Sunday, 28 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 28

So the eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that I went AWOL over the last few days.....sorry! I decided to have fun with friends and family on the last few days of my holiday from work and so didn't spend a lot of time online or making anything.

However being that its the last day of the Thing A Day 2010 challenge (thank goodness!), Im back with one last make. I just spent the last two hours making it and if Im tired at work tomorrow this is to blame! LOL!

I was surfing http://www.swap-bot.com/ earlier and saw a swap for "pillow case dresses", there is a charity which distributes dresses made from pillowcases to children in Africa who have nothing http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/ . I have never heard of these dresses before and started researching as I was interested in how it could be done.

A few years ago I got a sewing machine for my Christmas and have failed to learn how to use it for anything more than Dotee Dolls, so I was planning to spend the month of March challenging myself to get it out and try making things with it.


Well after reading instructions of how to make the dresses and watching youtube videos I decided to give it a go tonight. I know sometimes Im crazy!

But hey presto - Ive actually made one! now I didn't have any decent pillowcases or anything so it was just for practice but Im pretty pleased!!
It should be noted that I seriously have no sewing skills so if I can do it, anyone can - give it a go!


Links:
Directions from little dresses for africa - http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/?page_id=477


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 24

So I thought I wasn't going to have time to 'make' anything today, due to work and then plans this evening. So my 'make' for todays Thing A Day 2010 challenge was another Kiva donation.





Kiva aims to help people improve their lives by encouraging lots of people like us to make small donations to people in poorer countries and they pay it back to us in installments, check out http://www.kiva.org/ for more/better explanation!

Today my loan went to a group of three shopkeepers in Guatemala.



Turns out though that we've had so much snow tonight, I had to cancel my plans and stay in so Ive spent the last 5 plus hours making a matchbox shrine for a swap Im in on swap-bot.com

The theme was to be a Mermaid Shrine and I have absolutely loved making it!



The matchbox is a 32 count box ie. about 2" x 1.5" in size. Ive decorated each side of the matchbox and inside is a 3D sea scene (try saying that fast!).



Thing A Day 2010 - Day 23


Despite being exhausted from my hiking, I forced myself into the craft room so I could keep up the Thing A Day 2010 challenge. I definitely feel like I need a day or two off from it though, I feel Im forcing my creativity and it doesn't like it!!


Im working tomorrow and then going out with my aunt in the evening so looks like I'll have tomorrow off from the challenge - oops!


Anyway just another quick make tonight. Eight inchies for some RAKs Ive agreed to on http://www.swap-bot.com/


Geocaching

Another long day for me today. Went geocaching again! (Im trying to make the most of my time off work). Today I did 8 miles, climbing up Kilpatrick Braes to Loch Humphrey.

It was a decent day weather wise, though a little cold. The Loch was frozen solid, but still looked amazing. The great news was that I found 10 out of 12 caches!







Loch Humphrey frozen solid.






View from near the top - thankfully I wasn't taking on this beast of a mountain!







This lovely little burn had icicles it was so cold! Despite the cold though it had frog spawn it in!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 22

Tonight I made four Twinchies to go with the two I made last night. Twinchies are pieces of art 2" x 2" in size. Im used to working with inchies that are only 1" x 1" so i find I have some much space on Twinchies to fill and don't think I've quite got the hang of it yet!


These Twinchies were for a Colour of the Rainbow swap, we had to make one to represent the colours, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Blue & Green. Im not a huge fan of bright coloured things so didn't really enjoy the challenge, maybe its just because Im tired after all my walking today! Anyway they are my make for today towards the Thing A Day challenge.

Fresh Air

So Ive just spent the last 4 plus hours out and about walking on the hunt for geocaches. (See http://www.geocaching.com/) I had a brilliant day, it was cold but successful, with me finding 4 out of 4 caches - yay me!!

I walked 6 miles round Glennifer Braes in Paisley, and took some interesting snaps.





This little guy and his friends got a bit close for comfort!













The final peak. Just had to find my way back now!!










This guy was out hunting worms and not caches like me!







Sunday, 21 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 21

Eak I nearly forgot to upload a post tonight!

My 'Thing A Day' make for today was two sets of St. Patricks Day inchies for a swap over on swapbot. Nothing fancy, infact they are a little too simple for my liking.




I also made a start on some twinchies, we have to make six to represent different colours of the rainbow, they are for another swapbot swap - yep im addicted!

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Thing A Day - Day 20

Phew just over a week to go in the Thing A Day 2010 challenge (make something everyday of February 2010).

