Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Craft Room

Hello all

Thought you might all like to see some photos of my craft room where all the things I sell are created.

The room is packed with storage and lots of my favourite nick nacks and ornaments and really is somewhere to chill out.  I love the colour pink and so naturally the walls and lots of the storage feature pink and my second favourite colour is lime green and so the combination of the two colours goes really well together and the room is lovely and bright to craft in.

This is my comfy chair by the window where I do my knitting, crocheting and cross stitch or just read.  The storage behind my chair contains magazines that I collect together with my Cricut and Cuttlebug and an area to the left set up with a light box to photograph my items.


This area next to my comfy chair is my main working area with a fab desk I bought two years ago from Storage 4 Crafts on the internet and together with shelving and storage within the desk houses all the things I need daily.  The lamp above my desk has a daylight bulb in so I can get colour matches and things correct when I'm crafting late at night.


The desk has a clear top on it so I can see easily what I have and where it is and is where I keep all my glitters, glues and inks readily to hand.  My lovely bar stool in lime green was a present from my mum and dad and sits on top of a pink and silver sparkly rug.  The TV in the corner keeps me company and the pink storage baskets on the desk house all my work in progresses.  You may be able to see to the right of the picture an MDF storage container.  This has been assembled and provides storage for my scissors and rulers and other tools and is waiting to be decorated all pink and green and sparkly (May get round to doing this in the Christmas break).



Opposite my desk I have another desk with four drawers for more storage and shelves with my CD crafts on and my many craft books.  In the right hand side of the picture is a large cream vase with cut out hearts where all my knitting needles are stored.  Love being organised and having everything on hand for when creativity springs to mind.


To the right of my desk I have another storage bit which houses my printer and also my favourite knitting and crochet books as well as two pink storage boxes crammed with stamps and stencils and my encaustic wax kit.  On the top of the picture you can see my cottons stored on a lovely little holder that is made from pink wire in the shape of a sewing machine.  My sewing machine is stored in the cupboard under my desk.

I just love being in my room and the bright colour makes even the dullest and rainiest of days seem bright and cheerful.

Hope you have enjoyed looking around my crafting space. 


Take care

Tanya xx



Sunday, 24 November 2013

Card Competition

Hello everybody
A few weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to enter a card making competition at a local craft shop, so for the past few days I’ve been mulling over a design I should create so that I could take it into the shop before the end of the month when judging takes place.
And ta-dah here is the finished card.
I used a background paper from a crafting CD I have called ‘Magical Winter’ from Polka Doodles crafting which features a lovely scene of a snowy sky and hills and used a font called ‘Holiday Home’ for the text I put in the right hand corner saying ‘Magical Christmas Wishes.’
I then matted the background paper onto silver mirri card and layered in onto an 8x8” card.
Then I stamped the jumbo stamp called ‘Pine Drift’ from ‘Stampendous’ onto ‘Ink Me’ professional stamping card from ‘Hunkydory’ with a ‘Memento’ ink pad in ‘Tuxedo Black’ a total of ten times and then coloured the images using my ‘Graph It’ pens in colours ‘Sky’ and ‘Dark Cyan’ which I then cut out and decoupaged using ‘Pinflair’ glue gel and then layered them onto the card background. 
I used glitter from ‘Stickles’ in ‘Waterfall’ and another glitter glue called ‘blue’ and then finished the card off with ‘Cosmic Shimmer’ cosmic twinkles glitter for the background dots and a length of silver shimmery ribbon tied in a bow on the spine of the card.  Once I had done that I then decided to put a layer of a product called ‘Fluffy Stuff’ in white from ‘Woodware’ which I heated up with my heat gun to give the fluffy snowy appearance on the edges of the trees. 
I really really loved making the card and hoping that with fingers crossed I win the card making competition but if I don’t I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself anyway and will be entering more in the future. 
If anybody knows of any blogs that I can follow that do card making competitions please let me know so I can follow them and then decide whether to enter.
Hope you have enjoyed looking at my creation.
Will be back later in the week with a post.
Take care.
Tanya x x


Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Bananas...or so to speak

Hello all
 A good friend of mine recently visited Universal Studios in USA and came back hooked on Minions from the Despicable Me films and so I thought I would check the internet for a pattern to crochet one for her.  I am relatively new to crochet, having only started in March this year and so having never crocheted a toy before I had to choose the pattern carefully so that I could follow the instructions.
 After searching on Pinterest (of which I am an avid 'pinner'!!!) I found a link to a pattern posted on Ravelry that many people were raving about on a blog called All About Ami (which you can find HERE )
I then had to find some yellow (banana colour) yarn which I had to look around my local area for as I wanted to start immediately.  I already had felt and blue and black and grey yarn and the hook I needed so off I set on making a Minion one Sunday afternoon in October.
He soon grew and started to take shape and then at the beginning of November on a Thursday/Friday evening Minion Dave was born!!!


I absolutely loved making him and as you can see from Dave's location shots he is a very happy chappy indeed and looks at home in my craft room. He was a welcome gift for my friend too who is over the moon with him and has made himself at home in his new home with his new mummy.  I felt a pang in my heart when I gave him up so I have now got some more yellow yarn and ready to make another one (maybe a one eyed one) for myself to keep me company while I'm crafting away.
I would definitely recommend the pattern to anybody who is wanting to make one and it is easy to follow for a beginner as well.
Hope you've enjoyed looking at Dave.
Take care
Tanya x

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Dyeing Yarn Update

Hello everybody.

You may remember back in the summer months (seems like such a long time ago!!!)  I forayed into the world of dyeing yarn with Kool Aid.

I bought some undyed yarn from Woolfest and a couple of packets of Kool Aid and used the microwave to dye the yarn and then left it to dry on the washing line.

Well back in September I decided that I was going to make something from myself with my first go at dyeing yarn and so decided on the crochet pattern called South Bay Shawlette which is available online and through Ravelry.  I used a 4mm hook and it soon started to take shape.  In amongst all the other things I have been making recently I finally finished it last weekend and here is the finished item. 

It is so soft and snuggly and has been worn a few times now with a black coat where the vibrancy of the colour really pings as well as the sparkly bits too that catch the light.
 Will be ordering some more undyed yarn to have another go at dyeing with Kool Aid very soon.  Loved the experience so much.
 Hope you've enjoyed looking at my finished shawl.
 Take care
Tanya x