Friday 16 July 2010

Tealight in glass

For challenge 96 on Etsy inspired, the chosen site is Octavia & Brown, where there are many glass items, so I've altered a little glass to use to house a tealight - just added a peel off (didn't realise I'd still got any) coloured with Sakura glaze pens.

This is also for:

Challenge up your life 24: 'candle holder'
Creative cottage 18: 'no cards allowed'
Crafty catz 41: 'anything but a card'
Create4fun week 28: 'anything but a card'
Creative Belli 95: 'alter it!'

Mouse love

This is for the sketch on challenge 109 at Penny Black:

I used one of the new stamps that I bought in Eastbourne and coloured it with copics and used a copic on the torn edge of the oval. I tore round perspex ovals and used a tearing scalloped edged ruler for the piece across the bottom. Papers are BG sugar rush.

It's also for:

Allsorts 60: 'July love' - use a heart
Basic grey 24: 'gingham' - the ribbon
Creative inspirations 38: 'use the oldest thing in your craft stash' - the perspex ovals I used to tear around - bought them when I first started making cards
Ann's creative nook 96: 'anything goes'
Stampavie 102: 'anything goes'
Town scrapper: 'anything goes'
Incy wincy 50: 'distress it' - tearing around the ovals and with the scalloped edged ruler
Pollycraft 52: 'bold & bright'
Whoopsi Daisy July: 'vibrnt colours'
For fun: 'favourite technique to colour images' - copics
Stamp insanity 18: 'radical ribbons & rockin' rhinestones'
ECP 17: inspired by the 'all you need is love' sentiment
Little paper shop: 'distressing'

Prize from Alota

I was fortunate enough to picked as the winner for the birthday card challenge 37 on Alota - you can read about it here - which was for this card.

BF June inchies received

These gorgeous inchies were here for me when I returned from Eastbourne yesterday - from the June inchies 'garden' swap in BF forum - thanks, girls, and thank you, Leigh, for hosting once again.

Back from Eastbourne

We got back home yesterday lunchtime, having had a good week away. Despite the obvious constraints because of health issues, we made the best of the time there, enjoying the sea air. The weather was so hot from the Thursday when we arrived and up until the weekend, then it did cool down and we did have a smattering of rain, but nothing much, except at night.

We stayed at the Eastbourne Centre, which is undergoing a refurbishment programme - the suite that we stayed in was very comfortable and clean. They were working on the entrance to the hotel, so there was some banging and drilling, but for most of the time we were out anyway, so it didn't really disturb us that much.

It was lovely to have a completely separate sitting room, as well as a spacious bedroom and a super bathroom - what a pity that we couldn't indulge in the lovely big corner bath, complete with television screen (neither of us are agile enough now), but there was also a separate shower cubicle that we just right.

So this is the sitting room:

and the bedroom:

And this is the view from one of the balconys (we had three):

and another:
I've got no idea why I didn't take a photo from the third balcony, which overlooked the Wish tower.

A couple of times we had tea or coffee in the Victorian team rooms on the pier - a bit pricey, but nice to be able to sit down and be served - and they even did decaf tea, so I was happy.

And this is me dressed up to go out for dinner to Little Italy just around the corner from the hotel - we had two excellent meals there.

When we got back yesterday I got loads of washing done and then put one lot in to dry - and it was just as wet at the end of the cycle as when it went in ... and the washer/dryer has been making strange noises, so we've had to phone up for someone to come to see to it (still under guarantee) - someone's coming on Tuesday. Not exactly what you want to come home to!

As this is primarily a crafting blog, I'll take this opportunity to show what I bought in Eastbourne. C & H fabrics had a sale with 25% off craft stuff, so I couln't resist the flowers (although I've already got quite a few of these at home) and the quilling tool (used to have one and lost it, so that was a good bargain to pick up). I also found a craft shop called Creativity Cards & Crafts, where I bought the two Penny Black stamps and got the Peace on earth stamp from a little shop in the Enterprise centre near to the station. I've stayed in Eastbourne a few times over the past few years, but didn't know the Creativity Cards & Crafts shop was there - it's tucked away a bit - apparently they have been there for about ten years.

I admit that I do tend to buy craft magazines (don't know why really because I rarely take much notice of the articles) - the freeMy Mind's Eye papers will come in handy.