A Crafty Day Out

Hi there!

It’s been a while, I simply haven’t been doing much crafting of note, there have been some birthday cards, and of course I have kept up with smashbooking, but aside from long-winded update type posts, I have lacked motivation to blog! But here I am!

Recently I entered a giveaway run by twitter group #CraftBlogClub, and won two tickets to…

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So along with Helen AKA my Boyfriend’s mum, I went to London on Friday!

My aim was not to shop (I need to de-stash, not add more!) not that I went home empty-handed!! But to get inspired by all the creative goodness around, and I have! So yay! Success!

I took a whole bunch of photos, and thought I’d share some here:

I just had to stop and say hi to a couple of people who were at the show all weekend, I got to thank Jenniffer Taylor for my Christmas present, as Helen and I stopped by the Create & Craft TV Selfie Wall…

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Me and the fab Jenniffer Taylor!

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Helen was pleased to meet Create & Craft TV’s Dean Wilson!

And if that wasn’t all I stopped by Mr X Stitch’s Inspiration Station to say hello, have a chat and get a selfie!

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Me and Mr X Stitch!

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I had a big thing for colour, and was loving all the textures en-mass, like all these wools and threads!

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I loved these birds in the Toft area!

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I didn’t go home empty-handed!

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Crochet lollipops! I also may have come home with some crochet hooks…

This of course wasn’t everything, I took so many photos, and chatted to some fab people!

And if that wasn’t enough, I spent the rest of the weekend shopping!

I find myself back home after a fun weekend, wanting to do so much! So watch this space for more crafty goodness!

Thank you to the lovely ladies of #CraftBlogClub for the opportunity!

Until next time!

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Non Crafty: 2015

Moving this list to a post, to clear some page space, and ease scrolling…

Here was my Non-Crafty list for 2015 aka my 30 before 30…

Kay’s 30 Before 30 Challenge!

1: Read 6 Books from my massive book pile! X

  • The Sleeper and The Spindle- Neil Gaiman
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Hamlet (this counts right? Even though it’s a play?)
  • Dr Sleep (seriously I’ve been reading this on and off for a year!)

Close… .

2: Post 1 photo a day onto instagram, for a year! X

Started doing this and got bored with it… New suggestions welcome for next year… 

3: Complete all my scrapbooks!

This didn’t completely happen but I have finished more than one… and will take photos and update the gallery when I have time.

4: Finish two cross-stitch WIPs

I was very disappointed not to do this I didn’t end up doing much stitching at all! 

5: Make Cards for everyone this year!

Done!

6: Watch 12 Film Series this year (series of 3+ movies in a collection)

1- Taxi, Taxi 2, Taxi 3 (French version)

2- Back to the Future, Back to the Future 2, Back to the Future 3

3- Indiana Jones: Raiders, Temple, Crusade, Crystal

4- Star Wars Eps 1-6 (and 4,5,and 6 again….)

5- Jurassic Park 1-3 and Jurassic World

6- X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, 1st Class and Days of Future Past

7- Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

8- Edgar Wrights Cornetto Trilogy- Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End

9- Toy Story 1-3

10-  Mad Max 1-3 and Mad Max Fury Road

11- Daniel Craig Bond Films/New Bond – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre

12-  The Hunger Games 1-4

Done!

7: Do 5 crafty swaps

3 by the end of the year.

Close…

8: Run 2 Giveaways!

Due to lack of time and my hiatus this year, this didn’t happen, but I’m hoping next year.

9: Learn a new crafty skill

I didn’t in the end due to circumstances beyond my control

10: Learn 5 songs on bass

I have learned some things on bass, but not specifically songs. So kind of half way…

11: Improve my blog photography

I haven’t had to take photos recently, though I like to think I’m more aware of problem areas, and when it comes to photography I now know how to do better.

12: Reach the top of the Eiffel Tower DONE! June 16th

4 Paris Tues 16th (16)

13: Meet Mickey Mouse DONE June 11th

3 DLP Thurs 11th (29)

Because I’m a big kid!