I did a bit of Geocaching this morning and on my way back popped into the craft shop (a little muddy looking!) and selected the paper to use for my sisters Mothers Day Cards (see Day 18).


So this evening was spent cutting out enough pieces to make 30 cards - with some spares incase the kids make a boo boo!


Its taken me hours, 30+ frames, tags, Mum's, and 3 million flowers!






Friday, 19 February 2010

Thing A Day - Day 19

Well Im going to fail on the make something everyday of February. I have my Mum, sister, aunt, cousin and kids coming round in an hour and Ive been too busy getting ready for their arrival, you know the thing like dusting the light bulbs incase they inspect them, that I haven't had time to make anything today.


I did recieve an email from my swap partner who I sent my little inchie houses too. She got them yesterday and made them up and she has sweetly sent me a photo since we had to send them flat I never got to see them in their full glory. So here they are - least its something Ive made!!






Thursday, 18 February 2010

Thing A Day - Day 18

My younger sister volunteers at a Youth Club and she asked me this morning to design her a Mothers Day Cards that she could get the little horrors to make. Mothers Day is in March for UK people incase you were wondering!

So I dragged out the cricut, I can just about get to it through all the scraps of paper, bottles of glue & rolls of tape etc on my desk, (I really need to clean the craft room). My sister had mentioned flowers and some sort of frame, so I came up with the following idea - the colours are just from paper scraps, I still need to think them through.


Im thinking either a heart or just wording in the centre of the frame. What do you think?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 17

First things first then, you may notice Ive changed my background, thanks to http://www.thecutestblogontheblock.com/


The previous background was white and so was the colour of my text when I posted, so I had to change it all the time and when I tried to do this I kept losing it all. It would seem if you highlight all your text blogger eats it! I was getting very frustrated so now its changed and I can relax!! For now anyway!


Today has been a busy day, I have a week off work just now, so Ive decided after my recent spell of lazieness to get on with life. I started by painting, not in the craft room but in my house.


I started with the bathroom, Ive hated the colour of it since I painted it first time round. It was supposed to be a metallic silver colour but it looked pale blue to me! So it was time for a change. Ive painted it white, so its nothing special but it took three coats to get rid of that darn blue!


Next I moved onto the kitchen, its already white, so I just gave it a fresh coat.



Knowing I had to 'make' something today for the Thing A Day challenge, I spent the afternoon making some Edgar Allan Poe Inchies for a swap Im hosting over on swapbot.




I then headed to Ikea in the hunt of some new pictures to go on my freshly painted walls, but I couldn't find anything I fancied. I bought one which I like but Im not sure its really right for the bathroom so it might end up in my bedroom!


On my way back from Ikea I decided to try and fit in some geocaching, nothing major just some quick dash & grab ones, it was 7pm after all!


I started off well and found #1 with ease. #2 proved more difficult, first there was a delivery truck & driver to outwait, then two staff members from Tescos chatting, after they left I made my way to grab the cache, but couldn't believe my bad luck when I rounded the corner to find a couple having an arguement over who cheated on who first just 2 foot from the cache! I gave up at this point!


So onto #3, it took me a bit of time to find the area in question, I'd never been there before. It turned out that I had to park near a cemetery, it was now 8pm and pitch black. I admit it I was scared!! LOL!


I was only a few hundred yards away so took a deep breath and braved it out. I got out the car and followed the GPS, but then I remembered that a few years back a women (lady of the night) had been found nearby with her arm severed and that was me, I ran back to the car and gave up!! I was probably right next to it, but I was so freaked I couldn't hunt, ha ha!


Fancy some geocaching fun? http://www.geocaching.com/

Im tired now, and have a busy day again tomorrow, but I need to stay up and watch the Winter Olympics!!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 16 part 2!

After feeling too tired earlier to craft I pulled my socks up and got on with it!

I joined a matchbox swap on swapbot "Mark My Words". The swap was to alter a matchbox covering it with words and then fill it with words that your partner could use in their projects.

So I spent the afternoon making my matchbox, my partner likes colours so I tried my best, even though its not my choice of style!


The finished matchbox, along with some extra papers.
Inside the matchbox!
Some of the words included.
Check out swaps at http://www.swap-bot.com

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 16

So here we are at Day 16 of the Thing A Day 2010.

The Thing A Day is a challenge I am taking part in where you have to make something every day for the whole month of February. Im glad I took part in the challenge (even if I am taking part unofficially) as it has definitely encouraged me to get in the craft room and make something when normally I might not because I was too tired after work etc. However there is also a part of me that cant wait for it to finish as well because some days (like today) I just don't feel inspired and it seems like a huge hassle to force myself to make something.

