Wednesday 29 December 2010

All Fueled up !!

After a week with no heating
The Oilman hath been ,so crafty inspiration is fuelling up too !!
Not produced much this last week what with the cold (both house and self )
however rather than do nothing started another jacket for Lily ---
at least you can knit with a hot waterbottle on your knee and watch tv too.
So this is what has been on my workdesk this WOYWW----- 

The fabric in the picture is a bolt I have and had intended to make Christmas table covers --- maybe start early for next year

Have been over on Kath's blog and read her edit re the Fiskar's shape cutter ---
all I can say is thanks to Kath I now think it's FAB --
I had thrown mine to the back of a drawer never to be used again, however on a visit to the Cubbyhole Kath showed me the correct way to use one --(remembering to take the orange base off -- silly moi didn't !!)
and to use with a Fiskars cutting mat et voila !!
Now I collect their templates -- it's so quick and simple .-----
when you know how !

So hope you all had a good Christmas
Anne xxx

Sunday 19 December 2010

Well it's Finished !!!

Not as originally planned ,not only altered due to the time factor --
 don't have enough ribbons left  in these colours --
Jacqui's is  closed  for Christmas and not enough time to order from the Ribbon Girls,
But hey ho  at least it's done :-
Now off to finish sewing together a cardi for Lily I've knitted .
Another foot of snow out here -
and like Kat we're low on oil and no idea when we'll get it !!!
Keep cosy
Anne xxx

Saturday 18 December 2010

They've arrived !!!

Thank you Andrea and Mary-----
the gorgeous ribbons and goodies have landed !
Thank you too Lesley, our local postie, who works through this horrid weather.

Talking of ribbons --- I was up til stupid o'clock working on the
Christmas Ribbon Wreath,
and am still only half way !!! so am having a rethink on a quick fix to get it finished quickly .Any ideas ??????
Anne xxx

Thursday 16 December 2010

Show and Tell....

Finished my Piped Cushions and Padded Bed Runner
made from those fabby fabrics I posted yesterday

Off to play with Tim and inks ,
hope you're not too badly affected with this white stuff that's back!!!!
Anne xxx

Wednesday 15 December 2010


Today -- no surprise -- more fab fabric !!!
AND some calico and printable linen with a touch of Tim !!!
Firstly more soft furnishings then some fun with cloth,threads and inks !!!

Will let you see the results !!!
Meantime pop to Julia's and peek at lots of fun workdesks.
Anne xxx

Tuesday 14 December 2010

Homespun Hearts ........

The Christmas decoration s I was working on --
although they're not too Christmassy,
so could be out all year .
The photo again not good - they are plaid embroidery 0n red wool fabric.

Anne xxx

Monday 13 December 2010

Woo Hoo !!! I've Won !!!.............

............ all these gorgeous goodies from
stockists of a fab selection of ribbons and trims.
Also on their blog there is a regular colour challenge to win some ,
so keep popping by.
So lucky me this time --thanks Girls !!!
Anne xxx
Edited to add :- have had an email fron Mary and Andrea that my goodies are in the post already --- how's that for service !!!

Sunday 12 December 2010

Twelve Tags, Twelve bags ??????

No, it'll have to be Twelve Cushie Numbers of Christmas !!!
These are cushions made from the gorgeous fabric I mentioned the other day.

Eight down -- four to go !
Will make those when I get Zips .
So ,or should I say sew , I will  have made twelve somethings for Christmas he eh !

Buddy has picked his girl with the mostest---
Congratulations Julye , you certainly had a ton of the white stuff !!!!

Jacqui has posted pics of the new Simply Create shop on the blog ---
WOW it looks huge ---
so lots of crafty stash to be had -- YAY !

Dinners in the oven so will be settling down to watch the X Factor Final and then on with more
projects-- Christmas decs to finish,  maybe to enter Jacqui's challenge
which ends Wednesday 15th December.
Anne xxx

Saturday 11 December 2010

All Ribboned up !

A shabby Chic stylie card
pink,lilac and white.
Ends Sunday at midnight .

I did have in mind to make a tag, but got side tracked when I found these Tilda papers in one of my boxes,
It must be all this shabby raggy chic sewing influencing this card .
Went on a homespun shabby chic look.

Hope the Ribbon girls don't mind a spot of green -- maybe I should have taken artistic liscense and had pink grass --- well there is a pink pampas grass plant !!
not too good a pic , but tried three times  -- must ask Santa for one of those photo light boxes ---oh, and a studio !!
HOT NEWS !!!!!
Spotted on The Simply Create Blog that the shop reopened today!!!!!!!

