Drawing….

A friend has requested another name banner – and this time all featuring Beatrix Potter characters. It’s been an absolute joy to study and, yes, copy her fine drawings around the 7 letters of a name.
Beatrix Potter is once again extremely popular with the launch of the feature film of Peter Rabbit but she has never not been popular with children, ever since her darling little tales were made into books.
But do you know anything about Beatrix? The film starring Renee Zellweger told her story – albeit in Hollywood style.
Her drawings are not just adorable but she is admired and studied by people who know that her work on botany and nature studies are excellent.
Her speciality being fungi…
“… before publishing The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, the British writer and illustrator was interested in a range of scientific disciplines. The field that attracted her interest the most was mycology – the study of fungi.
For at least a decade, Potter painted hundreds of detailed, accurate images of mushrooms. She studied them under a microscope to investigate how they reproduced and wrote a paper on germinating fungal spores that was presented at the prestigious Linnean Society of London.
In recent years, this lesser-known side of Potter’s life has caused controversy. Historians, writers and scientists have interpreted her surviving letters and journal in very different ways. Some have suggested that she was a pioneering scientist whose contributions were suppressed by the patriarchal Victorian scientific establishment.
She showed her work and findings to William Thistleton-Dyer – the director of Kew – who it appears was not overly impressed . t is worth noting that although Potter was keen on studying fungi, there is no evidence she wanted to earn a living as a scientist. Her journal suggests she was motivated more by seeking something to occupy her intelligence and curiosity, make a little money and assert her independence – all at a time when most avenues for women were barred.
In that, of course, she succeeded: The Tale of Peter Rabbit alone has been translated into more than 45 languages and sold 45 million copies. More than 250 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide.
“Beatrix Potter was an intelligent woman who was bored and wanted something to do that would keep her busy and earn her a little money,” Lear said. “I don’t think she had any ambition to be a mycologist. She’s already been successful in selling some of her art work and when the research paper she wrote needed more work, she lost interest in favour of something that was more suited to what she was after.”
If you’d like to read the above in it’s full article form follow this link

Whatever the experts think, I love her drawings and stories. I have just spent the most enjoyable couple of days doing these…

So A is featuring Peter Rabbit, I decided to keep the letters uniform so I have written words from the story inside the letters – The Tale of Peter Rabbit in this one of course in a fine green felt pen and then coloured over with a green crayon.

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The lovely Mrs Tiggy-Winkle for the B

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Squirrel Nutkin came next….

Now for Jemima with the sandy whiskered gentleman nearby…. oh dear

Pigling Bland – how dapper

Another A and this time its The Tailor of Gloucester…

The final letter and my favourite – it’s Mr. Jeremy Fisher – I really enjoyed copying him.

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Once I’m happy with the drawings I will attach them to a ribbon and they will make a nice big name banner (each drawing is A4 size). I use Uni Pin drawing pens and  water soluble crayons which I did not wet.
I find the colours are more vibrant than ordinary colouring pencils.

This is not for sale.

Thanks for reading,
back next week
Rosie

 

 

 

 

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Making time for meditative mindfulness with craft…

Everyone is busy, almost everyone is stressed and many of us suffer with anxiety
(not everyone I know, but definitely more than there should be!).

I have written about the health benefits before and it’s no secret that craft is celebrated for it’s meditative powers.

If your day-to-day life is hectic and complicated; you’re not going to help matters by getting involved in making something too complicated…
but there are many projects and techniques which create lovely things for you, your family and friends or for your home.

Try to focus on the soothing nature of creativity, pompom making (so popular at the moment); finger knitting; macramé; embroidery; crochet & weaving plus so much more…

Once you’ve gained the techniques (you will be surprised how quickly you can get to grips with what appeared so complicated before you started) and found a project from the many avenues available, magazines, books, Pinterest, YouTube etc, etc., you may just start to realise the benefits available to you.

A long journey on public transport to your place of work can be tedious and no matter how many times you look at your watch, you cannot alter the time of your arrival.
I often see folk looking at their phone and frantically tutting and looking out the window…getting more and more anxious and stressed.
Unlike driving however, you don’t actually have to concentrate on the journey (other than checking you’ve not gone past your destination).

Crocheting is a great activity on a train or bus (as long as you get a seat), you don’t have a sharp needle, which would be the case with sewing, you don’t need to move your arms very  much at all, no elbows out as with knitting.
It’s my chosen activity anyway, and if you want to listen to music or a story or podcast whilst crocheting that’s good too.

But if crafting on your journey is impossible, then what about a craft club at your place of work? Or a knit & natter get together?

Well, that’s what was started today at my place of work.

The idea had been bandied about for some time and this week a few like-minded folk just decided to do it.
We booked a small room for the lunch-period, added the information to an office news bulletin and then stuck a Knit & Natter sign on the door…that really was it.
I collated a few crafty bits and bobs. magazines and wool etc and we were off!
Others brought along their projects.

There were 6 of us, one making pompoms and showing another, 3 - Copy (2)
and a beginners lesson in crochet went on with two keen learners!

The table was quickly scattered with crafty bits and bobs, tea and chocs!

I did a little crochet, took a couple of photos and made a wool tassel. The hour just flew by and will soon be repeated….

Thanks for reading, back next week
Love Rosie

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Confession time….

My name is Rosie and I am addicted to Roberts Radios…there I’ve said it. I can’t help it, I know it’s bordering on an illness but I love them.

So it was with great sadness that I noticed one of my first of these gorgeous things was shedding it’s skin! The vinyl covering was peeling off and it looked rather sad and dare I say it …. tatty.

So last Sunday I decided to give it a little upcycle and peeled off the remaining layer. Then started a simple square pattern with Sharpies. I had to keep changing pens as it ruined the nibs but as I have a few Sharpies (understatement of the year) it was fine. I kept to a restricted palette of yellows and greens.
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When I finished I just smeared a little yellow paint over the whole thing and then gave it a coat of my favourite glitter paint.

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You can pay to get these recovered professionally which could be a better option but for now this will do for me.

Thanks for reading, back next week
Rosie

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Just a quick little change….

I bought a box years ago and use it to store my paintbrushes in, it’s just covered in a paper and the other weekend whilst sitting at my desk trying to decide what I wanted to do, I found myself staring at just the thing. My boring old box.
I decided to cover it …
So I removed the catch and gave it a good rub down.
Then I selected a pack of papers I had recently picked up at The Works and started cutting up a selection.
I splodged some PVA glue on the box and started laying the papers on.
I overlapped the curved top and with plenty of PVA both under and on top of the paper I massaged it over the curves.


