Technical Craft

Vignette in Pixelmator

I have to admit that I love this blogging stuff. Not only has it given me a chance to share what I’m doing & find interesting it also means that I look at what other people are doing.

I have felt recently that I want to upgrade my blog from a beginner style to something a bit more professional. So I’ve taken a massive step – I’ve actually paid money for my blog! My very technically minded OH is spending some of his bank holiday having a look at new designs for it so expect a few changes over the next few weeks.

Not only that but I’ve been very jealous of some of the images that I’ve seen on some of my favourite blogs. So I’ve also bought Pixelmator so that I can alter my images to give them a bit of something.

Below is my attempt at vignette. Not bad for a first timer! (I usually do everything, & I mean everything, in Word!) It’s a little basic but I’m just getting to learn all the tools, layers etc. So expect some pimped up pics on here shortly! Right, where’s my camera… 

Vignette in Pixelmator

Happy Birthday to Me!

Birthday Bunting and Balloons

It was my birthday on Monday & despite not feeling much like celebrating I was very spoilt! I didn’t send out a birthday list but I am impressed by all the presents I’ve received. I really am very lucky & very loved.

Upon getting home from work I was greeted by Birthday Bunting and Balloons pretty birthday bunting & balloons that my amazingly lovely OH had decorated our dining area with. Not only that but he had my chai ready & waiting to make for me. And he’d bought fancy Waitrose cupcakes with girly little candles in. I was so surprised! (It’s possible that I might have cried a little bit! I’d had a bit of a poo day at work!) I was also promised tea of my choice which is always a Chinese takeaway. Not only that but my Super OH had explored a few takeaways in the area for me to pick my favourite one. It was lush!

Birthday TableMy presents were all displayed on the kitchen table ready for me to open. I was really amazed by the generosity of my family & friends (including you Mum!) I got some really amazing presents including some sew-your-own Owls (complete with home), make your own candles, some super lush Jo Malone Red Roses perfume, Double Stuff Oreo’s & a beautiful bottle of Hendricks Gin. I cannot wait to have a go at making all these things & eating my oreos while drinking some lush gin.

However, the present of the day came from my lovely OH. I have been going on about Mollie Makes magazine for ages since it exploded over Twitter. I’ve been looking for the first one but to no avail. Not only have I now got a subscription but I actually have a copy of the magazine, which I am going to read through as soon as I’ve finished this blog post. I was so shocked to open it up! Outstanding! 

For the Love of Jewellery

Crafty Chai Jewellery

About two Christmases ago I felt that I needed to have a hobby & learn a new skill. I wanted to do something that was completely different to my day job. So I signed up to silver jewellery making for beginners through Oxfordshire Adult Learning. I’d previously attended classes for watercolours & Indian cookery, which I enjoyed but haven’t been back to those since. Jewellery making, however, is a different story. I’m attending my third term & will definitely be signing up when the new classes are released in the summer. I’ve not only learnt new skills but I’ve made some pretty nice jewellery in the process! So far I’ve made two pairs of earrings, a green amber ring & a bracelet.

Crafty Chai Jewellery

I am in the process of making two different necklaces – one for me & one for a present. I have about five ideas of what to do once they are finished & I’ve only got about five classes left until the summer break! But I love it. It’s something that I want to continue doing. It’s great seeing my skills develop over time. The more I solder my silver together the better I get at it. One day I hope to be good enough at it so that I can have my own Folksy or Etsy page and be able to sell some of my pieces. I’m a long way off that yet but a girl can dream…

A Lovely Saturday

Molly Moo Cards

After a busy week I needed nothing more this morning than I lie in. Once I’d had that, and a cup of tea in bed, it was time to open the morning post. May is a busy birthday month & I knew I needed some Molly Moo Cards special cards for some special people. I also wanted to support someone rather than a massive company. So I headed over to Folksy, popped a few things into the search box & hey presto I landed upon Molly Moo Designs. I picked the ones I liked the most, ordered them & paid for them Thursday evening. They arrived this morning & I couldn’t be happier. I know that no one else is going to give these cards to the people I’m going to give them to & I was really chuffed that they arrived so quickly. I also love the personal touches that you so often get with sites such as Folksy. I received emails thanking me for my order & telling me when they’d been posted. I also loved the thank you business card that came in with them. Beat that Moon Pig! 

After opening a few other things, my OH & I headed out on a bike ride aiming for lunch in a pub at a village near our town.  I love going out on my bike, Rusty as I like to call it, especially when there’s going to be food! We headed out towards Sunningwell & stopped at The Flowing Well. The reason we picked this place is because they had a good selection of veggie food. This can be quite rare in some country pubs so it was a nice to see. My OH went for a crayfish baguette while I had the goats cheese & sweet pepper cheesecake. It came with a lush salad & was perfect for what I wanted. It wasn’t too much cheese either, which can be tricky with goats cheese. It also meant that I had room for a cupcake on the way home too!

Now it’s time for a curry, some knitting and TV. Perfect!