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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Welcome to "Earthed" on: April 24, 2014 11:32:47 PM
So my bundle of lovliness.
Some of you will know that when my day job is as a psychotherapist, having run women's groups for a long time in a grubby hall in our local town - I had been long looking for my own homestead.
Cue - local farmer with an old garage and a few phone calls later, and I was practically given a little barn with its own internal stream (LOL !!! My technical term for an on-going flood problem)

So last summer my lovely husband when into the barn which was being used as a spider home and a garage, and he transformed it with paint and lining boards, and flooring and carpet.
And then I went in there with donated chairs up cycled with old curtains and craftster swappages and shelving units rescued from the tip......... and finally, my barn is finished.

I was nudged by a dear friend to also use it as a group room for people to come and craft with me too.
I wanted my craft group to represent things I believe in, and so I came up with a concept of everything we make being made from things we rescue from charity shops and jumble and of course the rubbish !!! And so the way people pay to come, is partly by bringing along bags of their own junk which we then all share. Cue shelves full of cut up sheets and old clothes, jars full of beads from old necklaces etc etc.  Last week it opened for the first time with a group making hand made fabric paper. What was just gorgeous was that people ended up getting a little "Therapy" on me, and making the paper to represent life journeys. Each person came feeling un crafty, and all left feeling confident and happy.

So what I realised was that this barn, had finally brought together my two biggest passions - Crafting and Therapy.

Without further ado........ "Earthed".

12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Old book into Prayer flag journal on: April 23, 2014 09:49:45 AM
I was delighted to be part of the IYP swap recently. As I snooped upon my partners pinterest I saw her yearning for some prayer flags - armed with the knowledge that she rather liked fairies and gnomes, I settled down to a few evenings with my Sewing machine.......
Disaster struck.
With a very large clank, the machine gave up its large stitch and even with a trip to the sewing machine hospital, I received the sad news that it was officially, well and truly.... D>E>A>D !

Saddened that I wouldn't be able to complete my idea I wondered off to my local charity shop where sat upon the counter were two old very sad books. One of which was about "Bird song". Because my mind works in mysterious ways, I immediately conjured up the notion of prayer flags and up cycling and paper crafts.
May I present, my prayer-flag book.

And finally, with a lot of glue, and a little carving and a few more "findings" from the charity shop - and of course it wouldn't be a P_E_S_T product without a bit of felt.

Would love to know what you think. Its my first venture into doing something like this and I have to say I will be doing it again.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Prayer Flag on: March 06, 2014 03:19:40 AM
I recently claimed rscowtown in the OGS swap for a prayer flag. She indicated she would like something around the theme of Love, and so I got a snooping.
It soon became apparent that my rscowtowns religious devotion rang against a particular fond memory of my dearest Nan, and I just knew I had to use my that recollection as my inspiration.
My gorgous Nan, (photo at the bottom) was a Salvation Army member and sang in many gospels (like musicals or operas), but her favourite hymn and the one that always makes me think of her is "As the deer". Its a beautiful hymn well worth looking up..... She was without question the saving grace of my life, and I miss her know as much as when she died 22 years ago
I have to also tell you that my crafty fingers are without question inherited from my dear Nan, who would sit and knit like a speed train every day, who would cook welsh tea cakes and pasties from 6.30 am till 6.30 pm, and who knew a bit about gardening and growing veg too !
anyhoo, without further ado - a prayer flag made with my Nan in my heart and "As the deer" ringing in my ears.

