Gwyneth

I live on the west coast of Wales, in the UK. I've been crafting in one form or another as a hobby for a long time, but since ill health and disabling conditions curtailed on the activities I can do and forced me into early retirement I've been doing more crafting. This blog is a record of the crafting I've been doing. I've found that, with some adaptations, there are crafts I can do even when confined to bed, such as making cards using die-cut elements. In addition to the cards that I make for uploading to CUP, I've also made bilingual wedding stationary for family members and lots of other different types of card, some of which can be seen on my website. In this blog I'll try to note how easy or difficult any particular card has been to make. In addition to making cards I make some bits of jewellery (when my hands allow) and knitting. I use to knit with needles and make everything from cabled patterns to socks, but I can no longer hold up and manipulate needles, so I've swapped to knitting on looms/knitting boards the last couple of years and am having fun trying out lots of new yarns to get different effects as oppose to complicated paterns.

Makeing Quick Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 242019
 

Makeing Quick Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

This makeing quick cards post is aimed at both people who want to start, or have just started, cardmaking, and also at those who are more experienced and might be wanting something to look at when inpiration is needed, or even to point friends and relatives at if they express an interest in starting to make cards.

Often non-cardmakers say “I don’t know where to start”, “I don’t know what I need”, or “I don’t know what will go together”.

One of the simplest ways to start, and not have the worry of what will go together, is to buy a kit, or a magazine with a free kit.  This will not only give you the basics of what you need, but provide things that you know will work together, and usually inspiraition ideas of what you can make with the kit.

And these are also great for experienced cardmakers who have lost their mojo, need quick cards in a hurry, or who, like me, have health/disability issues that mean that sometimes all you are capable of doing is “quick and easy”.

I showed you in a previous post how very basic tools and consumables could be used to make cards to start with, and I’ll make posts in the future showing more crafting tools you can expand your crafting with, but this time I am keeping to quite simple tools again by just adding a scoreing tool to the equipment list.

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Video

I normally speed up bits of my crafting videos, but for this fideo I’ve not done any speeding up, and it still comes in at under 9 minutes.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
  • Scoreboard – Hougie Board (if you don’t have a scoreboard then use the pencil and ruler method I showed in a previous video – Here!)
  • Scissors
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2mm Deep, Double Sided, Foam Tape
  • Hunkydory Box Magazine Cardmaking Collection Issue 7 (Any Hunkydory boxes are good because they usually have toppers with matching cardstock, inserts and backing papers in the collection, as well as things like stamps that you can expand your crafting with in the future when you are ready.  There are several other companies that make similar Box Magazine Cardmaking Collections – so pick one with images you like.)
Finished Creations

First one that is shown in the video :

As I used foam tape for the topper itself there is a little dimension on the card.  But you could just use double sided tape and stick it flat – which is good for postage.

The matching insert was placed inside.

The image is a mirror image of the one on the card front and matches the topper.

Another quick card made from the same collection –

This time I have added a Welsh “Penblwydd Hapus” (Happy Birthday) peeloff greeting on the outside but not yet on the inside.

The frameing element was put on with foam tape and the topper with fingerlift tape.

And a third, where I’ve scored and folded the card in a different place but still only added sticky stuff and peeloffs to the card making collection that is in the box.  The little flower peeloffs in the corner were “fillers” on the peeloff greetings sheet.

The frame came in two parts on the sheet but I’ve only used the outer one.

And this is what it looks like on the inside.

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I have several bits of different crafting projects on the go, including a shaker card made using more items from the same collection as these cards and a pouring cup ornament decoration or whatever they call them.  Hopefully I’ll have videos of me makeing them to show you if everything goes to plan.  Still a bit of work to do yet though.

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Keep An Eye Out For ….

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 212019
 

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Time To Keep An Eye Out For …

Collecting Things For Future Crafting Projects

It’s time to keep an eye out for things for future crafting projects.

