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Well I survived my birthday, got some lovely presents and visited Kitty Cafe Leeds for tea and cake 🙂 There is an amazing selection of teas and lots of cute cats so that’s me sorted
We have been back again twice!! It’s not cheap as you have to pay per person per visit plus anything you eat or drink, but it’s relaxing and fun and keeps Emily occupied too and she was most put out when we went once without her!! I get on better with cats than people! I had to laugh at myself yesterday waiting for Emily to finish her sewing class a cat wandered past, I said “oh hello”, if it had been a person I wouldn’t have said anything!!!
A lot has happened in the 3 weeks since my birthday as emily was finishing Primary school and moving to High school, it’s been very hectic with so many leaving and new comers events. In our area of Leeds the children move to their new year in July and do a week or two transistion before the summer holiday. Its a great idea and saves a lot of worry during the summer holidays for kids and parents. Monday was Emily’s first day. We had to take her for 8.20 and then leave, she came home on the bus. I think she was most nervous about the bus, but coped well and was really excited when she came home and said she wanted to go back! It was great to see her so happy and able to put the worries of the move behind her. She had got to know a few people as there aren’t many children from her primary school, but she couldn’t remember the name of her form teacher!!
It’s the start of a new era for me too having finished with 7 years of school runs. I have to be up earlier in the morning to make sure Emily is off to school. School finishes earlier so I am on my own about the same amount of time, but don’t have to drive as she catches bus to and from school. It’s a change to my routine and has muddled me up so I am not resting well and feel pretty rubbish, but it’s also been a busy few weeks so will be nice when things settle down. Emily has several events so it will be after the holidays before I get into a new routine I think.
I don’t know what I will do with myself, I still have to be up and about in case a problem with buses. Emily is having to give up the only after school class I take her to as it clashes with school commitments. It will be a relief, but also sad. It was difficult for me to get her to class and then wait for her and drive home again. Sometimes Rob caught bus from work to meet us and drive home, but often the bus was missing so he had to go home instead. Unless the school buses are messed up or Emily has an after school event I won’t have any reason to go out, but I am sure things won’t be a quiet as I imagine, life usually keeps me on my toes. It is sad when the only time I go anywhere is to take Emily somewhere. I can’t take myself somewhere as I can’t drive there do something and drive back and I can’t walk so can only go places where I can park outside. I can’t drive more than a few miles, so it’s very limiting. The only times I get out are if we all go somewhere, but that’s usually only running errands at weekends and going to visit family.
I have lots of ideas for things I want to make, but I get very disillusioned as I have no way of selling them or any interest. I can’t make large amounts. I had a bit of stock which I sent to Emily’s school for their summer fair, but i was upset to see they were selling my cards and pictures for 50p and £1 on the Bric a Brac stall! They asked for seaside theme stuff for raffle and stall so I made a couple of pictues especially
I have no idea if they sold, I was hoping to get them back!
I have lots of things I want to do and things to finish, but I know in reality much of it will stay in my head and I will only make stuff for my own needs.
I have some other things to post about but will end this one before it becomes a long ramble.
It’s been so long since I wrote a proper blog post. Things always seem so hectic. As usual, I have just about recovered from Christmas and New Year, when Emily and Rob’s birthdays arrive and this year they were quickly followed by half term. Add into the mix a leaking radiator, a new washing machine, a new Motability car, Emily’s high school offer, Emily’s build up to SATS and bad weather (with extra days off school for Emily, no PA and Rob working at home) and that’s me exhausted just thinking about it!! The emotions of Christmas and New Year and birthdays are as hard to deal with as the physical and I am into my 21st year of ME. I think I will leave those things for another post.
Of course birthdays require cards and presents so I have been making a few behind the scenes, though I seem to spend hours planning them even if they are only simple so each card seems to take days. Then I have to remember to photograph them and save them to my PC. I always seem to forget one stage or another and have been known to post the cards without signing them!!
