Monthly Archives: January 2016

January – Summary

So as it is the last day in January I thought I would update on my progress of my Goals for the month.   It has been a very busy weekend – and not helped this evening by the fact I seem to have injured my back.

Unfortunately I haven’t quite made all of my challenges.

  • 2016 PL layouts – I set out to complete these within 2 weeks of the event.  There has only really been 1 event worth documenting this year – which I have done (even if it was just outside me 2 week target)
  • 2015 PL layouts – I set out to catch up with 4 of my backlog of layouts and unfortunately time appears to have evaded me here and I have only managed 3.  I think had I managed time a bit differently I could have managed all 4 – so I am going to leave this as the challenge for February.
  • 1 Baking Project – I did manage this one – a little last minute but I managed it.
  • 1 Knitting / Crotchet Project – I managed to complete one project quite early in the month and got 1/2 through a second.  I plan to leave this as 1 as I think this is achievable.
  • 2 General Cards – I completed these 2 for both Mothers.  It is a very good mates Birthday early in February but as he lives in America and things have been a bit manic recently I haven’t managed to make his card.  We do obviously have valentines day this month therefore that will be 1 of my 2; and then I may do a “generic” card as my second maybe for one of the Challenge blogs.
  • 2 / 2 Christmas Cards – I completed 2 Christmas cards this month although I failed to use the Christmas 52 blog for this month – so I am hoping to use that for at least 1 of the cards this month.
  • 32/31 MosaiCraft Squares – I have managed to do this everyday (although still need to do this evenings) along with 2 bonus squares where I have had a small amount to finish a baseplate.

So I am going to leave the challenges the same for February…lets see how it goes!

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Week 4 – MosaiCraft

So last night I caught up my MosaiCraft from Friday as I was a little tied up with Scouts and didn’t have time to do any.  There was 1 colour left of the baseplate so I did a bonus “square” as well to complete the baseplate.

Block7

That takes my total to 7 out of 9 baseplates complete so I will need to start thinking about a backing board and frame soon to put it all together so that it can go alongside our “Exploding Tardis” photo from the Van Gogh episode of Dr Who.  So I guess I will be starting the next baseplate later.

Block7of9

Look out later for the final update on my progress against my January Goals.

Once again – thanks for reading 🙂

Week 4 – Baking

Well since I brought the hubby a new stand mixer for Christmas I have struggled to get in the kitchen to do any baking as he has been very busy in there – he has even finally mastered Choux Pastry.

So having spent the night helping him with his Scout sleepover (that was after I had ran my Explorer Scouts), and spending Saturday Morning doing the normal weekend tasks (shopping etc), aswell as completing Scout Census I settled in to do some baking to keep me awake.  We have got another scout event all day tomorrow so I thought I would treat them (or punish them – im not sure) with some of my baking.

First I decided to make some Chocolate Brownies – my chocolate brownies normally have nuts in – but hubby doesnt like nuts and I am unsure if any of the Young People at the event have any nut allergies I decided to modify my recipe and replace the nuts with White Chocolate “chunks” … it has kind of worked although if I was to do it again I think I would use a bar of chocolate cut into chunks myself.

Brownies

Once the brownies were in the oven cooking I decided it was my turn to test hubbys new mixer to make a cinnamon swirl cake.  This is done by making a vanilla sponge and then a Cinnamon (and sugar) paste which you swirl into the cake using a palate knife. I then topped this off with a home-made cinnamon butter-cream (although we had run out of icing sugar so I used a mix of Fondant and normal icing sugar).

Cinamon Swirl

Hopefully they go down well tomorrow.

There is not much of January left so here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (3/4 so far)
  • 1/1 Baking Project
  • 1.5/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 2/2 Christmas Cards
  • 32/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

Thanks for reading 🙂

Week 4 – Project Life

Well this is actually another thing I ticked off my to-do list on Sunday – it has just taken me some time to catch up on the blog.  This was another of my Project Life Layouts from 2015 as well as being the last day of our Torbay holiday.

Shot

This was the day that we came back via the Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary and the steam trains.  I used the DIY Shop Value kit for this layout along with a wooden butterfly and a wooden otter button. Again I had a lot of photos that I wanted to show off – so I let them tell alot of the story and kept the embellishments simple.

Layout

This layout didnt take at all long to put together which made me remember why I enjoy project life so much.

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (3/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 1/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 2/2 Christmas Cards
  • 29/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

 

Week 3 – Christmas Card 2

As I explained in my previous post … I sat down this afternoon to create 2 Christmas cards.  For the second of these I used the Sketch Saturday Week 396 Challenge Sketch:

396

For this card I used from my stash:

I hope you like my creation

Christmas Card 1

I will leave this post there as I updated my progress earlier…

Week 3 – Christmas Card 1

So after the landlady had been an gone for our house inspection this morning and I did the Sunday must do’s.  I sat down to a quiet afternoon Crafting whilst hubby played on the X-box.  I decided today I was going to work on my 2 Christmas cards for the month – I will be blogging about these in separate posts so lookout for another post in the near future.