Have you been given one of these –

I don’t mean this particular brand and flavour of Easter Egg, but rather any Easter Egg in a box with base and lid and four clear acetate sides.

If you’ve been by my blog in the past you may have seen that I put some wirework trees I made into display boxes I made (have a look towards the bottom of the post – here – if you missed seeing any of them).

I think these Easter Egg boxes will make great display boxes for similar projects without the need for measuring and cutting. They could be decorated as plain and cleanly, or as distressed and fully embelished, as you want.

I think that, after Easter, I might do a video of me makeing a tree in a display box.

And if nobody else has bought you an egg – go on and treat yourself!

And while you are looking at Easter goodies, go through all packaging before they go out with the rubbish.  Even if a box isn’t fully acetate all round there might still be a piece of acetate at the front that’s strong enough to use as a card front or in a shaker card, especially if it is rounded like the side of an egg.

Then there’s the coloured foil many eggs are wrapped in. The ribbons, some with little bells or other charms attached that come with other shapes of Easter treats, are great to embelish cards as well.

And speaking of ribbons – don’t forget that the inside of the shoulders of clothes are a good source of different coloured, narrow, ribbon.  Unless you are a person who uses these ribbons to hang the piece of clothing then the ribbons might as well be removed and repurposed.

And while we are talking about clothing – have you got a drawer, tin, or jar, where you put all the spare buttons that come attached to pieces of clothing in case you lose one?  Have you been through the collection to see how many of them you actually still have the garment they match? If the piece of clothing is long gone then you might as well use the buttons for your crafting.

Got any old clothing you are going to throw out during your spring clean?  Any of them knitted items that can be unravled and made into pompoms or tassles?  Any old jeans that can be made into trendy bags, or perhaps a small cover for a tablet or mobile phone?  Just because something is not your size or taste any more doesn’t mean that it couldn’t still be useful to you in some way.

And consider donating to charity shops as well rather than just throwing away.

Another thing that can be kept is envelopes. Brown as well as white or coloured ones.  Open them out and you can find some have a patterned inside, and the brown ones have a craft card look than can be used for matting and layering or makeing vintage look flowers.

Paper Flowers

These flowers are ones made from the three pieces cut out from this envelope.  The colours look different because of the different lighting when the photos were taken.  The bottom right flower has had some gold ink wiped over it straight from the ink pad.

I made these using the method I showed in the “4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02” instructions I’ve posted previously. I just folded over the outside edge of the spiral to give a different look.  I used Pinflair Glue-It to stick the flower together at the base.

Of course, white flowers could be made from waste white envelopes as well.  Or any other colour envelope that happens to come your way.

Any More Tips?

Is there anything you could suggest that should be kept to re-use for crafting?

Put your tips in the comments below.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Some Crafting In March

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 172019
 

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Some Musing and Crafting

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

First some musings and then a couple of cards today.

Musings

Sometimes I just go on a wonder around the Internet to look for information after hearing or reading something. A couple of weeks ago I heard somebody on some TV programme (I wasn’t really paying attention to what was on the TV so don’t know who or which programme) mentioned someting about different colours having different meanings and moods.

Well, there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of different, sometimes conflicting, theories and meanings to be found online.

So, as I like purple – some purple shades are currently my favourite colour – I’m sure you’ve already guessed that as it is the colour I chose for banners, etc., on my Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, etc.

Therefore I picked one site’s info on the colour purple to look at more closely – “The Psychology of Color: A Designer’s Guide to Color Association & Meaning” posted by Rikard, though he wrote it up from a number of sources he lists at the bottom of his post.

This is the paragraph I picked out “Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.”

