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My newest bargain…..

Hey peeps, hope you’re all well. Thought I would share a crafty tale with you. My hubby is a bit of a sewer, his dad was a tailor so he picked some skills up over the years. He has a couple of old sewing machines and I’d been saying for a while that I fancied having a go at sewing. Well he got a sewing machine off ebay for 99p – yes 99p and it was local so there was no shipping to pay either, it’s from 1967, is very lovely and works beautifully. Here it is

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So I downloaded Debbie Shore’s Half Yard Heaven book and got going. My first project was my pincushion

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IMG_1542 Ok so the bias binding is very wonky and the stitching on it is most definitely not straight but overall I’m pleased with it, and the fabric off cut cost less that £1!

Then today I decided to really go for it! I found a tutorial on YouTube and made a handbag. I had some more off cuts, so I used 2 of my 50p pieces and a 25p brushed cotton pillowcase to line it. I had to unpick the lining a couple of times to go back and fix gaps in the stitching but it’s done now and I really like it. I think it’ll be great for holidays and might just make another one in a different colour! Here it is

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So what do you think? I know I need more practise but I’m loving it!

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Busy little Christmas bee!

So you know that point when you realise that Christmas is actually next week, not the week after…..well, that hit me this week! Are you guys ready for Christmas?

I got all of my pressies wrapped today, started making the chocolates for Christmas gifts and made the boxes for the chocolates using my fabulous new We R Memory Keepers gift box punch board. I just need to finish making the chocolates (4 more batches!) and make the tags for the gift boxes and that job is done but I can’t do it completely until next week really as the chocolates need to be as fresh as possible.

On Tuesday I’ll be making some mince pies, and then other than actually taking part in Christmas that should be the prep done as my wonderful mother in law is cooking lunch for us.

So whilst I’m being a crazily busy bee at the moment I’m having a great time with lots of craftiness, I hope you are too xx

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Been busy and awol!

So it would appear that when I start a new craft I get so obsessed with it that I forget to blog about it! I’ve been busy testing out chocolate recipes for my crafty Christmas gifts this year. Here are the different flavours I’ve made so far:

I have made prosecco truffles

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These are salted caramels

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These were chocolate orange truffles

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The favourites so far were lemon & lime white chocolate hand rolled truffles – this was my own recipe so I was quite pleased with that!

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The last ones I made were gingerbread Caramels. This picture shows that I do make then from scratch!

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My next big decision is which flavours to make as gifts. The guys in the office have been very helpful in testing the flavours for me and I now have my shiny new box maker and promise to share pictures of the finished goodies once I’ve given them out at Christmas.

Are you making anything for anyone this Christmas? Let me know x

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Adventures in chocolate :)

Soooo, I’ve decided that this year I’m making chocolates as Christmas gifts for family members (sshhhh don’t tell them!) so have been buying the right tools for the job, as we all know this is always the right place to start!

I’ve been buying pretty much everything Lakeland sell recently, so last weekend I had my first experimentation with actual chocolate and I’m pleased to report everything turned out ok. I have the book by chocolatier Paul A Young that he wrote for Lakeland and I have to tell you the instructions are so easy to follow that my first attempt at working with chocolate was a resounding success! I followed the instructions to the letter and made Sea Salted Caramels, they were delicious although hubby really didn’t like them! My true taste testers though (the guys in the office) gave the overall seal of approval although I do think I might go with a touch less salt next time.

This weekend I’m making hand rolled chocolate orange truffles, the truffle ganache is setting at the moment and then it’ll be time to get really messy-can’t wait!

So here’s a pic of my first ever proper bonafide handmade chocolates (Paul A Young himself replied when I posted this on Twitter last week! Was very excited!), and I’ll share a pic of the truffles when they’re done. Don’t you feel sorry for the guys at work who are having to taste all of these for me so I can decide which to make for Christmas presents.

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I guess my next task is to decide how to package them……

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Ooohhh I do love an inky messy day!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday as much as I am! Thought I’d share a quick pic before it gets any worse lol:)

I can’t show you what I’m doing yet but I can you show the state of my inky pinkys lol!

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Knitting up a storm!

I’m hoping that the jumper I started this week won’t take as long as the last one I did which took two years, in my defence it was packed up after moving house for months and months!

This one is much easier though and made using super chunky yarn so I’ve got a big chunk of the back done already! It’s a self striping yarn and I’m not 100% sure I love it yet but I definitely love the colours, I think I’d like it more if it went back from blue to green etc but I think that is being a bit picky when the yarn was half price lol! I’m sure once it’s done I’ll love it and even if I don’t it’ll keep me very toasty:)

I’ll keep you posted on its progress….

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Tatty Twinkle Sample 4

Here is my final sample for the Tatty Twinkle launch of the latest four designs.

This one was much easier than it looks, that’s the beauty of the stamps and Tattered Lace Dies! I cut an aperture in the card front with a Nestability die and also cut an aperture in a sheet of butterfly paper from the Tatty Twinkles CD Rom, I cut this to size to fit the card front and used Fotoglue to attach it. I cut the hydrangea border a few times and arranged around the aperture. I then stamped and cut out the flowers, added gems to the centre of the flowers and attached the stamped image swinging from the aperture.

I finished with a stamped sentiment, also decorated with a couple of the flowers and some Tattered Lace self adhesive gem flourishes.

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Tatty Twinkle Sample 3

Here’s the full image of the third card I made for the tv launch of these stamps.

This is another quite simple card, I embossed the front of the Kraft Card card blank, inked it with Walnut Stain distress ink and then embellished using the Elegant Flourish from Tattered Lace Dies before I did some simple matting and layering and added the stamped image, this is a card where you let the stamp do the talking!

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Tatty Twinkle Sample 2

Here is my second sample for the latest tv launch of Tatty Twinkles, this one uses papers from the Tatty Twinkles CD Rom, I scuffed the edges with scissors and then inked the edges.

Another thing to mention on this one is the Tattered Lace Hydrangea Border that I cut from funky foam and used as a stamp on the plain layers to add a little detail.

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Tatty Twinkles Sample 1

So after teasing you this week here are a couple of my samples for the tv launch of the latest stamp collection.

This first sample uses DCWV and Prima flowers along with a C6 Tattered Lace embossing folder. The image has been coloured with Promarkers.

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