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kindle sea

So today I have just finished one of my kindle covers and it is entitled “At the Seaside”.  Such originality I hear you say.  Well what do you expect on a Thursday afternoon.  Thought you might like a photo without the tissue paper in the way.  Couldnt stretch my foot out to stop the tissue paper blowing in the wind.


They are really easy to make and look quite effective when finished.  I gave my friend this one for her birthday and she loves it.  Well she said she did anyway – who knows.


I popped extra wadding in so that when she drops it on the floor the Kindle will not break as she is a bit clumsy like that.

Off to source a nice sewing machine this afternoon so we will see what I managed to buy.

Cheerio my little crafters

Well hopefully now that I find myself with a bit of spare time, I can start back to writing my crafting articles.  Over the next few weeks I will be trying to make some unusual and different things for you all to laugh at.  I am hoping that I don’t drop glue on any of my clothes or throw out my crafting items through frustration.  I am sure that has never happened to any of you guys but believe me after spending hours making something and proudly showing it to my husband – “Whats that for” is not the feedback i wanted.

see you all soon

So thought the title today should reflect the olympic theme.

Well what have I done to make me feel proud?  That is the big question.  After viewing the olympic ticket site for a million hours, we have managed to acquire some olympic tickets.  OMG I hear you say, I must be one of the very lucky ones to have tricked the site into letting me buy them.  I have never known such a frustrating site in all my life.  It entices you and says tickets available.  It should say tickets available but not really – lets just waste your time for a bit.  So I selected the tickets, put them in the basket then hit request only to be told “just checking” – please wait one minute – no tickets for your selected event.  Well stop putting them on your website then.  Some of those tickets have been on there for days and there are none to buy.  Next evening it was “please wait 15 minutes” and then reduced its count as each minute passed by.  I think the site has an operator who cannot tell the time as their 15 minutes equated to 36 on my watch.

So whilst waiting for the site to let me know I continued on with my quest of making one of my secret items with beads.  You will recall that I had already sent the instructions out to a magazine and that I now just needed to make the item again so that it looked one hundred percent right.  It did take a while but I am very happy with the result. Cant show you it at the moment but its bronze and aqua and looks really lovely.  Managed to bend my needle trying to stitch all the beads together as well.  This is all I can show you for the moment.  Sorry

See you soon

Mrs Ladybird Cottage

So after looking at my stash of beads in tubes I thought I better start using them a bit more frequently.  You know the sort of stash I mean.  Addictively out of control stash. The stash that suddenly accumulates when you are in a shop thinking “oh shiny beads, I must purchase you” and then there you go, lots of money later you arrive home with a bag of stuff that you try and casually pop into a safe location until you need it, then spend hours looking for it at a later date.  Oh what joy.

Had a quick go at knitting and using the beads as decoration and came up with the idea of a wristband and also a necklace.  Its quite difficult I think to make it look appealing using the knitting and beading as it needs to look so professional to pull it off.  I will let you decide yourselves if I have done so.

The main problem I find with knitting is that you have to concentrate too much especially if you are doing beaded knitting as you have to set out what sort of pattern you want on a grid and then follow it.  Not that easy if there is something that takes your attention away.  I think on balance I prefer trying to bash a button maker of an evening instead.  Far more satisfying.

I am sure I will be able to find a grateful recipient of this jewellery combination.

Thought I would not bore you with some buttons tonight.  Hooray I hear you say.  Instead I will make you suffer by viewing my beaded ring which I created and embellished (good word eh) with those little glass flower beads I am so in love with.

First attempt at the band of beads for the ring was a disaster.  I somehow managed to get the beading going length ways instead of width ways and when I came to zip it up, no of the beads would slot into each other.  How unbelievably annoying is that.  I was also being distracted by the Olympics on the TV as well so perhaps I didn’t quite think it through properly before I embarked on it.  But thats me all over, act before you think.

The beading itself isn’t too bad once you get into the swing of it.  Its a bit fiddly but then after a couple of rows it starts to take shape.

I think the hardest thing was to decide on what colour to use.  Word to the wise, take the beads out of the plastic tube first as they do look a different colour.

I thought I would give this to one of my friends, I can hear them all praying that its not them who is the lucky recipient of it.  I would wear it but then again I did make it so I have to say that really don’t I.

It’s a pity I hadn’t made one of these before as I am sure that Kate would have worn one at her wedding.

See you soon

Mrs Ladybird Cottage

So I popped in to Abakhan last week and decided that I wanted to have a go at making fabric buttons.  “Oh its so easy” the lady said.  Yes right.

“All you do is wrap the fabric around the metal button ( if only it was that easy, having wrestled with the fabric for quite some time, I went for the forceful approach) and then you put the clasp on.  You dont need a gadget as they are self fastening.”

Unless you have a grip like one of the olympic arm wrestlers then there is no way you can get the button to clip on.  I decided to admit defeat and go and buy the gadget.  The gadget is a piece of rubber that you balance the button in and then bang really hard with on the top.  This I can do very easily given the level of frustration already incurred.

Here are some photos of my end products.  I decided to decorate one of them with the czech glass flower beads, they are so dainty I love them.  I will pop some photos on tomorrow night of my beaded buttons that I have also had a go at doing.



Notice the way the flowers stand up from the button, I think this is probably what caused the problems with my new button making kit.  I think if you had the time to spare you could make some lovely buttons to give as gifts but I think I may have to start now if I am going to give them as christmas gifts.

See you soon

Mrs Ladybird Cottage

Christmas comes but once a year, unless you are trying to take some photos for christmas ceramics.

Had a lovely day walking around Delamere Forest and in between the rain the sun came out.

This evening was spent watching rebecca adlington swim and win bronze.  Oh yes and also I was stringing popcorn for my tree and taken orange slices out of the oven and putting raffia ribbon on them.  First picture is of my lovely orange slices and its a pity that you can’t smell them as it is gorgeous.

Second picture is of both of them.  Not bad for home made.  Have to say its a bit strange doing christmas stuff in July but there you go.  Managed to get all my photos done and sent off.

Still checking for any more olympic tickets to come on sale for swimming.

See you soon

Mrs Ladybird Cottage

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