Wednesday, 29 February 2012

WOYWW - hearts galore!

Sorry folks my room looks even worse than last week! So, just a quick peek at some of my car boot bargains on my table.

I tidied some of the bags etc and then started all over again - this time helping daughter M with some of her "heart" cushions.
She sold all the beautiful, grey, velour cushions that she made before Christmas and decided she would re-stock with creams and beiges this time.

They are gorgeous little cushions - the small ones are about 10" square and the larger ones are 14" square.  I think she is hoping to sell the large ones of £17.50 and the small ones for £14.50. They all have a little zip across the back and are filled with polyester filling. Each one has a little Tilly Tea Dance label. I guess she will load them up to her Etsy shop - Tilly Tea Dance - if they don't sell before then!!!

As you will see from my post below - I had a happy time clearing some of our dress fabric by cutting out 25 more little frocks ready to sew.
BUT - this week I am making a little smocked dress for my twin great niece baby L. I love smocking and did loads when I was much younger. I find it quite theraputic.
Pretty isn't it....

Short and sweet again this week - I really do need to tidy that room don't I?

Have a great week and enjoy your blog hop - I will see lots of your desks later!
Now to hop to Aunty Julia's desk and see what she has been up to this week.

Have fun.
x Jo

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Little frock update

Just a little frock update for anyone who is following the progress of our little dresses that we will be sending to Louise of Sew Scrumptious for the "Dress a girl around the world scheme".
I have finished making all the frocks that were cut out and bagged up (see below).
However, we do keep saying that its been a bit like the story of "feeding the five thousand". We started with the generous gift of fabric from a few and with that we have made over 360 dresses between us.

Yet still I have a table full of fabric left over - how can that be!!!
I spent an hour or two yesterday sorting it and putting little multi coloured packs together using just the scraps that were left.
AND - I now have 25 more dresses ready to sew!

If you want to know how to create a simple frock from just odds and ends - I will show you in  my next post  so do pop back if you want to try it.

 Thanks for visiting and for all your lovely comments - x Jo

now do scroll down to have a quick look at the latest little frocks............

Wednesday, 22 February 2012


Good morning all!!

For the WOYWW blog hop today I have bared all and I have snapped my room as it is.
It was tidy until Monday, then I came back from Funday Monday and dumped all my bags and boxes.
So, feel free to have a good snoop!!

A few things to spot..........
  • In the centre - felted flowers that I made on  a felting course I went to with daughter M on Saturday. We had a great time at the workshop at Eddies in Shrewsbury. Its a lovely little shop where Mel sells revamped furniture and lovely crafty bits and bobs.
Here they are in close up!

A few other things to snoop.....
  • Button jars
  • Little frocks -
    This week I am determined to finish off the last few frocks.
    I will post a few pics of the latest designs later in the week. I got fed up with the basic design so I got a bit creative and made a few different ones. I tried to make them fairly simple but pretty and I used up lots of small pieces.
  • Bags of fabric left overs from the little frocks
  • Annie's box of dresses cut out ready for me to finish - she has lots of work on at the mo so I brought her box home with me. Funny how there are lots of green frocks left to make!! (She hates green)
  • Piles of fabric pieces that will be made into cushions and bags
If you want to join in with our blog hop then follow me over to Julia's Stamping Ground and see what the rest of the crafters, card makers and generally clever folk have been up to.

Thanks for popping in and enjoying a snoop!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hello Dolly!

My talented little sister has been busy making these gorgeous little dolls.
They are only 28 cm tall and are just the perfect size for little ones to carry round and hug.
They are so cute and very appealing.
So much so, that the first 3 Annie made were snapped up by the tinies in her family and a little friend who absolutely loves the one she was given.
I really love the one in the middle at the back- Tiny Tumble. He is a tiny version of Mr. Tumble with his stripey trousers and jacket with stars on.

All the new characters are now loaded onto the "Rag Doll"  shelf in our blog shop.
If you would like one - just check them out in the Sisters Crafty Creations blog shop and contact Annie - aka Wipso of  "A stitch in time" blog.

I think I know a little boy who might like a Mr. Tumble lookalike.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Last week my table was stacked with bits and bobs that I was hoping to craft with later in the week.
Well, I have had a busy time - including a fun day Monday at Annie's.
Here are some of the things I have been busy with.

Firstly the tulip collage that I made for one of my Yorkshire friend's birthday.
I think it will brighten a little space on her kitchen wall don't you?

Next, I used up some of my leather flowers and some of my fabric stash to make these little clutch bags.

I love this simple design. It has a velcro fastening and is lined with pretty fabric and has two little inside pockets.
Then I made a little handbag notebook. It is quilted and beaded with tiny pages secured with brads and a velcro fastening - cute!

