Requests …

Hello

I had some card requests recently.  Here are a few of my creations.

First up is Annabelle stamps little monster. Coloured with alcohol markers, fussy cut & popped up on card front.

Next I have a couple of cards made using Flourishes Kids at Play with sentiments from Uniquely and Jane’s Doodles.

I also have some Christmas cards to share.  These were inspired by Therese at Lostinpaper here.  These were quick to put together without colouring the elf image.

Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Vicki

Unstampabelles #95

 

 

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I’m back today to share my DT creation for Unstampabelles #95 you can find it here

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Challenge #95: Paradise Pretties
TWIST – Into the wild

 

My creation is based on tropical flowers (SU Botanical Builder dies) with the very well used “thanks” sentiment from Stamplorations.  The centres of the smaller flowers are finished with black enamel accents.

Thanks for stopping hope to visit you in the challenge.  Remember though no stamps!

Cheers

Vicki

Requests…

Hello

I am sharing some cards I made recently for my Auntie.  We caught up during the week (on my day off!) for me to give them to her.  I think she was happy.  I also had made some aprons which I shared a few weeks ago.

I think I have used this PTI penquin every year since I purchased it.  I think he is so cute! I teamed this one with snow drifts and a sentiment from SU Holiday Home.

Another favourite is SU Dashing deer with sentiment from Uniko Pure Florals Poinsettia.

Another all time Christmas favourite is baubles.  This was a quick and easy one with SU Holiday Framelits and PTI holiday cheer sentiment.

These are cards are made with some new SU to my stash of stamps and dies.  Every year I say I don’t need any more Christmas stamps or dies however I always seem to add to my collection! I really love this santa and how could I go past cheeky elves.  The tree is from Flourishes and the fireplace is from SU hearth and home.

Now some non-christmas cards

I used SU fable friends coloured with markers.  I personalised the inside with a computer generated phrase.  I have used Uniquely, ME and SSS stitched circle dies.

My aunt also has a few special birthdays coming up so I made the cards above.  I needed to get some help from Ms S to write “moet” as my hand writting isn’t so great! Each one of these birthday cards was like a mini challenge trying to personalise with things in my stash.

On another note I started a new job this week.  I had been trying to find work close to home however even if I got an interview I seemed to be getting overlooked. I saw a position recently both online and in the newspaper so thought why not!  I applied on the Saturday, was called Monday for an interview on the Tuesday and by the end of the week they had offered me the position.  My new position means I catch the train in and out of the city.  The plus is I am getting some steps up walking to/from the station and to/from the workplace.

I am located between Melbourne Museum and Lygon street.  Having an hour for lunch has been nice (can’t remember the last time that happened!).  So far I have visited some shops in Lygon street and the Carlton Gardens.  I can walk to Brunetti’s an iconic cake shop or Koko black a specialist chocolate shop in my lunch time. Now I have walked to these places but have not purchased anything other than a coffee – I am trying to not undo all the good from walking. I am considering looking at other ways of travelling perhaps parking at the Museum as it is around the block and will only cost me $3 more (+petrol) per day however it could possible save me an hour travel time.  Handy when I have after school activities with Ms A.  I have tried to use the travel time to check emails etc however I found my phone battery died really fast.

Enough of my waffle.  I need to go dig over the veggie garden and start reading the new book by Margaret Attwood – The Testaments before it is due back at the library.  Another good thing about train travel is I get to read on the train.

Thanks for stopping and listening to my waffle

Cheers

Vicki

Finished!

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After a very long time on the needles this is finished!

This is a throw or afghan for my eldest daughter.  It measures 156 cm x 212 cm.  Now to say I was over it by the time I finished would be an understatement!

You can find the pattern here Bold and Stripy Afghan.

Miss A (14) has also requested a throw.  She has picked the pattern and I have enough yarn from Miss S’s throw earlier in the year – overestimated how much I needed!  I just need a little break before tackling another big project.

I also finished my socks 🧦.

 

I am really pleased how the stripes are pretty spot on.  This yarn is so clever.

Looking forward to wearing them.  Miss A is modelling for me in the pic above.

I have been using up some bits and pieces on little Premmie hats. One of the lovely ladies from my knitting group is going to pass them onto a local hospital. As a side I am so inspired by this lady. She is 99 (100 next January) still lives independently doing her own shopping, cooking etc and going to the footy! plus a very active member of several community groups. She doesn’t have glasses, hearing aid or walking stick. If I’m lucky enough to be as well as she is I might make a dent in my stash!! 😉

 

I have used a couple of different patterns for these the link to the smaller one is. here.

