Saturday, 21 March 2015

Crazy Birds and some Tim time!.....

Oh, I've missed playing along with Tim's inspiring tag art so far this year!! So I was more than ready for some Tim time!!
Here's Tim's Creative March inspiration

This month...Tim has got us playing and experimenting with our distress paints and some embossing.
Whoooo...I just love getting painty!

...and I've finally managed to get my hands on the Crazy Birds stamps, they seem to be sold out everywhere?!.
..and I couldn't wait to use these quirky little fellas on a project or two! 
So I replaced the butterfly stamp from Tim's tag  with one of the these little cuties!
So this is my Entry for Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015
 ...Just LOVE idea-ology doo-dads!!
Thanks again to Tim for some amazing inspiration and Looking forward to seeing what Tim excites us with his April tag  now...

So until next time.....
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A week of crafty Bliss.....

...I've just come back from a lovely week away with Hubby and Barney Boy...
and am glad to report the house was still standing ... after leaving two of my sons in charge while we were away!!
...So I've just caught up with the dreaded holiday washing & ironing....housework (ooops..sorry for swearing!)all done...
So I thought I would blog about my week of crafty Bliss!!
If you saw my last post, you would of seen I won some tickets to the....
at Olympia...
Well...I had an absolutely lovely day...
Lots of wonderful stalls, goodies to buy and beautiful inspiration...
Here's what hopped into my shopping bags and came home with me that day!!
Yarn, Ribbons, fabrics, beads and some rather large knitting needles!!
I've already used the smaller of the pair to knit a nice chunky cushion cover (using 7 strands of assorted yarn)
...and then on Saturday I was lucky

to have a fantabulous workshop with the talented...
as a pre-Mothers Day treat !
 I have been a fan of Andy Skinner's Art for some time.
So when I found out that he was running a workshop local to me at
 That's Crafty in Romford
I was uber excited to get a place on one of his classes!
So...With Andy's expert teaching and guidance...
We altered these plain boring pieces
to create this antique-y yummy painty goodness...
My finished project.
...using some of the DecoArt Media Range..which are amazing products.
Oozing with faux rust, crackled and peeling paint!! Love Love Love it!!
I learnt lots :)
...I Just adore the rust effects that you can get from paint techniques!!
I really enjoyed Andy's workshop,  It's the first time I have visited 'That's Crafty'
It's run by the lovely Laura and Graham....they sell a wide range of papercraft and mixed media art supplies. They also have a very large selection of stamps and masks, stencils and templates.
So a few more pennies were spent that day :)
On these little treasures...
Thanks again to my three lovely boys who treated me :)
Oh, I will definitely be back for another workshop and a crafty shop at That's crafty in the future ;)
Now, I'm off to play with some of my new goodies!!..Time to get painty me thinks!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Playing with fabric.....

Oh, I have been having sooooo much fun playing along with Linda's lovely mini fabric sampler swap
over at
and last month I received my sampler from the hostess herself
and this is the little beauty she sent to me...

...just perfect for the month of February
I adore it!!
...from the sweet little pocket
to the beautiful cherry and vintage fabrics
gorgeous trims and buttons!
Linda did an amazing job!
..and just take a peek at all the sweet lil goodies that Linda enclosed inside the pocket on her mini sampler...Thank you again Linda for such a fabby trade.
...and my February mini sampler swap was sent to Elizabeth  in Texas
all packaged and ready to go...
I know that Elizabeth has received it now so here's a pic of what I created for her...
I've used vintage and newer fabrics
lace, trims, buttons,
ribbon rose, doily,
embroidered heart and wings
I've already started on my sampler for March...such a fun swap!!
...and...Yay....I won a couple of tickets to go to the
at Olympia
which starts today
So I'm looking forward to going
and buying a few new knitty and stitch goodies!!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Sunday, 1 March 2015


A new look...and Challenge #61
Over at
(Previously known as Let's Get Shabby)
'Let's Get Shabby'
Challenges first started in 2009
 Times have changed and many of us have found our styles have too!
So it's time to move forward and add in being a little

Colour Swatch Challenge!
Pick a photo from your own photo gallery – put it through ‘Chip It’    

to  get the swatch colours….  

And create a project  based on at least four colours from the colour swatches.

On your blog we will need to see:

Two photos….

One of your ‘Chip It’ photo with the swatches


One of your arty project 

And list the colour names of your choice.


Here Is my 'Chip It' photo and colour swatches...
I decided to alter a card and wooden 'Boat' Blank for my DT piece.
First of all I rooted through my crafty search of paints, fabrics, ribbons some of the colours from my colour swatches.
Painted my boat blank... in 3 of the colours...mixing my paints to get as near to the colour swatches as I can.
...then I decorated my sails with...fabrics, lace, crochet flower & doily, buttons, embroidered heart and a little hand - stitchery!
I crackle painted the base of my boat using a PaperArtsy crackle medium between my blue and and white coats of paint.
Then I added a Tim Holtz 'word band' Enjoy the Journey.
So Inspired by my 'LetsChipIt' photo swatches
from this
to this....
Anyway I hope you will hop over to
Let's Get ARTY
..for the full deets ...and to support us in our new look challenges.
You will also see what other wonderful inspiration the talented international Arty girls have created for this challenge #61 and there's a fabulous  prize up for grabs for the challenge winner....

Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x

Friday, 27 February 2015

Silk painting with Ali from Kinetika

I've had a fantastic week getting arty this week.. after a bit of a slow start to the mojo seems to be returning with a vengence!! ....I've been ploughing through lots of unfinished projects...mixed media, knitting , DT piece for a new Arty Challenge and some fabric mini quilties.
...and on Monday.... I had a fabulous painty, creative time...I was lucky enough to get the chance to participate in some silk painting. It all came about when Susan decided that it would be nice to have a banner for our little 'Needles and Chat' knitting group...
So it was arranged for us to be taught by the talented Ali Pretty (Ali founded the international design company 'Kinetika')

This Design company is amazing..Now based at the High House Production Park in Thurrock...Kinetika focuses on designing for large projects, carnival events and outdoor celebrations.

So...Last week, we designed the banner...all adding our own little individual drawings (mainly of items we have knitted during our time in the group). Well...I have knitted lots of toys since I learnt to knit properly ...teddies, koala and lots of bunnies!! One of my bunnies who belongs to Kay has even had a trip to New York!! So my little contribution just had to be a rabbit!!
Here we are all looking pleased with our efforts
Then this week...we got on with the fun waxy & painty part of the process.
We lay the silk over our combined artwork
and traced around the outlines ...painting it with hot wax..
This was quite scary at first...But..we did get the chance to practice the waxing and painting on our own little art pieces initially...
before we attempted the Group Banner
...and here is the 'Needles and chat' banner in its full glory
Everyone's arty input was wonderful
Here a couple of  close ups....
My contribution.... Ralph the Rabbit!!
Isn't Julia's vibrant multi-coloured vase fantastic
...and Kays gorgeous poppy & Daffodil
I really enjoyed my two evenings silk painting with Kinetika at High House. We got to take our own little practice pieces home with us... I may just have a go at embellishing it with some buttons, beads and embroidery and make a little piece of it!
Hope you all have had a creative week...would love to hear what artistic endeavours you have been up too!
Thanks for peeking!
Jan x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hello again....

.....Well it's been a's about time I dusted some of the cobwebs from my little unloved has been a little busy with its Ups and Downs, Twists and Turns...But...I've been missing all the Love, Challenges and Inspiration in Blogland...
So here are a few things I've been up too since I last posted in October....
In November ...My Aaron...Son #1... flew the nest and has gone to live and work in Australia (for 2 years!!) Miss him sooooo much....but he is having an amazing time making new friends and experiences (which makes it a little easier for me!!)
So...I knitted him a little pal 'Ozzy' to take with him on his travels....
...and here is Ozzy enjoying Melbourne living!!

...a little  too much if you ask me LOL!!!
Hopefully... we will get to to visit Aaron (..and Ozzy!!!) soon?!
I'm also joining in with Kat Sloma's Liberate Your Art event again this year. It's fifth year!...(Liberate your Art 2015 postcard swap). The challenge is to take photographs of your art and have it printed as a postcard . You need to send 5 cards and you will receive 5 in return from other participants as well as one from Kat..
These are the cards I sent made with some of last years creations..
 ...can't wait to see what I get in return :)
 ...and at the end of last year.... I was so honoured and happy to be invited by the lovely Linda ( A swap for all Seasons) to join a year long adventure along with a small group of talented crafters to create and trade "Mini Fabric Samplers" each month from which a personal garland/banner may be made by many of the artists at the end of the year.
...and my first partner to send to was the lovely Linda herself... Now Linda is a talented artist, but she also works as a nurse ...and she adores My first sampler.. just had to include a vintage baby photo (printed on fabric)..vintage lace, buttons, ribbons, fabrics..
and I've embroidered a sweet pair of mary-jane shoes!

all wrapped up and sent to Linda in the USA 
  and this is the fabulous mini quiltie I received from
created by Elizabeth
Isn't it adorable..I just love the sweet image, fabric , doily etc and the little red heart button! Thank you again Elizabeth!
... for Februarys swap I get a sampler from Linda...and I have already seen a sneaky peek on her blog..and it's a beauty!! :)
...and I have Elizabeth to send to this time... So here  is a sneaky peek of mine all wrapped up!...It's already on its way to Texas!
 and my latest creative efforts...were some banksy inspired Valentine card/tag for my sweetheart!!! ;)
I'm working on a little something else at the moment for a new exciting upcoming challenge...but I will keep that a mystery for now....So watch this space....
Now..I best grab a cuppa...and see what has been going on in Blogland!! Sorry if I haven't visited for a while...will try and catch up with you all soon x
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x