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!

Sig2

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.

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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!

Sig2