Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The weather and something to look forward to....

There is a lovely line in Pride & Prejudice where Mrs Bennett tells one of the Miss Bennett's that if she can not think of anything nice to say she should kindly confine her comments to the weather.

Well..... the weather is the topic of most unkind comments today. We are having the worst weather here, there was a closest thing to a hurricane that I have seen since "that storm" in England in 1985 today. There are trees down on every road, we amazingly still have power but most don't, thankfully I haven't heard any reports of injury but there is a lot of structural damage. My poor Mum watched her greenhouse fly away bit by bit and there was nothing she could do, and the local nursing home was evacuated because of damage to the roof.

Anyway, I am thanking my lucky stars that we are all safe and I hope you are too.

Now, did you hear that Kate is having a CHA party on the 15th & 16th March? well she is! In the Hodson Bay hotel in Athlone and I get to teach a class (woohoo!!!)

Have you seen the releases? oh wow! I have fallen in love with a Prima collection ( I know, Prima?!) it is
"Stationers Desk " and it looks like this:
and so I am going to use that to make one of my favourite things.......Bunting!"!!!!!!
but not just any bunting, oh no, this is going to have something extra special, it going to have some of my Polly Dollies on it ( at least I hope you think that is special?)
I am working away here on the final thing, there will be Dollies, lace, that gorgeous paper, buttons, seam binding, charms, ribbon - just a big shabby chic mess of yumminess!!
I have a little sneak peek for you but bear in mind its a work in progress, I haven't got my mits on that paper yet!!

Want to see it?

Kate will have all the details of all the classes up soon on her blog
Hope to see you there!!
F xx

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Altered project:

Here is my altered project that was featured on Kates blog this week...

Guest Blogger :-) ..7 Gypsies Vintage Receipt Holder.

Can’t believe February is here already, but we are kicking it off with a great start, a super project by our guest blogger, the gorgeous Felicia from Scrapzville.
Felicia will be teaching a workshop at our CHA Release party on the 15/16 March so for those who aren’t familiar with her work you will get a sneak peak at her creative mind :-)
Hi, its Felicia here from Scrapzville, doing a little guest blogging today.
Once upon a time, the lovely Kate said “What would you do with this?” and handed me the 7 Gypsies Vintage receipt holder…..
I love anything from 7 Gypsies, so I was delighted with this challenge!
She also gave me some mini file folders,
so off I went to make something lovely and creative ( You should have seen the mess in my craft room when I was finished!)
I decided to make a birthday calendar – there are only ten compartments on the holder and since there are twelve months I had to double up a couple of times, but i’m really pleased with how it turned out!
I used odds and ends from my scrap box, covered the back of the receipt holder first and then started work on the file folders.
(Prepare yourselves for photo overload..!)
I used one little folder for each month and then listed all of my friends and family’s birthdays in it. So, now I have no excuse for forgetting anyone!
As you can see March & April and August & September had to share a compartment -
I used the Sizzix Mini clock key & Pocket watch die to make this watch. I cut it from Kraft paper, added someblack dabber, UTEE , some Tim Holtz Ideaology and a chain. This was a really good project for using up that stash!
I’m loving this new  ”Flora” die from Sizzix Bigz collection  -, it makes beautiful flowers. I cut two the same size, scrunched them up and added a centre. I put UTEE on the leaves and then cracked them to add some texture. This is the middle size which is about 3″ across.
and this is the smaller one, which measures 1 1/2″ across:

If you fancy creating something similar, Here are the links to shop for the products I used
Thank you Kate for letting me play!!
Love it !!!
Thanks a mill Felicia for sharing your creativity with us
Kate x

Monday, February 3, 2014

It Arrived!

Well, you know I was mad to place my first Scentsy order - I chose my burner and then spent ages going back over the samples to choose my smellies. The catalogue said the fragrances came in packs if three, so I was thinking (like most other things you buy) that was three packs of the same scent. Hmmm, choosing one I liked that much was prooving tricky, so I rang Aideen and she told me I could pick any three and so the dilemma contined!

Did I mention how odd about smells I am?
I absolutely  hate artificial smells - fabric conditioner is totally banned in my house, the smell of Juicy Fruit chewing gum is enough to send me over the edge,so I was slightly doubtful that I would like any of these.
However, I found three I really liked and placed my order on Sunday.
 Then I wondered how long would they take to get to her, and then she would have to post it to me, and how much would that cost? All the time dying to test these things...

On Thursday I came home to find a lovely big Scentsy box on the table!! the cost that you pay includes direct shipping and I was really surprised how quickly it got here. :)

My burner is much prettier than it was in the catalogue, and it has lights (I thought I had ordered one without lights) but this has turned out to be a good thing because it means I remember to turn it off!

Here it is sitting on my little table in front of the book shelf - I chose to burn the "Simply Basil" first - I wish this was a scratch n sniff blog because it is sooooo delicious!!
                                                                 Told you it was pretty!
I have had this burning everyday since I got it and I don't notice the wax going down yet (when I say burning, I mean heating - there is no flame so its safe to leave on all day) I think it will be more cost efficient then scented candles.
I'm still waiting on the Scentsy fairies to tidy and organize my house..... perhaps they come in a separate delivery??!!