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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Viewing Figures….

Well, here we are again! I promised that I would blog more and here I am! I must admit that I felt a little cut off in my prime with the last post, I felt I had more to give, whether you wanted it or not. Okay, so I’m sitting here invigilating mock exams and I’m a little bored. Well, I do have some marking to do, but I’m just not feeling the marking urge. Is there anything more boring than marking? Yes, I guess there probably is, but right here, right now, I would rather do anything else than marking. This means that for this moment in time, you are getting my *almost* undivided attention.

 

So, what else has been going on in my life? Well, M and I have discovered the delights of Game of Thrones. Actually, I discovered it right back in Season One, but M has only recently decided that he wanted to watch them, so we’ve been watching the box sets and have now caught up to everyone else. Season Four is under our belts and we, along with the rest of the World, are eagerly awaiting Season Five. I am desperate to create some designs based on the House Sigils, but I need to have a think about how they will translate onto glass. The idea is simmering there on the back burner.

 

 

It’s funny how my viewing habits stimulate my creative juices – does anyone else find this? I received the box set ‘How to Train your Dragon’’ 1&2 for Christmas. I am so in love with Toothless! I wanna dragon! So, of course I had to create a Toothless design. Who wouldn’t want a Night Fury peering over the top of their glass? When I showed a sneak preview on my Facebook page, I immediately had requests not only for Toothless, but for Stormfly and Hookfang too, so back to the drawing board to work out some little friends for the Toothless glass.

 

 

Another designs triggered by current viewing trends is the Winchester glass, totally inspired by Supernatural! I can never decide whether I’m Team Dean or Team Sam, but I know that recently I’ve been kinda steering towards Team Charlie! I hope she’s in more episodes coz I love a bit of Geek Girl Chic!

 

 

I’m quite sad that the Middle Earth series seems to have come to an end. What am I going to do without my fix of Middle Earth to look forward to each winter? Poor Peter Jackson must be exhausted after, what is it? Ten years? But how wonderful to do that as a job! To spend your working days in Middle Earth! So, to celebrate the end of an era, I just had to create a ‘One Ring’ glass. I’ve been inspired by the LOTR and the Hobbit before, it’s been a lifelong love affair for me.

 

 

Wow, I sound like I spend my life watching TV! I must admit, if I’m working or painting, I do tend to have films or box sets on in the background.

Right, off to do some work then….catch up soon!

Namaste

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A touch of Glass

Ha, yes, I am terrible! I promise you more bloggy goodness and then I fail miserably! I have been busy, I promise. Mostly stuff for my shop with lots of new glass designs to choose from. I decided last summer to really expand my eBay business with lots of new and exciting designs. There was a slight problem with this plan though. I live in a teeny tiny little house. Really, it’s like a doll’s house in it’s minuteness! In fact, now that I think about it, my childhood doll’s house was like a mansion compared to my house! We have literally five rooms in the whole house. A double bedroom, a single (boxroom) bedroom where I paint and M plays on the PC, a small bathroom, a living room and a tiny kitchen. Cosy, you might say. Bijou? Certainly not. Two adults, a large German Shepherd, and two cats all compete for space in this tiny domicile. Not a problem, you might think. Okay, picture again the amount of ‘stuff’ an arty crafty person hoards  stores and then think about the amount of paperwork a teacher is required to store at home. This is a problem. Yes, I know it’s mostly me. And I’m also a booklover! But this means that our little home is groaning at the seams. *Sigh* I read, with ever so slight envy, all about the wonderful Katwise’s gorgeous house Calico and the on-going renovations of TPFFaerywear’s Helen’s house Castle-Del-TPF and I just wish that we could afford something a little….bigger. How nice it would be to have storage space!

 

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So, back to the problem. I just don’t have the space to store a large quantity of stock. But I had a brainwave. Okay, so if a paint an example, I can list the photo, and then I can paint to order! Genius! I must admit, I was a little inspired by TPF Faerywear’s custom options, so I decided that I would offer complete custom options on my designs – display the basic design, and then allow customers to choose their own colours and outliners and decide whether they want an inscription.  This has been working really really well. In fact, it worked well enough for me to pay for my windows to be double glazed and a new stair carpet. Yay! Katwise describes her house as the house that sweaters built and though my little Hobbity Hole here in the Shire hasn’t been built on glass, I am proud to think that in the last six months it has certainly made it a lot cosier.

