Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone.

So, what does 2010 hold for the nest? Well, its pretty much a given that there will be less money around, so I have started as I mean to go on and have used some of my old stash (including a few things scavagened from the recycling bin!) to create something beautiful and for a change, useful.

In order to save a few extra pennies in 2010 I have made this pretty money box from an old whisky bottle box, I have tried to make it as pretty as possible so that I wont be tempted to cut it open and dip into the cash....lets see how long it takes.

I used some the Rangers crackle paint my parents bought me for christmas, a used paper serviette (the black flower), bit of old text left over from the altered book, some old netting, lots of torn papers and some scrabble tiles to spell out the word SAVINGS - just in case I forget what its there for! Then, I totally messed up-what I thought was a spray can of satin varnish was actually white paint!! So, the colours are a little more muted then they were meant to be-but hey, a happy mistake as I think it still looks quite all I need is to start feeding it!

Hope you all have a great new year, peaceful for those that wish it, and full of company for those party animals out there.

Love Li'l Pidge x

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Wow, Santa was very generous this year and I have lots of new crafting goodies to experiment with (boy, am I going to get in a mess!). I can finally publish some of the items I have made for people for their pressies (now that they have opened them). Here are just some of them....

This is an altered book I made for my mum which contained a necklace and ear rings that I made. I carved the book out to create a recessed area to hold the jewelry.

I also embroidered some serviettes for my sister-in-law as they have recently moved into a new home, I love the retro feel of the flamingo, she is a great baker, hence the cake, they have an aquariam, hence the fish and the love birds are because they were married last year...ahhhh...

This is a necklace I made for my Nan, all the way over in New Zealand, it's made from serpentine and is long enough so that she can slip it over her head, but also has a lobster clasp so that she can make it into a double shorter neckalce should she wish.

This is a bag I made for my mum with a removable brooch, its lined and has a magnetic clasp inside to keep it a bit more secure (I'm not too good at working out how to insert zips yet!) and is made the fabric (blue and butter cream spots) from the 2 skirts I have already made her (I have a few more in the nest that I need to crack on and make).

And finally, my multi-cultural snow people!! .......

Seasons Greetings.
Li'l Pidge x

Monday, 21 December 2009

Necklaces and cards anda bit of sloe gin

OOh, its snowing outside and I am tucked up in the nest bottling sloe gin and crafting for christmas. Does it get any better than this? (maybe it will when I sit down with a hot mince pie and a cuppa!).
The past week has seen 2 Birthdays in our family so I have been making lots of presents, the first one is a green and amber coloured glass necklace for my OHs Auntie and card

The next one is a glass and pearl necklace, a classic with a modern twist for my sister-in-laws 40th, along with a card-the candelabra lights up!! How cool is that?

Once these were made, it was a mammoth card making session.....boy the craft room looks like a bomb has exploded in a glitter and paper factory, but there is no point cleaning until they are all completed.....(that's my excuse!) wonder I am shattered. Now, need to remember to make cards for the family, do you think I'll get away with shop bought? No, I don't think so either (and they cost so much more!!).

Best get back to the sloe gin........

Happy crafting Li'l Pidge xx

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Cool Boots

After several weekends of awful weather I was finally able to get down to Exeter and pick up my hand made new leather boots......oooooo.....ahhhh........fondle........aren't they great? Shoes that actually fit me, which is a godsend as I have been wearing walking trainers most days as they are the only thing that fit.....very attractive!So now I am ready to go out and do some stomping!

The past couple of weeks have seen massive crafting sessions in the nest, but as they are mostly for birthday presents and christmas I'd best not post a picture yet!

I can at least show a pic of the card and gift I made for my friends birthday..
Homemade sloe gin, skull shot glasses and a shimmering unicorn card-yes you guessed it, their goth!

Happy Crafting

Li'l Pidge