Looking at the last sentence –

  • I’d like to think that I have picked up a bit of “wisdom” over the years.
  • I’d like to think that I show a bit of “dignity” as well.
  • My “independence” has been curtailed quite a bit with my health/disability problems, but as far as this blog, and my other online presences are concerned, I am quite independent as far as doing my crafting, putting the content online, and as far as far as my choice of what, and who’s company, crafting materials I mention and link to. If I don’t use it I don’t link to it (be they ordinary links or affiliate links)
  • My “creativity” is quite random, both in terms of how often and when I get creative, and as far as what type of creating I may do at any particular time.  Well, if you have been to visit my blog in the past you will have seen that I like variety of crafting to keep me interested, from quick, short projects, to long projects.
  • Now I don’t think that there’s much “mystery” about me or my online presence.
  • And finishing with “magic” – sometimes crafting can be quite magical.  How colours change as a medium dries.  How a blank piece of something can change into a crafted piece of something.

So, what’s your favourite colour? – perhaps one that appears often in your crafting, or one you’ve chosen as the main colour of your blog or other online presence?  You can even click on the link I give above to see whether your colour choice has any meaning that resonates with you.

Crafting – Card Making

With having a lower molar tooth extracted on Thursday I haven’t felt much like crafting, but Friday evening I thought it might take my mind off my aching jaw and lower face by having a play with making a couple of cards from a kit I had bought recently because I liked the birds on some of the toppers.

All the cardstock, backing papers, vellum, toppers, etc., came from the kit, so I only added some sticky stuff, some rub-ons to one card, and a couple of tools – going for easy crafting in bed rather than using trimmers, dies, etc.

Card 1

I’m not sure the photos show up that the cardstock and topper frame is a cream colour.

The front is a third cardstock and covered with parchment.

The topper was added using dimensional glue gel, everything else is stuck down using tape.

I haven’t put a greeting on either the outside or inside yet as it may be for Mothering Sunday or it may be for a birthday, and it depends who will use it whether the greeting will be in Welsh or English.

Card 2

I chose pale yellow as the main colour for this card, this time I’ve made the front half cut but the topper background is attached so that it is full length on the front and so the card stands tent fold.  This time I added glitter rub-ons, including one butterfly over a butterfly in the topper picture.

Again, the final topper is raised using glue gel and everything else is attached using tape.

And it looks like this when standing.

Hope you’ll come over for another look at my blog before long.  Have a great, crafting, day.

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Glass Jar Light inc Video

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 142019
 

Glass Jar Lights
Including Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Decorating Glass Jar As A Light

At Christmas we had a couple of round glass jars with fruit in.  I thought that, because of their shape, they would make a couple of nice lamps.  Using a string of LED lights inside means that there is no need for any electrical work, and they look nice on a table or dotted around a room as mood lightling.  But, of course, I had to decorate them up a bit before putting in the LED lights, and I made a video of this crafting.

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Video

I made two slightly different versions.  Both of which I’m showing in today’s videos.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
Finished Creations

First one (glitter over twine):

Unlit – in normally lit room –

Lit – in normally lit room –

The second one (glittered, then twine added)

Unlit – in normally lit room –

Lit – in normally lit room –

Which version do you prefer?  My mother and youngest nephew, totally separate from each other and without knowing what the other had said, both said that they prefered the second version.

Both jar lights were on the table by my side in the sitting room while I was working on my laptop, unlit, and what amazed me was how sparkly they were when in no natural light but just overhead room lighting.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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An Owl Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 102019
 

Some Musings And A Card

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Feel free to jump to the crafting section if you don’t want to read all my “Musings”.

Musings

Today I feel like writing another bit of what I call “Musings”.  I’m just not quite sure what I’ll write yet, just that I saw the words “copeing with chronic illness” while browsing around online and it started me off on some random thinking.

Quite a few of you, especially those of you who visit regularly or are friends on Facebook, already know that I have disabling health problems that not only meant that I had to take early retirement, but mean that my health fluctuates a lot from day to day.  Crafting (and sitting in the garden and puttering in my pots and raised beds in the summer, as well as family history) is one thing that I can do, in one form or another, at some point most days, though sometimes I find that there are days I can do very little.

