Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Monday 25 June 2012

Little Boy Blue

Good morning my blogging friends and an extra special welcome to anyone who has found their way here via the Crafty Boots Challenges site.

A new challenge starts today at Crafty Boots Challenges.  For the next two weeks the theme is sports, this challenge was set by the very talented Zoe.

When I was at Alexandra Palace earlier this year I purchased 5 LOTV stamps, all featuring little boys.  This footballer was one of those stamps.

I have coloured him using Promarkers and mounted him on some gold card and green glittered card from my stash.  The backing papers - including the football (soccer) pitch, all came from a Joanna Sheen CD called Messy Rabbit.

The rosette is a Memory Box die which I colour toned using my Promarkers and the sentiment in the centre of the rosette is from Craftwork Cards.

Why not pop over to the Crafty Boots Challenges site and see the inspirational projects the other Design Team members have come up with and whilst you are there, don't forget to enter your own work into the challenge. I look forward to seeing your projects.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, your comments are appreciated.


Saturday 23 June 2012

Watching the Parade

Good morning Blogland

I think this will be my last post for the current Craft Boots Challenge - use fabric in your project.

This adorable image is from Mo's Digital Pencil, the image is called 'Waiting for the Parade'.

I coloured the image with Promarkers and added some Glossy Accents to the pin wheel to give it some dimension. The papers are from one of Joanna Sheen's CD's called Messy Rabbit and the sentiment is from Craftwork Cards..

I made the Union flags from some material I had left over from when I made my Jubilee bunting a few weeks ago.

If you are looking for my other projects for this challenge, they can be found at:

Welcome Home
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Crafty Boots

There is still time to enter your project for the Challenge, but hurry, there is not much time left.

Good luck.


Thursday 21 June 2012

Crafty Boots


I hope that your week is going well.  I cannot complain, the week has got better with each passing day.

I have even found the time to make a card.  This fabulous image is one of the new digital stamps from the Crafty Bootss on-line store and is actually called 'Crafty Boots'.

After colouring her with Promarkers and WoS pens, and mounting her on card and paper from my stash, I raided my work box and added buttons, lace, pins and some vintage ribbon. The sentiment is from Craftwork Cards, which I also got from the Crafty Boots on-line store.

Have a great day.


Friday 15 June 2012

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations


At the beginning of the month the UK celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  Our village came together and celebrated with 5 days of fun and games.  We had a parade, a fete, a street party, a ceilidh with dancing, a show, fireworks, competitions, races and many other events, including Morris Dancers - there was something for all the family and a fabulous sense of community.  The weather could have been kinder but it certainly did not dampen our enthusiasm and we had a fantastic time.

Since we moved to the village over twenty years ago there have been several celebratory weekends and the plastic bunting I have been using  over the years is fine but I decided that this year I was going to make my own bunting.  It is something I have always wanted to do, after all, how hard could it be?

It wasn't at all hard but it did take a lot longer than I thought it would, doesn't it always?

A few weeks ago followers of my blog may have spotted mention of me making bunting but I have waited until now to show it to you because it fits so well with the theme of the new Crafty Boots Challenge - use fabric in your project.

I bought 2 meters of five different fabrics and from this I managed to cut 210 triangles (to make 105 pennants when they were stitched together).  I added a layer of interfacing to each pennant to give them a little more body.  Finally, I stitched the finished pennants on to red ribbon.

I wanted my bunting to be a bit different from what you can buy in the shop.  I kept to a red, white and blue theme but chose primarily polka dot fabrics - only one of my fabrics had Union flags as a motif.

I made enough bunting to go all around the house.  Here we are putting it up at the beginning of our long weekend of celebrations.

My bunting has now been washed and pressed, ready for our next party, perhaps we'll have the neighbours round for a BBQ - if it ever stops raining!

I hope you have a good weekend.


Monday 11 June 2012

Welcome Home

Good morning

Today is the first day for a new challenge at Crafty Boots Challenges.  The theme for the next two weeks was set by the very lovely Tracie and she would like to see you introduce some fabric into your projects.

I thought this would be a wonderful excuse to dig out an old, but firmly a favourite, cross stitch embroidery chart of mine, from Heritage, designed by John Clayton called 'William in The Window'.

I have stitched the design onto a 32 count evenweave linen.

I have five charts from this series and this one was such a delight to stitch I may well get the others out of the cupboard.

Please make sure you hop across to the Crafty Boots Challenges site and look at the amazing projects the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you for this challenge.  You will be able to see work from our very talented new Design Team Members:

I look forward to seeing your projects.