Tuesday, 31 January 2012

A make a month ♥ January 2012


Well it is FINALLY the last day of January
(thank the lord!)
and as I mentioned before 
I have decided to post about the things I make each month
not shop makes though
but gifts and things that I make for myself and our home
at the end of each month I will do a little 
'show and tell'

I am hoping posting here will keep me focused

Here are my makes for January

This little one got a new dress

She is a gift for my gorgeous little niece who will be four soon 

A pair of muffatees...I was originally calling these 'handwarmers'
but then came across this wonderful post from annie over at knitsofacto
where she called them 'muffatees'
I felt so happy....what a fabulous word..... 'MUFFATEES'
I had NEVER heard them called that before
am I the only one? did everyone else call them muffatees?
anyway...thank you Annie x

These will be a gift too
but I cannot say who for
(blogs have ears and all that!)

and as I have mentioned before
 here is a gift that I have made for my best friend
It's a case for her glases
I hope she likes it

Well I shouldn't be sitting here blogging, I SHOULD be sewing
I have a couple of bunting custom orders to make
so, back to it

hope you are keeping warm
more soon
love j x

Saturday, 28 January 2012

and the winner is.....

hello my lovelies
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend

Our sweet B is home and we have been having lots of fun
she has been baking up a storm
ninjabread men and gingerbread latte cupcakes
(there is a slight theme going on there :o)
I am considering hiding a few 
so that they don't all go back to uni with her tomorrow!
we watched an amazing film too

Anyway...back to business
 I am here to announce the winner of my

Thank you to all of you who entered 
and for your lovely comments on your favorite kits

I have used the random number generator gizmo
so with out further ado
the winner is......
(insert drum roll here!)

from the gorgeous Jenny Arnott textiles
well done Jenny
I will be in touch very soon 

Happy weekending
more soon
j x

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Happiness is .....

.....a new dress for puppers

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

If you have come in search of my 
my memories giveaway
you will find it here
good luck!

more soon

Saturday, 21 January 2012

my memories giveaway

do you remember in my last post I mentioned a giveaway?
well here it is
I have been asked by the lovely people at my memories
who are an award winning digital scrapbook software company
to host a giveaway
for you, my dear readers
so here we go..
want to know more???

Well here's what you could win

'My Memories Suite Version 3 digital scrapbooking software is a fun and creative way to keep and share memories, whether you have a Mac or PC. The software's design tools will help you to build entire albums effortlessly using one of the many installed templates, or designing your very own pages from scratch.'

(they tell it far better than I could)

I was lucky enough to have been given a package
 to try out and here is a page I made
(obviously shrunk down rather, otherwise it would be a 
very small scrapbook!)
now I have to say that I am not particularly computer friendly
but it was surprisingly quick and easy 
after a little dabbling and clicking
this is what I made 
what do you think?
I really did have great fun
 I think I may become a little addicted!
you can add endless colours and designs of ribbons 
and buttons.....
...oh I loved that bit
You can also make calendars, cards and videos
although I haven't got that far yet

thank you so much to 
my memories

Here is just one of many digital scrapbooking kits

and a sample page made with it

So pretty
I just LOVE all the soft colours and the sweet little touches
I aspire to being that clever!

If you fancy getting your hands on this bit of kit
here's what you have to do
it's easy

 simply become a follower of my blog (if you are not already)
and then hop on over to 'my memories'
then hop back (lots of hopping going on)
and leave me a comment telling me which is your favourite 
digital scrapbooking kit

 If you kindly mention this giveaway on your blog this will give you
 a second chance to win
 just hop back (see I told you) and leave me a separate comment on this post telling me that you have done so

Its as easy as that!

The giveaway will run for one week
I will draw the winner on Saturday 28th January

So GOOD LUCK to you all

...and that's not all...if you are not the lucky winner (boo...hooo!)
or just can't wait a whole week to get you hands on the software
My memories have given me this promo code
By using this code at my memories.com 
  you can receive a $10 discount off the purchase of the 
'My Memories Suite Scrapbook software'
(which means you will pay $29.95 instead of $39.95)
 plus a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store 
there are also lots of freebie kits too

not bad hey?!

have fun
hope YOU win
j x

☆  ☆ 
Thank you for all your entries 
and lovely comments
this giveaway is now closed

thank you 

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A list of things to do

A little list to keep me focused
If I write it here, on my blog
I HAVE to complete it...right?
well that's what I am hoping anyway

To do
 These are actually projects started a while back that need finishing

 ♥  Puppers needs a dress 
shouldn't take too long

 ♥  Starburst crochet granny blanket
this pattern is from issue 2 of Mollie makes
I have a LOT to do on this
it has been such a long time since I last picked it up
I just hope I can remember how to do it
I am so in lve with the colours

♥  Jolly red christmas stocking tapestry 
this has been on the frame.....a while!
this one is for my sweet B
lovely G's is finished
they will both need sewing up too

 ♥  pink socks
these were started way back in the summer 
when I was laid up with a bad back
I needed a project that could be made whilst I was horizontal

Now for my challenges for 2012

 Learn to quilt  

I was a very lucky girl on my birthday last year
my lovely craft group got together and bought me a voucher from here
Ooooh ..... how delightful
I knew exactly what I wanted to buy with it
a jelly roll

there is something so tempting about them
like pick and mix sweeties

I am hoping that by then end of the year
(I'm giving myself plenty of time!)
I should will have a beautiful quilt

♥  A make a month  

I decided upon this idea at Christmas time
after a mad panic to get gifts made
I left everything far too late... stressful.

