A “W.I.P.” photo for an impatient twin!


A “W.I.P.” ( work in progress)

We’re talking about the lady in the foreground…the one at the background is perfect! (I need you all to know that our walls aren’t orange! they are red, it’s been snowing so the light is rubbish OK!) 

Anyway….this little lady will forever now be known as “sweet Gabrielle” (Did you see what I did there?! look closer…)

Do I like her? I’m not sure if I do yet. I just know she needs something…..please tell me what it is! (don’t say braid, Deb) I’m planning to take the used tea bags and the instant coffee to her later.
I’ll be doing “something” to the stand.obviously.

Oh jewelry! That’s what she wants…..I’ll be right back!

And just a post script…If any of us find a woman who has this shape in real life, can you  just spit on her or just instantly dislike her please. thank you! cos that’s just not right.


Naked lady alert!


How lovely is this?! this was created by Cathe Holden and can be seen on her amazing blog  justsomethingimade.blogspot.com  (this woman is so talented!)  

it reminded me that my own dress form is well and truly in need of an update. here she is at present…..   



I bought her from a t-shirt printing shop that was closing down about 15 years ago. I’ve been meaning to do something with her for years. I think I have my next project!  So, today, I stripped her of  her mid 1990’s purple velvet hell. here she is naked…..   

I did warn you there would be nudity

 Now doesn’t she look better already?  the photo makes her look like she’s made of wood but she is in fact polystyrene (gonna have to be careful what glue I use!)   

I bought a few sheet music books from a charity shop in Chepstow yesterday…Perfect!
Then I remembered that I  have a small-scale one of these knocking about in our office (as you do….)

 Maybe I’ll start with the smaller one. (just in case i mess up  come up with a better plan)   

will keep you posted!   

A whole load of bull

A while back I had the idea of making my lovely partner David a wallet. I’d made a couple for myself out of cardstock and clear vinyl but found they only lasted about 6 months or so before falling apart. I wanted something that would last him a bit longer. I needed to get me some leather.

My twin sister and her husband own and run the most amazing fabric store in Frome, Somerset. (I know….please don’t hate me….I am truly blessed!) So, I asked her if she had any spare old scraps of pattern book leather lying around…She came up with this…..

the girl did good!

 Oh My Word!  (I love my sister) I was hoping for a couple of scraps like you see at the front of the pic but “Oh No! I got me a whole cow. if it was any more complete it would have udders!  (the boots are an old beloved pair of mine that I can’t throw out but are beyond help.)

What was I gonna do with all that leather?! …..make my partner a journal of course (He’s a writer who is working on his first novel in his spare time)
It feels and smells great…. Thanks Debs and Stefan. Now David can start frequenting small coffee shops and sit in the corner looking all moody and pensive whilst drinking coffee from those tiny little cups. His poet status is now complete! And best of all, I got to make it on this little lovely….
Isn’t she a beaut?

 A 1907 singer 27. A payday gift from David a few months back. She sews beautifully and it sounds a hundred times better than the electric ones. Beats flowers any day! (yes… there’s heady in the background. this photo taken before He was rehomed.)

(The wallet, as yet, remains unmade.)

I feel strangely empty.

Well, Heady has left Wales and is now living with his adoptive family in Frome….a little piece of me has gone with him. (Will i feel like this when my children leave home?)

I’ve created a monster.

Heady likes "National Geographic" magazine and quiet nights in.


 I made this ugly little fella for my twin sisters birthday (we were both officially old yesterday). I made him using the fantastic “stupid sock creatures” book by John Murphy that she bought me for christmas. He was serious fun to make and I get the feeling he won’t be the only one made on this sewing machine. Unfortunately we are snowed in and I couldn’t get to the post office in time to mail him so he is still sat at my sewing machine steadily growing on me.

The all important “first” post.

Well, here I am, late to the party as ever. it’s 2010 and I’ve finally got myself a blog!

So….what am I going to do with it? Hopefully use it as a tool to encourage myself  to be more creative. I have so many ideas of things I’d like to create that then get forgotten as time goes on.  So I plan to use this blog to document future and completed projects and maybe some works in progress. I’ve no idea where this will take me but I’m looking forward to finding out!

I don’t really have a favourite craft, I prefer to think of myself as a creative butterfly flitting from one juicy cabbage of an art form to the next. Never settling on one for too long in case I miss out on the next. I’ve always enjoyed every one I’ve tried though. (with the exception of knitting…I’m just too left-handed and impatient to figure it out!)

So hopefully,I’ll be sharing lots of lovely,shiny creations with you. (and possibly a few failures too!) whether it’ll be made of paper, fabric, metal or junk. who knows? there will also probably be a fair smattering of recipes that I’ve made for my lovely family who never, ever  complain (out loud)  about being used as culinary guinea pigs.

I’ve not done anything too taxing on the computer for ages (except a ECDL course last summer) so please bear with me as I blindly feel my way around the blogosphere and learn the basics, rules and etiquette.

Wish me luck  ‘cos here I go!

Becs x

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