Wednesday, 17 November 2010
I have not done any proper crafting for some weeks due to work, but I have received my order for some Christmas pressies I plan to make...here are the latest batch of dyed wool that I plan to turn into scarfs
There isnt really room in the craft room...so I have now spread to the dining room table!!! (only until they are made as I need to spread out 1 1/2 metre pieces and sew them, so I need to space-HONEST)!!
I will post a piccy when I have made them.
If you get a chance I recommend checking out some of other desks over on WOYWW, there's always something interesting.
Li'l Pidge x
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
This weeks LTD Challenge is friends....well, this card is one I made for my fellow Craft Coven member, Jill, to welcome her to her new home. The bird and cage are chip board shapes that I painted, stamped and glazed with glossy accents, the padlock is made from friendly plastic and I added a wooden heart button in the top left of the card.
My crafting mojo has taken a slight step back, but I picked up my copy of the latest Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine...so a glass of red wine and a leisurely read through will I am sure bring it all back!
Li'l Pidge x
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
I gesso'd it, then I applied various layers of acrylic, adding distress inks to add depth. I distressed the Scrabble tiles spelling out the word thread (which the box contains). I decoupaged some sewing pictures from a paper bag then used the hot glue gun to adhere buttons, some Tim Holtz embellishments, some grunge hinges and finally a few stamps were added (I especially liked the paperartsy stamped ruler).
I added a couple of layers of varnish..and hey presto, a new thread box.
This accompanied me on my weekend residential course last week at Urchfont Manor-2 and a bit days of machine embroidery-no cooking or cleaning, just sewing and eating! Heaven!
We didn't work on any sample pieces, learning new stitches instead, so I haven't got any photos I can post....but given time I will experiment at home and of course share with you all my experiences-good and bad!!
Any way.....as its the weekend...QI and a glass of wine beckons.....rock and roll!!!
Li'l Pidge x
Thursday, 21 October 2010
If you get a chance please pop over and have a look on the challenge blog
Thursday, 14 October 2010
I stamped the bird, sentiment and dill weed from my new Paper Artsy stamp set and layered over some pale angelina fibres to make the background, I then free machine embroidered over the words, filling them all in, outlining some of the seed heads and then switched to an invisible thread to stitch down the angelina fibres.
I then stitched around the edges to include it as a page in the sample book I am making.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Well, this is a box my friend gave me to alter. It was a very red stained wooden box, I took its handle off (I'll put that back on later once the painting has been done) and gave it a base coat of white gesso and here I have added a coat of rangers acrylic dabber in Lake Mist.
I was thinking this box would make a good place to store my stash of embroidery threads as its deep enough for the slightly bigger spools. Not sure what else to do with it yet....I'll have another bash at it after supper, probably some distressing, maybe a touch of crackle paint and definatley some stamping!
This card is for the LTD Challenge, this weeks theme is Oriental. Not your usual colour scheme, but I stamped the background distressing the edges. I used a peel off on some leaf patterened paper, adding a stamped sentiment and a lantern embellishment.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
This is the almost edible felt stall
And this is where we stayed-not the London Eye (ooh...can you imagine waking up inside the glass pod....a bit exposed!) but the Premier Travel Inn next door-central and clean...just what we needed.
I will take a picture when I have unpacked and had a play.....
Sunday, 3 October 2010
I know for many it may victoriana etc. but for me, its definately 1940's and 50's-I love the glamour (not that I have the time to look like that) and beautiful clothes-so I decided to make my vintage a 1950 pin-up complete with a shrinkie dink one!
Enjoy have a blog hop around all the others too.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
So, not making much at the moment (got a stinking cold and its effecting my crafting mojo), but as I have family in New Zealand I need to be super organised, so I am making tags for the Christmas presents-which is wierd as its only September, but at least it means SOME of my Christmas shopping is done!
Anyway, thats my messy desk, I'm off to have a look at some other crafters WOYWW links.