I left it to dry and then trimmed any papers that needed it and gave the whole thing another coat of PVA.
I screwed the catch back on and voila it’s got a new lease of life and goes with my room colours more.
It was only when photographing it that I noticed the missed section on the front! This has now been rectified.

Thanks for reading
Back soon, Rosie

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Canal Art Inspired…

After a recent trip to Derby, in the East Midlands of England, where I visited a lively pub next to a lock and saw some really gorgeous canal art… I felt inspired to have a go.

I had these wooden condiment and napkin ring set which were old, a little tired and decided that, when I had a little free time I would have a go at this ancient skill.

So with a day to myself I started.
First I painted everything with black acrylic paint and set it aside to dry. Acrylic paint dries quickly thank goodness as I was eager to get started.

I gave myself a restricted palette, plus yellow and green. 21

Once the black was dry I painted green blob shapes which will be the leaves, and once again left to dry, patience is a virtue… it’s really worth the wait, though so tempting not to!


Once dry I mixed up some pink and started painting the sweeping petal shapes. This obviously takes practise which I plan to do but I’m reasonably happy with the results I got.

The other flower is a blue daisy or cornflower type flower and it is started with a blue circle…then the petals are added in white finally a little yellow dot in the middle.

With white paint I added occasional groups of 3 dots.
With the white painted petals over the pink flowers and the yellow detail on the leaves the painting is finished.


I varnished everything and here they are finished. I may put them on my Etsy shop – good enough to sell?

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Thanks for reading, I’ll be back next week!
Love Rosie

 

 

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Failing my self imposed challenge…?

I’ve had a madly busy few weeks, plus one week out of action with a re-occurrence of a debilitating virus and have run out of my stored drafts regarding makes and have made nothing new …. oh well, I’ve had a good run.
But wait! I haven’t revealed all the items I made for a magazine, my daughter saw an advert for craft article writers and I was so excited to get selected, sadly it wasn’t to be as…. although my article was accepted, sadly the magazine went out of business before my work was published.

But the work is mine, though the makes were ‘suggested’ by the editor.
So here’s one.. (the items had to be Autumn and/or feather related).

So, here’s my feather gift tags and hand drawn gift wrap also covered in feathers.
A few real feathers from Hobbycraft added to the photos…

Feather gift tags
1. Either draw your own or use the feather templates to cut out feather shapes in your choice of patterned paper or card, a scalpel and cutting mat are useful but you could use scissors.
2. Score down the centre of the feathers and gently fold 5
3. Write your message on the top feather and fix two or three feathers together to create a unique gift tag!
4. Buy or make your own feather wrapping paper by either drawing feathers or using a stamp
5. Punch a hole through all layers of the gift tag and thread through with the raffia or suede lace and decorate with feathers
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Materials: Patterned paper from The Works;
suede lace, raffia and feathers from Hobbycraft,
feather stamps available from Luck&Luck
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Thanks so much for reading, I’ll get something done for next week!
Love Rosie

 

 

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Paper banner…

A while ago I was asked to do a birthday banner for a good friend and colleagues birthday party. I had great fun drawing and colouring this and when asked if I could make another for his grand-daughter I was thrilled to oblige.
I was provided with a list of her favourite characters from Peppa Pig to Peter Rabbit and I went to town!
Later on I was asked to do another, again with a list of characters and finally recently one last one for the older brother.
Here’s what I did for him… I confess the character’s are all copied, you’ll probably recognise them! But the idea of adding them to individual letters is mine, I haven’t tried to do the characters with the same initials as that just gets too tricky.
But I had such fun doing them. No wonder colouring in is so popular nowadays, I used Sharpies and they are so good. Memories of using felt tip pens as a child are full of the pens running out or getting fluffy points, opening them up and using the inside bit, getting covered in the ink in the process….
So here’s ROBERT (each letter is on A3 card)

dinosaur – the R has dinosaur type footprints all other it.

Next the O – this was a challenge, a transformer!

This time I did the Bee logo for this character – the logo was on the website along with the transformer.
OK , next came I tried to be clever and do the B out of Lego bricks but it just went wonky and wrong, but I like the Lego people so just did them! If you look carefully you can just see the little Lego bumps all over the B.16Right now the E.
12   15-1.png this was my favourite. I liked doing the bricks on the letter and I really like his little legs! (Spiderman)
So, now another R
13 I find vehicles hard to do so I cheated and just put half the fire truck in this one.
Final letter coming up…
17.(Batman – cheated and hid half his bat mobile!)
All done, I stuck a length of red ribbon to the tops with double sided tape, so it can be strung up on a bedroom wall.
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I had such fun doing this that when I heard that a family member had a 6th birthday coming up I did a little version for him too… I can’t do these to sell – copyright issues and all that but happy to do one for anyone – just let me have the details!
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I knew this boy was a fan of JCB, Judo and Thomas and was so pleased to see he liked Spiderman (got to do those little legs again!)

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back next week with something new.
Love Rosie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crochet hook case…

I’ve mentioned before about the gorgeous material my friend gave me, after a sort out of my material stash and noticing that I had a broken, plastic, useless case for my crochet hooks, I reached the conclusion that I needed to make myself something.

I chose two different materials which I think go together very nicely.

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I cut three rectangles – wide enough to take my hooks. The blue was put together with the right-sides out and the yellow was folded over (a run of my favourite stitch was done along the top of the fold – see above) and placed on top.
I’m sure there are plenty of patterns and instructions on how to make a case like this but I was impatient and just jumped straight in!

I then started to stitch some random sized ‘slots’ through both pieces of fabric but with the yellow creating the pockets. I marked them first using a straight edge.

Once I got to the end I made a couple of ties.

Then stitched the raw edges over – mostly with the machine but completed the thick corners by hand.16.png

 I stitched the ties on and finished the ends neatly.
And is that, I’m very happy with my new case.
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Now, I know I have overused the embroidery stitch on this, but you see the thread is lovely to use, my machine was happy (and it sometimes doesn’t like doing anything other than a straight stitch – so I went a little overboard, it’s just for me though and I like it!)

Thanks for reading
Back soon, Rosie

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Didn’t sell….time to change..

I don’t seem to be painting or decorating so many of the wooden boxes that I initially went crazy for recently, but these drawers were one of the first things I decorated, they have been in my online shop for quite a while, but although they received plenty of interest, no-one bought them so I’ve decided to change the design.