What I also like to do is see the variety of crafting that others do.  I do pick up my tablet at some point every day to look at the Facebook and blog posts of the crafting comunity.  But some days I am feeling so weak or in pain that I can’t type comments.  Sometimes I manage short comments, sometimes I manage longer comments, and sometimes I don’t manage to do more than tap on the Like button.  I just don’t want people to think that I don’t really look at or read their blog posts, especially those of you who are kind enough to visit and comment on my blog.  And especially when I’ve started looking at and commenting on posts by fellow members of some groups but run out of steam before looking at everything people in my circle of friends or groups have posted on any particular day.

I just find it amazing how much creativity there is.  And how I can see what others are crafting, even at the other end of the world, when I am stuck in bed barely able to move.

I know that so many with M.E., or other illnesses similar to those I have, become either clinically depressed, or at least very despondant, trying to cope with illnesses.  I’m sure it is crafting and the ability to take part in the online crafting comunity that has stopped me slipping into the dark pit.  But I do get very annoyed and frustrated with not being able to do what I want, when I want, which his when just browsing around and planning what I will do when I have my good days and can craft is so good.

M.E. means a lot of recognising your limits and accepting.  It means accepting that, if you do push beyond what is sensible, you will pay for it with a crash and being unable to do anything.  And it means accepting that lots of people will not understand, and worse still – don’t want to understand or accept that a person is ill permanently.

An Owl Card

During February each year, the couragous and inspirational Holley (you can see her blog – Here!), has a month of celebration.  She briefly explains why in her “Believe in Miracles” blog post.

Her celebration consists of posting a blog post with one of her creations every day of the month and awarding prizes/gifts each day to some of those who comment.  She has some very special sponsors who support her for this celebration and has a huge amount of things to give away, from vouchers to digi-stamps, as well as some other crafting goodies.  You can see just how big a celebration it was by looking at her “Winner’s List” and her “Grand Prize winners!

Holley has an eye for the quirky and Turkish lace.  Some of the digi’s she uses are not to my taste, but I still love seeing what she makes every time, and her blog is one I try and pop over and see whenever I’m having a session browsing around.

This year I was lucky enough to win.

Today I’m going to show you a card I made using an “Owl Stamp Digi” that was being given away on the blog post of the 24th February.  The sponsor for this prize was “TLKreations” who have a shop on Etsy.  You can find the owl stamp – Here!

For the card I also used:

Owl was coloured using ProMarkers and then cut out close to the line.  The wooden backgound was cut into planks to form the frame while the other background was cut to size.  The large, brown, cardstock was scored and folded in half.  Everything was then stuck together.

And this is what the card looks like:

A bit of an angle to try and show the frame and owl dimension.

The die-cut and shaped leaves.

A closeup of the owl – not a fantastic photo I’m afraid, but it gives you an idea.

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I’m working on another video which should be online in a couple of days, so keep an eye out for the blog post about that.

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Creating An Inked Card + Video

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 082019
 

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A Card From Inked Backgrounds inc. Video Of It Being Made

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YouTube Video

Today I am going to show you how I made a card by starting off with two of the backgrounds I made during my inking session mid February. (You can see the blog post about creating the backgrounds – Here!, inluding video links.)

Starting off with these –

  

I stamped giraffe and a tree onto one, added lines for the horizon and to ground the silhouettes, used what ink there was left on my applicator to darken the area towards to top right, before matting image onto black and then onto the other blended background.  Then stuck the card onto a Black base card.

Today’s videos showing the cards being made :

You can see the English Video – Here!

Gallwch weld y Fideo Cymraeg – Yma!

What I Used

These are what I used in my play session:

Pieces Created

This is the card I created.

I decided not to put a greeting on the outside, only inside.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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I hope you like what you’ve seen and read – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it but due to the fact that, like many I’m sure, I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.
Thank you to every body who’s left comments on my previous blog posts. I really do appreciate them all.

