Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Seaside Swap goodies and update

Well it's been quite some time since I last blogged and it's flown by so quickly I'm not sure if I can even remember what I've been doing. It's been a great summer holidays so far this year, I've taken the kids swimming, to the farm, parks, picnics, you name it I think we've done it. At the moment H is on holiday with her friend and family in Norfolk. It's the first time she's been away without us, she was very excited. I was excited for her but nervous at the same time. Her friend and family are lovely, that's not the issue, just her being away and not knowing what she is doing. She did call the first couple of days, one day a little upset with a headache bless her (home sick more like) but she's settled a bit more now and it just text messages, thank goodness for the 21st century communication :). So the house it quite strange with just me and L, he's asked about her a couple of times but luckily hasn't been too upset, he's very close to his sister.

I participated in Craftysmiles Seaside Swap recently and after a couple of date changes myself and Wendy at A Little Crafting Bird managed to swap things. Wendy asked if I minded more handmade things and not shop bought, of course not :), I love handmade. Though I was worried about my standard of handmade being a bit of a novice to the crafting world.
Here is my box ready to be opened.

Wendy is a very talented lady and I wasn't disappointed with she had made either, take a look, lots of lovely goodies ready to be opended.

Wendy sent me some lovely things, 2 bars of chocolate (they went very quickly!), some decorated pegs and card, some pretty shells, a lovely sandcastle magnet, an ice cream keyring, a gorgeous seahorse, an amazing felt seaside picture and a wonderful lavender smelling beach hut.

I fell in love with the seahorse straight away and he is currently hanging on my mirror so I can see him every day.

This felt picture is stunning and will look fabulous in my sons bedroom.

Thank you so much again Wendy.

Wendy has just started a Folksy shop making felt keyrings, which I can confirm are very well made, she would also consider custom orders if there was something you had in mind, please take a look and let your friends/fellow bloggers know too.

That's all from me at the moment, we go away again next week Monday to Friday back to Paignton, I can't wait. Think I'll just take my crochet with me this time and get some granny squares done.

Nic x

Sunday, 1 August 2010

A few cards and a family creation

Well it's been a little while since I last posted but I didn't realise how busy I was going to be over the school holidays. Though I have to say I am enjoying it so far, it's great not having to get up and out. L usually wakes early but it's nice not having to get ready straight away. I know it's sounds really lazy but I've always worked and I will have to go back to work eventually so I've got to make the most of this while I can! I've not had chance to do as much crafting as I'd like, I don't have a craft room so just do it in the Kitchen/Conservatory so having to get my stuff out and put away everytime can get a bit tiresome, also L would be straight in there messing with stuff and I don't like to keep telling him no.
I did make the cards below though for the OH nephews childrens Christening (you still with me!), they were having their son and daughter Christened at the same time. I always dread these situations slightly as L does not like sitting still but actually he was very good, until he realised his voice echoed in the church so was a little bit shouty at the end :)

These cards are for my friends flower shop (sorry about the poor quality photo), she sells them for me and I give her a nominal amount per card sold. I've had a few steady sales so hopefully I will extend to other local shops.

Finally, this is mine and H creation, she loves papercrafting too but feels lost for ideas sometimes. I wanted to do something together and remembered that we had some A3 paper stashed away. It's great because it already looks aged, we're hoping to do a treasure map next.

We made it using paper from my scraps box and shaped punches, peel off stickers, chalks and glitter.

I'm probably not going to be posting as much over the holidays but I will try and check out everyone's blogs at much as possible. We go away again at the end of August so fingers crossed for the weather :)

Nic xxx

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