Sunday, 24 September 2017

She's Back!

Hi - sorry for being MIA for such a long time, but I'm pleased to say the creative juices are starting to flow again, and I'm getting back into regular crafting after almost a year.

Life's been a bit of a roller coaster since Mum died this time last year, and I now find myself back out of retirement, working at my church office a couple of days a week. I love being involved, and it's a great way to get to know the lovely peeps there, after so long of dashing in and out on a Sunday, with no time to chat, to get home to Mum.

Anyway, enough of all that ... crafting ...

In the Spring, I was captivated by the work of the inspiring Debra, aka Miss Clementine, who specialises in fabric art, when I went to Kirstie's Handmade Fair, at Ragley Hall. I came home and came up with one of my own -

Although it was ok for a first attempt, it wasn't great and, when I read that Debra was doing a workshop locally, I jumped at the chance. So, I spent a lovely time yesterday with some other crafty ladies, and realised some of the mistakes I'd made with the prototype.

I came home with this, which I finished off today, and I'm now one happy bunny.

It's more delicate than my first crude project, though there's still some way to go. I've decided to keep this one (most pieces go as birthday and Christmas gifts), and it's now hanging in the sitting room.

Last month I tackled my schizophrenic spare/craft room, and put it out of its misery by getting rid of the bed. Although it's a double room, it couldn't cope with being multi-functional so, since we rarely have folks overnight, it's now all mine (manic laugh)!

My first task was to sort out the mountains (I kid you not) of materials and equipment I have accumulated over several decades. I don't know about you, but when people hear that I craft, I get offered everything left by their granny and great aunt, or stuff they've abandoned themselves. And I just can't say no - well, it would be rude, wouldn't it?!

So, I've promised myself to use up as much of the stuff as I can, rather than buy new. But, that's easier said than done, as much of it is old fashioned or not my style. It's also very 'bitty'; it takes ages to find papers and embellishments that go together, so it's a real challenge - but never say die (pun intended!).  Here's what I've come up with so far -

There are several more in progress, waiting to be finished off. I'll be sending some of these myself, but hope to mass produce batches for charity.

Anyway, it's 11.00pm, and this flutterby needs her beauty sleep if she's to be ready for work tomorrow. It's lovely to be back - please leave comments and I'll reply to them.

Night night, and God bless,

Chris xx

PS ... If you come back tomorrow evening, I'll have an update on Eric, Bernard and their tree trunk home x

Another Gold for GB .. a post by Eric Eco Warrior

(I've just discovered this from the end of 2016 - goodness knows why I didn't publish it, but you might like to read it now)

.. Gnomes in Business, that is!

Bernard and I were delighted to win gold at Worcester Show back in August, in the 'thrift' section, with our recycled stump house.

The whole project is just under 610mm (coincidentally the exact max for the competition!)

We were really happy with our attempts at faux leather chairs (papier mache, with pva glue as a varnish)

Bernard was happy with his 'patchwork' quilt, made from ribbons cut from the shoulders of clothes, for his sardine tin bed.

We inherited a papier mache clothes chest from our Grandpa, and share it, in the bedroom.

Now that Bernard and I are setting up a building partnership, we're taking commissions, and the first is a renovation of The Clock House, for the mouse family of Hickory and Dickory.
It's currently a wreck, having been salvaged from a friend's shed that frequently got flooded but, as we property developers say, the house has plenty of potential!

As this new project is likely to take a long time, the mouse family need somewhere to live in the meantime. So, we thought it would be good for them to have a holiday, and are building them a gypsy vardo to tour around our Hundred Acre Wood for a few weeks. They plan to visit Winnie the Pooh and others, on the far side of the forest.

The caravan consists of a round cardboard canister and a cereal box, cannibalised to form a round top that lifts off a base. There's a door just inside the canopy, leading to the living space. At the back, there will be a couple of bunk beds, with storage underneath, and we plan to install a wood stove to make things nice and cosy.

Love for now, and have a great week - Eric and Bernard (and Chris) xx

Since the heady days of their success, the boys decided they were old enough to branch out (get it?!) on their own, and moved in with a little lady who lives a couple of doors away. They took the Stump House with them and, as with all the best stories, they lived happily ever after! They have promised to pop back and help with future property development, especially the Clock House. Chris xx