For the first card I used the Mojo Monday Challenge 431 Sketch as an inspiration.  The sketch is below.

mojo431

For this card I used from my stash:

I hope you like my creation … Christmas Card 2

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 1/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 2/2 Christmas Cards (1 to follow)
  • 24/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (including a bonus one)

Thanks for reading 🙂

Week 3 – Knitting

Been a busy week this week both at work and outside work.  But still had time to do a little bit of crafting in the evening to relax before bed.  So one of the projects I have been working on since Christmas was a Christmas present from my husband which is a knitting kit.  Whilst I had a minor issue with the kit to start (I only had 1/2 the pattern) Aldi quickly resolved this and supplied me the rest of the pattern.

I finished knitting the parts last week but I just had to sew it all together – this is definitely the bit of knitting I don’t enjoy and I have a tendency to put off.

So … here is Milly the Meerkat – please enjoy 🙂

Milly Meercat

I have also started my next Knitting Project although I don’t expect to finish it this month … but watch this space in the future… its something for my husband.

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 1/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 24/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

Just 1 week to complete the Christmas cards, baking project and 2 more PL layouts… going to be a busy lady.

Week 3 – MosaiCraft

So over the weekend I did find time to do some MosaiCraft (I struggle to do any on a Friday Night due to being out at Explorer Scouts) so tend to catch up with 2 on a Saturday.  Due to only having 1 colour left in the last square I decided on Sunday that I would do a bonus one to finish the baseplate. Plate

For those who have never come across MosaiCraft before but are looking to do something new I can highly recommend it.  MosaiCraft is a cross between mini-mosaic and paint by numbers.  You have a printed Pattern which you put your clear baseplate over this acts like the paint by numbers and tells you where to put which plastic Pixel. These individual Baseplates then clip together to form an overarching pixel.  There are a vast array of kits you can get of various sizes to give some brilliant pixels but also you can get some custom kits manufactured from your own images – I am looking forward to doing this once I can settle on a picture design.

The kit that I am currently doing is a 9 baseplate kit Van Gogh starry kit.  I now have 6 baseplates complete with 3 left to go – but it is coming together nicely.  I didnt have time to do any last night … so I have one square to catch up on.

Picture

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 0.8/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 18/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

January Week 3 – Project Life

So I went and visited my Mum on Saturday so no crafting was done then.  However yesterday my Husband went off to do his 5th day Scouting (out of the last 7) and as I was feeling a bit healthier I decided to spend the day doing some de-cluttering in the Kitchen as well as doing some Crafting.

I decided that I would catch up with some of my Project Life Layouts.  First I started this years Folder (this was a little over due as it had been past 2 weeks since the activity of the first layout – but this couldn’t be helped when I was ill).  First I did the Front Page using the suggested cards and then I personalised it. This was using the Everyday Folder and Core Kit.  On the front Page I have attached a photo of Matt and Myself from last year – I have attached this using Photo corners so that I can replace it at the end of the year with a nice photo of us both from this year.

First Page

I then did my Wild Place layout.  I had a lot of photos to use therefore I decided to try and keep this layout pretty simple with minor embellishments. I used Thickers for name and then added a wooden embellishment for the welly boots and the “family”.

Wild Side

I then moved on and caught up with one of my 2015 layouts – this was one from our Holiday back in April (yes I am very behind) and on this day we went to Paignton Zoo for the day.  Again I had lots of photos from this day and therefore I kept the layout very simple using Good Times Value Kit and letting the photos speak very much for themselves.

Paignton Zoo

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (1/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (2/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 0.8/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 18/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete (I have done one bonus one).

Look out for a post later in the week – updating on the status of my MosaiCraft.

January Week 2 – Birthday Card

So back at work this week and another busy week trying to fit everything in, plus being full of head cold and feeling quite poorly. But this week has seen my mothers birthday and therefore another card.  Here Birthday was actually the 13th but as she is not too close to me we didn’t see her until today hence the delay in sharing this card with you.  I actually made it at the same time as I made my mother – in -laws.

For this card I used the following from my stash:

  • 8″ Sq White Card Blank
  • Crafters Companion Pastel Pink Pearlescent Card Stock 
  • Hunkydory Flutterbye Wishes Special Edition – Arranged with Love Topper & Sentiment
  • Wooden Butterflies (I cant remember where from)
  • Hobbycraft Black foam letters.
  • Purple Gemstones (I cant remember where from).

So here is the card:

My Mum_edited-1

Here is an update on my other crafting goals:

  • 2016 PL Layouts (0/1 so far)
  • 2015 PL Layouts (1/4 so far)
  • 0/1 Baking Project
  • 0.75/1 Knitting / Crotchet Project
  • 2 /2 General Card
  • 0/2 Christmas Cards
  • 14/31 MosaiCraft Squares Complete.

Thanks for reading 🙂