Sunday, 31 January 2016

Little Wooden Houses and Beach Huts

I do like it when I'm cutting wood, I don't have a fancy workshop, in fact I don't have a workshop at all. I cut all my wood under the gazebo in my garden. Great in the summer but I have to wrap up warm in the winter. Although by the time I've sawn, whittled and sanded I'm wiping my brow and removing the outer layers.
I've been making Little Houses & Beach Huts on Stands, some of you may of already seen them on my Facebook Page

A Village of Little Houses

This little 'village' has a Cottage, a couple of Tudor Houses and even some Beach Huts. They have been given a distressed look, the green bases have little ladybirds on them, you know I like my Ladybirds. The Beach Hut bases have been painted yellow and blue for the sand and the sea and there are 4 little fishes painted along the edge.

Home Sweet Home Tudor House

The Tudor Houses have signs reading 'Home is Where the is' and 'Home Sweet Home ' These signs can be changed around and can even be personalised. These look really pretty sitting on a shelf or mantle.

Love Shack

I made this Little Love Shack . This and all the other Little Houses have been painted on all 4 sides and as you can see in the photo the house isn't attached to the base so it can be facing any way.

A Heart for a Love Shack

I've also been playing around with little fimo clay hearts dangling from wire, these could be used with the houses or even as bases for my Peg Dolls. I could use different charms or fimo shapes, maybe a sun, a cloud, the moon or a star. I'm enjoying playing.... ahem... working hard making these and have lots of other ideas in mind. As usual, you'll find these in my online shops (links up and to the right )

I'd like to thank everyone for leaving your great comments last week, I loved reading them, it looks like most of you put the writing after the photo you're talking about and I learned a few things about Ladybirds too.

I'm linking this post over to Lucy Blossoms link Up,   pop over to see lots of other great blogs.

Jan ♥

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Ladybird Peg Dolls for Valentine Gifts

I've been painting Peg Dolls again, these are great for Valentines Day but as love is not just one day specific these are equally ideal for any time of the year.

Ladybird Love Bug with Wings

Ladybirds (or Ladybugs) are one of my favorite wee creatures so make perfect little Love Bugs. The wings are made of felt, I painted the black spots and added lots of sparkle. The antennae are made from wire. 

Peg Doll with a painted cloak

A little Love Bug doesn't have to have felt wings, this one has a painted cloak instead.

A Couple of Ladybird Peg Dolls

This pair are really cute and would make a lovely cake topper for an engagement or wedding.
These can be found in my online shops (links up and to the right) or you can contact me if you want something similar.

OK so I have 3 'ickle diddy Questions for you.....

1.. Do you call them Ladybirds or Ladybugs... or do you have your own name for them?

2.. What do you call male Ladybirds?

3.. When you're writing about a photo do you place the writing BEFORE or AFTER said photo?

Jan x
Don't forget to pop over to Lucy Blossoms blog  it's her first birthday of hosting Handmade Monday and you can see lots of other great crafters over there. 

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Sketch Books, Love Potions & 2016

I know we say this all the time but I've got to say it again...... Wow, how time has flown, I can hardly believe another year has gone by and it's 2016 already!!!!!!

Like every New Year I like to plan on doing and making new things, for inspiration I've been looking through my sketch & idea books...

Pages from my sketch books

....they are full of things I can expand and experiment with, I'd like to do more work with polymer clay with a bit of paper mache thrown in.

I've been having fun with my miniature bottles so I'm planning to do a few more, my Christmas ones were a huge success so I thought I'd move on to Valentines Day themed bottles....

A Miniature Bottle for your Valentine

I've also been having a little play around with a logo for my Etsy Shop

Playing with Logo's

These are some of my works in progress, still lots of sketches and jiggery pokery to do but I'm quite liking this style and it's been great fun playing around with coffee and ink stains. 

I'll leave you all with my best wishes for a wonderful 2016

Jan x

The linky party over at Lucy Blossom Crafts  is still open so I'm popping this post over there, why not wonder over and see who else is joining in.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Star Wars Christmas Decoration

I believe that lots of us 'crafters' make some of our own Christmas Decorations, have you made any? either for yourself or as a gift for someone?
For the past few years I've made my 6 year old grandson a decoration to hang on his Christmas Tree, this year he asked for Darth Vader from Star Wars, he had to be wearing a Santa Hat too.

Darth Vader

 In previous years he's been given Creeper from Minecraft.....


and the Tardis from Dr Who......

The Tardis

I've also painted him a Spiderman in a Santa Hat but can't find the photo for that one.

