Friday, 29 January 2016

A sort of hibernation?

Hello all - I can't believe that it's been 3 weeks since my last blog post! I don't think I've ever 'disappeared' from Blogland for that long since I started my little blog nearly 4 (yes, 4!) years ago.  But it's been a busy old month.  I always feel January is a month to sort of snuggle down and hide away until Spring starts to appear. We've all got over the busy, bright Christmas and New Year bit, and then January all starts to feel a little bit grey and static, waiting for the spring to arrive. But I haven't had much chance to 'hibernate' this month!  Once we started back at school I was working extra hours for a few weeks to help out as a colleague started a phased return after illness.  And then I needed to really roll up my sleeves, and start crafting with a vengeance - as I needed to construct and complete my step-daughter Lucy's wedding invitations!  It was a rather unusual mission for me, as I never make 2 cards the same, but this time I had to make a whole batch of 25 invitations exactly the same! A bit of a challenge!  They involved stitching and embellishments, and as soon as I know that Lucy has posted them out I will share the design with you!

I also had a time target to get them completed as we've had a French student staying with us for a week - and so I had to get the invitations finished and my 'craft room' (i.e. the little bedroom!) tidied up.  I just managed it and we welcomed Manon, our lovely French girl, last weekend.  This is a school exchange and our son Jack will be heading off to Manon's home in Lyon in France in March for a week.  So we've had a busy week this week, and not helped by me starting with a stinky cold!  So I'm afraid that poor old 'Tilly's Crafts' has taken rather a back seat whilst I've been busy. But our student heads back to France tomorrow, and as the weather forecast is not looking too bright, I'm determined to have a very lazy, self-indulgent day tomorrow - and try and get rid of this blasted cold!

So apologies for the absence (and all the above waffle - please feel free to skim over all that!) - and I thought I'd share a little card made just before the invitations took over the craft time

I've used the oh-so-cute trio stamps of bears from LOTV.

The papers and sentiment stamp are also from LOTV, and I did a fairly simple layout with ribbon & pearl from stash.

I hope you like it! 
And I hope to get back to some card-making once I can move back into my 'craft room'!  I hope you enjoy your weekend - whatever you have planned.
Back soon (I hope!)
Kim x 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Loving Sarah Kay!

Hello all - yippee, it's Friday! It seems to have been such a busy (and rather long) week, back to work and school.  But I'm also doing extra hours at work at the moment, and combined with early morning starts, that means that I am more than ready for the weekend!  I'm just looking forward to some relaxation time and hopefully a bit of crafty therapy too.

I did enjoy making some cards last weekend, using some stamps I haven't used for a while, and quietly immersing myself in some therapeutic colouring and playing with paper and crafty bits!  It's a lovely way to relax, some time to myself with some nice music quietly playing, a hot mug of tea and a heap of pens and pencils! Simple pleasures.  And I used one of my favourite stamps on this card for a special friend of mine who has a special birthday today (so I can now share the card!). Happy Birthday Sarah!

I just love Sarah Kay stamps, and although I have a few, I do struggle to find more so if any of you know where I could buy some please let me know! 
This cute little character was coloured with copics, Graphits and pencil
I'm quite pleased with the soft neutral shades with greens.  The background papers are from LOTV, with some hessian and flowers from WOC. The brad is from stash and the sentiments are from LOTV, and I've added a JoannaSheen die cut ivy corner.

I hope you like it - and I hope my friend did too (although she's away for a few days in Scotland, amidst the snow and rain!).

I hope that you have a good weekend - whatever you are planning! 
Thank you as always for all your lovely, supportive comments.  It's so nice to be able to share crafting ideas and creations, and to see what everyone is busy making!
Back soon,
Kim x 

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Cosy crochet blankets....

Hello all - and a very Happy New Year to you! I hope that 2016 is a healthy, happy and peaceful one for you.

In 2015 we had the usual year of ups and downs, with a few health problems and a low point for us was being in a car accident on the M25 in the summer - a very scary experience.  Thankfully we were all ok, despite some bumps and bruises!  But we were also very fortunate to have many 'high' points and much to be grateful for, most involving our blessing of a family, including our son doing so well with his GCSEs, our daughter passing her PGCE and qualifying as a primary school teacher and of course, being blessed with a delightful granddaughter in November!  And I'm sure 2016 will also bring it's share of joys and concerns - I just hope the joys outweigh the worries!

But through all the busy-ness of family, work and home, it's crafting that provides a wonderful 'escape' therapy (although it would probably do my body more good if I enjoyed the gym....!).  I've managed to squeeze in a couple of hours of card making in the last few days before I start back at work next week, and I love my crocheting - a kind of 'yoga with yarn'!  I thought I'd share a Christmas present I made for our daughter Lauren (as she loves her snuggly blankets), using the approximate colours and pattern that the oh-so-talented crochet designer Lucy provides on her Attic24 blog (HERE) but with a few slight variations of my own!

I just managed to get this finished a few days before Christmas (talk about cutting it fine!).  But I love the rich colour combinations and snuggly stripes

It's roughly a single bed size, so plenty of snuggle room!  Made with Stylecraft DK, it's super soft and washable too.

I do like to have blankets about, they always seem to add a cosy, comfortable feel.  And my daughter Lauren was very pleased with it too!  So it has now made it's way down to Sussex and I hope it will be put to good use.  Lauren starts her new job as a primary school teacher in Sussex next week with a class of 8 & 9 year olds - and I'm sure there will be a few tired evenings to come when she'll be glad to get home and snuggle into a blanket with a hot cup of tea!  I'm pretty sure I would be if I had to cope with 30 little ones for the day! 

I'll try and get some photos tomorrow of the cards I've been making and share them with you soon. 

I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend - and that the first week of 2016 is a good one! 

Back soon,
Kim x