A slight obsession with books

Crafts, cats and books


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SAL – Precious dreams #09

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve got a little bit more done on Precious Dreams.

This is where it was up to last time.
And this is it with page four finished. I took out all the orange thread that I’d used for gridding. That was fun! I’d worried that it would split as I stitched round it as it was only normal sewing thread. I was right. In hindsight, I should have waited until I had the proper stuff to grid with but it was several years ago that I started this project and I didn’t know about the proper stuff then. It’s all out now though and I’ve replaced it on the lower pages so I won’t have the same problem.

I’ve tidied up the parked threads and grouped them by page but I haven’t de-fluffed yet. I’m quite worried about the amount of fluff on this. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get it all off as it’s stitched in. Hopefully when this makes it onto the wall, you won’t be able to see it, or maybe it’ll just look like authentic texture LOL

I was very tempted to carry on with this for another page, but I’m going to stick to the plan and do a small project first. I’ve just finished prepping it, which didn’t take long as it only uses two colours. I’m not going to bother gridding as it’s very simple. Don’t you just love that fabric? Hopefully I can finish it by next update and then carry on with Precious Dreams.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, ReneeCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny

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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Hinged ring mini book #02

Last December Cal did a tutorial in the FB Paper, Scissors, Story group for a wee little mini book that I thought would be perfect for some pictures of the cats. I loved it so much that I made a couple. I posted pics of the first one a few weeks ago. This is the second one, with mostly kitten pics in it.

This time I used some digital papers and embellishments. I spent a relaxing hour cutting them all out. The papers are lovely and printed beautifully. Luckily I don’t need to worry about how much ink I use as I have HP instant ink, which I think is a great idea. I get 50 pages per month for £1.99 and they send more ink as I need it. I never have to worry about running out of ink again. I just make sure to fill an A4 with photos or journaling or digital embellishments.

I used the Cat-itude bundle from Nitwit collections. There’s so much stuff in there. Great value, especially as I had a discount.

This is the inside with the pocket on the left and six cards hanging from the rings. With the cards folded up. These are the fronts of the six cards. And the backs. I may make another of these little books. They’re so quick to make. At the moment though I’m making a different mini book. It’s a much bigger project than the others that I’ve done but is going to be so useful as well as beautiful. I can’t wait to show you the finished item.


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SAL – Precious dreams #08

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve got a little bit more done on Precious Dreams.

This is where it was up to last time.And this is it now, with page three finished.
I was hoping to get page four done as well as it’s only two columns but just haven’t found the time to pick this up. At least page three is done though, and I’ve done the confetti on page four, what little there was. I only need to whizz down those last two columns with navy now and the top half is complete. I may do that before I put it away to play with something a bit less fiddly, so that I can show you a photo of all of the top half without the frame getting in the way.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyHeidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, ReneeCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

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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The poncho is finished!

Hooray, it’s finally done. This seems to have taken ages for such a quick, simple item. I finished the crocheting over a month ago but have been making pompoms for the edge. I had to stop making them after the first ten as when I was tightening the yarn round the pompom, it was cutting into my little fingers. I was trying to find a solution to that when I realised that if there were pompoms all around the edge, they’d stick in my back when I sat down.

So, I made a braid, threaded it through the top row of granny stitches and stuck a couple of pompoms on the end. I’m quite chuffed with the result.

The pattern is called Cowl neck poncho and is by Simone Francis, bought on Ravelry. I used Kirkland aran yarn, bought at Aldi.

 


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Hinged ring mini book #01

Last December Cal did a tutorial in the FB Paper, Scissors, Story group for a wee little mini book that I thought would be perfect for some pictures of the cats. It was really quick and easy to make, and I had a lot of fun doing it. I ended up making two as I loved the design so much. This is the first one.

The opening should be on the other side, but guess who managed to stick the cover paper upside down. It works fine though. It’s all just a bit back to front.

The papers and die cuts are from a paper pad that I bought years ago, before we’d even got the cats. I saw it and knew I would need it at some point. It’s by Deja Views. I had a sheet of rub-ons that matched so I did some of those onto plain white card and cut them out to make more die cuts. The teeny little cats marching all over the place are die cut. I got the cutest little die from The Scrap Lab and it’s perfect for tiny projects like this.

This is what you see when you open it out. There are six cards hanging from the rings and a pocket on the right, (which should be on the left LOL), which has another card in it, with more kitty photos.

And with the cards folded up to see beneath them. These are the fronts of the six cards. I have so many photos of my kitties that it was hard to choose just a few but I had fun doing it. I tried to pick ones that showed their personalities. I’ll post pics of the other book in a few weeks. That one has cat photos in it too, but I used mostly kitten photos as I have so many cute ones.


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SAL – Precious dreams #07

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve been carrying on with Precious Dreams.

I’m getting more into it now and have picked up speed from the last update. What has helped is that three of the colours are quite distinctive compared to the ten shades of grey. The navy background, a bright blue and the green. I tend to use the blue and green to navigate by so have started doing those first, and using blue and green highlighter on the chart so I can see at a glance that the next stitch goes above a green one etc.

This is where it was up to last time.

This is where it’s up to now. I reckon that’s about 2700 stitches so I’m happy enough with that although I was hoping to finish page three. There’s slightly less than 900 stitches left of that page though and as there are only 1800 stitches in page four, I think I’ll carry on and do that before putting this one away for a bit. That’ll be the top half finished then and I can see if that sewing thread that I used for gridding will pull out. I suspect I’ve split it in a few places so I might have fun with that 😉
It’s absolutely covered with cat hair. It seems to attract it more than other projects that I’ve done. I’ll wait until it’s finished before trying to defluff, otherwise it’ll just get fluffed up again though.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, CindyLinda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, DeborahMary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ

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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Something a little bit different.

I had a smashing time at the NEC craft show a few weeks ago. We didn’t stay long as I was struggling a bit with the crowds but as we’d got there early, I managed to get pretty much all the stuff on my wish list, and a few things that weren’t.

One of the stands was selling wooden kits. I only glanced at it as we went past, until I saw this. Anything cat-themed is worth a second look so I stopped to see what it was. I couldn’t quite figure out what to do with it so asked the lady running the stall and she showed me one that she’d finished and gave me loads of tips on what to do plus pointed me to their blog.

While I was buying it, I spotted some mini cabinets that were made up and filled with teeny items. I was tempted but thought it best to make the cat ornament before buying anything else. These are the cabinets on their website. Just look at the examples! I really want to try that.

The cat is finished, and I really enjoyed doing the painting, inking and assembling. He’s hanging in my craft room now and I’m chuffed to bits with him. I’ve bought a cabinet to do next but am going to use it as incentive to finish scrapbooking the Baltic cruise. I must stop putting that off in favour of shiny new crafts.