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21 Oct

6 months! 6 months! That’s how long it’s been since I have written a blog. Disgraceful! I should be ashamed of myself! Fear not though lovely fellow crafter’s, I am still alive and crafting!

Now to fill you in on my adventures. No crafty pictures yet as I have had no time to take any! Life has gotten pretty busy lately. I have just moved to a lovely, beautiful shiny, non-mouldy  house in Eastney which is minutes from a lovely big park and 10 minutes to the beach. Perfect! So that was pretty intense, but we are settled in as much as you can be after 3 weeks and loving life here. I will take some pictures and post them soon so you can all have a nosey.

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I have also started driving lessons to the horror of every other road user. I’m loving it! It’s pretty awesome being in control of a massive piece of metal with wheels!

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I have only so far only nearly killed one person. It’s not my fault there was a ridiculously adorable puppy on the other side of the road distracting me!

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And finally I have started an Access Course two evenings a week in Health and Social Care which will be for the next year in the hope I can then go on and study to be an Occupational Therapist.

 

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Phew!

So yes, these amongst normal everyday things are the reasons I have been really rubbish at updating my blog and filling you in on my crafty adventures! But I am hoping now I have sort of settled into some sort of new routine I can continue with my lovely, little world of Humbug and keep in touch with all you lovely loyal readers. So stay tuned people ūüôā x

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Southsea Flea Market

2 Mar

Today I popped into Southsea Flea Market on Waverley Road to have a quick rummage amongst the bric-a-brac. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, I just like to have a gander and see if I stubble across any bargains, old plates or vintage fabrics¬†etc.¬† Today was my lucky day as hiding at the back of the hall perched on top of a radiator was a pair of GORGEOUS Vintage curtains in my favourite colour (Orange!) It’s one of those heart stopping moments where you find something you absolutely love and can’t quite believe someone else hasn’t snapped it up already! At ¬£10 for the pair which are in¬†fabulous¬†condition I simply had to run to the cash point and purchase them immediately.

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I initially thought I could use the fabric to make some cushions or something but they were in such a good condition that I couldn’t bare to put a pair of scissors to them! Luckily for me they are the perfect fit for the window in our living room! Groovy or what?!

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Spring Time Tea Cosy

15 Feb

Ok, I know it’s not quite Spring yet, but I thought I’d welcome it early!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love a good old cup of tea. I come from a tea chain drinking family; your cup barely touches the coaster before another is made! For this reason I brought myself a lovely spotty, red teapot a while ago and I have been dying to make it a cosy but other¬†crafty¬†projects just kept on getting in the way! I have recently started attending a knitting group on a Tuesday night held at ‘Like a Teatray in the Sky‘ (which my work is now stocked in too! Yays!)which was the perfect time to get cracking on a cosy.

I chose a VERY simple pattern of K2 P2 ribbing stitch and created two identical sides which then drawstring at the top, then you simple sew up the edges leaving gaps for the spout and handle. Voilà!

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The giant flowers I crocheted and sewed on top. I love it! So bright and colourful, just in time to say goodbye to long dark nights and hello to spring sunshine, daffodils and cute baby animals!

Make

10 Feb

Make‘ is a brand new craft cafe that has recently opened on the lovely Albert Road. It will be running a range of different workshops ¬†by local people,teaching a variety of crafty activities. It is a lovely bright and¬†airy¬†workspace with a massive craft table, several sewing machines and also a cosy corner where you can drink tea, eat cake and work on your latest project! Perfect!

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This Saturday they ran a Valentines taster session between 1-3pm. So I went along to check it out. I dragged my slightly begrudging husband along and made him get stuck in!

He made a pixel art heart keyring with the help of the talented Eyecandy.

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At the same time I was taught by my lovely friend Georgina Giles how to make a woven felt heart. It was a lovely way to spend an hour of my Saturday.

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This Wednesday evening between 7pm-9pm they are holding an open craft night. You pay £3 to eat cake, drink tea and work on your latest project. I for one will be going! If you live locally and fancy a couple of hours of crafty goodness, why not pop along and show them your support?

My kind of flower arranging

25 Jan

I’m not very good at keeping flowers or plants alive. I do try, don’t get me wrong but what with a rabbit who just wants to eat them all and a puppy that thinks they are a toilet/chew toy doesn’t really help! So I tend to stick to Cacti, spider plants (which are immortal!) and the occasional bunch of daffodils. So what can a plant murderer do do help brighten up her windowsill? Why, buttons on wire of course!

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Delicious Decopatch

12 Nov

I have always wanted to try my hand at the wonderful art of Decopatch, but have always been a bit dubious about attacking pieces of furniture with glue and paper, fearing the worst would happen. Alas recently I went round a friends house for a cheese and wine night (we like to pretend we are¬†sophisticated¬†from time to time…)and she had decopatched a variety of items of furniture around her house and it looked wonderful! The items simply ignited the room and made it a joy of colours and vibrance, bringing the whole room to life. It gave me the push I needed!

A trip to Hobbycraft later ( I had some left over gift vouchers. Yays!) and I was set to attack my old donated coffee table that had seen better days.

It started life as this:

And it now looks like this ūüôā :

I am so happy with the result. The table has been given a new lease of life and I love it all over again.Now I can’t bare to put anything on it, it’s just too pretty! Along with the gorgeous green and pink Decopatch paper, I brought a lovely bright pink rose covered print, the initial plan being to cover the lower shelf of the table with it, but after second thoughts I wasn’t sure it needed it. Instead I used the paper to turn my dressing table mirror from this:

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I am absolutely in love with this craft now, it is sooo simple and very¬†therapeutic¬† I now can’t look at any surface of my house without thinking about what it would look like decopatched! I NEED HELP!

~ Button Rings ~

24 Aug

It’s no secret that I have a little bit of a love of buttons. I’m always looking for ways to use them. I also love cheap¬†jewellery¬†and accessories, and button rings are something that I have been wanting to make for ages.

They are so easy to make. All you need is a glue gun, some adjustable flat pad ring findings ( mine have a 7mm flat pad) and an array of beautiful buttons! I had such fun rooting around all my buttons and coming up with different combinations. I chose to make a selection of brightly coloured rings, but you could just as easily use plainer less ‘in your face’ colours for every day wear.

As always I am happy to custom make so if you are in need of an interesting piece of jewellery to finish off your outfit, why not get in touch?

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