I removed the drawers and took off the hand pulls. I then sanded the whole thing down and looked though my collection of papers.
I have this paper on my own earring storage, I really love the design. The book of papers was a gift from my daughter (she knows me well!) and I’ve used them a great deal, they are by Katie Pertiet

I added gold paint around the frame on the front but left the sides and top black, The whole thing is gently sparking. Once the paper was stuck and had a coat of PVA to seal and some glitter paint, I re-affixed the drawer pulls (a very fiddly job!) and it was done.

So, here’s what the drawers look like now…
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Time to see if anyone likes it now.. next month it will be going back on ETSY  
Thanks for reading, back soon
Love Rosie

 

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Is it ok to copy…?

I’ve always copied…from the early days of comic book characters to Disney, E H Shepard’s wonderful illustrations –  I could go on forever so I’ll stop now…

Copying is a really good way to learn to draw.

So, whilst looking for a picture to put in my bathroom clip frame for a while, I found this… it’s a copy of the cover illustration of one of my favourite author’s novels.
An Imaginative Experience by Mary Wesley, with the artwork on the covers by Sue Moxley.

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If you haven’t read any of Mary Wesley, you should! Her biography is also fascinating, she started writing novels in later years and her life story makes interesting reading.

I love graphic art, used on record sleeves and book jackets, it can make your decision whether to buy or not.

So, this picture is a complete copy, I enlarged it by eye and as it was just for my own enjoyment I didn’t really care too much how precisely I copied, I just liked it.
Also I never actually intended to show my interpretation and the fantastic original in quite such close proximity!animaginativeexperience 1
Feel free to let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading,
back soon
Rosie

The original picture is shown here by:- By Source, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42621597

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A thank you for having me gift….

At Christmas time so many of us descend on others for a day of feasting and my husband and I went for Boxing Day to my sister’s.
I love a day with family and with mine that usually includes playing games and our Boxing day visit this year was no exception. (The game this year was Pass the biscuits) it’s really good fun!

As you know, if you regularly read my blogs I’m a keen crochet-er and like to find something simple to crochet whilst watching TV or travelling around, hospital visiting etc…

I found the instructions on YouTube for this simple little circle. (I would add a link but I can’t find the actual one I used now – it’s simply 18 treble crochet though, so if you crochet that’s simple and if you don’t, well you probably don’t need to know!)


At first I started joining as I went; using alternate red and white but then ran out of red and couldn’t find the exact match in my local shop.
So I took it apart and started making the circles in red, white and green finally joining them all at the end of my wool. (This saved cutting off all the ends as they were used to stitch each circle to the next).

My sister may be the Queen of Christmas – her whole house is transformed and so I thought she could cope with a Christmas throw…
She was very polite on opening it and here it is in situ:-

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Thanks for reading – happy new year for 2019

love Rosie

 

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A little decoration…

Feeling a bit under the weather I decided to stick a few buttons and beads on a polystyrene bell…
I chose only red and green and white buttons and used some lovely pearl beads given to me by my friend and neighbour. The gold filigree on the base was also from her.
I used seed beads to prevent the pins going right through the holes in the buttons.

I pinned until the bell was totally covered, pinned a little wool for a hook and that was that…1
I’ve pinned it to the front door for now…
Thanks for reading, back soon

love Rosie

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What to use this fabric for…

My friend of many many years recently gave me a lot of fabric – all of exceptional quality. But this fabric…well I couldn’t think what to do with. When my husband needed a cover for a machine in his shed I considered using it. When I informed my sister of this sacrilege she soon put me right and suggested all sorts of things this lovely fabric could be used for.
So here it is, a simple tote bag with pockets. I will be using it to hold some dough-nuts (and tea!) as a little birthday gift for someone soon.

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I cut out 2 rectangles of fabric and  added a patch pocket to the right side of one and the inside of the other, then sewed it up to a tote bag kind of shape. I do like a pocket!

I actually made it a little wide so I gathered in the top a little at the sides so that the top is less wide open but the bag is plenty roomy enough to cope with all those cakes.

I sewed a couple of strips of fabric to make the shoulder straps and stitched them well and truly to the top of the bag and that’s it! (Thanks sis, it was a good idea).

Can now see that maybe I should have lined up the pockets! Too late now though…1
I also hemmed up four squares to make napkins and still have some left over, think this would be great for applique – maybe with a little embroidery added? Watch this space…

Thanks for reading

back soon
Rosie

 

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It’s December and time to…

Hang up the bunting!
With my love of crochet and needing a little project to do whilst visiting a relative in hospital (well reading would be rude and there’s only so long a one way conversation can keep going), I decided to look at YouTube for some inspiration.

I’m in the early days of crocheting and find watching someone is way easier than following a pattern, once I’ve memorised it I do try and write a sort of pattern myself- hopefully I will soon use the same abbreviations as the professionals ….

So I searched for Christmas ideas and up popped this lovely little tree.
I watched the video first and then got started.

Once I’d made ten I stitched them to some velvet ribbon.
Added a little Christmas Sparkle with a blob of glitter glue and it’s done,


I’ve put it on my Etsy shop but won’t be too sad if it doesn’t sell …
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Thanks for reading,
Back next week
Love Rosie

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A plain box no more…

Recently, my mum offered me some drawing paper, canvases and a portable easel, all items a friend of hers was passing on. Needless to say I said ‘yes please!’.

So, one day I was looking at the box which is the easel and decided that it was just asking to be decorated.
Without much thought, I must confess, I picked up the box and my drawing pen and started to doodle.
As is often the way with me, I started to draw flowers. I kept going until I had covered the top with these flowers …

 

Once I’d covered the whole thing I started to add a little colour…

 

You can just see, in the last picture above I added some greenery, this was done with a little bit of sponged green around the edges …       13

and that’s it, I quite like it now and it is now just sitting and waiting to be taken out for some painting soon.


Thanks for reading,
Back soon
love Rosie

 

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Wooden Brooches…

Whilst sorting out my drawers and cupboards which contain all my crafty bits and bobs I came across these birds and owls.
I had bought the owls for a photo-shoot of craft makes for a magazine article, sadly although my article was taken, the magazine went out of print before it was published …. Oh well, I will keep going!
So I decided that the birds, already coloured would look nice with a little gold marker around the edge of the birds and with a fine gold pen a nice little intricate pattern drawn over the entire surface.

Once dry I glued on a brooch back and voila it’s done, I really liked these so I have packaged them for sale in my Etsy shop.        24     25

The owls were similarly decorated though as these came uncoloured, I coloured them in before decorating with the gold pens again.


I really love these gold pens and markers, they write on anything, are permanent and just give a really nice finish.

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Thanks for reading,

love Rosie

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Bargain cushion cover…

Whilst changing buses on my route home from work the other day I found myself with 4 minutes to spare; so I  popped into a fabric shop to look in their remnants bin…

One of the pieces I hastily grabbed was some Sanderson ‘William Morris’.

