Sunday, 13 August 2017

Picture Making with Jack

Creating and making memories are an important part of growing up, so as a Grandparent we have an obligation to the children to help make and create these memories for them.

Jack and his Mam have recently had a wonderful holiday together in Fuerteventura and Jack collected some shells whilst he was on the beach to remember his holiday.

On his return I promised we would make a picture frame for his favourite holiday snap and we would add his shells to it.

So with a tube of pinflair glue gel and his collection of shells he made the perfect memory picture.

I think you'll agree with me in saying he did an amazing job.

Didn't,t he collect some pretty shells?


If you were wondering where Jack and his Mam got their matching swimwear it is a company called Oddballs which which has a foundation to raise money for testicular cancer, his Mam sent them this picture and they were featured on the Oddballs website and Instagram.

Totally love this boy.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Watercolour Stamping

Stamps By Me, no not actually by me but by Toni Darroch. Not only does this girl rock her designs in stamps but she also has designed her own watercolour ink pads, re-inkers and tools too. Check out her Eureka 101 stamping and watercolour platform. 

I dipped my toe in and did some stamping today with one of her stamps inks and using the Eureka101 for precision stamping being able to multi ink as many times as you want over the same piece of watercolour board allows you to become creative with colour.

I love the relaxed look of watercolour.

One stamp and two different looks just by changing up colours.

Well worth a look around Toni's shop and be sure to check out her gallery and tutorials.

Stamps By Me 



Thursday, 27 July 2017

Growing Blueberries

Growing your own fruit is very satisfying.

I never thought in a million years that I would be able to say that. Both my Mam and Dad were blessed with green fingers, I on the other hand can kill off even artificial plants.

I decided to try to grow some fruits in large pots on the decking, i wanted to grow raspberries but the nice man in our local garden center advised me against growing them in pots but told me blueberries thrive in pots so a blueberry plant it was.

Ive talked to it and cared for it and today I ate my first home grown blueberry.

It has loads of berry to come and quite a few of them will soon be ready for the picking.

My Dad would have been proud and I can't wait to show my Mam.

It's looking quite healthy.

Monday, 17 July 2017

The Art of Glass

Both Chris and I are fascinated by glass work, we spend most of our weekends watching a master at work, Davey Martin is a great friend and a glass blower at the National Glass Center in Sunderland, we could watch him all day.

If you havent yet been it is an absolute must, it is also free, you can get lunch in the cafe/restaurant, shop and watch live demonstrations, better still if you love the piece that is being demonstrated you can even buy that piece for yourself, we have several of pieces of Daves work and even a couple of my own from a 1 to 1 class.

This is a goblet that he made this weekend and I fell in love with it.

The shape and design are amazing.


We need to support this old craft and beautiful work and to watch it being crafted from start to finish is just mesmerising.

You can even book a workshop for yourself, one of the most popular is Christmas Baubles, I have a couple but may need to make a few more to fill a bowl that I have, mine can be seen in the bowl all year round as they are too beautiful to pack away.

I think you can see all of the shapes from these pictures, true craftsmanship don't you think?

Pop along and see for yourself, you wont be disappointed, its wheelchair friendly too.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Jack turns 8 years

Hard to believe our little man is 8 years old, time just flies by doesn't it?

I had to get creative and design him a card, nothing to babyish as he has out grown marvel characters and the likes.

So the only thing that would fit the bill was a football shirt in his favourite team colours (Sunderland)

So I set too creating a SVG cut file for my Silhouette Cameo and I have to say I was rather thrilled with the results.

I actually enjoyed the creating so much that I mad a good few in different styles for The perfect male cards.

Jack was thrilled with his card so a good result all round.

Happy Birthday Jack.

Monday, 10 July 2017

14 Days of Goodness

Time is precious isn't it?

We are always told to use our time wisely and we did exactly that.

If you have been watching the drama The Loch you would have seen where We spent our first 7 days.

Fort Augustus is bang in the middle of Loch Ness.

It has an amazing Loch system and I could watch the boats getting through each of the gates all day.

Chris was like a pig in muck watching and I had to drag him away or we would have been there for the whole of our break.

We wern't blessed with the weather but we were certainly blessed with the scenery.

We had lodgings in a very remote part so peace and quiet was ours when we needed it, we had the most gorgeous Log Cabin which took 2 years to build.

It had everything we needed and attention to detail was amazing.

This was to be a cycling holiday and we took both of our bikes but unfortunately I collapsed with my back 2 days before we went so my bike never turned a wheel, I took lots of meds with me and Chris looked after me and we managed to get out each day with lots of rest between.

We only went out for dinner 1 day as the kitchen was so well equipped that we didn't need to go out.

We started every day with a full english breakfast which set us up for the day.

Above was our meal we had out at the local Pub.

We both enjoy cooking oh! And eating haha!

You can see just how beautiful it is.

It was lovely to have each others company, doing just what we wanted, when we wanted. Bliss!

We returned home for our 2nd week and had outings.

We also managed to fit in decorating the bathroom.

Back to the grind now, chris is back to work this morning and the heavens have opened to mark the occasion.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Making a Fairy Garden

I've seen so many people making a Fairy Garden that I wanted to get in on the action.

Have you got one? 

So where to start, I know you can buy all of the accessories but i think it would be fun to make your own too.

I decided to make a little fairy house using Powertex and air dry clay. The toadstools were fun to make and the clay worked well and painted with mica powders to get the vibrant red.

This started as a mint sauce glass jar and after a couple of weeks indoors it will be able to go in the garden as it will be weatherproof, always a good thing in the UK. The lid is still removable so I would fill it with sand before placing it in the garden just to give it some weight.

I added aluminium foil under the material to give shapes of doorways and window and a little extra padding to the lid.


I used the ivory Powertex to dot the toadstools.

Adding the plaster door as the fairy has to have a door to get into her home.

I finished with a dusting of Mica Powder to highlight.

So now I need to figure what to make next.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Could It Be Magic

I think we all need a bit of magic in our lives at the moment don't we?

I knew what I wanted to make but was unsure how I would get there.

It started with a bit of wire to make the spectacles, i think Harry Potter would be proud of my handy work haha!

I then had to think of making a want, not something that iI had ever thought I would need to make but a piece of dowelling helped me on my way.

So then making the wizards hat using a paper cone and tin foil to create the shape before soaking the material with the black Powertex fabric hardener.

Making the face in the hat was fun.

Finishing with mica powder to show off the folds and accent the accessories.