Monday, 14 April 2014

Catching Up . . . on the little things

Here's a photograph of some keyrings I was working on last Saturday - I''ve got a whole week of crafting to catch up on!  It looks like an image from a chldren's book LOL . . .

. . . . Bhroooooooooom!  They're off . . . . . hope the tweedie tractors have a nice journey, wherever they're headed - perhaps out the moor track near my home :)  The finished versions are now in the shop.  I wanted to add some smaller items to my range so these were fun to make.

Later in the week, I finally got round to making some heart keyrings - I was waiting for some supplies of split rings and tartan ribbon . . .

I've added the one on the left to my Etsy shop.  The other two are still waiting in the wings ;-)

Come the weekend I was 'humming and hawing' about what to do, or make, if anything at all, after my keyring making spree!  After I'd packaged up a wee order though, there wasn't much of the afternoon left anyway so I just made some gift tags.  I added a simpler version along with the order as a wee 'freebie' so thought I'd carry the idea through a little further.  Sewing onto card is a lot of fun, opens up lots of creative possibilities  . . . 


I like how you can see the squiggly lines on the back, it gives them an original, rustic-look I think  . . .

I added  the set above onto Etsy, which I'm currently using to add items I'm making in a haphazard kind of a way!  Really just making things as they occur to me, some new ideas, some from my current range, and whatever else takes my fancy!  It's a fun way to work though . . . 

I don't have a plan for my Etsy shop as you can tell  - I'm just seeing where it takes me . . . . bhrooooooooom! :)

Sorry, this has been a slightly long-winded, product-laden post - I told you I was trying to catch up though LOL :)  Here's to shorter, more condensed posts from now on - honest!

Happy Monday :)
Alison xx

P.S.  I also added another washbag/wallet to my Big Cartel store this week - if you're interested!  A slightly more masculine colour palette - perhaps for the man in your life? (or just for yourself, why not!)  OK, I'm going now - honest - byeeeeeeeee :)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Drum Roll Please :)

Many thanks to those who entered my Giveaway, and to everyone else, well, where they heck were you all! - LOL :)  Seriously, I'm happy that anyone joined in at all, as it was a bit last-minute.

I'm very happy to announce that the winner was . . . 


Well, done Alessandra - I will be in touch with you to get your address details! (or just e-mail me with them if you read this first!).  Happy Easter :)

I'm keeping it brief today as I've been very busy 'tweedying' this last week and have plenty crafty stuff to reveal over the next few days :)

Cheerio an Drasda!
Alison xx

P.S.  Yes, I have changed my profile pic and it's a bit blurry - I think I might keep it that way LOL :)   It's still vaguely recognisable as me though, so it's staying put for a while anyway, until I get anything better - she says hopefully! :) (at least it's current!)

Giveaway Closed :)

My Tweedie Easter Egg giveaway is now closed - back later to announce a winner - Byeeeeeeeee!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tweedie Egg Giveaway!

Well, I promised a tweedie-egg giveaway and I've decided to giveaway my prototype easter egg!  Well, it's just sitting here amongst the daffies looking for a new home . . .


It's probably a little cruder than the final finshed versions and has a tweed backing as opposed to the ones in the shop which have a linen backing.  But, I think it has sentimental value because it's the very first one I made :)  Just to add that this one is NOT lavender scented so I can post it anywhere - pheeeeew!   The lavender scented ones have some postal restrictions, you've got to be so careful these days:(

I'll pop a matching Easter Egg card along with the egg, so they would make a nice gift for someone - perhaps for yourself, and why not!

Just leave a comment saying what you love most about Easter - it's open to anyone worldwide.  I'll keep the Giveaway open until the weekend (midday - Sunday April 13th), so I can post the egg as early as possible the following week.  Sorry, I'm a little late posting my giveaway as I did mean it to tie in nicely as an Easter gift but you may still get in time if you hurry :)

Just to add that anyone who leaves a comment from a site/blog purely set up in order to win giveaways will be given short thrift! (I did receive a comment form such a blog last time - it's a big NO NO).  
I'm back to the office job tomorrow.  It's been lovely watching my next door neighbours lambs appearing.  Here's a pic I took this morning - still some glorious sunshine - happy days! . . . 

Happy commenting!  I'll pop back on Sunday evening and announce a winner :)

Cheerio an Drasda !
Alison xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A walk on the wildside . . .

