Tuesday, 10 March 2009

My crafting week-end

I had a busy crafting week-end which I thouroughly enjoyed and it was thanks to the cricket that I was probably able to get so much done as Dereck was kept occupied watching it which left me to my own devices!!
I bought the tiles on Saturday with a view to making this sometime after we come back from our holiday, but I was just itching to get started and so started and finished it to this point on Sunday morning. I just need to grout it and then put in the photo. I can't say who it is for and the person might read my blog, I will reveal later once it has been given to the recipient. I must say, I really enjoyed making this and will probably end up making some more. Kathy, Rayna, Shelley and I have another mosaicing lesson Saturday - I can't wait as I am making a pen/pencil/tool holder for my desk in my craft room and yes, it will be shades or purple.
I made this pencil holder for a good friend at work as her birthday is while we are in the USA. I just need to put a few more coats of varnish on it and then it is done. She does horse show jumping, so I thought these pictures were quite appropriate: When Leanne turned 21 two years ago, 2 weeks before she announced that she wanted me to make her a collage. We were out and she was asking me where her baby photos were. What could I say, they had all been scrapped into albums that she knew nothing about and would be given to her as a surprise 21st present!!! I made up some story and then gave the albums to Dereck to scan and then print off the pictures just on paper and made a collage. I must say it did look really nice and she loved it. But, for me that was not the real thing. So, with us going to the USA and then visiting her, I decided to reprint all the photos on photo paper and make the formal collage to take over to her and then she can get it framed (I recently had Grant's one framed and it looks great (will still have to take a photos - sorry). I haven't stuck down the middle pictures and will do that once I am in Wales with Leanne as I need to have this as flat as possible while we are travelling the USA. Because I had done this my style and cropped properly, I had a bit more space, so there are a few extra pictures in that weren't in the original one. I must say, I like how it turned out and I am sure that Leanne is going to love it too.

My family came round on Sunday afternoon and I even made spagetti bolognaise for them and after they had left managed to complete a double page scrap layout, but haven't taken a picture as I had some journalling to do first.
Last night I completed another double page layout and again, no picture as I am still putting on some finishing touches. Both these layouts were kits I received from the last scrap day I assisted Desire with in December 2008. Good fun to do and very simple, self explanatory instructions.
Happy crafter signing off ......

8 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

A real busy bee you are. You enthusiasm is definitely contageous and has got my fingers intching now as well. That frame is absolutely gorgeous. But it looks huge. Your grouting is so professional and neat ... so is the pen holder and thats one lucky gal receiving it. Leanne's collage is just stunning with so much work and attention to detail that went into it, how could Leanne not treasure it. Hugs from Desire

Anonymous said...

Good grief Michelle!! When do you sleep? I can't believe how much you accomplished and absolutely love your mosaic frame. Keep up the good work - looking forward to seeing you and the gals in June.
Lotsa love
Carol (the other TP)

Jose said...

What a lovely picture, I am sure she will be thrilled. Love the photo frame, you have been busy!
Jose xx

nuttylee said...

That looks really nice, cant wait to have it on my wall :)

Love you

Andrea said...

Wow, you put the rest of us to shame....well done on so many gorgeous completed projects!

xxx
A

Beryldene said...

Michelle, what an awesome weekend you must have had!...your frame is just amazing!....so tastefully done it inspires!

As always you make me yearn for the time to scrap, but I think when our children are older, there will be time for that - I guess that's the positive side to having your children become more independant...

Always good to catch up and pop in for a cuppa...even my blog time has been restricted this year...sniff...

Helen Tilbury said...

Your weekend news always puts me to shame...how come you don't get tired,lol???!!! Sometimes I just need to put my feet up & chill - reckon I get more reading done (of scrap mags of course ;-)) during the summer here than actually scrapping,lol! Can see you are going to get seriously into mosaicing now! Oh dear... I always love the look of beading but refuse to go to a class 'cos I know what will happen...& then how will I have time to scrap :-_ Please explain to me about the scanner. It's my birthday soon & I want dh to buy me one. I have seen a good Canon one at Game but not sure what to do with it...does it connect to the pc? How do I scan stuff? Is it just like photocopying, only better quality & in colour? How do I get those images onto a memory stick/card? Is there somewhere in the scanner for a USB? Sorry I'm so ignorant ;-) Also love those cute little corner tiles you have used on your mosaic - you sure are going to have one lucky friend!

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