Saturday, 26 March 2016

Getting Rid of Damp

It never rains but it pours.

Finally the temperature is starting to rise and we can get the much needed work done to the outside of the house that has stopped us from finishing our room.

Thankfully we have good friends that are in the building trade and that we trust to do the job properly.

Our home was built in 1908 so I guess the renovations are well over due.

As you can see the pointing was a little more than expected and porous bricks had to be removed.

It seams that we have had a 100 years of rubbish (crap as the builder termed it) fall between double wall so all of this rubbish (crap) needs to be removed.

As you can see it is quite a few bricks that has to be removed and replaced.


As they say, they don't build them as they used to.

You can see the bricks on the other side that need to be removed, the porous bricks are covered in white salt.

So lots of hammering and banging to get this all done but at least we are starting to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.


Monday, 21 March 2016

What makes us Hoarders

Something that I giggle about often, hoarding. Why do I do it? I strive to be minimalistic, I don't think that is will happen in my lifetime.

I remember visiting my Grand parents home and always coming away with carrier bags full of groceries I believe it made her feel good to give. You had to take the stuff as she would be offended otherwise, yes my Nanna was a first class hoarder of groceries.

When I lived at home with my Mam and Dad we lived in a remote part of the village so my Mam had a walk in pantry that was full to the gills, within the Pantry was a chest freezer, again full to the gills, with home made bread and pies and meat for our meals.

So here we are 35 years on and my Mam who now lives alone and is 82 years this year still has a full to the brim pantry. I took Mam a dinner up today and came away with 2 carrier bags of goodies.

My Husband Chris always says if we ever go to war he is going straight to my Mams house and boarding us all in as there is enough food there to last us all for around 6 months without ever having to leave ha ha!

So does this pass down the family!

I always have extra in but not to the extent that both my Mam and my Nanna had.

Now I know that most crafters are guilty of hoarding and after reorganising my craft room I am guilty as charged of this, I had to take a deep breath and give loads away to brownies, girl guides and a local school.

Are you a hoarder? What do you hoard?

Do you have like my a under stair cupboard that you throw things into never to see light of day again?



Thursday, 17 March 2016

Collage a Card Little Book

I was thinking that by now you will have started to receive the Little books that were purchased on my last shows so I thought I would show you a couple of cards that I made during the shows.

The first is the locker room (changing room) card.

Using the Adorable Scorable card stock in Cotton White to score and create a tile effect background.

Don't be frightened to play with these sheets, by cutting out the shirts and crushing them it gives the appearance of hanging shirts, if I left the nun crumpled they wouldn't have looked right, they would have looked as if they had been starched.

Next up is the Teacups with Filled with flowers.

Again teaming the image with coordinating Adorable Scorable and matching background card and making it into a centre stepper card.

I think the colours in this one is just lovely.


Friday, 11 March 2016

Collage a Card Collection

Do you fancy making unique fun quirky cards for all of your family and friends? something to get them all talking about your card making skills?
Join me on Create and Craft TV with Hunkydory Collage a Card.
Saturday 5pm,
Sunday 11am, 2pm and 6pm
Monday 2pm and 8pm

It was quite funny that Jack my Grandson was devastated that I was using them to do my demo's on TV as he really, really wanted them for himself, he has become quite the card maker.
I think I may need to invest in a set just for him.
Not only fun to make but fun to personalise for the recipient.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Crochet Wrist Warmer Winner

I got my hubby to pick a winner for the Wrist Warmers and I am delighted to announce the winner.


What lovely wrist warmers Jack I works to win these to keep my little beauties


Well done Anne, if you would like to email your details, link on my sidebar, I will get them posted out to you.



Thursday, 3 March 2016

Peony Paper Craft Collection (Free Download)

Free to download and perfect for Mothering Sunday.
It has been such a long time since I sat down and decided to make a paper collection that you could download for free and I thought what a better time to give you this than in time for Mothering Sunday.

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They are copyright protected.
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Crochet Wrist Warmers Blog Candy

Would you like the chance to win a set of wrist warmers?
I was chatting with Rossella in the green room the other day we were both saying how in the colder weather we are both needing to keep our hands warm and use wrist warmers and fingerless gloves.
I was saying how I use the spandex ones for when my psoriatic arthritis flares up when I am at home but really don't like wearing them out because I have to go through the whole explaination of why I wear them as they look very medical.
So I set to with my Crochet hooks and made a set of wrist warmers, then I set to and made another set and thought is would be nice to give them as blog candy.
If you would like to have a chance of winning these, just leave me a comments and I will draw a winner on Sunday 6th March (Mothering Sunday)

Many of you have asked for the pattern for the gloves, this is a bought pattern from Ravelry and can be found here