Saturday, 21 August 2010

New baby grand daughter

At long last my eldest son Robert and his fabulous and lovely girlfriend Anne have finally made their lives complete by having a beautiful baby girl, Rhiannon Maria. She looks like she’s going to have the family's reddish hair bless her.


Just seconds old in this photo.


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Shrewsbury Flower Show

This year I went to the Shrewsbury Flower Show with my mom. I haven’t been for about 3 years and then that was as a steward for them.

Nothing in particular to report but here are some fab photos from the day.

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Tina and Chandi from Britain's Got Talent fame

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Jim Hawkins from BBC Radio Shropshire

Tina and her very special dog Chandi were there, they are such a fabulous act to watch. Chandi is so devoted to Tina.

The Hairy Bikers did a few demos in the food hall which were extremely popular. All I can say is “thank goodness for a camera with a zoom.”

Further Ramblings of a Mad Woman

I have always fancied having a go at an ‘Art Quilt’, now I’m not that good at Arty stuff but here is my first attempt at a small ‘arty’ quilt. It’s still in its early stages yet and still quite a bit more to do to it but I think it looks OK so far.

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I still need to add the tree trunks and beads etc to the trees plus some hand embroidery to it all but I’m already rather fond of it.

The technique is by Laura Wasilowski (to see more gorgeous quilts by Laura click here) whom I had the privilege of meeting at this years Festival of Quilts at the NEC. I think it’s a technique I could get very fond of.

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Update on ‘A bit of this, a bit of that, but none of the other’

I have a couple more photos of the custom bunting that I have been making over the last few days plus some extra bits that I’ve been doing as well.DSCF7250

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When my next door neighbour moved last year she very kindly gave me a badge maker. Now I’m not one to refuse anything crafty but couldn’t for the life of me think of what I was going to use it for but when my Grand daughter Hannah came to stay with me for a few days I decided to get it out and have a play with it. We had great fun designing badges etc and here are just a few we made.


Here’s a small wall hanging I’ve just made for my newest little grand daughter Rhiannon Maria.



Rhiannon Maria, born Tuesday 17th August 2010

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

A bit of this, a bit of that but none of the other

Well, it’s been way too long since I posted anything to my blog. Bad Joy. I have suitably chastised myself and am now writing this post from a corner.

Recently I made myself some bunting to hang from the front of my stall when I do a craft fair with my soaps and goodies. I have since been asked to make 5 more sets of custom bunting. What is going on? Had I gone into business making custom bunting I probably wouldn’t have got any orders. I have decided to share those I’ve done so far with you.


Choosing the fabrics for a set of two buntings. It will read Layah’s Sweetshop eventually.


I changed a couple of the green fabrics for the finished bunting as they didn’t look quite right. I had to work out the lettering on the computer for size and then these had to be traced in reverse onto a fusible web before they were applied and then sewn to the pennants. I believe the young lady who is was made for was more than pleased with it.

The next bunting has been made for a lady who makes the most delicious cakes and goes by the name of Baboushka Cupcake. She wanted a pastel, shabby chic-y type look for her bunting. This is what I designed for her.

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Hayley was more than pleased with her bunting.


This is the original one I did for me. Dragonflies for my soap company Dragonfly Dawn.

I also did one for my grand daughter Hannah, picture to follow. I am also now working on another bunting for a local jewellery company called Parker Headon. As they have a gorgeous range of jewellery I have chosen multi coloured batik fabrics to make this bunting with as the colours are amazing and remind me of jewels.

I originally chose this range of fabrics but have changed it slightly.


I have gone for coloured flags with blue batik lettering which makes the wording stand out as it is to be draped in front of a black cloth. I’ll post further pics of this bunting later.

And totally nothing to do with bunting I recently found a pattern for this little bag. It is approx 4ins x 3ins (not including the handle) and is in fact a cleverly disguised lavender bag. How cute is this?

Lavender bag


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