Friday, 17 February 2017

Winter Wonderland Challenge Tribute

Hi everyone, 
this is a very special Challenge, here at Winter Wonderland.

Both teams are coming together for a tribute challenge,
 for the lovely lady, Eileen, who owned this challenge blog.
As you may know from a previous post, Eileen sadly passed away.
She will be truly missed by all of us and her family.

We as a team, have come together, with the lovely Helen taking the reins,
along with a few team members as a back up, 
to keep Winter Wonderland challenge running.
It shows the strength of our team. Go Girls!!!!

So the theme for this challenge is
Anything goes - Christmas.

I have used a Woodware stamp I bought a couple of years ago,
 at The Craft Barn. I had only used it once last Christmas.
I really enjoyed making this card and will now make a few
more with this stamp for next Christmas!

The centre tree is 3D and have coloured it with Copics.
You can also use this stamp up the other way as Baubles.

We have a brilliant Sponsor for our challenge this fortnight.
They are LC Designs. 

The prize is a very generous Three Free Digis. 

I know Steve who is the owner of the business along with his wife Gill.
Many years ago, he used to come to our Extravaganza weekends
at The Craft Barn, where I was a Tutor and Demonstrator. 
He is now on TV on Hochanda. Next show is 20th March.
I also had the pleasure of being on his design team.

So we are looking forward to seeing your masterpieces.
You have until the 2nd March to enter.
We will leave a message on your blog so you know we have been!

Good Luck.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Oval not Square!

Black and white again....I know,
but I made this before the clock!!
My friend saw it half made on my desk and asked me if  I had a 
clock made like the box. 
So I made her one to take home!!

The flowers are the same Honey Doo stamps and had been 
Triple Embossed with Utee. 
The butterflies are an old Spellbinders die.

Hope you are not too bored but cards will be back next.
I am remaking old cards not sold into new ones!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for 
taking the time to leave me a message.
They are the best thing about blogging!
A guaranteed smile maker.

Big hugs,


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

It's Time!

Another quick post!

Just to show that I have been busy!!
I had a friend here for a few days and she saw a box I was constructing.
She said she would love a clock like the box.
So I made this one for her!

She cut out the butterflies for me, using my Nestabilities dies. 
So she can say she helped in the making of it!Lol!!

She didn't see it finished until this morning. 
Fortunately she loved it!

The flowers I used are Honey Doo Crafts - Little Lilies and Leaves stamps.
Brilliant stamps and I have quite a few of them.
I just stamped them and then glazed them with Versamark Ink
and Ultra Thick Embossing powder. Each flower had 3 coats.
They now look more like Porcelain.

Another grey day here in Suffolk, so picture not brilliant.

My friend is on her 3 hour drive home as I am writing this.

We are waiting for a call from another friend, who
we took to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital last week.
We have to pick him up and take him home to Beccles,
hopefully this afternoon.

The hospital is enormous, so hope we can find him.
The queue to get into the hospital when we left before, was
over a mile long!!  It's takes an hour to get there, 
so don't want to sit in a queue too!!

Thanks for visiting my blog and thank you for your
lovely messages you leave.
They always make me smile.


Monday, 6 February 2017

Flower Box

Firstly I must welcome my new followers Kelly and Ann.
I hope you enjoy what you see.

Just a quick post, as a friend from West Sussex is
on her way up to us in Suffolk. She is coming to get 
her hair cut and coloured and to see us of course.
She will be staying a few days, so will not be around on
here, other than late at night.

This is a box I made for my Craft Faryes stock.
All bought flowers from Hobbycraft and the
ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons.
The butterfly was a free Die on a magazine.

The background is done with Distress Inks.

Have a lovely week.

Monday, 30 January 2017

A Lovely Lady Now With The Angels

It is a very sad day, as we lost a lovely lady to the Angels.

Eileen was the co-ordinater of the Winter Wonder Challenge Blog.
As I said in a previous post, she was in hospital and was
very poorly. We then heard that she had improved.
Unfortunately, on Sunday morning she took a turn
for the worse and sadly passed away.

She was not just a lovely lady and an amazing, very talented lady.
Her cards were truly wonderful pieces of art.
Her colouring skills were truly stunning.

Her humour was wonderful and had some really
funny emails from her. Will certainly miss them. 

She will be greatly missed and our prayers and 
thoughts are with her family and friends.