And lastly here is the collage I made using last week's blank canvas.

I painted the canvas with a pinky wash and then made my little birthday cake collage to stitch onto it.
I think it would make a pretty birthday gift. What do you think?

I was going to take a pic of  my sewing room this morning but its such a mess I decided I couldn't reveal all!!!!   A little tidying up needed I think.

So that's my week. Now I shall pop over to see what Julia our blog hopping organiser has been up to.
Join us over at Julia's Stamping Ground. It's great to see what you are all up to and fun to "visit" a few new desks each week.
Thanks for popping in here and for all your kind comments.
x Jo

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Hearts and gifts

Happy Valentine's Day!!
I am sharing one of my little dumfed brooches with you - a tiny pink wool felt heart trimmed with silk velvet, beads and stitches.

I had a lovely surprise this week....

This lovely little brooch and art print card arrived from blogging artist friend Julia Crossland as her Pay It Forward gift to me. Thanks lots Julia - the crochet brooch is really pretty and I am going to frame the print.
Julia's art work is beautiful so do pop over to her blog and check it out.

Lots of jobs to do today!
Have fun

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Good morning all!

Better late than never.
I was out all day yesterday, had a fuzzy head and came back with a real headache but better today.
These things are sent to try us!!

So, just a quick post to show and tell.

I managed to cut out leather flowers with our Cuttlebug and think I shall be able to use them for lots of different ideas so that's brilliant.

I have a  blank canvas or two which I am going to use for fabric collages on funday Monday.
Next to them you can see what I made this week using some wool rovings and my dumfing machine (embellisher). They are little primroses which I will free machine and cut up for Easter cards.

The round box had a lovely china mug in it and now I think I might up-cycle the box to store things in. Not sure how I will do that but I have seen some lovely ones as I have toured your WOYWW desks so I am sure I could give it a go.

Now I need to get some work done!
Have a good blog hop everyone and thanks for popping in and leaving such kind and thoughtful comments here.
Join in the WOYWW craft desk snoop with all of us over at Julia's Stamping Ground.
x Jo

PS - See post below for little frocks update - I think I have made 238  - Annie has made 101, so that's a grand total of 339 posted to Louise of Sew Scrumptious for the "Dress a girl around the world scheme."

Monday, 6 February 2012

Frock update and blog award

This week's mini-marathon.

I had lots of little frocks cut out and ready to sew - taking up space in my sewing room.
I decided to have a mini-marathon and get as many done as I could and then have a break for a while and get back to other crafty activities.

So here are my latest little frocks for the "Dress a girl around the world scheme".

If you follow the link to Annie's blog you will see what I needed to do to squash 71 dresses into a manageable parcel!! They are now on their way to Louise at Sew Scrumptious so that they can be sent out to Africa.

Lastly a big thank you to Sue H who left this blog award for the Crafty Creations sisters!!!

Apparently the idea of this award is to get blogs, that have less than 200 followers, noticed by a few more people. Not sure if it will work but I like the concept and am happy to pass it on to others who have most definitely inspired me since I started blogging.

So the rules

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.

Polly Polkadot
Another lady that loves to sew.

Tina of
Such a talented artist and owner of a fab gift shop

A lovely lady who makes such cute needlefelted bears.

Now I know I am cheating - listing only 3 but I have a feeling I have done this one before so I don't feel guilty only choosing 3 more!

3. Post the award on your blog.

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogshare-other bloggers......… I'll try and do that.

5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love………..Willingly

Thanks lots, my happy blogging friends

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

WOYWW - sneaky peek

A frosty good morning all!
It's been a very busy crafty week.

Above is a sneaky peek of the latest collage that I have been working on.
I don't want to expose the whole thing - I want it to be a surprise for the recipient - but I thought you might like a quick look at a tiny bit of it. It is made with collaged fabrics embellished with free machining.

Below are the last few dressing up outfits I have made for my friend's grandson.

Blue knight
Red knight

Clown's jacket and baggy trousers

Fairy skirt and princess skirt

And lastly a set of five little frocks for the "Dress a girl around the world scheme".
I think I have another 35 finished to send to Louise of Sew Scrumptious. She has managed to arrange contacts in Malawi and India who are happy to receive the dresses and hand them out.
These frocks were made from a uninteresting duvet but I think they look quite pretty don't you?

Short and sweet today - I need to get back to that sewing machine. I have lots of ideas for the leather scraps, so thanks to all who kindly left such helpful suggestions and brilliant links. I managed to cut leather flowers using my Cuttlebug and I think brooches and bag embellishments are first on my list.

I will try to get round a few more of your blogs this week - I found lots of really interesting desks last week!!
To join in our WOYWW blog hop just follow the link to Julia's Stamping Ground.

x Jo