Where have I been ….

Where have I been is busy.  Other parts of my life had taken over my crafting and blogging time 😦 I have been trying to find a balance between all of the things in my life.

During this time I have been doing some crafting but not as much as I once was.  But I have just come back from my annual Spinners & Weavers Camp with my craft group.  Going to this has given me the spur on to actually see about doing something about my craft space and what is stopping me from using it.

But I would like to share with you some photos from the weekend

People on Camp

A small group of people but lots of fun

warping a loom using a board

This is me giving a demo of warping my loom using my warping frame

I was asked by my group if I would do a Rigid Heddle Weaving Demo on the weekend.  A lot of people had already taken up this craft but they had never seen someone use their warping board the way that I do.

Building a SampleIt with Sue

Helping Sandy to build her new SampleIt Loom from Ashford.

I was so honored that someone wanted me to introduce them to my world of Rigid Heddle Weaving. There was so much going on during the camp even a Continuous Raffle.
Continuous Raffle

4 badges made by me

A close up of the badges which you can see in the above photo. I made these by needle felting and sewing.  I had a lot of fun making these; this is a new craft that I have taken up lately.  Yes I know I didn’t really need another new craft but it uses stuff I already have from my other crafts.

MY OTHER thing – fixing up my craft area.
Yes I know I only just did some updates to this area not so long ago but this didn’t fully fix the problems that I was having.  This is also another reason I haven’t uploaded much lately.  When I am in my crafting space I just don’t feel inspired or really want to be in that space.  So my Hubby and I are currently trying to figure out a better solution for me.  I need to be able to craft but also feel comfortable while doing it.  A lot of my stuff I have done lately has been at our dining table and this can not continue.

I will try and upload some more in the not too distant future.  Until next time I wish you all some wonderful crafting time.

Tracy B


Hugs and Laughter Always

Today I am sharing with you a card I made for a wonderful Aunt of ours who has just moved homes after living in her previous place for many decades.  I wanted for her to find something other than official documents in her new post box.

Hugs and Laughter Jan16

I first inked up my page with Distress Inks – Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn – with my Mini Distress Tool. Once this page was dry I ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Secret Garden Embossing Folder from Craft Concepts and then ran Memento Paris Dusk Ink lightly over the Embossed areas trying not to get it on the background.

I stamped the sentiment onto some White cardstock with some Pink Shimmer Ink and cut this out with my Scalloped Rectangle Die.  I placed some blue ribbon from my stash on the card and then mounted the sentiment on some dimensional tape.  I then added this to a top folding A5 White card base.  I had a lot of fun making this card.

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my project.  To let me know that you stopped by please consider hitting the like button and of course you are more than welcome to add a comment as well. I would love to know what you think about it.

Til my next post,
May you always find time to be crafty.


Challenge I am entering:
Shopping Our Stash #235 – 3,2,1
3 Inks, 2 Dies, 1 Ribbon


A Bag for Me

Today post is about the latest weaving project that is on my SampleIt Loom from Ashfords and also a weaving hack or tip as well.

I am half way through the project but I still wanted to share my progress with you – here is a pic of my progress

Bag in progress

In the beginning of January 2016 I decided that I was going to make something for Me.  For me this is a very rare occurrence as I am usually making things for others. Well I am still doing some crochet as well. But this weaving project was going to be for me.

I had this book
Liz Gipson Weaving Made Easy

and I have loved the look of many projects in this since I bought it.  I had never tried any of them up until now.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the same materials that Liz used but I had something similar. I so wanted to make the bag pattern that is included. So I went about reading the pattern and warping up my loom with the required length but I wanted to track my weaving progress because the whole bag is made on the same warp so I came up with this
How far now close up

I cut some strips of paper and joined them together until I had the length that was required in the pattern. I also marked out 10cm lengths and pinned it to the beginning of my project and the longest end. You can see by this picture above I have just under 1.1 meters to go. Now I know exactly how far it is to the end of this piece of weaving.

I will do another post once I have finished making the bag.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today; if you liked my post please don’t forget to hit the like button and also leave a comment if you would like more information or anything.

Til next Blog,
May you always find yourself some crafty time 🙂



Just for Fun

This morning I decided that I would craft a card just for fun.  I didn’t want to have the constraints of time or deadlines; I just wanted to be free to make something and enjoy the creative process along the way.  But my crafting MOJO just wasn’t playing along so I did what I have done in the past and looked for a sketch to start things off for me and I found this one

This is from September, 2015 but I just liked its simple layout.  I thought this would be something I could give a go after not card crafting for awhile. So I dug through my stash of paper packs and decided to use the Hippy Girl Collection from Kasiercraft.  I also dug out an image of a Butterfly from Meljen Designs which I had coloured in with my Copics last month and hadn’t found the right card for it.

