I don’t crotchet…

Well at least in the last 40 years ..  When I was in my teens crotchet was very popular and I was never without something to do then later when I married I made lots of pretty lacy crotchet mats for my home (very fashionable back then), and when my children were born there were little crotchet jackets and for my daughter lots of lovely little dresses and tops.  However its years now since I last had a go, but my craft room needed a boost.  I have lots and lots of left over wool from the days when I used to knit and so decided that they would make a nice crotched throw for the dull black sofa.   My tension leaves a lot to be desired and there are some mistakes in there that a blind man would love to see (but the rest of you may not), so pleased do not look to closely, as I now present the new and cheery sofa right here in my craft room.

sofa blanket 2017

Despite the flaws I love it, but had I backtracked each time I found one, it would have been in the bin and never made it to the craft room.  I do not have the patience nowaday’s, and have reached the conclusion, that life is never going to be 100 % perfect, so get on and love it the way it is.

Hugs to all and thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings


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Mojo Monday 498


This is the sketch for this weeks Mojo Monday Challenge.  Here is my take on it using papers from a K and Company paper pad featuring Susan Winget floral papers.  This was a bargain I picked up a while ago in a sales bin for the sum of 50pence.

DSCF5043[1] There were no embellishment featured in the sketch but I didn’t like the big patch of white I had left So using a scrap of white card I dabbed some Colour Clouds I though matched with the paper colours and then cut out the small butterflies from the Sue Wilson mini Butterfly Striplet.  I added a little glitter to the bodies.  The sentiment was embossed using Wow Powders in Sensational Sage, and cut using the inner dies from the Sue Wilson Birthday Circle die.  I hope you liked what I did.

I have not been posting much as I am trying to get special cards made for friends and family who have birthdays next month.  I will show them to you after each person gets theirs as a fair few watch my blog.





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Playing with pencils for digi stamps

Normally when I colour I use Pro-markers, but sometimes alcohol markers are not the most convenient thing – especially when you have a printed image.   I wanted to play with my coloured pencils (as I love digi-stamps).  I have two boxes of coloured pencils, one being Crayola, and the other a box of 30 mixed colours from Wilko which cost about £1.99, and there is honestly not a lot of difference between them.  My only reason for choosing the Crayola first would be because this has a skintone colour in it which I use all the time whichever set I happen to have out at the time.  As the colours are slightly different more often that not, both sets are out and I use whichever shade seems right at the time regardless of which set they belong to.  So here are the results;-


on the next ones I cut the coloured images out


I love this Precious Moments image and she is ideal for the OOP’S I FORGOT type card.

If you have never used Digi Stamps then do give them a go,  there are some fantastic designs out there, and there are lots of freebies too.  One of my favourite sites for freebies is Dearie Dolls, (new designs added every few days), but you can google or go to Pinterest to find lots too.  For purchased designs then try  Make It Crafty or My Besties.  Digi stamps are excellent value – no ink needed, perfect image every time, you choose the image size, and no storage solutions needed as they are right there on the computer.

Hope you have enjoyed.








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I have been nominated for a Liebster Award.  It is, from  what I understand, a bit of fun and a way of finding out something about your fellow bloggers.
The rules are simple:
· Thank the person that nominated you, and link back to their blog
· Answer the questions they have posed
· Nominate 11 others, (with less than 200 followers) and provide them with 11 questions to answer.
· Encourage them to do the same!
This is not a mandatory thing thing, so no one has to do it. Don’t feel guilty! And if you do accept your nomination, there’s no deadline for completion. I  forgot about mine, and then its taken me an age to reply to questions, think of ones I wished to ask and choose people to award too.
Kathy at  Sewing etc.  nominated me for this award.
I started following Kathy’s blog as she is part of the SAL group I belong to. Kathy posts about her varied hobbies, which include many things besides cross stitch.  She also comments
on my blog regularly offering encouragement and kind words.
Next, I must answer the questions Kathy posed for me:

