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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.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Jewlery and stitching.

Wow, I have finally had a productive week. I managed to get everything I wanted done for my coursework for the week and had plenty of time to play with wire and stitch.
I came across a tutorial in a blog I follow which gives great tutorials for jewelry making. I was a method of weaving 5 strands of rubber together to make a kind of celtic braid. So I though I would give it a try in copper wire. My first attempt wat this one done in 0.8mm wire, I never really gave mutch thought as to how I would finish it offso it is a bit messy looking.

With a bit of tweeking I think this weave could be really nice, It also has the potential to add some sparkle to it. I need to wait and buy more wire though before I can play with this one a bit more though.

The second one was made with 10 strands of 0.4mm wire and I pulled the weave tight for a different look.

It's not the clearest picture but you can see the weave. This turned out really delicate looking, I would love to use this to make baangles for my girls but I have to figure out a way of securing the clasp a bit better, 0.4mm wire is not the most secure wire in the world.

Stitching wise I feel as if I actually made a bit of progress on sister angels. I am about a third of the way down the first page, getting there slowly but surely.

I may decide to take tonight off my studies and work a little more on this before I start back studying next week. Its an assignment week next week too (argggghhh!!) so I think an extra night relaxing wont hurt in preparation for my busy week ahead lol...

I couldn't resist posting this picture of my new doggy Rory. It's just the cutest pic of him and makes me smile whenever I see it.

He looks as if he has a huge cigar or something hanging out of his mouth, its one of those chew sticks that help keep teeth clean but he wanders about with it like this for ages before he eats it.
Thanks for looking, take care x

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Updates on everything(now with pics)

Its been a busy couple of weeks for me. We had yet more snow which was awesome, we had so much fun and since the schools were on half term break we didn't ave to cut the play short. The one thing that was missing was our rescue dog. He still wasn't fit to be re-homed at that point. Good news is.... Three weeks after choosing him we finally got him home.

He is such a sweet little thing, doesn't bother a soul and puts up with the girls pestering him without a complaint.

On the stitching front I have made some progress on my HEAD project, sister angels. The problem is those cheeky confetti stitches, I am forever changing colours lol...
Jewelry wise I have been playing with macrame and playing with wire too. I purchased another one of Corra's tutorials and gave it a go (check out her blog on my sidebar) problem I had was i didn't have the recommended wire size so I had to use a thicker wire. I think I may have to try it with a thinner wire again when I have a chance.
I am working on a macrame necklace just now too, unfortunately there isn't much to show yet but hopefully over the weekend I will get more done.

Course work wise things are going well, the module I am working on is about child development and I am really enjoying the reading for a change lol...
My hubby is going well with his degree, he got 93% for one of his exams, the rest of the results are still to come, but isn't he just a smarty pants lol... I am so proud of him.

Monday, 2 February 2009


We go snow today!!! OK we had to settle for it being the crappy snow you cant make snowmen from, but my girls and I had a ball.

My princesses made snow angels for the first time

Jamie had a ball just throwing the snow about. She had snow coming out of every piece of clothing when we went back inside.

Hollie decided she wanted the snow from the bottom of the green taken to the top to make a snow seal. She wasted it before I could get a picture of it.

Isn't it great how excited kids get when they first set foot out in the snow. They saw a huge path that hadn't been stepped in and decided they had to run through it, yeah OK I joined in, but someone has to show the kids how to play in the snow ;o)

The weather is supposed to stay the same for the next few days so hopefully we will get more snow and with any luck it will be proper snowman building snow.
On the jewelry and stitching front... I have managed to do nothing. This course is going to be pretty full on.
My hubby and I did manage to get out for a night out though. The first in like two years... Needless to say I was pretty drunk, gosh I must be getting old cause I really didn't have that much to drink... But you know what, we had a ball and I can honestly say that I'm not gonna need another night out for a while. (I cant quite handle the morning after quite the same any more lol).

Thanks for looking, take care x