Archive for March, 2014

Scrapbooking again

I finally found some time to do a little bit of scrapbooking. I’m entering this layout in the Stuck Sketches March 1 challenge.

Here is the sketch we had to follow.

march 1 stuck sketch 2

And here is my take on the sketch.

littlethings page2

I added journalling around the edge of the page to tell the story. While we were on safari in Zambia a few years ago we kept asking the safari vehicle to stop to look at the small things. The dung beetle and the cheetah tracks were two of the things we found.

The guide commented that it was nice to be able to go slow and enjoy the birds and smaller things rather than rushing to view all of the big five. We were rewarded later in the drive with a good sighting of cheetah siblings.




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It’s been a hectic time since I posted last. In summary: we’ve had 20 hours without power; lost internet twice (for a period of 4 days each time); had the car in for repairs (finally seem to have found an honest and competent mechanic, so we are rejoicing over that);  while sitting in a traffic jam I also saw the car in front of mine get sideswiped by an oncoming truck (cosmetic damage only to both vehicles, but scary to watch)…

Amongst all that and the thesis writing I’ve been chipping away at some of my projects. I pulled out the crochet blanket and re-crocheted it all. I had a variation of 5 stitches along one edge, there was no way that was going to block out. I was pretty sick of this yarn by the end of the process, but I think it was worth it in the end.

An arty shot.

I’ve also had plied yarn sitting on the wheel for about 10 days. Finally got it wound off and washed this weekend.

Superfine merino, two ply from fibre I dyed myself. It’s the same dye lot. But I managed to get the colours in one of the skeins to match a little bit better than in the other and hence it looks more vibrant. I haven’t measured wraps per inch or yardage yet.

I hope life has been a bit calmer for all of you.

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A scrapbooking challenge

I found a new (to me) scrapbooking blog this week and thought I’d play along with their current challenge.

This page was done for Berry71bleu’s Luck of the Irish challenge. The challenge requirements were: green as the dominant colour; the word luck or lucky; and a bit of Irish lace.

The lace part was a special challenge for me. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have noticed that I’m a very minimalist scrapper, and lace rarely makes an appearance…

Anyway, without further ado.

Paper is from Stampin’ Up. Chipboard is from Molossi. The lace is unknown. My MIL picked it up for me when she was working in China.

I painted the bird white with acrylic paint and then coloured it with a water-colour pencil.

Thanks for looking.

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I may have mentioned here a few times that I assign different days of the week to different projects in an attempt to spread my crafting time out evenly and get more done.

That system has fallen by the wayside over the past few days. You see one of my dear friends is having a long-awaited baby and I’ve been making her (and said baby) a blanket.

I cast off this project and then stepped back and looked at it.

Hmmm. Then I went back and read the pattern notes. “Needs to be blocked severely to make it square.” The little voice in my head said. “You will sending this to a new mother who lives in the north-east USA where she has had an eternal winter this year. You’ve seen her house and there will be no place to block it once the baby arrives. You cannot send a gift that has no practical use.”

So I pulled it all out and started this.

This is folded up for the photo and I think I photographed the ‘wrong’ side of the project. I cannot stop working on this. Every spare minute I get I’m putting a few stitches into it.

I hope she will find this one much more practical than the first one I made.

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