Saturday, 30 June 2012


She did it!
She was so pleased with it.
Jess felt rather proud too
So they set off in just the BEST car
More tomorrow.....

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Art Journal CJ No 4

The next Art Journal CJ had the theme "Places". There were entries on Paris, Egypt to name a couple but really home is my favourite place so I set off to do something for that using fabric. I began by spraying some plain fabric with Glimmer mists... I added a home,
...and a sun (which my daughter says look like a cobweb!)
...and a few flowers
before finishing with a quote and fixing into the CJ.
No, I don't know why it has turned round! It's all the correct way on my PC so I think Blogger is having a moment....

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Goodness me these were even tougher than last weeks! A cushion provided me with "Concentric Circles". I was trying to do something with watch parts for "Gear" but in the end I went out to the car.... My husband and I are reaching that age now. I have worn glasses since I was 7 years old but he has always been very proud of his 20/20 vision. He kept saying to me that he won't read at night because "the light in this room is terrible isn't it?" or "Ooo the print in my book is very small". Eventually he bought himself some reading glasses and now we are both "Glazed"! Love marbles! We have lots in our house; this "Marble" is a "Two-er", remember them? And lastly a bit of fun with my webcam! I "Warped" my face....honest...I don't really look like this!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

The Prom dress groweth!

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So the Prom dress continues. These shots show the bodice and then the skirt linings being joined to their silk outers. Then a large amount of hand sewing was required to join the two together at over 200 separate points to create the ruching. I think this makes it looser and larger rather than gathering which creates a smaller, tighter effect. Then the bodice was joined to the skirt and Katy had to try it on for fit....her boobs were toooooo small so a quick bit of adjustment was needed!! Now all to do is sew the zip in and 6 days!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Oooo a right tricky bunch of prompts for this weeks Scavenger hunt! First off "Meet me at the Corner" and a shot of Jess cutting out the Prom dress she is making for Katy and turning a corner. One from the archives for "Mother Nature meets Technology" I'm not sure quite how techonological barbed wire is but hey, it's the best I could manage next to Nature's barbed wire, a bramble! More shots of the Prom dress for "One step at a time". A composed shot of the original 1950's step by step instructions along with some of the bits and pieces needed. At the moment, growing all around, are these amazing foxglove, "Standing Tall". It was a rubbish, gloomy, grey day for this shot so I did enhance the shocking pinkness slightly! So "What's wrong with this picture"? Anyone can see that it is Take That performing....what is wrong is the stage, the venue and the weather, (not that you can tell how windy and freezing cold it is!) That's because this is a Tribute band that I went to see last night and very good they were too, sounding amazing and creating a great atmosphere.

Thursday, 14 June 2012


A quick post today! After our Jubilee tea in Burnice's cabin we each made a jubilee ATC with some topical papers that Linda brought for us to play with!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Prom Dress!

Jess is home from Uni now and her first job is to make Katy's prom dress. Prom is July 29th (I think) and Katy chose a vintage 1950s pattern that we found in a charity shop. Jess made a toille from curtain lining and last week we went and bought the fabric proper! We went to Borovicks in Berwick Street (London) which is where I got the fabric for my wedding dress. Needless to say it took Katy aaaages to choose which one she wanted! Finally we came away with a shot silk, lining etc. No doubt this will be a lengthy process so I shall show you the pics in stages. First shots are of choosing the fabric and cutting and stitching the lining...
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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Not too hard this week as I was on Half Term. I went up to London on Thursday to buy fabric for Katy's Prom dress. Our train comes into London Bridge, right by the almost completed Shard (a new development of apartments and offices in some record-breakingly tall building)so my "Black and White" shot is looking up it. Yesterday I went to visit a very crafty friend Gilly. She scrapbooks; she has quite a lot of "Paper". This is just her plain paper. This shot is from my archives. A friend and I were at a 40th Birthday party and were being rather "Silly" with the cupcakes. Whilst at Gilly's I admired Helly's new bag; it was covered in "Spots". Earlier this week I had to "Travel" to Bournemouth to collect Jess from Uni. Obviously I didnt actually take this shot 'cos I'm driving!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee.

We have just had a lovely long four day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. I say lovely but the weather has ben shocking! Eliza made cupcakes... ...and we had a tea party at home. I made some red, white and blue napkins ..and I went to see Linda and Burnice for another tea party! And even in the pouring rain Oxford Street and Regent Street managed to look festive! All in all a great weekend to be British. The only sad thing were the shocking, but British, weather and also that Prince Philip missed most of the celebrations as he was in hospital. I wish him a speedy recovery so he can return to his duties at the Queen's side.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012


Katy picked me some strawberries last week....6.5kg of them! So I made a strawberry sour cream pie.... ...and some strawberry jam.... ...then using the leftover pastry and some fresh jam I made jam tarts... ...and finally strawberry cordial! Eliza designed my Jam labels!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

This is my favourite picture this week for "Peace". It is a shot through our local graveyard, towards the park. The yew tree you can just see on the right is over 2000 years old and has been dated as before Christ.....I can't really get my head around that. Imagine what it must have seen.
As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations two of my children took part in a concert at a nearby church. They were also having a Flower Festival too and this arrangement was all made from "Plain" white flowers. Shocking lighting in the church I'm afraid!
At the front of the church was this huge crown! Not my taste but a good one for "Shine"!
"Left" is my way Uckfield. We have so many of these fingerposts that I forget just how pretty they are compared to the usual metal road signs!
I didn't see anything "Fast" this week. Just how fast the actual week went so you can have this shot of the strawberry jam I made yesterday reaching it's "fast boil" stage!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Yet more Jubilee...

Next cushion....think pearly King and Queen. As part of our Victorian project the children usually do some sewing so we incorporated it into yet another cushion.
My daughter did design a fabulous swirly, curly crown but I think that we would have still been sewing buttons on in another 60 years!
We are going to give this cushion to the class teacher who has been off for a major operation so I got the children to write all their names and then I back stitched them onto the reverse.