Saturday, February 14

Time flies when you are having fun..........

Good afternoon...
I can't believe that it has been nearly a year since I last posted....
Life has been eventful to say the least since I last posted.
 Mum is doing well now 
and is settled into a routine...
which for me is reassuring  
as I live on an island and mum  is on the mainland.

I have been busy busy too between work, 
babysitting and my presidency at the bowling club.
 I am looking forward to a quieter year this year.

I've still been creating and I do have lots to share with you over the up coming weeks.

Today's share is a cardigan I have just finished for myself. 
I'm so excited to share this with you
I have used this fabulous Bamboozle yarn  by King Cole
 which is just LUSH

The pattern is very easy and is knitted on larger pins so it knits up jig time.

I decided to go with colour 1144 Strata
as you know I love my purple and pinks...
and the lime green added just makes it a perfect combination for me.

Because the colours are variegated it is totally random how this yarn turns out,
no two garments would ever be the same....this I it makes it unique

When knitting the slub on a right side row you purl that section and knit on a wrong side row this makes the slub stand out and not disappear into the knitting....

and here we have it voila...I just need to add the buttons.
I'm delighted with how it has turned out.
Hope you like too...

Thanks for taking the time to visit.....

~ Ali ~

Tuesday, February 25

Make a Wish

Good evening folks.....
tonight at 9pm on Ideal World 
Leann is showcasing new Embossalicious embossing folders 

I have used Make A Wish embossing folder

The butterflies are by Clearly Besotted Stamps called Butterfly Wishes 
stamped in rich razzleberry by Stampin up then diecut using

Join me again tomorrow for another new creation.....
Thanks for stopping by....much appreciated! 
 Ali x

Monday, February 24

Happy Everything

A very good evening, it's been a while since I posted as life has been hectic.
My mum is back in hospital and now 
her partner has also been admitted.
They are in different wards but thankfully the same hospital. 
Life is very hard at present to say the least......

Anyhoo I have something to share with you.......

I have used Embossalicious Rococo Frame being launched 
tomorrow night on Ideal World at 9pm as a Pick of the Day

I stamped my Clearly Besotted Stamp Happy Everything rose using versamark
then heat embossed using white embossing powder.
I coloured the Rose using a mixture of my prisma and polychromos pencils
I love this effect...

Hope you like... i have another to share tomorrow....

Thanks for stopping by....much appreciated!
 Ali x

Tuesday, February 11


....A very good evening....

It's been a while...5 weeks to be exact. 
My mum hasn't been well, she had a fall before Christmas and hasn't been so good since.
She was admitted to hospital for just over 2 weeks and was released a 
week past on Monday...however she has sadly deteriorated again.
She was taken in as a day patient yesterday for a head CT scan
 and is now waiting on a heart monitor being fitted.

It's been a very stressful time as you can imagine...
I haven't really been crafting much just the odd crochet row here and there,
 as sitting has been limited for me also as I have been diagnosed with Sciatica...


here is another headband I forgot to share with you last year

I have used Marble Chunky yarn by James C. Brett 
I LOVE this yarn and used large a classic Knit 2, Purl 2 pattern

I added big chunky buttons and finished it of with a handmade tag....

I have used a fabulous stamp set by Clearly Besotted Stamps called 
Just for you a fabulous set for crafty makes if you are selling them or for just putting that finishing touch to them.

Hopefully I will be able to share more with you again very soon. Travelling back and forth off the island to mums on the mainland takes it toll and is exhausting as you can imagine.
Fingers crossed things improve soon

Thanks for taking the time to visit

Catch up soon
Ali x

Saturday, January 4

Bundle of Joy

Evening Folks
Bit later posting tonight as I've been working today
Apologies for the quality of the photos
 I'm having a little trouble with my camera just now
I must learn to use it properly
anyhoo today's card....

A friends has just had a baby boy and I made this to send to her
Image is by Lili of the Valley
Gingham paper by Pink Petticoat

I'm entering this into ~ 

A Gem of A Challenge ~ Something NEW

I'm off to have my dinner and feet up with the crochet hook tonight
Have a fab weekend...
Thanks for stopping by....much appreciated! 

 Ali x

Friday, January 3

Winter Warmer ~ Free Pattern

.....Morning folks.....
boy it is very windy here on the island today
No ferries and gale force winds and high tide isn't until 1.30pm...eek
I'm off to work in a I'd rather be knitting and crocheting

A Winter Warmer to share today....

I made quite a few of my own Christmas presents last year
My youngest daughter loves headband ear warmers
I cast on using Grey DK yarn 
I doubled it up as I didn't have any chunky, 
you just have to be careful you don't split your stitches when knitting

The pattern is very simple ~

Using size 7mm knitting pins cast on 15 stitches
Row 1 ~ Knit
Row 2 ~ Knit 3, Purl 9, Knit 3
Row 3 ~ Knit 3, C6F (Knit 3 stitches on to a cable needle and hold at front of work, Knit 3 then Knit 3 from cable needle) Knit 3
Row 4 ~ Knit 3, Purl 9, Knit 3
Row 5 ~ Knit
Row 6 ~ Knit 3, Purl 9, Knit 3
Row 7 ~ Knit 6, C6B (Knit 3 stitches onto cable neddle and hold at back of work, knit 3 then knit 3 from cable needle) Knit to end
Row 8 ~ Knit 3, Purl 9, Knit 3

Repeat these 8 rows until size required, on my last row before cast off I made a buttonhole.

Hope you will give my pattern a try,
 if you do please link on this post and I'll come and visit you

Stay warm and safe folks

Happy Creating
Ali x

Thursday, January 2

Clearly Besotted ~ Thinking of You

....Good afternoon.....
I was having a play this morning....I'm stocking up my card basket for 2014
I like to have cards available if I need them....

I love these colours together....

 ~ Supplies ~
Stampin Up Ink ~ Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Basic Grey
 Stampin Up Card ~ Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry

I'm entering this into ~ 

LESS IS MORE ~ Choose a theme (Week 16 Butterly/Butterflies)

As my card basket is just about empty I have lots of creations to make...catch up soon

Thanks for stopping by....much appreciated! 

 Ali x