Pirates, Cake and Christmas!

Another day, another commute! This time it’s the bus to Bolton for an orthopaedics appointment! My mind is currently filled with apprehension for steroid injections, so a concentrated effort to write, may hopefully, refocus my mind and calm me down.

It’s the start of a busy couple of weeks for me, both as a Mum and a crafter. I have several birthdays (family and friends) to make cards for, 2 summer fairs (school and community group) and Bury Agricultural Show! In amongst all that there seem to be pirates taking over the area, in the shape of birthday parties, fairs and fun-days at school!

Pirates!

So I need to sort myself out and make a list of things to make, edible treats and other gifts. I’ll need an ingredient list too!

Vanilla Fairy Buns

Vanilla Fairy Buns

I hate to say it, but I could do with a rainy day to sit down and get making. With hayfever clogging my nose and fogging my brain, I’m a bit behind where I’d like to be with my stock. A concerted effort over the next couple of weeks should help.

And then I’ll be turning my thoughts to the much dreaded word ……………… Christmas!!!! (Aaarrrgggghhhh)

Christmas Tree Decoration Display

Happy crafting
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Ponderings

I’ve been thinking for a while about other things I can do to help with promotion, and to experiement with new media etc.

I took out my Kirstie Allsopp book ‘Craft‘ and discovered some re-runs of her programmes on TV.  And it reminded me about the local agricultural show.  So I’m thinking about entering Bury Show at the end of the month!!  They have a number of categories in the craft tent, so I’m looking to enter the card, knitted item and painting.  I may also go for some of the cake classes, but I need to see what I can come up with first!! It’s the Platinum anniversary (70 years) this year, so the theme is Platinum celebrations.

Right I’m off to get my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with.

Wish me luck!!!!!!!!!!

Happy crafting
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Father’s Day

With Father’s Day fast approaching (June 16th) I have been left wondering where has the time gone?  How can it possibly be June already?! 

I’ve been working hard to finish orders and to increase my stock of male suitable cards and gifts. 

So what have I been making then?  Well I needed to add some cards to my stock, and thought I would try out a recent purchase – a Keepsake Craft embossing board.  I hunted out some masculine papers and set about embossing.  What fun, and definitely something to do in the future with my daughter.

Sporty Dad and Duck

Sporty Dad and Duck

Having made all the letters for the cards, I had an idea of adding some little embellishments, but didn’t have anything quite right, so I had another route through my crafty stash and found another unused purchase – shrink plastic! (I can hear many gasps of astonishment from experienced crafters, but I really haven’t used it before)

My mind took me back to shrinking crisp packets in the oven as a child in the 70’s and early 80’s, so I was ready to be amazed and set to work with stamps, ink pad and pro-markers. This is possibly the most fun ………. ever!

Football Dad and Spider

Football Dad and Spider

I hope you like my finished cards, I’d love to know what you think.

I am now thinking about other uses for both the embossing board and the shrink plastic.  What would you like to see?

Happy Summer Crafting

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