Saturday, 18 February 2017

Back In The Game

After checking out Less Is More's current challenge this morning I scrolled back through my blog posts to discover it is no less than 14 months since I last entered.  Mojo was sadly lacking last year and although I did make a few cards, I think my mind was otherwise occupied, certainly in the latter part of the year, by all things French.  However, recently a friend of mine who co-leases a local gift shop asked if she could sell some of my cards there and this opportunity has re-awakened my creativity. 

I've made several cards similar to this for the gift shop, some with flowers and others with butterflies and I think this one fulfills the brief this week at LIM where the theme is Alphabet.  The butterfly was die-cut through several pages for a layered effect and the embossed words on the circular mat were distressed with an emery board.  I'm sure this idea was initially inspired by Pinterest or another website, so I'm not claiming the design was my own.

Butterfly die - Sissix
Scallop die - Spellbinders
Bazzill card stock
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Italian paperback book purchased at charity shop
Penny Black sentiment
All other items from my stash

I'm also linking up with
 Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes 
Stampin' Royalty - Dies

This renewed creative phase has also led to me picking up my crochet hook again.  I've been wondering what to do with the remainder of mum's yarn stash and after untangling a huge mess and rewinding into balls I decided to make another blanket for the local hospice where she died. 
 It's a crazy old colour scheme, but cheerful and as it's just a huge granny square there's no concentration required so I can crochet away while watching telly.

Prior to the blanket I whipped up a couple of face/dishcloths to stash bust some cotton yarn...honestly, it's in danger of taking over the sitting room!

Thanks to all of you who commiserated on my recent speeding offence.  I am pleased to report that I have got away with attending a Drivers Awareness Course instead of receiving a penalty, unfortunately it's in Dorset, as I live in Sussex but hey it's still better than three points on my licence.   

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are this weekend.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Five On Friday - Charity Shop Spends

The sun graced us with it's presence this week, albeit very briefly, so I took the opportunity to dash outside with my camera and draped my recent finds around the garden... it's still too dark inside for a decent photo shoot for my liking.  I've bought a few things recently, you can tell me what you think in the comments below!

 Boden shirt bought in Lewes, pricey county town of East Sussex.  I didn't try it on, although it's size 14 and I am generally a 10/12, Boden garments are usually on the small side so I took a gamble.  It is slightly too large but I can probably get away with it...or get it taken in. 

I bought this Next jacket because I liked the colour (more rasberry than the tomato of this pic!) and was fed up with looking like Drab Mary in my khaki parka.  I realize it looks boring in this photo, but once on it doesn't look too bad. I crocheted a flower brooch to add some interest, which I've forgotten to photograph. 
 I paid £4.99 but don't ask me where. 

 I stumbled across this silk Chinese robe (never worn, still with labels attached) in Dr. Barnado East Grinstead and thought it would be ideal to take to my holiday home in France.

I love the vibrant colour and embroidery and couldn't believe they were only asking £2.99.  As I was paying, the bloke behind the counter rolled his eyes and remarked ' I didn't price it!'

 I also found this French shirt in Dr. Barnado, again never worn.  The contrast fabric on the cuffs, collar and placket drew me to it, although Lord knows what I'll wear with it.  A bit of an impulse buy at £4.99!

Last up is this denim bag that I spotted just as I was leaving the Cancer Research shop, again in EG.  I've been after a denim bag for ages and although this was not really what I had in mind  it was in good condition and the right size.  Originally it had a label with the brand name on, which I thought was slightly mannish, (is it a man bag?) so I removed it and added a crocheted flower.  It's very roomy and holds camera, brolly, purse and woman stuff with ease.  I think I paid around a fiver.

As you can see, charity shop prices here in the south east are pricier than further north, but now and again there are still bargains to be had and I've the Scout and Guide jumble sale to look forward to next month...the excitement in my life just now, knows no bounds!
Found anything exciting in the chazzas yourself recently?   

Linking up with Amy for Five on Frday