Monday, 18 May 2015

Pink Owl Jute and Cute Bags

Here we are again lovelies, Monday morning and I have to say the weather ain't all that at the moment. I was pondering having a day chilling out doing pretty much nothing today after a busy weekend, but I sat down and after 10 mins of channel hopping I was already bored, so I'm up in the Room of Craft already making some of the projects I've had ideas in my head about for weeks. 

You know what us crafty types are like? Our minds go; what to cook for dinner, need to pick the kids up, must make an owl bag, is it time to pick the kids up yet..........and still no owl bag gets made.

Well last week they did - ha - take that busy head. Today I am working on some other new ideas too but they're not ready for sharing just yet. As I mentioned, busy weekend, trip to Manchester on Saturday to visit my Dad who is recovering really well from his bypass surgery. The Mini beasts were thrilled to see him and my Step Mum and Blake as always enjoyed pressing himself up against their window watching the trains go by. I think one day he'd like to live somewhere overlooking a train station! Then Sunday I had a stall at another craft fair. 

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I had such a fun day, made more fun as my friend Joanne was on the stall next to me.

These are the Owl bags I made last week:


They were very popular and I only brought one back home with me. I love the bunting and the white polka dots on pink down the side panels too.


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I made some small fabric gift bags to match too:

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I've got so many more projects to share with you so I'd love it if you could pop back. If you'd like to buy or order any of these bags or fabric makes, please have a look on my FACEBOOK page where you can order or email me at bluejellystampin@sky.com

Hugs
Victoria
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Monday, 11 May 2015

Project Life Week 14 - well some of it

Welcome to a new week, hope yours is looking good.
 I'm on countdown to half term now, it only feels like yesterday we were sunning it up in Lanzarote and it's only another two weeks until half term. I'd better get my planning head on and figure out some fun stuff to do with the dudes - I'll be more than happy for your input so please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. Pretty please!

The boys kind of had a Dad day yesterday, playing games, and relaxing. OK so I did get down and help Blake create a fun world with wooden train track but to be honest I spent most of my day in the Room of Craft catching up on Project Life, well that's a fib I've not caught up but I'm on the case at least.

I'm going to share with you one of the pages I created, it made me smile so much because I was using stash I didn't know I had. Let me explain...let's rewind to last Saturday. We have this cupboard on the upstairs landing, I guess it should have been used as a linen cupboard as any sensible family would. However when I was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I used it to shove store my retired stash and none SU stuff in. The day had to come for it to be cleared out. So last Saturday box by box I sorted through. I might add The Spark passed me a box at a time and I had him on emergency stand by in case any spiders crawled out of said boxes, perhaps the real reason I hadn't tackled the cupboard in so long!

Anyway, I found lots of old part used Simply' Scrappin' kits, some old Doodlebug papers and lovely rub ons amongst other gems and these inspired me to get creating. My lovely friend Kay baked me a whole box of cupcakes with owls on so I thought owls n cupcakes should feature in my page design.

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I made my own cards for this page instead of ones from a kit. I printed the header, it's sooo easy to do, all you have to do is set your page layout in MS word or whatever to 6x4". Add your text,  cut your card to 6x4" and pop it through your printer setting print to 6x4 too.

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Here's one of the cards mid make.  Good old owl punch, could never part with it. Everything else is from a scrap kit, all pre-cut and self adhesive, simples. The finished page.....Ta Da:

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A close up so you can see the font I used on the header, I could have fibbed really and pretended I'd doodled it but the savvy amongst you would probably have spotted it.

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I may try and squeeze in a bit more project life today but I have chores to do and sewing orders which must come first.

Hugs
Victoria 
xxx
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Yoo-Hoo is anyone still here?

Blimey talk about blog neglect! How long?

So, I won't bore you to death with tales of woe, illness and holiday and stuff,  so instead:

GOOD MORNING, how are you today? I  missed you too xxx

Thought being as I'm here we could catch up, have a goss, maybe a cuppa and then I'd share some of the fun stuff I've been up to....sound like a plan? Right then, grab your cuppa, pull up a pew and pop your paws up, let's carry on.

So since we last chatted I have indeed been busy with all sorts of stuff, yes a bit off colour but all good now, family holiday - so sorry couldn't invite you along, would have been a bit pricey to squeeze you in with us and the boys, a bit of home DIY and re-arranging, much sewing, planning to change the garden and at last a craft fair this year.

Want to see what my stall looked like? Going to show you anyway:

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It wasn't the busiest event but it was nice to get out and chat with other folks making their own stuff too and to see some happy familiar faces too. I had more fun as my Mum in Law came along to help, we looked a right pair in totally unplanned matching outfits. Cue selphie:


Shame neither of us could work out where to look. Still we had such a giggle and then afterwards we went out for a family tea with the dudes and The Spark (who sat in the small space in the back of the car between the booster seats, one coin toss I was more than delighted to win).

