Cards Galore

Good Morning πŸ™‚

How are you all? I wish the weather would make up its mind though, one minute its cloudy and grey and the next its warm and sunny. xD

So due to moving house I decided to write to all my family members informing them of our new address. πŸ™‚ I was going to do it in a letter format but when I actually wrote the letter it was so short it looked silly to send it, so my boyfriend suggested I buy some blank cards instead and write in those. Quick trip to Tescos on my lunch break and I found a pack of 10 blank coloured cards and envelopes which would do the job nicely. πŸ™‚ Once I had written in them I thought the front of the cards looked a bit boring so using the left over letter stickers I had for my Dad’s Father’s Day card, I decided to decorate them with some ‘moving phrases’.

Although the phrases are quite simple, I think they look rather good and sometimes simple is all you need for a great affect. πŸ˜€

This week I also finished off the second dolls and have already made a start on the third and final one! Just need to make the finished one into a card and then it can sit in my card stash waiting to be given away. πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a good bank holiday weekend! I would love to hear if you have any project plans for that extra day. I myself is hoping to have a full crafting day on the Monday! πŸ™‚

Emz xxx

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No Time For Stitching

Good morning πŸ™‚

How are you all? Its been a busy last week or so as I have just moved and I’m still trying to work out where to put everything!

Due to moving I haven’t had any time for my projects sadly, so the below photos are from last week just before I packed it all away. However, now that everything is out of boxes I can hopefully get back into my projects again. I’ve finished all the stitching for this doll so now its just the back stitching and the French knots. πŸ™‚

I have also been meaning for ages to blog about a little present my nan gave me weeks ago. I went to go visit my grandparents while on a visit home and my nan very kindly offered me a load of cross stitching books that she had and was thinking of giving them away to charity.IMG_6886Much to the dismay of my boyfriend I decided I wanted to keep pretty much all of them. xD They are just full of great ideas and quick gift ideas if I ever get suck on ideas on what to do. Now my project list is even longer! What’s also great about the Book of Creative Crafts is that is has a section on soap and candle making which will be great for those hobbies as well!

I’ve now got to find a spot for them in our new house, which the boyfriend will no doubt complain about but at least they won’t be in boxes anymore. πŸ™‚

Emz xxx

Mystery Blogger Award

Good Evening! πŸ™‚

Can you believe it is now August! This year is going so quickly!

Anyway last thursday I had a nice surprise to find that I had been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! Totally wasn’t expecting it and it was a nice surprise after coming home from a long day at work.

Rules:Β Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog, tell your readers three things about yourself, nominate people, notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs, ask your nominees five questions of your choice and share a link or links to your favourite posts.

So thank you toΒ JessicaΒ for the nomination! She runs a great blog, you should totally check it out! Its about her crafting projects as well as books she likes reading along with some personnel posts, it really is great to read through. πŸ™‚

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Three things about me:

  1. I feel I’m an old women in a young women’s body sometimes when I would rather be in bed watching the Great British Bake Off than go out. xD
  2. Although I am not very good with pain I have two tattoos, one on each foot and I would like to get more.
  3. I tried to teach myself Spanish for a university trip but all I can remember is to ask where the bathroom is, which in my opinion is quite a good thing to remember. xD

If you had to pick one β€˜pump up’ song to get you ready to do something what would you pick?

  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston, not sure if it counts as a ‘pump up’ song but it gets me moving and dancing about which seems to help with tasks around the flat. πŸ™‚

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

  • This is a bit of a tough one as I really wanna travel everywhere at the moment! But it would probably be California as thats where my Aunt and Uncle live and I don’t get to see them that often. Plus there’s the beach and Disneyland! Who doesn’t love Disney?!

Paperback, hardback, ebook, or audio book?

  • I would chose a real book over an ebook or audio book as I prefer the feel of a real book in my hands. I love the smell of a new book and that fact you can’t seem to turn the page quick enough to find out what’s going to happen. πŸ™‚ I like both paperback and hardback but I would probably go with paperback as I find them easier to hold. πŸ™‚

What’s your favourite dessert?

  • This one is a tough one as I love anything to do with food especially dessert! xD I would have to say my favourite dessert at the moment is anything to do with Red Velvet such as cake, cheesecake, cookies. xD I had once Red Velvet pancakes in Las Vegas which were pretty good!

Favourite quote/saying?

  • My favourite quote is by William Shakespeare and it goes ‘When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew’. I know this will sound weird but I’m not too sure why I like it so much, I just do. I guess I’m a romantic at heart and it reminds of me romantic films/books. πŸ™‚

My Nominees:

LucyAnnLuna

WickedStitcher

CountryCrossStitchersMusings

CreativeWriter234

RabbitGirlCrafts

So my questions:

  1. What is your favourite type of music?
  2. Why did you start blogging?
  3. If you could be in any TV show or film what would it be and why?
  4. Where’s the most exciting place you visited?
  5. Whats your spirt animal?

