Monday, 31 August 2009

The Great Retreat

The UK etsy Retreat in York 2009

My retreat diary, set off from Glasgow on Friday morning with my sister Katy with a car full of crafting things.
Arrive at York and open the boot of the car to see it overflowing with craft supplies and tools, but wait! where is my suitcase??? it must be in the back seat...........AAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH
Alas no suitcase, a car filled to the brim and not a thing to wear, no toiletries either!
Better get the directions to the nearest shops, 2 hours later after a trip to tesco for the essentials, clean knickers, socks, pj's, jeans, a few t's and a toothbrush and I am ready for the weekend to start.
Fridays dinner was great, it was in the pub next to the school where the waitress will tell you about the things and stuff they have on the menu and that 'the ice cream used to be Amazing but now its just good'

Saturday morning arrives and I'm feeling good in my new jeans, my crafting started with a bit of needle felting, i finished the dragon that i started making with the wool from the secret swap.
His name is Huxtable and i am keeping him for myself, selfish i know but i like him and he took ages to make.

I bought som buttons from BigFish she has the best buttons, i love buttons.
On saturday afternoon Alibali gave tutorial masterclass on PMC (precious metal clay) I made a silver button and Katy made an & pendant. i stitched my button onto a piece of blue thong to match my top and wore it the rest of the trip.

Unfortunatley i missed the coin purse tutorial by littleblackduck :(
But i did make a little makeup bag with a little help putting in the zip from littleblackduck.
if you have read my blog before you may recognise the fabric by Showpony, yes i finaly got round to making something with it.

I made a matching book too!

On saturday evening very late at night, i made some book covers to bind on Sunday, i didnt get round to binding them!

We didnt just craft though, we ate...

....and went out to play too!

it was a great weekend, it was great to see some of the same lovely faces from last year and meet some new crafty ladies.
It was organised by Debbie yay for Debbie aka tinyisland.
Now i just cant wait for next year!!!!!

Monday, 10 August 2009

Bad Bad Me!

Bad bad me! I haven't blogged in a while and i don't really have a proper excuse because i have had lots of things that i should have blogged.
OK, here we go.....

The journal that i made for the winner of the journal competition, to refresh you memory the winning theme was oriental.
I think this one should be named a hint of oriental.

It has a red cotton fabric cover, cartridge paper pages with shiny black signature covers to make the spine black. It is bound with waxed cotton cord the metal detail on the front was recycled from a piece of jewellery, it also has a page marker with a tassel.

I had a table at the Glasgow Craft Mafia market in mono on Sunday 26th July, this was my first proper craft market so although it was a quiet day it gave me the chance to try out my table display.
I spent the day filling up the table with brooches and hair slides.

The secret swap
Look at the totally amazing goodies I got from my swap person broadstone she has a shop on Etsy where you can see more of her gorgeous bags...........

A gorgeous bag in great colours..... and thats not all........ inside the bag there were not one but 2 bags of wool for felting and some felting needles, i have started to make a felted dragon i will post a piccy of it when it is done.

I think thats it for now.