Now I know why I'd given up blogging...I still can't upload pictures from Picasa by email and it was so easy! Ah well, it has made me find how to upload from web albums instead.
Here is the stand I had at Top Drawer. It was TINY!"!! 3m x 1m but I did get a good few orders AND an agent for the South East so I am very happy. I'm waiting for my print run to arrive then I can fill all the boxes with cards and send them off.....
We were out walking Rosie and Claire's puppy Tizzy one Sunday morning and I stumbled on a tree root and ricked my ankle. Yowch!! Anyway...I bruise very easily so I decided to just lie there with my foot in the air while Tony went to get the car. I thought I'd share this view of my foot up a tree for 20 minutes! It worked. No bruise at all althouh it does still swell where I tore some part!
I LOVE being a granny and having Hope and Grace round for Breakfast Club or for supper and play. Grace was on her own here last week so I taught her how to make a button necklace using narrow ribbon. It is really good fun and very easy....a great craft to do with children of all ages.
I can't show her face, but this is the necklace, designed and made by 6 year old Grace.
- Lay out the beads on a tray in the order you want them to appear. (Grace's was a symetrical design using some of the buttons Harriet gave me last year. LOVE them.) She started with a large button in the centre and then chose buttons to go either side.
- The necklace is double sided and occasionally will roll when it is worn so it is worth paying attention to the buttons underneath. Grace chose red buttons for the back and laid them out in the same way
- Take some very narrow satin ribbon and thread it with a needle that has an eye big enough to take the ribbon and small enough to go through the eye of the buttons. Cut it about 3 times longer than the length of the necklace you want to make
- Thread in and out of the centre button from the back, pulling it to the centre of the ribbon. Here, the button has two holes. If it has four holes, go back through the other two. We decided it looks better to have the ribbon going through all the holes! (Trial and error) It is a good idea to make the middle buttons slightly larger and heavier than the others so the necklace hangs better
- Next, take an 'underneath' button from the left side of the button collection and repeat, pulling the ribbon tight as you go. You can turn it so it fits back to back with the first button.
- Continue threading a top then a bottom button until you reach the end
- Re-thread the other end of the ribbon and sew the other side of the necklace in the same way.
- Tie a tiny knot to secure the buttons in place on either end. The necklace can be tied around your neck, or, if you are clever, you can use jewellery findings to secure both ends. Tra-la...job done!
LOVE it. It is such fun to find a new 'play'!
That is all for now. i'm exhausted at having spent so long trying to get the pictures on here and re-size them. It used to be such a simple job but I guess uploading from web albums is actually a better method? We'll see
I've really missed recording my day to day life....blogging is such a great way of keeping a record and keeping in touch with so many talented people. I'm off to see what you have all been up to!