So today I have started with a bit of a cheat, I haven't been into the craft room yet, but I will try later, but just incase my 'make' for today was a donation to KIVA.

If you haven't heard of KIVA, its an international website http://www.kiva.org/ who aim to alleviate poverty. The site allows to you lend money to others who repay it back in installments. You can donate as little as $25 to people all around the world and it helps them improve their business or repair things. KIVA explains it much better than me, so why not take a look at their site.

Today was my fourth donation, and I chose to lend to Aslam Hamidov in Tajikistan.





In addition to yesterdays post, people have been asking for the recipe for the caramel shortcake. Its not my own recipe, but Ive used it many times and it is gorgeous! So here is the link, enjoy, and don't blame me if you put on the pounds! http://www.ciao.co.uk/Recipes_for_Desserts__Review_5352795

Monday, 15 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 15

Im on nightshift tonight (booo!) and I had stuff on this morning so time is restricted today. I need to go have a quick sleep before dinner, so no time for the crafting unfortunately.

However don't worry I have made something today. Its for taking into work tonight and its in the kitchen cooling down, its making my tummy rumble just thinking about it! Its a favourite with my colleagues so I hope they are happy!

Its caramel shortcake!........I'll photograph it once its cut.




Sunday, 14 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 14

So today is Valentines Day, and since my friend and I have recently become single neither of us were much in the mood for Lovey Dovey stuff so we spent the day out walking in the fresh air on the hunt for geocaches.

We managed to find 8 out of the 9 caches we went for and we even got 2 first to finds - woo hoo!

Unfortunately it meant that I didn;t get home until 8 oclock and I still had to make dinner, so Im afraid the craft room was never gonna happen!

So Ive cheated today and my 'make' for today is a digital collage of some of the photos I took while out & about!


The first photo shows a brilliant geocache hide. The cache was hidden in a carved wooden log - I loved it!






The second is Crookston Castle near Glasgow. It was superb, you can get right inside and climb to the top, exploring all the rooms as you go.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 13

Well if making a dent in your bank balance counts as making something then Ive succeeded today! I spent the day with my sister and parents and we ended up shopping - oh dear!

I got home late and just wanted to sit down and put the winter olympics on, but I went to the craft room and started some inchies. I cant wait for the end of the Thing a Day challenge so I can relax!!


Pictured is some black & white backgrounds Ive prepared & the four inchies Ive started - ill be adding more to them.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 12

Had the whole day to myself today, so did a bit of cleaning as well as crafting! Though I really need to clean my craft room - I can hardly see my desk anymore!


I made a set of four 'dark & eerie' inchies for a swap partner I have in a free theme Inchie swap. I had already made her some inchies but then read she liked dark & eerie so I'll keep the first set I made for someone else.








I made and finished my Inchie Houses - I quite like them, though I wish I was more skilled. We are posting them flat so I can't really photograph them made up, but Ive done my best with the photo!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 11

So im pretty tired after my exams today at work, but I still ventured into the craft room to attempt my daily "Thing A Day" when I got home.

I wasn't happy with the way my Inchie Houses were turning out (see day 4), so decided I needed to go back to the start, and choose less busy background papers for them.

Tonight I selected new papers, printed, cut and glued them to the base template and cut them out again. Ive photographed them folded but not glued as I still have to decorate them before they are fixed in place. I think they look better already but Im off to make some signage on paint shop pro for them such as 'bank', 'toilet' etc!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 10

Todays make is a quickie!


My friend and I are dreading Valentines Day this year, she is single and ive just recently become single, so I decided to make her a special surprise to brighten her day. We can't all be miserable right!


I bought her some chocolate hearts, and a hunk in a box (dont ask!), and something else which I can't for the life of me remember just now, so all I needed was a card. I obviuosly don't want to go and buy one, so I made her a little cute card with a difference! What so you think?!

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 9

Tonight I tackled some more inchies!


Im hosting a host called "Time for Inchies" on swapbot.com where you have to make six inchies based on the theme time. I love this theme and was really looking forward to making the Inchies, however when it came to the crunch I struggled. I just couldn't get my ideas to work in the tiny space.


Ive made six but I may remake some if I find more inspiration (or buy some more rubber stamps!). I already dismantled a watch to use the hands & cogs!

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 8

Managed to squeeze in making a set of 4 Inchies today ...... better than nothing!

