Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that Morag and I are doing another Charity Crop this year - this time to raise much needed funds for the Cob Foundation.


The crop will be on Sunday 11th May at the Shelly Farm Community Centre in Monkspath. Tickets cost £40 and we have just a few spaces left - please contact either Morag or myself if you would like to join us.

I am still having blogging problems so haven't been posting much - but here is a picture of the last crop class I did on Sunday:


I might run the same class again at Hobbycraft - if you are interested please email me.  Cost would be £10.

Sorry it's a short and sweet post but thanks for looking - busy planning from Solihull.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Such a busy bee

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't been posting much, I seem to be out of the habit of blogging at the moment! I do seem to be tweeting a lot more though and if any of you are interested I am joining in with #100HappyDays which is a lovely idea of thinking of something nice that happens to you every day for a 100 days - more details are here http://100happydays.com/

I have also been busy in my studio designing my next few workshops - more details are on the workshops tab.

I have also been having a play with some new goodies:


These are made with UTEE and a silicone mould I bought from Lakeland - any excuse to get the melt pot out eh!

These are made using a sizzix die I won last week - whoo hoo!


and hopefully I will post back soon to show you what I have actually used all of them on!

Its also my mother-in-laws birthday today - Happy Birthday Shirley! and this is the card I made for her:


Just lots of inking, stamping and layering - such fun to do!

Thanks for looking - Busy sewing from Solihull

Sunday, 23 February 2014

A crafty weekend

Hi everyone,

I have been fairly busy in my studio planning new classes and doing a bit of sewing but this weekend I managed to catch up with some papercrafting.

I have finally managed to use these lovely bottles to store some glitter (have had the bottles for two years so that's how long it's taken me to get around to making these!), only very simple just a nice little play really:


used various Tim and Graphic 45 stamps, inked the plastic lids with Ginger Alcohol ink and topped them with Tim tattered flowers.

Then I have just spent this morning making my mother-in-laws card for her birthday in a couple of weeks (ahead of myself for once - yah!):


Just used various stamps layered up over a book page - inked with Spun Sugar, Antique Linen and Old Paper.  Bottles are Graphic 45 and inked with Worn Lipstick and Victorian Velvet finished with a piece of chipboard, a lovely parisian charm and Tims Happy Birthday stamped onto a banner.

A lovely enjoyable morning!

Thanks for looking - busy, but very happy, cutting out bits of paper from Solihull

Saturday, 1 February 2014

New workshops

Have finally managed to sort out a couple of blogging problems by using Google Chrome to upload my pictures and changing my template to redisplay my pages at the top. 


Therefore if you are interested in taking any of my workshops please click on the Workshop tab above.


Thanks
Nicki

Still testing

ok so I cant upload pictures to blogger anymore so now am trying this:

Here is my latest crafting masterpiece a rug made from pom poms:



Nx

Hello everyone

A big hello to the wide world out there! I am still here being busy making things although I have had a few dramas with DS2 falling over and landing on his face - we still aren't sure if has a broken nose or not! and then both children having a stomach bug but I have been busy sewing - funny how I have fads of sewing and then fads of papercrafting. 


I have prepared some card classes at Hobbycrafts too - I just cant seem to upload any pictures to blogger at the moment so this is a quick test post to see if I can at least post something!


Thanks for looking - busy making pom poms in Solihull

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Hi everyone,

I am still here honest!  Have had an extremely busy October and November creating lovely items to sell in the Solihull Handmade Boutique and then an equally lovely December slowing down and catching up with friends and relatives and, finally, a bit of sewing!


This fabulous wall hanging is from a kit I bought from www.QuiltersTradingPost.com at the Malvern Quilt show and is based on a pattern from the Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow book from Art to Heart.  I have also done the quilt top using the same fabrics but not had chance to back or bind it yet.

Here is a picture of our haphazard tree this year:


decorate by the children and containing mostly handmade or holiday bought ornaments.  Note the addition of this years new favourite - pompoms!

I watched Kirstys Christmas programme and when doing my last workshop of the year last Thursday in Hobbycraft I managed to pick up a couple of pom pom makers - I haven't had such fun in ages:


this little haul probably took less than an hour to make! I timed one and it took me 2mins 47 seconds!  As someone who could never make pom poms I was happy with as a child I haven't really ever made any so now I feel like I have returned to my childhood and have pom poms everywhere!  Looking forward to day in with the children today eating chocolate, playing the xbox and, of course, making more pom poms!

Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - my life will be back to normal after Christmas as the Handmade Boutique shuts its doors today :( still it has been a wonderful adventure and I have learnt lots so I am now looking forward to taking my crafting skills even further next year.

Thanks for looking - ready for Christmas from Solihull

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Why me?

No-one pointed out that the commissioned plaque I showcased yesterday had no flowers on it!  Woke up at 6am this morning with that thought in my head - put me in a right panic and I had to dash back into the shop this morning armed with a big bag of flowers and trusty glue gun!

Still all sorted now and ready for collection and at least I got to pop into Fat Face for the first day of the sale too :)

Then nipped to Hobbycraft and got in a right flap as they had no white A6 cards left!  had to have two lots of 5x5 and a set of 5x7 in the end as I couldn't leave with nothing - right??

Thanks for looking - lacking in sleep from Solihull

Monday, 11 November 2013

Another shop day!

I am spending another day today in the wonderful Handmade Boutique.  Here are some of my latest items (please excuse the really poor photos - there isn't much my camera can do at 6.30am even with daylight bulbs bright enough to land aeroplanes!):

My first door plaque commission:


I have also finally found the time and mojo to produce some more pictures:

Cogs:
 
 

Journey:


and a Christmas one (not long now you know!):



I have also made some lovely vintage boxes which contain some notecards and envelopes:


and of course I will be taking in loads more of my tags, gift bags and place settings!

Phew - am worn out already!

If you are in Solihull today please pop in and say hello - we are situated on Drury Lane between Fat Face and Regis.

Thanks for looking - sore fingers from Solihull
 
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