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Posted a little tutorial on the Tin Teddy Blog today on Colouring a Stamped Image with Pencils - a simple guide.
So if you are new to the popular trend of colouring stamped images, and not sure where to start, hopefully this will get you off to to a flying start.

Posted a little tutorial on the Tin Teddy Blog today on Colouring a Stamped Image with Pencils - a simple guide.

So if you are new to the popular trend of colouring stamped images, and not sure where to start, hopefully this will get you off to to a flying start.

We rent to The Range today.
I came home with this BIG box of loom bands.  Guess how many?


There are 25,000 bands in this photo.  And it cost £25 (and includes 2 looms, 6 hooks, 500 s-clips too).  Seemed like quite a good deal to me.
I am going to have so much fun designing some new mascot animals with all this lot :-)

We rent to The Range today.

I came home with this BIG box of loom bands.  Guess how many?

There are 25,000 bands in this photo.  And it cost £25 (and includes 2 looms, 6 hooks, 500 s-clips too).  Seemed like quite a good deal to me.

I am going to have so much fun designing some new mascot animals with all this lot :-)

This little piece of lace is a bit of a mystery.
On the back it says that a contribution will be paid to Mrs Milward’s lace school in Olney, Bucks, for every sale.
So it is a lace motif, sold to raise money for the lace makers.  I assume it dates from around the 1900 era, when bobbin lace making was dying out in Olney, because of the proliferation of much cheaper mechanically made lace.  Trying to sell motifs to tourists was a last ditch attempt to keep the local ladies in work.On the front of the card you can see that it mentions the old folktale that Catherine of Aragon (first wife of King Henry VIII) bought the bobbin lace skills to the area.  There is also a picture of a Bucks lace maker at her pillow.
The mystery is this is NOT Midlands bobbin lace at all.  The little motif that is stitched to the card is an example of Irish crochet lace - a very different technique.

This little piece of lace is a bit of a mystery.

On the back it says that a contribution will be paid to Mrs Milward’s lace school in Olney, Bucks, for every sale.

So it is a lace motif, sold to raise money for the lace makers.  I assume it dates from around the 1900 era, when bobbin lace making was dying out in Olney, because of the proliferation of much cheaper mechanically made lace.  Trying to sell motifs to tourists was a last ditch attempt to keep the local ladies in work.
On the front of the card you can see that it mentions the old folktale that Catherine of Aragon (first wife of King Henry VIII) bought the bobbin lace skills to the area.  There is also a picture of a Bucks lace maker at her pillow.

The mystery is this is NOT Midlands bobbin lace at all.  The little motif that is stitched to the card is an example of Irish crochet lace - a very different technique.

I thought I ought to use up some of my yarn stash.
So crocheting a simple zig zag pattern in pretty shades.
Not really sure what I will use it for - probably I will continue until it is big enough for a cushion cover.  Or maybe a bag?

I thought I ought to use up some of my yarn stash.

So crocheting a simple zig zag pattern in pretty shades.

Not really sure what I will use it for - probably I will continue until it is big enough for a cushion cover.  Or maybe a bag?

1/48th scale dolls house cooker, for my 1930s dolls house.
Made from a kit by Petite Properties.
The plus side of 48th scale is it doesn’t take up much room to have quite a few houses.
The down side is …. it is very fiddly.

1/48th scale dolls house cooker, for my 1930s dolls house.

Made from a kit by Petite Properties.

The plus side of 48th scale is it doesn’t take up much room to have quite a few houses.

The down side is …. it is very fiddly.

Cavendish had his very first bath.
He was not impressed,

Cavendish had his very first bath.

He was not impressed,

Finally!
I have been coveting the new Spectrum Noir pencils since they first came out.  Then yesterday I watched a YouTube video that compared many brands of pencils, and the SNs did very well indeed.
They are an excellent price for oil based pencils.
So today I finally went for it and bought the Essentials tin.
This evening, when I have finished the day’s chores, I will settle down and have a good experiment with them :-)

Finally!

I have been coveting the new Spectrum Noir pencils since they first came out.  Then yesterday I watched a YouTube video that compared many brands of pencils, and the SNs did very well indeed.

They are an excellent price for oil based pencils.

So today I finally went for it and bought the Essentials tin.

This evening, when I have finished the day’s chores, I will settle down and have a good experiment with them :-)

A 3d decoupage Get Well Soon card.
The little doctor is from the Tin Teddy Emergency Services Clip Art
Background is from Tin Teddy Basic Chevrons Digital Papers
Basic 3d decoupage technique using foamy pads.  Finished with some paper flowers, stick on crystals for their centres, and a bit of Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss Finish on the mirror and stethoscope.
A video tutorial on 3d decoupage is on the Tin Teddy Blog.

A 3d decoupage Get Well Soon card.

The little doctor is from the Tin Teddy Emergency Services Clip Art

Background is from Tin Teddy Basic Chevrons Digital Papers

Basic 3d decoupage technique using foamy pads.  Finished with some paper flowers, stick on crystals for their centres, and a bit of Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss Finish on the mirror and stethoscope.

A video tutorial on 3d decoupage is on the Tin Teddy Blog.

A pile of 1/48th scale furniture kits for my little dolls houses.
One big advantage of quarter scale is things like this are a LOT cheaper than they would be for 1/12th scale.
I love making bits and pieces for the houses, but when a pair of perfectly laser cut Windsor carver chairs is just £1.75 - and no way I could cut out something so fiddly myself - well, it is not really going to break the bank. 
And I still have the fun of assembling, painting and customizing them!

A pile of 1/48th scale furniture kits for my little dolls houses.

One big advantage of quarter scale is things like this are a LOT cheaper than they would be for 1/12th scale.

I love making bits and pieces for the houses, but when a pair of perfectly laser cut Windsor carver chairs is just £1.75 - and no way I could cut out something so fiddly myself - well, it is not really going to break the bank. 

And I still have the fun of assembling, painting and customizing them!

Today I made a summery bracelet using the Japanese Kumihimo technique.
This is a lovely, economical hobby.  I have a foamy disk and use soft crochet cotton.  I really must get a rectangular “disk” too, as then I can make flat bands.

Today I made a summery bracelet using the Japanese Kumihimo technique.

This is a lovely, economical hobby.  I have a foamy disk and use soft crochet cotton.  I really must get a rectangular “disk” too, as then I can make flat bands.