So what have I made, bear with me whilst I locate the images which seem to have a mind of their own and turn up in the wrong folders! I never know should that sentence have a question mark in it?
Made with Lady with Umbrella Die cut in sparkly card. White oval die from stash and Forever Friends backing paper sample. After making this I have a desire to make more of these black and white cards as I think they are simple, but effective, so watch this space! This card is available in my shop.
Made from Stitching cards pattern, stitched with metallic thread in shades of pink and white. It took a while to make this card. I managed 5 segments without too much trouble, but final segment took about 6 attempts to get it right! All the segments are the same!! This card is available in my shop.
Made with Cottage Cutz Cat Garden Die cut in sparkly card. Mounted on Spellbinders Adorning Squares Die and Forever Friends backing paper. Made for a friend who likes cats and who feeds my cat when we are away.
It’s hard to believe, but my baby was 11 this year, I like to make a card that reflects her interests, so this year went for a thimble as she loves her sewing class and music as she is always singing! The patterns are from Stitching cards; Thimble and Music notes and stitched in metallic thread with seed beads for notes and clef. I did experiment a bit with colours and size of beads to get the look right. The card is from Craftstyle it is embossed with buttons. Backing paper is from Paperprintables
This card was made for my husband, using pattern from Stitching cards and stitched with metallic thread in shades of green. Backing paper from Paperprintables. My husband tells me that the shape has a name, I thought it was a circle and he couldn’t remember what the name was. I found this confusing to stitch and there is a mistake in the colour change, but I don’t think it is noticeable.
Golden wedding anniversary card made for friends of my parents. Pattern from Stitching Cards and lettering also from Stitching Cards, stitched with metallic thread. Baking paper created with Craftville backing paper maker
Made for Valentine’s Day using pattern from Craftsuprint and backing paper from Craftville. Mounted on button embossed card from Craftstyle. I wanted the beads to match in colour, but didn’t have correct sizes so the rice beads are a little small and the seed beads a bit big so the finished effect is not as delicate as it should be, but pretty all the same.
Made for 70th birthday using pattern from Stitching Cards, Rob used a bird from another pattern and added it with the apple so it could be personalised. Backing paper from Paperprintables Apple Blossom. stitched using metallic thread.
Anniversary card made with Sue Wilson Heart of Hearts Die cut in red sparkly card and mounted on small Craftstyle card. I actually added some red gems to the card after the photograph.
This butterfly card made for Mother’s Day using Tattered lace Build a Butterfly Die and Demi Awaking Squares die. The card is covered in blue butterfly vellum and mothers day die cut added. The wording was bought ready cut rather than purchasing the die.
This Mother’s day card created with Die’sire Tea Party Die cut into lilac card and then cups cut again in shades of purple and added to card, with sparkly gems on saucer and top cup. Mothers day wording added using ready cut wording. Card is lined with purple vellum to show through pattern.
Wow finally got to the end. I have included a lot of details and it has taken several days to complete this post. The links I have used are not where I have purchased many of the products from, but are just to show what the product is. I only buy cutting dies when they are on special offers or I ask for them as gifts.
It was supposed to be a Christmas present, then a birthday present, I finally finished it last week! Now got matching slippers to make, 1 down 1 to go! The wool is James C Brett Flutterby Chunky and is the softest wool I have ever felt. The pattern is Sleep Tight Tilly’s Wishes.
I don’t know where the year is going to and my making is so slow, with family demands and Christmas drawing ever closer, but I like to make things it gives me pleasure and a make me forget about feeling ill for a while, mind you I have to find a balance or I feel even worse, it’s so frustrating.
We went away at October half term too, so I was in a rush to get things done before we went, not knowing how I would be when we got back, which was a good idea as I was knocked out by it and am still trying to recover and haven’t felt like making Christmas stuff. Well I want to, and have ideas, just not enough time and energy.