I have one more on the needles.  I might try and finish a few more before mid week.  I do have a few card requests on my to do list I need to get onto.

That’s all for today

Thanks for stopping

Cheers

Vicki

At little organising…

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Bet you didn’t think I’d post again so soon 😉

Wanted to share a little of the re -organising jobs I recently completed.

I added 4 A4 magnetic sheets to the inside of one of my built in overhead cupboards in my craft space with double sided tape. The top section is magnet sheet from a calendar. I then spent the best part of 2 days completing this puzzle!

I created little labels with die name and number of dies. You can see the little white stickers behind some of the dies. I’m hoping this will help me keep things in order.  I did have a moment when I dropped the SSS stitched circle set and couldn’t find the smallest one.  I did eventually find it – on the opposite side of the room!

My girls did point out I had several rectangle and circle dies that look the same. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you there are differences even if they are extremely slight!! And my son pointed out one of the sets is still joined together.😊

Now for those who have been on this journey with me most of these are rarely (cough cough) if ever used! time will tell if this makes me use things more.

This task freed up one whole tub that was sitting on the raised section of my craft workspace. I do still have one tub with magnet sheets and my Stampin up dies in their package. Where possible my PTI, ME etc dies are stored with the co-ordinating stamp set.

I like things tidy – although I’m sure my family would say my craft space is messy! This is a little house shaped unit I’ve had for awhile. I was using it to store my punches the punches have now moved to homemade units from IKEA black packing. (You can pick up from IKEA for free from the frame section. You need 2 pieces and my punches fit perfectly so do ink pads! ).

These are all my alcohol markers my collection grew significantly after this years Paperific and an online order. I think considering how little colouring I do this should do – for now! My collection consists of spectrum noir, COPIC sketch & ciao, Stampin up, Kaisercraft and a couple of Altenew markers. I would like to label all the ends one day so I can see what colour is what without pulling out a tonne of markers!!  I’d love some tips on how to go about this.  I’m thinking adhesive dots or a sharpie although I think this wouldn’t look so great.

This pic is my homemade punch unit.  I added a piece of cardboard to the back and two sides with tape for stability.  Hope you can get a sense of how it’s put together from this. I can see my punches and hopefully this will encourage me to use them more!!

 

My next big organising task is to re-organise my knitting needles.  A huge job considering I have my grandmothers, my mothers (probably some of her mum’s, my other grandmother’s too!) and odd ones gifted to me along with those I have purchased.  I need to work out the double ups and re home.  Sort the DPN, circulars (fixed and interchangable), metal, bamboo and tortoise shell.

Thanks for stopping

Cheers

Vicki

A little catch up…

 

 

Hello

Just popping in to share what I have been upto!

A little closer to the end for this bold and Stripy throw for my eldest daughter.  The grey band (at the top) is the last colour and as of last night I think I’m around 20ish rows from the end.  Hoping to finish soon so I can get on with some other knitting projects – perhaps finish my socks! This hasn’t been portable so have had to work on it in front of the tv.  I must admit I am not looking forward to weaving in all those ends! It has been a good stash buster project though.

These next two photos are little dresses I have made up out of hubbies old work pants.  The centre front and back seams are from the outside leg seams.  The Butterick pattern 4108 has a seam centre front and back so using the pant seam made these even quicker to put together once I made the time!

I now have the pant tops, the part from waist to crotch, to deconstruct.  If you have an idea on how to use those I’d like to know.  At this stage I think I will be just saving the haberdashery for other projects.

I think these are heading for a new home with a charity.  I used this pattern alot for my girls in all types of fabrics and there are no zips or buttons to fuss with. It was great to pair with tights/leggins and tshirts and jeans later on when the dress got a little short!

Some got a little brightened up with yoyos and buttons.

My aunt has requested some aprons for her grandchildren.  I hope she likes these when I catch up with her.

Again this is a pattern I have been making up for years.  It is from “My learn to sew book” I have had since I was a child in the 70’s.  My cover is looking a little worse for wear.

Hubby and my eldest daughter were away for 7 days in the recent school holidays so it was the perfect time to tidy up my craft space.  I moved furniture and re-organised my supplies.  So my space is reasonably tidy until the next postage delivery! I do have a rather large pile of NBUS and to finish off/re-do projects.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki