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!

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Art Chain - Day 1

I am very excited because my good friend and old teamie, Gabrielle  Price, has challenged me to join in an art chain.  This is such a thrill because I never really think of myself as an artist, more of a Jack of all trades, so I am hoping that the Challenge is for crafters as well as the more artistic in our midst.

For the next five days I have to share 3 pieces of my work from the past and then challenge someone else each day to do the same.

It seems to me that this is a great opportunity to dig out some of my favourite things from the past and have another look at them.  The big problems will be to narrow it down to just 15 things.  As this is day one, I thought I would share some personal firsts with you.

I started my blog in 2011 and the only reason I did this was because I had been invited to join the Crafty Boots Challenges Design Team and having a blog was one of the criteria for being on the team.  I did not have a clue and Stephanie-Emma had to help me set up the blog and show me how to write a post.  This is the first project we put on my blog, it was 1 August.

It featured the 'Be Neighbourly' stamp set by Polka Doodles, which I had I coloured with Promarkers.

It seems only right that I should also mention the first project I posted as a Member of the Crafty Boots Challenges Design Team.  Not a card this time but a fabric covered box.

I make these boxes by cutting mount board to the desired size and covering it with a lining fabric, I then hand stitch the seams together before adding the padding and finally stitching the outer fabric in place.  The Petaloo flowers and pearls were added last.

I very rarely enter other challenges, there never seems to be the time, so my final first today is the first time I actually won something.

It was in 2012 for this card featuring a Sugar Nellie, Home Grown stamp from their Sherbet Pip range, this one is called Posy Pip.

This is actually a Facebook challenge and therefore I can only nominate someone I am friends with on Facebook.  I nominate Lisette Baker - someone who I have come to admire in so many ways.  I am not sure if there is one phrase to sum up her style, I suppose the nearest would be mixed media but is much more than that.  If you get the opportunity you really should see for yourself.  I hope she will accept my nomination and share 3 pieces of her work for 5 consecutive days.



  1. It's fun to look back on older projects to see how much your style and technique has changed. These are beautiful makes Dionne! What a fun idea, this art chain thing! Guess I will see you tomorrow! hugs :)

  2. I spent all day yesterday trying to decide on my 15 projects, I have made something like 500 since I started blogging and it was hard to discard some of them.

    If we had been friends on Facebook I would have nominated you too, it would have been fun to see your 15 projects.



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