Garden Produce

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Sep 192018
 

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Food From The Garden Scrapbook Layout

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Anybody who visits my blog regularly may well have realised by now that, as well as crafting, I like gardening.  But my health/disability problems means I can not do what I’d like or as much as I’d like.  So these days a lot of my gardening is done in raised beds, hanging baskets, barrels, etc.  There are fruit trees and bushes in the garden, but I can pick from them while sitting in one of the numerous chairs I have dotted all around the garden.  the only two crops that are sewn directly into the ground are peas and runner beans, and I had help to sew them, and again picked them by having strategically placed garden chairs.

Some things have been a bit of a disapointment, crop wise, this year, but mostly I’ve got a fair assortment of things from the garden that have given myself and my mother a nice variety in our food, as well as giving some away to friends and family.

So I thought I’d show you some of what I’ve grown by creating a digital scrapbook layout of what I brought in one day. (I must admit to not going out and picking every day but try to pick something three or four times a week even if I don’t make it all the way around.)

So, I took a bag out on the morning of the 10-9-2018 and picked, and then tripped the whole lot out onto the kitchen table, and this is what I’d got.

After a bit of a sort out they looked like this –

 

  • A bowl full of cherry tomatoes, both yellow and red tumblers grown in two hanging baskets.
  • The seeds from Nasturtiums soaking in salted water in a cup to make poor man’s capers.
  • Runner Beans – ready for my mother to string and cut up.
  • Assorted cut and come again mixed letyuce leaves with nasturtium flowers ready to add a few things to make a smoothie.
  • Eating apples and pears.
  • Yelliw and green courgettes that have grown well in my “jungle raised bed”.

And this is the digital scrapbook layout I made using these photos. I used the Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit from Dragons Lair Designs. I worked on the layout in My Craft Studio Elite software.

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I’ll still have a variety of craft I’m working on, as well as some that I have finished, that I need to blog, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Birthday – Cake, Card, etc

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Sep 162018
 

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Cake, Card, Notebook, Tag

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My youngest nephew offered to help decorate a cake for my mother’s birthday.  He did admit that he volunteered because it meant he would get to eat any icing and marzipan left over – and doing the decorating meant he could decide when to stop therefore how much was left over.

I did help with batch making the flowers and with lifting the rolled out marzipan and icing over the cake, but left it to him how he shaped the icing and placed the decoration.

This is the result.

It seems several of the flowers I made were not up to the required standard so had to go straight into nephew’s mouth. LOL.

In case you haven’t guessed – blue is Mam’s favourite colour.

Some of her favourite TV programes are animal ones, such as Meerkat Manor, so I had to go for the unusual combination of meerkats and blue flowers for her birthday card.  I also used the same flowers for decorating a notebook that formed part of her gift, and the tag that went on the gift bag.

For the card I scored and folded in half a green A4 Adorable Scorable card to make an A5 base card. I cut a panel out from blue, pearlescent, cardstock and put it on the front of the card before sticking on the topper using 2mm deep foam tape.

When makeing the background and embelishments for the September page of Mam’s calendar I’d also got my ScanNCut to write out the word MAM,

added gold foil and coloured in on the back using Chameleon pencils. This was then cut to size, stuck onto a piece of white cardstock of the same size using sticky dots.

I put this panel near the bottom of the card using the same as foam tape tape as before adding a peeloff greeting saying “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday).

I then added some paper flowers that I’ve had in my crafting stash for quite some time.

I added an insert that mached the topper.

As Mam likes her notebooks to be practical, and able to be shoved onto the cupboard by her bed amongst other books without the front decoration being damaged, I needed to keep the decoration flat.

I stuck some more of the blue, pearlescent, cardstock onto the front of a cheap reporters notebook.  I then stuck on a panel from my stash onto which I’d written the word MAM.

I decided to use the same flowers that I’d used on the card, but rather than shape them I used them flat and stuck them on with bookbinding glue.

Another piece of blue cardstock was cut into the shape of a tag.  A panel like the one that was stuck to the front of the notebook was stuck on. Again, I added more of the same blue flowers I’d used before having shaped them this time.  For the glowers I used Bookbinding glue and glue gel for the leaves from the same collection in my stash.

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I’ll still have some more Christmas card posts to come from the batches I made during August, as well as sewing I am working on now, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Back To Sewing And More

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Sep 142018
 

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Back To Sewing And More

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After the push before the end of August to complete a lot of Christmas card, I’m now back doing a bit of sewing.

I still have some more cards to show you, and will probably make some more later in the year towards Christmas. Plus I do have some special cards on order that are nearly finished, but they won’t be blogged until after Christmas.

