I feel awful. I have really neglected my blog. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it or checking it or ignoring the blogs that I follow. I’ve been busy. Both working at the day jobs (who’d be a freelancer?! Love it!) but also I’ve been busy crafting, making things for the Oxford Bake Off. I’m really nervous that I won’t have enough stock. I’m not worried about not selling stuff, because if I don’t then it’ll all go on my Folksy shop or the stock will be ready for birthdays & Christmas for the next year!
I have been busy knitting. Last week I was looking after my mum who fell & broke her wrist (she’s on the mend!) so I took my wool stash with me. Every free opportunity was spent knitting. I made some cards a few weeks ago so this week will be spent soldering silver jewellery & making a few vintage suffolk puff brooches.
I am so nervous but super excited at the same time. And this explains my absence! I have missed blogging so am taking a little time this morning to get some posts written and scheduled. And I will be blogging about how the sale goes at the weekend! Wish me luck!
A little while ago, @ThePRMummy tweeted & asked if anyone would be interested in trying out scrap booking. Always ready to have a go at a new craft, I said yes. A few weeks later I had a package arrive containing a scrapbook and all the materials I could ever need for some lovely scrap booking, as well as a magazine from Do Crafts Creativity.
It’s taken a while for me to think about what to scrapbook. Then I finally had some inspiration! Our garden is in a bit of a mess & needs a massive overhaul. This year is going to be the year that it gets the face lift. I wanted to document the different changes that it goes through but didn’t want another blog. So I thought that scrap booking would be the way to go.
Each month I will take pictures of the progress we are making in the garden & scrapbook them. Then I will share my scrap booking on here! So here goes…
January :: In the Garden
January’s page shows the overgrown & pretty much derelict nature of our garden at the moment. It shows some of the key areas that need changing e.g. the fence is broken & it needs to be repaired/replaced. I’ve also put some of the things I want to do, like plant sunflowers next to the shed and plant bulbs in the pots. First & foremost though, the garden needs weeding. Lots & lots of weeding! Better go & get started! x
I have loved cutting and sticking for as long as I can remember. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I put this love into a Folksy listing!
Not only that but I’ve found a way to use some of the many, many buttons that I’ve been given from family and friends.
So if you need a card or you want something to go in an old frame, pop on over to my old Folksy shop & get buying! x
It was my OH’s sisters birthday the other day so naturally I took it upon myself to make some cakes. They had to be the best ones I’ve ever made. I think I’ve finally got my oven sussed (it can be a bit temperamental!) so that the cakes were cooked really well.
I think I’ve also got the recipe down to a T. I use the Hummingbird Bakery recipe for the vanilla & chocolates cupcakes & frosting. I know my icing still needs a bit of work & I’d like to get more piping equipment to vary how they look. But I was happy with how they turned out & they went down well!
The other thing I made for the birthday was this birthday card (I’d forgotten to buy one – busy week!) so thought I could use my stencil magic!
I made a bit of an error on my first attempt so resorted to some previous bees that I’d stenciled ages ago. I then cut them out of my sketch book & straightened the edges with my little guillotine. I then used some contrasting craft paper as the backing paper. I used some double sided sticking tape. This worked fab as it meant that everything stuck well & the card didn’t warp like it does with other types of glue.
I’d really like to make more cards & like the look & feel of stenciled cards though I need a greater variety of stencils.
I’d also like to have a go at making my own decorative tape, as seen on the lovely Ginger & George blog. Need to stock up on some paper first. Oh well, what a chore!