A slight obsession with books

Reading and Fibrecrafts


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SAL – Crazy cat lady #9

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs.

This is where I got to last time.   I haven’t done a great deal again. Life has been a bit hectic lately. I did finish that tablecloth though and I love how it looks with the backstitch.My favourite bit is the tassels.

I also started working my way down from the other table, as there’s a cat there who’s demanding to be stitched. I’d just done the top of his head last time. He’s not quite finished yet but not far off. He’ll be done for the next update. He’s going to be another cheeky-faced kitty. The photo quality isn’t brilliant this time as I got so carried away stitching that I didn’t notice that the daylight was fading and I always use natural light to avoid shadows. Still, you get the idea.

This is where it’s up to now, with lots of odd threads hanging about as I rushed to take the photo before tidying it up. 

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,
Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,
Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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Pandora scrapping

We were so excited to see the new land in Animal Kingdom and we weren’t disappointed. It was amazing! We took hundreds of photos trying to capture the beauty of it. I’m not sure that we succeeded but I did have plenty of photos to choose from when it came to scrapping them.

This layout is the section divider for Pandora and I tried to get lots of photos on it to give an idea of what it’s like. These photos were taken just inside the entrance to Pandora by a Photopass photographer. Scrapped with Basic Grey Archaic.There are a couple of places to eat inside Pandora and one of them, The Satu’li Canteen, quickly became our new favourite lunch spot. I particularly liked that you could order your food on the app and just pick it up when you got there, avoiding the queues. Also, the food was delicious. Scrapped with Basic Grey Boxer. We had a few photos taken at night. I love the magic shot with the Woodsprites. Scrapped using Basic Grey Marrakesh. (that’s nearly all gone now and I’m a little bit sad about it)


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Harry potter scrapping

We love visiting all the Harry Potter stuff at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and usually take loads of photos. There’s so much detail and so much to look at. It’s hard to do it justice with photos though.

I have a pack of papers, embellishments and an alpha that I bought ages ago, as I thought it looked Potter-ish. It’s the Cambridge collection pack by Bo Bunny. I’ve finally dived into it and I rather love it.

I needed one layout to do as the section divider so printed this photo nice and big.   I used the Bo Bunny papers on it. I really like them and I think they go nicely with the photos. We stopped to watch the show for a while, which we often miss as we’re always on our way to do something else and the resulting photos are again scrapped on the same papers.

We always take photos of the Hogwarts Express and we love riding on it. I think it’s brilliant how they’ve made it seem as if you’re on the ‘real’ train with screens for the window and corridor views.And yes, it’s the same paper pack.

Escape from Gringotts is a brilliant ride. We both love it, and the building that it’s in with the fire-breathing dragon is pretty spectacular too.
Finally, there’s a layout with us both drinking Butterbeer. It’s quite sweet but refreshing on a hot day and we really enjoyed it. 


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SAL – Crazy cat lady #8

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs.

This is where I got to last time.  I haven’t got a great deal done this time but I did manage to get most of this table done. I just need to do some more backstitch, but I need to carry on with the tablecloth on page 2 first. I love the handle of that mug!

This is what it looks like now.  I’ve also done most of the backstitch on the other side table so I’m pretty much done with page one. Time to roll the frame up and get cracking on page two. There are more cats waiting to be stitched 🙂

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,
Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,
Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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Animal Kingdom scrapping

We had lunch at Tusker House last year, partly because we did the dining package to see Rivers of light, and partly because we like the food there and it comes with characters. Obviously there were photos! When it came to scrapping them, I decided to split up the character photos as I didn’t want to leave any out and couldn’t fit them all on the same layout.

This one is a double as you can’t separate Donald & Daisy. It just wouldn’t be right. That consists of pretty much all Basic Grey. It’s getting a real hammering with this album.

Next is Goofy.Yet more Basic Grey. I have so much of it as I loved all the packs that they brought out. Some of them are getting quite depleted now though.

This one is my favourite layout from that lunch. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew what the title had to be LOL We have lots of photos taken in Animal Kingdom, and a lot of them were Photopass ones. They’re so much fun! Scrapped with Basic Grey Offbeat. Another new Photopass magic shot is the hyenas from The Lion King. We found a couple more Lion King magic shots too. More Basic Grey Offbeat.

I had a couple of random photos taken in Asia so I bunged them together to make a companion layout to the one that I did of Africa.  I’m on a mission to complete the 2017 album now as I’ll soon be taking A LOT more photos.


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Arizona CAL #03

I’m still working on part three of Arizona at the moment but thought it was time for an update. I’m loving the texture of this part. This is where I’m up to at the moment but I’m hoping to finish part three soon. In between working on Arizona, I made a little holder for my tape measure. It was a kit on my crochet magazine and was a very quick make. Hopefully it’ll stop me from losing my measure again. A big jammy dodger doesn’t hide that well 😉 


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Animal Kingdom & Grinning ghosts

More Disney layouts to share and this one is from the Kilimanjaro Safari. We took literally hundreds of photos during the many times that we went on, so again there are lots of layouts. As well as a general Safari layout, I’m doing ones of specific animals that we saw.

I used Basic Grey, which is taking a real hammering at the moment, plus there’s a sheet of some very old paper as the background. I must have had it for at least ten years!

This layout needed to be a double. I had too many lion photos that I loved, and one of them needed to be BIG. Assorted older papers used and I heat embossed some chipboard for the title. 
This one is one of the Photopass photos, where they put a border on. I used more old papers & some cardstock laceThis one is from Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. We have loads of photos from that night so there are more layouts to come, but I loved this photo so much that I printed it huge and it’ll be the section divider for MNSSHP.

I’ve been waiting a long time to use that embossed Mickey paper!

The album is starting to look quite full now. I’ve had to buy a second one.