Wednesday, 7 December 2016


I promised to show you the glasses purse when it was finished and here it is.

Here are the 2 pieces and the lining just before making up

Then the purse waiting to be attached to the frame

And finally the finished purse.
Of course now that I have had a bit of success in making a frame purse I'm on a roll and as I had a small frame found at the car boot  I thought I would have a go at making a coin purse.

I raked out some linen but soon realised that sewing on the machine would soon pull it out of shape so decided to stitch this entirely by hand.
As you can see I had to make tiny stitches just like the machine would, also you can see the ribbons from the roses on the front.

The lining is just a piece of cottn and again I stitched by hand.

Completed purse with ribbon roses waiting for frame.

Finished coin purse.
Now onto another glasses case, I have a nice cameo brooch that I am thinking I might incorporate into the next design.

Couple of helpers

Monday, 5 December 2016


Thankyou all for the comment on the Robin, I just wish the video could have been clearer but I had a tip from Sandra from
and  now know how to remove the black sides so I'm getting there.

In the last post I mentioned that we had visited the garden centre.
 I just had to take some pictures of these sculptures.

This was Tom's favourite, called hot dogs, look at the expressions this man has managed to carve on their faces, so cute.

This was the one that I loved, the one on the bottom is so squashed and doesn't look very happy. lol

Here's one happy bunch of asparagus.

2 blowing raspberries and one just having a good laugh.
I thought they were so amusing.

Finally here's the little Robin again but clearer, I love his little beak singing away.

Sunday, 4 December 2016


Today was a beautiful dry sunny day and we decided to visit a garden centre a few miles north.
We wandered around at all of the goodies and then took a stroll around the outside in the covered area that holds the trees and shrubs.
Imagine our delight to hear the song of the Robin and lo and behold he decided to land on a post just in front of us.
Tom took out his iphone and managed to get this lovely little video of him.
It really made our day and I hope it does yours.


Sorry about the quality of the video but this is a first for me, it looked so clear  but isn't on here is it? and the black lines each side are not good.
I would be glad of any tips to make the next video better.

Friday, 2 December 2016


I really love candles but with 5 cats walking just about everywhere including on the mantlepiece I dare not have any alight.  A cat with his tail alight wouldn't be good.
But today in good old Lidl I found some battery operated candles and thought I'd give them a go.

This is my Neptune head and it has had a candle in it for years but I never dare light it, look at it now, glowing away and looking fab.

On each end of the mantlepiece they look really lovely.
They flicker just like real candles and give a good amount of light.
For just £4.99 for a pack of two I'm thrilled with them.

Monday, 28 November 2016


For the past few weeks there has been 44 snow dogs scattered about the town in parks, seafront and various other places.
Each snow dog has been painted or decorated for free by local artists and are going to be auctioned off in early December in aid of the Local Hospice.

This one is called ice and is in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion.

They have now been collected up and are all standing together  waiting for the auction.

I didn't get around to seeing them all but what a wonderful thing to do to raise money, and the best thing is that I don't think any of them got vandalised.

Saturday, 26 November 2016


Just recently there's been a few things going on to stop me from blogging, mostly health issues and general lethargy.
Tom had  a bout of Phlebitis and we were obliged to go to the Hospital, this resulted in us both catching the Norovirus and 2 days later Tom was feeling sick and didn't eat much for a couple of days but it then hit me much worse and I can honestly say that I have never felt so ill.
I can't remember being sick for years and when both ends go at the same time its no laugh I can tell you.
There's a moral here. When you go to hospital, wash, wash and wash your hands, I wouldn't wish this virus on my worst enemy.
It took me a couple of weeks to feel okay but thankfully alls well now and I'm back in the craft room.


This is the new project, its nearly finished but I thought I would share how I made it if you fancy having a go.

First I sorted out the colours I wanted to use, this is a sea themed picture so the colours were greens and blues.
I draw the shapes onto the paper and place it under the muslin so that I can see where to place the patches.
 Then tack them in place ready for the embellishing.
 This is a good tutorial if you want have a go at a clasp purse. 

Then hope you don't have to deal with a distraction like this.  Rupert took a liking to my chair while it was vacant.

Here's the front of the case almost finished..
I'veplace the shells etc in place but may change them later.

And here is the back, I've just worked the seams on the back and not added beads etc.
Now to fit it altogether and hope it goes into the frame okay.
This is my first attempt at making a frame purse but if it all goes well I shall be making more.
Being small they don't take too long to make and that's ideal for a butterfly brain like mine.

Thankyou for all the comments on Tom's elephant and his next project is finishing and Ehrman Tapestry that has also been on the go for some time.
By the way, he liked the name Eddie.

Thursday, 24 November 2016


Time goes so quickly and sometimes projects get put to one side, this happened with Tom's elephant but finally he's finished it.

He ended up with rather a sad looking face but I like him and I think Tom did well with this one as there were some tricky bits involved.

I think he needs a name don't you?