Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Quick Upate for the 20-Minuters!

I was reminded by another 20-minuter that I hadn't shown anything for quite a while. True, I have been so busy travelling round the blogging world during the OWOH event that I have had very little time to post. And to craft, come to think of it. As I told the lovely lady in my reply, I seem to have spent most of my time preparing for little projects rather than actually doing them.

During my OWOH travels on the magic carpet, I came across so many jaw-droppingly gorgeous blogs which were such an inspiration, I really wanted to try a couple of things myself. Tags, for example, I know I made a few very basic ones for Christmas, but when you see the ones these fabulously talented ladies have made, they were like the attempts of a 3-year old.

So, my crafting session last night involved paper, a bit of ink and some punches. To make these things -

It is really quite good fun seeing these shapes popping out of the punch. I'd hate to have to do all that with a pair of scalloped scissors. I think I would probably throw a few wobblies, lol.

So tonight I set about making a couple of "vintage" tags, which were inspired by some wonderful people in blogland. Mine are still sooooooo amateurish compared to theirs, but I love the look of these things and will be making more, lots more, because that darned little bug has bitten me on the bum, lol

At least they give me the opportunity to use all the teeny bits of lace I have, and some of my MOP button stash, and, well, stuff!

It was a nice day today, just for a change, so my DH took the dogs out for a long walk and I was finally able to lay out all the granny squares for the wrap. Whose stupid idea was it to make the squares in groups of 4s and 6s, when the wrap needs to be 5 wide? I got pretty close to tearing my hair out, and in the end just gave in and went for more or less random placement.

But, I now have 5 piles of squares to sew into strips and then sew the strips together to make the wrap. All thats left then is to crochet an edging around the whole lot. Hah, thats all, lolol, its gonna take me ages! In the meantime, I would like to have a look around for a really nice shawl/wrap pin, I can sort of picture the thing I am after, just gotta find it. Anybody know of any cool websites for that sort of thing?

So there you go, I do do crafty things everyday, but I don't often have something to show for it, sorry, gals!


Anonymous said...

Hello down there in Sussex. Love your wrap and the scarf you made your MIL. Will you put the dangly bits on your wrap too? The tags are really pretty and you are so right there is a lot of talent out there! Have fun.

melanie said...

The wrap is going to look gorgeous when complete, heck, it looks gorgeous now!
I go on this website for free patterns

I hope the link orks, if not, it is called Crochet Pattern Central, and it has loads and loads of fab patterns on, including shawls and wraps. :) xxx

made with love said...

I likey :). Blimey how quickly are your squares reproducing.
Rachael XX

Sarah said...

Yes you can pretty safely say you've done your 20 mins now. Those tags are too fabulous for words! You clever lady hiding your paper talents for so long. I can see tags on everything now, perhaps even your babies are wearing special ones too? And that wrap is so exciting nearly finished. I hope you like the sewing up part and we aren't going to have to wait weeks for the da da stage.

Jasmine said...

Your wraps are lovely and so are the tags. Anything with a musical theme works for me.

Thank you for visiting and following me during the OWOH carpet, for now i have found your lovely blog and am following so that I can vist more often.

I love the pictures of your crazy dogs below.

Those cages are good short term, and with responsible parents and training, they wont e needed for long. I used to be a vet nurse and have seen many a transformation. Dogs really are wonderful xJ

Juanita Tortilla said...

Are you keeping that wrap for yourself? You ought to.

Hey, who knows how a "perfect tag" should look like? Every time I try to make one up, I get stumped for ideas! Make them however you like it, whichever way you like it, I say. No, not amateurish.

Wipso said...

I love your tags and for a first attempt I think you've done a great job. I'm not sure what you are looking for in the way of a shawl pin but we make brooches in our blog shop that you might like. Check out the gift shelf over here.
A x

Anonymous said...

Oh - you've got me feeling bad! I didn't mean to kick you anywhere!! Lucky you with your craft area, I am more than a little jealous. These tags are divine, you clever thing!xxx

marigold jam said...

Those tags are super and the wrap will be just lovely when sewn together. The colours are delightful.


Anonymous said...

Liz, your vintage tags are fabulous, I love them!

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE those Vintage tags and the purple colours in the crochet are GORGEOUS!
Annie x

Kissed by an Angel said...

I love the vintage tags!! The wrap is going to be great too!!

Kate said...

Love your makes, Liz, they are gorgeous!

Kate x




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{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Beautiful gift tags.......I've really got to start using the forty two trillion forty nine two dollars in art supplies I've acquired. Shhhh....don't tell the Hubbs!

Your wrap is going to be beautiful!

Warm blessings,

Lyn said...

You have been busy!