Monday, 31 March 2014

T shirt re-design

    Wow been a while since I have posted, well ok nearly a week! But it has been a busy one. I volunteered as a parent helper on a school trip to London Museum of life. I kind of wondered what I had let myself in for after a 6am start and no coffee!!! It took 4 hours there and then 4 hours back and lots of kids being sick on the bus!!! Oh well may think about it next time???

So I went shopping on Saturday to get over it with the coffee on drip! I saw a top I liked the look of but didn't want to shell out too much money so decided to make my own.

I have started it :

So I started with the plain T-shirt.

Then I cut in half down the back.

And I have started to add the lace trim also in pink. I am now in the process of adding buttons. But as I have poked myself in the the thumb a few times with the pin I am going to post the rest tomorrow! It looks great so make sure you pop over and have a look.

Andrea xxx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014



   today I have on my workbench for WOYWW 180 some fabric hearts.

I really enjoyed making these and they were such a quick and easy project. I used navy cotton to tread them with and think this stands out just great.
    So now I am coffee'd up I am going to go back and sew some more cute things
Andrea xxxx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Spring feelings?


so today is sunny but very cold?! Just as I think it should be. So here is a spring card. I love the yellow and the scrabble letters as they can be used on anything.

I have got back into using the organza ribbon too, since making my felt doll. Funny how you stop using things and then go back to them when you remember how good they are to use.

Andrea x

Saturday, 22 March 2014



  Well the rain is on :( sit in front of the fire and book are well in order for this afternoon?? In the mean time please meet Cassie. I have just finished her.

I just love the lilac yellow combo. She has moveable button joints and is a cutie.

Andrea x

Friday, 21 March 2014

Door hanger


   well another busy day. I have been in the craft shed this afternoon making a spring like door hanger.  The weather is not very spring like??? So will be setting the fire off soon!

So I took a wooden door hanger and painted it with the prima chalk paints. They are fab as they dry so quick! I used pale blue and then added a pink distressed shade over the top.

I applied the pink layer with a dry brush to create the distressed look and then sanded the edges and top lightly.

Then I added a Prima bike, I love bikes at the moment, maybe it's because I am dying to ride mine but can't! I have no cartilage left in my knee and can't bend it enough to ride a bike :(

Then I added the Keep Out and some flowers and a heart embellishment. I love the pastel colours and think it looks cute.

Andrea xxx

Thursday, 20 March 2014

This is Grace


   So I have managed to get Grace done. Her she is...

I really enjoyed doing her dress, it has (you can't really see) little bead details on the skirt and headband. She has a cute beehive up do. Her shoes are uba cute too. I am going to start on a little friend for her after I have made another Ted.

Hope you like? I will be starting on my special doll soon, but she will take a while
Andrea xxx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014



   So here is what is on my workbench today for WOYWW 250. I have been spreading out today as you can see a few different worktops!

Of course the absolute need item a good brew! I am sewing a felt doll. She is going to have a lovely dress and a bee hive hair do!

I will post a picture when she is completed I am hopping that will be today??? Even though she is smallish she has lots of stitching.

Andrea x

Monday, 17 March 2014

Meet Kirby


 so finally finished the decorating and now I want you all to meet Kirby.

He is an adorable little ted looking for a home. He has movable button jointed arms and legs and is 30cm tall. He can be yours to adopt, just click the link to my Facebook page or message me. He would be a great gift just remember he has buttons so not great for very little fingers.
Andrea xx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Quick Prima card


so the weather was so nice today we had a day out at the beach! It was great fun we went in the arcade and went on the 2p machine's. Dad/ Grandad took the kids on the beach and they had loads of fun! 

We came home and I nipped to the shed to get my fire wood and couldn't help myself and made this quick card before my brew even got cold! A lovely stack of prima papers are just so easy to use.

Andrea x

Friday, 14 March 2014

Pastel Peg

     So a day off from the decorating today, we have been doing bits since December just one more room to go now!
    So I made this lovely Pastel peg. I used pale blue chalk paints and distressed painted the peg, then added Prima papers. The bike is so cute, i added flowers and a pin. It would look great with a magnet added to the back so it can hold all your noted to the fridge.

it measures 13cm x 7 cm at the widest paper point. Such a pretty object to graze any home.

Andrea xx

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Bunting card


 another warm sunny day here, could get very used to this! i managed to get talked into tile grouting this morning, not sure how that happened but now need a new nail paint!!
   So last night I made this lovely bunting card. I used a lovely paper pad from Prima, I just love the floral pastel colours.

And as many of you can see I just love using these flowers, they are bigger than normal ones and so much easier to use and lush.
   I finished the bottom of the white panel with a punch. Right off to start on more teds.
Andrea xxx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014



   So this is on my workbench this morning, for WOYWW Wednesday. It is going to change later as have load of projects on the go!!! But sure everyone does?

So I dug out my alcohol inks, been at the bottom of the drawer for ages!! I have these cute tins to decorate and some papers that I am just loving at the moment all shall we say obtained from Ali :)

Here are the bits I used:

So I got messy and loved it! I used three colours in the alcohol inks and matched them with the papers I used. From the same paper stash I used the written image "LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL" when the sun is shining it is !

Here is the finished tin:

I added a few flowers and some old necklace bits. This is a great small gift for anyone or you could fill it with an accordion mini scrapbook?

