Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Yet more butterflies.

The other week when I went to Barleylands with my friends from work, I bought this piece of metal wall art for my kitchen/diner.  I have been looking for something for this wall for over 18 months, saw this and just knew it was what I had been looking for.  Problem was, it blended very nicely with the walls.  Luckily, hubby used to be a panel beater/car sprayer and an short time in the shed......

Raffle prize.

My friend is having a BBQ on Saturday to raise funds for charity and  I offered to make a raffle prize for her.
As it has been too hot to be indoors, I have finished making this in the garden today.  The other night I covered a small canvas with sheet music, the painted with a thin layer of gesso.  A.T. mask laid on top and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Dust.
Today, all I had to do was cut out the flowers and butterflies using my Big Shot and punches and stick them to the background.  The LOVE plaque is made by East of India, I took of the string for hanging it and filled the 2 holes with brads. I hope someone will want to win it!
Butterflies are going to be seen here again soon, as my daughter wants me to make her a butterfly canvas for her newly decorated sitting room.

Tag Tuesday-Rock pools and beach finds.

Since the sun has been shining, I have had two trips to Mersea Island :0) and I have used some of my 'finds' to do this weeks challenge.
 I managed to find some small bits of driftwood, not being as weathered as I would have liked, I decided to paint and distress them.  These strips were then glued to some pieces of rope that I had pulled out of a rope tassel that had been washed up.  The three different, seaweeds, shells and sea glass were then stuck to the tag with hot glue.  Photo taken on an appropriate piece of scrapbooking paper I had. As there are some fragile pieces on this tag, it wont be going in my tag book.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Butterfly canvas.

Canvas's with  a heart full of butterflies on, are everywhere.  Judi and I wanted to make one, but we wanted to make ours a little bit different:-

It is surprising how many butterflies are needed for the project.
We had a lovely afternoon making them.

Saturday, 21 July 2012


On Wednesday, my friend came round for the day as she wanted some help to make some bunting.

Today is her MIL's 80th birthday party. 

This piece will have a photo of today's party on it, when it has been printed.  As I was going out early on a girly night to the pictures to see Magic Mike (don't bother going to see it )  Some of the bunting needed trimming and dates added by Kay when she got  home. The photo's were taken very quickly at the end of session, we didnt have time to clear the table and it was so dark because of the rain, we needed lights on, hence the glare-sorry.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Tag Tuesday-Sea Birds

Another simple tag this week. My nearest beach is Southend, but when tide and time permit, I prefer to go to Mersea.  This image came from a bird watching calendar, and when the tide is out, we see these birds on the mud flats.
The tag is made with bits already in my room.  The fish skeleton embellishment I made with hot glue.

Sunday, 15 July 2012


It was the final meeting of the year yesterday, so we all had to take a small present for a Secret Santa and some party food.
 I drew Sue's name out of the hat last meeting, and as she is doing work based on the beach/sea, I bought her some beads to use in her work.  The beads looked so small and insignificant, that I decided to make them look a bit more exciting.  First of all I found a tiny plastic bucket, added a variety of seashells, a couple of silver charms and of course the beads.
I made 2 large tags joined together with another contrasting piece of card to make an tent shape, embellished with a mini windmill and lollipop.  Unfortunately, Sue couldn't make it yesterday, as she had been doing some housework and had a nasty fall ( good reason I reckon not to do any)
 I made Very Berry Tiramasu for the party lunch.
My Secret Santa, was beautifully wrapped in fabric with contrasting ribbon, inside  lots of lovely beads and some threads.
 We did do some work- as our next exhibition is 7 months away, and with Christmas  in that time, we were given the chance to work on our own work.  Lynda showing Nickie her work
Nickie showing the group that there is some stitch on Lynda's work-LOL!!
Nickie wont be getting much sleep she reckons, if she is to finish her quilt in time.
Margaret working on a sample, deep in thought.  Me- well, I have a lot of work to do on my project, I am busy making feathers at the moment, 21 nearly finished, 7 more to go.

Octopus exhibition.

 Although it was a wet night, there was a good turn out for the Special Viewing of the latest work by the Octopus group.
 Lots of lovely work to see and talk about as well as a chance to chat to friends.

This is the group of ladies who did all the work (unfortunately one lady is missing from the photo as she was unwell) .
Then it was out to dinner with Nickie and Diane, couldn't resist showing you my dessert-profiteroles, om nom nom!!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Special viewing.

Nickie, Diane and I have been invited to the special viewing of an exhibition by Octopus tonight. The exhibition will be open to the public Thursday 12th July until Saturday 14th July, 10am-4pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church,  High Street, Billericay.  CM12 9BS.
After the exhibition we are going out for a meal and a natter. :0)

Tag Tuesday-Swimming.

Water Babes.
Another simple tag for this weeks challenge.
These two photo's were amongst my Great Aunts photos that she gave me three years ago.  I had some coloured textured frames in my stash and as they were the wrong colour, I peeled off the top layer and coloured with Distress Inks, Stormy Sky and Old Paper.  I made the tag from a leftover piece of scrapbook paper.  The 'tie' is part of a hanging pot plant holder I was given years ago, knew it would by useful one day!  Words from my stash, I felt it didnt need anything else.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tag Tuesday-Seaside.

Now into month 7, keeping up with the challenge and my own challenge to make my tags with what is to hand.
The inspiration came from a birthday card that my daughter got from her aunt how lives on Mersea Island.  Love going there to chillax and collect shells. 
I cut my tag, a bit larger than normal, from a piece of scrap book paper to which I stuck some sandpaper and a 1" wide piece of ric-rac.  I made the beach hut without a pattern, just cutting it until I was happy with the shape and size.  The ice cream is made from paper clay which I painted when it was dry with Kooh-I-Nor paints.  Bunting was made using the free stamps from Craft Stamper.