Li'l Pidge x
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
and turned it into this:
First I sanded the blank rack and applied a layer of white gesso to give an even base. Then I painted it with ranger paint dabbers in lake mist and pearl and distressed the edges with distress inks. Next I stamped some old text, earth post stamp and post marks onto tissue paper with green and black stayz on, adhering them with modge podge. I added a vitage postcard sticker and a postage stamp and gave the whole thing a coat of modge podge.
I then got out the hot glue gun, adding scrabble letter tiles and then a coating of varnish to protect....once its dry it sit proudly by my telephone.
I hope you like it and enjoy checking out the other posts on the LTD challenge site
Li'l Pidge x
Monday, 27 September 2010
I couldnt resist-2 Martha Stewart punches, the vine and bird corner-I love using my other punch, they are so beautifully made that I couldn't stop myself!
I bought 2 great new sets of PaperArtsy stamps (lovely distressed stamps) a great sheet of phrases and some amazing bird and plant stamps. Now I need to spend an evening mounting and cutting them out.....what to cut them out with?
So as you can see, a great day out. Now I need to find a home for it all....
Happy crafting (and tidying!!)
Li'l pidge x
Sunday, 26 September 2010
We piled into one car and headed off down the M5 to the Exeter craft fair-purses heavy, with long shopping lists and empty bags (or a trolly in my case!!)-boy did we spend.
I watched some great demo's, and a brilliant talk by textile artist Isobel Hall (what that lady can do with homemade fabric and crackle paint is brilliant) and bought some amazing products.
I'll take a photo tomorrow, but I managed to get a couple of great Martha Stewart border punches, Tim Holtz scissors (which I need for the workshop with him next year) and some great Paper Artsy stamps-I'm going to enjoy testing the new products....
Anyway, a glass of red and a curl up on the sofa is well and truely earned (and looking through my hubbies photos from Saturdays Killing Joke gig) so, until later....
li'l pidge x
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Christmas? No, that's MUCH sooner (too soon, I have not started making anything for it yet)
When Spring starts? Good lord, it's only the Autumn equinoxe today.....don't wish your life away!
No, it is 154 days until I attend a workshop with Tim Holtz!!! Yep, you read that right........I cant believe that he will be coming to the UK, but the amazing team over at paperartsy (great stamps etc and an amazing angel plus policy....check them out) have managed to secure a workshop with him and I was lucky enough to be able to buy a ticket (they all sold out in 40 mins!)......I even did a happy dance around the kitchen when I found out!
But, back to craft.... this tin was 50p from a charity shop, I coloured it with alcohol inks, stamping on tissue paper, adding words and a metal bird house I made from a paperartsy stamp and ten second studio drawing tools, adding a little lace for a femine touch.
I then made a little book with a shaker window and glittered a little pencil....perfect for slipping in my pocket when out walking in the autumn days and I get an idea I dont want to forget.
All for 50p! Now, that's a bargain.
Li'l Crafting x
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
I used a couple of microscope slides and a memory frame from Rangers. I cut pages from an old dictionary, coloured them with distress inks adding stamped images, a little bit of lace, some stickles for a small amount of bling (on one side only so I could wear a non blinged side when feel a little more sedately, well it may happen one day) and a touch of glossy accents. I then added words from the dictionary.
I have been waiting for a good reason to use this bird stamp from Paper Artsy, what better time for 'a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush'.
So, quickly added my trusty black suede lacing and then I was ready for the off.....
Now, where was I meant to be going.....
and why did I come upstairs.......
age is a wonderful (but often wondering) thing!!
li'l Pidge x
Sunday, 19 September 2010
li'l pidge x
We don't get as many sunny crisp days when it is still warm enough to get out and about without piling on the layers...so we decided to head off down to the coast and spent a day by the sea in Sidmouth in Devon.
Its a great old fashioned holiday resort, nice beach, lovely promenade and some great independent shops (I even found a small craft fair the village hall!).
But most impressive was my hubby spotted some guerrilla knitting (the last time we saw this was in Whitstable)...
li'l pidge x
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
The cutlery was picked up for next to nothing from a charity shop and the box frame was a cheap Ikea frame (other soul-sucking, impossible to find assitance shops are no doubt also available) and decorated them with alcohol inks, vintage words, wire and beads...it now hangs in my kitchen...a little bit of craft when I am burning water for my morning boiled egg.