RIP Eileen
 and I was very lucky to have known you as a friend.

Big hugs,

Friday, 20 January 2017

Winter Wonderland Challenge 2017

Well we finally got organised and thank you 
for your patience.

The Winter Wonderland Challenge will run for 1 month 
and The lovely Kath has donated a 
surprise prize for the winner.

No Christmas card needed this time!
Don't forget, you can have up to 3 entries.

The theme is 
Spring Fever
Flowers, Sunshine or/and Romance

As you can see I opted for the flowers. To colour,
I used my Marvy Le Plumme watercolour pens.

I found the paper with spring words on, in my stash!
Goodness knows where they came from.

The photos were taken on the day it snowed, so the light was rubbish!

Thank you so much for your support in keeping this brilliant 
Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog going.

My fellow Teamies are such lovely people.
We have all just got together 
and sorted it out how we were going to do this.

I am looking forward to popping over to your
blogs and to see your gorgeous entries.
We will leave a message to let you know we have been.

So I am Shouting out 'Thank you' to everyone 
who supports us!!

Big hugs,


Friday, 13 January 2017

Hats Off!!

A bit late but Happy New Year.

I really must thank you for all your lovely messages
you left on my Dollhouse post.
I was quite moved by your comments.

I have now decided to make a few things to take to my Craft Fairs.
As someone pointed out, that there a lot of people with houses
 and not many places that you can see and buy pieces for them.

So I started with sets of hat, parasol and hat box.

The 50p coin is just so you can see the size.
Everything is made to 12th scale.
Hubby thought the hat boxes were too big, until
I put a hat in one. He has no idea of the real life size of them.
They can be huge, depending on the hat.

The two boxes tied with cord are boxes of Greetings Cards.
They are folded as a RL card and I have made envelopes for 
them that they fit into.

I have bought some Fimo to make other things like food
 bowls and ornaments.
I have also started to knit a full layette for a baby girl.
I have done the dress, just got to sew it together 
and to add the tiny button.

The knitting needles are 2mm thick and the thread
 is like strong sewing cotton thickness.
It's a bit fiddly doing the lace pattern around the bottom 
of the dress and coat. The hat is even harder, 
as the lace pattern is around the brim.
As for the pants and booties!!! 

They are to fit a 1 1/2" - 2" baby doll.
I hope to finish the set by the end of next week.
I am only doing it in the evenings, 
watching TV for a couple of hours.

News Update on Winter Wonderland Challenge.
Unfortunately the lady who is the Co-ordinator
is in Hospital at the moment.

We are trying to arrange with the Sponsor
 of the last challenge, to get the winning prize to the winner.

We are also getting another challenge put together
 for next week.
So please pop into the Winter Wonderland 
blog and join in the fun next week. 

I will post a note here when it is ready.
Thank you for your patience.

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.

I love reading your messages 
and only if you let me know you have been,
I will pop into your blog and message you too.

Big hugs,

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Blue Lady

Just found this in 'Draft' and thought I should perhaps
clear some of the 31 'Drafts' I have!!

I just made this for my stock, as it is ideal for the residential 
home I supply cards for. 
It is one of the charity care homes I support.

They were so pleased with the money I passed them
just before Christmas.
I was even asked if I was sure!! 

It is such a lovely, friendly home. The staff are amazing.
A few weeks ago they were in the local paper,
as they had been awarded 
recognition for the quality of care the staff give the residents.

I hope that this year I can get even more for them!

Hope you all had a great start to 2017.

Thanks for popping in and leaving you lovely messages.
They are greatly appreciated.


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

Just like to say
to all my lovely followers 
and my visitors..... 

Happy Christmas
A Fabulous New Year

Thank you so much for leaving the lovely
messages, that I just love reading.
You are all so very kind.

Looking forward to visiting your blogs in the New Year.

Sending you all a huge hug,


Monday, 19 December 2016

Dollshouse Decorated For Christmas - An Addition - The Outside of House

Deck The Halls
I have had a few requests to see my 
 Dollshouse decorated for Christmas. 

To build the house, put in all the electrics,
put in all the individual planks for the flooring.
To do all the interior decoration etc
took me just under 3 years.
It is all made to 12th scale.
My Hubby did help put on the front door!

The tools I used was a Scalpel knife set from 
the £1 shop, Balsa wood,  Sand paper 
and Mahogany wood stain.