Anyway enough of that here are my latest makes,
Another Autumn inspired make, Owl and leaves from Triplicut and backing paper from Paper printables (as above). Seed beads stitched onto Owl
Made with a precut card covered in green card, topped with brown card and bow. Labels made with die cuts and stitched with Stitching Cards lettering, but my foggy brain can’t remember which one!
When you get an invite to a Unicorn party, you have to stitch a Unicorn for the birthday girl. Unicorn pattern from Stitching cards, balloons from Cardbroidery, number from Stitching Cards. Backing paper from my stash.
A personalised order for an 18 year old who loves his X Box. Template for controller from Birds Cards, buttons stitched using Stitching Cards font. Backing paper from Card Craft Inspirations and personalisation printed using X Box font. This is the second card as the first didn’t get the effect I wanted, much happier with second attempt.
Made using pattern from Stitching Cards Geometric collection using black thread, variegated grey thread and white thread. It was the first of this collection I have stitched and not the best one to start with, but got there in the end. Pleased with the effect and found complementing backing paper in my stash. Greeting cut with Tattered Lace Die.
I have taken all the stock out of my shop to sell off for charity, it is available this week in Rothwell Baptist Church. I am hoping to refresh my stock in the New Year, but I am still able to take personalised orders for cards or frames.
I discovered yesterday that my website wasn’t working, I don’t know how long it had been like this, apologies to anyone who had been trying to look at it, it is now sorted out.
Pattern from A&N, die cut letter and mounted on glitter sheep card
Pattern again from A&N. This was a commission card for a 50th birthday. It took a long time to find a wolf pattern, but this one worked so well to get the kind of design we wanted. It is stitched using Madeira variegated thread, mounted on a shimmery night sky card, name and number stitched on to personalise, font from Stitching Cards. The person who ordered the card and the recipient were very pleased with it.
For this card I used a hotfix pattern template and stitched the letters and added beads. Mounted on black glitter card and die cut greeting and numbers. Made for my Niece who loves dancing in the colours of her dance crew.
I have a few more made, but can’t show them yet, so watch this space!
Well autumn is well and truly here. I love the colours of autumn and the falling leaves, but am finding the heavy rain this year rather depressing.
The Summer went busily and fast as ever and now the kids only have 3 and a half weeks to the next holiday! My daughter has just gone into her final year at primary school so we are doing high school visits at the moment and have to apply by end of October. It feels like a big decision, especially as our preferred school is oversubscribed.
I did manage a bit of craft over the summer, here is what I made for some August birthdays
This was special request for a disabled man who loves Asda, using an Asda font and Asda colours.
Another special request for a lady who uses a wheelchair and loves all things fussy and pink.
Personalised backing paper created with Craftville Backing Paper maker. The lady is a clip art and wheel made with a spirelli die cut. Umbrella die cut and Tattered Lace greeting.
I will be back with the next instalment when I feel up to it, fading fast at the moment.
It seems to have been a very muddled month this month and been doing several things, but not really feeling accomplished.
It was my Birthday and Wedding Anniversary in the middle of the month so extra energy was required for that. Last week I began recycling my birthday cards into new cards, which have been sent to my daughters school for a fundraising event along with a framed quote, all of which were sent off in a hurry and not photographed.
This was made for a Rugby mad teenage boy, I am a bit worried it looks a bit young, but I have no idea what teenage boys like.
This was made for a Rugby mad teenage boy, I am a bit worried it looks a bit young, but I have no idea what teenage boys like. Made using craft papers from Craftville
his was made for my brother who recently visited Mexico and had seen crocodiles at quite close quarters! Pattern from Stitching Cards
A PrickNStitch card for a friend who has the same wedding day as me
Many craft people have been making items to sell to raise funds for Manchester victims, I started out with good intentions but only completed one card. I do have some other items half made, feeling rather annoyed with myself about those.
Made with Tattered Lace Die Cut Bee and backing paper from Paperprintables.