There was just enough to make an envelope style cushion cover. This means you need no zip fastener as the fabric overlaps at the back. (Here’s an easy to understand YouTube site showing you how to make this type of cushion cover – you’ll never look back once you’ve tried this!) #nomorezips

I really like the fabric but felt that the flowers were crying out for a little embroidered detail so I did that and voila – it’s made…
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Thanks for reading.
back soon, Rosie

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Fabric Painting on tea-cloths…

My family have a rule that we give each other little presents at the Christmas dinner table which have not cost us a fortune….
A couple of years ago I decided to have a tea theme with a little bag of gifts for all,              I bought some fancy tea bags and drew on some wooden stirrers  DSCF2163  and added a tea-cloth for everyone which I had drawn on with fabric pens…
Here’s what I did:-

 

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Thanks for reading, oh and don’t worry family… I don’t think you’ll be getting such daft things this year, well maybe not… If you fancy doing this I used Sharpie Fabric pens and also Ikea fabric pens.
Back soon.
love Rosie

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Can’t stop crocheting flowers….

A friend recently gave me some self-cover buttons amongst other bits and bobs yet to be used. I covered the buttons in some gorgeous fabric which another friend had given to me (yes I do have some very lovely friends!).

I covered the buttons and then decided to use some of the crocheted flowers and leaves I have been making whilst travelling to and fro for work and home.
Here’s what I did…
11.png   On a beautiful warm evening I collected my material, wools, my flowers and leaves some felt, the new buttons and a needle & thread.  Got myself comfy with some good music in the background and started…

2To cover these buttons you need to cut a piece of fabric to the correct size (they do have a guide on the back of the packet) and then stitch with running stitch all around the fabric circle.

 
You simply lay the top of the button onto the wrong side of the fabric and pull both ends of the thread to draw up and over the button Then tie tightly and  snap the top on.31.png              4

The button is going to be the centre of the flower .

So next I took a little piece of felt to use as a base. I had once bought a crochet flower from a craft fair before but disappointedly it curls up when you wear it, I’m hoping that by fixing a piece of felt as a backing the flower and leaf will stay in place…5

and that’s it, a brooch back stitched to the back and the button stitched in place on the front. 7
Thanks for reading
back soon, love Rosie

 

 

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Yoga mat bag…

My daughter asked me ages ago to make her a bag for her yoga mat, I have to confess I misheard and thought she wanted me to make her a mat.  Doh…

Anyway I finally got around to it and this is what I did…

I had been given these two lovely fabrics by a friend and they are very nice to work with.

I cut the material to fit the rolled up mat,  using the two colours.
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Stitched in the handle and the circular base, added a drawstring with brass rings to stop the cord going back in !


and it was done. 12

Its a really quick make and as it shown here –
fits and helps store the mat neatly! 13

Thanks for reading, see you next week
Rosie

 

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Applique cushion with vintage fabric….

Firstly folks I have to confess that this is not actually vintage fabric but lovely new fabric in a vintage style.
My friend of … eek… a lot of years, kindly gave me some of her beautiful fabric.
She’s a skilled patch worker and although I am keen to try more of that too, I do love applique, and whilst folding and tidying my fabric stash I decided to use some of it.

I have many of these cushion covers which I bought in IKEA. I do love to make things in their entirety but really, these are well made, the zip is concealed and it doesn’t seem worth doing that bit myself when the decorating is the fun part!

So on a nice warm afternoon I fixed some of the reds and greens to some Bondaweb and then started cutting out the leaves and the petals.

Once I had some of various sizes I started to lay them in place, leaves first then the largest petals, removing the paper backing and pressing them in place with a warm iron. Finishing up with the smallest petals and leaving a hole in the middle.

Then I took myself into the garden and started blanket stitching with embroidery silk around the raw edges of every petal and leaf, whilst listening to a play on the radio and enjoying a coffee… bliss.
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(OK there was quite a lot of hand sewing around all those petals so it wasn’t done in one session… I had quite a few sessions – mostly in the garden though, it’s been a lovely long hot summer in England!)

Once I had the petals and leaves in place and stitched I started on the centre. I had some of the same type of fabric in a pale yellow and cut it into little strips, these I folded over and stitched so the edges were all folded in, then I looped three of them and stitched in place and rolled the fourth and made it the centre.

I’m not sure what flower it is meant to be but I like it.
My daughter says it’s Christmassy, too Christmassy for everyday?
So now the decision – do I keep or put on Etsy…
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Thanks for reading
Back soon
Rosie

 

 

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Sunflower cushion…

A lovely friend recently celebrated her half century and I decided to make a gift. As I’m enjoying decorating cushion covers at the moment I decided to do one for her.

I was advised that her favourite flower is the sunflower and got started…

First I drew the basic shape in pencil, a large head almost filling the cushion front.
I painted the petals in fabric paint and added a couple of yellow bees too.
I allowed the paint to dry for 24 hours and then pressed with a warm iron to ‘fix’ it.

 

 


I then embroidered around the edges of the petals to add a nice texture to the cushion and clearly define the petals.

The centre is 15cm in diameter so I cut a piece of yellow felt, I then added a little ‘felting’ to add texture and then started on the mammoth task of sewing seed beads on, three at a time.
It took ages and half way through I cursed myself for starting ….but I kept on and when I had completed it, I was really happy with it. The beads add a nice texture to the cushion.

 

I stitched the centre in place and then went all around the circle with a blanket stitch in embroidery silk.
Then I completed the bees with black embroidery silk.

 


It’s already with the birthday girl and hopefully a comfy addition to her sofa.
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Thanks for reading, back soon,
Love Rosie

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Free fabric…

On a recent journey home from work I had a few minutes to spare right by a fabric store, it would have been churlish not to take a look, right?
They had a few books of sample fabrics, they were rather huge and much as I wanted to take these books – oh I forgot to say… they were free!!!! they were really too heavy.
Just as I was about to walk away, disappointed,  I spotted some little books, one with real silk fabric and one with a synthetic silk, yippee!
I grabbed them quickly and got my bus home.

When I came to use them I chose the real silk one and cut away the fabric stuck to paper – kept it though, must come in handy for something…
I selected all the beige and mushroom colours and sewed them together in their squares, rather handily they fitted together rather well in a cushion size.

 


I then carefully ironed some reds and oranges and golds and greens to some Bondaweb.  I then drew some flowers and leaves and cut them out.

