Monday, 30 January 2012

Beady beads

I've been really lucky to be draw for Twiggy's birthday give away, she has made up a really gorgeous package which arrived today. I am always particularly pleased to receive others handmade items- the pin cushion and embroidered napkin are so sweet. I really like using padded hangers and sad though this may sound I am cheered by cleaning with pretty cloths.

With the nice smellies, the cake cases and the sweet treats this was a lovely treat for a cold Monday morning- Thanks Twiggy! xx

Here are the latest of my City and Guilds samples. I had a lovely play with various beads, sequins and other sparkly bits. These have been very useful for starting off lots of ideas and will be a great reminder of different techniques when the course is over. I am continuing to work on my experimental pieces and again stretching myself with trying some new things and following ideas wherever they may take me.

I have continued to struggle a bit with feeling a little lost and lonely into the new year, distance learning and being a part time worker has meant that I am a bit fed up with my own company- God I bore myself sometimes! Anyway Simon suggested I volunteer at the local charity shop for whom I have been making bunting. The managaress is lovely and was very keen for me to work on a Monday morning. I can honestly say I am having great fun! The shop is so friendly and well run, I am being very very good about not buying all the shop stock, I get a lot of pleasure from watching the customers finding the unexpected treasure and of course it's great that a charity is getting the benefit form peoples de-cluttering and bargain hunting and from a very selfish point of view I get the benefit of some much needed adult company! 
I am still one short of my 100 followers- if anyone fancies. ;0) 

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

How'de partners!

Right then my fluffy kitsch beauties, slightly later than planned and eagerly awaited I'm sure here are the details of our swap! Because of numbers and the fact I really want to join in this won't be a straight swap. Please make contact with both your sender and recipient this week and let me know if there are any problems, I really don't want any disappointments!

Maria please send to Daisie
Daisie please send to Trash
Trash please send to Blondedesign
Blondedesign please send!

Maria, I will be sending to you, I hope this is o.k with everyone. Please send before the end of the month. As you can see we are an elite little swap group, how nice!

I haven't reached 100 followers so as yet no one has the dubious pleasure of receiving the 'extra parcel'. Come on my beauties- you know you want to!!
Please note that the zebra will not be gifted but he is probably the most kitsch thing I own! xxxxx

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Winter colours

In the bleak mid winter? There was still plenty to see on our walk through the Salutation Garden. It's free to get in this month so we have a gorgeous garden to mooch whenever we feel like it. No need to worry about cutting back or fleecing up plants, we can just enjoy the slightly decaying beauty. I do like a bit of faded grandeur. I also managed to pick up something for the kitsch swap from the gift shop sale- result! I am glad to have had some of you sign up for the swap and giveaway, still time if you fancy it. 
I am so looking forward to Sherlock Holmes this evening on telly. It is Genius. Are you watching it? I have always loved a bit of Holmes, I love it's darkness. I am leaning towards the Steampunk at the moment and the original T.V adaptations and films have a great vibe in that vain. 
Anyway just wanted to share the texture of nature in our neck of the woods. Look after yourselves. xx

Friday, 6 January 2012

Kitsch blogversary swap

Yesterday was my blogversary- Four Years of rambling, four years of creating and four years of new friends and exciting contacts. It has been so much fun and a great way to collect my thoughts and kindle ideas. To celebrate I fancy a swap- do you? I fancy a kitsch swap, four items, at least one handmade, U.K only because, lets face it we're all a bit hard up for big postie bills.
Sign up please by January 14th and be ready to post by the 29th of February. Names below in the comments if you fancy it, please make sure I can reply to you and please make sure you're happy to follow it up, I don't want any swap disappointments!
Kitsch is open to personal interpretation but I reckon generally if it has a flamingo on it- or a pink kitten or a rose and some glitter you're on the right track- and if it has all of these please send to me immediately! This is meant to be a very frivolous fun swap- full of tack and charity shop treasure- let's brighten the dull days and make new friends!

As a thank you for your continued support and visits I want to make an extra kitsch parcel for one lucky (?) reader so please leave a comment simply saying 'giveaway' if you want to go into the shell encrusted bowl for that one. I will draw it when I reach 100 followers, I am only two off so this could be very quick!