Tonight I have an unusual little project to share, a circular squash book type project
The pages were made from lining paper ( thankyou Margaret - who shared hers with me)
They were spritzed with glimmer mists and stamped with gold acrylic paint ( again thankyou Margaret) and Stampin' Up inks, once they were dry and folded and assembled together, I added glitter to the edges
Then I fashioned covers from card and patterned paper, adding snowflakes and fibres to finish
I think this unusual little book lends itself more to an ornament than a little book.
A little personal note tonight, thankyou to all those who have asked about AJ
My regular class members and friends know he has been undergoing some examinations and tests, he hasn't been well for a while and is underweight and tired
It turns out he is iron deficient ( being treated with tablets currently) and initial tests have also shown he may be gluten intolerent / coeliac. We have had to take him for further blood tests - poor kid is going to resemble a pin cushion at this rate and if the most current blood test also comes back positive he will have to undergo an exploration with a camera, we are hoping with all our might that the next set of results comes back negative, but I would just like to thank everyone who has been asking after him and offering their support, it means the world - thankyou xxx
Twenty years ago today I was cradling a tiny little bundle all in white
Our first child
Twenty years ago today I was the proudest mum ever
Today I am still the proudest mum ever
Amy you are so beautiful both inside and out
You are kind and generous, forgiving, understanding, clever, thoughtful and the most perfect daughter we could wish for xxx
Here is the card I made for Amy
This is an 8in square scalloped base, altered to create an easel card
Papers are by Tilda
Today has been a hard day for me, it is the first year in twenty years that I have not been able to wish happy birthday in person, nor have I been able to hug my daughter on her birthday, but I honestly couldn't be prouder of the little girl who has grown and developed into an individual, unafraid of blazing her own trail and daring to be different.
I have yet another 8in x 8in card to share this evening, I think I am addicted to this larger size at the moment, I seem to have made rather a lot in recent weeks
This time round it was for one of the ladies where Neil works, she retired this week.
Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, I gave the card to Neil, Neil passed the card to Sue, then I realised I didn't have a photo to share so he had to ask for it back and take a photo with his phone in a dimly lit office, she must think I am bonkers !
The watering can is a Magnolia stamp I have had in my stash for ages and the papers are from a Tilda pad, also been in my stash for ages.
I am desperately trying to use up some of my crafting hoard which is slowly taking over the house, just like my lovely friend Pat who admitted she would have to make cards until she was at least 300 years old in order to use up all her patterned papers.
I have quite a lot to blog this week as I have been super busy with little projects, commissions and all manner of crafty happenings. Sooooooo I will be back tomorrow with a get well card, one of two and the rest will follow over the next few days.
Sympathy cards are always my least favourite cards to make, obviously because of the subject matter, but I really wanted to make this one for my mum to give to one of her lovely friends who recently lost her hubby
The card is on an 8in x 8in scalloped base and the whole thing is made with just cardstock, no patterned papers, I used die cuts and inks and kept the design fairly simple
This one was created for a gentleman customer who wanted something romantic with roses for his wife's birthday
This is an A5 card and I did create a matching box too (just forgot to photograph the box before I gave it away - oops !)
My gent was delighted with the card and box, hope his wife was too.
Sorry blogging has been erratic once again, Amy is due to go to uni next week and we have been busy sorting out all the financial, logistical and practical stuff that goes with that.
Don't mention the emotional stuff though, totally not ready for my baby girl to be leaving home ( I am completely in denial that I left home two years younger and went twice the distance ! - sorry mum xxx)
I recently created this card as a commission for one of Rob's mates, he wanted a special card for his mum's birthday as I had made his dad's father's day card earlier in the year
I created this on an 8in x 8in card base ( see Carole L I do sometimes create 'large' cards lol)
I don't really know the lady in question and Joe just asked me to create something girly and pretty ( free reign to use lots and lots of flowers, ribbon and lace in my opinion)
I didn't have the heart to charge him, I just thought it was so sweet he wanted a handmade card for his mum. But he came the following day with this massive bouquet of flowers for me - bless his heart !
Our last holiday of the year saw us travelling 7 hours down the country to Cornwall - St Ives to be precise
I took masses of photos and have tried to narrow it down to my favourites, please feel free to skip if you are here for crafting inspiration
The harbour and one of the beautiful beaches surrounding St Ives
Walking down to St Ives from our campsite ( Polmanter)
One of the many tiny little cobbled streets, full of quaint little cafes, stunning studios and beautiful blooms
The boys were determined to try and learn to surf, and by the end of the week they had both mastered the art of picking the right wave, springing up onto their boards and riding in to the beach
I introduced all my kids to water very early in their lives and taught them all to swim from being toddlers, Amy and Robbie took to it straight away and loved being in the pool, but AJ had a morbid fear and I seriously worried that we would never entice him to swim let alone swim in the sea or have his head splashed.
Thanks to one of my mum's friends - Wendy, AJ - as these photos go to show has quite clearly overcome that fear and absolutely loved the water. Tears stung my eyes when I saw him confidently run into the waves and throw himself into surfing and swimming. Remembering back to his shivering little form absolutely terrified and clinging onto me for grim death, it was hard to believe the difference. I cannot thank Wendy enough, this is all down to her patience and ingenious little games and pool toys - Wendy if you are reading this - thankyou so much.
And the big guy did good too, he never gave up, was resolutely determined to stand on his board and ride it to shore
And just to prove that boys (regardless of age) are always little boys at heart, never too old to play in the sand and bury each other
One of the rainy days was spent at the Eden project
The vision of these biodomes as you enter the site is truly awe inspiring
We loved seeing all the weird and wonderful plants and flowers, but if I am honest my favourite part was spotting all the fabulous sculptures and objects of art
I have no idea what the boys found so amusing in the Mediterranean biodome but I love this photo of them
One of our favourite days out was a pretty little harbour town called Mousehole
We bought little nets and the boys went searching for crabs among all the rock pools ( and yes all THREE boys did some crabbing)
We told AJ that the fish and crabs liked to lurk under rocks, hiding from preying eyes and prodding nets and fingers
We also visited St Michael's Mount
This was one of the highlights for Neil and I, we left the boys playing on the beach and took a little boat out to this stunning island
The building now belongs to the National Trust and has been sympathetically renovated for over three years, steeped in history and absolutely stunning
The views from the roof - that pale line you can see running through the sea from the island to the harbour is the Giant's Causeway. You can walk the causeway during low tide, unfortunately we arrived too late in the day and the tide was in, but if we go back we have set our hearts on walking it
These guys amused me, made up to look like statues - until you dropped some pennies in their buckets, they then came to life ( frightening the life out of unsuspecting passers by)
I was just hoping the little doggy wasn't hoodwinked too - was waiting for him to cock his leg !
I popped some pennies in the jesters bucket, he sprang to life, began juggling, pulling silly faces and blew me numerous very loud lip smacking kisses
And I can't leave without signing off with a couple of photos of our tent set up this year - we had a new smaller kitchen tent this year, much easier and quicker to erect
And finally a view from the tent, we could see the sea every morning as we sat sipping our coffee and munching our croissants - truly blissful