Friday, 27 March 2015

Mug Exchange & Birthday Shenanigans

Hallo my lovelies

It's been a busy few weeks for me with (yes, more!) social life, work, my birthday and a super swap hosted by the lovely Stephanie of Enchanting Rose. Thank you Stephanie; I really enjoyed this swap :)

First up... the swap. I'm a mug kind of gal so opted for that rather than a teacup

Luckily my recipient likes pink, so I gave her a pink mug and rustled up a little coaster and since Easter is just around the corner popped in some chocolatey yummies
We didn't swap with each other and I received a beautiful mug with a lid, how cool is that? And some scrummy hot chocolate and little hugs to nibble on
As for my birthday... the celebration started off with Beloved Son, his Spiffing Girlfriend and chum or two in the best pub in norwich; The Fat Cat. It ended up with over 20 fabulous friends and a few cats ears. I made the cat ears of course and although we only had half a dozen pairs or so, most people wore them at some point! I came home with only my pair, so I guess they were pretty well received!
The best part? When I arrived, Beloved Son presented me with the most gorgeous cake made by Spiffing Girlfriend
And to end... here is a photo of Spiffing Girlfriend baking brownies with her lovely daughter!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Going back to my roots

One of my giveaway prizes was to be a felt flower brooch; so I dug out my wool tops and barbed needles...

I enjoyed making it so much that I rustled up a little mouse, a postbox and a tiny heart...

Coincidentally, whilst I was busy stabbing away, my eldest aunt (one of Lovely Mum's Smashing Sisters) asked if I could make her a felted picture. 

As my stash is of quite a size I have everything I need to get started

Fibres laid out ready to wet felt
(it's supposed to be a  canal scene!)

Dry and ready to work with needle felting for detail
Some detail added, but I need to do something with the water as
with this perspective it looks a waterfall rather than a canal!
I have not tried to make a felted picture before, but I am feeling inspired and looking forward to trying something new

Such fun getting back in to a favourite hobby!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

And the winners will (not) be exterminated!

Hallo all you lovely people who took the time to comment on my GYB post

Time to announce the winners of my little giveaway





I'll drop you a line on your blogs, please let me know your postal address and I'll try and get your little treats in the post next weekend

This weekend I went to the 60th birthday party of a very good friend who just happens to like daleks

Naturally, one can't possibly have a birthday party without a cake, so....

I used some chocolate fairy cakes stuck together with frosting and then poured a load of melted Cadbury's chocolate all over it and embellished it with gold balls and topped it off with a mallow teacake. The candle played happy birthday!

I made three initially as I knew they may not all turn out ok. Good job really as one was too wonky and one collapsed completely!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

GROW YOUR BLOG... and a little giveaway

Recently whilst browsing my usual suspects I clicked, as I often do, through to blogger names I've not noticed before and found a link to vicki-2bagsfull who is hosting a wonderful grow your blog party... hence the title of this post!

I've never really told y'all much about me have I? Well, only snippets now and again, so here goes...

I'm Rae; a woman of 'a certain age'! 

The main members of the cast of my life are: My Lovely Mum (often mentioned, and not just because she feeds my fabric addiction), Super Sister, Beloved Son and his Spiffing Girlfriend (S-GF happens to be a fellow crafter so naturally one approves greatly), 
Beloved Son with Spiffing Girlfriend at Halloween 
Me with Smashing Sister back in the early 80s
Me with Smashing Sister who treated me to a fab makeover modelling day for my 40th

Beloved Son and me ready for my work ball

Beloved Son puts up with Adoring Mother

Bestest Friend; a chum I've known since early on at grammar school, so we go way back!
Bestest Friend and me at fancy dress do... I do so love fancy dress!

I started this blog mostly because My Lovely Mum has two Smashing Sisters and when I made some new crafty thing she would sometimes mention it to them and as they are both of the artistic ent they would often request a photo. Of course this entailed me taking a piccy, emailing it to M-L-M, who then emailed it on to the Smashing Sisters. What a faff! So to simplify things I thought if I have a blog then anyone can see what I've been up to. Also useful for Bestest Friend too as she likes to keep up with my goings on as well
My Lovely Mum with Youngest Aunt and Oldest Aunt

Not changed much have they?
Of course the downside to all this over-sharing is when it comes to present times... I have to wait until my loved ones have received the tosh I make before I get to post piccies! Not easy for an impatient devotee of instant gratification

I am a crafting butterfly; I hop from one craft to the next (with the exception of crochet as I have never managed to get the hang of it). When I started this blog I was heavily in to felting, both wet and dry; hence the name, which is a play on words as I was also training in holistic massage. Sadly, felting is very time consuming and with a full-time job and a burgeoning social life I don't do it as much as I would like, but I am hoping to do some more this year, now that I have settled down after moving across the country

Anyway... enough of my waffling and on to the fun! As part of all of this I get to offer three prizes! Hurrah! I've always wanted to do a giveaway type thing and now I can! 

So; three of you will get a little gift; a bracelet, or a lavender bag or felt flower brooch

To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment.. I'll post anywhere in the world, so no restrictions... easy, isn't it?!

I'll get Beloved Son and Spiffing Girlfriend to assist in a random draw and the winners will be announced on 14th February

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Party on Dudes

Not content with making presents; I have also whipped up a couple of creations for fancy dress parties. My chum and her other half host the most legendary Halloween and New Year's Eve parties I've ever been to, so the stakes are high in the costume game!

For Halloween I went as a scary teacher. This only involved minimal crafting as all I had to make was the mortar board. Pretty simple really: black card decorated with a tassel with a felt cap beneath, all topped off with a tassel...
Beloved son and his Spiffing GF flanking some weird woman!
Last New Year's Eve, it was an 'A' Party; so naturally this time was the 'B' Party. I decided to go as Tippi Hedren from the Hitchcock movie The Birds. Luckily I picked up a 'mother of the bride' green dress and jacket from eBay for a fiver. It was a tad snug so I extended it by undoing the seams and adding inserting a couple of panels using the lining. Then I bought some cheap polystyrene bird forms and after raiding my old fascinator stash for feathers I got busy with my glue gun...
Happy New Year!

Friday, 2 January 2015

A Crafty Christmas

Finally I can prove I have not been slacking in recent months!

I was a busy little bee making presents for the family...

My sister had asked for a couple of peg bags... and I just happened to have in my stash the remains of a table cloth that had down the rounds; it started off as my mum's, then got passed to my sis, who cut it down to fit her table and I got the rest. Ha - right back at you sister! 

She also wanted hanging pockets for her twin sons cabin beds. My lovely mum came to visit earlier in the year weighed down with copious amounts of delicious John Lewis remnants and bargains; which included a couple of those curtain display samples that have a rainbow of colors hanging fro one long strip. Years ago, when Beloved Son was little I'd turned one of these in to a hanging pocket organiser for his socks...

My mum wanted another satchel/tote style handbag, so following her specifications for size and pocket capacity I found a fabric I thought she might quite like (she did; after it all it was another one she'd brought with her for me on her trip). I was a little bit adventurous and added an adjustable slider thingy to the strap...

So, what with Beloved Son's T-Shirt blankie and the little gifts for Bestest Friend it really has been quite a crafty autumn!

Hope you have all had a smashing Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year

See you soon!