 


I ironed them in place and then with embroidery silk I spent some happy hours going around all the said flowers and leaves with blanket stitch.
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I added some gold sequins with a button on top for the centre of the flowers and then stitched the whole thing to a square of fabric.

 

I’m quite pleased with my freebie cushion cover – what do you think?
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Thanks for reading,
back soon
Love Rosie

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Mini Plaque….

Back to the world of miniatures this week. I was sat at my desk trying to decide what to do, I saw a small piece of wood and started to cut a rectangular piece, sanded down the edges and then picked up more drawing pen and started doodling.
I had been talking to my daughter who had told me about getting hit on the back of her head by a dragonfly … and so I started to draw a dragonfly.
Well it seems as good a reason as any other.

So here’s what I did…

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It’s going to feature in my ongoing drama which takes place on Instagram and is called The Littleton Family Story – click here to see it for yourself.
Thanks for reading,
Back soon, love Rosie

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Sewing machine cover…

I have already made a cover for my sewing machine, and I do love it, but I think it will better suit my sewing room/studio which sadly only exists in my mind at the moment.IMG_7449
As I do all my arts and crafts in my sitting room I try, to hide everything away.
So when I took out my sewing machine to make a yoga mat (I’ll show what I did to make that in a blog soon), I finished sewing and squeezed it back in the cupboard and poked all the wool and fabrics and ribbons and glue etc etc that all live in the cupboard with it and then remembered that I had another project I wanted to sew!

My very understanding husband said I should just leave the machine out on a little side table, but the lovely caravan cover was a little bright and so I decided to make another cover….

I had made a patchwork quilt with some lovely fabric my friend Lisette had given me but the small quilt was just laying on the end of the spare bed and as the colours matched the sitting room furniture I decided to use it to make another cover!

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I cut the newspaper pattern the long strip is the width of your machine and the length is the measurement all over the machine from one side edge to the next, and the rectangle pieces are the front and back of your machine,

I sewed it by hand whilst watching the TV, slightly ironic I suppose 6

and then machined some ribbon around the bottom edging.
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I’m pretty happy with it, and until I get my dream craft room it can stay out of that cramped cupboard.

Thanks for reading,

back soon
Rosie

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Simple make-over

I had decorated a heart shaped box bought from the Works and had it on my Etsy shop for a while.
But it didn’t attract any buyers so I decided to change it. P1090906
I didn’t really like the heart – cut – out lid so I took it off.
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I then decided to simply rub it down and paint it white.
Once done I decided to cover it in a lovely paper I bought from the Literary Gift Company.
(A very dangerous shop indeed…. don’t say you weren’t warned, if you find your purse soon empty!)  IMG_7193 I over lapped the corners to keep it neat!

Then lined the box with felt.
Added a new coat of gold marker to the top edge and that’s it.
Once done I decided to pop the remote controls in it and that is what it is still being used for!
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Thanks for reading,
(yes that is a little model railway you can see in the coffee table, I’m not the only one making things in this house!)
back soon, love Rosie

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Napkins… (Crochet)

 

Following on from my cushion decorating with these crochet squares, I decided to decorate some new napkins.
I sorted through my crocheted ‘granny’ squares and then crocheted the flowers and leaves,
I then spent a few happy minutes sorting through my button box for 4 matching buttons that would suit. Do you have a collection of buttons?
Did you, as my younger sister and I, get to sift through your grandmothers collection of buttons?
My Granny kept hers in a round tin I seem to remember, nice to remember such things.

So, my napkins… here’s what I did:-

I chose yellow granny square background and fixed a white flower and two leaves on, sewing them on with white cotton. They had to be sewn on very neatly as the stitches can be seen on the back. These napkins are made from quite a loose linen material which made it easier to hide my stitches.
Found a nice button for the centres and that was it – all done.

Once happy, I gift wrapped them and put them in my Etsy shop
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Thanks for reading, back soon
Rosie
P S I’ll try to limit the crochet items – it’s just such fun and easy to when travelling to work on the bus or watching TV that I keep doing it!

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Lazy Daisies…

Is anyone else as clumsy and messy as I am? It’s a nightmare, so when I washed my old faithful grey vest top and saw some oily marks that nothing could shift, I thought it would be relegated to the rag bag… but then I decided to embroider some lazy daisy stitches all over the front of the top – adding a little detail and more importantly covering those marks.

If you’re not confident with embroidery, I think this stitch is a great one to try, it really is very simple but looks very effective. Here’s a YouTube clip

I used the same colour embroidery silk as the top and just randomly sewed the daisies … some covering the marks and some not.
Well I think the top lives to see another day ! 46.pngThat’s it, thanks for reading, back next week
Rosie

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Bathroom word search….

Our family, like so many others, love playing Scrabble and I’ve been guilty of making those greetings cards using stick on scrabble letters from The Works. The most recent being an 80th birthday card – you’re only 13 in scrabble!
If you’ve followed my blog you may remember that I have a clip frame in my bathroom and while tidying up my stuff I came across these letters and decided to use them for a new bathroom picture.
I started laying them out in a pattern often used in bathrooms
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but then decided that a word search puzzle would be fun and so I carried on..
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Here it is done and right at the bottom of the page is the answer of the wordsearch!2.png and in situ 4.png (in the answer below, those eagle eyed of you may notice I added another line, I decided the gap in the above picture was too big)

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon,
love Rosie

 

The hidden words

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A gift…

A friend recently celebrated a big birthday, I haven’t known her for very long so asked for inspiration from her daughter and was advised that she likes cycling and cats. Now although I have drawn a cat on a cat shaped box I’m not the greatest cat lover.

Also, unfortunately I’m not that keen on bikes as when I was young I had a bit of rough time following a fall from a bicycle!

But this is not all about me… so I decided to go with bikes… (although I could have combined them really – there’s a lot of cats on and with bicycles on the web!)

I found this design on Pinterest though and decided to copy it on my gift…
Here’s what I did…

I also decorated a napkin in the same style.
The crockery was baked in accordance with the porcelain pen’s instructions and the napkin was pressed with an iron to fix.

I managed to get a lovely bicycle pendant from Etsy to complete the gift.

That was the gift finished, it seemed to go down well.
I also decorated a cloth bag for transporting the gift, I’ll show you what I did soon.
Thanks for reading, back soon
Rosie

 

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‘ello…’ello…’ello what’s all this then?

Well, what a week it’s been, there’s been a terrible disturbance in the Littleton house and it’s been confirmed that they have been burgled…

This all came about after a few friends gently hinted that my story line is a bit tame and that a little excitement was needed.

So yesterday the family arrived home to find their much loved home in complete disarray… time to call the police!