Anne xxx

Unbelievable !!!

Have been over at Tim's this morning to see his 11th tag "Believe "


It's unbelievale the ideas this man has !!!!!
Go over and see his tutorial on making stamps from his die cuts !!!!
Thank you Tim for all the things you share !!!

Friday 10 December 2010

Quickie !!

A very quick post this morning to say hello before dashing out again---
lots of new fabric to show you later  -- have to take piccies.

Kath has sneaky peaks of the new HeroArts stamps --
which will be in stock in Simply Create's new store,
which I passed on the way home last night and Jacqui was beavering away --- can't wait to see the finished result Jacqui and keep us posted as to when the doors will be open for business -- sooooo exciting !!!

And Judy has a fab give away on her blog !!!  Samm said your table at Lily's playgroup sale was beautiful , Judy,  and she loves your work !
Back later
Anne xxx

Santa Buddy is coming
to a Cubbyhole near you  !!!!

Wednesday 8 December 2010

I'm away with the Fairies !!!!!

On this WOYWW
Kitted up some Flower Fairy fabric :-
a tote of course and a shabby raggy chic cushion.
Also on my desk a few UFO's , found when looking for interfacing ,which I need before production can resume -----
and hereby hangs a tale !!!-------

We set off this morning to see Lily in her very first stage performance at her playgroup nativity and then to head to shops to get the elusive interfacing ---
well you know the song
"Four Wheels on my wagon and I'm still rollling along "---
(no age references please !!)
Well we ended up with three just outside Alford and we certainly weren't rolling along !!!!
Yup !the back passenger wheel decided to go it alone or was sulking cos it was so cold !!
Typically I forgot to take pics in the excitement !!
(excitement translates as giving hubby a hard time for not stopping sooner when the horrible noise came from the back --- "It's just the build up of ice "says he" and will melt as we go along "
Why don't men get it that we ladies are always right !!)

An angel in the form of Catherine,
who owns the fabulous jewellery shop, Gaelo,  in the Heritage Centre in Alford,
came to our rescue and took us into Alford to contact the garage .
Thank you so much Catherine xxxx

Eventually got home and never made it to see Lily so it was back to my workdesk,
aka the  kitchen table and do stuff !!!
Hence being away with the Fairies .

Daryl walked to the garage at Cushnie to get my car which couldn't be seen for the covering of snow ! So will try again tomorrow to get
interfacing and resume production !
And really if it hadn't been for the snow we could have been travelling at speed
when the wheel came off , so there's always a positive side to things .
Anne xxxxxxx

Tuesday 7 December 2010

Twelve tags of Christmas ???????

Tim's doing his tags again this Christmas and Kath has a fab tag on her blog.
I haven't managed to join in again this year, so I think it'll have to be the
Twelve Bags of Christmas !!! he he !!!
Better get going !!!
Anne xxx

Monday 6 December 2010

Sew what was I up to today ???

Yet another bag and cushion !!!

A little "tartan" number this time.
Not the tote pattern -- another quick and easy bag to run up ,
cut to fit the piece of fabric I had.

More of the same vintage Laura Ashley,
the clour is the same , just a rubbish pic .
Just to finish snipping before it hits the washer----
the snipping takes longer than making it in the first place !!!!

Also working on  some Christmas decs but more about them another day.
Hope you're all cosy comfy
Anne xxx

Sunday 5 December 2010

Measuring up !!!

Furry Boy , Buddy, wants to find the Girl with the Mostest !!!
But Muffin and Freebie are not impressed  with all this white stuff !!!

Good job they're mainly black or we'd loose them in all this snow !

Wish you'd said this yesterday Buddy, 'cos we had a bit of a thaw last night and only have 19 inches on the table now !
But hope you like the snowy view up the hill .

I knocked off most of the icicles yesterday afternoon asthey started dropping and didn't want them to land on M & F !!!
Will take more pics during the week, but hopefully the worst of the snow is over for a while .
Anne xxx
PS:- loved Jackie's comment re the icicles

Friday 3 December 2010

They're even more impressive this morning !!!

Not much snow overnight , but as you can see a tad cold !!!!
post more pics later
off to create some heat with the sewing machine !
Anne xxx

Thursday 2 December 2010

Weather update !!!!

Well and truly stuck !!!!!

