Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas Cards for a commission

 A friend asked me to make two Christmas Cards for a first Christmas
 A Grandparent card for first Christmas
 An Easel card.  Father Christmas coloured with copics
 Christmas Dance card for Niece's first Christmas
 She is coloured with Derwent Coloursoft, copic glitter pens,
 Papers are by Stampin Up
 Matching boxes for each of the cards.

Punches are by Martha Stewart and Stampin Up

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Art to Heart Sew Necessary Pincushion and Santa thread catcher

This is my pincushion and santa threadcatcher bag for my daughter's Godmum who does loads of hand-sewing and quilting for other people so I decided to make something useful that she would love.  I intend to make and decorate an acid free box to match so that it will stay in the same condition for years and can be handed down.

I managed to find a UK supplier for the Just Pins holiday collection to go into the box along with a small pair of scissors so that it is complete.  I think he is adorable though (even with his L'Oreal blusher - cos he is worth it :))

Joel Dewberry Summer Meadow Double Quilt

Since being on crutches I have managed to get loads of quilting and handmade items done in time for Christmas. 

Newest Member of the family

Meet Bruar, my daughter's highland pony.  He is absolutely gorgeous and so reliable, trustworthy and happy.  He is enjoying a quiet life just hacking out with us.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

New Tilda Studio Book

Thought I would share my newest purchase.  A beautiful new book by Tilda with all sorts of ideas in - all in gorgeous co-ordinating fabrics.  I can't wait to get started on some new bits and pieces for Christmas presents.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Hamlet to Hollywood

Hamlet to Hollywood
Barley Hall

Kiera Knightley's costume from the film 'The Duchess'
What you don't see from the picture is she is so tiny - not a big dress at all.

Cate Blanchett's costume from 'Elizabeth'  This dress was absolutely stunning and the back even moreso.

Well known for Harry Potter but did you know that he was David Copperfield :)

Alan Rickman in Sweeney Todd and the costume above that was on display.  The craftsmanship was fabulous on these outfits - just wished I could do something like that.

Claire Bloom as Queen Mary in 'The King's Speech'.  I haven't seen the film but I recognised whose costume this was - it was absolutely perfect in every way. 

I will post some more photographs from the exhibition but if you get the chance to go to York before the end of September I would definitely put this on your to do list - just a small exhibition but there was so much to see and read and a great display of books from the Victoria & Albert Museum all about costume making.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Ladies Day Carlisle Races 1st August 2011

Thought I would share the photographs of my gorgeous daughter and one of her friends before they head off to the Races at Carlisle for the day.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Dolls House in the making

Darling daughter has now had her tonsils, adenoids and breathing sorted out so I planned when she came out of hospital to do the dolls house we bought three years ago.  We bought it plain and have since painted it yellow, white for the windows and shopped for bits and pieces.  This is not an overnight project but hoping it is going to take two years while she is in Post 16 as our hobby together - just means more girly days so that can only be good.

This is what it will look like left unpainted.  We have painted the house yellow with white brick side details, windows, dormiers and door. 

We have the lighting kit that we bought from Dolls House Emporium along with one light at the moment and extra lighting is on its way.  Rachael has decided on a Victorian theme throughout the house and we have already made loads of little kitchen extras out of fimo modelling clay.

These books have been great along the way and hoping to add to our collection soon.

We will keep you up to date of how we get on :)

Friday, 8 July 2011

Whitehaven Food Festival June 2011

A selection of pictures from the Whitehaven Food Festival 2011.  Another successful weekend on the harbour.  Tall ships, Armed Forces Attractions, Made in Cumbria stalls, fairs, Boy George, T'Pau, Banarama and Madness in concert, Louis Walsh, Sean Wilson, various chefs showing off their cooking skills, jetski performance, harbour boat trips.  The list is endless but it was a great weekend and the weather stayed mostly dry as well.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Prom night 2011



My beautiful girl

Brother and Sister

Comfort :)

Awww - don't you just love 'em :)


James, Kristian and Rachael :)

Rachael, Aaron and Lauren

Hannah, Evie, Kristian, Rachael & Louise

Maddie, Amy, Hannah, Louise, Evie & Rachael

Just beautiful - the gardens in The Hunday Manor