Let’s give you a few pictures to look at Smile

 

 

 

 

 

Right, that’s enough for tonight, M is waiting impatiently to shoot some aliens, so I’ll leave you for now!

Namaste!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rainbows and Caravans…

So the last time I blogged, I was enchanted by the rainbow Whipporwill that Lynda wore on the Great British Sewing Bee. I managed to track down the pattern and the yarn and I awaited eagerly for the yarn to arrive.

 

I spent a happy evening watching the rainbow form as I would it from the skein into a knittable format and then I was ready to go.

 

*Sigh* this was such a lovely yarn to knit with…the pattern was mostly ss, so I just sat back and knitted and watched all thos lovely rainbows unfold. In fact, I took it with me on holiday (in our new caravan) and knitted it there in Glastonbury!

Look how gorgeous it looks, even just in the blocking stage!!

A new caravan I hear you ask? Yes! We finally replaced our little cheap n cheerful caravan as we just wore it out. It leaked everywhere! M was obsessed with getting a fixed bedroom as the job he hated most in the world was putting the bed down at night, and then putting it away again in the morning. So that was his stipulation. We are also polar opposites in our sleeping habits. He is a night owl, and I’m a sparrow… I’m awake early and he sleeps in, so our second stipulation was a seating area where one person could be whilst the other was in bed. We sort of wandered around a few places looking at caravans without really intending to buy and then we saw it! The perfect caravan. A veritable palace compared to our old one. And the company was willing to give us £1000 trade-in for our old one! How could we refuse?

So we are now the proud owners of this 24 ft beauty! It has a fixed bedroom, a bathroom with shower, hot n cold running water, central heating, a full sized fridge and cooker/oven and even a wine rack! I’ve lived in houses with less than this!

We’ve been away in it twice now and I love it! It obviously needs to have my own personal hippy stamp on it to make it truly ours, but I just love the space and the comfort, and most of all, I love not being jumped on by Jack in the middle of the night as our bedroom has a door *lol*

So, project I haz done recently……

Socks…..

Shawls for friends for gifts….

And a tribal skirt for troup costume for the Illan showcase. More of that later!

I also did a cross-stitch! I don’t really *do* x-stitches, but this one was a gift from my mum, so it was a labour of love really. There’s all tiny beads and buttons on it too. I’m pleased to have finished it really Smile 

 

Okay, that’s all for now folks!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WhippoorWhy? Whippoorwil!!

Any Great British Sewing Bee fans out there? It's one of my Friday night pleasures! I record it and when M goes round to his mates with Jack for a few beers, I have a whole peaceful hour to curl up and watch it. Last week through saw me sitting forward in my chair as Lynda came on wearing the most stunning rainbow shawl!


Dear Lordy....I just had to have it - armed with my trusty kindle, I searched the web and found that it was made for her by her daughter, who has a great blog called Crafts from the Cwtch, and with a little more research I found the pattern and the yarn which was used Whippoorwill, which is on Ravelry, with the yarn Kauni which I found on eBay! So I am currently waiting for the yarn to arrive, I have the pattern purchased, printed and ready to go, I need to knit a swatch and then I'm off! I can't wait!
Whippoorwill

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Flower Garden Finale

Hurray! I have finally finished my Flower Garden blanket!

Look at that in all it’s glorious colourfulness! I started this waaay ago in a bid to use up all those little balls of wool that are left at the end of other projects. It’s intended use is the garden bench in the summer to make for a nice comfortable splinter free lounging area in the summer.

I’ve also been painting more fairy goblets for my eBay shop

and making nice stripy beanies also for my shop

This one is in lovely tones of blue. I’m thinking about a new line of wine glasses, with a more goth theme. Watch this space – the brain is ticking!

I’ve always loved those beaded medallions you get on a lot of tribal belts, but they never seemed to match, so I figured out how to make my own

These will make part of a purple coloured belt, I just need to find some suitable embroidered trim to use as the base.

Ok, that’s all for today folks, I’m trying to get back in the habit of blogging, I’m a little out of practice.

