Monday, 11 April 2016

It's the climb

Hi,

We're just back from a lovely Easter break down south. We stayed just outside London in Hemel Hempstead in order to visit the Warner Bros. Studios at Leavesden to see everything Harry Potter. It was absolutely marvellous learning all about how the movies were made, the tricks of the trade! The work that went into ten years worth of movies was jsut phenomenal. We also spent some quality time with our beautiful granddaughter who is getting bigger and smarter everyday. She is 15 months now and her latest trick is to do 'round and round the garden' on your hand. If I hold out my palm and say the words, she starts running her finger around my palm (but I have to do the 'tickly under there' on her and she laughs!)

I've been somewhat absent from blogland what with one thing and another (including our lovely break). It seems to always fall to the bottom of the list of my priorities!  I've been busy fulfilling orders for frames and am now doing some crafting in preparation for a spring fair on the 23rd of this month.  I feel quite lucky as I've just been given three more orders, one of which has come from the couple who received the red button heart frame as a wedding gift from one of my regular customers. 

 
This was a frame for a new baby. The colours given were grey and sage and I was advised they had used white stars in the nursery and liked a vintage feel. I had a beautiful sage fabric with little bumble bees on and purchased some little bumble bee buttons to add as a small feature. I had some wooden stars I painted white. I used grey paint on the letter and added some semi opaque textured white fabric and ribbon to add another dimension. Stars and buttons with some crocheted lace and her name and date of birth in type finished it off. 


This frame on the right was a challenge I received a while ago but it wasn't required until the 20th 
April so I finally got round to working on it at the weekend. It was placed by a grandmother as an 18th gift for her granddaughter who loves climbing and she asked if I could do a climbing wall with a figure. I said yes then immediately retreated, panicking!  As it wasn't required until April, I put it to the back of my mind while I completed other orders but finally had to figure out how I was going to tackle it. I couldn't find a figure anywhere that would suit so ended up opting for clay (I haven't used clay since the start of high school which was almost 30 years ago). It wasn't without its challenges and the figure fell apart a few times. I eventually had something I thought I could use and proceeded to paint it and give it a coat of gloss decopatch glue to seal it.  I made the climbing wall holds from clay too and painted them and sealed them in the same way. I had originally thought to make the wall from clay or paper mache but I started to worry about the weight in the frame and decided instead to use some grey fabric as a background and put it together from there. The rope was a lucky find in Hobbycraft and was just perfect to finish it off. I anchored the rope to the '18' and then used the 'A' at the bottom as the belayer. This one gets delivered on Wednesday so hopefully it goes down well. It's always more tricky if the brief is quite specific as the customer tends to have an image in their head.

I'm going to use tonight to visit some other blogs as I haven't had a chance to in a while and then it will be back to the crafting table tomorrow night after work. 
I hope you are all well. 
Take care and
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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Eighteen candles!


Hi all,

I hope you are well. I have been doing a bit of crafting this week for my niece who turns 18 this week. 18...I can't quite believe it! Although I found a picture of myself holding her when she was a baby and I have long hair! I haven't had long hair for a long long time!!
It is really lovely to be able to create something for someone you know as you can make it much more personal to them. I gathered a few photos from my extensive collection and put them all in a frame with a few other crafty bits and pieces. She recently had her bedroom decorated so hopefully she'll want to hang this on one of her walls. 

I started with some photos and I had some Tim Holtz ephemera so used the calendar and the clock as backgrounds for two of the photos. Two of the photos, I framed the faces with card borders. I used a vintage style spotty scrapbook paper as the background and some letters to spell out 'memories', 'love' and 'family'. 'Life is a journey' wood letters and at the bottom, a love heart in black on which I drew a birthday message using a paint pen. I used some ribbon and some hessian too.

I really loved doing this one for someone special and I really love the vintage feel it has.

Take care all and










Thursday, 4 February 2016

Blogged down!