Thank you again to Jessica for the nomination, was really a nice surprise, I hope you enjoy my answers to the questions. Can’t wait to see your replies to my questions, please feel free to take part in the comments or in your own post. πŸ™‚

Emz xxx

 

 

One Down, Two To Go – Kokeshi Dolls

Good Morning πŸ™‚

How are you all? Still raining here but I remember to bring my coat this time. xD

Last night I finished the first out of three Kokeshi dolls and mounted her onto the card. Don’t think she looks too bad, the French knots were a little bit of a pain but apart from those she looks good. πŸ™‚ Managed to finish her on time as I’m planning on giving the card away next week, I’m hoping the recipient likes it. πŸ™‚

Although I finished one Kokeshi doll, I couldn’t stop there last night, I decided to make a start on the second one. Her body is almost complete, just need a to add a little bit more under the coral band and then of course she needs a head. xD I think this one might be my favourite although I haven’t stitched the third one yet so we shall see. πŸ™‚Β I’ve taken a little break from my secret project to work on the card but I shall pick it up again tonight. πŸ™‚

How are your projects going? Well I hope, let me know! πŸ™‚

Emz xxx

 

A Nice Surprise

Good Afternoon πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a good weekend and that it didn’t rain too much, of course it started to rain when I didn’t think to bring a coat with me. xD I do hope the sun β˜€οΈ comes back though as I bought some new sunglasses over the weekend and I need to test them out. πŸ˜‚

When I got into work I had a lovely surprise waiting for me on my desk, a work colleague of mine found these freebie cross stitch kits and thought I would like them. She said that I was better off having them as they’re just sitting in her house collecting dust, which was very sweet of her. As you know I’ve already stitched the mouse Christmas cards but I’m looking forward to stitching them again as I think they’re super cute! I love the colours of the metallic threads so I can’t wait to give the quick-stitch Christmas cards a go.

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I’m slowly but surely working through the little card cross stitch, I didn’t think it would take me this long but it has! xD She’s almost finished though, she just needs a mouth (very important) and some braids in the form of French Knots coming out of her hair buns. That hopefully shouldn’t take me too long to do and then she can be mounted to the card and given away. πŸ™‚

 

I know it’s only Monday but I hope you all have a good rest of the week whatever you’re doing, whether it’s working, looking after little ones or frantically trying to finish off projects (like me) before their deadlines.

Emz xxx

A Little Something

Good Evening πŸ™‚

Thank goodness its the weekend, it has been such a busy week here that I haven’t had much time for crafting but I’ve manage a little something.

I’ve made a start on one of the Kokeshi doll cards, she doesn’t look like much now but she’s only small so it shouldn’t take me too long to complete. πŸ™‚ I’veΒ also posted a little teaser image of the surprise cross stitching project I’m making at the moment. Shhhh if you know what the project is as I still want it to be a little surprise for you guys as well as the recipient of the gift. πŸ™‚ But its coming along nicely and should hopefully be finished soon. πŸ™‚

I have also chosen the wool I’m going to use to make the cushion cover, I love the rainbow affect it has but its not too much in your face as it has the black background. Need to have a little practice with it first though before I make a start on the cushion cover but I can’t wait to get started. πŸ™‚

I’m hoping to get quite a lot done project wise as I seem to have quite a few busy weekends coming up in the next month or so. I suppose I could always take my projects with me. xD

Hope you all have a good sunny weekend. πŸ™‚

Emz xxx

WIP And What Next?

Good Morning πŸ™‚

Wooo we’re half way through the week! Been a bit quiet on the crafting front due to the fact I finished the rose cross stitch and made it into its card. As I was looking through my crafting box, looking for the next small project to make, I came across some more freebie cross stitch card kits! I had forgotten all about these so it was a nice surprise to find them and it will help break up the secret project I’m working on as its quite a big piece. They should keep me going for the time being, I’ve made a start on the Kokeshi dolls, which roughly take five hours each!

As well as the card kits I also came across my butterfly cross that I had finished ages ago but I wasn’t too sure how to mount/ finish it off. And so to the internet I went to find some inspiration and I came across this blog sewingseed, who had the great idea of framing finished projects in hoops. It took a bit of adjusting to make sure it was centre in the hoop but I don’t think it looks too bad and I will definitely be using this idea a lot more in the future.

