tape .... all of it!

I am a Independent Phoenix Trader - hence the "Phoenix" part in the name.  This is an absolutely fantastic job to have!  I love all the products and I get to sell them.  (I also get to use them myself which is just a nice cherry on top!)

Does anyone else love stationery as much as I do?  Did you know that you could work alongside me as part of my team?  I would love to have you along for the stationery (ha ha!) ride!  If this sparks a little interest in you then please do contact me (with no obligation at all).

It is brilliant as it can totally fit into your life - you can do as much or as little as you wish - but remembering the more you put in the more you get out!


Okay ... now let me tell you something else that I've recently "discovered"!  I guess I always knew it was about but never really looked into it that much. 

I am talking about decorated envelopes ... mail art ... illustrated envelopes!  Oh my!  I was on Pinterest the other day and stumbled across some pins showing it ... and that was it ... I spent (wasted?) almost a whole day on it!

 Do go and have a nosey and hopefully you'll agree with me!

You see one of the other things I like to do is draw.  I have been sadly neglecting that past-time recently.  So ... I have picked up my pencil and pens and I am having a go!  It is early days and I am experimenting with different ideas and colours.  My first attempt went out in the mail today to a very good friend of mine.

What do you think?  I thought I'd try something bright and happy.  I rather like the fact of the colourful and artistic (hopefully!) envelopes going through the mailing system and maybe bringing a smile or two from the Post Workers and the recipient too!
Oh and before I forget one of my pet hates is STATIONERY being spelt wrong!  An extremely easy way to remember that stationery has an e for envelope in it which is apt considering envelopes are an essential part of stationery!
Anyway, moan over ... and here's to Happy Mail!!!!
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Sewing and Knitting the Blues

I have been working on some commissions and other things and they are blue (well most of them)!


There are two bags that I am making for the baby boy who had the first lot of personalised bunting.  He's having a P.E. style bag and a bigger (probably bucket style) bag for when he goes to nursery.

I have been playing around with ideas in my head and have decided to go for a blue and stars theme.

I am going to add his name and some other bits.

They'll probably be added tomorrow. 
But in the meantime I am loving these! 
Blue is one of my favourite colours and you know when you like a colour
- it just makes you smile and feel good!
Look at my backside! 
 He he!
 Look at the back of the work - I'm so chuffed with myself as it is looking so neat.

So that's one in production.

The next has been finished.  This is for a good friend of mine's son.

He was after a waterproof lined swimming bag. 
I gave him a choice of fabric after he'd said he wanted blue and stars. 
(That made me realise how many blue starry fabric I have!)

These are what I'm using for the ties - and they are from The Resource Centre in Yeovil 
and their facebook page is

This is a fab place ... a treasure trove for crafters! 
I love it here and end up spending quite a bit
with ideas just brimming in my head as to what projects to utilise the treasures I have bought!

With those adjustable woggle thingy-a-ma-gigs!  What are they called?!

I do hope he likes it!

So that's the bits I've been sewing.
I've been knitting as well!  And I have the perfect model in mind!
This one was finished first.  It is the next size up of the Beyond Puerperium cardigan that I love. 
This one is 6-12 months.
And this one isn't blue ... but in a snazzy green combination.

Jack's dad (my brother) loves green, and him and his girlfriend both want bright for Jack
- so this fitted both in my mind!

And with buttons (bright green to match!)

I absolutely love this pattern!  The link for it is here .... 
It is a fantastic design by the very talented Kelly Brooker
I hope to make more of her designs soon. 
Although (whispering here)
 ... she messaged me and asked - as I was such a Beyond Puerperium fan -
if I would test the new pattern format out for it! 
Woo hoo!  Another shoot at the fab BP!

And this is all I had left out of the 100g ball of Stylecraft Merry Go Round yarn in Peacock

And now for the final blue item in this post ...

I saw this advert on the site and thought I'd have a nose.   

Only to find the cutest jumper!  I decided there and then that I wanted to join in the KAL (although it had already started by then!)  by another fab designer 

I chose some Stylecraft Special DK that was already in my stash

A gorgeous turquoise and pure white for the polar bear!
Work in progress!

Nearly there ...

And ta-dah ...

Isn't it cute?! 

I embroidered his eyes and nose on. 

Can't wait to see Jack in it (and in the BP too!)
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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Seeing Stars

Thought I'd show you my progress up until now ....

Yesterday was a bit slow-going and I made a couple of really dodgy looking stars
(I'll put those at the end so you can have a giggle!)

Today, however, I am doing okay ... Stars are flying all over the place!!

Now can you see the slightly dodgy
(not really sure if I should include them or unpick them YET again)

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Pretty in Pink

Well today my project is something to do with making this ....

out of THIS .....

Hopefully I'll have more to show you later!  Wish me luck!
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And for a little extra ....
Here are some of the crochet squares I've finally finished this weekend for swaps I'm taking part in ....


I do love swapping crochet squares with the girls on
as it means I get to try out lots of different colour combinations
that I wouldn't necessarily chose myself
And I end up really liking them when I work on the squares. 
I think there's a billion crochet blankets in my head in all sorts of colour combinations!
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