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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Cross Stitch for Charity

I follow a number of my favourite artists and crafters on social media and blogs etc. So as part of reviving my embroidery hobby I had a look to see if the authors of my favourite chart books had Facebook accounts or Blogs. Only one does, Jayne Netley Meyhew. On her Facebook fan site I discovered that she had donated some charts to the Cross Stitch for Charity Facebook Group. How could I not go join it and find out more?

The idea of the group is that they pick a charity, and designers donate charts. Members then make a donation to the chosen charity as a fundraiser, and download the donated charts. It's run on a honesty box type of system, and there's a link to the fundraising paypal account on in a pinned post at the top of the group.

The following designers have donated charts to the group for the current fundraiser, which is in aid of WWF.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Cross Stitch Revival

Lisa wanted me to share some more about renewing my neglected hobbies this year. The first is cross stitch. I used to do this all the time, and had expanded to include other counted thread stitchwork. I have a number of unfinished large projects. Some got packed away because the purpose for making them had disappeared; others due to emotional issues that got associated with the piece due to events that happened when I was stitching them; but the majority when we had to shift my crafting stash to storage before Tisha was born to make space.

I've picked out 3 projects, one from each of the above categories.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Daisies Everywhere

Spring has definitely sprung, and the trees are in various stages of bud, depending on variety and location. The grass is liberally sprinkled with little flowers, and Tisha has discovered a new pass time.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Girl Power Layout

I've got my blog post set to schedule, as I'm unlikely to come online today. Why? It's my wedding anniversary. It's also layout reveal day for the second CKC April challenge. We've been given a card sketch from The Paper Players to use as a base for our scrapbooking layout.

Here's the sketch,

and here's my layout using items from the Girl Power mix and match I pulled together for this month's scrapbooking. Details on my previous post here.

To come and play with us this month, and for details on how you can be part of a blog hop later in the month, pop along to the CKC blog here. Have a great day.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Target Practice

We're in the final week of the school Easter Holidays, and the sun is shining. The girls have been outside getting in some shooting practice. I loved Tisha's hand on hip pose, and thought it goes superbly with the CKC Girl Power kit I pulled together to scrap with this month. The first CKC layout challenge of the month is to find a challenge somewhere else to scrap with.

I chose Archi-scraps's challenge inspired by the Leaning Tower of Pisa. All the sketch challenges are single photo at the moment, and I needed multi-photo, so I chose this old sketch from Pagemaps. I also took part in a techniques challenge for a Facebook dedicated to Craft Artist software.

I flipped the sketch so Tisha would be shooting into the layout, rather than out of it, and for my object at an angle, I tipped the flower pot, like it had been shot.

Kit credits are in previous blog post (here)