I've written on the back of each decoration, 'From Nanny & Grandad' and the year. Because they are made of wood, painted with acrylics and varnished they will be used to decorate the tree for years to come.
I think this has become one of our 'family traditions'

Do you have a family tradition? I'd love to hear about it.

Best Wishes

Jan X

I'm popping this over to Lucy Blossom Crafts Link Up  if you want to pop over and leave your own blog post it will be open all over the holidays.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A Beautiful Sunrise

I awoke yesterday to the most brilliant sky, the colour was so dramatic it filled the house with a brilliant light. I threw my coat over my pj's, grabbed my camera, ran outdoors (still in my slippers) and managed to take a few photo's. The sky changed so quickly, each of these pictures were taken less than two minutes apart.

A Fiery Sky

I haven't used any filters or enhancements,  this is exactly how it was.

The Morning Sky turning Purple

Within minutes the light changed completely....

The Sky becoming Paler paled and turned lilac, then within minutes the colour was gone. Nature can be such a wonderful thing. 

As everything I'm doing at the moment is either a Work in Progress or can't be shown yet I'll leave you with this one little Twinkle Twinkle Little Star...

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

A pretty little painted star for a shelf in the nursery.

Do You Know How Loved You Are?

Can you believe that I picked those daisies from my garden this week..... daisies in December!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful week

Jan x

This post is linked back to Lucy Blossom Crafts Linky Blog

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Stonham Barns Owl Sanctuary and Outdoor Plaques

It's been a week of painting Fairy Doors, Wooden Houses and Key Hook Plaques but I'm afraid I can't show them yet. Soooo I thought I'd share my day out with you instead.

Today, even though it's a wet and windy Sunday, hubby dragged me away from my painting table AKA the kitchen table, to treat me to a day out. We went to Stonham Barns, I'd never been before and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an Owl Sanctuary but has lots of other birds of prey to see...

This was the weirdest looking Snowy Owl I've ever seen, It's winter plumage makes it look like it has a big fat pair of legs....

Snowy Owl

I took so many photographs I really didn't know what ones to show you, I managed to whittle it down to these.

Please don't ask me what they all are, I really should of taken notes, or better still, taken a photo of the information card that was with each of the birds.

As well as the Birds they have these cheeky chappies, I could of stayed watching them for hours....... 

Meerkat Kastle at Stonham Barns can see them on Youtube here...  YouTube - Meerkats at Stonham Barns

The sanctuary has a wide variety of birds, there are Falcons, Eagles and Red Kites to name but a few.  

Some of these magnificent birds are here because they were injured, usually by other birds or animals but can you believe that one of these birds had been shot, it was brought to the sanctuary after being found by a dog walker.

As well as the animals and birds there is a restaurant and a selection of gift shops so if you're out and about in the Suffolk area I think it's worth going, although I think I'll wait till the warmer weather for my next visit.  

You can find out more about it here....

To redress the balance, as this is a Crafty Blog, here are a couple of plaques that are in my Folksy Shop at the moment,

 Did you see what I did there?..... As they are outdoor plaques I thought they would fit in with the theme of this post.........

            ........and there's a feather in the photo too.

I'm going to pop this post over to the Handmade Monday Link Up @ Lucy Blossom Crafts

Jan x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sweet Dreams & Moonbeams in a Fairy Dust Bottle

A few weeks ago I acquired some cute little bottles with cork stoppers, my plan was to decorate them for Halloween, you know the type of things, Dragons Blood, Witches Brew etc, well I think I'm living in some sort of time distortion field because before I could turn around and say BOO, Halloween was over and Christmas is on it's way. So, as the empty bottles were still sitting on the shelf I decided to Glitterfy them (apparently Glitterfy is not a word, but don't you think it should be)?

Tadaaaa... here they are..

Bottles of Magical Glitter Dust
Can you see the little bells? I thought they were so sweet and they have an antiqued look to match the labels.
They look lovely hanging from my twiggy tree and would look equally good on the Christmas Tree if you have one.

Fairy Dust on a Twiggy Tree

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Sweet Dreams & Moonbeams

They were such fun to make, from choosing the colours and matching up the ribbon to making and aging the labels, I think I'll be offering these to be personalised, it's only a tiny label but I'm sure I can fit a name on, for example.... Molly's Fairy Dust  or Tom's Elf Dust, as long as it fits.

I hope you've all had a good week, I'm popping over to Lucy Blossom Crafts for a catch up, I'm linking this post to her weekly Crafty Link Up 

Jan x