Pictures of Lily

Good weekend? Mine passed happily. Did a bit of shopping one day. Weather forecast said dry conditions would prevail. Well, I sang along to ‘Dry conditions keep landing on my head’ and putting my dry condition wipers on, especially on the M50 when lorries passed by spraying lots more of that dry stuff all over the windscreen. When I got out of the car, the dry conditions were hammering down and that’s how it was for the whole, prevailing day.

I went to Ikea. Love Ikea but the shopping experience is a bit like queuing for the toilets at the Chelsea flower show if you don’t know your way around. I go often enough to have a general sense of the layout (though they do re-organise fairly frequently) and completely avoid the showroom.

It used to take ages to get round the store but am much quicker now. Especially knowing that if you get there too early, the doors are open but you have to wait for the shopping area and showroom to open. They give you complementary coffee while you wait but guess they hope you’ll buy the breakfast while you’re there.

And, again, go too early and there won’t be anybody at the fabric counter to weigh and price any material you want to buy. And, again, too early and the self-service pay at the check out won’t be open either. I aim to get there for about 11 when it’s not too busy, all open and I can get in and out fairly quickly.

Talking of toilet queues, did you see the X Factor Saturday night? Nicholas McDonald’s performance (he was great, btw) but the ‘dancers’? Lines of girls in raincoats walked on and around him in a slow, funereal march. I thought the queue for the ladies loo had found itself on stage.

Anyway, got lots of fabric from Ikea. They do some funky prints with lots of colour and verve. Am making some curtains, a table cloth and lining a wicker laundry basket.

Finished off the blokey tea pot cosies and hope they’re blokey enough. Isn’t the fabric lovely?

You can buy the teapot cosy pdf tutorial here

Finally, went to Lidl and picked up some odds and ends and some flowers. Got a couple of bunches of Asiatic Lillies. They were all buds. One has burst open already. I have a vase at the window on the stairs and it’s such a pop of colour there! Have never bought them before and am loving the way they seem to burst open in a blink! Wonderful. The other bunch is in the lounge. None of them have popped yet but they will.

On a different note, a British national paper posted a story that genuine Black Widow spiders have reached Britain in shipped consignments from the US. The story provoked a few comments including this lovely one:

It could be very dangerous with it’s (sic)  wild attacks: we need to stay out of wrongful creature. We must take a hammer to hard drive it on the black widows !

Made me laugh.

So colour me happy this weekend. Despite the prevailing dry conditions.

Good for you, too, I hope.

Ellie

3D Teapot

It’s been a long time since I first made this teapot. It’s a perfect card/present for all sorts of occasions. Thank You Teacher, Birthdays, Christmas, children’s tea parties and Alice in Wonderland themed table toppers. Make it twee, make it funky – up to you. Even when cut from one sheet of A4 the teapot is big enough to hold a a few teabags. Simply tie a tag around the handle for your written sentiment – better still, make it look like a tea bag.

As you can see below, I added graphics and did a print and cut on it – this was for a themed tea party. What was the theme? Out of Africa! LOL!

It’s fun and practical as well. It’s for sale at €5 euro. Pay with Paypal. Your electronic template (SVG) will be sent to the email account of the email address used with Paypal unless otherwise directed within 24 hours of the payment being received.

3D Teapot SVG cutting file: 3D Teapot SVG cutting file (€ 5)

Thank you for looking

Must run like Sonic Sneaker Feet now – have a great day

Helen

Clogged and blogged

Aren’t these elf clogs cute? I got the template from Jenny Allsorts (http://allsorts.typepad.com/), another crafty blog, a long while ago. Last night I remembered it and made them. They’re so sweet and don’t take long to make up. Would be nice to make 24 and hang up as an advent calendar but could become a chore…. But could make a few for tree decorations or scale them up and use them as alternative Christmas stockings.

Anyway, a great day here in Ireland. Beauutiful autumn day. The weekend was good as well. Did a bit of Ikea and Hickeys shopping. Made another tablecloth from Ikea curtain material – only needed to hem the two ends so how easy is that?

On way home went to Tiger. I love that shop. I got a coaster made from one hundred felt balls (threaded, with what looked like embroidery floss,in 10 x 10 rows). And two gorgeous tins. The coaster was €7 but, bearing in mind that I haven’t found felt balls for less than 20c each, 100 for €7 was a bargain. The tins were an extravagance at €3 each. But, it was a friend’s birthday on the Monday and I was at a loss what to get her. We don’t have much in the way of craft shops here and buy supplies online mostly and had left it too late to have that option available.

But then I saw the tins and the felted ball coaster and it came to me.

The sweet little tin. This little tin would be a dote of a tin to hold some felty balls!

They are useful for decorating all sorts of things, especially when a few little beads are stitched willy-nilly all over them.

So, a present for me and a present for my friend and nothing too ‘Ouch’ in the purse dept.

How nice a present is that?

Well, bye for now and hope you’re having a good day where ever you are.

Helen

Getting my girlie on the teapot

*** Buy the teapot cosy pdf tutorial here ***I am delighted that (though I say it myself, toot, toot) these delightful tea cosies are proving so popular. (I made these using the Annie Bonnet instructions I put up for sale recently). These two were made as an order for somebody and she has now asked me to make a third – for a chappie!That IS a challenge. I like getting my girlie on zhuzhing things all frou-frou! Hmmm. I will have to give it some thought.

Anyway, I made these two at the weekend. Beautiful. She says so modestly….   ; )

Pots

Another sunshiny day here in Ireland.

Been busy one way or another. Some good some not so good but that’s the way things go.

Just showing a few pots I gussied up and have sold! I made a couple as presents for my neighbours then got an order for five more for them to give as Christmas presents! Each is obviously personalised with door numbers or the names of their pets etc. I used Illustrator to customise and do the design work and cut them out using a black cat Cougar. It cut beautifully.

Weeding is a PITA and then more care has to be taken in that thin strips of masking tape need to be applied judiciously to keep the design together to transfer the stencil onto the plant pots. Then the design has to be burnished in place to smooth out wrinkles and creases in the vinyl before the tape can be peeled away and the design painted on.

Lessons learned  – curved surfaces are difficult to work with, would get square planters if I got any more orders.

But, how lovely to receive a unique gift obviously chosen just for you.

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