Monday, 11 April 2016

It's the climb


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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