Rscowtown's and her husbands initials carved into the tree

Me and My nan, 35 years ago (note the knitting !)
14  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Embroidery thread holder. on: February 12, 2014 05:30:40 AM
as some of you may know, Ive become increasingly obsessed with using felted pieces as functional covers for books and candle covers, and my latest fetish for using old doilies blended into my felt.
A while ago I found in an antique shop a beautiful "book" for embroidery thread which was just ideal for a swap I was in.
Fast forward 5 months and I just knew I had to try and make one for my partner in the OGS.
The insert is stiff bordering card (that professional framers use to frame pictures) and the outside is a little felt fantasy. Theres 3 pages inside each with 4 grooves so my partner will be able to safely hold at least 12 threads.
I guess as I was making it, I had my eyes taken into my garden which was backed by the most glorious pink sunset.
Comments always appreciated x

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / waldorf carry doll on: January 22, 2014 07:51:36 AM
Thought I would share my latest make. This was made for Mama24boys in the gift swap, she wanted a doll for her 3 year old daughter.
The doll is stuffed quite tough at the moment, but she will with time (as do we all) sag a little, and will slip into her carry case with greater ease - for now though her little hands may need some help putting the baby back in its sling.
The carry sling is a wet felted pod, felted around a large wad of carrier bags Smiley
enjoy (I have a particular thing for her nose Wink  )

16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 94 ENTRIES / A good British Castle ;) on: January 02, 2014 01:30:51 PM
Welcome to the relic of King Paynes Castle (I said it was the queens but his lordshop has decided he needs king status for helping me hrumph)

This is my first attempt at a gingerbread house other than the little kits that we have at our kids school fair. Theres so many things I would have changed - firstly, I soooo need to learn to use a piping bag, and as my father says - my plastering skills are thick and strong - which though keeps the walls up, does little for asthetics Smiley

Anyhow - heres the guided tour, sit back and enjoy.

So the basic frame is a gingerbread recipe and good icing. We also have (by request of the littlest) King Arthurs round table,.... a fire place.....a round tower (more about that later)......bunting......and a drawbridge (By request of the eldest)

Front door and drawbridge. suspended with strawberry laces no less

You know you want to come in

Central tower - the bedroom tower

This is the curved tower. Baked over 3 tins - (you can see how big this thing is now). Home to the lighting, and really my little artistic flirtation Smiley

Peeping through the ruins to the tower

So, lets go inside. Table at the front, Fire place behind and bunting swinging aloft. (bunting is hand painted eating paper, as is the picture in the back ground. All painted with food dye so edible)

And - night time illuminations.

Much love to you all Smiley
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Upcycled Ties into School bag (thankyou tutorial) on: December 08, 2013 02:00:06 AM
So I have been collecting ties for quite a while to make a skirt - but one day whilst browsing the craftster archives - I discovered this wonderment !!!!

And I just had to have a go !!!
In the end I made 6 bags (have sold a couple at my childrens school fair).
The liner was made from old pillow cases (you know how I love to upcycle)

I still have *cough cough* quite a few ties left (shhhhh don't tell the husband)
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Belinda" - my first Poppet on: December 08, 2013 01:54:01 AM
Ive had so much fun looking at all the poppet swaps on here, I wanted to have a go. But in true "PESTY" style, I wanted to make sure I pulled in some up-cycling.
Belinda is made from a pair of womens trousers (They were truly vile to be fair), her dress is made from an old napkin which I dyed - and her hair was a very bright jumper with a few additions from my own collection of yarn.
her wings are wet felted, then the felt soaked in a PVA/Water blend then dried in the oven.
I love her to pieces, however second time round Im going to do the feet a little differently.

19  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt art "book hugs" on: December 08, 2013 01:49:46 AM

These are a project I have been working on since I found a good bunch of diaries in my local pound store. I wet felt using various blends around vintage doilies, which makes the doilies puff up and around, because (as those of you who wet felt will know) as the felt shrinks, the doilies struggle for room to exist and create these weird puffed up shapes - reminds me somewhat of the corals I used to see when I dived.
I then use a free and liberated (no presser foot) sewing machine to stick a free form shape all over the felt., I embellish it with beads, buttons or left overs from swaps Wink (the green leaf). THen I use old jeans to create an inner flap and pocket.
Voila - my I present a rather pic heavy collection.

20  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / another sea glass / felt candle on: December 07, 2013 12:26:49 AM
Another of my sea glass / felt candle votive holders.
I just love the way the glass and felt works. Am cooking up some more decorative pieces that use the two seemingly opposing materials so watch this space....

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