Thursday, 11 February 2016

It Never Rains but it Pours

I thought it was about time I gave you an update on our home renovations.

Although we thought things were going fine, the room had lovely new plaster and it was drying beautifully.

We soon realised that all was not as it should be on the outer wall.


It just wouldn't dry out in parts and we soon came to realise that we had a problem on the outside wall.

Silly I know but for some reason in the back of my mind I was thinking porous bricks, the house is around 108 years old.

Sure enough when we got the builder to look at it he confirmed it was indeed porous bricks and pointing needed.

So although the fire and surround are being fitted today we are at a total stand still until the outside work can be done and unfortunately that is weather depending.



Monday, 1 February 2016

Stenciled Woodland Card

After seeing a Poppy Stencil show it made me want to play, one problem though, my stencil paste was in the loft so I thought I would make do with some tester pots of emulsion paint.
Ok, ok it's not what I should be using but it kept me sane through the workmen noise.

I used an old stencil from Dreamweaver, it is one that I instantly fell in love with.
I matted and layered up with Hunkydory Adorable Scorable and foam pads to create lots of dimension.

Now the good thing about using the paint was it stayed wet long enough for me to add my glitter.

The bad thing however was that the paint seeped underneath the stencil a little on the top left corner, however I can live with that and call it unique ha ha!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Work Has Started.

We new that updating our Living room would be a mammoth task but as you will see in the images the work has started.

So the above is our old fashioned living room, it was very tired looking and should have been done a couple of years ago but something always got in the way of it being started.

So out came the cupboards and the fire surround.

Then the room was bare ready for the workers.

The fireplace removed and the whole widened ready for the plasterer.

The arrived and everything got rather messy, electrics sorted and moved, chimney breast took back to brick and then boarded.

Skirting boards, Window surround, and windowsill removed, rendered ready for plastering tomorrow.

I'm hoping that this time tomorrow all of the muck and dust is gone.

If you are wondering why the carpet is back down, it's because we are buying a new one so this is being used as a good fitting dust sheet.



Floral Craft, Bearded Iris

We are busy at home getting our living room updated and whilst the workmen were hammering and banging I retreated to my craft room for some sanctuary.
I cut out a few shapes and started with my Bearded Iris, hard to believe that this flower started life as white copy paper. I used the Sizzix Bearded Iris dies to cut the shapes.

I used Hunkydory Adorable Scorable for all of the matting and layering and all of the foliage and some of my floral craft leaf punches, as you can see the Adorable Scorable embosses beautifully with embossing folders.

I first coloured the copy paper petals and leaves with ink from my inkpads and then used pan pastels for the shading.
I used a ball tool and a scoring tool to shape and add lines to the petals.

The center stamen of the flower after inking yellow was dipped in glue and dipped into some flowersoft.

All in all a lovely morning well spent.

I did make another card so hopefully I’ll get that one wrote up soon.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Learning to Swim

We have big changes in the home this year, our
living room desperately needs a facelift and because of this we have started to
clear out built in cupboards that has had stuff thrown in them since the back of

I found a DVD with no writing on it and last night
we sat for 2 hours looking through this, it was a DVD made out of old family Cine
film, both Chris and I sat, laughed and cried, sometimes in joy and sometimes
missing those who are no longer with us.

I captured part of it, this is my Dad learning me
to swim, I think I am around 3 years old as I was fully swimming by the time I
was 4.

Such happy carefree days

Jak xxx

Monday, 14 December 2015

Eastern Treasures

Think.... Pretty, fresh, modern, beauty, happy, pastel, spring, fresh, summer and you will be half way there to loving this new collection from Hunkydory crafts.

Anne-Marie is at Create and craft now with this stunning collection and I will take over on Wednesday at 11am.

Here are some of the cards from the show and you will see just how beautiful it is.







As I said stunning.




Saturday, 12 December 2015

Big Minion

Meet Eddie, he is the unsung Minion, as soon as he saw the Minion Crochet hats he asked if I could make him one,


Doesn't it suit him, he will be a Best Man at my Daughter Natalie and Adams wedding next year, that is Adam stood behind him.

And another, Eddie is normally sporting a wheelchair but that doesn't stop him from enjoying life to the full.


This crowd of friends are just lovely, they all get on so well and look after each other and both Chris and I had a wonderful evening with them all tonight, Stephen was the host (Lauren's Partner).


Me and my girls.


Chris and his girls


Even Grandson Jack got in on the act


Fabulous evening.



Friday, 27 November 2015

Crocheting for the Children

I've been ever so busy trying to get some crochet finished for a baby that is on the way.

A baby blanket, baby hat and baby booties make a lovely gift for a mum to be.

One of the floor managers at Create and Craft is due to go on maternity leave very soon and knows that she is to have a baby boy. I thought it would be nice to show my appreciation to her.

I'm really pleased how these turned out and will be taking them this weekend when I am back there for the Hunkydory Pick of the week.

I also made a Minions style hat for Jack as he is crazy about them, I loved it so much that I made a smaller version too.


Details of how to make the hats are on the previous posting from me so check it out, very easy to make.