Magic icicles !!!!
Hope you're all safe and cosy

Wednesday 1 December 2010

There'snow getting out of here again today !!!

Beautiful red sky in the morning ------
cleared twelve inches off the wheelie bin earlier and now ( 6.30 pm)
there's six inches back on it !!
Daryl did make it to work but my car is still snowed in at the local garage !!

So this is what is on my workdesk this

Another Shabby Raggy Cushion made from vintage (Circa 1980)
Laura Ashley fabric

Also two cutie little "safety pin " bags :-
can never find one when I need one so now have a place of their own !
Have enough fabric to make another six ,
 so some will be up for sale !
The fabric is patterned with an assortment of safety pins so you know what's in
the bag.

Still have a selection of Coca Cola fabric Squares to make into
" A well known phrase or saying ",
and a tapestry and blue velvet to make into another cushion .
Fun Fun Fun !!
Anne xxx

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Bit of a cheat !!!!

This was actually supposed to be last weeks WOYWW !!!!

Lily's painting Smock for Playgroup .
Wont be at my workdesk today ---
off to deliver the cushions from yesterday--
maybe meet some pals for coffee
and of course pop in and see Lily !!!

Will be round visiting you when I get home and nosey at your workdesks !
Anne xxx

edited to add :- still working on the Christmas Wreath
when I get a minute !!!!

Tuesday 16 November 2010

A Sew Sew Kind of a Day !!!!

A stay at home day to catch up
(did miss seeing Lily though )

Gorgeous silk fabric and bead trim,
The pic doesn't do the colours justice.

The sewing workshop went well at the weekend and thank you
to all of you who  came.
Hope you enjoyed the Shabby Raggy Soft Centre Technique
 and can use it again at home.
Like it Kirsti --- Two from One !!!

Moira's Demo was great too and lots of you now will be making your own
lampshades now I hope !!!

And as usual Kath hosted another terrific workshop on her now famous Snowflake !!!
Shari Carroll is giving it a go too !!!!
Kath has now a tutorial on her blog !!!
And Kath has pics from  The Simply Create  Pink Ladies weekend to post soon .

The Cutie Patootie workshop is all preped
and last weeks WOYWW was Lily's Painting Smock
( she's off to Play Group !!! )
but never got it posted.............
maybe cheat and post it for tomorrow's WOYWW
cos Mr B wont let me upload any more pics at the moment !

Also preped is the kids Christmas Cards  Workshop
so slowly catching up on everything !!!!
Anne xxx

The fabric used in the workshop is
Park Lane  by Moda
available from Simply Create

Thursday 4 November 2010

Laying low !!!

'Til the dust settles ----
Such a good time had at the weekend !!!
But who started it all on the way home ???

Wasne me !!!
mmmmmmmm will not reveal  the above culprit  if fudge recipe is forwarded !!!
See you Saturday A--- !!!

Anne xxx

Thursday 28 October 2010

How many days 'til Christmas ??????????

Think I'll need them all .........
this project is taking forever !!!!
Needed to finish it tomorrow to submit before going to ----
where is it again ????
as if I could forget  !!!
Just as excited as you Debbi !!!!

Lily thought it was her new swimming ring !!!!!!!
So cute trying to step into it !!!
Then tried it as a hat  !!!

Wonder if there's any rules over at The Ribbon Girls
about projects in the making being submitted for challenges !!!!
He who dares and all that !!!

Will post pics when it's eventually  completed .

Anne xxx

Unfrocked !!!!

After a long stint in Simply Create window
dummy has now been disrobed !!!
I haven't forgotten that there was a challenge to give her a name
but fear not the prize will be allocated at the next Pink Ladies
14th November
Kath will be doing another Christmas Workshop
I will be doing another sewing workshop...........
throw / tote  / or cushion
a technique  which can be applied to any of the above .
Call Jacqui to book spaces

And waiting to be confirmed is a demo by Moira The ReVamper  !!
How to make your own lampshades
Kits will be available on the day

So lots happening at the PINK LADIES
So book with Jacqui so catering for lunch can be organised

Anne xxx

Wednesday 27 October 2010


mmmmm work in progress!!!

Ever wished you'd never started something ???
This is to be a project for a challenge over on the Ribbon Girls
Hubby asked what I was up to and thought I was mad cutting up all my ribbons
to try and win some more !!!!!!
It's all in the entering though !!!!!
Any hooo will let you see it if I manage to get it finished  -  it's taking forever  and
of course have to finish it before setting off to Glasgow.
So pop to Julia's and check out more WOYWW
Great to see what everone's up to
Anne xxx

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Somewhere ...............

