Are you ready ?

Nope- neither am I....
I don't think I have ever been so UNready ......I've got kit. ( I can hear my friend Deb tutting - yes I really did  need it honest ! ).I really want to document December - but can't make my mind up quite how to do it.
Things really are quite different this year - life is trotting by very very quickly at the moment...
I think I will probably try and make a small- ish booky journal - I really do think it's a good thing to have the pages ready so i'm going to get cracking tonight and make a start.
I've been busying myself with preparing my class for the Eclectic Keepsakes crop this weekend - and now i'm happy with that I can think about other stuff.
I might just make an envelope album actually- hmmm.' Anybody else out there doing JYC and what are you doing this time? Honestly - there is never a dull moment in our house,after number two son moved out a month ago - and thinking the house would be empty and boring - number one son has moved back home ! Love it !


Christmas Cropping - a couple of spaces left on 3rd December

If anyone fancies a day of scrapping,some great company, festive food-and three classes - taught by  the lovely  Debbie Jewell, Ann Freeman and little old me - there are a couple of places left. It is sure to be a friendly warm and all round fun festive day.



Life has been extremely busy for me lately,my Dad has been poorly for a quite a while now and we have been backwards and forwards to hospitals for tests,so crafting of the paper variety has taken a bit of a back seat.
Mind you -all this sitting and waiting at appointments has given me the chance to work on a bit of hooky stuff. I've made a couple of  Ripple blankets in the past and when I saw Lucy over at Attic24 was embarking on a new one - decided to join in. Hers is made with really  bright vibrant colours.I've got sooooooo many balls of wool which  I've only used a bit of- when I had a look through the massive pile   the few that are left,  I've luckily been able to follow her colours(ish) without having to buy any more.( Is that a bit of a worry that I have so much left I can make another whole new blanket???) lol 
Anyway, here's the progress so far -
This is it last week... folded over on itself a couple of times
and this is how it looks tonight - and oh look at all those ends that have to be sewn in just peeking out at the right hand side....
Will  be back with a bit of scrappy stuff soon.


A Spooky Gotta Craft Layout

I started this layout a couple of weeks ago - I loved the last kit that Sandra put together and thought it would be perfect for scrapping the photo of the moon I took in the garden. It's not the sort of  photo I would think to scrap normally, but I did like it and I was dead chuffed when  Deb Turtle asked if she could use it on one of her blog posts..so here we go,one spooky moon layout..Maybe I could use the rest of the kit on an 'Alice Cooper ' layout ....?hmmmmm


Shimelle's Christmas weekend

Shimelle is hosting a Christmas weekend on her blog this weekend and she asked us to blog a favourite  festive layout or project that we had previously made- I designed this one for my very first class I taught over at Eclectic Keepsakes last year. I love it as My Mind's Eye products are a particular favourite of mine and - of course it features my three boys (men)- all in their new Christmas jumpers.


Me? Sewing?......

Today was the monthly Eclectic Keepsakes crop.To say I was out of my comfort zone for the class would be an understatement...
Anyone who knows me knows that I don't do sewing - I can sew - but I really am not comfortable hand sewing and definitely not machine sewing. The last time I used a sewing  machine was back in the '70s when I was at school.
The class today was to make a 'scrap catcher'.My friend Jane had made one for each of us last year after seeing one at a crop and I must say that I would be lost without mine- It sits nicely at the side of me and collects all my scraps and bits- and it holds a lot too!
So anyway, the time came for the class and the ladies sat down at the machines with their kits and instructions that had been prepared by Jane,who was on hand to lend a hand as and when was needed.

Then it was my turn and yessssss... with a bit of guidance from Jane I made one! I'm so happy- job done!
 The butterfly material is Laura Ashley and we could choose from Blue,Yellow or Pink gingham for the inside.They are great to take to crops so you always have somewhere to put your scraps of rubbish in. I believe there are one or two kits left. If anyone is interested in one- please email me at dlh44(at)hotmail(dot)com for details.

I managed to finish another couple of layouts from the weekend retreat as well today.
This one was Suzanne Torr's class

and this one was designed by Mel..
So - it's been quite a productive day today!