Well, that’s all very well but, I have to make or buy the things required for these stories. Luckily I’ve joined lots of Facebook dedicated groups and have found a good source of buying new items. Plus I love it!

A new ‘man’ was ordered, and then on Wednesday I came home from work nice and early and found him on the doormat, so this is what I did on that afternoon… I was looking up the origins of saying ‘ello three times which, lead me to Punch & Judy – I decided to name my new Constable Powell after Martin Powell, the puppeteer is born “ello…ello…ello

Here’s the new chap – dressed in civvies… He looks so smart, I almost feel bad that I have to change him…1

But change him I did, so, first of all his glued on hat and fancy coat were removed. I cut the glue off his head and his hair seems to have survived.

 

23.png   3 Then I found a little coat I already had and trimmed it to make a jacket length, stitched it snuggly around him and sewed on the brass coloured bead buttons. Which I took off his original coat.

 

I tried to copy the Met Police uniform of around the 1900’s, the belt was next with the fancy buckle…

 

 

So that’s him dressed….but wait he needs his truncheon 12 it’s a plastic needle wrapped in felt with cotton thread wrapped around the top for the ‘grip’ area.

He needs a helmet!
I’ve used a lid from Olbas Oil and followed a YouTube clip on how the actual helmets are made! (it’s less than 5 mins long and absolutely fascinating!)

 

A fair amount of artistic licence has been taken, but he is quite small and will only be seen in black and white by my Instagram followers.
So here he is, PC Powell, pretty handsome guy, lets hope he’s good at his job and will be able to help the poor distraught Littleton Family, and their pretty maid!
21If you want to follow the Littleton’s story please do! You don’t need to have an account with Instagram to look (although you do if you wish to comment on it)
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back next week

love, Rosie

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A new hat…

I recently purchased some lovely feathers (from Hobbycraft) and decided that my dolls house character Mrs Littleton really needed a new hat!
So I assembled some felt into a hat shape, stitched the domed bit to a flat piece of felt with a hole cut in the middle. The stitching is in white cotton so you can see, it’s all going to be hidden so there’s no problem with it being white
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and then I started sticking on the feathers!

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Mrs Littleton added her little butterfly and diamanté brooch and that was that.

 
She then went out with her sister to Hampton Court and rather stole the show … that hat

Thanks for reading, if you want to see more of the Littleton family you can follow their life story here.

Back soon,   Rosie

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Cushion Love …

IMG_1106After catching the quilting bug a very good friend gave me some totally gorgeous fabric., to feed my habit. I recently had a day off work and after the initial plans for the day went awry I decided to use my time wisely and after a little housework; I got my sewing machine out and had a lovely day sewing bunting, did a little crochet and contemplated what else I could make. I had a flash of inspiration and found all the new fabric and some bonding fabric and this is what I did….
I have bought quite a few of these readymade cushion covers, the fabric is great, the zips are neat and I really can’t see any benefit in making my own. I suppose the decorating would be easier before the cushion is made up, but that’s ok.
So on a sheet of A3 card I drew a heart freehand. I drew lines across it to divide into 8 pieces, numbered and then cut out these pieces. IMG_1106
I drew around them on the bonding fabric, cut out roughly and ironed them onto my chosen fabrics.
Cut them out neatly and pressed with the iron onto my cushion, leaving a gap between the pieces.

 


I then handstitched around each piece in blanket stitch using co-ordinating embroidery silk

and that’s my cushion done…
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I’ve since done another heart and have one more ready to stitch…


I’m selling these in my Etsy shop. IMG_1182

Thanks for looking, back soon
Rosie

 

 

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Crocheted yellow flowers…

Well, I have gone seriously over the top with crocheting flowers, but it’s so therapeutic and I find that travelling to work and home again, listening to a story on my phone and making a few flowers or leaves is bliss…

And so, I found that I had made lots of these yellow flowers.
I had visited IKEA with my sister and bought some of these really nice cushion covers, perfectly plain and just asking to be decorated.

I decided to add a little fabric paint as a base    Cushion with posy of crochet flowers.png  and then started to pile up the yellow flowers, I stuck them with PVA glue so they stayed in place and then stitched them so they will be secure.
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I then added a few leaves which I chained a stem to.

And finally, after much deliberation and asking for advice on colour…. I stitched a range of purple buttons in the centres of 19 of the flowers (there are actually over 30 flowers on the cushion).
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And that is it, finished and it is for sale in my ETSY shop..

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Thanks for reading, back next week
Rosie

 

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Golden Leaves…

Trying something new to me, I decided to use some of the air-hardening clay I have and make some little leaf dishes. So far it has only been used for veggies and food for the dolls house!

So, I rolled the clay out quite finely, like pastry!
I then pressed the leaves into the clay and allowed it to dry thoroughly – this took a couple of days (I turned them over every now and again). I ensured the leaves were slightly curled up at the edges to help the ‘dish’.

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I left for a few hours and then peeled off the leaves and allowed the clay to dry completely over the next week.

Once I dry I painted them in white acrylic first and then with gold paint…and I quite like the effect. Then a coat of clear glitter paint.  IMG_0290

I stuck little pads to the base so they stand on a hard surface.

They are just the size to hold a little trinket or leave your watch and jewellery in over night.

 

 


If you wish to hang them and make a mobile or some hanging ornament ensure you make a hole before the clay hardens.

Thanks for reading, back soon

Love Rosie

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Crocheting flowers….

I haven’t long been crocheting but now I’ve learned I really love it. The fact that it is so portable means I can crochet on the bus or train travelling to work, actually .

I started making these little flowers after watching a tutorial on YouTube. There are so many people out there showing you how to crochet flowers and leaves, try a few before you settle on one way, people crochet in different ways, the UK and USA have different names for stitches too.

I have purchased some plain cushion covers and napkins recently and made a couple of sets of  napkins and some decorated cushion covers using my crocheted pieces.

Here’s one of my cushions:-

I had a few ‘granny’ squares in my craft cupboard and decided that I could use these as little backings for my flowers.

IMG_0646 So as you can see in this picture, I sewed a crochet leave on the green square, and then a flower on top and finished it off with a pretty button in the middle.

I did three of these squares  4

Once I had the three squares ready, I placed them on an off white cushion cover and sewed them in place.
That’s it, all done. Here it is in situ on my garden chair…

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Thanks for reading, back soon
Love Rosie

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Cutlery box for the Littleton’s…

A few friends have totally embraced the whole dolls house adventure I am currently on  and they come up with ideas for the storylines, others are freaked out by it all….tee hee

One of the former came back from lunchbreak to say she had seen some little doll house bits and bobs in the shop Tiger. I went there as soon as possible and this little cutlery set was purchased, along with a gardening set and some copper saucepans. All for a very good price!