There must be a pot of gold !!!!

The view on the way home yesterday -
The rainbow started in Alford an this is the other end -
Wonder if it was the same one Kirsti's girls were looking for !
Sorry no update on the Tote Kits -- not seen Jacqui yet
but hopefully will get them posted for you shortly.
Counting down now til the weekend !!!!
SOOOOO looking forward to going ---
think Debbi is packing as I type !!!
Kath will be checking everything out for us when she gets there tomorrow !
4 sleepies !!!!
Anne xxx

Friday 22 October 2010

Anyone for Ballet Lessons ??

The latest look in ballet shoes !!!
Or maybe the latest craze in footware for Demoing at the SECC !!!
Who would be so risque/ ??? I wonder

 One must absolutely have matching bag and shoes sweetie !!!!
Forgot to check if she rolled her trousers down before leaving the building !!!

Another great tutorial over at Debbi's !!!
This time next week will be packing ready to go !!!
SECC here we come ! YAY

Be the first time Debbi and I have been to one of these shows
so will be like kids in a sweet shop (or Worse)
to make things even more fun Kath will be there demoing for Fiskars and we're staying at the same hotel !!
Can't wait !!! 
Anne xxx

Thursday 21 October 2010

Great tutorial !

Debbi has a great pro marker tutorial over on her blog
Gorjus !!!

New bag pattern coming shortly ......

#Cutie Patootie Wee Bag
workshop full
 (thank you Debbi for the great name  # )

Anne xxx

Wednesday 20 October 2010


Back at work today after a great few days with Lily
so my workdesk is about the same as last week !!
Took lots to do whilst there but had too much fun playing !!
However Lily was busy at her workdesk-------

We sneaked the easel in when mummy and daddy left for London. There are now works of art all over the house !!!
(and just a sneaky peak of Lily cos mummy and daddy dont want her full picture posted )

Pop to Julia's to see WOYWW
it's fun to find out what others are up to !

Left Lily's and spent an hilarious
 "Ladies that Lunch"
with Debbi and Lyn
Piccies of our yummy lunch over at Debbi's blog
Thank you Kath !!
Can't wait til the SECC now
Only ten sleepies !!---

TOTE UPDATE :- kits will be launched on Jaqui's return from Norway,
with fabric choices posted on the blogs along with how to pay details.
Moira has made an absolutely fabulous funky bag
 using the pattern from the workshop
and has a new ReVamp ....
Cloudia -- A fun girl if ever there was !!!!

Off to tour round some great workdesks !!!
Anne xxx

Thursday 14 October 2010

Spooky Prize Winner !!!!

All the names of those who left their answer in the comments  post
were put in the bag
and drawn today by Jenny

and the winner

"ISABEL" !!!!
Well she did leave an answer and had a heads up 'cos
I think she remembers dressing up !!!!!
Your goodies await and a big thank you to Jacqui for supplying them xxx
Remmber shop closed til Wednesday---
Jacqui off on Hols and I'm Lily sitting YAY !!!

Kits will be available at £18.50
complete with pattern ,fabric,interfacing and buttons.

Had more pics to post but Mr B wont let me BAAAAH!

Anne xxx

Wednesday 13 October 2010


More like WOMIW:-
What's On My Ironing-board Wednesday !
More prep for workshops------
Cutie patootie, totes and altered bags.
Going to try the scheduling thingie tonight (22.06pm)
'cos have early start tomorrow , so if you can read this tonight (Tuesday)
I'm a numptie !!
Be round to see what you've all been up to when I get home tomorrow /today ?
Lots of fab goodies have  arrived at Jacqui's--
great stuff for altered art ----love it !!!!
Had fun in the shop again with Kath , who was out to buy more fabric
 to match  her tote-- watch her blog to see what she's up to !!!!
Can't wait for the photos HE HE !
And at last count Jacqui has now made FOUR bags !!!!!

Anne xxx

Monday 11 October 2010

Totally Flabbergasted !!!!.............

by the response to my Tote !
Am finetuning the pattern / kits so stay tuned...
will be released shortly !!!
Thank you for everyones support xxxxx--
first pic is the original
Second pic is one from the workshop

Even Jacqui has taken the leap
after taking cold feet at the workshop
and has made TWO today !!!