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Friday, 29 July 2016

After the rain...

...and the sunshine.

Just take a look at the "Flower Trees"...
...they have certainly come into their own, after a very slow start.
They are providing a lovely pool of colour...
...in amongst the tower blocks and building sites...
...especially as only 4 years ago, where you can see this crane at the side of the new tower block under construction, there was a row of beautiful trees and flower beds.
The planting in the 'flower trees' may not be as vibrant as the planting in 2012...
 ...but it is looking lovely and is a much better site to see than all the concrete & construction.
Our little oasis of colour...
...at the entrance to Stratford City......................................................................

Thursday, 28 July 2016

And the "Totaliser" shows...

...that we have reached exceeded our target.

The aim was to raise £150 for the RNLI and yesterday we passed that mark.

As you can see from our totaliser, we have almost reached £180...
 ...so our first "splash" has been added to the chart...
 ...and we want to see how many more we can add.
The books are a fairly fluid thing as it seems we are given as many (or more) than we sell...
...but we are still getting a steady trickle of customers.

Our first sheet of the Shipping Forecast Sweepstake was completed yesterday and we had our first announced winner which seems to have boosted interest and sheet two is now underway.

We'll keep things running over the Summer and see what our final total is then.................................

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The fund-raising...

...is still going well.

Things have slowed down a little with folk starting their holidays (schools have now broken up for the Summer break here in the UK) but the 'pennies' have continued to trickle in.

Here are the latest "makes" that I will be taking in to add to the stall...
...some more pom-pom key-ring/bag charms.
This one is just a mix of aqua and white...
 ...and looked pretty so I had a go with some pink and white...
 ...and the vibrant colour really does stand out.
I've been trying to use up odd balls of yarn wherever possible...
...these colours just seemed to have a Summery 'feel' to them.

I have noticed though, that different yarn brands vary quite a bit in their bulk. All the yarns above are Double Knit and I used the same pom-pom makers to make everything. However, the Summery clip is certainly smaller than the pink & aqua ones. I will just have to be careful with which pom-poms I use for each of the clusters that I make otherwise they could look a bit 'odd'.

The last of the tomato plants found a home yesterday and the books are continuing to sell steadily.

A colleague produced a Shipping Forecast map and we have been selling each of the Shipping areas for £1. There are 31 shipping areas around the UK...Dogger, Lundy, German Bite etc. and once we have sold them all we will draw a name and the winner will receive £20 - the £11 balance will go to the fund-raising.

We have just exceeded our £150 target but we will be continuing over the Summer period and will wait to see what the final total is before we 'call it a day'.

Hope you are all having a good week................................................................

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Batch card making...

...for Christmas 2016.

Last year I used my Clarity large fir tree stamp to make my batch cards and was very pleased with the results. So this year I was looking for something that I could use that would be quick & easy.

Pinnacle crafts at Barleylands has just received its delivery of the Sue Wilson Christmas dies & stamps (these are the first release for 2016) and in amongst them was the darling little framed stamp called "Cosy Cottage" - product number;UMS734. It is not a huge stamp (just under 3x4 inches) but it looked as if it would be just the thing and at £4.99 it wasn't going to break the bank.

So at the crop on Saturday, I got stamping...
 ...and added some ribbon, self-adhesive gems, Spectrum Sparkle (Biscuit) and some diamond ICE Stickles...
 ...I went with two colour choices and as you can see...
 ...it was a bit of a mass production effort.

However, there was something not quite right to the 'look' in my mind.

Sunday morning I had a thought and added a bit of colour to the frame design...
 ...I think it was what was needed...
 ...and didn't take too much additional time...
...but I do think it is enough to draw the eye towards the scene in the middle of the frame.

For these cards, as they are a batch I have added the sentiment as part of the design.

I have dug out a couple of other coloured ribbons and will be making some more of this design in the two other colourways - that will give me a total of 20 quick & easy cards to add to my stock.

I love making individual cards but it is so handy having a batch like this ready for use.

I am so glad I noticed this little gem of a stamp...............................................

Monday, 25 July 2016

Saturday was...

...Carol Whalley's crop.

Last month we were at the Toby Carvery - this month we were in the class room over Craft Plus in Basildon.

I was determined to get some of my Christmas cards done...
 ...the Tropical Santa's that I coloured earlier in the week were used...
 ...along with some 6x6 scalloped card blanks...
...and some PPs from a Country Companions Christmas paper pack...
...these papers are a lovely quality and are double sided so there is plenty of choice - perfect for my Mo Manning Giggling Snowman as well as the Santa's.

All the images were coloured using Copics and in a couple of places the Spectrum Sparkle pens also got an airing (although you can't tell from the photos).

I don't tend to add sentiments when I make my cards as I will often customise them when they are needed.

I had a pretty good day at the crop - lots of chatter and fun but I also got 14 cards made and a couple of little gift boxes.

I'll show you the other cards tomorrow.........................................................................

Sunday, 24 July 2016

It's turned out...

...nice Mice again.

For some reason, the shade of where I was sitting on Tuesday made my photos look very 'blue' so I had to re-do them.

By the time I got around to snapping these little cuties again...
...I had already fussy-cut them so that they are ready for use on the blank cards that I will be using.

This little miss really is blue...
...and is just waiting for a bit of bling on her wings to finish her off.

I did do another version of this image using traditional Red/Green but I think I deleted the wrong copy from my camera when I was getting rid of the 'iffy' photos taken in the shade - what a numpty.

The recent "Christmas in July" event over at Bugaboo Stamps made me realise that time is ticking away and I really don't have nearly enough Chrimbo cards for my needs. So I'd better 'pull my finger out' and 'get a move on'.....................................................................

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Colouring ready for...

...Christmas.

I mean, what else would you be doing when the temperature is hitting 33C by 10am in the morning.

Tuesday morning the temperatures were soring and the perfect place to be was sat on one of the benches by the green over at Barleylands. The bench was nicely shaded and just right for sitting and doing a bit of colouring.

In all this heat you don't really want to be thinking about "Snow" so the tropical Santa's came out to play...
...don't you just love Santa in his 'shades'. This image also reminds me of how we used to bury Dad when we went to the beach LOL...
...at least Santa doesn't look as if he minds.
Sunny days means Pimms or fancy cocktails with umbrellas...
...so why should Santa be any different.
Of course, when it is hot the best way to cool down is with a quick dip...
 ...both the snorkeling Santa and the rubber ring Santa...
...are such fun - do you think that Santa's beard gets matted in all that salt water and just think of having to comb out all that sand...

I had a lovely hour or so on Tuesday sitting in the sunshine and then Friday I went back because I was meeting my friend Hilary for lunch & a natter. We had a lot to catch up on as we had missed each other the previous weekend (I had left my mobile at work and as a result didn't get her text asking if we were lunching on the Saturday).

After lunch, Hilary went off to her parchment class and I sat in the courtyard merrily colouring away.........................................................................