Life has its up's and down's but most of the time I am very happy with it . surrounded by my growing family and wonderful friends whats not to like .

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The battle of the staples continues

Well week two of my upholstery class and the battle of the staples continues - though I am getting hopefully that the end is nearing (I could be wrong though)

So that's the bottom, back and one side stapleless and I am getting there with the other side

It's just a pain finding all the hidden ones and that fabric is very good at hiding them !

I did however learn how to measure how much fabric I will need an hooray I am only going to need 2.65 meters of fabric which means I can get something loverly :-) who'd have thought upholstery involves shopping too :-)
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Hooky happening

It's a nice feeling being reasonably unto date with the housework as it gives my the guilt free opportunity to indulge another of my many obsessions. Inspired by my Nan's recent blanket productivity I decided it was about time I finished the blanket I am crocheting for Finn so for the last two days every spare moment has found me with crochet hook in hand and the said blanket is a lot closer to being done

Finn is rather excited about it bring nearly done and keeps asking if it can just be a blanket for pup who is rather smaller than finn and requires less blanket ! Who knows maybe the next project will be a matching one for pup :-)

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Oh deary me

Has it really been so long - I guess I was wrong about the blogger app causing me to blog more often , but it's a new year and I am starting it with the intention to blog even if I have nothing exciting to say !

Scrapping has been none existent In my life recently - so much that I am considering packing my supplies away and getting them out only when I need them !

That's not to say I have totally lost my interest in crafting - finn and I made these invitations for his upcoming birthday celebrations

Finn particularly enjoyed dipping them in tea :-)

My big news is that I finally got onto the upholstery course I have been waiting to do . I got bumped up the list as it was a last minute cancellation and I had given her my phone number :-)

This resulted in a frantic hunt for a project and after trawling every second hand furniture shop I could get to I found one on a skip .

It's modern so my first class involved taking out staples - hundreds of them and I have the feeling it's going to take a lot more weeks to get them all .

But the important thing is that I enjoyed it , there are 8 of us in the class , one lady has been going for 10 years - I hope it doesn't take me that long to learn the craft !

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Monday, August 30, 2010

A happy sad kind of day

today was a special sort of day , My Mummy married her long term boyfriend .

also a bit sad as my new step daddy ( ohhh thats different ) is suffering with advanced cancer and the wedding had to take place in the oncology hospital .

we only knew it was happening at the end of last week so no time to get too worried about the organising of it

The hospital did all the food and cake , even supplied some alcohol free wine which was lovely of them and they did a lovely job of it .

Now I was sat here last night thinking about today and suddenly realized they had no favours ( not that it would have been the end of the world but I felt I needed to do some) so after a quick trip to tesco to buy favour boxes I put some together.

thank heavens I'm a scrapper -just how do people manage without overflowing bags of ribbon and boxes of stamps ???

anyhow heres what I came up with  , quiet simple but given the were done in just a couple of hours I am happy with them ( just ignore the ones with slightly smudgy stamps - i am sure had i decided to stamp them before assembling them and adding the ribbon it would have been much easier !LOL )

Friday, August 27, 2010

taking a moment to remember a very good man

It has been a difficult time in this family lately , My oh so wonderful grandfather passed away on the 18th July , the day after my 36th birthday  - I feel like an incredibly lucky girl to have had my grandfather as a part of my life for so long but at the same time so incredibly sad that I will never again see his smile or make him proud . 

Sidney Graham Beaton
1929 -2010

He was a man who met his wife in his early teens and stayed with her for the rest of his life ,they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just last year , he finally managed to buy his wife a diamond ring which made him very proud .

 He was the man who signed a piece of paper to say that the first ever concordes electric systems were safe and had a passion for concord that lasted all of his life.

He never lost his temper and I only recal him ever rasing his voice once and that was out of fear for my safety .He was a devoted father and Grandfather and would do anything for those he loved.

He was the kindest, gentlest and most honest man I have ever met and I feel very honoured to have been loved by him and to have loved him back , He was the man who taught me what a good man should be but I fear the mould was broken after he was made

RIP Sidney Beaton  - we will always love you

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ooohhhh there's an app for this

Oh am I a happy bunny now , I can blog from my phone so expect posts to be slightly more frequent than they have been recently .

Righty as this is supposed to be a craft blog let's share something crafty , my nan asked if I could make a card for my aunts 25th wedding anniversary and this is what I came up with

The pear chipboard was inspired as nan and grandad had given them fruit trees ( including a pear tree) as a gift .

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

and finally the decorating is done ....

.... in fact the decoarting finished a while ago , its been an error ordering wardrobes that cause a crafting hold up .

I ordered some lovely Pax wardrobes from ikea however on arrival ( after I had dismantled my desk to make room for the boxes ) we found that they were 7cm's too tall for the room !   I could have cried  but set about finding someone to alter them and just a short 8 weeks later !!!!!  i finally have wardrobes and my desk reassembled :) though i am still lacking doors on some of the wardrobes until i brave ikeas return department .

so with that done I am booked into the modscraps crop this saturday and I will be going  - I'm not sure what I will be doing there yet as I am not totally sure I have the concentration for scrapping as my wonderful and special grandfather is in the last days/ weeks of life.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

still no scrapping

but i have a lovely tidy desk  .... the decorating is set to continue and my bedroom ( where my desk is is next) so without complaining much I have packed away nearly all of my supplies luckily i have the card making workshop to look forward to on saturday to get a crafting fix .  Unfortunatly since packing away i have been attacked my a fit of indesision so the decorating is delayed while i decide ... and with these for inspiration I think it will take a while

Right now I know I like this wallpaper but that could change tomorrow
In the meantime I will be working on my crochet . I'm about 1/8 of the way through a blanket to go on finns bed and its been on hold for a few months now .