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Mar 042019
 

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Playing Around With Inks – Part 2

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YouTube Video

Towards the end of February I showed you what I made when I had a few days of playing around with inks, stencils and stamps, and a few other crafting bits.  As I’d done so much filming both playing and then makeing a couple of things with what I’d inked, I had to much to show you in one video, so I separated the footage into playing footage and two separate makeing footage.

And then realised that I had too much playing with inks footage to make a tidy length video and therefore split the clips into two parts.  The first part, showing more landscape style backgrounds, I showed you Here! (English) and Yma! (Welsh).

Today I have a shorter video of me makeing totally different look backgrounds.

You can see the English Video – Here!

Gallwch weld y Fideo Cymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

These are what I used in my play session:

Pieces Created

These are what I finished off with:

A small 4″ square piece –

Two A6 pieces –

An A5 piece to be used as a mat, and therefore doesn’t need to be covered to the middle –

I’ve already got footage of me makeing a card using two of these backgrounds.  Please keep an eye out for the video in a few days once I complete the editing.

February Geveaway Winner

In case you missed seeing it – the blog post announcing the winner of this tree can be found – Here!

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Mar 032019
 

Winner Of The February Tree Of Life Giveaway

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

In one of my blog posts in early February – where I included a YouTube video of me makeing a wirework and semi precious stones tree wall hanging – I said that I was celebrateing me launching my Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube channel by giving the tree I made away in a draw.

I allowed four ways to enter – as follows :

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I’m allowing up to four entries per person –

  1. Leave a comment below.  Any comment, provided it’s not Spam, or nasty – in fact any comment that makes it through my usual moderation, will go into the hat.
  2. Leave a comment on the album that goes with this project on my Facebook page – Here!
  3. Put a photo of any of your wirework projects into the album – Here! (Any wirework project, be it wire encased beads, wirework brooches, wirework lettering, etc. I do like to see what others are doing.  Leave a link to your blog post if you have one with details of your make.)
  4. Comment on either the English or Welsh version of the Wirework Tree videos on YouTube – Here or Yma! (I do want to know what you think of my videos, and if you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see me demonstrating then please let me know in your comment.)

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Number of entries at each location were:

  1. 13
  2. 2
  3. 0
  4. 3

18 names went into a hat. 1 was drawn out.

The winner is – Drum Roll Please!Holley.

(I will need your address to post the tree out to you, Holley, so please message me via E-mail or FB messanger.)

I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks, starting with another post that includes a video tomorrow morning.

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Mar 012019
 

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus
Happy Saint David’s Day
March Calendar Page & Video

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Today is St. David’s Day, the patron saint of Wales.  And as it’s the 1st of March it means it’s time to show you another decorated page of my mother’s calendar.

If you are regular visitors to my blog you will already know about me buying a Papermill Direct blank calendar each year for my mother and decorating up each month as it comes along (Have a look at the January page – Here! and the February page – Here!)

Calendar Page

Because of St David’s Day being at the start of the month, and flowers starting to peep out in the garden, I decided to make a Welsh themed calendar page this time, including dafodils.

I’ve used several dies from the Tattered Lace Welsh Die Collection.  I bought them via Create & Craft and there was a free download that came with them that allowed you to print out ready coloured, with bleed line, versions of each image and then cut these out when you don’t want to colour your own.  For this project I did use the images already coloured which TL call Charisma.

I also used one of the backgrounds I made during my “Playing With Ink, Stamps and Stencils” sessions.

What I did, including some links to what I used to make the background, and a YouTube video, can be found on my earlier blog post – Here!

Video

I made a video of some of the stages of makeing this calendar page.  You can have a look at it on the Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube chanel.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld fersiwn Gymraeg y fideo – Yma!

Let me know what you think below, and please give my video a Like on YouTube and Subscribe to my channel.  Thank you

What I Used
What I Made

I started with this blank page

Made up the A4 piece to go on the front – look at the video to see how I made this. I purpously put the background image to one side for a different look this time.