Available to buy in my Conscious Crafties Shop
I have also made teacher cards, but they haven’t been given yet so can’t share yet.
I am also working on a few custom orders which I will share once they have been given.
Due to space limitations on my web hosting I am now using smaller images in posts, but if you hover over image and click it will enlarge.
Blanket made from PomPon baby Yarn, Orange/Blue for new Niece or Nephew. Nephew arrived 1st June. I started the blanket with a border, but realised that the bottom edge border was pulling in too tight, but carried on to end and did the top edge border then went to unpick bottom edge to make the same and disaster struck and I lost a lot of the stitches and had to start all over again, I was mortified, the blanket had taken me 4 months and I then only had a about 3 weeks until baby was due. Amazingly I got the blanket remade in 1 week and it looks better without border, will stick to pattern in future rather than trying to adapt myself!
Eiffel tower pattern from Stitching cards, made for my daughters Paris scrapbook.
Pattern from Add Some Sparkle, used stick on pearl for nose and black bead for eye
Template from Dee Craft and mixture of papers from stash, with pink bow for tail and stick on crystal for eye
Same pattern for pink and blue card from Add Some Sparkle, stick on pearls and bow for trim. I made one of each as we didn’t know the gender of the new addition to the family. It is a boy, I had made the blue card first, maybe I knew 😉 The pink one will be for sale in my shop.
In addition to my own shop here at Crafty Jane’s I also now have a shop at Conscious Crafties, A “WORLDWIDE Handmade Craft and Skills marketplace for creative people living with CHRONIC ILLNESS, DISABILITY or CARING for a loved one. BUY or SELL handmade crafts or HIRE our skills.
ALL customers welcome (you don’t have to be sick, disabled or a carer).” There are shop great shops and some very talented and creative people all living with illness or caring responsibilities.
I was asked if I could make a 16th birthday card for a girl who was into vampires and zombies and not a girly girl. After discussion we decided on a Sweet 16 card on black card. Using the pattern from Stitching Cards. As with all card orders I want them to be perfect for the person ordering so played around with the best way to present the card.
This is the basic stitched design on black card
Below are ones with sequins and beads added
Next is the making it into a card, I ended up with 13 different designs plus the above options, most of the differences are quite subtle, but do change the overall appearance.
The final decision was this one.
I don’t know which one I would have gone for myself, it was amazing how many different ideas I ended up with and it was a good excuse to play!
April has been a difficult month. My Dad died unexpectedly on April 2nd so my creativeness has used been in other areas, planning a funeral; creating and service sheet and writing a eulogy. It was hard to know what to do at first, but then the ideas began to flow and we created a service to reflect my Dad’s interests and personality, which worked very well.
I decided to stitch a pattern for the front of Dad’s funeral service sheet, the finished stitching was then scanned and printed on to the front of the service sheet. My Mum has the original stitching. I used a Dandelion pattern from Stitching Cards. It is an image that I like and my Dad was always fascinated by patterns. Below is the scanned version and the front of the service sheet. I also love patterns and the effects created by them, I think that is why the stitched cards appeal to me.
My Mum’s birthday was a couple of weeks after my Dad died and in the period between his death and the funeral so it was hard to celebrate, but we took my Mum out and remembered my Dad too. I made the cat card below for my Mum. I think it was from CraftsUPrint but I cant find it again I think it has been withdrawn as there were no patterns by the designer. I have searched for the designer and it doesn’t come up anywhere else it is Carol Lepard and its dated 2008.
This beautiful Puffin is from Stitching cards, it was quick and easy to do and the recipient loved it, so nice to get feedback on my makes.
My Dad’s birthday is at the end of May so that will be a hard time for us and then in June we have Father’s Day, this year it is the two days after my birthday. Last night I won a competition at Liv & Sew: Memorial Textile Artist to have a memorial heart made for my Dad. We visited a lovely exhibition of her work the day before my Dad died. I am looking forward to planning the heart with Liv.