Butterfly Dec2015

I am really happy with the end result especially after having such a long break.  I am hoping that I will be able to do more since my craft table was updated by my Hubby John.  It was such a delight crafting at my new and updated desk.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and look at my project. To let me know you stopped in please consider liking this post or/and leaving me a comment.

Happy Crafting Always,
From Tracy B


A New Desk for Me.

Today I am here to share with you my new desk that my Hubby made for me.  Why was I in need of a new desk you may ask.  Well I shall share with you a photo of my desk before the upgrade.
Old DeskAs you can see from this photo my desk which is marked by the green mat wasn’t very big.  Every time I came to sit at my desk I felt very hemmed in. All I had to do was put a few things on the desk and I didn’t have any space to create … though I did; but not very often because of how I felt while sitting there.  I mentioned this to my Hubby and he said that he could do something about it for me.  So we went and bought the necessary wood for the new shelves and my Hubby set about making my new desk.
New Desk Dec2015And here is my new desk … YAY!!! I painted my new desk and the pin board my favourite colour – Purple.  The desk is so much bigger than my old one.  Just taking out that middle upright has opened up my desk so much. I have some new wire baskets for some of my spinning supplies but on the shelf above the desk is my Fiber stash waiting to be spun and turned into projects.  In this photo my spinning wheel is missing but the green mat down the bottom right is where it does sit.

I am looking forward to making my first project on this desk.  I am not sure when that will be – at the start of Christmas School Holidays in my house – but I hope it will be soon.

Happy Crafting Always,
From Tracy B


New Beginings I hope.

 Hello Everyone,

Well life keeps throwing new things into my path.  Some good, some bad. I have been homeschooling one of my kids since the beginning of this year and things lately have had to be adjusted due to circumstances so I have had to put a lot of my energy into this.  This has unfortunately impacted on my screen time. But I have been crafting behind the scenes – Crafting is my one stress relief.

ITracy Spinning did buy myself this an Ashford Traveler Spinning Wheel in the beginning of 2015.  I went to a Fiber Camp last May (and again this year) and absolutely fell in love with spinning. I got to try a wheel similar to this at the camp and was instantly hooked.

I have been making some yarns and I have knitted a shawl with the first 5 that I spun.  I will be keeping this shawl once I have finished it because this shows where I started on my Spinning journey.

One thing I am quite proud of is that I have picked up Crochet – after many people have tried to teach me over the years.  I crocheted this bag over the past month using a pattern based on the Derek design.  This was a really well written pattern and easy for a beginner like me to complete.  Once I finished making the outside I also sew some pockets that fit my stuff for the inside.

Even though I changed a couple of things from the original I am really happy with the results.  The one thing I love about making things myself is that I can use the colours that I want too especially my favorite colour – Purple and also I can adjust things to suit either myself or someone I am making the item for.

So this what I have been up too after I said Hi in early May this year.  I want to share with you more of my spinning and fiber crafts.  And I want to get some cards made for either just for the fun of it or that I can enter into some challenges.

Until next time, Happy Crafting.



A Gnome Knows

Hello again,

Yes don’t fall of your chair I’m back with my 2nd card of the day.  I had a really productive day which I am feeling very grateful for.

MiC Gnome mayI am really pleased with how this has turned out. I took a while trying to decided which background I was going to put behind the cute picture of Gnomey Peter by Make it Crafty.  I have been wanting to use this image for ages and then the Clean and Simple challenge of “Using a background” over on the Make it Crafty Inspiration Blog gave me the push.

The background is another digi stamp from Make it Crafty as well and is “Whimsical Flowers”. I cropped the original image and I coloured it in with Colouring Pencils.  Gnomey Peter was coloured in with my Copic markers and I’m pleased with both images.

MiC Gnome close upBut upon doing this have decided that I am going to have to save up for some better colouring pencils 🙂 I am also thankful that I have a Brother Scan’N’Cut to help me to cut out both images and make the wavy element on the card.  Here is a look at the inside of my card as well.

MiC Gnome may insideOnce again Thanks for stopping on by to have a look at my card. Please let me know that you’ve been by liking my post or even commenting on anything you think I could improve on.

Make it Crafty CAS Challenge – Backgrounds