Hi all,

I say all, but in truth I've lost a follower already and I only had 12! Cue the violins!
I have been very lucky of late, however, with my Facebook page and have been slowly building followers. Last week I got my first order directly through my page from someone I don't know and tonight I finished it.
It was for a little girl called Abbey. Her Aunt ordered it as she had bought a similar type of frame for Abbey's sister but the lady that made it, no longer makes them (lucky for me).
The brief was pink, purple and girly.


A paper mache 'A' was covered with pink and purple tissue but I felt it looked too brash so I then wound some different shade of purple ribbon round. Fabric flowers in shades of lime and lilac to decorate and each flower was given a button centre. 
ABBEY at the top of the frame were glued in place. They were letters I had originally bought a while ago to use in a card but I think the colours work well in this frame. 
The purple/lilac background fabric was from a fat quarter.  I used some lilac lace and some of the ribbon from the 'A' in strips along the base of the frame. 



This one was for a wedding gift. No dates or names were wanted in it as it's an Indian wedding so they are having more than one celebration. Instead, it was just about epitomising love.

Hearts and flowers were the order of the day. Red was the obvious colour choice as apart from being a traditional colour for hearts, it is also a traditional colour in Indian weddings, symbolising love, commitment, strength and bravery. The photograph doesn't show all the little details fully. The heart in the middle was made using layers of different sized red buttons. Some small paper roses were dotted around the heart. I used some ivory chiffon ribbon and four pearls down each side. The same ribbon was used to hold a silver heart pendant in place above the heart. I filled this pendant with small red buttons and some pearls. A heart ribbon at the bottom with some pearl hearts finished it off. 

I'm off to start another wee frame for a baby girl. I'm quite excited about this one as it is a bit of a departure from the usual pinks and purples. The nursery has apparently been decorated with a sage green and a soft grey and has a vintage feel. Can't wait to get started!
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone,

I hope January finds you all well and that you enjoyed the festive period. I have been rather absent from blogland in a bid to catch up with everything else that I neglected over the Christmas holidays, mainly ironing all the laundry that I'd been hiding in the spare room! 
I have been busy this week completing a wee last minute order for a customer,
A new baby boy called Ted...


I used a paper mache 'T' and painted it white (I always paint the letters white first no matter what I am covering them with as this helps keep the colours of the fabric/paint brighter). I was advised by my customer that Ted's nursery is red, white and blue. I decided on a crayon theme and threw in a couple of teddies as a homage to his name! I glued the crayons onto the letter in the nursery colours. TED was then glued on in red button letters. I had some felt teddy bears and some crayon buttons which I sewed onto each bear's arm. I then drew little pictures in crayon onto small pieces of card and glued it all in place to make it look like the bears were drawing the pictures. 


It's nice to be back in blog land. I want to thank you all for your kind comments last year and to thank you for following my blog. I am hoping I can maybe attract some more followers this year and any hints and tips as to how to do this will be gratefully received. 

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Merry Christmas x

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are all well and not getting too stressed out with all the planning and organising that usually goes into this festive season. 
I am trying to take it all my stride this year...I normally let everything get on top of me and that's not really what Christmas is meant to be about is it?
It's our granddaughter's first birthday this week. We visited today as her Mum and Dad were having a little party for her but we will pop up to see her on Wednesday too (her actual birthday). She's a little cracker, full of smiles and mischief and she coped admirably today considering their house was so busy with people. 
I've been busy this week getting some Christmas orders together and I finally managed to add a review section to my Facebook page so hopefully customers will start leaving some reviews for me.
I have four frames to finish for Christmas...two are done and the other two are nearly finished. I'm also busy putting some Secret Santa things together for work (we've to be imaginative and not spend alot of money) and a memory page for a friend who's turning 50 on Christmas Eve. Everything else is having to wait (Christmas wrapping, cleaning, ironing etc) and for the first time ever, I'm not stressing...long may it continue! 