1. How did you get into blogging?  I thought of it as a diary to keep notes for myself, and a record of my crafts.  I have blogged for many years but when I lost my beloved Mum at the end of 2013, I was in a bad place and gave up.  A year later I began stitching again and then I missed my blog/diary but I wanted a fresh start so I began this one on Wordpress  – I did however keep the name I had always used.
2. What’s your favorite time of the day or night? Anytime but morning – I am definitely not a morning person.
3. Concerning any project, work or hobby, are you into the process or the completion? My nightmare at the moment is Gracious Era,  I have been stitching this on and off for about 12 years, and do not have much motivation for some reason, but I do want to finish it so I joined The Sunday Sal, where I have received lots of encouragement.  We post every three weeks and we all work on our own project, so no feeling like you are falling behind, or the other pressures that sometimes come with SALs. If anyone is interest in joining us then please contact Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea
4. Favourite genre of books or movies? These days I just like light reading, Cozy mysteries, and Christian romance. I used to love things that were deeper but since I got older I just do not seem to have the concentration levels I need for those kind of books.
5. Name an idea, maxim or saying that has caused you to evaluate your journey in life.
Not sure its caused me to evalue anything but my favourite saying and the one I try to live by is “Treat everyone as you would wish to be treated”.  President or road sweeper, Doctor or Sewage worker, may be opposite ends of the spectrum but they all deserve treating with respect, we would be in a mess without any of these things.
6. Name one item from your bucket list.  I have been lucky in life and think the only two things left on my bucket list are to visit Japan and to visit the Galapagos Islands.
7. Introverted or extoverted? Once I would have said the latter, but nowdays I think I am far more of an introvert, not shutting out others but quite content to be on my own with my hobbies.
8. Favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Toast and Marmite, or fresh fruit and Yoghurt with a little museli spinkled on top.
9. Type of music you prefer?  I love music – Pop, Classic, Opera, Jazz. Some areas of each of those things I like more than others but I don’t rule anything out.
10. Share a memory from childhood.  Sitting on the floor, cutting up old Birthday cards and Christmas cards to make toppers for my cards.  In those days making cards was not something you heard of but  I loved making my own; though the card bases were cut from my scrap books so they probable never stood up very well.  I was well into my teens before I heard of rubber stamps.
11. Share a goal you have for your blog.    I am not sure I have a goal for my blog, its mainly written for me and I love that people like the things I share.  I love reading comments and try to leave comments when I visit others, but the are not the reason for blogging.  I guess I can just carry on as I am and hope that others enjoy what I do.
I nominate:-
 Bella only started her blog at the begging of May and only has 7 followers so far so  Im sure she would love you to visit and see her beautiful work.
The reason I only have one person nominated is because everyone else I follow has more than 200 followers – which is nice for them but unfortunately makes this difficult.  So if you have less than 200 followers and would like to join in please let me know and I will add your name.
I also have to ask 11 questions.  Oh dear,  I did reply to the questions I was asked but honestly wonder if anyone is remotely interested in the replies lol so I am going to give that a miss and hope you will forgive me.
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Mojo Monday 497

Another nice easy sketch for this weeks Mojo Monday ,  and what I chose to do with it.

mojo497Mojo Monday 497

The topper was cut from an image in the Hunkydory “Little Book Of” Vintage.  The plain backing is Papermania Capsule Collection and the spotty paper is from Craft Sensations “Vintage Glory” design pad.  A couple of strips of Washi tape made the diagonal backing.  I like the clean simplistic look of this one.



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No show Sal Sunday.

Ooops, where did three weeks go.  Sorry no picture because I only did about three stitches (well three less to do in the future), but really no progress to show this time.  However I do know many of the other ladies will have made excellent progress so why not pop along and see what project they are working on, and if you wish to join us then feel free to contact Avis (link below) and the group will be happy to welcome you.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina, Kathy, MargaretCindyStephLindaCatherineWendy , Mary Margaret Mary Margaret and Timothy Timothy




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Mojo Monday 496

mojo496A nice and simple sketch for this weeks Mojo Challenge.  I seem to be having a thing about nautical cards at the moment, so much so that recently  I bought a lovely paper pad from B&Ms which has a number of nautical theme paper (it was called “Seas The Day” and was 2.99 for a 12 x 12 double sided paper pad, nice weight of paper too).  I then sent for the Sue Wilson Nautical die set, and to top it off on Saturday my daughter came over to visit and wanted me to go to my local craft shop with her.  Yes you guessed I came out with a Nautical themed Little Book of:  by Hunkydory.  So no prizes for guessing what sort of card I made this week, but I used all three of my new purchases whilst making it.


During this week I have also learnt how to resize my images because they were actually too big to show properly on the Mojo blog.  I really like the simplicity of this card, but though no embellishments were included in the sketch I could not resist adding the little anchor from my new nautical dies.

My blog was recently nominated for a Liebster Award which I completely forgot about until last week.  I must now search back and find what I need to do now, I know there are some questions to reply to, but that’s all I remember lol, talk about in one ear and out the other, my head retains nothing these days.  Anyway I will try and find the post and do my part within the next few days.

I hope everyone is well.  Many thanks for the lovely comments you people leave, and now I will let you get back to things, which I am certain are more pressing than reading my blog lol.

Hugs to all



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