Saturday, 26 September 2009

Cards using my Promarker pens

I made some cards yesterday and used my Promarkers. I feel that these creations are worth showing to you now that I seem to have mastered them. The first two use a Little Clare stamp, Blissful, two Brenda Pinnick papers from a QVC pack, Nestabilities and the following Promarkers. Ivory, blush,cool aqua,sky blue, pastel pink, lime green, pastel yellow and cinnamon

The third one uses the Clematis Tower stamp from Oak House Studios and pastel blue, blue pearl, lime green and pastel yellow. The flowers are decoupaged. I'm really pleased the way this card turned out. I can see me making good use of this stamp now

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Just a quick one

Had some more bad news today. My mother-in-law passed away this morning, only 17 days after my Mum. :o(

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Let's Knit Mura shawl

Well I've finished my 2ply shawl from the above magazine. To say that it looks nothing like it's supposed to is an understatement lol. My scalloped edge doesn't have any scallop at all. The pattern said to cast of knitwise which I did but I think it must have meant to cast off knitwise keeping in the pattern. I'm going to undo the cast off row and retry it doing the pattern. It's not going to be easy as the yarn I've used is a mohair and silk mix. Once I've done that I'll need to block it and press it. Hopefully it might look a bit more like it's supposed to then. The amount of yarn required was 100gm approx 1180 metres, mine was 100gm and 1200 metres so I should have a little bit left over. Wrong!!!!! I have lots left over, in fact I have 76gms left, enough for 3 more shawls, as if. I really think I might have got this pattern completely wrong. It would be interesting to know if anyone else has knitted this and how it turned out.

I've got lots of paperwork to do tomorrow re my Mum's affairs (she passed away two weeks ago :o( ) so I'll try to get the shawl sorted and photographed at the weekend.

Bye for now xx

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Our works in progress

I thought that today I'd show you what Elizabeth and I are working on. The cross stitch is mine and the knitting Elizabeth's. I've done almost a quarter of mine in about 2 years! I'm not usually that slow but with it being for myself I keep putting it to one side and doing other things instead, like knittig a shawl lol. I'd show you that too but there are too many stitches for me to be able to spead it out without it coming off the needles.
Elizabeth started her scarf on Friday night. I had to rescue it quite a few times but today she's not made one mistake, woohoo! Her friend, Laura, is coming on Wednesday night for our "knitting club", all three of us. She'll be starting her scarf using Big Softy yarn and size 15mm needles. I think she might need a support frame to take the weight of the needles lol

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Not this Christmas but last year

As I've not got much to say about today, just shopping and a few rows of knitting. One thing I have done for Christmas this year is booked for myself, hubby and children (both adults) to go to a local eatery for our Christmas Day lunch. I can do a Christmas dinner any day of the year and it will be perfect. Do it on Christmas Day and I should just put it in the bin without putting it on the plates first!!!!!! Has anyone else ever had their Christmas dinner in a restaurant or hotel? If this works out I can see it becoming a regular treat :o)

Here are some of last year's offerings

Friday, 18 September 2009

I'm still here, again

I've had another bad month. Mum was admitted to hospital last month and sadly passed away last week. I've done hardly anything over the past few weeks other than going to the hospital and sorting out Mum's affairs. Just said goodbye to my son, Michael, as he's now on his way back to Germany after coming home for the funeral.

If anyone fancies coming to my house and doing a bit of housework just let me know and I'll welcome you with open arms. I've not done much as regards housework let alone crafting, apart from a bit of knitting.

I'm knitting a shawl that was in Let's Knit over three months done in 2ply. The yarn I'm using was a prize from CraftBubble but I've lost the ball band and I can't remember whose yarn it is.

One highlight has been my attempt at teaching my 23 year old daughter and her friend how to knit. Elizabeth has started knitting a scarf in pom-pom yarn and is managing about 2 rows before I have to rescue it lol Here's a photo of lesson one. I'll have to take a picture of Elizabeth (on the right) with her scarf

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Will this work?

Here are some photos of work I''ve done for
Fingers crossed it will work this time!
The Wedding Place Settings were made using 5cm cubes of birch wood.
I was really pleased with the finished result.

This Easter cross tag was done using peeloffs (as a stencil),
3D glaze and acrylic paints.
Also used my own shakey handwriting!!!!!
I think I'd best leave you with these pictures for now.
I've had that many problems trying to put my pictures on my blog
that I was all ready to throw the lappy through the window lol
Luckily Spyder was there to encourage me to keep on trying, many thanks Lyn,
although I've no idea what I've done different this time but at last
I've managed to beat the Blog Monster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Margaret xx

Monday, 20 July 2009

I'm still here!!!!

Why do I forget that I've got a (very small) blog? I must get into the routine of posting more often. I think I start every post with a variation on this theme :0(

We've just come back from and eight day break in Scarborough. I love it there, so wish that we lived in the area. I can dream, until my bubble gets popped every Wednesday and Saturday when I don't win the lottery lol
Had a lovely surprise when we got home, we've got baby frogs for the very first time. They are sooooo cute and tiny! I was going to put some photos on of the frogs but I can't move them to where I want them to be in the post. I wanted them to go after this paragraph but I can't cut them from the top of the post and move them here. I'm sure I've done this before so maybe it's another IE 8 no-no. If I can figure out how to do them I'll post them on
Bye for now
Margaret xx

Sunday, 28 June 2009

What a couple of months!!!