I've been having a lovely Easter break, which is why I've not been here, although I have been here - if that makes sense, hehe!  I holidayed at home and very nice it was too :)  We had some lovely sunny days which were 'perfick' for taking a plod out the moortrack beside my home.  Come on, get your walking boots on - I'll show you the way . . . 

We'll pass this old ruined house first . . .


Keep walking along the track . . .


Isn't the weather gorgeous today!   Let's go a little further . . .


Nice gate, here's a close up (of the post!) . . .


Aren't the colours of the moor beautiful, I find them very inspiring . .


Keep on walking and looking back to where you've come from - it looks a little magical and mystical in the morning light . . .


Hope you liked taking my moorland walk with me!  It was nice to have some company :)

I've done a ridiculous amount of crafting this week too as I decided to fill my Big Cartel shop - how to start filling you in on all the new stuff, I don't know!  Here's some tractor cards I made though - they're just the tip of the iceberg LOL . . . 


and a new colour block scarf, which I loved making (the tweeds are simply gorgeous!) . . .


You can probably see a lot of the moorland colours creeping into these beautiful tweeds - what a joy to work with them :)

I'll try and fill you in on more of the stuff I've been making but you can check out the shop to get a little overview (without me droning on in the background, hehe!)

Back soon - my holiday is almost over, boo hoo!
Alison xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Much tweedieness . . .

It's all about the tweed the last wee while . . . making up for lost time???  I don't know, but I seem had to have set on the idea of filling my Big Cartel shop with a variety of tweedie gifts, as opposed to doing craft fairs at the moment (too much pressure!) - there's so much I want to make :) :)

I had a request from a family member to make some cushion covers first though this week - they're quite time consuming and I had other lovely, new 'tweedie'  ideas I wanted to try, so I got to work on them straight away . . .

I'll hopefully make another one to sell in my shop though too, so it was good practice to make these ones!  They have a flap closure on the reverse for easy removal of the cushion inner.  They use a lot of tweed - so not my cheapest product (this stuff is like gold dust - very pricey!).  It's worth it though ;-)

As soon as they were done, I wanted to have a go at making some 'tweedie' Easter cards, and here they are . . .


No text, just tweedieness, hehe!  I put the little blurb about Harris Tweed on the reverse of the cards . . . 


And finally, the 'tweedie' eggs - I did say I hoped to have a batch of them ready to show you - a lot of work to get them looking nice and 'egg' shaped' but I think it was worth it, I'm pleased with how they turned out - or rather rolled out, as they seem to be doing below! :)


It was lovely and sunny here yesterday so I got a nice pic of this one outside at the back of the house . . .


I was going to get a shot of all the eggs together but it didn't quite happen - they weren't playing ball and wouldn't sit nice and still in the branches of the trees I was going to photograph them in!  Well, they're a bit rotund and they rolled about a bit too much - naughty eggs!!

Well, from no tweed for months to a whole load of tweed - it's feast or famine here LOL :)

I will try and be back soon with a 'tweedie' egg as a Giveaway prize, before the Easter break hopefully - I need to recover a little from this burst of activity! - pheeeew, later gaters :)

Alison xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

Eggs is eggs . . .

After making the matryoshka softie last week, I was still dabbling around with my fabrics and stuffing.  I started playing around with the idea of making Harris Tweeds eggs - yes, you heard that right :) :) Well, Easter is on the horizon and although I don't always make seasonal products, it's nice to make something that would make a fun, appropriate gift with a difference!


I scented the second one I made with some lavender,  so it's soft, squishy, and smells nice too . . .


Still a little in 'prototype' mode, but they look quite pretty perched on a dressing table, particularly if they're scented.  The one above has a linen backing which is probably how I'll make any future ones.  I'm waiting for a little batch of ribbon in the post today (I'm trying to use as much of my current supplies as possible but my ribbon stash is very low!) and apart from getting some more stuffing,  I'm ready to break some more eggs!

Nice to have a new product to work on though -  I think they would make a nice alternative to yet MORE chocolate!  Hope to have a little batch of them to show you soon :)

Perhaps I'll try to make an extra one to giveaway on my blog - watch this space!

Happy Monday!
Alison x

P.S.  Just updated my post with the new 'ribbon' egg :) :)