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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

I love Colour

As you can probably tell if you follow my blog I love colour and am impelled to sort them into rainbow order. Check out my Colour Fest and Colour Junkie posts on loom bands!

Having just visited my Mother in Wales, where she has loads of yarns left from when she had a wool shop, I was lucky enough to get lots of balls of Rowan DK Cotton for making lots of colourful things.


Why lots of yarn you may ask? Well recently I met a few ladies who wanted to learn to crochet so I started a Crochet Club.



Then I came across the most wonderfully colourful crochet blog, Attic24 where I suspect Lucy has the same fascination with colours as me.



Anyway I have made a couple of Attic24's Birdie Decorations, aren't they fun.


I'll be able to make a few more for Christmas now that I have all the colours of the rainbow.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sewing Corner

I did a bit of altering and mending at the weekend, most of Saturday really, as I had been saving up stuff to warrant getting the sewing machine out.

Then at church on Sunday, when asked to help with the collection, I was prompted yet again (the inner prompt that is) to offer to re-line the collection bags.

Well they had become rather worn and kind of holy! Yes I giggled at the thought too!







As they only needed 2 of the 4 for the evening service I brought the 2 worst ones home.




Fortunately I had some lining material and even just enough braid plus a curved needle which enabled me to get round the fiddly parts.

I even found a nice shiny American cent when I removed the first old lining. So apt that the American coinage has the quote,
"In God We Trust" on it.

Both done, now that's better.

EDIT - Have since finished all 4 bags and was thanked at church Sunday 19th.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Electrify - Resistors

I am currently doing a Future Learn course called Electrify. It is an introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In week 2 we looked at Resistors so my husband was delighted to get out his boxes and tins of resistors to show me.










We did a little exercise to identify some of his collection. I used the colour chart link given on the course, plus a magnifying eyepiece as the little ones are mighty difficult to see.

We then measured the actual resistance of each resistor on an electric meter.

This highlighted the tolerance from the calculated measurement gained from the colour bands.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Roudolf Day

On UKPapercrafters we have a Roudolf Day where the aim is to make some Christmas cards on 25th of each month so Christmas isn't so much of a chore when it comes around!

I have made a few Christmas cards this month.

The first 3 I made up using the peg stamping I did at my last craft club at my house at the beginning of the month.

The second 3 I made a Ashtead Craft Club last night. The theme was to make stamps so I made a couple of Christmas trees from rubber erasers.

So there we go, 6 cards for Roudolf Day - horrah!



Friday, 19 September 2014

SWAP on the theme of TIME

On UKPaperCrafters the theme of this month's SWAP is TIME.

From Tim Holtz's blog I saw this wonderful Burlap Panel and just had to make my piece in the same vein.

I used some strips of Hessian (Burlap) and overlaid with an inked embossed panel plus various other bits and bobs.



I so liked it I made up a further 2 cards in a similar manner and hope to demonstrate them at next Months's craft club.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Scavenger Hunt Part 10 - Finale

Here's to the end of another year's Scavenger Hunt hosted by Rinda.

I came unstuck with a few items this year and had to be inventive with my last two.

Yes #15 A Juggler so here is a book I found on-line.





Also the alternative of #A A Kite, Hot Air Balloon or a Blimp so here is an on-line photo of a Red Kite.




Another problem item was the #03 Birds on a Wire. I had added a bird on a signpost initially and then a job lot of birds on a "Spire" but saw this leaflet on Facebook and just had to add it.


Then there was the #13 A Sunrise. Earlier on in the Summer this was around 4am! Yikes! However, now it is more like 6am so I managed these from the house.

The sky was beautiful and pink and I saw the various stages of twilight and even got the sun after it emerged from behind the house across the way.

So thanks again for a great Summer 2014 Photographic Scavenger Hunt it has been great fun. Looking forward to next year already.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Carshalton Crafts - Demo

Carshalton Crafts hosted a demo session yesterday so I went along. They were showing the versatility of die cuts to create some great cards. I especially loved the geometric shaped background mat and how you can cut into the dies to use them differently.





