Saturday, 27 January 2018

Scavenger Hunt - January

I've been looking forward to the first hunt of 2018 and big thanks to Kate for continuing to host it.  This year the list has been reduced to six prompts, with less to find I'm hoping my efforts will improve.


As I've recently booked my next flight to France (...roll on May) I was reminded of these sunflowers basking in the Vendéen sunshine, captured several summers ago.

 Starts with an .... O 

I start most days with an O   ....oats.


Grey January days necessitate an artificial source. 


 Continuing with a French theme, I found this plaque d'immatriculation tossed underneath a hedgerow in the charming village of Vouvant, Pays de la Loire.  It's now nestled amongst  jasmine trachelospermum, adding some interest to my garden fence.


 From my crafting arsenal....watercolour pencils. 

 My own choice

These baguette vending machines are a common sight in France now and come in handy when you realise you've no bread for dinner and the boulangerie is shut for the day.
You feed the machine with one euro and out pops some freshly baked pain.
Speaking of bread, did you hear about the scuffles in Intermarché, a French supermarket yesterday?  Shoppers desperate to get their hands on the heavily discounted Nutella were frenziedly grabbing the chocolate and hazlenut spread.
C'est complètement fou!

I hope you've enjoyed my collection of snaps.
 I'm linking to http://livelovecraftme.blogspot.co.uk/ 
where you can view more interpretations of this month's list. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Denim Teaser Toy For Cats - Handmade Monday

As a follower of several craft blogs, I'm constantly inspired by the wonderful creations I see.
  There are so many talented, creative people in the blogosphere and although I do like to dabble in a few different areas I know my limitations.  I'm not great with a sewing machine for instance....I need reading glasses these days and trying to thread the minute needle of the machine is always a challenge!
However, after seeing a fantastic denim dog bone posted on PillarBoxBlue, a blog bursting with denim delights, I was inspired to get the machine out again.

Not having a dog, I began to wonder what I could make for my foster cats and an idea began to form.

Here's what you need to make this denim fish cat teaser.

Small scraps of denim
(Some while ago I bought an outsize pair of jeans (size 28) at a jumble sale ....that's an awful lot of denim for 30p, but only a small amount is needed for this particular project.)
Soft toy filling 
Cord or String

(I forgot to photograph some of the steps as I was making this, but it's simple enough to create.)
Make a cardboard fish template. Trace around template twice onto reverse side of denim.

Cut out two denim fish leaving small seam allowance and pin right sides together.

Sew around fish leaving gap for stuffing.
Turn right sides out, insert knotted cord at mouth end and stuff fish with toy filling/cat nip.
(I used a knitting needle to get into all the fiddly areas.)
Close up the opening with hand stitching.  
Sew on two button eyes
Cut dowel to required length with hacksaw and sandpaper rough end until smooth.
Drill small hole one centimetre from the end.
Thread cord through hole and knot either side of dowel.

......Amuse your cat for hours!

Pickle, my current ward is a playful puss and loves her new toy!

Linking to Sum of Their Stories for Handmade Monday #59

and Animal Tales at A Green and Rosie Life.


Monday, 15 January 2018

Anything Goes With Lots Of Layers

It's another craft post from me as I braved the craft room this weekend to make a few more cards....I really need to have a blitz in there!
The first two are similar in design and were intended to be one layer as I masked off the surround.  All was going well until I smudged a tiny amount of black ink onto the white area!  I've lost count of the times I have done this...you'd think I'd learn.  However I managed to salvage the card by cutting around the design and mounting it onto a clean card...after first washing my hands!  The image of the second card was made using the back of the card blank that I'd spoiled.

Stamps used: Wee Foliage - Clarity Stamps
                     sentiment - Inkylicious 
Inks : Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Versafine


I'm linking my card to the following challenges
Addicted To Stamps & More - Anything Goes/Clean & Simple

From clean and simple it's anything but for the Sweet Stampin' Challenge
where they want to see Lots of Layers... the more the better.  I count seven here.

Stamps used: sentiment - Paula Pascual
Can't remember where the foliage came from...it's a rectangular background stamp and I cut around the individual sprigs...Possibly Hero Arts.

Also linking up with Sum Of Their Stories for Handmade Monday #58.

In other news Bess, the cat I've been fostering for the last three months (seen HERE) was adopted at the weekend.  I'm so sorry to see her go as she's a gorgeous girl, so very affectionate, but of course I'm thrilled that she has a lovely permanent home now.  As of this morning, Pickle is now in residence, another black and white moggie, so far we seem to be rubbing along together fairly well.  

 Isn't she a sweetie?

Thanks for reading and have a good week.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

A Paper Crafter Returns

Happy New Year to all!  Did you have a good Christmas ?  Mine was spent at Gatwick Airport although I wasn't bothered about that, but when my car conked out in the staff car park after a 12 hour night shift it was a bit of  bummer. Fortunately a new battery was all it took to fire into life, phew!

There's been a paper crafting hiatus on my blog lately which I'm now remedying as I spent the afternoon in my craft room knocking up a few cards  I'm linking this one to the following challenges.

Less Is More - Purples
Alphabet Challenge - U (use three of something)
CAS(e) This Sketch  #253 

Sentiment-Stampin' Up
Flower stamps-Stampin' Up
Embossing Folder-Cuttlebug
Embellishments from my stash 

I had intended to make cards this morning in order to grab the available light for the photograph, however my foster cat's tummy upset put paid to that (possibly TMI?) and I had to dash to the vet for a probiotic.  By the time the cards were made, the daylight had disappeared and artificial light had to suffice, hence not a brilliant shot.

Thanks for reading....and stay warm.