14: Return to Comic-Con – In Costume

Amazing… Totally done and had a great time!

15: Get Fit (or at least fitter)

I can’t really judge this, I have my good and bad days, though I still want this for next year anyway, it was more motivational than anything!

16: Surf – For the first time! X

Didn’t happen – due to circumstances beyond my control!

17: Road Trip!!

Unless Birmingham counts for Comic Con… :/

18: Complete the April A-Z Challenge 2015!

Done, and I loved every minute!

19: Pay off my Debt

This one can carry on for next year

20: Get into a better daily routine Half Done

I have my good days and my bad days. I still need to try harder, but when it works it really works well!

21: Learn something new DONE

I chose to use this one sensibly and have actually just learned to cook more…. and different things! So yes I have, not a specific thing, but just extended my knowledge and skills 🙂

22: Write more letters X

Time was a factor here, I have already got more of a plan for 2016 and this is back on there. Though there won’t be an official list next year.

23: Sing at an open mic night X

Just didn’t happen

24: Throw a big party for family and friends X

Not happening… Out of my control. I would have liked doing this.

25: Go to London and see a show

Half Done

Did see two plays with National Theatre Live, the encore of Coriolanus and the LIVE showing of Hamlet, so I’m half counting it as it was technically IN London, even if I wasn’t… 

26: Cook a roast for Boyfriends Mother

Done 26/1/15

Actually happened more than once!

27: Quit smoking…

🙂

28: Finish or be on the way to finishing the Advent Calendar

It needs finishing off… But it’ll get there

29: Make something new for the Christmas Decoration collection!

I didn’t do this but I have prepared it for xmas 2016…

30: Knit something… and finish it!

I did manage this! 

all together around half complete. It was a good motivator though!!

Non Crafty: 2014

Moving this list to a post, to clear some page space, and ease scrolling…

Here was my Non-Crafty list for 2014

Read at least 6 books– fail….world of fail….

1 11/22/63 – Stephen King

2  Merry Christmas Alex Cross – James Patterson

 

Watch a film for each letter of the alphabet (this should be easy!)

Success!!

A – Avengers Assemble (DVD)

B – Brothers Grimm (On Netflix)

C – Captain America – The First Avenger (on DVD) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Cinema) Cowboys and Aliens (On Netflix)

D – Defendor (on Netflix)

E – Expendables 2 (DVD)

F – Fast & Furious [all 6] (DVD)

G – Grabbers (on Netflix) – A Good Day to Die Hard (DVD)

H – The Hobbit part II – The Desolation of Smaug (Cinema)

I – Iron Man (DVD) – Iron Man 2 (DVD) Incredible Hulk (DVD)

J – Jackie Brown (DVD)

K – Kick Ass 2 (DVD)

L – Little Voice (on Netflix)

M – My Neighbor Totoro (DVD)

N – Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (on Netflix) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (DVD)

O – Outlander (on Netflix)

P – The Proposal (On Netflix)

Q – The Quick and the Dead (On Netflix)

R – Riddick (DVD) Robocop (1987) (On Netflix)

S – Skyfall (DVD) Super 8 (On Netflix)

T – Thor (DVD) Thor 2 – The Dark World (DVD)

U – Up (On Netflix)

V – Van Wilder (on Netflix)

W – The Worlds End (DVD) – Wild Child (On Netflix) Waiting (On Netflix)

X – xXx (DVD)

Y – Youth in Revolt (On Netflix)

Z – Zombieland (DVD)

I have watched many others, but this is just a few…

TV Series’ We’ve Watched –

American Horror Story (seasons 1 & 2)

Farscape (including The Peacekeeper Wars)

I’m Alan Partridge/Knowing Me Knowing You

Dusk til Dawn

Extras

Dollhouse

Come Fly With Me

Mighty Boosh

The League of Gentlemen

Derek

Black Mirror

Sons of Anarchy

Fresh Meat

Friday Night Dinner

Heroes

Flight of the Conchords

Fringe

Travel

Prague, Cheddar, Sussex, Stratford, Birmingham, Warwick, Brecon Beacons (Wales),

Other suggestions welcome just add a comment!

