26 January, 2023

mySpy week 2

 A selection of photos taken this past week.

Pantone's colour of the year 2023: magenta

From our front door... what a beautiful evening sky

The rock garden by the fountain at the clubhouse

Finished the  quilt top, now to think about how to quilt it...

Looking into our house from the patio.  We are leaving the christmas lights up for the summer, they look so pretty when we sit out in the evenings.

That's it for now.  We have been quite busy lately.  See you next time.

Suzy Garland Quilt sewalong week 4

 The Garland sew-a-long - the quilt quadrant sewn together, just a few strips left to put on, then sew it together.

and later this week ...

The top is now stitched together and trimmed!  YAY, I did it!  Yay, I love it!

Now to think about how to quilt it...

24 January, 2023

HM Framed #382


House Mouse and Friends are Anything Goes with Option of  Frame It.  Check out the design team inspiration and challenge here:  housemouse-challenge

 I decided to make mine like a framed photo on the wall.

Image: House Mouse        

Frame die: Couture Creations

Sentiment die: Three Button Studio

Bow die: unknown

Also: copics, D.Inks, white pen, gold pen, gem, Glossy Accents.

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22 January, 2023

Garland sew-along week 2 & 3


Week 2:  Fabric cut and ready to sew ...

Week 3:  the improvisational cuts sewn together in strips, ready to trim (time to be brave Carol):

12 January, 2023

Garland quiltalong week 1

 I am participating in a 4 week on-line sewalong with Suzy Quilts (  I am trying to use up stash and this quilt will be good for that.  Requirements are five colours of yardage (at least 50% of solid colours), and 12 fat quarters.

Week one is to pick out the fabrics.  This is what I chose.  I had to buy yardage (on the left) to go with the stash (right).

I may make some slight changes as I go, but this is a good start.  I always have difficulty choosing fabrics.  that's week one off the list!

10 January, 2023

HM Mousie Teamwork


Teamwork is the name of the game at House Mouse & Friends, and here are the mousies jammin' with friends.  Look here:  housemouse-challenge

The stamp was coloured with copics, then masked, inked and splattered.  Edges distressed, gold metallic strip added.

Stamp: House Mouse        

Sentiment: unknown

Also: Copics, D.Inks, twine, charm, Glossy Accents (on instruments), white pen

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  House-Mouse Friends /Happy Hoppers, or, Gruffies image stamped/decoupage or CD rom.

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08 January, 2023

Topiary Bunny Thanks


A topiary bunny!  This is the first time I have used this new EF, and is the first crafty thing I have bought for ages.  I am a keen gardener and wanted to thank one of the gardeners in the village for their kind helpfulness, and thought this was so appropriate.  

I found the bunny pic in a mindfulness colouring book I was given, I coloured with Copics and fussy cut it.  I embossed card and sponged with D.Inks to emphasise the design, putting more on the outer edges.  I put Kindyglitz on the stacked sentiment and Stickles on some leaves of the topiary.

Image: page from book

EF: unbranded

Word die (stacked): Wplus9

ALso: D.Inks, Copics, Kindyglitz, Stickles, gem     

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03 January, 2023

mySpy week 1

 Week beginning 2 January 2023: week 1

This week has been hot hot hot.  This giant bird bath (water feature) is too high to climb into for a swim.  Look at the lovely designs the wind makes on the bottom of the  cascade.

Lots of pretty christmas lights around the village has made it feel really festive.

Here is a sign behind the reception desk at the dental studio which I thought was lovely:

Finally my red echinacea bloomed, and it was white!  Ha! I must've mixed up the labels.  I have on order a white one (hard to get) because I thought it had died.  Obviously it was the red one that had died; now I need to track down a red one!

A lovely sunset taken from our front lawn.

Enjoy your week.  Carol

02 January, 2023

Celebration Mouse


Critters critters critters ... look for the challenge at Critter Crazy, here:  crittercrazy

A little celebration for the NEW year - CHEERS!  The mat and stars are cut from pearly iridescent card.  The background purple looks light because of how the light shines on it but is really quite a deep purple.

Image: Dearie Dolls   

Deckle frame die: Nellie Snellen

Star die: unknown

EF: Cuttlebug

Also: Copics, white pen

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