We ate at a pub with this view from our table:


The place has an indoor soft play centre so the boys had an hour of chaos and mayhem whilst we had a quiet glass of wine and then they came back!


Afterwards we felt we needed some fresh air and a walk to make up for the total over eating sesh we'd just had. We spotted these gorgeous cows and attempted to get Blake close enough to one for a photo, do you know it was as easy as pinning soup to the wall!


See, he's all blurred!


Maybe that could be blamed on the Pinot Grigio. Oh and that was me that drank that, Blake was good and stuck to fruit juice! 

On the drive home (I was NOT driving may I add) we were a little bit naughty and I think it was me that decided we should play the 'beep the horn and wave madly at strangers game'. You know the one where some poor soul is having an innocent walk and then some random drives by, beeps the horn and waves madly at you? 
Well I just love seeing how many people smile and wave back and I mean really enthusiastically, it's as if they actually know you and are thrilled you made the effort to beep and wave at them.
 After I've recovered from my wheezing, crying laughing fit I do wonder if even for a fleeting second that they thought they knew us. I mean what would be your natural reaction - would you wave back smiling and happy thinking someone you knew was waving a little love your way or would you scorn our efforts?
I can tell you - everyone smiled and waved.

I woke up this morning laughing thinking about it! So if you were one who waved back, thanks so much for making me laugh til I cried.

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Floral Tote Bag with Zip Fastening

Friday already? There aren't enough days in my sewing week!

On my last post I shared with you a craft or general fabric storage caddie I'd made and after posting it on my Facebook page, I was challenged to make a bag using the same fabrics.

So, I couldn't find a pattern exactly suitable anywhere so I read lots and then designed my own. It needed to be big - big enough for me to use to carry my stash and project life stuff around in or to store extra clothes, toys, books and the rest of the house when I'm out and about with the boys as they always seem to be needing something that I couldn't fit in my bag.

Want to see? Ta-da:

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Yum colours and pattern I think with cute little birds, butterflies and flowers too. I found straps and ribbon trim to match which gave me a happy moment or two I can tell you! I've named it the Jelly Tote.

Now whilst I like my bags big and this one measures about 16" across the top and 14" high, I also like my bags to zip up as I'm always tipping stuff out or wondering if someone is going to pop their hand inside and help themselves to the contents. I'm such a trusting soul (not). So I popped a recessed zip inside with fabric to match the outside.

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The bag is fully lined and also has a lined matching pocket too, along with a sturdy reinforced plastic base to hold the bags shape - and it's contents.

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I'm making these to order now at £25 plus postage. Only to the UK. If you'd like to order one, please drop me an email at:
bluejellystampin@sky.com
or visit my Facebook page and send me a message.

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Monday, 23 March 2015

PDF Tutorials - only for a few more days

This post will stay at the top until 31st March - please scroll down for new posts.

Due to changes in my business focus and also changes to the way I sell my PDF tutorials, as of 1st April, I will no longer be offering these for sale on my blog.

If you'd like to purchase any of my tutorials, they will still be available via my right hand side bar until 31st march 2015, after this date they will NO LONGER be available.

Victoria
xxx
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Craft Caddie and Zipper Pouch

Hope you're having a lovely weekend?
I had a day off and a girlie day on Friday when I visited the NEC Hobby craft and Sewing for Pleasure with my buddy Kay. We had such fun and I was a bit of a fabric magpie!!

I made myself a craft caddie basket type thing last week and asked for some feedback when I posted it on my Facebook page and the overwhelming response was to add them to my product range. So...

Ta-Dah:

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I am so in love with this gorgeous linen look fabric I bought at the show and the pretty coordinating spot fabric on the inside too. The caddie is a handy size measuring approx 12.5" square and it does fold almost flat for storage. Personally I'd keep craft stash in it, but you could pop toys in, knitting supplies, nappies, towels, whatever floats your boat!

I also made a matching zip pouch which is lined in the same pretty spot fabric inside.

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Here is my slightly larger one in old fashioned sweetie jar fabric - I use mine for keeping my stuffing in ready for all those fabric hearts!

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If you'd like to order one you can pop by my Facebook Page to order or email me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

The 9.5" square caddie is £15 plus postage and the zip pouch is £5 plus postage - UK only I'm afraid.

Righto, off to spend the rest of the afternoon with my boys, no doubt I'll get thrashed at some X-box game I have no comprehension of!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
 
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Fabric Hearts - The Girlie Collection

Hello. 
I'm trying to concentrate on sewing and blogging and crafting, you know as well as juggling housework, the kids etc and do you know what? The Spark is off work poorly, we're on day 3 now and I feel I should be spending less time doing my stuff and more time being Nurse Jelly!!! He's not often under the weather and I'm hoping he gets better really quickly, also kinda hope he doesn't share his germs with me as I'm off the the Hobbycraft show at the NEC on Friday and I want to be fighting fit ha ha!

