Sunday, October 31, 2010

Beautifully easy

I'm enjoying putting together the Basic Grey Origins page kits for the November crop as they go together so quickly and easily, especially once you have your photos to hand. For this layout I've used M&E's 2010 school photos. Whilst looking at the group photo of Matthew's class which comes complete with all of their names, I noticed Matthew's name is wrongly spelt. Damn, I shouldn't have thrown the proofs out.

I will save the double layout for the actual crop and hope that I can put it together quickly enough to be ready when the two single pages are completed by everyone else. For the double, I plan to take some trick or treating photos this afternoon and some photos of Lizzie and her friend pumpkin carving.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's time

... to apply my homemade spider tattoos and head to Brian and Joanne's fright night. I have just finished my red white and black pinwheel quilt and I will wash it tomorrow to take out the markings. Mustn't forget to pack Elizabeth's hat and dress for the party.

Halloween - 1

The last day of my staycation for one has arrived. Two airport runs to do today - Mum & Dad return from Mallorca at 2 and Nick and kids arrive back at about 8. Then it's on to Joanne and Brian's fright night. I cooked up a box of apples last night that Kitty gave me and as we're a bit tight for space in the freezer I used some of the apple for some scary spiced apple mini muffins for tonight's party. I think the scary ones might get left in favour of the plain ones. I need to set up my silhouette cutting machine to do some spider's web and spider tattoos to accessorise our witches' costumes.

Here's the first of the Basic Grey classes for the kit for the November crop. They go together very quickly. Do bring your photos as some of the rub ons and embellishments go over the photos. Warning - once stuck the chipboard elements don't come off!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Still alone but not idle

Have had a few busy days - lunch at Lorraine's on Monday - always a joy. She has prepped a card making class for Sirens WI - hopefully Saturday 5 March, all welcome and was showing us the samples - I only asked Lorraine on Thursday and by Monday she was all prepped. Lorraine is a wonder woman, I wish I had her energy.

Tuesday I went bowling with WI, a great laugh and met some lovely new ladies. we were envious of the group that had the bumpers up!! Today I visited the beauticians and WI market for some lovely scones.

As well as going out a few times, I've also been quilting up a storm. I have fully quilted my red, white and black pinwheels quilt and I love the all over feather pattern. I didn't have to decide on a colour for the binding as I found some red already cut, presumably for this quilt, who knows. The binding is stitched to the front of the quilt and I just need to slip stitch it down. This is an ideal evening or quilt group activity so no rush to complete it, however I've already done one side so it may be finished this week.

Once I finished my quilting, I actually put both of my sewing machines away and cleaned my work table and the window sill. They look so neat, shame about the rest of the room. But it's a start and I hope to get a little more tidying done tomorrow and also get another quilt top pinned together for quilting.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

On my own

But having fun. In my mind I'd planned a big tidy up this week, but I think that is unrealistic, but it's amazing how little extra mess one person makes compared with four.

I had a lovely e-mail from Nichol Magourik this morning to say I'd won a place on Shimelle's latest class. A great start to the day at 5.30am before taking the rest of the family to the airport.

Today I've been quilting my pinwheel sampler which I finished piecing about 4 months ago. Hopefully it will be mostly finished tomorrow. Then I'll need some help to choose the colour to bind it in - red, red/black stripe, black, but probably not white. I even managed to fit in a few hours caching with Jane.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Zip Wire Le Conquil

Another variation of an Allison Davis sketch. Thank you to Lorraine for the perfect tree die in two sizes. Finished the layout perfectly.

I'm going to have to do some cache maintenance later this week as people are logging that they've found the Le Don Carlyle cache, but not in the official logbook. If you don't find the logbook, you haven't found the cache. Simples really.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pool fun 2010

I finished this second crop layout this morning with some dymo tape journalling. Another Allison Davis sketch with one more to come.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


We had a lovely crop yesterday with just eight of us. A nice size as it covers the rent and doesn't get too noisy. Three of us were using sketches by Allison Davis. You can download the sketches for August and September for free, .

I had left one of the sketches at home and it was only once I'd finished that Judy said I could have borrowed her printout. Never mind. Several of us also had a play we Jenny's WRMK Sew Easy tool fresh from QVC's TSV. I loved what Liz did on her Blue Ridge layout

I have two more almost finished layouts using Allison's sketches. One needs journalling and the other needs journalling and some die cut trees.