Cooper

This was ordered by a lady for her grandson, Cooper. The brief was blues, reds, cars! I've done a few 'car' themed frames now and it is getting a little more challenging to make them each unique. I painted a curvy road pattern on the frame mount in grey. The cars were easy enough to glue on using a hot glue gun. I put some coloured button letters on the roofs of the cars to spell his name then dotted some other cars around the road. 
The 'C' was painted and I tried a bubble effect by using some glue in the paint then heating with a heat gun. While I quite liked the effect, I felt it was a bit messy for this frame so I decided to use some squares of red felt instead which I layered on the letter. A lovely blue and white striped fabric was used as the backing for the letter. The lady who ordered it has left some positive feedback on my Facebook page too!
Nikole
This frame was great as the brief was pink, purple and glitzy. I find it much easier to do frames for girls than boys as I can really go to town with ribbon, beads and sparkle! 
Nikole loves hearts so these had to be included. I had some small wooden ones that I embossed to turn silver. I glued on some ribbon and gemstones. The 'N' was painted pink and embossing powder in silver and some gemstones were added to give it a bit of sparkle. I had some lovely purple ribbon with wire edges which allowed me to twist it but keep it sticking up from the letter. I added some more of this ribbon along the top then some chiffon ribbon in pink and purple along the top and down the side. The letters of her name were actually just some gold card letters. I curved them slightly so that at certain points, they sat out from the base. Gemstones were added to each letter. I added a string of beads in purple, pink and silver along the bottom. It was ordered for Nikole for her Christmas and her mum thinks she will love it!

In case I don't get back to blogland before the Christmas holidays, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you all have a chance to enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. 
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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Blown away by the Christmas Fair

Hi everyone, 

It's so lovely to have new followers. Thanks for clicking that button; I really appreciate it!
I was so pleased (and surprised) to get top 3 in the Butterfly Challenge. It's the first challenge I've entered but I hope the first of many! 
Saturday 5th was a very stormy wet and windy day but our local Christmas craft fair went ahead and though it was not as busy as the autumn fair due to the weather, it was still a great day with lots of lovely and talented people selling their wares and some lovely folks braving the weather to come along and support us!



This post was supposed to go on my blog last Sunday but technical issues stopped that happening! Since then I've been busy getting some Christmas orders together so this has been my first chance to get back on the laptop to fix the issues. 
I hope you have all had a good couple of weeks and are enjoying some festive crafts.

Take care and
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Friday, 27 November 2015

Christmas fair crafting!

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well this rainy evening. I'm not long back from our school Christmas fair where I had a wee stall for the afternoon. I was up late last night creating two more frames to add to stock for this fair and another fair I'm doing next Saturday. 


As you'll gather from my blog name, I love butterflies so I decided to create a wee butterfly themed frame. The central butterfly is a layer of three to make it stand up from the base. It was then covered with a gorgeous black and silver tissue paper. I added some more silver with some embossing powder as I wanted it to shine! The feelers were covered with buttons and pearls (I have an obsession with both and love using them in frames).
I had some wooden butterflies in different styles which I also embossed in silver. I then added some die cut butterflies on the top of these. A beautiful lilac fabric to back it (although you can't see much of it due to the giant butterfly) and some organza ribbon with a butterfly print on it finished the frame off. 






I had made this owl from felt a while ago for another project but it wasn't quite right for it and I've been trying to think what to do with it ever since.  An owl themed frame was just the ticket! The felt owl was cut, sewn and stuffed and I then added the different coloured layers with some button eyes. I also had a silver owl charm and I thought it would be fun to give the owl an owl necklace! The fabric backing was from a fat quarter pack I picked up a while ago in a sale. I used a spotty satin ribbon and some cream hessian down the side and along the bottom where the words were then glued down. I also used a few red button hearts. It's a bit quirky but hopefully someone will like it. 



It's fun to create new frames that are for stock as, although I'm hoping someone will buy them, I don't feel the pressure I feel when completing commissions. 
I got two more orders from today, one for a little boy who loves cars and the other for a girl who loves pink, purple, sparkle and glitz...can't wait to get started. I also want to have a go at finishing some of my altered puzzle piece bag charms before next Saturday's fair.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and 
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After seeing the comment below from Mrs A, I'd like to enter the butterfly frame in the butterfly challenge quadruple. Thanks Mrs A x