Monday, 30 April 2012

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Oh dear.....

...I think I have found yet another crafty obsession...lol....I have always been drawn to all things tiny..years ago it was Doll Houses... I love the tiny little replicas of furniture etc., I have also collected those little Lilliput Cottages..(they have since taken part in car boot sales..lol). ..I have been toying with having ago at Dry Needle Felting..but I haven't found anything that caught my imagination...there are the usual flowers or beads or even bags to make... so I haven't really pursued it further until today....I bought the excessively expensive 'Mollie Makes' Magazine and there they were...teeny tiny 'Doglets' to make in Needle felt...so a quick dash off to my local Hobbycraft store to buy the equipment...their range of felting wool is somewhat limited but they had enough to get me started...and here is my first attempt....






I'm quite pleased how this little guy turned out...(although he should have beads for his eyes but I didnt have any small enough) he is just under 3" tall...so cute...and so easy to get the hang of once I got going...so now I'm off to source some proper wool and make his litter mates...oh dear...lol
Hugs
Jan..x

Monday, 16 April 2012

More Mices...and.....

Hi Guys...just a quickie...been crocheting again..its good for my nerves...lol... made a couple more mices...


and these for a bit of fun!!!


Just added these to my Esty Shop...

Hope you are all well...and many thanks for your lovely kind comments...
Big Hugs
Jan...xxx

PS...sadly still no card to share :-(

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Hello.....

Hi Guys...just thought I would update you all as I haven't been around much recently...Mum is now in a nursing home...it was a very difficult decision...I feel that I have betrayed her and it's taking a while for me to get my head around it. All the family tell me that I have done the right thing as it was getting a real struggle for me to cope with her..I tried with daily carers but it was the nights that was bad...she was getting up at odd times and I was getting really tired... I couldn't leave her at all..even to go shopping...I had some help with that but then had to go on a awaiting list for a permanent arrangement (that was in January)and do you know I'm still waiting to hear from them...Ha!! Well its not a problem now..she is as well as she can be...but I still get upset when I see her...they say that the illness is just as hard for the family...well you can say that again!! the guilt is immense... I feel that maybe I should have tried harder to keep her at home...but I have to be realistic...I couldn't give her the care she was starting to need...


anyway...I have been trying to keep busy and made a few changes at home..I've been decorating and made a start on the sun lounge..or the garden room which I now call it...lol!!!...it was due a makeover so I painted everything in sight...lol...including the old pine dresser that was out there...here's a peak...








I'm very pleased how it turned out...its strange as years a go I wouldn't hesitate to get the paint brush out and get cracking..but this took me a few weeks to find the courage to do it...I wanted it to look completely different but couldn't afford to buy new stuff...I cant get all the room in the pic but I chose Lime to be the main colour and the turquoise just crept in...lol... I did buy new throws (Lime)for the chairs I painted the walls in Apple White and I was thinking of white for the dresser but in the end I used Apple White Satinwood instead and I think it looks better..here's a peak of the bits on the dresser...





the pretty lacey top planter was from Ikea..really wished I bought a few more...and the gorgeous candle...yes the little pot is a candle..was a birthday present from my cousin a couple of weeks ago...on the other side...





...is a tiny collection of pretty glass... the Thistle Candle sticks was another pressie from my bestest friend Lynne...I admired them in a shop while we were out for lunch a couple of weeks ago and when she came to visit this week she gave them to me...I cried...lol..




Here's a picture that I made using some Cheery Lynne Butterfly dies ..a bit of lime cardstock and a box from from Ikea...








and while I haven't been feeling up to making cards...I've been crocheting...I used to knit and crochet years ago...and always loved seeing shelves filled with glorious colourful yarn in the wool shops... there doesn't seen to be those kind of shops around now...but I think there is a quiet knitting revival going on lol...anyway I find crochet very calming at the moment...something I can just sit and do...I made this for 'the garden room'

and here are a few other things I've made too...


A Cupcake...

A Sweet Little Mouse...




A Ring of Daisy's




and a Ring of Roses....




I have put these and few other cupcakes on my Esty Shop should any of you be interested.




Sorry there are no cards to share at the moment...but I'm sure it wont be too long before I find my cardmaking mojo again...lol
Have a fab weekend...I'm moving furniture about..I'm hoping to swap the dining room to the lounge as it has a patio door to the garden and it has the sun in there all day...its a shame not to enjoy it..its an idea I've had for a while and as change would have upset Mum...I can now try it out...
Have fun!
Hugs
Jan...xxx