Charity shops, bins and skips are now all open terrority for me and my quest for altered art!!! (my hubby is not going to be impressed, he lost his music/computer room-now a craft room and the dining room table looks like a jumble sale some days!!
oh well, I'm sure he must be used to it by now, after all, he married me knowing I was an obsessive crafter (is there any other sort?)
li'l pidge x
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
These 2 are plain MDF blanks that I distressed with distress inks, masking and stamping, adding various layers of colour and then adding depth by lifting some of the colour off with an alcohol free baby wipe.
I then made up my own spray bottle with some water and mica powder, spraying the coaster to add a little sparkle.
Then on one I added some vintage text from a book, distressing the edges with ink and over staming with a bumble bee (this is probably my favourite stamp at the moment). I then added a little stickles glitter in the corners just for a touch of bling!
I painted the undersides with 2 coats of black acrylic paint to make everything look nice and presentable then finished with 3 coats of yacht varnish to ensure that no hot mugs will stand any chance of damaging these little beauties (it takes an age for the varnish to dry, then lightly sand between layers, this part of the process can take 3 days, but its worth it as the coaster on my work desk has hot mugs standing on it all day every day for weeks now and there isn't one blemish on it).
Anyway, best crack on...
Li'l pidge x
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
This is a stamped image which I coloured with pro-markers, distressed and inked the backing paper (which is plain cream card, stamped with YO HO HO and a map stamp) with some craftworks card candy in the corners and some ribbon wrapped around.
I must admit, I quite like him...
This is a card I was asked to make for a lady whose son has just become a barrister, again I am using my favourite courdory distress ink and card candy in the corners again.
Oh how wrong I was!
lady luck is a fickle mare and seems to be in a bit of a hissy fit with me at the moment! Driving home from work, I noticed smoke coming out of my boot!!! I had to look twice as I couldn't believe what was happening, actual smoke from the boot of the car! Now, I don't smoke, so I quickly pulled over, fearful that my craft bag may be in the boot still!!! But it was ok, it was only work stuff! Phew!
Well, finally I have the car back and its as good as new (easily fixed, but something I could really do without!), so I took a days leave and spent the day crafting!
A day spent applying gesso to MDF coaster blanks, altering stuff, inking (boy, how do you get distress ink off your fingers-they're great products, but good god they stain!), filing down brass watch parts (more of that later) and playing with hot glue guns-finally it feels like I am a bit more human again!!
So, remember those brass parts I was filing down? Well, the microscope slide necklaces that I have been making are now stocked in a art/craft gallery, so fingers crossed that the discerning public realise style and individuality when they see them!
I still have to download the photos of them, but as soon as I have I'll post them on here for you all to see.
Now, after my day crafting I have LOTS of UFO's (unFinished objects), so I'd best get on and finish some of them!!
Li'l Pidge x
Saturday, 24 July 2010
I couldn't wait to experiment.
Becky bought me this stamp as my cousin is a tattoo artists and specialises in Japanese tattoo's, so the koi ties in nicely. I coloured in the image with pro markers, distressed the edge with my ever useful distress inks, matted and layered on a couple of pieces of card and added a ribbon and message.
Finally adding some gems for that little bit of sparkle.
I am looking forward to experimenting with these.
li'l pidge x
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Off to Dorset to the Tolpuddle Martyrs festival.
What's that then? Well, on 24th Feb 1834, six farm labourers from Tolpuddle were arrested on a charge of taking part in an illegal oath ceremony. The real offence was that they had dared to form a trade union to defend their livelihoods. For this they were sentenced to seven years' transportation to the penal colonies of Australia. The sentences provoked an outcry, leading to the first great mass trade union protest. The campaign won free pardons and the Martyrs returned to England.
Considering the political situation in the UK at the moment this is ever more important, the festival was a great day, marches of all different trade unions, marching bands, Tony Benn did a rousing speech and many great bands.
Great weather, great company, for a great cause.
Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds