Sunday, February 27, 2011

A cautionary tale for free-range bunny owners.

May I just start this though, by saying that when I say 'free-range' I do not mean, in this case, for the intention of eating!!

This is now the sad state of our garden......

This area used to be full, when we first moved in, of horrible, horrible conifers of varying sizes and varieties..  Eurch!  We (I!) dug a load of them up in the bottom corner and made a small veg patch.  The rodents, for that is what they are referred to as when they have been naughty, decided to eat the rest.  Yes, I kid you not...they ate conifers.  And that is not the half of it.  This used to be a lovely, petite rosemary bush

Striped bare by this naughty monkey....... 

                                                           Look!! There she is caught in the act of eating my pulmonaria!!!  The little madam has no shame.  The herb in question used to be in a large pot and Jessica, when she thought she could get away with it, would plonk her ample, if aging, bottom right in the middle and work her way through it.  A more cynical and unkind person might suggest that it would give her more flavour! Even her beau is in on the act.  We have spent the afternoon temporarily fencing off the space that will now become a bigger veg patch but even then Barley cannot resist a try........

Check out the filth monger...Oscar the cat to many.....even he, a cat of very little brain, knows that this is disgraceful behaviour of the highest order and is trying to stare Barley into stopping.....

Honestly...who'd have pets?!!  And don't even get me started on the cost of blood pressure tablets for cats...

Enough destruction..back soon with some creative things :D

ETA - we do love them though :D

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Just did a long post and then the pooter, in it's infinite wisdom (it must be a small boy computer) decided to shut all the windows down!!  And I had lots of links so now I shall have to start again.  I left it saying that Mr C had been charged with taking photos of the things to show but Lord Lichfield informed me that the batteries died and he didn't get that many.  So I shall check what he did get and post accordingly........there's a plan!

So, my post HAD, before I was so rudely interrupted, been entitles 'Breaking the shackles'.  I am a bit OCD craft wise...see exhibit 'a'.  My craft shelves are colour co-ordinated and then labelled just in case I lose the ability to see through my clear storage boxes!!!!!

exhibit a

But I have just been here and felt a challenge coming on.It is time I broke the shackles of my perfectionism and did some....oh my life, I can hardly believe I am saying this...MIXED MEDIA work.  Now, you have to understand that I am a crafter.  I knit, I sew, I make things from paper.  What I am most definitely not is an artist.  Mr C is an artist.  Give him a canvas and some acrylic paint and he will produce, after some time, a painting.  He can sketch things that I want to make so that I can make the pattern pieces...he can draw....I cannot..and have never been able to so this 'proper art' stuff makes me very uncomfortable.  But I shall try.  And so I got some of these goodies.....

As per usual, the photo does not do it justice.  Mainly because the photo is 2D and this stuff is all most definately 3D. 

And the other lovely thing about going to the exhibition was that I got to see this lovely lady who is very talented indeed.  She will be very modest and say she isn't but really...check her stuff out...see...very talented.  Had I known about this in advance I would have signed up for her workshop...maybe next time.  Which will be an interesting turn of event as I used to teach her children, 2 of them anyway, and she would be teaching me :D

So, watch this space for some out-of-my-comfort-zone crafting...sorry, I meant ART.

The other, rathe exciting for me actually, news is that Lucy Made This is now for sale at Daisychain in Histon.  So, if you happen to be in there, and you really should be in there because the stuff is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S, you might see a few hair accessories made by yours truly and you can say 'I know her'...if that is something you would want to admit to.  Prior to battery outage I got this piccie

A hint of spring with the yellow

More pictures to follow when I make them because Daisychain took all my stock :D  They start off looking like this
and I have to confess that each one, complete with the matching thread, goes in a little box that I sort during the day so that I can sew them up in the evening without worrying if the colours match because the light is rubbish.

Right, enough of this aubergine curry (no roast beef for me as the tummy does not like it:( ) is calling.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Shame on me...

I can't believe i haven't posted for so long.  And I have been making loads of things too...but I just cannot be bothered to photo and upload at the moment...I NEED SOME SUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Now you see it.... you don't!  The hair went today.  The lighting for the pictures is appalling but then I am no oil painting so I guess it does not matter!

 Not the most flattering photos I have ever taken..but you get the idea :D

On a more beautiful note...I have been making a LOT of these for a friend who is getting married in August

Until she sends them out I won't show all but they are gorgeous :D The purple, most fortunately, just happened to match a rather nice chocolate bar .  the ribbon was from The Ribbon Girl and is just so nice to work with.  And believe me, after tying the best part of 125 bows I know it was good. It was helped considerable, in fact I could not have done it without her, by my trusty Crafters Companion Ultimate Pro .I also made a lot of place-cards and now have 100 Order of Services to do........

Talking of The Ribbon Girl, a few weeks ago I got these in the post....

They are just too scummy for words and I used some to make this.....

I have actually finished it now but have yet to photograph it.   I love french knots.

Right, off for some lunch......