Friday, March 9, 2012

It's British

Whilst I'm in a very British mood, I thought I'd share a pic of my new cupcake case and topper set bought from Lakeland.

The small print on the back made me smile - Designed in England. Handcrafted & made in China. It's British?


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Union Jack Bunting

Inspired by a recent visit to a craft exhibition and some new purchases, I've been busy making some bunting in preparation for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June. (I can't believe I'm so organised!!)

I used a Bunting Pack of ready cut cardboard triangles

Cut strips of paper and laid them on the triangles

Then whilst holding down the strips I carefully inked over them, covering the whole triangle. A low tack adhesive tape would probably have been easier than the strips as I had to do gymnastics with my fingers to hold them all in place while inking!

I stamped randomly with my new Portobello Road stamps (Docrafts).

I ♥ these stamps! (Seen here with some of my new buttons!)

I removed the strips

Added ribbons

And even some of my new washi tape (from here)

Finally I stitched (with invisible thread - my latest discovery!) all the triangles onto ribbon

And strung them up

In the conservatory! I need to get some lovely red cushions to put on the sofa but for now I will use the cushion that my son made in school a few years ago.

Are you going to be making any bunting?


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunny Saturday Stroll

We made the most of the lovely sunshine yesterday with a walk along the Thames (near Tilehurst). The view up river

down river

and opposite bank (complete with 3 geese/ducks).

We saw this Red Kite and I was delighted with my pic as it is always so hard to photograph birds in flight.

I'd love to own one of these huts/sheds/boathouse? Not sure what you call them.

This one had a family sitting outside enjoying the sunshine

Here's a few more random pics from the day