Monday 25 April 2016

Did ya miss me? ....again!

Oh dear. Over 3 weeks since the last blog post. I can only blame the usual suspects of work, family, jobs to do, etc - in varying order and varying degrees!  My hours at work have increased a bit due to some changes in our school office and that's definitely keeping me busy - and I promise I haven't increased hours on purpose just because husband has retired!  And family always keep me busy - it's strange how we always seem to be busy and preoccupied, even with the offspring who've left home!
But I promise I have also been busy crafting too - well, how else would I keep my sanity.....

I was pleased to finish a crochet baby blanket and I'm loving the mix of blue and sage shades, mixed with some silver grey and soft parchment colours

It measures approximately 42" x 28" or in metric, 106cm x 72cm! And I love the blues with the soft ripple pattern

I'm quite pleased with it and I think it makes a very cute baby boy blanket! 

And of course I've still been busy with the crocheted Knitted Knockers!  It's been very rewarding to be able to do something I really enjoy and know that it's going to help bring some comfort to another woman somewhere - and I love the line on the registered charity name "Made with Love, Filled with Hope".  If you're not sure what I'm wittering on about (nothing new there!) please take a look at their website and spread the word! Knitted Knockers UK

But in the last few days I've also enjoyed doing a bit of colouring again - and am going to have a card-making session.  I've been digging out and using some of my older stamps and I'm determined not to buy any more stamps until I've made good use of the ones I've got! (How many times do crafters say that to themselves?)

What does your craft desk look like?  And how do you prefer to work? These days I tend to pick the stamp first, then the papers and then colour the image to match - but just occasionally I'll colour the image first (and then have a root and scrabble through all the paper stash to try to find matching papers!).

A couple of oh-so-cute LOTV stamps and then one of my old favourites, a Sarah Kay stamp

And one bit of good news on the home front is that our youngest Jack passed his driving test 2 weeks ago - first time!  So a proud mummy moment for me - even though we've not seen much of him since lol! He's definitely enjoying his new-found freedom of mobility and even gives me a lift to work in a morning (a bit of a strange reversal when your child takes you to school...).

So apologies for the absence and then the rather long, rambling post - but yes, I have been busy!  
But, I will try to get time to finish these cards off - and have a browse around Blogland and catch up with what everyone has been doing!

Back soon (hopefully!)
Kim x

Friday 1 April 2016

Extra Cards - and a very special day (well, in our household!)

Hello all and I hope that you all had a good Easter, and that you've had some nice Spring weather? Yesterday was a delightful day here, with blue skies and a lovely bright Spring feel. However, in typical British spring fashion, today has turned grey, chilly and wet! Hey ho.

But we've had a relaxing few days, and I had chance to make a couple of cards - nothing too complicated though!

The first one was made with paper from my (embarrassingly large) stash! I added a sentiment stamp from LOTV and flowers from WOC. The leaves were cut with a Joanna Sheen die.

The second one, for those times when you just need to let someone know you're thinking about them, is a simple white-on-white, with an embossed background (using a Crafters Companion folder) and punched flowers (using a Tonic punch).  The sentiment stamp is from LOTV.

And today was a rather significant one in our household as it was my lovely husband's last day at work!  After over 46 years working for the same company, he has taken early retirement (although he refuses to call it "retirement"!).  It's a big change for him (and me too lol!) but I think he deserves the relaxation time after all those years - and then he can have a look at the little list I've made for him with all those jobs that have been put off over the years!

Well, I hope you have a relaxing weekend and manage some crafting time too! 
Back soon,
Kim x