Recently I have seen some 'blog challenges' 
(I think thats what they are called, I may have just made that up!)
that encourage the same idea.
although I have decided not to join one of these groups 
as I think it will just put pressure on me
I will challenge myself to make at least one gift each month
weather it will be for a birthday or Christmas 
A gift will be made

I have already made a good start
a special gift for my bestie is on it's way to her
it has a loooooong journey, all the way to Australia.
I can't show you until after her birthday in February
but I promise I will blog about it when I can

I have also started these hand warmers
I have an idea who might like them but of course it has to be top secret

I am knitting them in gorgeous alpaca yarn
bought for socks that didn't go well...
....unless you had tiny fairies feet that is!
anyway I thought it perfect for these

This is exciting and now that I have posted about it 
I feel super motivated
I shall post my makes at the end of each month
Thank you for being my motivation

Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that my next post 
is going to be very exciting
I have been asked to host a giveaway
I feel very honoured
so please pop back in a few days

I hope you are all having a jolly week

more soon 
j x

P.S I forgot to say....
I have joined the 'universal craft blog directory'
you will see a little button on my side bar
so if you have a crafty blog, why not add it to the ever growing list


Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Happiness is....

...sunshine on hyacinths

more soon
j x

Sunday, 15 January 2012

♥ ♥ ♥

Hello Hello Hello
happy Sunday to you

Well I am feeling a little behind...
...you see this is a post about Christmas gifts
A-hem...well better late than never
wouldn't you say?

I wanted to share with you what a very lucky mum
received for Christmas from her lovelies

First up from my Sweet B: 
she is a poor poor student! 
 but she was so clever and sweet

A map which is actually wrapping paper
and look how it matches my fairy lights and paper bunting
just genius

Some cute little birdie stickers
to stick on my map
so that I can document where my little Peckers and friends fly to
clever huh?

Oh and some scrummy chocs
from here
which had vanished without trace by boxing day evening

From my lovely G:
He got these with his hard earned wages and for the first time, choose them himself
that makes them so special to me

the words on this mug say it all

and a tin for my knitting needles

They are all such thoughtful gifts
I am a lucky mum for sure

Thank you my lovelies x

Before I go thank you for sharing the LOVE with me in my last post

Happy Sunday where ever you may be

more soon 
j x

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The l❤ve shop

Just popping by with a little shop update
I have been filling my shelves with 

❤ love birds ❤

Hope you are having a love-ly week

Off to knit birdie scarves
back soon
j x

Monday, 9 January 2012

Filling tummies and shelves

Sweet B is back at uni
 We took her last night
after a wonderful three weeks 

Feeling 'empty' today
but this term will be great for her...I just know it

My Oh My ~ that lovely girl of mine does NOT travel lightly!
let's just say she likes her creature comforts
possibly like her mum!
the car was packed to the rafters

We sent her back with a big stock of 
frozen homemade 'ready meals'
they will keep her going whilst she revises for her exams
She likes to cook but not when she is in 'revision mode'
I will be texting her to remind her to take a break

I am keeping myself busy 
throwing myself into filling my shop shelves
I have lots of ideas buzzing around in my mind
all very exciting

Thank you for popping by to see me
and to everyone who comments and follows my blog
it's lovely to know that YOU are there

and Sweet B....it's time for a break my lovely!

more soon
j x

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Hello 2012...

...this is my very first post of the new year
I am feeling excited by all the possibilities
and of a lovely, fresh new year stretching out ahead

I am still so confused with what day it is though
anyone else feel like that?

We went for a lovely walk here on Monday
(I think it was Monday?)

It was chilly but so nice to get out in the fresh air

Isn't he just magnificent?

It was getting dark by the time we left
and so beautiful with the sun setting behind the trees
I had almost forgotten what the sun looked like
It has been very grey here lately
Once home there were hot chocolates all round

Now feast your eyes on my new scarf

Isn't it incredible?
My best friend made it for me for Christmas
she is so clever
there is NO way that I could even imagine knitting something
so complicated
It must have taken hours
which makes it even more special to me

I love the little people all holding hands x
thank you so much my sweet friend
I will treasure it always

Just before I say 'toodle pip'...
...a little shop update

I have added two new cake buntings to my repertoire :o)
especially for Valentine's day
both are made with pretty pretty pretty Tilda cardstock
double sided too, so they even look pretty from behind

I hope 2012 is being good to you

more soon
j x