Advanced nesting

Ok, it’s hard to deny the fact that I’m seriously nesting in our flat now! The last couple of weekends have been entirely furniture focused.

Project 1:

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This is an old chair that my grandma gave me for the new flat. I started sanding it down by hand but after about 2 hours I decided enough was enough and went on a trip to B&Q! It still took another couple of hours to sand down the rest of it with my new precision machine sander! I know, I hear your ‘oohhs’ and ‘ahhs’ from here! Anyway, I’m undecided if I like the fact that the varnish took a bit of my paint off or if I’m annoyed by it…I definitely like the birds anyhow!

Project 2:

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I would love to tell you that I did all of this myself, spent hours concentrating on minute details and finally realised this wonderful creation but, unfortunately, my better half reads my blog and he might not be impressed! – you won’t like him when he’s mildly un-impressed…ye, I know not even a minor link really, I’ve just been watching too many movies!!

Anyway, the point is that my partner printed out a risk board map, scalpeled it into the table then spent most of last weekend, his week nights and today painstakingly painting each country on to our wonderful table. Now this table has been passed down from my step mum who was passed it from here mum so…I hope that they like risk! We were going to play on it tonight but the attraction of Mario party 8 is way to much for mere crafters such as us to escape!

Project 3:

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I think that my partner is exceptionally happy that this one is finally finished, since the day we moved in I’ve been saying that we need bookshelves. Even with a big box full of books, he disputed this as a requirement. Now, I will agree that food is mildly more important week by week but who can live without neatly stacked books and trinkets on display?? Not me, I can tell you that!

We saw a billy bookcase a while ago at ikea that had a really funky design on the back and was going to get that on our latest reccie but it wasn’t there, the next best thing just didn’t quite cut it so, we snuck into B&Q like the crafty ninjas that we are and found these amazing samples of wallpaper just jumping into our arms! A bit of PVA later and a lot of pushing to get the back in place and you have a wallpapered bookshelf! I love them and can finally display my essentials!

All of these were way easier than I thought they would be, I can’t speak for the risk table of course! So if you are hesitant I would say just go for it, most things can be sanded, stripped or hidden if they don’t work!

Until the next one…

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I’ve got the knitting bug

Being a crocheter at heart, picking up a couple of needles and learning to knit was something I saw as a bit of a chore, to only be used when I found an amazing pattern and couldn’t work out how to crochet it instead!

How wrong could I be!! I’ve not only carried on with my purple knit and crochet top, it is coming along…i swear, but I’ve also (started) a new sock

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And it looks like pacman!! Hehe

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I also started another top, trying circular needles!! Not exactly sure how it’ll turn out but It’s really loose to knit and relaxing!

eBay gave me this wonderful machine, it’s for making knitted cords. Started this poof too, kind of prefer it on the back actually…

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Ooh, also the lilies have also bloomed, they’re beautiful!!

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A lot on the go…share all of your half finished projects!!

Until the next one…

Birthday dress and a couple of home comforts

Right, I am officially employed! Woop! It is, again only temporary but much longer term than the last one…just not sure quite how long yet! I’m settling in alright, getting to grips with the systems and my tasks so all good news there!

I do have some crafty news too!

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Unfortunately this isn’t one that I’ve made, I’ve not built up the courage to yet! This one is from Primark, for my baby sister’s birthday! 3 guesses on her name! It was really quick and easy, just being a simple name, and has got me looking at all of my clothes with an ‘if I just…’ attitude.

In the vast time since my last post, I have sold an item on Etsy!!- to my mum, but it still counts!

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Had a bit more progress with the front of my knit and crochet top

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Bought a new cushion!!

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And finally got some pictures up in our bedroom! Our contract says no picture hangers/nails without specific permission! This has lead to a canvas above the cupboard door and these photos hooked on to the ledge on the wardrobe! I do love ribbon everywhere though! I think it looks better than if I just hung them!

