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…


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…


Me and the fab Jenniffer Taylor!


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!


Me and Mr X Stitch!


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


I loved these birds in the Toft area!

KSS4 I did actually get some new scissors…

I didn’t go home empty-handed!


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!



Firsts… A #CraftBlogClub Challenge Post


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:

Bentley Bear

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…)


Butterfly birthday card with ribbon accent, pattern found online.

Train Birthday (2)

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


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


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


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!