Saturday, 29 December 2012

Meet -

- Spidermonkey! Now living with our niece, Holly, in Sway, in the New Forest.

Night, All xx

Welcome ...

... to any FB friends who have found their way over here. I'll be posting all future crafty stuff here, rather than boring any non-crafting friends on FB.

No crafting stuff today, except for a very decent haul of upcycling 'potential' found in a charity shop trawl this morning.

In the meantime, I'm off to lock up the hens for the night, and DH continues to wrestle the cats as they try to bag the softest snuggling spots!

I think he's finally conceded defeat!

Bye for now xx

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Used teabags to the rescue!

Just finished the lampshades - one in the sitting room -

and the other in the guest/craft room -

It can be difficult to have a dual-purpose room but, in a small house like ours (two bedrooms), the second has to accommodate both guests (bed settee) and my cardmaking (sewing and other crafts in a downstairs room).

It's taken a very long time but I finally got round to sorting all the papercrafting stuff and putting it away, ready for DD2 and now my lovely niece to stay over the holidays. I thought I'd better take some pic's to prove it can look good - although one of my new year resolutions is to keep it this way - so much easier if you can tidy away as you go, despite my flutterby tendencies.

The room is too blue, and I have some lovely beige and white wallpaper waiting to go up in the Spring - hold me to that, please, folks!

Bye for now xx

Woke up v early thinking about lampshades - as you do! I don't know if you agree but, although energy-saving bulbs are a great idea, they can be lousy to see by, with shades that were fine with the old ones. So a few days ago, in frustration, I ripped the cover off the one I sit by.
Before going to bed last night, I soaked some old white lace curtain in used teabags and, this morning, I've started to construct the new one. I'll show you how I get on, later. If time, I'll do the one in the spare room, too, hopefully in time for my niece arriving at 4pm - no pressure there, then LOL xx

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

WOYWW Part 2

Thought you might like to see the latest thrifty pressie -

I used the cream silk trimmings from DD2's new (charity shop) bedroom curtains to make a surprise cushion for her bed. The burgundy strip ties it in with her other bedroom colours.

Both girls wanted new curtains for their homes, but I like them to have something to unwrap, too. DD2 is on her own for the first time this Christmas, and staying with us, so I was delighted to be able to make up a stack of goodies, spending only NINE POUNDS (in the poundshop) on top of the curtain cost.

Together with some shrewd machining and upcycling from my stash, I was very pleased with the results.

I ran out of time to make cushions for DD1's newly decorated sitting room, but will get them to her next week. Their birthdays are both in January, so the sewing machine will be red hot by the end of the month. I've got an idea for something that will result in a neat throw for DD2, and need to come up with something for her older sister - watch this space!

Anyway, I need to think about something for Boxing Day breakfast now - have a great day, all! xx

Sunday, 23 December 2012

The Ultimate -

- in upcycling and chicken chic (that's CHIC!!) Every hen home should have one - a carrier bag strip wreath - weather proof and 'green'. I wanted to welcome the four new girls to Worcester, and help Agnes and Betty get into the Christmas spirit. DH and DD2 sat here this afternoon, watching me, convinced that I've finally lost it completely - jingle bells!! xxx

I know I wrote this a couple of days ago, so it's not strictly WOYWW but thought it might bring a smile! x

Posting this over at Pour yourself another drink and pop over there to see what everyone else is doing over Christmas.
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Happy Christmas, everyone xx

Friday, 21 December 2012

Mrs Santa

The latest Christmas pressie hot off the press. It's the first time I've tried to make fabric balls, and am quite pleased with the result, although the felt circles top and bottom do neaten up a couple of rough joins! The balls are not completely spherical but, as the recipient is only 13 months old, I don't suppose he'll mind.

I've made lots of snowmen over the past couple of weeks, as fun pressies. I'm using some of this year's gifts as prototypes for items to hopefully sell in future. I have to say, making this stuff is great fun. I did a charity shop crawl this morning, and came home with lots of 'potential' - ll I need now is the space to store it all! 

I need to go to bed now as DH and I are going food shopping at silly o'clock tomorrow, followed by going to collect another 4 rescue hens to add to the family.

Night, All xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

It's scary ...

how time flies - apologies for being off-air for so long. It's not that things haven't been happening - quite the opposite, in fact - but the longer I've been away from my blog, the harder it's been to know where to start, and so the procrastination.

No more! I've taken myself in hand and, over the next few weeks, will update you with all that I've been up to, leading neatly into my New Year Resolution of regular posting. Yes, you've heard it all before, but now that I've retired and life's getting a little more organised, I'm determined to keep it up. I have been putting some stuff on FB but find that's limited, and, FB friends don't always get as excited about crafting as I do.

Christmas preparations have been steaming ahead, with quite a few


made as pressies - and for sale.

Yes, that's the biggest change around here - Teddy Wares has gone commercial! Needing an outlet for my crafty tendencies - not to mention the possibility of making some cash - I've started making stuff for sale, and will be sharing stalls at craft fairs, etc., with my friend Judy, sister in law Janet, and maybe doing some on my own - depending on productivity.  I think this arrangement should suit both my flutterby personality that means I can't make lots of the same thing and my love of all sorts of craftiness.  I hope this makes sense.

I really enjoyed making the rag wreaths and, over Christmas will be making a rag garland to hang down the stairs at home, with lots of embellishments to sew on - watch this space!  I'll also post pics of the other new stuff over the next few weeks, so they don't give you indigestion all at once.

Im posting this over with Julia and co at so why not put your feet up with a cuppa and mosey over for a nosey?

Lovely to see you all again, Chris x