And then attached my creation to the calendar page.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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More February Crafting

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Feb 282019
 

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More February Crafting – Musings and Fans

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s been a while since I wrote any of what I call my “Musings”, but I decided that I’d start writing a bit every now and then again, starting with today’s post.

A crafting WiP and a couple of fans follow.

Musings

I’ve said before about crafting being my way of achieving something, despite my health/disability problems, and being able to say when a piece of crafting is complete “I did that”. It is a sense of satisfaction and a big boost, especially to give somebody else something I’ve done.

It may be a simple card that should have taken half an hour, but in reality took two hours, or it may be a longer project that takes months.  It is still a way to achieve something, when a lot of things I did, without thinking about any consequences in the past, I am now either unable to do, or only able to do with a lot of forward planning, and resting before and afterwords, sometimes for days.

One woman started explaining what it was like living with a long term debilitating condition to her friend as only having a set number of spoons in a day and every little thing you did used up your  spoons, so everything was a planning excercise.  But reather than try and explain it myself, I’ll direct you to her own words – The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino.

I read it a while ago, and thought it was good, I re-read it lately and still think it is good.

So I’ve used a few of my spoons to make the following items lately.

Colouring A Fan

I bought some simple fans, wanting to decorate them to hang on a wall as a room decoration.  The first one I decorated I simply freehand drew some flowers on it with Flex Markers.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Flex Markers – Purple Velvet, Sunset, Amranth, Red, Cloud Blue, Watermelon, Heather, Chartreuse, Aniseed, Sapphire, Blush.

This is what the fan looked like before I did my colouring.

And this is what it looked like after I did my little bit of colouring.  This was an evening’s work, taking a bundle of markers and the fan with me when I went to watch TV in bed, and just colouring a bit in the ad breaks.

Nothing spectacular I know, I’m just not good at freehand, arty, sort of stuff, as you can see from this closer look.

As this fan is just coloured it can be folded back up and opened to use as a fan when needed.

A Decorated Fan

For another fan from the pack I decided to go a bit more ornate and decorate it up a bit.  This means that the fan can only be hung on a wall as a decoration, it won’t close back up and isn’t practical to use as a fan.

For this project I used –

  • A blank fan
  • Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle – Ribbons and Flat backed pearls.
  • Glue Gel
  • Leaves – from my crafting stash – no idea where from
  • Flowers – I die cut and embossed these quite some time ago from white cardstock – no idea what dies and embossing folders but the word Trio jumps to mind and I don’t know why.  Coloured with Flexmarker – Purple Velvet, and gem stuck in midde.

I started by takeing a bit of ribbon and tieing the ends together in a knot before stapleing it above and below the knot to the centre front of the fan.  I then used the bow maker to make a double bow from the same type of ribbon and glueing that in place.

A different ribbon was used to tie another bow, with long trailing ends, which was stuck to the bottom of the fan.

I used the same Flexmarker as I used to colour the flowers to put a line of purple on the top and bottom of the fan paper.  The flowers were already embossed in my box of flowers I’d cut out previously, and that is why they have come out with random line patterns on them.  I did shape the flowers a bit after adding colour, and stuck a gem in the middle at the same time as sticking the flowers and leaves to the fan front.  I finished off by randomly sticking faux half pearls on.

Again, the colouring in is not especially good, but you have to go close to see it properly – like this close –

Work In Progress

I showed you how I was getting on with crocheting a blanket a couple of times.  You can see how far I’d got back then in the post – Here!  I have progressed a bit since then, though not quite as fast as I was hopeing.

So, this is how much I have now done – as you can see, it is now bigger than the top of the box seat I displayed it on previously.

So I’ve re-photographed it out flat.

A long way to go before it is blanket sized, but it is slowly progressing.

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Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

Remember that I am giving away one of my creations to a person who’s name is drawn from the hat at the start of next month.  You have until 23:00 GMT 28th February 2019 to get your name into the hat.  Go to the announcement at the bottom of the blog post – Here! – to get the details of how to be in with a chance of getting the tree.

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