I'm glad to see the end of June approaching. May and June have not been good in our household. My brother died suddenly in May, only 56. At the same time our daughter, Elizabeth, who has a very rare eye disease, had been having lots of tests and a four week course of steroids. She was not pleased as they made her face very swollen. Two weeks ago she went into hospital to have a detached retina operated on. Should find out on Tuesday if the op was a success. Your prayers will be very welcome.

All topped off with the wireless router getting fried in a thunder storm. Bought another one, same make - Belkin, but it wouldn't connect so returned it to PC World. Bought another one and that was the same. Elizabeth was rather put out to say the least. Eventually found out by searching the net that Belkin are no longer compatible with AOL!!!!!!!!!! Wish they'd put it on the box. Got a Netgear and everything was easy-peasy. A whole week wasted thanks to Belkin.

Hopefully July will be a turnaround and the sun will shine for the rest of the summer.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Busy Day

Today I spent some time in the garden, weeding the raised flower beds and moving plants around. I'm so glad that we have these raised beds or I wouldn't be able to do anything other than sit in the garden! It was a bit too warm though, even at 10.30am. I ended up tying a towel round my head, like a pirate's bandana! Good job the garden isn't overlooked as I did look very strange in my headgear lol.

I also spent some time working on some designs for Steve at I've not done the finished photos so I can't post them as yet, would have to let Steve see them first anyway. Here are a couple of photos of projects that I've already done, I hope that you like them

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Sizzling Sunday!

I can't believe that we've had three days of continual sun!

The tadpoles are loving it, we've still got loads swimming around and eating algae from the sides of the pond, the fish food (poor fish isn't getting a look-in) and dead tadpoles, yuk! This is the first year we've still had tadpoles at this time. All previous years they've all died off while they were still small. We're really hoping that we'll get some little froglets this time, watching them closely to see when they start growing their legs. I've been told it should be quite soon but we shall see.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Oh what a glorious day!

Today the sun shone which meant that a planned barbeque could take place. A friend was 50 yesterday and her family planned a surprise party for her today. The only thing her hubby had to do was keep her away from the house until 3.30-4.00pm while their three children cleaned the house, went and did loads of shopping for food, baked cakes, made sandwiches etc etc. So did the hubby complete his one task? No, failed completely and arrived back at home about 2.45 to find the back garden being transformed with a gazebo, tables and chairs and loads of balloons.

Anyway the party went well with lots of good company, and food lol. The only downside to the day was the fact that Everton got beat 2-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

Feel absolutely shattered now so think I'll sign off and go and get some sleep

Margaret xx

Friday, 29 May 2009

Orphanage update

Here's the latest news from India

A Cyclone hit West Bengal on Monday and it was bad enough to reach our guys in Ranaghat, the new Bethel house has some damage to it but our friends have got away relatively unscathed, apart from local flooding and lack of electricity. A team of our Indian Trustees are currently on the way down to the worst affected area in the Sunderbahns where we have set up the Cyclone pack distribution centre so aid should be getting through soon. We have been blessed with a further £600 since yesterday morning from various responses to facebook and email notifications

It didn't take long

.......for me to fall by the wayside and not make an entry to my blog! I always start things with vigour and then very easily get distracted, life just has a habit of getting in the way. Anyway I'm back now (but for how long? I ask myself lol).

I've been enjoying the forums on Craftbubble, especially the competitions, I like a challenge now and again. And I've been busy knitting a few things, some of them were kits that I won in a competition in Knit Today. The first picture, the fingerless gloves, is the competition entry that I won with, the others are the prizes. I'm really into hand knitted socks at the moment. I think I might make some as Christmas presents this year

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Bethel House Boy's Orphanage

For the past 10 years I have donated money from the sale of my cards and cross-stitch to a few different charities. This worked well until my sales started to diminish as more and more people started to make cards. I used to be the only one at a couple of local church fairs but now there are about 5-6 each time. Makes it difficult to sell my cards when others are selling theirs three for a pound!

When we go on holiday to Scarborough we attend Scarborough Christian Fellowship. A couple that attend are the forefront of Bethel House Boy's Orphanage in India.
Their website is They rely 100% on public donation and travel around to different churches to raise the awareness of the orphanage and to try and get more sponsors. Last year I decided that instead of giving what little funds I was getting from selling the cards to give them directly to Tracey and Richard so they could have a little "shop" to take with them and that way they would get more income than I could give cash-wise. I'm branching out from just cards into stationery sets, notebooks (with my lovely Bind-it-All machine), small cross-stitch pictures and calendars to mention just a few.
Here's a picture of some of the journals that I made last year

I would love to know what you think of them

Margaret xx

Monday, 20 April 2009

My very first blog post!

Hi to anyone who actually reads this lol I don't know if I have much to share with the blogging community but I'll give it my best shot.

I'm an avid crafter who has to have at least one project on the go at all times. At the moment I'm working on four projects. A cross-stitch picture called The Guardian, a couple of family birthday cards, knitting baby clothes for my daughter's friend and working on some wooden shapes to provide tutorials for I'll post some pictures of projects I have done in the past to get myself in the routine of blog posting.

See you again soon, I hope!

Margaret xx