Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Pets Calender

My mother-in-law loves "The Boys", refers to them as her grandsons and never forgets their birthdays and Christmas presents/cards as well as treats when she visits, so I decided to make her this calendar with their photographs. I made all the outfits and bandanas they are wearing in the pictures and the papers came from Papercrafts Inspirations magazine.

I have just started some new stitching after finishing The Village. It is a blackwork design that has been in my stash for years. When I unpacked it the needle had rusted into the Aida and snapped off. That is how old it is. I saw Jazzlyn fabric in dusky pink used on a recent blackwork design in The World of Cross Stitching magazine so decided to stitch it on that. It doesn't look much at the moment but it is easy to guess what it is.

I was having a clear up in one of the outbuildings the other day, dragging things out to take to the local tip, when I found a bag containing cross stitch pictures. I think these were some of the first cross stitch I ever made and I had completely forgotten about them. They are not really to my taste these days and the frames are not very nice but in the interest of recording all my craft work I have taken snaps of them and am including them here for posterity!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Wallace and Grommit

I have mentioned before that I love Wallace and Gromit and have all their adventures on video and dvd. So it is not surprising that they occasionally crop up in my craft projects. After I won a Wallace toy on one of those fairground crane games I decided to knit Grommit to keep him company. The pattern was in a back issue of Woman's Weekly magazine.

I have already shown my DS case which I knitted earlier this year. The pattern was in the January 2010 issue of Simply Knitting magazine and I knitted him with oddments from my stash and lined it with a scrap of pink check cotton.

All the Wallace and Grommit cross stitch pictures I made some years ago but as I am trying to photograph and record all my work over the years, here they are.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Party Animals

There is nothing "The Boys" like more than a birthday party and I have commemorated some of them by scrapbooking the photos. The first two page layout shows Higgins' 1st birthday party. I love the picture where he is looking worried as Sid takes a crafty bite of his cake. I always send the rescue centre an update and photos at Christmas so this one was an obvious choice to send.

I also scrapped Archie's fourth birthday photos. He often sleeps with his paws over his eyes so I am glad I managed to capture a picture of him like that. This photo always makes me smile.
On the cross stitch front I have managed to finish Village Lane by Heritage. I consider myself quite a fast stitcher but all those greens really slowed me down. I think it took about a month altogether although I have done some smaller projects in between.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Christmas Crazy

I don't know why I love Christmas so much as I am a sun lover and hate the snow and cold weather. Perhaps I should move to Australia where Christmas comes in the summertime. Anyway, I love Christmas craft projects and here are just a few of the hundreds I seem to have completed. The village scene is a Dimensions kit and I have been destashing by making up some of the cross stitch kits that come free with stitching magazines.

I have also been busying papercrafting, my latest finish is the Card of Wilberforce in the snow which is ready to go to his grandparents at Christmas and finally the musical instrument ornie which was a free kit with Cross Stitch Collection.