Saturday, July 30, 2011

I think it's Saturday.....

In the holidays, with 2 teachers in the house and 2 school children....all the days are the same...with the exception of Sunday when we have church.  Probably, if it wasn't for this one fixed point in the calender, we wouldn't have a clue what day of the week it was.  I was surprised to see Tesco so full until I realised that it was Saturday. 

So, today started early.  I just had the final bit of my wedding stuff to do - Menus :) I am pleased to report they have been collected and Sarah was very pleased with least that is what she said ;)  This time next week they will be married and we will be dancing to a funk band and cheesey disco - can't wait!!

After that I braved seemed to take forever but I eventally made it home.  Sarah picked up the menus, the boys, along with another neighbour's son,  went out to the park with the neighbours ( I love my neighbours...they are FAB!!!), and I spent several hours sorting out craft party no.2 - Bugs and butterflies. 

And now I am pleased to report that my table looks like this.....

Have coloured a few images but the light is rubbish so I will photograph tomorrow.  I have had pro markers and didn't really get on with them.  They made me feel like I couldn't colour. Then I got a few copics...only a few as they are expensive and so I could never get the right colour gradation...but  THESE are perfect.  Well done Leanne Chivers and well done Crafters Companion

Friday, July 29, 2011

Craft Party!!!!

Last year, all through the summer, I had children round to my house to make things and be gnerally crafty...lots of fun.  This year I decided to team up with my friend Ann (we do a craft club at school together), and hire the school hall and hold craft parties.  We had no idea how popular they would be but we soon booked up spaces and we had the very first one today.  Our theme was holidays and the children did various craft activities based around the theme.  They were all beautifully behaved and it was really calm - I was amazed.  But it was so lovely to see some many young people enjoying themselves doing things that didn't need a screen or batteries or headphones!!!

I asked parent's permission to post some photos in here and they were more than happy - thankyou!! ( I had better check my posts more carefully for typos now as I teach some of the children!!!)

Mr Chops has also been busy sewing again.  He actually wanted to make a felt softie when he could have been playing with Lego!!!  Rather proud of him :D  He made a skunk this time......

Mr  Frogsley is watching in the background to make sure he stitches him up well!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Far too long...

I am shocked at how much time has passed since I last updated this 'ere blog!!!!  Far too long!!  But now it is the summer holidays and we have time a plenty...and I have already taken lots of lovely photos :D  The only thing to get sorted is how to work the camera but it will happen.  Now, as today is our 15th wedding anniversary, Mr C went and got me some lovely flowers :D  They are similar to my wedding flowers (except I didn't have the purple lisyanthas in my bouquet...but it shows that he was most definitely paying attention!!


And I also have a new obsession...teeny tiny pipe cleaner people in felt clothes...they are just so completely gorgeous...and utterly inspired by this lady, Salley Mavor.  She is so talented and her nursery rhyme book, Pocketful of Posies, has kept me entertained for hours...really, even if you don't have children you should get this.

Close up of her sleeve.

Have not been brave enough to sort out
their faces and hair yet!

Not sure how I managed to cut their heads off
in this shot!!

And carrying on in the felt theme...I have been making these 2 little critters.....

Meet Owlivia

and Mr Frogley

Both are made by me from patterns by Tina Douville on Etsy.  I printed them out half the original size because I wanted to make them from my favourite felt and they would just cost too much otherwise.  I got Mr Frogley's eyes from Ribbon Girl .  I am also hoping to make some with children at the craft parties that my friend, Ann, and I are running in the holidays.  We will use felt from Kirsty though because it is good value and great colours.   And I like Kirsty :D

So other things have happened on the crafty front...some serious amounts of button earrings have been made...I have just ordered another 100 pairs to add to the 150 pairs I have already made...... not for me to wear you understand...there are a lot of people in Cambridge walking round with buttons in their ears :D

Okay..a brief catchup but better than nothing..until next time.......