Friday, 30 April 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
These are the ribbons all set to go back in the drawer, now that they are colour sorted into their chopped-off sweetie jars.
The lilac/white wedding horseshoe, in yesterday's pic, is now finished and ready to go in the blog shop later. It sort of created itself really. I dumfed yarns on felt. Then I added a hand embroidered motif from my up-cycled tablecloth and some more hand stitching and beads. I think the end result is certainly different!
I popped to see Wipso and trim yet another pair of curtains ready for her to finish. She loved the horseshoe and also the gorgeous yarns that I took to share with her.
One yarn in particular caught her eye - a lovely, raggy, bright pink one. She had a go at dumfing it and it looked good, so I guess you will see it on one of her fab dumfy pics sooner or later.
I picked up a really fluffy wool called Patons Softy, in creamy browns.
It just said " a certain bird" to me so I dumfed a bit onto a tiny scrap of black felt.
Here it is.....
Well, I am sure it will become a little card or picture and maybe I will make a bigger one.
Its funny, I never knew I could do any of this. Doesn't it make you wonder -just what is in this little old brain of mine?
Thanks for all your lovely comments. Its good to be surrounded by folk whose cup is always half full. Have a great Bank Holiday weekend!
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
There are more ideas in the pipe line but today we have had 4 pairs of curtains to shorten and you all know what we think of curtains!....and it's Fun day Monday too!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
I wanted to head off via Clun and Knighton and my satnav immediately told me to do a U-turn as she had planned my route via Newtown!! Needless to say I ignored her and off we went.
Eventually the satnav caught up and we had a delightful run along quiet country roads. Its a wonderful time of the year to ride steadily past fields, scattered with sheep and tiny lambs and enjoy the hedgerows, just turning green and decorated with primroses, cowslips, anemones, lady's smock and violets. Overhead the buzzards were circling and as we reached Builth Wells a red kite soared, just above the car, pointing the way to the showground!
We were ushered to a parking space, only to find that we were as far away from the event as we could possibly be and had a very long walk to the venue - not good for a wobbly knee - but we made it.
Wonderwool Wales is a festival of wool and natural fibres. The halls were packed with trade stands and demonstrators linked to everything woolly!
Our first call was to see Sara's Texture Crafts and meet our blogger friend Sara. We spent quite a while choosing some gorgeous wool rovings for our textile work and filled a bag with some of Sara's fab blends and colours. It was lovely to meet her and she very kindly stored our bag until we were ready to leave.
The rest of the day was just a delight, spent checking out all the goodies on each stall.
We bought some silk velvet from Oliver Twists and on the right are some dyed pre-felt pieces.
These colourful curls came from The Threshing Barn.
There were lots of spinners and weavers busily working and some amazing creative work from a wide variety of different textile artists. We gleaned a few ideas for crafty activities and had lots of giggles as we moved around the halls, ending up with such busy heads from all the fab stuff we had seen.
To complete our day, we journeyed back via Newtown and shared out our gorgeous goodies.
Thanks Wipso for being great company and sharing in our fun day.
We are so lucky to enjoy the same hobbies and interests.
Watch this space to see what we make with all our purchases.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Fun day Monday was a giggle as we were joined by Paula via the webcam - it puts video conferencing into a whole new dimension!!!!!!! We showed her our dumflings and she showed us her Cuttlebug!
Sunday, 18 April 2010
AND - the swallows are back - I saw one on the wire yesterday - April 17th!
These are the flowers M bought me for Easter and they are still lovely and so fragrant.
Thursday, 15 April 2010
I called hubby and asked if he would take a snap of the mermaid tail.
This is what it looks like now its mounted ready to go.
What do you think? Its the first time I have dumfed a bird.
Might try another - any suggestions? lol
Lastly, on one of my blog hops I found this lovely card by Sue
She kindly said I could show the sentiment on here.
It seemed quite fitting considering how Wipso spends her time!
Thanks for dropping in - I will be sharing a special cake with you next time.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
The 3 little dumflings are tiny moorland landscapes - I just fancied making something different for a change. I used yarn to dumf the background and then beads and hand stitching for the foreground.
The massive heap of fabric and brown paper pattern will eventually become a mermaids tail - well of course - what else could it be?!!!!! Just another little challenge for me. I will give it my best shot and will probably be modelling it in my next post....lol!
Thursday, 8 April 2010
A customer of Wipso's requested orange brooches, so here is my stash of orange gorgeousness all ready to be dumfed into neat, little, hot orange dumflings!!
Ignore the tape measure - don't know why its there as I certainly don't measure my dumflings.
I just sat at my embellisher with the stash and a pair of scissors and just snipped, dumfed and beaded.
By the end of lovely day I had 6 juicy orange brooches finished. Wipso and D. came up for a coffee and collected them so that they could be on display ready for our favourite customer.
Here are the 6.
I will put the unsold ones in the blog shop soon.
Can you guess which one she bought?
I love warm, earthy colours so I may just keep my favourite for myself.
The pale ones may end up in our bridal department.
For anyone who is not sure what "dumfing" is all about, just follow this link to Wipso's blog for today, where she has composed an amazing description for you.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Well, I hope you all had a great weekend and didn't eat too much chocolate -although, apparently a small amount is good for you in lots of ways (well thats my excuse anyway).
Last but not least is this little book.
And on that note I must make a start and get dumfing!
Have a great day and pop over to see what Julia and the rest are up on WOYWW!
We had a fab evening out at the theatre last night...
Wipso and her eldest came with me to see Gervase Phinn. If you want a really good laugh then try to see him if he comes to a theatre near you!!
Saturday, 3 April 2010
Luckily she also gave a translation as my Spanish is not up to much!
Now the blog award translates roughly as "this blog is charming" and I have to pass this onto 12 other bloggers.
Well, firstly I will bounce it straight back to Paula. She deserves an award for taking time and effort to blog this week, after coping with major surgery last week and still being in a lot pf pain this week. Thanks Paula and get well soon!
Next, I will mention my favourite little blogger - Wipso. She is a treasure and I know lots of you love her blog and appreciate that she finds the time to amuse us when she is so o o o o busy!
Now I have to think of 10 more!!!!!! Impossible. I follow lots of blogs and there are so many that I really enjoy reading or sharing their crafty doings!
Maybe I can manage a few but, if I don't mention you, its not cos your not worth it, its just that I am a bear of little brain and my memory is not what it was!!! lol
Mountainear - has always been one of my favourites and her blog is certainly charming.
Bayou - such a vivacious character in real life and a lively blogger too.
ElizabethM - Welsh Hills again - such an interesting read, always.
McKinkle - one of the wonderful card makers who I have got to know over the last few months.
Happy Easter everyone - enjoy the break.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Just a cheery little "dumfed" daffodil picture to brighten this cold, wet and windy Good Friday.
The view from my window is more like winter than spring with grey clouds clinging to the hills and a bitter wind blowing sleety rain onto my freshly cleaned windows. (My window cleaner braved the elements and made a lovely job of them on Wednesday!)
Our weather will certainly spoil the weekend for all those folk who were hoping to have a few days away. No doubt all the hotels and guest houses on the coast will miss out on much needed trade this Easter.
We were hoping to garden for M. on her new little plot. We have loads of little cuttings, ready rooted, to transfer to her sloping back garden. They might have to wait until its warmer before we move them!
I promised to take some brownies for her, so that will keep me busy later. I may even pop a few mini-eggs on each one. I know it will add to the calories but a good run will sort that - (er I mean M. not me - don't be silly!!!)
Happy Easter everyone - hope you enjoy the weekend - whatever you decide to do.