Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wow !!

Well in September I made an announcement on here that I was setting up a Facebook page to sell my arts and crafts creations. I did just that, and I was the last one that expected it to take off like it did !!

Since September I've been inundated with orders, mostly for crochet head/ear warmers, that are also perfect for people with dreadlocks. I started off just doing plain ones, and then to make them stand out a bit more than all the competition I started needle felting designs on them. That's when it really took off. I was crocheting morning noon and night, till my hands were crippled with pain, but I kept it up because I was so excited that people liked my designs enough to buy them.

I needle felted Celtic tree's of life, hares gazing at moons, goddess and most recently a little robin sitting on a branch. The robin is still for sale if anyone is interested and I am also taking orders for any of the others that I've made. All head warmers fasten at the back with chunky wooden buttons.

If you've got any ideas for other designs you'd like to see on the head warmers please let me know in the comments.

This is the link to my page on Facebook if any of you missed it last time

Just to wet your appetite I've put some photo's of my most popular headwarmers. Which cost between £8.50 for plain ones, £9.50 for most of the needle felted ones £12.50 for the hare ones and £20 for the celtic tree's of life. As much as possible I try to recycle packaging and I keep postage as cheap as possible.

 photo DSCF3552_zpsbef6a646.jpg

 photo DSCF3556_zps2a0cabd8.jpg

 photo DSCF3538_zpsedb9f2aa.jpg

 photo DSCF3509_zpsa36d0698.jpg

 photo DSCF3457_zps68a5914a.jpg

 photo DSCF3409_zps60cf391e.jpg

 photo b_zps32c528bd.jpg

 photo d_zpseca1052b.jpg

 photo f_zps69f2a7e4.jpg

 photo c_zps388bcafc.jpg

 photo DSCF3570_zps82cb773f.jpg

 photo 5159b760-12bb-4dc6-9f78-e9b0cc5d7994_zpse69d1b53.jpg

 photo DSCF3503_zps2a1c666d.jpg

 photo DSCF3495_zpsd34f95b2.jpg

 photo l_zps508a5952.jpg

Monday, 29 September 2014

* Drum roll * my new Facebook page is live !!!

Being my usual technophobic self I haven't figured out how to link my Facebook page to here so I'm just going to put a link in here for you lol. Please pop over and like and share my page with all your friends, I'll be forever grateful.

Cosmic Crafts

This is a little taster of my latest makes on there. You'll find some close up photo's on there of these little beauties. I try very hard, to make my things as cost effective as possible, and am happy to sell worldwide.

 photo DSCF3182.jpg

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

I'm back !!

I know it's been a longggggggg time since I updated my blog, but I'm back !! I've been doing lots of new things since I last posted. I've been doing more craft fairs, some more successful than others lol, creating a Facebook page with all my new things on and generally enjoying life.

Hopefully I'm going to add a Facebook badge ( whatever that might be !! ) to this page, so that anyone that's interested in the crafts side of my life can just click on, and the marvels of technology will transport you straight to my new Facebook page ...that's the plan anyway.

I've been doing a lot of new crafts that don't involve glass * shock horror * This has been through necessity rather than choice I have to add. Cutting all those little squares now causes me a lot of pain, due to arthritis in my thumb joints. So much as I enjoyed mosaics, they had to go I'm afraid.

Knowing that despite what the government says, people are still feeling the pinch moneywise. I've been trying to make my new crafts as affordable as possible. Occasionally I even include free postage to the UK and also include  free gift bag too. Just so that people from outside the UK who like my stuff don't miss out, I'll be posting abroad at cost price. No hidden extra charges like on some well known auction sites !!

Just to give you a tiny taster of what there is to see on my Facebook page, I'll put a photo of some fridge magnets I've been making. I'm selling these at the amazing price of £4 and that includes free postage in the UK and a few organza gift bag too. What a bargain eh !!

 photo DSCF3084800x5291-1.jpg

Friday, 28 February 2014

At long last

Here I am back again like the proverbial bad penny lol. So much has been going on and we've been so busy since the last post I did way back in December.

