Saturday, 15 July 2017

July photo challenge - part one


Here is the round up of the first few photos I posted on Instagram as part of my July photo challenge







If you follow me on Instagram you will notice that there were a couple of other photos published that I have not included.  I have got a small technical hitch that I am working on and I will include these in my next post.

The challenge started very well with me posting daily, however, this week I haven't posted at all, as usual real life got in the way.  Knowing me I will meet the challenge of posting 31 pics in the month with a flurry of activity at the end of the month!

Have a good weekend

Thursday, 29 June 2017

July Photo Challenge

I am still shilly shallying about if I should continue to blog so I have come up with a mini project. I intend to post 31 pictures on Instagram over the month of July and I will do a weekly round up on here, I will be using the camera on my phone so that I can snap things as and when I see them.

This is the list, I will do them in no particular order so that I can interpret them as and when an opportunity arises, until I get near the end and panic!

  • Tea cup or mug
  • Something blue
  • Bunting
  • Cutlery
  • Light
  • Cotton reels
  • Fruit
  • Glass
  • The number 7
  • Close
  • Distant
  • Flower
  • Something white
  • Leaves
  • Door furniture
  • The weather
  • Car
  • Shadow
  • Stacked up
  • Tools
  • Clouds
  • Buttons
  • Wood or wooden
  • Path
  • Water
  • Architecture
  • Stripes
  • A sign
  • Dandelion
  • Gate
  • Something I have made

Wish me luck you can find me on Instagram classicmini66 if you want to keep on eye on my progress or pop in here for the round up.

I would love to hear what you are up to, do you have any projects on the go or are you chilling out and enjoying the summer?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

In a quandary

Hi All,

I am in a quandary about my blog, the observant among you will have noticed that there haven't been any posts for a while.

I am finding that I have had less free time to do my little makes and anything I have made I haven't even thought about photographing it or making any notes.  I do enjoy the blogging process and am always really thrilled when anyone takes the time to leave a comment, however, I have also felt liberated from my self imposed blogging schedule.

So do I close my blog down or do I keep it open in the belief  that I will pick it up again?

In the short term I am going to leave it open and if I haven't made any useful posts in the next few weeks I think that will answer my own question.

thanks for dropping by :)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Pom Pom garland for Easter

Woo hoo I have completed my first make to take away with us for our Easter break.

I hasten to add this will be my first and only make this Easter, I had a miserable cold last week so I am playing catch up this week.  It was simple and quick to make and is very suitable for getting the children involved with.

I made about a dozen pom poms using orange and yellow cotton yarn, that I have had for quite a while, they came from Lidl about 3 years ago when they had a sale day, a bit of a bargain at only 50p for 4 balls of yarn!   A combination of single shades and some mixed colours along with a few different sized in pom poms stops it being too uniform.  I left long strings when I tied the pom poms off and then tied these together to make the string I tried adding tassels over the joining knots but it just looked a little bit odd so I decided to embrace the honesty of them and let them show.  I will see what it looks like in situ and adjust the spacings accordingly.

I used a pom pom making kit like this one from Hobbycraft. I know how easy it is to cut out a couple of circles out of a cornflake box and do it the old fashioned way but this kit really does help to make it fast and they are reusable.  There is also a method on Pinterest using a fork that I have not tried yet.

Although it is fairly short ( I plan to hang it on the mantlepiece providing it doesn't cause a fire hazard) it is incredibly easy to get tangled up on itself so I have utilised my Mothers day card to wind it round and secured each end with a dob of washi tape.

I am happy with the end result and think it will add a  nice splash of Easter colour to our rented holiday apartment.

I wondered if anyone has tried making pom poms using "the fork method"? or are you a fan of the pom pom making kits?

Happy Easter to you all I hope you get lots of treats and remember they have no calories if you eat them in your PJs :)

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Making plans for Easter

Gosh we are at the end of the first quarter of 2017 and it seems to have passed by in the blink of an eye.  As you have probably guessed by the level of activity on my blog I have not been very creative over the past few months.  We are still helping my daughter and her OH with the renovations/extension to their house so every weekend we are over with them. This of course means I am forced to spend loads of time with my lovely Granddaughter, she is such a joy and each week seems to have developed some new trick like holding something in each hand or has a new facial expression, which has us giggling away.  So my crafty time has been rather limited and this of course means I don't have anything new to share.

Spring Flowers

We have booked an apartment in Whitby for Easter (thanks to a heavy discount courtesy of Tesco clubcard points) and I am planning a couple of small makes to take with us to add my own touch to the decor. Fingers crossed they will be completed before we go and I won't be finishing things off in the car on the way up there!

I hope you are all busy creating lots of lovely things, please leave a comment to let me know what you have been making or what your Easter plans are.

Monday, 13 March 2017

5 Quick makes for Mothers day

Mother's day in the UK is 24th March this year, as we have a new Mummy in our little family most of our day will be spent over at her house.

I pulled together 5 quick makes that I think would make nice gifts

1)  In this digital age where photos and videos are shared amongst families on a daily basis why not go old school and print out a photo and put it in a frame. There are plenty of budget frames around from places like W ilko and Tiger Stores etc or check out your local charity shops. If you are watching the pennies print out the photo, stick it on some card (back of cereal box will do) and use it as a card.

2)  I love my felt flower brooch and they are so simple to make here is the link from my 50 makes for Christmas adventure.

3) These memo pegs are incredibly quick to make, they are another on from my 50 makes of Christmas link here

4) Everyone loves a bit of pampering and this hand and foot scrub I made would be ideal as a gift on its own or as part of a Spa gift set along with a nice sponge or loofah some bubble bath or shower gel, heck you know what your Mum would like to be in it.

5) If you are really skint and can't afford to buy her anything, why not give her a coupon for something like breakfast in bed, take you out for dinner when I have cash, do the laundry etc.  Here a few links to site I have found on Pinterest

Please note that ALL Mothers day gifts homemade or shop brought should be delivered with a HUG, a KISS and ALL the LOVE in the WORLD x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Boats, beach huts and bark

Monday morning and we had to vacate our holiday cottage by 10 o'clock, we loaded up the car (I always bring everything including the kitchen sink!) and headed out for breakfast.  It was the sunniest day of the weekend so we decided to head back down to the beach at Wells next the sea.  

I somehow managed to change a setting on my little camera and it resulted in some cropped photos with some interesting effects, I hope you enjoy them.

These snaps of the boats in the harbour have a lovely vintage feel to them

The beach huts got a variety of treatments, I particularly like the "sketch"

And we had a ramble round the woods at the back of the beach, I was fascinated by the pieces of tree that laying around in various states of decay

We headed home, batteries recharged, cobwebs blown away, ready to face the week ahead. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and certainly tried to make the most of it.

We love a little weekend away but do always seem to come back here to North Norfolk or head South to St Ives, we are located in the middle of the country so I am open to suggestions for new locations.