I’ve finished one section of my secret project but I still have a long way to go yet so no photos for the time being. It seems to be taking me slight longer than I had hoped to reach this far so I need to up my game if I’m to finish it in time for Christmas! I’m hoping this time next week I will have another section almost finished, I may be cheeky and post a picture of one of the sections to give you a little glimpse of it. But thats a maybe as I don’t want to ruin the surprise, got to keep you guys guessing. πŸ˜‰

IMG_6631I almost finished my first crochet piece, the sides are sewn together, it just needs a button and a little loop to fasten it closed. Sadly though I have run out of wool so I need to go to Hobbycraft and get some more as well as the wool I need to make a start on the cushion cover.

How are all your projects coming along? Managed to finish any and tick them off your list? Or are you like me and feel like the list is never ending? xD

Emz xxx

Rose WIP

Good evening πŸ™‚

Dunno about you but I’ve just about recovered and stopped melting from the heat wave that Britain had the beginning of the week. Due to the weather I haven’t done much this week as I have been too hot but I have been working on the small rose cross stitch. As you can see I’ve added some more pink so its starting to look more like a rose now. πŸ™‚

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It shouldn’t take me too long to finish it and with the weather being a bit cooler I can focus on my bigger projects. πŸ™‚ I haven’t touched my secret stitch at all this week and must get back to it if I’m going to finish it in time for Christmas!

Did you guys manage to work on any projects in the heat? Any tips on how to keep cool just in case we get another heat wave? xD Hope you all have a good remainder of the weekend. πŸ™‚

Emz xxx

Anyone For Tea?

Hello Again πŸ™‚

So as well as being busy with my cross stitching projects, I also made some candles over the weekend. πŸ™‚

I was out shopping with my mum where we saw some teacup candles and she suggested I give it a go so I did. πŸ™‚ I don’t think they turned out too bad for a first attempt, I did forget to top up the wax as it hardened but oh well, I’ll remember for next time. I found the teacups andΒ saucers at a car boot fair for such a good price, I’ll deffo be going back and scouting out more fairs so that I can make more cool and interesting candles. πŸ˜€ I didn’t do anything different to what I normal do when I make candles apart from using up left over wax. I had some Yankee candles that had finished but I had some wax left over so I remelted the wax and used that, which is great as they still smell like the Yankee candles!

As well as reusing old teacups I also made a candle out of a food jar, I loved the pattern on the outside of the jar so I didn’t want to throw it away. Not sure if you can tell from the photos but the jar has shells going around it, which would make sense seeing that it muscles in it. xD I of course washed the jar out a few times so that it didn’t smell and then again I reused some left over wax. πŸ™‚

I think I’m going to practice some more with using different jars and shapes to make candles and maybe also soap too. πŸ™‚ I would like to one day be good enough to consider giving them away as presents but we shall see.

Woooo its friday tomorrow! I hope you all have a good day tomorrow and a good weekend, lets hope this nice sunny weather stays for a while! πŸ˜€

Emz xxx

Secret Stitches And Teddy Bears

Good Evening πŸ™‚

Where has the past month and a half gone?! Its just flown by and the weather has been so nice and sunny, apart from one week where we had hail?! I have been super busy with all my projects though, you’ll be happy to here. πŸ™‚ And they haven’t just been cross stitching project either πŸ˜‰ watch out for another post.

Cross stitching wise I have been working on some smaller projects to take a break from the bigger ones. I finished off my dad’s Fathers day card and sent it off yesterday, just in time for Sunday. I’m super happy with how it turned out, stupidly I was really worried I would spell father wrong as I had to stick the letters individually but it doesn’t look too bad and its spelt right! πŸ™‚ The teddy bear is really cute but stitching and back stitching the white flowers on white Aida was a bit difficult. Now he’s finished I’m working on a rose card, not done much but you can sort of tell its meant to be a flower. πŸ™‚

Speaking of bears though I have done some more of Cookie Bear, one of the presents are finished and the second one is half way done. Just got to finish off that second present and then it’ll be back stitching time, which I do and don’t want to do but its got to be done. πŸ™‚

I’m also working on a secret project, which hopefully will be a Christmas present if I can finish it in time! Just giving you a little sneak peak of the materials to give you some idea of what its going to be like but this will be the only picture I will post of it incase the person its for sees my progress. When its finished and given away I shall post the finished result on here so you can see how it turned out. πŸ˜€

I have also been practicing my crochet skills and the picture below is my first finished piece. It’s finished in the way that I don’t need to crochet anymore but the sides need to be sewn together. I’m really happy I stuck to it as I have given up in the past but I was determined to keep going! Next in my crochet book is a cushion cover which uses treble crochet, which sounds hard but I’m going to give it a go!

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a very long time but I hope you all have been well and that your projects are coming along nicely. πŸ™‚

Emz xxx