As I said in my last post we were due to move on the 24th January, and we got there by the skin of our teeth. Despite my youngest daughter coming to help me pack in early January, we still didn't get it all done by a long chalk. In fact my oldest daughter and I were still packing on the day we moved !! I told Jim I wanted to pack the house up, because I know his idea of packing is to just throw things in boxes willy nilly. Whereas I would be filling every single inch of every box. Moving really is the most stressful thing ever ...... well it is when you live with a hoarder, which I do !! At one point my stress levels got so high, I almost threw the towel in, and gave up on mine and Jim's relationship ....that's how bad it got.

Thank goodness my family came and helped us move, there was no way we'd have moved all those boxes without them. We took very little furniture from the old house, as Jim's father in laws house had plenty of it's own and it was top of the range stuff. One surprising thing that threw us completely was getting rid of stuff to the tip. On Anglesey you just take it down the tip end of ..... here you have to get permits, and list exactly what stuff you're going to take, I've never heard of anything so stupid in all my life. After living in a house for 25yrs how the hell was Jim supposed to know exactly what he was going to throw away. It ended up with Jim's daughter and son in law taking a couple of loads for us in their car ( the only mode of transport you don't have to list everything ), and one of my sons taking a high top Transit van full to the roof, back down to the Midlands were he could get rid of it for us.

So now after 5 weeks, Jims still unpacking boxes, I decided not to help unpack much seeing as I packed it all up !! Besides which I'd run out of energy and couldn't be bothered. The kitchen ( my domain ) is done completely and looks lovely. The front room seems to go through various stages of almost being sorted, then Jim moves stuff round or brings stuff down from upstairs and it trashes it again, which drives me mad. But it's about livable in. The upstairs ...well that's a totally different story. Jim's method of unpacking is move everything out of one room, sort out a couple of boxes and then move everything back in there again. Does that make any sense to you it doesn't to me either, but what can I do ? At least Jim makes sure that there's always a  pathway to our bed, which I'm very grateful for. But apart from that it's chaos up there, we've even got a mountain bike frame ( minus it's wheels ) sitting in the bath ( yes you read that right ) which has to be moved out every time I go in the shower grrrrr. Currently there's nowhere else for it to go, its worth too much money to go in the shed, it's too big to go in the attic where it's going to end up is a complete mystery to me. Sooner or later I'll lose my temper with Jim and it will find a permanent home though trust me.

On top of this Jim's also been having to deal with solicitors and the mound of paperwork of his father in laws estate. What a nightmare that's been, why the heck solicitors can't tell you what paperwork they need all at once, rather than asking for it in dribs and drabs is beyond me, but that's what they've been doing. Pretty much all of Johns estate was in various forms of investments with loads of different company's, and of course over the years, company's have changed hands, changed names etc etc, so tracing down these investments has been a nightmare, but its pretty much sorted out now thank goodness.

Despite my moaning I love this house and much to Jim's surprise he realised that the THOUGHT of moving house after 25 yrs, was much worse than the actual reality of it. The only thing I can't really get to grips with is cooking on gas, it's so fierce compared to electric which I've always cooked on, and even the very lowest of flames has saucepans boiling away madly !! Luckily we've got a slow cooker, and that's come into its own since we moved here. I pack it up with goodies first thing in the morning and leave it on low, it fills the house with delicious smells all day and by tea time we have some amazing meals. We've now also got a lovely table complete with candles we sit at and have our meals, which Jim really enjoys. It surprised me that he gets so much pleasure from this very conventional thing as Jim's the least conventional man I've ever met lol.

Now I've got a little bit of space to work in, I've started to do some new art work for here. The first thing being 3 round canvases which I've covered with modelling paste ( as I couldn't find my gesso) and used distress inks on it in various shades of orange and reds, blues and purple, and yellows and greens. each one will have a decoration on it, what kind I'm not quite sure yet, as it's a work in progress at the moment. But I'll share it with you when they're finished.