Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A Sari State to be in!

I have had a few saris kicking around in my fabric stash for a while now and when My Lovely Mum treated to me some dress patterns for my birthday this year, one of them seemed perfect for this one
A few hours later and yes, for all for you fellow Sewing Bee addicts; its is the walkaway wraparound dress. Now, the pattern is supposed to be 'very easy'. Well, I'm sure it is if you opt for a sensible fabric like lawn or polycotton. Not so much when you have a lightweight almost chiffon-esque fabric though. Cue a whole lot of swearing and faffing about!

I think it will be ok in the end though, but if not, I will end up with a pretty summer skirt at least!

On the subject of saris; one of my crafternoon chums very kindly gave me a couple of bags of sari ribbons. I'm not a jewellery maker and as that seems to be all I could find to do with them on Google & Pinterest, I decided to attempt something different. First up I had to press my chosen ones, which took quite a while!
It's going to be a present and as soon as I have finished my cunning plan I'll post some piccies... any ideas what I'll be making?

Sunday, 29 March 2015


One of the loveliest things about crafting is is getting together with fellow crafting chums

This Saturday two super ladies came round to learn how to needle felt

We had a splendid afternoon stabbing away at fluffy wool tops, drinking tea and eating cake!

Not bed for her first attempt, eh? Isn't she cute?
I'm looking forward to lots more arty farty crafty afternoons this year with assorted friends. It will be great fun learning new skills and crafts from each other

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