Monday, 14 July 2014

A Big Hello!!! and a crafty clear out!

Dear fellow crafters

I know it has been such a LONG time since posting, but just thought I would let you know that I'm having a HUGE craft clear out, so have listed many items on e-bay, you can find me listed under seller ZACHSFISH.

I will also be adding to this later in the week so please keep popping by and perhaps grab yourself a bargain!
I hope too, to start blogging again soon! with lost more crafty bits and bobs, so fear not, I am not selling everything, just making some much needed space :)

Thanks for popping by, and hope to see you again real soon!

Suzie xxx :)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

A Wonderful day and playing with my sewing machine :)

Hi Everyone

I really hope you've all enjoyed the wonderful sunshine we've had over the bank holiday, shame about the rain today :(

I was a very lucky gal, and was given a last minute ticket to go to the Chelsea flower show by my lovely friend and her sister on Saturday :) and all I can say is.... WOW!!! What an AMAZING event!!

We were totally blessed with the sunshine, it really was a glorious day, and a real feast for the eyes.  So much colour and beauty everywhere you looked.
The extra bonus ofcourse was that we went on the last day, which ment by the end of the day they started to sell off all the plants.

I really don't know what was more amazing and entertaining, seeing the spectacular displays, or seeing them being dismantled and everyone scrabbling to buy a plant. 
It was so funny seeing what some people were walking away with, giant plants 6 foot plus tall with stems and flowers everywhere!
We even spotted someone walking away with a  tree! all heading for the bus and underground home, goodness knows if they ever made it back in one piece, lol!
I managed to buy some beautiful rambling roses (for my garden arch) and some heavenly scented lavender, oooh how I love that scent :) So all in all and wonderful day!

I've also been busy sorting out my craft room, and trying to ruthless, Gosh, that's hard!  I've done several layouts, so watch out for them in the next few posts, but in the mean time.... I though I would share with you a recent card I made for Mothers Day when playing with my sewing machine. Lots of inking and distressing and a bit of twinkle too!
Don't you just love stitching on paper?  I do :)

Happy Crafting and more soon!
Suzie xxx

Monday, 20 May 2013

A room with a view and one big pampered pooch!

Dear blog friends

Although today is very dull (weather wise) I thought I would share with you some pics taken over the last few weeks of my garden, when the sun decided to peep out of the clouds and say a brief hello :)

I love the view from my kitchen window on a sunny morning. The whole room is filled with sunshine, and with it gives you that happy feeling that only the sun can bring.

I would ofcourse love panoramic views of  rolling countryside, or better still (at least for me)  twinkling sea and golden standy shores, but for now, I know I am lucky to have this lovely view and that the kids have someone wonderful to play and even enjoy helping out with the garden chores, only wish that could extend to the house chores too!

It's wonderful to watch the garden sping into life after a long and dull winter and I adore the lovely old apple tree and it's amazing display of blossoms.

I love all seasons, and think there's beauty in them all, but how lovely to finally see the long awaited sunshine!



Whilst we were busy in the garden, someone else was busy snoozing the day away in the sunny kitchen, what a pampered pooch!

I'm looking forward to scrapping these, so keep posted :)

Happy Crafting!
Suzie xx

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Scrapbook Challenge :)

Hello lovely bloggers

I know it's been a while, but I thought it was about time I pulled my crafty finger out, and got crafting and blogging again too!

Feeling very inspired by some creative friends, I decided to give my first true love a try again, and that's Scrapbooking!

I absolutely adore this hobby, but over the last few weeks, months and years I seemed to have lost my way.
So.... with a little help of some crafty friends and some amazing inspiration from Pinterest, I set to work and began scrapbooking again, and have to say I love it!!!!!

Here's a challenge set by two lovely crafty friends today, Carole and Emma.
And this is what I came up with...although, I have just spotted a spelling mistake in my journaling, ooops! oh well, I can change that :)

Hope to keep you posted with lots more crafty challenges and scrapbook layouts.

Big Hugs
Suzie  xxxxx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

My Smash Book December Daily, pages 1 - 10 :)

Evening lovely blog followers

Hope you are all feeling fun and festive.

I thought I would share with you some of my December Daily pages along with some journal prompts.

I decided to run this project slightly differently, and not worry too much about logging something every day, so instead have tried to include some random pictures and journaling from Christmases past.

So far I have managed to do the 1st ten pages (so only slightly behind ;)
Watch out for the 1980 Christmas pic of me with my baby sister and our wonderful snowman Oscar, we always knew Christmas was here when Oscar appeared :)
Such lovely Christmas Childhood memories.

Hugs Suzie xxxx :)

Friday, 7 December 2012

My Smashing December Daily :)

A big festive hello to all my followers :)

Just thought I'd drop by and show you what I've been up to these last few days.

This year, I was persuaded by a lovely friend to take part in the December Daily challenge.
For anyone not already familiar with this, it's basically a little album (handmade or otherwise) where you journal each day in December, add photos, embellish and journal a little something about each day, but mostly for the first 25 days running up to Christmas :)

After much thought, I decided to give it a whirl! but rather than making my own album, and knowing the added time that would take, I decided to use one of my wonderful smashbooks.

As Christmas is already a very hectic time, along with starting my new job, I told myself I wouldn't get too hung up on the whole daily thing, incase I fell behind.
So instead, decided to call mine "Christmas Memories" that way, I could include many festive memories from Christmas's passed too.

I decided to use the red Smashbook, so this is how it first looked...

And here's what I did with it, and how it looks now :)

I've made a good start, but now find I'm already three days behind, eeek! better get my skates on!

Will let you have a peek inside soon!

Hugs Suzie xxxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A few little fabric gifts :)

Morning everyone!

Gosh, two posts in one week! that's pretty amazing for me :)

I just wanted to drop by and say a HUGE thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments on my blog and facebook page about our craft stall (see previous post :)
They were all so lovely, thank you so much!!!

It's such a horrible damp morning here today, so thought it would be a good idea to press on with some craftyness, in readiness for Fridays craft fair.
Not to mention having to replace some snowman soup that was eariler scoffed by the dog!

I don't know about you, but I sometimes find the whole Christmas gift giving thing each year a little stressful.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to give gifts, but really don't like the whole rush, dash and panic sense that seems to go with it, not to mention the huge expense!

This year, I decided to take a different appraoch, so thought I would make some of my own gifts (where possible :)

I personally love handmade things (think you might have already guessed that!)
But generally think there is a lot more love and thought in a handmade gift then a set of boxed smellies (nice smellies, being the exception ofcourse :)

Earlier this year, my sister had her first baby, a beautiful little girl!
She was very fortunate and was showered with so many beautiful gifts, that I'm sure will take her up to her 1st birthday and beyond!
So, with this in mind, I decided to make baby Andrea's 1st Christmas gift from us, something a little different, which I hope she will grow to love and treasure once all the other bits and bobs have been outgrown :)

Here is our little gift to baby Andrea.
A little fabric Russian Dolly, filled to the brim with comforting lavender.

Just need to finish her off, as she currently has a pin still stuck in her bottom (sorry dolly!) but once removed and properly stitched she should be a better shape, and lovely and cuddly ...

And here are some of those little fabric kittens I mentioned in my last post.
Thank you so much to the lovely Sandy Leigh for letting me use her wonderful template :) Hope you like them, they are filled with lavender too!

Righty, better press on.
Hope you all have a lovely day, whatever you're up to!
Happy Crafting!
Suzie xxx :)