So hear we go...Loads of pics!!
A cup of tea required I think.
I forgot to put this photo on of the actual house!!
And then I chopped off Santa's head!

The Kitchen and the hat shop are in the basement.
There is also a garden there but I want to change it

The climbing roses I made from paper. Each rose 
took 9 pieces of 18th of an inch hole punch pieces.
There are 60 roses and buds.
I made the wreath and topiary ball from ultra  small 
punched pieces of Holly.

The Drawing room.

 I made the Christmas tree from a Flue Brush,
 for cleaning full size chimneys. 
Took me ages to cut down to the shape
I wanted, as it was so hard to cut.
I made the crackers from paper and the candy canes from Fimo.

I made the Holly and Ivy bower from very tiny punched pieces.
The Christmas cards are the smallest I have ever made!!
And the stockings I made from felt.

My Hubby bought the sofa and chairs for me in Spain.
The stair carpet, floor rug, cushions, fire screen and bell pull
I have cross stitched on Linen to 12th scale.

Grandma's knitting I did on pins.

The Kitchen

The cook is preparing the turkey and has got the stuffing ready!
A couple of joints, made with Fimo, on the butchers block. 
The block was the first piece of furniture I made
The table was the next piece, along with the plate rack 
and the wall shelving.
Also the cupboards at the back.
The fruit and veg I made with Fimo.

All on this table I made with Fimo, including the mixing bowl.
The cherry pie is in a Beer bottle lid!!

Cabbage, Cauliflower and Carrots waiting preparation. Made
from Fimo and were not very easy to make.
The box I made from my Balsa wood scraps.

All the doll's clothes and hair are hand made too.
None of the rooms had a Chimney Breast, so I had to make my own.
The kitchen one was the biggest, as I wanted an inglenook style.
I used Balsa Wood to build the main shape, 
which I used the brick technique on.
I then carved a piece and coloured it to look like an oak beam.
I made a quick shelf to go above the beam.
I used to do Cane Basket Weaving and made full size
carpet beaters. I made the one on the side of the fireplace.
It took a while for me to remember how I used to do it!!
Then to scale it down to 12th scale was fun!!

The Dining Room

The maid is laying the table for dinner.
The glasses on the table have liquid candle making 
stuff in them, to look like wine.

The cupboard, bottom right was a piece I made from Balsa wood.
This is one of my favourite pieces I made.
Inside it. there is the turkey cooked ready for the table.
Also the Christmas pud and cake!

The table centre was very fiddly to make but the cloth
etc were very quick and easy.

The Study.

 I built the floor up at the back to make a library area.
The desk was one of first large items I made.
Very rustic! It does have a leather top but
the finish is not like the other furniture I made after.

I bought the captains chair I bought but made the big chair at the back.
 From Balsa Wood and covered it with leather, stitching through the 
wood for a button back effect.
The telescope was made from a straw and cocktail sticks.

The master bedroom.

All the furniture, other then the chair was bought in Spain.
Most of the accessories I made, bedding, cushions, rugs,
hats and hat boxes.
The perfume bottles I made with beads.

The Nursery

The rocking horse was a gift from Hubby .
I bought the rocking chair and high chair.

The rest of it I made, even the baby walker, 
complete with bricks in it and it pushes along too!
The hardest to make was the rocking crib.

Balsa wood bed and wardrobe.
Patchwork bed cover and a dress, knitted on pin like needles.
The book has pictures in it.

The Nanny

Holding the 1 1/2" baby, whose whole outfit I knitted with thread, 
a bit thicker than sewing cotton, on pin like needles.
It consists of dress, coat. hat, knickers and booties!

The Bathroom.

I bought everything in this room,
 other than the laundry basket and towels.

The geyser, on the left and the range in the kitchen, I bought from a
company in Germany. Very expensive but well worth it.
For both items, you get small special candles that you put inside them.
If you make a hole in the side of the house and connect to the chimney.
Then light the candles, smoke will come out the chimney!

And finally!!!! If you are still awake......
Santa on the roof with his sack of pressies.
Think he helped himself to a bottle of wine too!!!

Hopefully you were not too bored but I had so many friends 
telling me I should put pictures on my blog, 
I finally got around to doing it.

I would love to read your comments.

Big hugs,

Carol xxxx