So the cutlery set has been the first to feature in a story for the Littletons (that’s the name of the family who reside in the dolls house).  The story I used to bring in the cutlery set was that Mr Littleton and his young daughter Victoria had visited Hever Castle in Kent (UK) and met Mr Astor who lived there and who renovated the castle greatly.

After they had enjoyed a lovely day, I said that they returned home with a lovely big gift! When they open the box it’s the cutlery! Generous chap Mr Astor …

So here’s what I did with the cutlery purchased from Tiger:-
It came in a plain little wooden tray with 6 compartments, so with a strong craft knife I cut it in half so I just had three trays.
I coloured the inside red to look fancy! and the rest black and gold.

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Then I used the plastic cover it came with (I hope it looks like glass at 1/12th scale and in black and white)  again I cut in half and used a little clear tape as a hinge.

I added a blob of gel all around the edge and attached a little brass fastener to make a little opener and voila that’s it. Mrs Littleton loves it very much.

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the new cutlery box

Thanks for looking
Back soon, Rosie

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Painting a skirt…

I bought a white skirt from a charity shop recently and decided to decorate it… I found my fabric pens and started doodling and this is what I did…

I drew these circular patterns all the way from hem to waist and then added some embroidery

 

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I sewed the buttons into the centre of the little circles, added dots to fill in the panel and that was it….

Thanks for looking,

Rosie

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Another box re-do

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This little treasure chest style box was previously painted black with rosebuds – it was up for sale in my Etsy shop and although a few ‘liked’ it …no-one bought it so I’ve decided to revamp it.
The size is:- 13.5 cm x 9.5cm and 8cm high,

So, I was painting some of these lovely little wooden house shapes which I purchased from The Works.co.uk.

I decided to paint my box with a country scene of rolling hills and big sky… and to stick these little houses on it. The paint I used is acrylic, the houses I drew the detail on with a permanent drawing pen and then just coloured in with fine felt pens.
Four houses fitted perfectly across the front and I’ve added one other on the side.

The inside is still glittery purple.

I hope the photos show you that this is rather ‘shabby chic’, the pink of the roses  shows through the clouds a bit but that’s not unusual in real life so I haven’t fought it.

 

A coat of clear varnish and it’s done.

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Thanks for reading,
love Rosie

 

 

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Jewellery Box…

Last weekend I decided to have a go at decorating a little jewellery box which has a clear acrylic lid.

I had previously painted it silvery grey and the inner base was painted purple. I got out a nice big new black marker … (is there anything better?)
I just started to doodle to see where it would go, starting with 4 straightish lines then adding 15 swirls, a thin silver pen was used to draw another swirl on top of the others and was dotted over with the black pen.

I carried on the black around the wooden edge on the lid ….to me the design looked like it was stitched so I then added a ‘running stitch’ around the top of the lid and around the sides and across the partitions inside.
It’s a bit different for me but I quite like it!
What do you think?

 

Back soon,
love, Rosie

 

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Heart box

It might be a new year but I still enjoy decorating these wooden boxes from The Works, they are well made and ready to take drawing pens, paint, paper or even fabric.

As you can see I started to draw with a permanent fine marker, I covered the top with these little four petaled flowers with the little dots around which I like to think look like stitches. I kept going until the top was covered like this…

Then I started to colour…
I coloured in the petals and leaves and then coloured the background with a pink colouring pencil… as you will see in the final picture I later decided to colour over this with a darker felt pen…
I then drew some larger flowers around the base of the box and coloured it all in. The main colour is a dark pink.
I lined the lid and base with white felt, and coloured in the sides of the inside.
Around the transparent heart I used a 3D paint (This paint can go on fabric too – it’s great to use)

and that’s it – all finished and will be put up for sale on my Etsy site.

Thanks for reading,

Love Rosie

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Bee mine….

So, this week my blog is all about another wooden heart with a friendly looking bee.

Here’s what I did…
Firstly I sketched the design in pencil,
then I inked it in with a fine permanant marker.

 

I’ve always loved bees, but hated honey. Mostly due to my childhood asthma and my mother trying to cure me with vast quantities of the stuff.

But lately I have been suffering from a grotty cold and drinking gallons of lemon with honey, more lemon than honey but still … maybe I can start to enjoy it one day.

Seems a shame not to love it when the bees go to such efforts…

Back soon

Rosie

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Hydrangea sketch…

After all my Christmas makes I decided to do some drawing and started with a hydrangea.  I was inspired after a lovely walk on Boxing day, I was in Derby at my mother-in-laws home. My husband and she had paperwork to do so I left them in peace and set off.

Plenty of countryside albeit with the power station in the distance, but for all the trees and fields around me, the one thing that remained in my mind was a wonderful hydrangea.
It was all brown but still beautiful.
I decided to sketch one – but coloured mine blue.

Once I had finished sketching the petals and working on keeping the shape of the whole plant head I added a few leaves and then coloured in the flower head…

 

Back soon,
love Rosie

 

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Patchwork Bedspread…

As I’ve said/confessed I’m not the neatest of seamstresses but I really enjoy it. When renovating our bedroom I was given carte blanche and decided on these amazing curtains from Sanderson.

It is a little mad but I love it, I managed to buy a short piece of the fabric from Ebay and the idea of a bedspread to compliment the curtains came to mind.

I had a lot of old duvet covers from when my daughter was young and these were luckily in colours which I felt toned in well. I kept to a big rectangle and just sewed them all together in a random colour pattern.

The length of curtain fabric was stitched across near the base of the cover.

I also had a favourite old duvet cover with embroidered birds so this was used too.

I picked up the humming-bird theme and got the lovely mirror from Laura Ashley.

The designs from the curtain fabric were copied for the bedside table, previously blogged about.

A lace topped sheet in pale pink for the backing  and some fun bobble braid for around the edge.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it’s pretty warm too!

The headboard was made with a wooden frame constructed by my husband and covered with wadding and topped with fabric from Laura Ashley.


Thanks for reading,

Back soon, love Rosie

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Red Red Robin….

Well, it has to be a gi-normous robin for this Christmas post doesn’t it?

If you follow my blog you’ll remember I recently started felting, if you haven’t tried it yet, you should. It is great fun.

I wanted to get another felting needle and found this kit in Hobbycraft which included 2 needles – seemed too big a bargain to miss.

This giant robin was easy to do, sadly my wings and tail were missing from the kit so I just stuck on a bit of felt  – presume the kit ones were a bit thicker. IMGP0313

He’s going to my mother-in-law to finish off her Christmas hamper gift.

