Friday, 9 November 2012

Zentangle Birthday Card

What do you think of this? This is the first time I have parked myself with a Tangling purpose. The background is Jet Black glitter card. Not being overly artisitic with a pen or pencil in my hand I was very pleased with it.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Advent is a comming !!

I hope you love this Angel as much as I do. I have decided to give this one away to someone who through her work has given me many hours of pleasure. I hope she will like it.

I may have been very quiet lately but I am beavering away on a lot of projects which will probably all be finished at the same time and then my blog will be bombarded with images and ramblings all at the same time.

Take Care of Yourselves

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Red Alert! Red Alert! Silly Season Approaching!

 These are the first of this years 'C' word cards. They are from Debbi Moore Designs and is on the Cd Art Decco Christmas Mini Easel & Snowglobes. These are great little cards, you can embellish them as much or as little as you want.

The above effort is my first attempt at needlefelting using a Clover mould. This doesn't bear much resemblance to the rose that it promised. I have thought of a few things that I would do differently. Using copier paper on the mat is tricky to get off the back of your componant parts but I would definitely give my flower a hair cut before I assemble it next time.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

An Experiment

Like most of you, I am always trying to keep the cost of my crafting down. I use loads of ModgePodge and I got to thinking if I could find a cheaper alternative. I went to my new Bestest Best Friend Pinterest and found heaps of recipes for homemade ModgePodge. Some of them were quite complex mixing flour, sugar and water together and then heating until flour and sugar had disolved BUT without boiling/simmering! Far too much of a phaff! So I went with the easiest and made my first batch of Homemade ModgePodge. I am going to play with it later to see if it does the job as well, if it discolours or cracks when used with a heat source (like a decorative tealight holder) etc. I will report back in due course.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Nerve Centre at Sassie Acres

This is the tidiest my workroom has ever been, apart from when it was all packed in boxes!! The skirt hung on the shelves is one I made towards the end of the summer (what summer?) and is waiting to be hemmed. On the back of the door just in shot is a hanging tidy with bits in. My corner desk and laptop are by the window over the back garden.

next to my desk is my sewing table, right in front of the window. I have a daylight lamp on the window sill which minimises my SAD and depression.
This bit of chaos is my general storage area, in time much of what is on here will be sold (hopefully) and will give me more room. I have lots of things to post on my Folksy site which will give me some dosh to buy more crafty goodies.

This is my mucky work area, there are a few things lurking here that don't belong here, but until I sell some stuff I can't put it all away. So time to get my derrier in gear, take some photo's and post on Folksy.
I hope you now feel very virtuous as your work area's are bound to be more tidier and better organised than mine. If you think yours is a mess I hope mine makes you feel better.

Bracelet with a twist

My Wicked Stepdaughter was being cheeky on Facebook and asked for a Shambala Style bracelet in green. I did the twisted knot for her (maybe that says something about our relationship). I can't believe that it is almost her 1st Wedding Anniversary soon, how quickly that year has gone.

Wedding Card

A friend of mine recently 'eloped' to Gretna Green and got married, so thought I should make them a card. As they aren't in the first bloom of youth I didn't really know what to do. But Joanna Sheen to the rescue with her lovely Faye Whittiker cd. I made a card with the background paper and topper from the cd, I trimmed the edge of the card with pearls and cotton lace. Job done.

How Much Would You Expect To Pay...................

...................................for these handsome candle stands?
A good clean up, some black Hammerite loitering in the shed and there you go! Total cost? £1 from the recycling centre. I might at some point think of selling them, but right now I am just enjoying them. I love candles and now the nights are pulling in and it is getting darker earlier I do love having the curtains drawn and lots of candles lit. Somehow it is cosy, and soothing and just lovely.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

A Bored Sass is.......................................

............................................ all together NOW! A DANGEROUS SASS!
Well long time no blogging dear friends. I haven't been idle though. We have decorated the Anklebiters bedroom and upcycled a few pieces to finish it off.

My Dear Headache Provoking Husband went to the recycling recreation centre to get rid of some rubbish. He came back with 2 lovely solid blanket boxes. So Sass set to and painted the boxes with eggshell paint and then got some old stencils out and stenciled fish in pearlescent acrylic a quick coat of matt varnish. I had some leftover fabric from the curtain which I used with some foam (from a tame furniture upholsterer) and some nice binding with VW Camper vans on to make a cushioned seat. The 2 boxes were then bolted together and then to the bedframe to be used as steps to the new bed crowsnest! The upright box has had feet put on and a shelf put inside. Total cost £7

So that was the start of something urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr dangerous!

 The curtain with 'rope' tie back
 A revamped pinboard. I used some 'rope' and glued it around the frame and painted the frame
This bed is 4' off the floor, it is reclaimed timber which has been painted and distressed to look 'sea washed'. The fishy boxes are the steps up to the bed.

DON'T STAND STILL! Sass has got a brush in her hand .................................. onto the kitchen. You know when you get fed up with something? Well my kitchen was boring me rigid. I bought a new wipeable table cloth from a catalogue, £2 worth of plain white tiles and let loose.