But, before I get on with showing you the sewing I’ve managed to do, I want to tell you that I was delighted that my blog was chosen as Blog Of The Month for a group I belong to on Facebook – you can see the blog post about it – here.

The winner is chosen from members of the All Things Crafty – Hints, Tips and Crafty Inspiration. group.

Now on with the sewing.

I have three sewing projects that I need to be getting on with that I gathered everything together the first week in September.  A few more I haven’t gathered together but I have the makings for somewhere in the house as well.

I have my “Big Work In Progress” – the two single bed quilts I’ve been showing you the progress of over the last few months.

Then there’s the recycling project I’m doing for my youngest nephew – turning a small “hoodie” he use to ware when he was younger into a backpack he can use to carry around a bottle of water, a few toys, etc. This I have already unstitched into pieces ready to sew up as he wants.  His idea to make a backpack – I suggested a cushion cover – but a backpack is do-able.

But what I’m going to show you today is my project to make a towelling wrap for myself.  I have a nice wrap that I put on after my shower, while my carer is drying and brushing out my hair. It has straps over the shoulder and buttons at the front.  I’ve been looking for another but haven’t been able to find one the same style.  All I’ve found are ones without the shoulder straps and with velcro that say they are one size fits all – yeh, very likely!

So I decided to get some cotton towelling material and make my own. In fact, I decided to get some more than I’d need for the wrap so I could make some matching items.

I started by cutting the robe slightly larger than the one I’ve got.  Then cut a towel for my hair, a couple of pieces to make a mat, a couple of hand towels, and a face cloth.

Toweling material is not a material that is easy to turn over a hem, so I decided to use bias binding around the sides.

The first thing I sewed was the hair towel.  I decided to use a zig-zag stitch to sew the binding on.  My sewing machine is not that happy sewing toweling as the feed dogs are not getting a firm and even grip on the toweling “loops”.

So this is the hair towel.

I then got to work on the robe itself.  One long edge was already bound off the bolt, so I just bound the two short sides and did an overlocking stitch over the edge of the other long side.

I then folded over the overlocked edge by around an inch and three quarters and zig-zagged it in place. This is the top band of my robe.

I prepared and sewed together the strips that were going to be the straps over my shoulders.

I then made a pocket, sewing over a bound edge to give a firmer top before turning under the other three edges and sewing them onto the left hip position on the robe using a zig-zag stitch.

The next thing I did was work out the position that I needed to put the buttons, button holes, the position of the straps, and how far from each end I needed to put the holes to thread through the back elastication.

I used the robe I already had as a guide, and then, after pinning in place with safety pins I put the robe on to make the final adjustments with my mother’s help.

I then sewed everything in place.

Anf this is the finished robe.

Putting a bath mat together was simply a case of putting two layers of toweling together, sewibg the binding around the outside edges, and then sewing another row of stitches around the mat about 2″ in from the edge.

This is it spread out in our wetroom.  The colour looks different due to camera location and lighting being different, but all tgese items were made from the same piece of cotton toweling marerial.

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I’ll still have some more different craft projects to blog about, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Sep 072018
 

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More Christmas Cards With A Bit Of A Variety

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As anybody who has viewed my blog posts over the last few weeks will have seen, this year I decided to make up packs of Christmas cards, which I’ve been putting into cello bags with a bit of paper with the bag price and my details. These cards have mostly been quick and easy cards, around a half stuck completely with fingerlift tape to keep the dimension flat, with some using recycled cards as toppers.

But I have made some more dimensional cards, and some more ornate cards, which I’ve individually bagged and priced.

These most definately will not go through the UK post using a standard letter stamp.

This first one is a decoupaged one made using a Hunkydory decoupage sheet and layered using 2mm or 3mm deep foam tape.  I used a greeting banner, also stuck using foam tape, and some sticky back gems, to finish the card off.

I should have gone a bit at an angle for this close-up of the decoupage as the fact that it is heading on for an inch deep doesn’t show in this photo.

Here’s the card.  It has a matching insert with a peeloff greeting.

For this next card I used a Kanban 8″ square foiled border base card.

I used the Kit N Caboodle Circle Cutter to cut out the circle the image is sitting on as well as the white and silver circular frames.

The Nativity scene cuts were cut from silver mirror card using this year’s Tattered Lace Christmas Nativity dies.

I used my Brother ScanNCut to draw the greeting and the holly leaf cluster in glue onto parchment before I foiled them in silver.

