I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Mine was busy so hence an ecletic mix of photos and projects this week!
First my desk…
In the foreground is a card I am making for some very good friends of ours who are celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary this weekend (so I'd better get a move on!) On the left is some fab free alphabet stamps from the current issue of 'Simply Homemade' above those is a card I made while playing about with some resist techniques as are the line if funny mushroom stamped images at the back! These are a Lavinia stamp and I was quite pleased with all the different effects you can get..
This one was stamped in white and clear embossed, I then brushed distress ink lightly over the image and built up the colour.
This one was a lot of fun, Stamped using Versamark, then embossed with several WOW embossing powders and heated to set. I then added the red spots using stickles.
This last one was stamped using Versafine black ink and clear embossed. The little mushrooms are from another set of stamps, I forget which at the moment, stamped in Versamark and embossed with gold powder. The background is from the 'Once upon a time' scrapbook paper range.
On the right of my desk you can see a little pink square made on a pin loom. I had never seen or heard of these until we visited my Aunty Pat last week. We (my Mum and myself) had a lovely afternoon talking crafty things and A. Pat showed us how to use a pin loom.
We loved it and I could get hooked on making squares! I managed to find a loom from a supplier in Malborough, Wiltshire and bought one for my Mum. My Aunty Pat makes beautiful blankets like this pink one and sells them for charity.
After more research I have found lovely books showing you how to make different patterned squares. Apparently this is the next big thing in the crafting world! I reckon if you had a very clever Hubby, he could make you one quite easily. To your looms ladies….!
My Mum (sitting down) and her sister Pat, were both taught traditional home crafts from when they were young. Baking, sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, cake decorating and gardening. They can do it all! These ladies are so talented and I am very proud to be so close to them both. The blankets they are holding and the cushions on the sofa, are all made by Pat. Over the years she has made many glorious cross stitch samplers too. Her garden could belong in any glossy magazine. My Mum can make you a wedding cake or knit you the warmest of Arran jumpers or the softest, prettiest of baby blankets and makes the best Welsh cakes in the world. How wonderful to be able to make all these beautiful things. Aunty Pat is 82 years young and Mum is 77 and they show no signs of slowing down!
The highlight of my Easter was seeing these two together again. Living 150 miles apart they don't see each other often. Truly inspirational.
Have a happy week