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Do you have any great work-a-rounds? I do love them…post them and then send us a link and we’ll have a showcase!

Until the next one…

Etsy and book pages

Ok, really I knew that I’d get too excited and do this post tonight but, what can I say? – I’m a tease!

My first announcement is that I have an Etsy shop! Ta-dah! It’s only got one item on it at the moment but I can easily put more on later. It’s really quite easy to set up, not the mammoth task that I had assumed it was! Check it out here!

Also, the long awaited book pages…not much text really but this is what I want them to look like! – at the moment anyway!

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Sorry about the pictures, ended up having to take a photo of my screen!

Let me know what you think of the pages, could do with all the feedback you have to give!

Until the next one…

Flowering garden and a new job!

Right… For the last couple of weeks, my only project on the go has been the knit and crochet top because I had a couple of weeks temping work, all very exciting but straying, slightly, from the book and creatures that I set up this blog for! I would like to say that this post is completely about my creatures but, alas, I’m on a stray again! I noticed today that the snakes heads that I planted a few weeks ago have opened, and they’re so pretty!

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My daffodils are up too! I’ll have to cut some for the house…or just bring the pot inside!!

I have much news today, I’ve been offered a job! Temporary again but longer term and they seem to keep employees and move them about so it could lead on…

The only problem is that I’m going to have less time for my creatures and blog! 😦 but I’m sure I’ll squeeze in time!

Anyway, look out for my next post…going to be pics of my book pages! I might get too excited and post them tonight too but you’ll just have to wait and see!

Until the next one…

One ball in

Ok, it’s gone quite well so far…the top I mean!

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I’ve finished 1 ball in this project and I have made a couple of mistakes but I’m not telling you where! I’m really excited to see it finished now, just got to keep going until its REALLY long…that’s the technical term, of course! Anyway, at this rate I might finish this top quite soon. It is quite a nice one to start wit just because there are only 2, simple panels to knit and the yokes and sleeves are crocheted!

Anyway, must run! I’ll keep you updated!

Until the next one…

First try at a top

So, I’m feeling the need for a good knitting project to have a little go at in breaks and in front of the TV…also I’ve been wanting to try a top so…

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Its a lion brand pattern, free of course, from here. Its called a knit and crochet tunic if you fancy searching. Just hoping that I can stick with it long enough to get it finished.

This is as much as I’ve managed to do last night and in my lunch breaks

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Until the next one…

Balcony gardening

So, I have actually done some work on my book this week…I swear that I’ll put the couple of pages that I’ve set out on here but at the moment, I’m really excited about my little balcony garden! Matt is really the one of us that is into gardening, too much dirt under nails for me, but I fancied growing some flowers and he is more of a produce gardener!

Anyway, we went for a tour of Homebase and B&Q and got daffodils, snakes heads and a few to put in together…I so haven’t forgotten the names already!

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I really like the different heights of this one, can’t wait until they all flower! The taller ones’ll end up looking like this…

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The snakes heads I’ve just potted on and the daffodils are staying in there pot for now.

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I’ll keep you updated on them…provided I don’t kill them before they flower! Oh, and sorry for the state of the balcony floor, someone’s coming to fix it as soon as the estate agents sort it out…could be waiting quite a while!

Until the next one…

My First (sorta) Commision

So, I’m calling it a Commision but I’m not really sure that it is! I was talking to my neighbour, Rob, about a couple of rugs that I’ve made from zpagetti and that I’m thinking of setting up an etsy shop with them! So he asked if I could make him a thunder cats rug! Anyway, I got some fabric yesterday, so exciting! I’m not sure if I got enough, but I got 3 metres of each colour for only £6 so I’m quite impressed!

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I’ve started cutting them into strips, it’s taking forever but is well worth it and much easier on the floor.

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I’ve got quite a bit done already, although I have done it twice!

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I’ll keep you posted, until the next one…