Nothing much to show you about how he is done but he posed around the garden for a few pics…

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

Back in 2017,
Love Rosie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let it snow…

I only recently started to crochet and I L O V E it!
I’m not terribly clever at understanding patterns yet but oh the joy of YouTube.
A teacher right there with you, patiently waiting for you to catch up and never complaining when you get her to go over it a  few times to allow you to get to grips with it.

This is the clip I used, and I am now making snowflakes every evening and whilst travelling to and from work on the bus.
I got chatting to a lady on Thursday who said she used to crochet and knit in the past but had got out of the habit, by the time we parted company she said she was going to start again…

I am using a lovely red velvet ribbon to tie the snowflakes on to my gifts, and will be hanging some from longer pieces of ribbon at the windows and on my tree really soon.
The wool I am using is called Chunky Gem, it has little glittery bits in it which help to make the Snowflakes sparkle.

Here’s a few pictures of my finished snowflakes… I’m not going to show you what to do, you should watch the YouTube clip – definately a better teacher than I!

I am selling my Snowflakes in my Etsy shop.

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My family like to give each other little gifts at the table on Christmas Day.
This year I have a little crafty addition to their presents, well actually more than one but can’t spoil all their surprise!

Thanks for looking,
Love Rosie

 
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Felting on Christmas Gift Tags…

As you may know I recently became aware of the craft of felting, after buying a little kit at Kirstie’s Handmade Fair.

I was considering making some Christmas bunting but I have already made some of that 2016-01-02 10.47.11     so I decided that these little flags would be used as gift tags.

To make them I cut out the long triangular shapes from felt with pinking shears.

These were then decorated
with various Christmassy designs,some by hand,
some using cookie cutters to get the shape.

Then I got some card and wrote Merry Christmas along the flag,

cut up some red velvet ribbon  and assembled by machine sewing through the felt, ribbon and card.
Here they all are….

 

Back soon,
love Rosie

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Patchwork skirt….

Yes this is all about a patchwork skirt or three…

I really don’t know why I started to make these, it started when I was given a bag of fabric and had a bad back which prevented me from moving,which meant I could not get to work but did not stop me sewing or drawing!

I’ve always loved the idea of patchwork and have tried to do it properly but I am really too messy to obtain the precision and neatness which it often requires… so if you’re a skilled patchworker read no further!

So if you’re still reading and want to see what I did…

I measured a straight skirt I had and made a rectangle of patches which measured the same, i.e the depth from waist to knee and the length to go around the body and not be so tight you can’t move. I sewed the bits together with straight sewing stick but topped stitched with the various stiches my machine has.

The edges are hemmed, the ends joined so you have a tube, elastic popped in the top and hey presto…

My first one is mostly blues, with bits of ribbon and velvet ribbon added here and there, the top is a wide band of blue with top stitching to add patchy detail style.
Then I had a top with these lovely butterflies on it, which I loved but it didn’t love me… I looked awful in it.
So I decided to do another patchy skirt and this time add some appliqué and lastly, my sister recently visited an Aldi store and they had craft items for sale, she kindly asked me if I wanted anything… well what a question!
One of the items was a fat-quarter pack of Christmas fabric. I added some Christmassy ribbon which I bought in Tiger
yes…. I have a Christmas outfit prepared…

Have you stopped laughing at me? I know it’s mad …

Well that’s it for now.

Back soon
Love Rosie

 

 

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Art Competition…

Every year my work place holds a National Arts & Photographic competition and I usually enter a few drawings and a few photographs.
I’ve won a couple of times over the years, the competition is pretty fierce!
Well, this year it crept up on me and I realised that with all this crafting, I haven’t done so much drawing.

So Saturday afternoon was spent rummaging through my portfolio to see what I’d got that I could send off.

These are what I found, I entered them all. The category is water colour and drawing & sketching. I’ll let you know how I did at the end…

 

The results were:- no prizes for me.. will try again next year!

Back soon,
Love Rosie

 

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Twelve Drawers….

These drawers from Ikea  sit upon my desk and hold all sorts of bits n’bobs, they are  perfect for paper clips and staples etc.,

When I first got them I painted them with a paint marker which I loved using!
I then cut some wrapping paper bunting and then using a gold thin pen
drew on some string and then fixed the bunting flags. To finish off I stuck on the little metal plates so I could write what was in each drawer.     P1090571

Since starting this blog I have been using very pretty coloured papers to decorate and recently decided that these drawers were looking a tad drab.

So I have covered them in the beautiful papers my daughter gave me for my birthday, they are sold for scrapbooking, but they are so pretty it seems a shame to shut them away in a book,  I finished off the drawers with a Gold Pentel Marker 

I did the usual thing cut out the shapes and used PVA to both stick on and topaint over to give a nice finish.
I coloured in the frame with the gold pen and then used a black ‘write on anything’ pen to write my labels and here it is finished. Do let me know what you think.
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Back soon,
Love Rosie

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Baby name cards…

Whenever a friend or colleague has a baby I try to do them a name card, some names are easier than others, a five letter name is my favourite as it fits well with my teddy bear design.  My friends have the reached the age that it is now grand-children who are arriving but I’m carrying on my card making.  I know a lot of these cards are framed and some are used as name plates on bedroom doors which is very flattering.

I have blogged about doing these before but although there are similarities the cards are actually all different so here’s how I do them.

I start by drawing lines across the card to give me guide lines as to the size of the letters and pencil in the name. I like to do fat letters so I can decorate them with drawings inside the lines.  Before I ink in the letters though, I add the teddy bear or doll or whatever takes my fancy at the time. I like to place the ‘bear’ behind the letters but with a little overlapping. Yes there have been many times when I have got confused hence the pencil lines first!

Once I’m happy I usually start to ink in the letters first. Then I draw the ‘bear’ using dotty lines to show the furry edge…IMG_1213 - Copy

I’ve left this image large so you can see the pencil lines and the way the bear is over the letter in places and under in others.

Once I’m happy with the drawing, I rub away the pencil lines and start to colour in. Sometimes I go straight in with watercolour paint, sometimes I use bold felt pens but my most favourite medium is ‘water-soluble colouring pencils‘. Love, love, love them.
The colours are vibrant, the control is great and I can’t recommend them enough. Here’s a great YouTube clip showing you just how great they are.

Once it’s done, I allow it to dry thoroughly and pop it in the envelope.
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I often use ready cut cards from Hobbycraft or The Works. The card is creased ready to fold.

thanks for reading.
back soon
Rosie

 

 

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