I've been busy in the Room of Craft and have created a new range of fabric hearts, I'm calling these The Girlie Collection because quite frankly, that's what they are. Do you want to see?

Ta-da:

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 I do like a bit of girlie stuff about the place, mainly to distract me from all the BOY stuff about the place! One day I will insist we have pink towels in the bathroom. Well a girl can dream eh?

Here's one for all you Shoe Queens:

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Or cake fans (Nom, nom):

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One for a friend who loves shoes as much as you:

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Figured I had better show you the back too! Oh and here is one for you cake fans in pink to make it uber girlie:

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 And of course the shoes again but in pink too:

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I can make these to order with wording of your choice and they are only £4.50 plus postage (UK only).

You can order by popping by my Facebook Page or emailing me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sewing Machine Customer Thank You Cards

Happy Mother's Day UK Mums!
I was treated to a lie in this morning - I didn't wake up until 7am (according to my Mum that's the middle of the night!), then I was treated to a coffee along with a scrummy hot breakfast and oodles of kisses and cuddles from my boys. They'd both made me beautiful cards and I think the Spark had a lot to do with my gift too. 

I've been given a pass out card to craft but with the promise not to work and then my Mum in Law is coming round for dinner later. Perfect day.

So I'm catching up with some Project Life layouts and boy am I having fun, proper in the zone I am. So what can I show you today? Well me sewing business is doing very well and of course I need to send out thank you cards with orders so I figured I'd start making them in batches.  I got 10 done really quickly too.

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I think these are Stampin' Up! note cards and envelopes, great for printing on. I used the same digi papers I'd used on my Mother's Day cards, this time I printed the patterned paper onto the front of the cards and then over printed the sewing machine images (all from Pink Petticoat).

Then I added a little detail using markers and a flower button on the sewing machine handle.

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With blue daisies:

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And with pink:

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Now I'm back to my Project Life layouts. I'm off to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC later this week with my friend Kay, can't wait I haven't been in over six years!!!

hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Shabby Chic Easter Bunny Gift Bags

How is it Saturday afternoon already? I still have so much to do today. I finished up some orders this morning and at the moment I'm 'mid' making new zip up covers for my Mum in Laws sofa cushions and scatter cushions as a present for Mother's Day from The Spark. Hmm! 

The fabric is a bit gorgeous, it's a Sanderson design to match her wallpaper, was she mad to entrust me to the task? We shall see soon.

Moving on swiftly back to my comfort zone and all that. It might be Mother's Day here in the UK tomorrow but you'll only need to blink and then it will be Easter (or egg day as my boys call it).

So here are some vintage style Easter Bunny Gift Bags I made:

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These would be lovely packed full of goodies and treats. They measure 8" across and 9" in height and fasten with the drawstring.

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I added some lace trim (Victoria by Stampin' Up!) around the top edge.

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And added matching gift tags too.

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They cost £4.50 each plus postage (UK only) and you can order yours in plenty of time for Easter by emailing me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com

Why not stop by my Facebook page for a nose around too?

Right then. I'm off back to cushion chaos - may share at a later date depending on how they turn out. Would you believe I have NEVER sewn a zip in my entire life?

Hugs
Victoria

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Mother's Day Cards....vintage style

So this morning after spending much time transforming the boys ready for Crazy Hair Day at school in aid of Comic Relief I almost, and I say almost; thought I wouldn't have time to make any Mother's Day cards and that I'd have to nip out and buy some.

Then I remembered, I have loads of card making stuff - doh! Plus nipping out to buy cards would take more time than actually making them. So, I shoved gently moved the sewing machine out of the way and got my paper crafting mojo on.

Ta-dah....

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I used some Kraft cards and envelopes I had lying around the place, dejected and ignored since my pre- Christmas rush (!) so figured they'd be a good start. Then I surfed over to one of my favourite digital image shops Pink Petticoat and popped a few items in The Sparks basket (the joys of having access to his paypal account). 

I got the very delicate Amelie paper collection and printed one of the designs onto white linen card. Then I used the Lovely Mum sentiments and printed on another sheet over the pretty floral design.

A bit of cutting and layering and additions of doilies, washi tape and too cute wooden domes and I was done. But then I felt the need to doodle so added some dots and dashes round the edges 'cos that's the way I roll.

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I made three...Mum, Step Mum, Mum in Law. See - was worth popping things in The Spark's basket as now he doesn't need to buy a card for his Mum. One good turn and all that.

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And just because I think these are so pretty here's another close up:

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Did you want to see Zac and Blake with their crazy hair? Do you? Please say you do as I feel an overwhelming desire to blast you with them anyway...


Wonder what the bath water is going to look like later....

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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