Monday, 9 December 2013

I think I'm in love with Julie Arkell

no really, I think I am!!  I was lucky enough to take part in her Make a Scene workshop yesterday at the gorgeous Ray Stitch and was blown away by her and left thoroughly inspired.  Myself and Nicki spent a glorious day surrounded by Julie's work and getting hints and tips in brooch making from the lovely lady herself.

I left the workshop with the above.  We all made one of Julie's World War II brooches as she calls them in the morning and in the afternoon I decided to make a little girl.  The idea evolved as I started making her but I loved this apple print fabric.  The idea of apples got me playing a little word game with myself in my head and I spent a while day dreaming about apples.  In the end I thought of "an apple for the teacher" which lead me to "teacher's pet."  I remembered I had some apple buttons at home and I was keen for her to have a woolly hat (I had even taken some mini pompom makers to the workshop with me!)   Once home I worked on her a little more determined to finish her that same day.   

Ta dahhhhhhhhh!!  Here is my teacher's pet.  I love her and have worn her proudly to work today.  She has received much admiration from friends and colleagues.  I chuckle to myself being a teacher and all!!
 My brain is buzzing with ideas I have taken away from the workshop and now all I can think about is making little people and bits to go with them!!

Love love love
Erin xxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Granny Shack Love


I absolutely love my little Granny Shack.  I've been there just over a year now and it really does feel like home.  It's come a long way from the blank canvas I moved into and feels lovely and cosy (despite being freezing at this time of year due to the rubbish heating.)  It's full on handmade makes made by myself and my crafty friends.

The Granny Shack is it's official name.  The above sign is testament to that fact!  This sign hangs proudly on my living room door.  It was made by the super talented Fee according to my rather rambling not too specific specifications.  It includes everything I asked for right down to the cats, doilies, spots and buttons. 

The Granny Shack now has a second gorgeous name sign.  This one a hoop perfectly decorated by the very lovely Hen and is currently residing on top on my printers tray.  I really do love it. 

Both signs very different but both represent my little Granny Shack wonderfully.  I did say to Hen yesterday that I am going to have to call wherever I live The Granny Shack now!  This year has gone so quickly and I have only 6 months left of my contract.  With the property market perking up I have a suspicion that the land lady (or her son) will really try to sell it this time around.  It will be hard to leave but I am finding myself a little restless.  Who knows what 2014 holds in store for me...........................

love love love

Erin x