Archive for August, 2009

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flickr inspiration

August 27, 2009

Some pictures making me smile today…

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1. Hurrah craft Moonstitches Owl, 2. valentines day, 3. -:::-*Milky* Time-:::-, 4. A Side of Hanging Heart Collage, 5. Can You Feel the Love Tonight …., 6. You can now adopt… The Felt Orange Bug!, 7. Felt Galaxy, 8. Stay away from me weirdo !!, 9. Strip-tease!!!, 10. ‘Strawberry Sundae’ wall art closeup, 11. 3 for Tea, 12. rockpool shells, 13. the new happy bed, 14. Altered matchboxes, 15. Frog Moving Into Triplex, 16. Vintage block print illustration

If you enjoyed the first installments of Moopy’s adventures and would like the chance to win a lovely mini moopy doll of your own, head over to Lisa’s blog where the talented lady is hosting a giveaway to win one!

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A treasury and a party

August 22, 2009

Well I am officially addicted to making these things. This is my second treasury and I wanted to include a couple of new shops to maybe help them get their first sale.

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I wanted to capture the lazy happy feeling of a late summer day with nothing to do except sit under a tree with a good book. You can see it here for the next day and a half or so.

Even though it’s a bit grey here today I’ve got that lazy happy summer feeling too (probably what inspired the colour choices in the treasury). The reason is the celebration party we’re having this evening. What are we celebrating? Well a few months ago Matt asked me a rather special question that resulted in this…

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We’re having a few friends and family round to celebrate with a glass of homemade elderflower bubbly.

Have a nice weekend!

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…Part 2

August 20, 2009

The hotel we stayed in had quite a nice bar where they served a full English breakfast every day. Of course Moopy had to try it and luckily it passed muster.

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We visited the Weston Park Museum where there was an excellent exhibition about insects as well as the regular rooms showing the history of Sheffield and the metalworking industries, and a lovely natural history section.

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Moopy wasn’t scared of the bears but prefered to play with new friends in the polar exhibit.

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We spent a lovely afternoon in the botanical gardens. It was a warm sunny day so most of Sheffield had the same idea and it was hard to find any space on the grass! We eventually negotiated the footballs and frisbees and sat under some magnolia trees with the radio to listen to test match special. Unfortunately it was the last couple of hours of England’s dismal defeat in the 4th test of the Ashes, but as we new it was inevitable by that point it didn’t spoil the afternoon too much! (Better luck this weekend boys, although judging by the start today you’ll need it!)

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There is even a bear pit which I didn’t know about until this visit. You could go inside which was a bit spooky, there are still little alcoves in the sides leading into the ring.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of Sheffield, I think Moopy will be back on the blog in the future!

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The Adventures of Moopy in Sheffield: Part 1

August 18, 2009

A while ago I took part in my first softie swap. I love softies but hadn’t really made any before, except for little tiny ones made from felt. Unfortunately the photos I took of my softie are on another camera that I can’t find the lead for at the moment so I’ll have to share them with you another time.

My partner was the very talented Lisa and she made me a lovely mini moopy:

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Moopy came to Sheffield with us so that I could show you some of the places we visited without having to get in front of the camera myself! The photo above was taken in a little pub in Bakewell, where we spent a nice relaxing afternoon pottering around the shops and walking along the riverbank.

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Of course, being in Bakewell we had to try a proper Bakewell pudding!

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It was deemed acceptable by the highly critical panel.

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Since we were last in the city, the Wheel of Sheffield has been put up at the top of the high street. It is a bit like the London Eye but smaller and you get your own little capsule as long as it’s not really busy. Of course we had to have a go, but unfortunately Moopy wasn’t with us as we were on our way back from quite a smart restaurant (Silversmiths, the one Gordon Ramsay sorted out last year).

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It’s getting late so I’ll save the rest of the trip for another post. Happy Tuesday! (just)

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Home

August 11, 2009

We had a lovely few days in Sheffield, got to visit some friends and go back to a few of our old haunts (thanks Ann and everyone at the Dog and Partridge!) Back home and back to work now. I’ll be posting some of our exploits from the trip over the next few days.

I just wanted to share one of my brooches with you.

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I made this little guy a while ago and I’ve been lucky enough to have it featured today on the Handmade Jewelry Club website! This is a great site promoting handmade items as well as sharing techniques and tutorials.

Also, head on over to Lazy Daisy Glass where Kathryn is having a fantastic giveaway of some of her beautiful glass creations, they really are stunning!

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Going AWOL

August 7, 2009

I will be away for a few days vising friends but will be back to catch up with you next week!
Have a great weekend 🙂

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Inchies!

August 4, 2009

I’ve recently discovered inchies, via swap-bot, and I have to say they are quite addictive! It’s fun to see how much art you can fit on these tiny 1×1″ canvases. A quick search on flickr will bring up hundreds and they can be quite inspirational.

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These are some inchies I made recently for a colour themed swap (sorry about the poor photo, I was trying to get a quick pic before sending them out to my partners and there was no natural light). I’m quite happy with how they turned out, and I also received some great inchies back:

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I’m planning to try to collect a whole load from different people and make a sort of mosaic to frame for our wall, something like this. If you haven’t tried making them I really would recommend it. It’s a challenge to create such a mini work of art, but you might end up with some teeny treasures!