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Friday, 17 November 2017

The Christmas village sneek peep

I cannot wait until December to share my village.  Heaven knows, you might want to make one for your own family... go on, you know you want to.  This is not the finished article and the end result might not even resemble this .  I simply wanted to show you what I made yesterday.  I used the little houses that I had made from carboard cereal boxes and other upcycled card from my stash.... old certificates and envelopes are very very useful items to craft with.

Cardboard box

plenty of glue

A layer of irridescent fleece from the pound shop

et voila... a really simple village

It needs more snow... It will get more snow today

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Christmas village

This afternoon I have spent a lovely hour working on my Christmas village scene. Pretty much all the components are upcycled....   of course.....  Some time in December I will let you all see the end result....... if I can contain myself that long.

The mock vellum results

It embosses really well and the translucency looks gorgeous.

Make the most of every inch of space

Beautifully emboosed

The mock vellum experiment

This morning I used some of my flower dies to cut a little pile of flowers from the mock vellum.  They look really pretty and I now need to make a load more of the mock vellum in other colours. I will take some photos as soon as the light level picks up. It is really dark and dingy at the moment and the photos aren't turning out well. 
I have been asked how much oil I used......  I dripped a couple of drops onto the paper and rubbed it around with my finger. It becomes translucent immediately so you can see exactly where it needs to be spread. You only want enough to be able to spread it all over. Don't leave a film of oil as it probably won't dry.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Mock Vellum

Yesterday while browsing tinternet I learned that you can make a kind of mock vellum by rubbing linseed oil onto paper. Well I don't have any linseed oil but I do have baby oil. I used a decent weight of paper and it has dryed really well. Here is a photo of it drying. I have placed the oiled ones next to dry ones.  The picture of the papers show before and after. The orange isn't actually orange it is red and the pale yellow one is actually white, As you can see in the photo they have all turned beautifully translucent.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Fighting a bug

Tea is in the oven... Pork chops, mmmmmmmm. I layered some sliced potatoes into an oven dish.  Drizzled them with olive oil and gave them a sprinkling of salt and coarsely ground peppercorns. I cooked them for 15 minutes and then tossed some sliced onions over the potatoes. I have layered a couple of lovely chops on top and covered it all with foil.  It is now roasting away in the oven and I will steam a load of veg to go with it. I am trying to empty the freezer in order to defrost it ready for all the lovely Christmas treats.  I need to buy some yogurt so that I can wizz it up with tthe fruit that is in the freezer. It will make a lovely dessert... healthy too.

I'm feeling more than a little rough and could really do with an early night tonight.  Unfortunately it is my carving club committee meeting night. We have a few things on the agenda that need addressing so I don't really feel that I can miss the meeting. Oh well, we soldier on.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Envelopes... hand made of course

I had a quick play with my envelope making board this morning. It is great for making envelopes (and gift boxes) of all sizes.  I used Christmas gift wrapping paper and bought this particular wrapping paper specifically for making the envelopes but it would be a great way to use up all those small pieces of gift wrap that aren't big enough to wrap anything. I will cut some plain paper to make address panels for the cards that I plan to post. I have a 'postage stamp' punch in my stash and will simply put the name of the recipient on the stamp if it is to be hand delivered. Don't choose a paper that is too flimsy if you are planning to post them though as they would easily tear

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Baubles and bling

Home bargains has some gorgeous 'mock rhinestone' bling at the moment. It is in the weddings section if anyone would like to see if their local store has any in stock. It would make a great and very cheap project if you work with children and teenagers...   I am  thinking bracelets and earrings ut you might think of something else... Let me know if you make something... maybe share a photo.

B and M has some stunning metallic wallpapers and a few free samples go a very long way if you are crafting with groups.........Hazel  ;-)........  I used my Bigz circles die to cut the circles for the baubles. It cuts nine at a time which makes short work of the baubles.  I think perhaps twelve circles would make nice baubles.

A sequin top and bottom will hide the holes

Saturday, 11 November 2017

That Christmassy Feeling

I have no idea why, and yes, I know it is way too soon but I feel Christmassy today... This is a bit fatal though as I will be buying up all the tinsel and bling I can find when we go out shopping.  I am in the mood to make all the envelopes for my Christmas cards when I get home.   I will post a few photo's when they are all done... I do like a pretty envelope and wrapping paper is often really good quality and makes lovely ones.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Poppy Display

Local  crafters have created a stunning display of hand knitted and crocheted poppies.  The display at the local Cenotaph is incredibly moving to see in the flesh.