I went for the bright, wacky kind again, Im enjoying them just now! I used some of the new backgrounds I made yersterday.
I'll use these for a free themed inchie swap Im in.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Thing a Day 2010 - Day 7

I finished work late today, and Im so tired after a hard week that the only reason I dragged myself into that craft room is because of the Thing A Day 2010 challenge!


I know next week is going to be even more of a challenge because Im working away for 3 days so fingers crossed I can keep it up!


Today I got back to basics and made myself a stock of inchie bases. I find it helps to have a stock so when you're feeling creative you can just grab them and get going without losing the inspiration.



I took a peice of A4 card and coloured it with acrylic paint. I then stamped on some of it or added torn paper. They give me a base to work on when I start my inchies.

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 6


I popped into the supermarket on the way home from work and bought new printer ink, so Im back in the game!!


My creation tonight was the last of the bookmarks for my swap on swapbot. My partner likes ladybugs & scrabble so I made her a bookmark with both on it. Not sure it works but I hope she likes it.


I also did some work on my Inchie Houses, but there is still some way to go with them, they are so tiny its hard to embellish them - I'll need to get my thinking cap on.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 5

Well Ive failed today to make anything other than my dinner!!

I tried, however my printer is out of yellow ink and wont recognise the new cartridge I have. Its one of those annoying printers that wont alow you to print at all if its out of one colour even if you dont need the colour its out of. I really wish you could over ride it but you cant. So making is out of the question until I get a new cartridge. Hopefully I'll be able to find some at the supermarket tomorrow after work.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 4

Im so tired after work today, it really was a struggle to make anything. I have to admit I haven't finished it, but I've started on my Inchies Houses. They are 3D houses one inch in size - so cute......well hopefully they will be when complete!!


I started by printing out the templates on blank white card and then some patterened paper - Yep my new paper was christened!! I stuck one to the other so I have a sturdy patterened card. Ive scored them so they are ready to bend and stick together, now I just need to embellish them.

I plan to make the pink flowery one a flower shop, but havent decided what the other two should be yet. I need to spend so time on the computer sizing up some designs, but Im too tired tonight.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 3

My car was in the garage today so really I should have made more since I was stuck indoors all day, but my creativity was lacking.

I got 4 swaps posted, and made one set of Inchies and another bookmark.


The inchies came from my desire for bright colours and a wild attitude!

I really need to make some more inchie backgrounds I usually just paint some white card with acrylic paint but Ive run out of card and despite walking round the whole town today I couldn't get any from anywhere.



The bookmark is for the swap I'm hosting on swapbot - Inchie Bookmarks. Its basically just an Inchie of some funky fibre - so simple but it works! I decorated both sides of the inchie to it doesn't matter how it sits.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Thing A Day 2010 - Day 2

Well thank goodness its THING a day and not more!

I was out all day walking and was exhausted by the time I got home and had dinner. I really didn't want to get in the craft room, but since I had to, I did!

First here is a snap I took when out today.....

I was geocaching all day and had a semi succesful time, finding 4 caches. I went to Largs in Ayrshire, it was cold and windy but after the snow stopped the sun came out.

OK, so my make for today is another Inchie bookmark.

This one is for my other partner, she is like me a loves anything Japanese themed, so i hope she likes her Geisha bookmark!

Oh, nearly forgot, guess what arrived today in the post but my new papers - Im so excited to use them, or at least spend ages looking at them before filing them away again in the "too nice to cut up" drawer!


Monday, 1 February 2010

Thing a Day 2010 - Day 1

Ok, so Day 1 has been a success!

Im taking part in a Twinchie swap over on swap-bot.com, we have to make 5 Twinchies for our partner. I had made 2 over the weekend and today I finished the last 3 yay! The only problem is that I'm liking them so much I don't want to give them up! LOL!


Each one is 2" x 2" in size, a step up from the Inchies I've been making, although there is only an inch difference in size I felt like I had so much space to work with!


Im also hosting an Inchie Bookmark swap on swapbot. Partners were assigned today, one of my partners likes black & white & hearts so this is what I came up with for her .... lets hope she likes it!
I layered some black & white card, and rubber stamped the black & white pattern on the white card. I made the two inchies with chipboard and glued them on.

Thing A Day 2010

Ive just found out about the "Thing A Day 2010" challenge http://thing-a-day.com/ . The challenge is to make something everyday for the month of February.

Unfortunately it looks like Im too late to sign up so Im setting myself the challenge here! I shall try and make something everyday and display the photo here.

So I best go get in the craft room!!