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Spring Workshop

Come and join us at our first Folk art workshop where we will cover basing and distressing your projects, then transferring on a design prior to painting them using the ‘dotting’ technique.  Dot painting is great fun and you can create some amazing designs and even if you do the same design over and over again, because they’re hand painted no two are ever the same.

Workshop 1




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Instructions for Catherine-wheel Decoration

Well, this took a little longer than I had expected!  Still,  plenty of time for you to put some of these lovely hanging decorations together.  They are really simple to do –  no sewing, no gluing, no mess 🙂


  1. 8cm Polysterne discs
  2. Ribbon in contrasting colours (approx 4cm x 2m & 0.5cm x 20-25cm)
  3. Sequin pins
  4. Ruler
  5. Scissors
  6. Decorative bows/flowers/discs for the centres.

I’ve attempted videos this time to give you a visual (no sound though).  Bear with me, it’s not brilliant but hey, we all have to start somewhere 😉  Comments and/or suggestions will be gratefully received.  Hopefully the more I do the better they will become.  Here goes: Continue reading Instructions for Catherine-wheel Decoration

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Delicate Lace…eventually

A couple of evenings ago I excitedly took out my new Folk It! kits and tried to decide which design I would attempt.  I always practice first, even if it’s a technique I have become comfortable and familiar with only instead of bits of loose card (which in our home can easily be mislaid) I have started an artwork scrapbook.  I’m glad I did because it gives me a place to try out my own variations on the shapes and designs using the techniques and ideas I’m learning through the Folk It kits.  This was a recent one which I’m sure I will use and, at some point, even improve on.

750925BE-1FCF-4590-A85A-DC925B284B1ABack to the other evening I chose to try the beautiful rosebud design using a new (to me) brushstroke technique, as well as a new style brush, the flat brush.  I was so looking forward to mastering this because I want to use it for a very specific gift.  You can see for yourself how lovely it is on this image from the Folk It site.


I am a little way off  and will need to master the new strokes before my buds look this neat.  To be fair, Carol does say in her instruction DVD that she would expect pages of practising the buds and leaves before embarking on a project but, me being me, I was determined to crack it in an evening.  No. That simply wasn’t going to happen.  In fact the more frustrated I got with myself, the worse my strokes were 😔

I need to have patience and…

Stop.  Slow down.  Breathe.  Watch.  Listen.  Learn.

In the meantime…

I have practised, and although not mastered – because we all get better and better the more we  practise don’t we?, I have completed what I think is a lovely gift box for a friend of mine (she doesn’t know yet but there’s a little surprise inside too, shhh…😊)

Although it took me a little while to get here, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my latest efforts.

Here’s wishing you a colourful and creative weekend.  God bless 😊


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Cards: New baby!

This took a little working on because of the text I wanted to include.  One way of doing text transfers is to use a mirror image that is either printed or photocopied using a laser printer.  I only have an inkjet so the usual way of doing this either left too much paper on my mount board and/or I ended up smudging the print…grrr!

So, what do most of us do when we’re flummoxed?  You’ve got it, I Google it!  I found a number of tutorials about transferring text or images using an inkjet printer and the one I tried was printing on to wax paper.  You have to be quick with this otherwise the ink dries and won’t transfer (hence a few botched attempts!) but when it works it’s great.  I have a little name plaque to do for our new baby niece, so I’ll let you know how I get on with that when it’s finished.  For now, here’s the ‘Congratulations’ card I created though the poem on the inside isn’t mine, I found the verse online but I don’t know who wrote it.

Oh yes, and my Sizzix Big Shot (die cutting and embossing machine) arrived this afternoon so I’ll be trying that out over the next couple of days and no doubt boring the pants off you with my excitement at being able to cut new shapes, borders and embossing pretty patterns.  I’ll try and remember to give you a ‘yawn alert’! 😂

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Satisfaction Guaranteed

No one could be more surprised than me at my love of crafting because I have never seen myself as creative, or artistic.  In fact I have the utmost respect for those who can draw anything that actually resembles what it is supposed to be, and totally in awe of those who can create something that looks positively photographic!

These pieces are not in the same league, but I derive great satisfaction at being able to create something so pretty which can then be used in all sorts of ways: card making, wall hangings, photograph frames etc.  So these first photographs are of some Folk Art.

And these are of machine embroidered bowls, again, something I didn’t think I could do but got so much satisfaction when I saw the results of my efforts 😊

In response to WP weekly photo challenge.  See more satisfied bloggers here.

Happy Monday!  Have a wonderful week 😀

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Lacy Bowl 2

It’s been quite an eventful week so I tried something different with the machine embroidered lacy bowl this weekend to help me relax.  It started as a ‘spaghetti’ jumble…

And finished as another pretty bowl…

I really like the addition of a fabric flower and butterflies.  I should have fully centred the flower in the bottom of the bowl to help keep it level thoug, this is a good lesson to learn and next time I shall be more careful.  That said, I love the colours and shall attempt this again, hopefully with even better results.

Thanks for stopping by 😌

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Machine Appliqué

I am very new to appliqué and my first proper attempt was under instruction during a workshop at the Handmade Fair in Warwickshire earlier this year.  Needless to say, like most crafts I’m trying lately I loved it!

This cute bunny bag is the result of that workshop

The HOPE cushion below is the product of a training course I attended (also earlier this year) which just happened to be an appliqué task.  I was training as a facilitator so that I can deliver a course called Peaeced Together , I will run our first one in September as part of an initiative by a local charity, Helping Hands Community Project.  You can find out more about these Organisations by clicking their names.  More on both will also be posted during September.

And this one was part of an activity from a pilot drop group called Esther Days (another vision by Helping Hands) which will also begin this September.

You will be able to follow the story of the courses on my other blog Simple Joys but the crafts we do will be posted here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday wherever you are 😊