Saturday, 29 August 2015

A rainy end to the day

Hello there,
How's your Bank Holiday going so far?...
We've been having a lovely time, I caught up with some super friends.
Socialising and eating out and yesterday we received super news as my daughter passed the penultimate exams for her chartered accounting course, nearly the end of a three year slog.
We celebrated with bubbles last night!
Today was gorgeous sunshine this morning so I took advantage of a bit of a relax on the lounger in the garden.
This evening the rain appeared so I'm glad I made the most of the sun earlier.
I've had lots of interest in the revival of my little clocks so this evening I have a new addition along with some old favourites to share.
I'll leave you with these before relaxing for the evening and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks so much for visiting,
Crafty Hugs xKx

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Shabby CD's

Evening everyone,
Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your visit.
We had sun here this morning but rain this afternoon, luckily managed to get some washing done and then some admin stuff.
I've also been playing with samples for our September workshop, altered CD's.
This one uses my favourite DécoArt chalky finish paints along with Andy Skinner's French Elements stencil.
Really enjoying creating these.
Hope you have a good evening.
Back soon, crafty hugs xKx 

Monday, 24 August 2015

A special garden party

Good morning,
Here we are at the start of another week.
Thank you so much for visiting this today.
I had a pretty busy but hugely enjoyable weekend.
Spending the day on Saturday with my family and now extended family as I think of them at Mum's care home.
A really lovely day, a BBQ, music, summer stalls, fresh home grown produce, chutneys and jams and afternoon tea and cupcakes.
I got there early for setting up in the garden area.

The event was to raise funds and support the care home and I had a stall selling my clocks and shabby chic handmade items and gifts.

Apart from selling the gifts I was able to take orders which I can deliver when I travel to visit mum.
We were so fortunate with the weather, it was the most glorious day.
So everything was set up early outside under Gazebo's and plenty of sun umbrella's and shade for the residents.
 Super organised day and thoroughly enjoyable for the residents and visitors alike.
Once in full swing the time flew and I realised I hadn't taken photo's in full swing but this is one that did get taken.

Tomorrow they are going to be celebrating an amazing lovely lady's
 101st Birthday!!!
Cheers Esther!

After packing away in the afternoon I drove back home to get ready for a birthday party we went to in the evening.
Lovely and relaxing as we were able to sit outside, making the most of it being very warm.
Yesterday was more relaxing in preparation for the busy working week ahead.
That's all for now, catch up again soon.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Friday, 21 August 2015

Texture Triangle

Good morning,
Can't believe it's Friday already.
It's looking like tomorrow is going to be glorious, I do hope so as Mum's care home have a BBQ event and I'm going to be selling a selection of giftware during the day. Then we're heading off out to a birthday party in the evening.
Yesterday I had fun playing with textures on a triangular canvas, another sample for November's workshop.
I used DecoArt mediums and paints along with some Art Ingredients, fabrics and various string and threads.
I love the lush colours, it feels quite rich and opulent.
Anyway here's the result of my playtime...
Hope you have a good day.
Crafty Hugs xKx

Thursday, 20 August 2015

New Workshop Project - Shaped canvases

Evening all,
Today is I've been working on a new workshop project for Kent in November.
We're going to be creating on shaped chunky canvases and this is one idea.
I had a play with this triangular one and of course a new clock was born but the ladies will have free reign and don't have to do a clock.
After all there's so much that can be done on these great bases and this is just one of the shapes that's available for the workshop.
I really enjoyed creating this, such great fun to do.
So before I head off to cook dinner and get ready for Bake Off I'll leave you with pictures of today's make.
Have a nice evening and thanks ever so for popping by.
Love and Crafty Hugs xKx

Monday, 17 August 2015

Getting Folky!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend, did you do anything nice?...
On Saturday I did a few chores and decided to bake a Mary Berry Victoria Sponge for our crafty session yesterday.
It seemed to be a success as the tin is now empty!
I do love GBBO!
Anyhow we had a super Sunday all inspired by the lovely ladies over at Folk It and for my involvement with Déco Art Helping Artist, which was quite appropriate as we have invited new members to the group recently and yesterday a young new member and her mum who are very keen to come along and join in again next time.
That's what it's all about a mixed ability group of all ages, getting together, having fun and enjoying crafting.
So with the help of my other half Paul, whom I couldn't do this without and I thank enormously for always supporting me in every way, we got set up for the day in our bright, all mod cons hall.
I bring along and set up a "mobile shop" we all love to add to our crafty stash!
The early birds are already tempted!

As a bit of a Thank You and a gift I supplied the crafter's with a plain journal book and some black and Kraft card to practise their "Folk Art" and use as a class book for jotting down hints and tips shared on the day.

After a catch up and a coffee to get us started it was down to crafty business before lunch and cake and finishing off in the afternoon.

I was so impressed by all the wonderful results, I know it was really out of the comfort zone for some but hey here's a glimpse of some of the results and works in progress.
We all loved Dotting!
Thank you all for a wonderful day and creating such stunning home decor pieces.

Below is my demo sample MDF box which uses Americana chalky finish paint in Timeless and Relic for my base coat.
I sponged Relic on then used the scourer to distress with Timeless.
Americana acrylic colours used, Tomato Red, Warm White, Baby Blue and Hauser Light Green.

The Tall Gift Box is from Candy Box Crafts


Further projects and ideas

We practised techniques for our Folk Art Journals

and used a whole host of DecoArt products...

Our next session on September 13th is Altered CD's.
October is our Christmas project 
November and December are brand new projects...
We've started our project list for next year which will include by request
Triple Beach Huts and revisiting Tarmac!...
Have a good Monday, I'm off to make a start on a new project! 
Love and Hugs xKx

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Creating Masterboards

Afternoon all,
A midweek blog post with another of my samples from last weekend's demo day, showing how to create a Masterboard.
What's a Masterboard?
Quite simply creating your own background papers to use however you choose.
We have had great fun at the workshops and demo's using them to decorate MDF projects, like the Brusho Box.
For this one I used the lush Dylusions Paints and Kaisercraft clear stamps.

I'll be back with what's in store for this Masterboard in a later blog post.

Have a good afternoon.

Crafty Hugs xKx

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cath Kidston style jewellery/sewing box

Morning all,
Hope you're all doing well so far this week and had a good weekend.
I'm chasing my tail this week with lots to fit in! Lol
So on my list today is to share a project I demoed on Saturday at Colemans Craft Warehouse using products from Jones Crafts.
I was using items from Candy Box and Kaisercraft.
One of my demo pieces was showing how to decorate the Candy Box jewellery/sewing box or even use for crafty bits and bobs!
Among the papers I'd been given to work with were Kaisercraft, Secret Garden 12 x 12 which includes a sheet of gorgeous stickers for embellishing too.
After using chalky paint the papers can be selected and cut to size, they are all so lovely it's hard to choose which ones to use first!
Candy Box MDF kits are made so well and go together wonderfully, they're 3mm thickness so not too chunky but still very sturdy once assembled.
Feedback was super for this project and I look forward to sharing more makes, news and ideas from the day over the next few days.
I love Cath Kidston and I achieved the look I was hoping for with these products.
Hope you like it and feel inspired.
Thanks so much for popping by today.
Crafty Hugs xKx