I cut a strip of white cardstock the right size to go behind my greeting, cut the greeting a little longer than needed so that it could be wrapped around the card and attached with tape on the back, so that no glue would show on the front. Another, longer, piece of silver cardstock was cut out and trimmed at the ends.  I firstly glued the backing circle to my base card, then glued on the die cut Bethlehem scene. I glued the white frame circle onto the silver one before attaching them to the card front with 3mm deep shaker foam tape.  The same tape was also used to attach the layered greeting.  As it was a single element I just hand cut the holly, rather than getting the ScanNCut to do it, and used a dab of glue behind a berry to attach it to the card.  A dab of glue was used behind the star and the camel’s legs to attach them to the frame.

This photo is taken at a slight angle and gives a bit of a better view of the dimension.

The next one is another made using some items from Hunkydory.  This time one with a Nativity scene.

It is decoupaged and very dimensional, as I’ve tried to show with these photos.

And this is what it looks like from the front.

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So, that’s it for today – a small assortment of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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I’ll still have some more Christmas card posts to come from the batches I made during August, so please do pop back to have a look.

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One More Selection Of Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Sep 052018
 

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Another Selection Of Christmas Cards

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By the time I am writing this post I have so many Christmas card photos on my camera I’m not even sure if I’ve shown you these already or not. I don’t think I have, but please forgive me if some from a previous post have sneaked in to this batch.

These are all made using items from the Hunkydory collection with some extra cardstock, banners, etc.

Rather than directly sticking the toppers to the base cards I have used some 2mm or 3mm deep foam tape to attach this time. It gives a little dimension, so will need a Large Letter stamp to post in the UK, but are great for hand delivery.

 All have an insert that says Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

 

Trying to get a photo to show some of the dimension of the previous card.

 

 

If I remember rightly, these have gone into a big bag of assorted Welsh cards where people can have a look through and select individual cards.

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I’ll do have a small number more of Christmas card posts to come over the next few days, but I have now re-started on my sewing projects, so expect updates on how my Big Work In Progress is coming along in the near future as well.

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September’s Calendar Page

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Sep 032018
 

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September Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift, which I’m decorating for her month by month. I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension – because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month. You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my previous posts about it if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, and for August – here.

I asked Mam what she wanted for September and she said that, as I’d got lots of pictures of the garden, she’d like another photo.  So, I needed to think of something a bit different to the series of photos of our strawberries growing I’d used for the August page.  A quick scan through my photos on my laptop and I decided to go for a photo of the nasturtiums I’ve got growing in a raised trough.

I didn’t just want to put up a photo so I printed the photo out at 5″ x 3″ onto glossy photo paper.

I’d had my ScanNCut out during August doing a bit of foiling for greetings on some of my Christmas cards, so I decided that I’d go for a bit of foiling for this month’s calendar page.  I used various designs available within the online Canvas software – a foliage background, a feather, and some flowers (also I put on the word MAM as I want it for my mother’s birthday card later).

I sent my required design wirelessly from Canvas to my ScanNCut and got it drawn out using the glue pen from the ScanNCut foiling kit.  I put a strip of white lightweight cardstock on the upper half of the mat and a strip of parchment on the lower half.

I think the price of the ScanNCut foil sheets is far to expensive for the small number of little pieces you get, so I use other foils.

For the background I used a verigated green foil,

(It’s rather difficult getting a good photo of the shine of the foil so I’ve tried a few times at different angles.)

for the feather I used gold on one end and silver the rest of the way down and for the flowers I used a variety of gold, silver and rose gold – using parts that are left on previously used foil sheets.

(Again it was difgicult getting a good photo to show the various different foils)

I have to admit that I didn’t put the sheet from the foiling kit over the foil sheet and get the ScanNCut to rub over – I just rubbed over the back of the foil sheets using the spatula that came with the machine – and I’m perfectly happy with the result.

Using Chameleon pencils I then decided to do a bit of colouring, both on the back of the images on the parchment,

 

and on the front of the background on the light cardstock.

I kept the colouring light so that it wouldn’t pop too much and grab attention off the photo.

I cut out the images on the parchment as close as possible to the outside foil line (I know I could have used my ScanNCut to do the cutting for me, but I’d put the machine away to create some space while colouring in and didn’t feel like getting it out again for so few elements.)

i cut a large sheet of green cardstock to just under A4 size with a pattern edge cutter to use as the main panel for sticking onto the calendar, putting some fingerlift tape onto the back prior to building up the design.

I also cut a mat to stick behind the photograph from the same cardstock.

I decided to go random when cutting out the foiled foliage background.  I decided to make it a bit smaller than the original size so cut up a leaf and berry branch to use as individual embelishments.

I then set about sticking the layers together using fingerlift tape before shapeing the embelishments with my fingers and sticking them in place using glue dots.

Two glue dots under end and centre of feather to keep shape.

The flowers were stuck in clusters around the page.

And this is what the page looks like ready to stick up on the calendar.

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So, that’s the September page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the October page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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