Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I did it!

Yes, I finally succumbed.

I splashed out on that new camera.

Now I just have to wait for it to arrive.

Only problem is, can't afford any new stash this month now.

Unless, of course, I sell lots of crocheted stuff.............

Mind you, I am considering getting another set of those letter stamps I bought a couple of weeks ago at Tesco. So many times have I wanted a letter twice and had to mess about to get the word.

Do you think its a good idea?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rainbows and Stars

Its finished!!!!!!

My new Rainbows and Stars crochet pattern.

And, I must say, I am rather pleased with it.

After months of no new patterns, I have finally done one.

I have even added to to my site and to Etsy. I haven't decided whether or not to add it to Folksy as I haven't had any sales from there as yet.

Now all I have to do is let my crochet groups know it is finished, sit back and (hopefully) watch the orders flood in!!!!!

The final set of motifs is the Pot of Gold. I have also included the Mini Rainbow Stars that I have for sale on my site.

The Competition is still on as I need some LOs for my site. The pdfs are here and I have added the Pot of Gold to the file.

Of course, this now makes it rather large - over 30MB. It took ages to upload so I assume it will also take ages to download.

With that in mind, I have now made three separate files, Shooting Stars, Lacy Stars (11.2MB) and Pot of Gold (8.4MB).

The closing Date is May 15th.

Now I have to decide what to do next. Any suggestions?

I suppose I really ought to be finishing off the puppet patterns I have been working on. I could get those done in a couple of weeks if I get down to it.

But I am really loving working with the thread, especially as I am getting more colours.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Blog Candy!

Its amazing what you find when you blop!

Just look at all this Blog Candy!!!!!

You can find out how to win it here!

And there is even more here!

Did you notice those little crocheted flowers?

Shame they are not mine!!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

I'm a Yummy Mummy


The name of our team on UKS is the "Yummy Mummys"

The new layout of the site has made us realise that we are sadly lacking in the avatar department so I came up with an in-house competition for the Teamies.

Create and avatar and we can vote on it.

So, these two are my entries.

The first one is a digi LO. I scoured the 'net for lips and created this in PSE5.

This one is a "real" one.

And the reason I bought those stamps in Tesco last week.

Thae paper is double sided and, although you can't tell from this pic, the large circle has flowers on it.

I crocheted the "Yummy Mummy" with letters from my Scrapping Journalling pattern and arranged it around the large circle then stamped "Im A" in the small one. Finally, I used the flowers I crocheted for our Easter tree in the middle.

So now you know why I NEEDED those stamps.

Actually, Benjamin has been having loads of fun with them. And my pens. They have kept him quiet for hours - no mean feat for a child that doesn't stop talking!

I managed to get around to adding my new Rainbows and Stars to my site. No sales yet though. I am still trying to think of some more along the "Rainbows and Stars" theme to add to the pattern.

And don't forget the competition! PDFs here!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Blog Candy!

Have you heard of Tollipop?

Neither had I till today. You just have to go and see this blog. Quite apart from the cutest pics, she is having a giveaway to celebrate her first year.

Now, does anybody know how I can get hold of Martha Stewart?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rainbows and Stars

I bet you are shocked. This is the third day in a row I am posting.

Don't expect it to carry on!!!!

I really wanted to share what I have been working on, Shooting Stars.

You may recognise one of them from this Layout.

These are going to be part of my new scrapping pattern.

The Stars and their Tails are made separately so that you can add them to your layout in which ever way you want to.

And here are some more Stars.

These are a version of the stars I used on this Silk Painting.

They are beaded in both the silk and the layout. I also used a finer thread to crochet them with.

The ones in this picture are unbeaded and with the size thread I normally use for all my scrapping bits.

I will be adding them all to my site for sale as soon as I sort out some prices and find some time to do it.

The good news is that you won't have to wait for that as I am doing a competition.

I need some Layouts to use both on my site and in the pattern itself. So, with that in mind, I have prepared some pdfs for you to download and use instead of the real thing.

What I want you to do is print them off, make a Layout and send me a jpeg.

The ones I like the best will win the actual item to replace the printed one.

Also, all entries can claim 20% off their next order from my site and add a flashing Design Team button to their blog.

And finally, as requested, pics of my new stamps.

They are stamped (badly) on to an A5 sheet, just for you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stamp, Stamp, Stamp!

As if spending all that cash on eBay wasn't enough, I bought more in Tesco this morning!

The thing is, I really NEEDED them!

We are doing a mini competition in our UKS team for an avatar. Rather than one of us just come up with something, I thought it would be an idea for all of us to create a LO or two then we can all vote for our favourite. I am half way through a proper 8" LO and needed some small letters for it.

So, I was looking in Tesco this morning, having just filled up the trolley with food, and I saw a pack of stickers which would work.

However, then I saw a set of alpha stamps complete with acylic block. My son is no help at all, you know. He promptly took the stickers out of the trolly and told me the stamps would be much better as I could use them over and over again. And that the birthday set that was in the same box would be perfect to go with them.

So I came out of Tesco having spent nealy £40 on food and another £10 on stamps.

At least they are giving me some peace as he is now sitting at the table playing with them.

Anyway, here is the jpeg of the personalised stamps I ordered from eBay yesterday. The seller is ever so helpful and will send you a jpeg so that you can see what it looks like before you order.

All the other stamps I ordered from this seller, also very helpful.

I promise pics when they arrive.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I thought you would like to see our Easter Tree.

We have never made one of these before and I thought it would be fun.

Of course, ours is decorated with the inevitable crochet. I made the little eggs and the flowers to go on it. I bought Benjamin some bunny and chick kits from Tesco and he made those.

But, I have to say, the bit that really makes it for me is the fact that I put the twig in water when I cut it and all the leaves have come out on it.

Unfortunately, despite being out in water, the leaves didn't come out on the ones I made for work.

They are decorated totally differently, although I have used some crocheted eggs. I used plastic eggs which the residents decorated and were later filled with choccy, tissue flowers and lots of ribbon.

The photo isn't very good either, it was taken with a flash in the corner of the room so the shadows on the make it look odd.

Oh, and you really don't want to know how much I have just spent on new stamps!!!!!

Don't you just love eBay?

Friday, April 03, 2009

That Slippery Slope - Part 2

I really have to say a big "Thank You" to all those who have encouraged me in my spending!!!!!

I know there are certain people who wouldn't agree with you! LOL

However, I have also been earning it!

Here is a photo of an order fresh off the hook. Yes, the background is kitchen roll as it is still on the blocking board after taking the pins out.

Now I am really curious as to what she is going to do with it all!

Have you heard of Ehive? I have signed up for it and am waiting for a confirmation email.

Just wondering what anybody thinks of it. There seem to be a lot more things like this popping up.

I am already on Etsy and Folksy so, before I go further with this and spend even more time on the puter, I would like to hear some people opinions.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

That Slippery Slope

I knew buying that ink and those stamps would lead to a very slippery slope!

I went shopping on eBay!!!! I found a very helpful lady selling off a whole load of stamps and bought one or two from her.

Ok, maybe more than one or two.........

But they were a bargain. And you need a few to play with to get the feel for things.

And they cost me less that £13 for the whole lot including the postage.

Then I bought these as well.

This isn't entirely selfish. Benjamin really enjoyed making the cards when we went to the Fun Day at the Library last year.

The only thing is, now I NEED to get those pens.......





After writing this post earlier, I went and bought them on eBay!!!!!