These are the 2 cards from the demonstration and I just had to get the Marieanne flower die to add to my ever increasing collection.



I made this black and white card when I got home.

Curious thought is that the pieces of waste from each petal on this die look like teeth to me!! Another use already!

They were having a wood backed stamp sale too so I got the script background stamp too.






Oh and for the record, my son liked my red iris folded card I made the other week so requested a black version for his girlfriend. He chose how to add the gems too.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Scavenger Hunt Part 09

Having looked at everyone's photos in last month's round-up a few ideas for my last 4 items for the 2014 Scavenger Hunt sprung to mind.

So, as the sun had decided to come out again, I popped to the local garden centre for my #18 A Waterfall. They have since built a children's play area and café next to it so I felt rather conspicuous taking my shots but it just had to be done.

I also came across these examples of miniature garden waterfalls too.

On the way home I scoured the local village shops for #16 A Sign in another language other than English. We seem to be extremely English here! But I did come across these two. The first pretty basic for a restaurant but the second has a feminine slant somewhat.










One main item (juggler) and an alternative (kite etc.) to go, although my other alternative might count for the missing main item! So I could have finished!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Craft Club - Hot Hot Hot

The current challenge at Ashtead Craft Club in Hot Hot Hot. Well it was hot when it was set in July!

Anyway there were 3 types of hot things to do this month to help with the challenge. Friendly Plastic, Shrink Plastic and Melt Pot. I opted for the latter as I don't actually have one of my own and had only tried it once at club before.







We were dipping shapes in clear UTEE,and I got in a right pickle! With intricate shapes the spaces get filled with the UTEE so to alleviate this you need to further heat with a heat tool hoping it would drip off.

Lets just say I managed a few pieces and further tried to refine them at home with my heat tool. My pieces are OK and I have made up various projects with them but I am not running out to buy a Melt Pot.

So what did I do? 9 butterflies, 3 flowers and 3 leaves. I made up 3 cards, my A4 challenge piece called "Butterfly Fest", and I also added a few of the items to the cover of my Challenge Folder.

Craft Club - Iris Folding

One of the members who comes along to my craft club brought some samples he'd done of Iris Folding, also another member left her book by mistake.

Thought it would be rude of me not to make up the card I really liked especially as it happened to be in the book which was left behind too.

So here are the Champagne Glasses.

I liked it so much I made a second too. Well I did have the papers out to hand. I used wrapping paper, Christmas hat papers and an old envelope. Can't be bad.


Scavenger Hunt Part 08

Gosh - only a few left to get but I might be struggling with some, so here is alternative #B A Bird House. My son made it in school a few years ago, not sure it has had any residents yet though.

Whilst out walking/geocaching yesterday, my husband #10 Photo Bombed my #07 A Rural Landscape photo. So I did likewise to his! Not exactly lurking in the background but rather "in your face".










Think I might be struggling for #15 A Juggler, #16 A Sign in a Different Language, #18 Waterfall and even the alternative #A A Kite, Hot Air Balloon or Blimp (whatever that is!!)


Oh and for the record a photo of #17 An Old Lamppost next to a New One. No comparison really, what we have gained in height we have lost in artistic quality.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cane Hill Hospital - Geocaching

Out doing some Geocaching and came across the old derelict site of Cane Hill Hospital. We have been living in the vicinity for 15 years but never knew it existed - so all thanks to Geocaching.

It would seem that the main area of this site was a mainstay for urban explorers when it was closed down in the early 90's. Not much of the original buildings are left now, just the imposing Water Tower and the Chapel.

It does look like the site will be getting developed at long last and I believe these 2 features will be retained, although in what capacity I do not know.

Anyway footpath 744 cuts right through the site where the main area is cordoned off with huge metal fences.

There are however a few buildings on the opposite side of the footpath which are not fenced off and I was enticed by some colours through the trees. I found these mosaics made by some of the last residents in these outer buildings. I just thought these ought to be preserved in pictures too.



There was a building name and a date plaque.


Either side of the Well on its facing wall are what I thought were depictions of Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Then sure enough round the corner was Winter.

Such colourful mosaics which may be lost when the site is redeveloped but now can live here.