 Not being as artistic as my mate in Horsham I dug out my ceramic pens and just doodled on the tiles, they have felt glued to the backs and the oblong ones have wooden beads glued to the bottoms to use as trivets. The place mats are a big cheat as my lads are a bit mucky with a Digger and Shovel (knife and fork to those of you with a bit of culture). So rather than make nice fabric place mats I printed some pretty backing paper from Joanna Sheens Pretty Petals cd and laminated them.
Ok, this really was going OTT I found an old tea light holder and let loose with that too. I have a few more projects in the offing for the kitchen and there is some bunting  to go up in the anklebiters bedroom. But Heyyyy its happening!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Sn@t & Tears

I'm not supposed to be here!! Not fair! Not fair!

I was off to sunny West Sussex on Sunday morning, made it to Wincanton on the 303 and disaster! My car started with a serious wheel wobble, lost power and drank fuel! I nursed poor Rennie home and then promptly burst into tears! So what do us girls do when we are miserable? We MAKE a handbag!

So with lots of moooooocuusssssss and tears I went into my workroom and dived into my stash. I found this lovely Kath Kidston handbag kit which was waiting for an excuse to be made. Of course I couldnt NOT embellish it, so I cut some daisies with my Bigshot in pink felt. I hope you like it.

On Saturday I went to the new Hobbycraft Store in Newton Abbot, I was rather well behaved and didn't buy much. I had to buy a new needle felting tool coz silly mooo that I am I managed to cross thread mine and even Iron Man wouldn't be  able to undo it. I bought some silk to dye with alcohol inks and embelish with felt, I bought some alcohol inks in shades of blue's and greens.

Yesterday I went to the Heathcoats Factory Shop where my very naughty wicked stepdaughter works. I bought some Butterick patterns in the sale for £1.80 each WOW!, I alo bought some elastic, and assorted lengths of fabric to make into who knows what. I have been looking for a pattern to make some slobby yoga style pants from (I live and die around the house in these) and one of the Butterick patterns is for pyjama's and the troussers are just perfect yoga pants WHOOP WHOOP!

Hope my ramblings are vaguely interesting. Just one last note I am no longer on Facebook

Just to reply briefly to the comments made on this item: I will be making up some of these bags and putting on to my Folksy Site. The bag kit came from a book of Cath Kidston sewing projects, which also has the pattern sheet for all the projects. I was given the book as a gift and the bag kit came complete with fabric, Cath Kidston Label, in fact everything but sewing thread.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Upcycling Again

These cushions are, in my opinion upcycling gone mad! When I bought the fabric for my suite, the nice man was selling off his old pattern books at £2 each. So being the crafter that I am I loaded my donkey (aka Hewhothinkshe'stheBoss). So fully laden he struggled back to the car and my lovely cushions were born. The bolster has taken a bit of time as the squares are much smaller and fiddly. I have made the 6 square ones this week, so they weren't too bad.

I hope you like them

Thank You For Beeing My Teacher

After a lot of searching I had to give up and wave the white flag! I bought some beautiful cord for making Shamballa Style Bracelets with while I was staying with my friend Mags. I bought a fantastic turquiose colour cord to make this bracelet for the Anklebiters teacher Mrs P. Long story sideways I saw it on Saturday while looking for something else (is there a theme here?) I have since retraced my steps and I can't find it anywhere. So at stooopidd O'clock last nigt there was nothing for it but to use inferior lilac cord. I suppose it could have been worse, the little strawberry brooch was part of a magazine freebie. I just hope Mrs P doesn't think I'm a weirdo crafter -- of course you all know better!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012


Spot the difference!  The bottom picture is of my much loved and very battered sofa. It was good and sturdy (they don't make them like that anymore). Back in January I bought this fabulous upholstery fabric for the grand sum of £3 a metre! in a sale. Its rrp was £25 a metre so I bought loads of the stuff and my Dear Friend Erica came to help (she ended up having to do the lions share as my hands decided to give up!) I am really very pleased with the outcome and as loose covers they can be sent to the laundy for washing. So the top picture is of the finished result. I hope you like it and NO I won't be taking orders to do more!!

Some of My Crafty Bits

Just some jewellery wot I made
Well Hello There

I just don't know where the time has gone, we seem to have been so busy in the last few months and I just haven't got around to posting on here. The craft work has continued, and Himself has been busy building a new chill out room and we have had a massive decluttering. The ammount of 'stuff'' we have got rid of seems to have had its place refilled and I just don't know where it has all come from.

We have also spent a lot of time catching up with friends and enjoying their company. I am planning on visiting my good friend Mags next week and my other good friend Donna is planning to visit the week after.

I'm sure you all feel as I do about being stuck indoors because of the foul weather. I suppose the up side of it is that I have got a lot of my 'winter projects' done and in progress. The garden looks so sad, the fruit is rotting before it can ripen and the plants are all battered flat.

I hope that you are all keeping well and that you haven't got too blue either with the cold or with misery at the dreadful summer.