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Hi my name is Louise (Lou) and I am a craftaholic. I am in my mid twenties and live in wonderful Scotland. My addictions are jewelry making and cross stitching, I do knit and love to try other things, but these are the two that have stuck. I have been stitching ever since i can remember, but only started stitching properly when i was pregnant with my first daughter. I manage to get my fix in between looking after my two angels and hubby.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Course work birthdays and progress.

It was my oldest girls birthday on Monday, I cant believe my baby is 4. It seems like it was yesterday she was born. We had a little party for her with her cousins and we all had a ball.

This is her on her new bike, I think we should have got her the bigger size lol...

And my baby girl who is 2 trying on her sisters birthday crown. She is such a cutie.

And my two girls with their cousin and the cake (which I am proud to say I made myself).
I had a new module for my degree start this week too so less craft time again, I will have to fit some in though or I wont be able to cope, that and the fact that my parents wont get their christmas present.
This is my progress so far

Yeah ok it looks like a big grey blob but it is about a quarter of the way done and works up really quickly. This is what it should look like when its finished

I have also gotten a chance to play with some beads too, I wanted to practice my wire loops and found the best way to do that was to make a bracelet. So here it is.
Hopefully I wont find myself too bogged down with this course that I cant play with my thread wire and beads any time soon.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Cross stitch jewelry!!

Oh my gosh I'm so excited. I have just came across a site that sells kits to make cross stitch bangles. I don't know why the idea never crossed my mind before, and its not really a bad idea.

These designs are really simple but the threads to make them are DMC precious metal effects and light effects so will look stunning when worn. Now, when i find time I'm just going to have to get a cross stitch design programme and start coming up with my own jewelry designs that way. I've wanted to design and sell my own jewelry for a while now and was selling for a while, but the time to make and promote my pieces was cutting into the little time I have for course work. (I have a new module starting next week too). Anyway, what a way to combine two of my addictions. Now all i need is a way to find the time to satisfy my cravings lol....

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Well.. she's finished!

Well stitch wise anyway. It has taken me a year on and off but she's finally ready to frame.

I spent 9 hours putting all of the beads on the background of the piece but it was definately worth it. My hubby decided that after all of the beads were on he preferred her without the snowflakes, can you imagine how horrible that felt. His reasons were only that snowflakes arent that big so the picture could have done without them. MEN!! Its a good job that he has no say in the things that go on our walls lol....

Im in two minds as to how to frame her, I'm really tempted just to stretch the material and hang it like a canvas (don't think i've described that very well) but I think i would like to see her in a silver coloured frame too.
Now that the angel is done I can start thinking about other projects. I have a kit to make for my mum and dad for christmas. They absolutley love the Isle of Skye, so I thought it would be nice to stitch a landscape for them. So I chose a view of the Cullins, you can see a picture of how it should look here. I have started it but I didn't have enought time to make much progress so I wont pst a picture yet.
On the jewelry front, I made a ring using a tutorial bu Eni Onken, the ring turned out OK, but I am a begginer and am doing intermediate and advanced tutorials which shows in my work. I would post a picture of this too but I got a new camera and cant quite get it to focus properly (me and technology dont mix!) The tutorial I used can be seen here. I will post a picture of my version as soon as i can figure out how to work the camera.
I also want to say thank you for all the comments that have been left on my blog, It really helps keep me going and motivated to get things done.