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Hearts and free downloads

Valentine’s Day is on its way. I’ve been having fun making cards for my 8 grandchildren aged 4 – 9.

Photos of Love Rocks and sketch book pages were printed onto 160gm A4 white card.

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I measured the card into 2″x 4″ sections

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and cut with a craft knife

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giving me enough pieces to make 5 cards.

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Using double-sided sellotape in each corner

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I fixed the two layers together.

Then added some heart stickers and made 5 cards

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They still need a little more decorating to personalise them.

On the next batch I used a doodle page

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Would you like to have a go?

Here is the link to the You Tube clip  I learnt from,

and some PDFs for you to download, just click on the title.

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If you download them I’d love to see what you make.

 

Ammonites

Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet has created a cute Ammonite Pattern.

Of course, I couldn’t just make one. Once I had the pattern in my head I started making bigger and smaller ones.

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I thought they might combine well with my seahorses, or make some beachy greetings cards.

Ideas are swimming around …..

Thank you Eleonora for the inspiration.

Linking in with Ginny’s Yarn Along 

Ginny suggests we add a book to the post. I haven’t got a book on the go but whilst I am crocheting I’m also watching/listening to a DVD: River Cottage: Edible Seashore

Yes, I’ve been eating seaweed – yum!

 

Wrap

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sweet kisses

tender nuzzling

taste of wine

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There’s a Happy Christmas right there!

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Photo Challenge: WRAP

Haiku Challenge: KISS and TASTE

‘Phaiku’: combining the two challenges

The Japanese turn wrapping into an art form. They use a Fur0shiki, or wrapping cloth. Here’s how to wrap two wine bottles in a way where they are protected from clanking together and include a carrying handle.

Use a piece of cloth 90cm square – a large scarf or small table cloth and place the bottles diagonally with their bases a fist width apart.

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Then fold the bottom left corner over the bottles and roll to the opposite corner keeping as tight as possible. Making sure that the last corner is underneath the bottles

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Then take hold of each bottle by the neck and fold upwards so that they are standingdsc_0122Tie the top with one right over left move.

Leave a gap and tie a reef knot: right over left, left over right – tighten securely.

Et Voilà! or perhaps in Japanese: ここで (Koko de)

(The translation is according to Google Translate, so goodness knows if it is right!)

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I’m a bit in love with the bold design and vibrant colours of African prints at the moment. These leaf designs are sure to turn up in some pages of doodles soon.

Happy Wrapping!

Next week’s Photo Prompt is

MUSIC

Looking forward to seeing your WRAP photo – please leave a link in the comments.

Mystery

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mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk

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trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.

Or

Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.

Also

Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.

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Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.

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Button

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Rising with the lark

I photograph bright buttons

To meet the challenge

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The Phaiku Challenge!

This challenge combines our Weekly Photo Challenge with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, a lovely brain teaser for the start of the week.

His prompts this week are LARK and RISE.

Edit: It is not LARK and RISE it is LARK and RUSH.

So I was in a bit of a rush to get this post out – back to the drawing board:

Rising with the lark

I photograph bright buttons

Rushing the challenge

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Our Photo Challenge prompt of BUTTON nudged me into looking on Pinterest for handmade buttons. What a labyrinth of delights Pinterest is – I have to ration myself as I can get lost for hours. I came across these:a04d901c05a57f300026087e4bae2dfb

Designed by Wink – excellent tutorial here.

So I thought I would have a go and make some buttons to replace the rather dull ones on my favourite cardigan. For speed I tried just tying the crocheted button onto the existing button, but that didn’t really work as the result is too heavy and hangs down. So I will need to take the old buttons off and replace them with the cotton ones.dsc_0005

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I wondered if joining two together would make an acceptable bead and I think it does.

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The two buttons were joined together with mattress stitch and stuffed with some yarn off-cuts, stored in a felted pot made out of Colinette all wool yarn (sadly no longer available).

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This ‘bead’ adds another type of handmade bead to my target of 10 for the 16 for 2016 Challenge. Only 3 more to go. I do love following where these challenges take me.

I am also joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams this week.

If you would like to join in with the BUTTON Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge please leave a link in the comments of this post or Cathy’s Post and I will include you in the Round-Up on Sunday (or maybe Monday).

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Next Week’s Photo Challenge Prompt is

MYSTERY

I have added a little mystery to this post – do you know why I wear a safety pin on my cardigan?

Birthday Card

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I made a birthday card for a friend, bringing my 16 for 16 target of 15 up to 12, only three more to go – I should manage that quite easily.

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I used the retro Dymo gadget to type the words, and pinking shears to cut the Duck Tape hinge for an added retro component.

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The card was made from two off cuts left over from my Post Card making

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and popped into this sweet pocket I bought in Japan, which is meant for wrapping snacks or cakes.

Beach Clean Vase on Monday

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Still a little obsessed with my latest project – Beach Clean Art, I have set this oh-so-cute square vase filled with monbretia in front of one of my in-progress paintings and surrounded it with bits and pieces I have collected from the beach whilst doing my bit for the 2 Minute Beach Clean.

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using these beach clean pieces for a backdrop again, this time complete with beach clean ‘Cleopatra’

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and Tate Modern brooch

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Tate Modern is selling these as a fund raiser to celebrate the new extension – exciting times, I hope to visit soon.

I have been developing the background canvases I showed you in this post, with a bit of stamping

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A very roughly drawn ammonite (with a pencil) on the back of a polystryrene pizza packing disc has created some pretty good stamps I think.

I’ve been playing with bits of beach-clean to see which will make the finished piece.

These pieces are just laid on with no fixings whilst I decide – fixing everything securely is what takes the time – that is the work – all else is play.

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I like the idea of fixing the smaller canvas to the larger, creating a little shelf – ooo i am having fun!

What do you think – does it work?

Joining in with Cathy’s inspired international garden flowers meme

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day.

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Monbretia with morning dew.