 Smile

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Well, here we are. 2014. I didn’t realise it had been so long since I last blogged! So what have I been doing this last year? Well, lots of doggy stuff with Jack who has just celebrated his second birthday, including a weekly dog training class, and geocaching adventures.

 

 

I’ve been dancing lots with my Tribal girls Badra Tribal and making costumes.

 

I’ve been trying to keep up with my yoga class. I’ve volunteered again at the Barefoot Festival.

M and I went to the Forest of Dean at Easter

 

and Dover in the summer and spent the fortnight looking round castles, battlefields and cliffs.

Our old caravan died and we bought a shiny new one which is like a palace compared to our old one. It has a fixed bedroom, hot and cold running water, and even a shower! I can’t wait to try it out.

 

I have been quite crafty recently. Up to Christmas I was making my presents, but now I’m getting back into stocking up my shop again.

Fairy Flower Brooches

Anyway, that was a very very quick update. Hopefully I will blog a little more regularly this year.

Smile

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 Year of the Snake….

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Well Happy New Year peeps! All you Slytherin types will be pleased to know that 2013 is the Year of the Snake,  and this year, the colour of the Snake is Black and the type of snake is the water snake. Black is the colour of Space, Arctic night, darkness on the Abyss, this is a colour of deep waters. The Black Snake will bring people unexpected changes, instability, and changeability. That is why it is important in the year of the Snake to plan everything beforehand, and evaluate adequately before taking any actions. You need to be more careful and cautious, especially where finances are concerned. I guess in this continuing recession, these are things for us all to remember. 

Anyhow, things have been busy here in Middle England. (Yep, I went to see the Hobbit and have been truly inspired!!) We had a few weeks of snow on and off, so we’ve not been out and about as much as we liked. Jack has been on a few pack walks which he has thoroughly enjoyed, and he started dog classes, passed his basic training and is now onto the bigger boys class. He’s in a very barky phase at the moment – he wants to bark and everything! Can’t wait for that phase to pass!

 

And then we had Ofsted which is a major panic and sort of dominated life there for a week or so. But there has been crafting going on. When I look at the pictures I realise that it quite dance dominated though!

Ok, so one of the things on my ‘learn to do’ list was a Turkish vest, so I created a vest and pantaloons in this lovely cranberry colour. I need to create a fastening on the vest though – I haven’t quite found the perfect fastening. The vest is all lined, and trimmed with black lace.

I came across this lovely toran (Indian door hanging) and just knew that it would make a perfect tribal belt, so I attached tassels, cowrie shells, beads and Turkman buttons. It’s a little bit wide though and gapes at the top, so I need to figure out a way of tapering it at the top a bit; maybe with a small strip of elastic..?

I’ve also been making my own bindis which tribal dancers wear on their foreheads – sort of a chakra third eye thing…

Anyway, someone has offered to sell my bindis on her souk (tribal stall), so I’m just getting my supplies together to make some up.

This is something I quite proud of…this started out as a pair of curtain tie backs and an Indian patchwork cushion. Jack took rather a liking to the patchwork and spent many illicit hours plucking the patches off – I found them hidden in his bed from time to time. I gathered then all up and sewed them to a backing cloth, then I embroidered the patches and added lots of beads and jewels.

Then I sewed them onto the tie backs, added a couple of rings at the front, and some sari silk cord as decorative tassels at the side.

I also added some gold chain swags to the back part of the belt which drapes nicely.

If you remember, my sister got married in October and after failing to find the perfect hair accessory, I made my own using some organza and a vintage brooch which had belonged to my grandmother.

So this kinda inspired me to explore flower brooches which I’ve been making for gifts. I’m thinking about added them to my eBay shop stock…

I’ve been on quite an accessories kick recently. I’ve made a few necklaces recently which I really like…

A lovely chunky pendant teamed with lapis lazuli chips and carnelian beads…

A vintage pendant found at a car boot sale teamed with hematite and amethyst chips…

Red jasper pendant with red Indian glass beads, vintage silver beads and hematite chips….

And an octopus pendant teamed with a chain and tassel from a watch pendent which Jack broke!

On the yarny front, I’ve been on a sock kick – socks are so portable which makes them easy to take to craft club

 

And I’ll leave you today with my Valentines card to M…

The text hearts were made from a book that Jack destroyed on one of his naughty rampages…

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