Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2016 : A Year of Crafting

Hello......... I wasn't planning on doing a year in review post, this year as well I didn't think there would be a awful lot to share, 2016 was not so great here at the Summerhouse I spent most of the year trying to recover from a relapse of my ME/Lyme disease that hit in the Autumn 2015.

So instead of a general review I thought it might be good to just focus on the fun stuff and look back on all the crafts, so this is going to be a happy little post. 

  Over the past week I've been putting together 12 colourful crafty mosaics, enjoying seeing the colours change throughout the year with the different makes but all in a way still linked by the same colour palette I always seem drawn to here at the Summerhouse. 

You see she maybe a bit old and shabby but magical crafty things happen inside this grand old lady, who is known affectionately around these parts as 'the shed'

I hope you enjoy them.













So there you have it, a whole year of Summerhouse crafting fun, although I have to admit a great deal of it has take place and been created from my comfy bed.

Here's to 2017.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Thank you for all the kind comments left on my last post, I'm going to try my very best to stick around in blogland, I might not be able to post as often as I'd like to and I'm sorry I probably won't be able to make it round to visit all you're lovely blogs but as always I'm going to keep trying.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

January Cards

Hello and a very Happy New Year to everyone out in blogland.  It's not been the best start to the year here at the Summerhouse as I've had the dreaded lurgy since Christmas and so far I don't seem to be feeling any better, I think it's a sinus type thing as I've had the most awful head pain, which has really wiped me out and kicked off a flare up of my ME/Lyme disease.

But hey ho life goes on and January just seems to have so many birthdays in it?  As I've not been well enough to go out, there was no option but to make some cards.

Energy levels low I decided to make up some card kits I had.

layering up with foam pads to make a 3D effect

and of course I couldn't resist adding some sparkle.

 Card number one, some happy post for a friend.

I also did some foam pad layering to make up this card.



and finally I made this card, using papers from the same kit.

Now as for the blog I've been wondering recently whether to keep going with it or not,  as last year my posting was not very regular and as my health declines it's becoming harder to keep it up and it so much easier and quicker to use instagram !!

I've thought about having a break for a while but I do like to share my makes with you, so I think what I'm going to do is post as and when I have something to share and see how that goes, not putting any pressure on myself to post regularly. I was Hopeful that I was coming out of the relapse that lasted all of last year but now with this lurgy who knows.  

I will hopefully have another post for you soon as I've recently finished off the Wrist warmers I started making last summer. 

Until then......

Happy Crafting 

Clare xx

Friday, 30 December 2016

Angel Wings Shawl

 Hello........... I hope you all had a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas.  Over the holidays I decided to join in with Susan Pinner's Christmas CAL I just couldn't resist having a go at making a Angel Wings Shawl 

I had the perfect yarn for it in my stash, you see angel wings make me think of pastels and sparkles light and ethereal,  so to capture just that I'm using Rico Creative Reflections in Pastel.

Oh the joy of seeing the wonderful colours change and sparkle

as the shawl develops, I'm using a 3.5mm hook so it's coming up smaller than the pattern, so I think I may well have to add in a repeat of some of the rounds

 but I don't mind that so much, as I'm so in love with this make, beside as with most crochet along's with my limited energy I don't stand a chance of keeping up with everyone else.

So I'm going along at my own pace enjoying every minute of it

 and who can blame me just look at those pretty colours.

I'm sure the angels will love it too.

Happy Crafting 

Clare xx

Friday, 16 December 2016

Twinkle little Star trinket box

Hello............ A few weeks ago, some friends and I went for another fun afternoon of ceramics painting.

  This was our second visit to the Ceramics Cafe, on the first visit I painted the above yarn bowl, which you can read more about

So the big question was what to paint this time, I've been doing lots of meditation lately and I asked the question what should I paint ? and this was image I received in my minds eye, not really sure what it is???  maybe a planet, but I loved the gentles colours and tones.

When we got to the cafe I fell in love with this little star trinket box and set about painting my image onto it, stars, planets there seemed to be a bit of a theme.  

I then had to choose how to decorate the inside of my little star and opted for some yellow to tie it all together. Then the patient bit comes where you have to wait a few days for the ceramics to be glazed and fired, wondering how thing are going to turn out ???????


Here it is.........

and here's a little peak inside the star.

Yay I'm looking forward to using my little star pot.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Monday, 12 December 2016

Holly Headband

Hello.......... Today's post is a bit of festive fun, you see I needed a Christmas hat for a get together and I decided a handmade yarny festive headband/fascinator would be just the thing.

I had everything I needed here already, so it was really just a assembly job, I already had a red glittery headband, you know me and sparkle !! That was just waiting to be blinged

I then may have pinched  re purposed the Holly leaves from my wintertime wreath, so I'm going to have to make a couple more before the solstice.  The Holly leaves are made using Lucy over at Attic24 Jolly Holly pattern.

To make up the headband all I did was remove the little red pompom berries from each leaf, before attaching the leaves to the headband, I used glue dots for this before stitching the berries in place. 

 I also added a few stitches to each leaf to secure it to the band so it hopefully stays in place.


Scary selfie time 

I think it turned out rather well, its hard to tell from the pic but the Holly leaves were made using a green Sparkly yarn.  I should also say that the original idea for the headband came from last week Womens Weekly here in the UK, although I've not used there published pattern for my make.

Ho ho ho

Clare xxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

So it begins.........

Hello........... So we've made it round to December again and things are starting to get a little bit festive here at the Summerhouse.

 I am now the proud owner of a Christmas jumper

and the craft clubs handmade tree went up in the library this week.

As did the Gingerbread garland, so cute the kids and adults did a great job.

all things festive are starting to happen

Even the shrubs in the garden are joining in

This morning I opened the door on my tiny greetings card advent calender to discover a festive dinosaur !!! behind the first door.

The candle is ready to be lit tonight,

and the sweetie one is ready too, this year I'm the mistletoe's and 'P' is Stars, so I'll just have to wait until tomorrow, to see what's in the little fabric bag.

So far December is treating us kindly here at the Summer house, I know this can be a tough time of year for some and in the past we have had some sad Christmases here but hopefully this year we're going to be rediscovering our Christmas joy.

Ho ho ho
Clare xx