Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Uh Oh Doll

Nancy Baumiller's blog "regardless of her differences she still smiles and has a heart just like all of us....She was purposely made this way.....That no matter what our appearances we are wanting and needing love just as much as the next person"

Says it all really

First Test of Nerves has gone!

Soemone crumbled VERY quickly! Hopefully she might send me a pic of something she makes incorporating items from the package I sent her - that would be fab!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Test of nerves update

Now 15 small items in there.......

Feeling uninspired

So instead here's a couple of cards I made a while ago

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Test of Nerves

OK - I admit it, I have far, far too much stuff! So, I am going to do a goody bag but with a twist.

I am going to have an envie / box that I will add at least one item to every day. Whomever PMs me will get the contents - the twist of course is that the longer you wait, the more you will get - unless someone else gets in there first. To make it worse, I'm going to post this on other groups as well as my blog...... so can you bear to wait?

I have 5 things in the envie to start with.....

on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Would they baa or ring?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bursting with pride

I got a postcard from Maz today. She'd been to visit
Kari to see her final degree show. The postcard made me cry, not because of me wanting to have been there (though I had) or anything that was written on it, but because I was just so damn proud that my friend and her fabulous work has been recognised in this way.

Decisions decisions

Which of these to choose for a towel holder? Given that I must have been a rodent in a past life, the one on the right should be ruled out, but then again, at last I've found a personal use for such creatures!

liana kabel - art design jewellery

liana kabel - art design jewellery

Knitting ladies - don't cry!

Only one burn

and that wasn't while I was making this.

I left the soldering iron to cool for 30 mins after I had finished then quickly touched it (dab dab stylee) to see if it had cooled down enough to be put away. Guess who hadn't turned it off?!

Not bad for a first go though, eh?

Monday, May 22, 2006



Crying with laughter at the pictures and loving the mail art. Wish I could read what they have written!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Loop - Designers: Annette Bugansky

Loop - Designers: Annette Bugansky

More to fall in love with! Stunning porcelain vases imprinted with knitting - oh when worlds collide such beauty can be made!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Just gotta try it some day

Berry Ink & Quill Pens
Berry ink ingredients:
½ C. Ripe berries (blueberries, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, elderberries, raspberries, etc.)
½ Tsp. Vinegar
½ Tsp. Salt

Fill a strainer with the berries and hold it over a bowl. Using the rounded back of a wooden spoon, crush the berries against the strainer so that the berry juice strains into the bowl. Keep adding berries until most of their juice has been strained out and only pulp remains. Add the salt and vinegar to the berry juice. The vinegar helps the ink retain its color and the salt keeps it from getting too moldy. If the berry ink is too thick, add a tablespoon of water. Store in a baby food jar. Only make a small amount of berry ink at a time and, when not in use, keep it tightly covered.

Quill pen ingredients:
A large feather (find your own or purchase one from a craft store)
Craft knife
Berry ink
Paper towels

Use a craft knife to cut the tip of the feather at an angle. Carefully, cut a slit in the tip. Dip the feather into the berry ink. Dab the end on a paper towel. Repeat as needed. Now, write your masterpiece just like the pioneers did!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Custom Made Toilet Paper

Liquid Shirts: Custom Made Toilet Paper

Oh how fab would this be? I had to laugh at the thought of this question in the How to Order section

'4. Is there is an absolute "In Hands" date?'

Prices are a bit much for me, but I can dream! Wonder if there is someone in the UK that does such a thing?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Techniques Chunky Books

It's done! The Techniques chunkies went in the post today. Sadly without Mellie's contributions - lost in the ether somewhere maybe?

I can't show pages until I know people have received their 16 square inches of loveliness, but I can show the spines, complete with the hidden comb binding I devised. Well, it should have been, but I had to change the plan slightly in case the missing pages turned up, so the combs are still accessible from the inside. Given the new way I'll be running the quotations chunky, I shouldn't have that problem

Sheer Beauty

IZ Reloaded: Online Refreshments

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Go on, you know you want to!

Hostess: Me!
Participants: max 30 - across different boards/groups
Sign-up and payment by: 31st May
Status: sign ups
Completion: 31st July


Chunky book - Theme 'Words to Live By'

Make a 4 x 4 page on the theme of your favourite inspirational quotation. You will need to make as many pages as there are artists. That means if the swap is full you will have to make 30 pages.

Artists who sign up are asked to contact me for my address, in order for them to provide a £5 payment before the sign up closes, covering all UK postage, binding and base materials. After that time I will send the correct amount of prepunched pages to each paid up participant (thus enabling more 3D work to be included). I will accept completed pages up to but not beyond the closing date and will not give a refund if a player fails to send their pages within the dates specified.

Once received, I will collate and comb bind the books and return them to each artist.

If any non UK players wish to participate, please contact me privately

Quilting Arts Blog: The first official blog swap

Quilting Arts Blog: The first official blog swap

Exhale and send in!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Artist book

I recently joined swapbot and had great fun making an artist book for there. So much so that I will be running an artist book swap on ANUK

Here's my newest delight


I'm in a quandry - again - with rubber - again. I bought some UMs from Ma Vinci and, just like when I bought some from Creative Chaos, I'm not sure whether to leave them as is or cut them apart:

both the background numbers and the foreground cancellations are on the plate as is. Oh decisions, decisions. This is a deco entry in one of Flo's books by the way

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Words to live by (1)

Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.
--Alasdair Gray

There will be more

Friday, May 05, 2006

ATC examples for Bodacious Babs

I'm trying to hook Babs into ATCs so here are a few to get her going.....

Chocolate Deities: Venus of Willendorf

Chocolate Deities: Venus of Willendorf

I'm almost desperate for one of these. Imagine a dark chocolate one of these - fabulous!

Two ancient deities tug at my heart strings in a way that I can't explain. The Venus (and I had the pleasure of seeing her in Birmingham last year) and the Green Man. Something deep in me responds to these images, so to have one of them in edible form - wow!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Pretty top

Originally uploaded by suzdeth.
I want to make one!



Oh this woman is just fabulous. I love her take on life and particularly this polemic to whingey teenagers. Read it and remember those years yourself

handbag charms continued

Here's the first I received from Cath - how fabulous?!

Have to get a pic of the gorgeousness from Diz next

Handbag charms

I ran a swap on Alternative for handbag charms. I was amazed at the results

The ones I made (including two views of one)above. No idea who gets what as I parcelled them THEN addressed the envies.....

Edited to add - each one's got its own detachable badge - of course!

More to follow later - the ones I received

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Busy weekend

When aren't they?

So I feel like I've totally neglected my blog and want to post loads of pics, but DS comes home feeling nauseous and hot - uh oh.......

Until I get back, here's a great manifesto - I wish I knew where I had picked it up from - oh yeah after breaking to Google -