23 December 2013

Seasons Greetings..


I know I promised to be a better blogger but time has got the better of me once more..!!
Christmas is a busy time for us all what with the gifts, visiting family & friends, parties & all the other seasonal going-ons. Hardly surprising that time slips away - & before you know it, it's a day or so to the BIG day itself & that's where I find myself today. I was supposed to go to see some family & friends today but the severe weather & local flooding put me off to say the least....
 
courtesy of KW on Fb
 
I must admit to having craft withdrawal symptoms so I snuck into CG&Cs HQ & had a little play with my new toy - Sizzix..!!
 

 I'm totally hooked. 
It made short work of my floral fabric scraps but, WOW - see it go with felt. Perfect cutting out AND I can even use the punched out bits..!! 
#doesalittledance
 

I have quite a few ideas in mind so watch this space during the next month or so.....
I'm closing now so it just remains to say.......
 

 
"I hope you all have a very Happy Christmas
& a joy-filled 2014... "
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh, & Buster sends his love too..... 


See you all in 2014...
Jo
xxXXxx

17 December 2013

Thinking ahead...

Christmas is just around the corner but my crafty thoughts are turning to Spring & Summer..... 



Pretty tote bags with appliqued flowers, flowers crocheted in bright colours & made into bunting, sweet little baby hats & booties....


The list buzzing around in my head goes on & on...

Of course I may need to concentrate more on 
employment more then ever now - but more news of  that after Christmas...

For now, look at this little beauty..!!


 I've been considering buying one of these for several years but wasn't really clear on which type would be best suited to cut fabric or felt. I needn't have worried - one little facebook post & all you lovelies came along & gave me all the advice I could ever need: best model, best place to buy from, which make of' 'dies' worked best with fabrics - one friend even took the time to tell me how it sounds when you start to use it & not to worry cos they all do this at first (Thank you DK). And so I am now the proud owner of a Sizzix Big Shot with three dies - stars, flowers & birds. I wanted hearts too but they were sold out... boo.
Anyway, if anyone reading this wants to look into getting one or has one and wants more accessories try Country View Crafts
They have an amazing range of not just Sizzix but anything craft based. I'm going over after Xmas to see their sale..!!

So, watch this space for my new applique designed accessories - I'm jotting down ideas already & can't wait to get started....  


What do you think of this then?
My friend Sharon made this for me to wear to my 
Xmas craft fairs. 


 I love the Xmassy logo she designed - here's a close up...


 Sharon is going to do me another in pale blue for Spring/Summer with another logo style to suit those seasons. Although I said I was only going to do craft events at Christmas-time, I've relented & booked just two - April & October - just to test the water....


Not long now til the end of term at the 'day job' - we 'break up' on Friday, 20th. It's been unsettling at work  cos of all the changes about to happen.  I won't say much at the moment but January is the month when things will become clearer for me.
More news then....

In the meantime - it's almost Christmas and I fully intend to put all worries behind me & concentrate on a happy holiday.
Crafty Gifts & Cards has closed for posted orders but will remain open til the 23rd for ready-made gifts for local customers.
I'll be re-opening the order book on Thursday, 2nd January 2014.



Christmas decorations 2013

Good night all...
Sweet dreams.


Jo
xxXXxx

3 December 2013

Oh my - where has the time gone?

Sorry, sorry, sorry.......
           I haven't been a very good little blogger but please excuse me cos I've been very buzy.
                     I promise to improve once next Saturday & my last Xmas fair is done - then I can pack up my stall stuff til the Spring or maybe later - we'll see.

I've been looking through all the blogs I missed over the past few weeks - I've managed to comment on one or two but there are just so many. So, sorry to anyone I've missed... xx
I always feel awful not commenting on someones blog after I've taken the time to follow it - I feel a bit mean but please don't worry - I'll be back to see you all again on a more regular basis very soon.

Enjoy the rest of your week ....
Jo. 
xxXXxx