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Firsts… A #CraftBlogClub Challenge Post

Hey!

SO it’s challenge follow-up time!

Unlike the other #CraftBlogClub challenges I have participated in over the last couple of years (almost) the challenge this time was to write a blog post about a ‘First’. And after much thought, it dawned on me that since changing over from my first blog I haven’t talked much about my first crafty love, so I thought I’d write a post on cross stitching!

To read about the challenge, you can click HERE to read the introductory post on the challenge…

SO! Here goes! I don’t have any photos of when I first got into cross-stitch. I was seven, and a family friend who used to look after me sometimes, used to stitch. When I asked about it, she showed me how. And I loved it immediately! I did some smaller pieces, usually just block patterns on off-cuts of aida, as well as the occasional kit. Of course when I hit my teens I lost interest a little, but I picked it back up again here and there, and got the bug again last time about ten  years ago.

When I started again, I made cards, which was a glance ahead slightly into my love of card making now! Here are a few from over the years:

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Bentley Bear cross stitched card, cover kit with Cross Stitcher Magazine.

Cat Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, made from a pattern in one of the many books in my collection

(Makes mental note to look up which book…)

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Butterfly birthday card with ribbon accent, pattern found online.

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One of my favourite makes, my nephews 3rd birthday card!

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VW Campers stitched and framed in 4 colours (still hanging on the wall in my living room!)

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Bold Blooms, from a Cross-Stitcher kit, stitched with coloured seed beads. Framed and mounted by Helen.

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Cthulhu, stitched for Jo, from a pattern found online.

I’ve also done many other projects, which you can see in the cross-stitch gallery (tab above)!

And I’m still stitching today, for both myself and as gifts for others, and I don’t see myself finishing any time soon! I may do many other crafts now, and talk about cross-stitch less, but it will always be my first crafty love!

Catch up with #craftblogclub on twitter from 7pm-8:30 uk time, just use the hashtag!

Until next time!

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Another #CraftBlogClub Challenge

Hey!

So it’s been… FAR too long since I last posted, so now you’re going to get a couple in quick succession, because, ladies and gentlemen, I have returned.

For the eagle-eyed amongst you, you will have seen that the blog has undergone a couple of changes recently, and I’ve been playing around with how I want to do things, so there will be some changes in my posting habits… Hopefully for the better, though feedback is always welcome!! I have still been ‘getting crafty’ though so I have quite a backlog to share.

This particular post is to talk about something that gave me the shove back into posting, the latest #CraftBlogClub challenge! craftblogclub-badge-291x300

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know I take part in (and have twice guest hosted) Tuesday evening Twitter craft chat #CraftBlogClub (7-8:30pm every week), the previous post here on the blog is the result of a previous challenge!

The new challenge, unlike previous challenges is blog based. Participants in the chat voted a topic which we shall all blog about, by the deadline of November 3rd. (I’m sure I can manage that!) The chosen topic is: Firsts which leaves things nicely open to interpretation! There are of course some rules:

  • Write a post based on the topic and link back to Fiona’s blog. (It would be great if you can also mention our lovely #CraftBlogClub chat)
  • Deadline is 3rd November 2015
  • There will be a Linky on Fiona’s blog for participants to link posts to so everyone can check them out.
  • As we have often chatted about how we don’t make enough time to comment on blogs it would be great if you check out everyone’s posts and comment on at least one of them.
  • Have fun with it!

You can read the original post here on Co-Host Fiona’s blog; Fizzi~Jayne Makes.

So a thank you is in order for the lovely ladies at #craftblogclub for getting me back onto the blog again! And of course thank you, reader, for your patience while I spend some time away!

Until next time

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