Thursday, 28 February 2013

Coming soon

I can't post pictures of the whole project under orders of my niece lol.
It is a gift for a friend of hers who is opening a shop.....will tell more when I am allowed.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Somethings gotta change

Ok, so I have been thinking about trying to sort out some sort of craft space of my own & stop hogging the dining table. It is a massive pain to keep having to put my craft stuff away & clean up all my mess every time I craft. I am losing all spontaneity & it is also seriously bugging my mother.

Lol just realised how bad that sounds...let me explain. When I separated from my husband a few years back I had to move back in with my parents which was challenging for all parties concerned lol.
As it turned out my parents actually needed some help (my dad is 80 & my mums 76), so I help them out with day to day stuff & it has worked out ok.

My only issue is that I have NO space of my own other than my bedroom, which makes crafting very difficult. Getting back to my dilemma.... I am thinking I could move my wardrobe out to the vacant space on the landing, sell my lovely oak side board (the only thing I took with me from my previous life), & move my craft stuff upstairs. It would be a tight squeeze but I might, just might be able to fit in some sort of desk & chair plus my ikea units around my double bed.

Would it be madness? Probably but I have to do something. I cannot be doing with my mothers nagging & moaning (not that I really blame her it is a pain in the arse), it makes me feel like a teenager again, but not in a good way. I am going to measure up tomorrow & see if it can be done. Here's hoping!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

OH NO!!!

Arrrgggghhhhh....What have I done.
 I have altered layouts & stuff on this blog & do not know how to put it back the way it was lol. I need help! Why I messed around with it I do not know. I think I am going to have to pay some one to design my blog as I just have NO CLUE!

I feel a right idiot, I suppose I will just have to live with it now as the more I click on random stuff the worse it gets! Oops.
I just can't help myself, I am sure I have some sort of compulsion to push buttons & click on stuff that I know I shouldn't, very annoying. What to do now?

Just a peak...

This is a peak at something I was working on before my elbow situation. It is far from finished but I thought I would show you anyway.
It's only one letter from the word, still lots to do. Can't wait to get going on it again.

I hate being unable to craft, it drives me insane. I am glued to my laptop (stalking blogs & You Tube) & my kindle now instead.
I have read 4 books in 4 days. Am going cross eyed lol.

Fingers crossed my elbow drama will be over soon!

Friday, 22 February 2013

It's been a while.

Although I have loads of projects on the go I am unable to finish them due to a trapped nerve in my elbow which is stopping me from crafting.
I also have a chest & sinus infection (which is gross). I am always ill lol, my imune system is knackered. They shoot horses don't they?

I am gutted as I was really enjoying myself. Hey ho, such is life.
Anyway I thought I would share a couple of pages from an unfinished art journal I started quite a while ago, then forgot about.
I would like to get back into it as it's freeing, if that makes sense?
I do look back & chuckle at the horrendousness (did I just make that word up?) of alot of the pages: but hey it's mine right.
Everything is a learning curve & I am still learning.

I think I will post a couple of pages a week until I can start crafting again & show some new stuff.
Now try to laugh too much & feel free to leave honest comments....& tips would be great!

Friday, 8 February 2013

What a mess!

Oh what a mess I have made lol.
Can you tell what it is yet?
I am going out tomorrow for a Birthday lunch with Nic, so am going to have to clean up all this chaos before I go!
This is when I wish I had a studio or  just my own space to craft in instead of the dining table.
Any way...I don't know whether you can see what I am making at the mo, but I will post pictures when I am done.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Getting a bit miffed now.

I am getting fed up with how much craft stuff costs.
I want to try out new media's & be more creative & experimental but I just can't afford it.

But, I can moan about it!

There are 101 punches, dies, stamps, embellishments, tools, inks, paints, papers, & alterable stuff that I need (want) to enable me to create on a new level.

I see fabulous inspiration from other crafters on blogs & Youtube, & think "I want to have a go at that"; but when I cost up what I need I feel deflated as I know it aint ever happening!

Since giving up smoking I have bought lots of great stuff, but there is always more; always something I don't have but need in order to make what my imagination see's.

Craft stores in my local area are s***, for want of a better word.
I look on line, & have found a couple of good stores but even they don't have everything I want, then I have to pay postage as I can't afford to spend the "free postage" amount.
Am getting tired of trawling through Ebay looking for bargains & then getting out bid because some moron bids over the odds ( slighty bitter there I think lol).

I'd love to start entering competitions to win some crafting goodies ( stop laughing....you never know), but I don't know how to link a picture from my blog to another (again....stop laughing; I can't help being an ejit!)

Should I stop moaning now? There is soo much more I could say. Like why are decent paper trimmers soo expensive? (& as you have probably guessed I don't own one of those either).
I could go on & on but that would be extremely boring. Cathartic for me though!

Rant over....for now!  I think I just have to face the sad truth that my crafting abilities (being the beginner that I am), have to go hand in hand with my budget.

What a bummer!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Let them eat CAKE!

My wedding cake boxes are turning out OK so far. Am relieved that my attempt at "flower arranging" doesn't look as bad as I thought (well it does but it's as good as it's gonna get from me).

Just noticed that in the picture it looks a bit wonky like its leaning lol. It isn't I don't think I put the lid on properly before I photographed it as a whole. Oops.

I am seriously thinking of adding the mini pocket watch & I am going to be adding something else to the top. I will add a new photo to this post when I have finished it completely, including the mini album.








Insomnia' s a B****!

It is now 2am & I am sat here crafting. I haven't slept properly for weeks & it is doing my head in now!
My patience is wearing thin...especially on public transport! Zero tolerance for stinky people on the peasant carriage this morning!
Come on people....please start bathing....a bit of soap & some water...not too much to ask!
I am sat ( would say patiently but that would be a massive lie) waiting for my crackle glaze to dry on some butterflies.
I have backed away from the hot glue gun, as last night I took the skin off my fingers!
Whilst waiting I have checked out a few blogs....LMAO off at The Gentleman crafter's (justifiable) rant at the lack of bronze eyelets/brads available in quantities above 6 in local craft stores.
He does make me laugh sometimes. Very talented artist. Loads of inspiration to be found on his blog & You tube.
Am bored of prepping stuff for projects now. I aren't start on something new at this time....I know what I'm like, I would still be sat here at 8am getting annoyed that I have to back away & sort my mum out.
Time to pack up, go to bed & read a book. Hopefully I will get a few hours sleep & get rid of the bags I am carrying under my eyes....looks like Ive packed for an around the world trip!
Until next time...catch you later special Llama's xx