Andrea x

Monday, 10 March 2014

Have a lovely day card


 well another productive day! Getting worried now!!! Had a two hour gym session the is morning, love Monday morning Pilates and Zumba. Even after playing football in the sun yesterday with my kids!

Anyway managed to get in the craft workroom today and I have done a simple yet very effective card using a vintage stash. I used a stamp I got from a magazine. Added some flowers and gems. I love it!! Would be ideal for anything.

Have a lovely evening maybe a glass of vino in the evening sun?? maybe not that hot yet?

Andrea x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Meet Douglas


 what a lovely sunny day here!!!! I have done loads of housework, washing and sewing, walked the dogs and managed to drag the kids outside for some fresh air!!! What a result!

So here is Douglas, he is a dog with his own cute lead and collar! He walked right off into my child's hand so may have to get back and sew some more!

Here he is a little closer up.

I think he is adorable. What do you think?

Andrea xxx

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Meet Tebitha...


 so here is the project I have been working on. My very first ted Tebitha.

Here she is from a different angle

Paige my daughter loved her so she winged her way there! I really enjoyed making this and will make lots more, a dog teddy tomorrow. Hope you like her?

Andrea xxx

Friday, 7 March 2014

Olde curiosity shoppe card


I have been so busy today sewing! I was hoping to get it finished so I could show you all  but nearly there so I can post it tomorrow! I thought I would dig out an old card I loved doing. I did a workshop on this one. 

The flower was satin fabric which we burnt into shape!!! Loads of fun. We used the Olde curiosity shoppe papers which I have to say are still my fave! I pictured it with my sewing machine, very apt! I still use this one.
Andrea xx

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Owl card


   well a late post today, sorry. I popped to Ikea today and it was a great day out. I bought some fabric for a few projects I have on going. I will post some when they are complete.

    So here is a owl card I made. I used a brown card I love these as they are very urban and can be great for male cards. I used a wood effect paper and some twine. For the owl it was an embellishment from an old bracelet I had on my workbench for a future project. (great to buy these things in the sale).

I love the reach for the Stars stamp. Great for a teen card or someone studying for exams.

Right off to put my feet up in front of the fire all shopped out.
Andrea x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

WOYWW - whats on your workbench Wednesday - my bench today


   so this week I thought I would send a link to the stamping ground blog for the WOYWW  (248) and let you know what is on my workbench today! Well this afternoon! Spent a lovely morning shopping with Ali, spent lots!!! But got a lovely new coat so happy :)

So this afternoon I found some lovely bunny treat bags on pint rest and loved them! A great gift for my nephews.

So this is how they started their life x

Here they are so so cute xxxxxx

Andrea x

Monday, 3 March 2014

Ladies Diary


    Well what a lovely sunny day! Spent the morning in the gym and then went out with Stu (hubby) on his bike as pillion. So lovely day.
      Here is a Ladies Diary hoop I made from Graphic 45 Ladies Diary papers. I love this pad as it is very feminine and I love the pastel colours.

 I have gone round the edge with pearls and added twine to add texture and volume to the picture.
This would make a great gift for someone to put on a door handle.

Andrea x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

You had me at Hello!


   so freezing here but managed to get some cards done this morning. I was crafting while Logan was doing some homework, nice and warm in my craft room.
  So this is the first card I made, it is a simple design but I think this time less is more!? This would make a great male card if you needed one.

Loving the Daffs I love flowers as they make everything more cheery.

Andrea x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Up cycled T-shirt


   I think the little sun we have had today has gone to my head? So I thought I would share with you my Up cycled T-shirt. I shared this with you via the Ali-craft blog last year! How time flies. It is a great t-shirt for the sun (when we get some) and for the holidays.

I started with my hubby's t-shirt and here is what I created:

 Firstly get a T shirt modelled here by Stu

Lay the T-shirt on a flat surface and cut off the collar band

 With tailors chalk or a pen draw on a lower neckline, the pattern will let you go lower or higher.  

 Cut the lined area out

 Next cut off the sleeves

 Now sleeveless

 Draw in on each sleeve to make it look more feminine (do on each sleeve)  

 With one sleeve cut like shown below 

 Then cut as below to create a straight piece

 With the straight piece, you need to fold and pin

 Hold the back of the T-shirt to create the racer back, on this you will be adding the folded, sew strip  

 Then sew keeping it in place on the T-shirt to get the correct length sewn   

 Cut the excess off and fold the added sewn part the right way round so the outer ring/ back is smooth and all sewn parts are hidden. Then you have done it is so simple with great results!!!  TADA!!! 


I love wearing it and hope it has inspired you? It is a very quick sew
Andrea xx

American inspired lunch bag GIVEAWAY


    I launched my Facebook page last week. For a new launch I made some lovely American inspired lunch bags for a great GIVEAWAY! So for your chance to win one of the lunch bags pop over to my Facebook page from the Facebook link (over there) and like and share and leave a comment for your chance to win a fab lunch bag, they are waterproof and a very different lunch experience! I will be picking a winner at random on the 4th March.

you choose from the following designs : spotty, wine or smartie and I will make it and send it to the lucky winner.

My kids love them and they are very easy to use. You can also pop over to my Facebook page and purchase one in the boat or map design.

Andrea xxxx