Sunday, 24 February 2013

Just A Little Prick

I couldn't resist,  as this week's challenge at Less Is More is to use Paper Piercing (or Pricking, as I call it)  I inked up SU's Trendy Trees set and this is the result. 

The set lent itself to this challenge as dots were incorporated in the design, I just pierced through them,  et voila!

I am also linking to this week's Addicted To CAS' Masculine challenge.

Over the last couple of days I've discovered some great junk shops over in NM's neck of the woodsOn Friday I visited Stable Antiques, Storrington, which was jam-packed full of Bric-a-Brac, vintage clothes, kitchenalia and house clearance furniture.  This kind of place is my idea of heaven and I could easily have spent hours in there if it were not for the perishing cold.  The building itself is 200 years old, draughty and mainly unheated but despite wearing gloves my fingers were turning blue after an hour in there so I made my purchase and left,
however once the weather warms up I'll definitely be back.

Enamel plate £2

Yesterday we went to a similar but not so junky,  place in Pulborough where I bought these lovelies.

Glass Millefiori Pendant £2

Pewter Pendant featuring medieval image £3 

On the way home, driving down a remote country lane we saw a male pheasant lying in the road.  NM likes a bit of road kill so we stopped and picked it up.  The poor thing had recently been hit by a car (it was still warm) and its neck was broken but there was hardly a mark on it.  It got slung in the back of the car but I thought it deserved some dignity, so much to his amusement it travelled home on my lap. I'd never seen a pheasant in such close proximity before and I was staggered by the stunning colours and iridescence of the feathers. They really are beautiful (if stupid, according to NM!) creatures.

 (ours was a lot more attractive than this one)

A quick update on the crochet which is going well.  Perhaps it was ever so slightly ambitious of me to start with a blanket for my first project,  maybe a cushion cover would have been more manageable.  Only another 150 squares to go then!  These still need blocking (flattening out, to you and me) and then starts the laborious business of crocheting them together, I wonder if I'll last the distance ?

I'm off to visit some friends now,  before a pub lunch with Dad.   Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Valerie said...

Fabulous contemporary card Fiona and I love to read what you have been up to and your various purchases:)
Val x

Gillian said...

This is fabulous

Vix said...

Love the barge ware plate, very popular with the canal boat owners round these parts!
The card and the blanket are gorgeous and I love the crosses, too.
Poor pheasant, at least his misfortune made good. xxx

Dotty Jo said...

Great card, such a lovely and effective use of paper piercing, Jo x

Caroline said...

Crochet is looking good! I'm in the middle of a blanket at the moment, and am getting a bit sick of churning out the squares in the same old pattern. Wondering whether to have a rest and make something else small and then return to the blanket.

Loli said...

Hola Fiona, fantastic card and clever idea for the `piercing challenge, beautiful!
Your plate remind me my grandmother´s plates, good memories for me, i hope you finish your crochet projetc, a little bit hard for me:D.
Have a nice week, hugs from Palma

Margaret said...

Your card is so clever Fiona, and lovely!
Margaret x

Katina said...

What a lovely post Fiona! Your card is gorgeous - such an original design.
Love your bargain buys, especially the plate.
I'm afraid I would have had to leave the pheasant in the road, or at least on the back seat - there's NO WAY I could have had it on my knee, lol! Your blanket is coming on great and will be lovely when it's finished!

Lynne said...

I just knew that it would be you who used that title. You do make me chuckle.
Love your card, great design.
Lynne xxx

Karen B said...

Fab card Fiona - love the way you've paper pierced those trees. Sounds like you found two amazing places to hunt out your new treasures - just up my street. Thanks so much for joining in our masculine challenge at A2CAS.

Karen x

pastcaring said...

That post title just had to be done, didn't it?!
Lovely card, Fiona. And you've found some fabulous goodies, the plate and those pendants are delightful. The freezing cold barn full of treasure sounds right up my street.

I have never tried pheasant, you will have to tell us what it's like.
The crochet is coming on well. Go for the blanket, you can do it! xxxxxx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fun, subtle piercing~

Chrissie said...

FAbulous card Fiona... I love this little set and you've made a fabulous design!
Thanks so much
"Less us More"

maria f. said...

Love your take on the piercing - great card. Glad I'm not in your neck of the woods to hit those shops!

Kylie said...

This is a wonderful card. I love the paper pierced trees. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS! xx

Rosemary said...

your card is absolutely fabulous, fiona!! the piercing is amazing!

Chris said...

Great card! (great SOH too! ;)

Loll Thompson said...

Fabulous card. Love the design and layout. Great paper piercing ... and love the sponging around the main image. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to CAS. Loll

bastelengel said...

Fantastic idea with the trees. Looks wonderful and classy.

mypapercraftworld said...

The spongeing is flawless and I love the piercing ... just perfect! Anita :)

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Wow the crochet is going to be beautiful! I wish I could do that. It would make a lovely scarf if you get fed up doing it. I love the shiny gold paint on your card. Is that the stuff you melt with a hairdryer? I don't know what it's called...x

Jen said...

simply fabulous card.. love the trees

Thanks for joining us this week
Jen xx
"Less Is More"

Paula Knall said...

We would have thrown the pheasant to the Red Kites :-) Lovely card and lovely post - enjoyed reading! xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Dear Fiona, never missing a chance to amuse with your titles! You've had a lovely week! That place in Storrington sounds a great find - and thanks for the warning that only thermal onesies should be worn there! Glad you were able to take advantage of the pheasant's untimely demise and they really are beautiful aren't they but have no road sense. I love your card as always - I never thought to gold emboss the tree trunks and the one you've done is so effective as is the piercing. Vicky x

Viv said...

Gorgeous card Fiona, love it :) Viv xx

Hello From Texas said...

Fabulous card Fiona. Great use of that stamp set and I love the layout.


Susan said...

I love your card with all the paper piercing! Looks like you've been busy shopping and crocheting. I love the granny squares. I haven't crocheted in ages, but I have been knitting. Just finished my first pairs of socks! Whew...and they were very difficult! Are you going to make a lap throw with the granny squares?