Saturday, 25 August 2012

That was the week that was...

My word, has it finished?  Can I look back and sigh a bit now?  I've been to three major south coast cities this week, driven the company van down lanes so un-used that the grass grows through the tarmac and started a major domestic clearing out programme.  Crafty, no.  Useful and time consuming.  Yes.  And it's all good; the trips were in the company of one or other of my darlings, I like driving the van and the cupboard under the stairs is starting to resemble a useful storage place again.  So now, NOW, I can blog about my crafty week.  Erm........no really, I've made two cards and this:


Painted with 'Putty' dulux emulsion, Marianne flower dies and assorted  other stuff...
It's instead of a card, for a lovely friend...she's having a big birthday tomorrow.  I bought the Kraft letter on Wednesday when LLJ and I popped into Winchester. Always time for a browse and a coffee in the week, huh!  Of course we went to see Janet and I felt the need to buy stuff.  (The ribbon with crowns on, too).  So, in the best tradition of large padded cards (remember those?), this J, at about 8" tall, is bigger than the present.  Great diversionary tactic, huh! 
Two cards and a bit of sticking isn't a lot, given my facing some scarey workshops and the card marathon that I seem to be involved in, so excuse me do; I'm off to tidy up before spending a wet and dull bank holiday weekend at my desk.  That's the plan.  As the sun is shining out there presently, wish me luck.  And have a great weekend.  


25 comments:

Sunshine Girl said...

What a good idea for a card! Love it - I have three of these letters (bought them when they were 3 for 2 about 2 years ago when Hobbycraft opened near me) and they are still in the "To be done" cupboard!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

so beuautiful!

Di said...

Wow Julia, this is absolutely gorgeous! Such a lovely change from a card and, as you say, a brilliant diversionary tactic indeed! Have a super weekend! Di xx

Shoshi said...

Oooh love this, Julia! How pretty! Ha ha at the "diversionary tactic" you norty girlie!!

I love all the embellishments you've put on the J. Glad to hear you had such a nice time with LLJ and Janet. I'd love to be close enough to meet up with other WOYWWers.

Shoshi

Annie said...

Wow. What a fab dob you've done Julia and what a special gift it is with all the love that's gone into making it. Sounds like you've had a busy week like me. :-)
Hugs,
A x

Elizabeth said...

Entertaining post, as usual, Julia. Just for a moment there I thought you had treated yourself to a letter for a queen - I should have known better! Love the letter and think it's a fabulous substitute for a card and the ribbon is terrific.

Popped over to Winchester ... my bird's eye view of your part of the map shows Winchester quite a distance away from your place so how early did you both set off to pop over there. Isn't amazing how far we crafters will go to get out fix of crafty goodies :))

Have a great weekend. Elizabeth xx

Bernice said...

Well done to get some crafting done - I know how difficult these 'clearing out' jobs become - I started that weeks ago, and everywhere is now in a mess - we're at a standstill as we need a couple of joiners to do a few things and as usual they don't turn up!! Hope you have more success - it feels like a great achievement when you finish organising a room, or even just a cupboard.
Bernice

Lisa-Jane said...

I was home scrapping with my boy that day! We could have made you tea here. Loving the J, very effective.

Alyce said...

Wow that is amazing!!! What a great design and I just love all of those little details :)

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Have a tidy weekend yourself Julia!

I'll be in the craft room too. Weather can't make up its mind today.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

jill said...

lovely idea instead of a card & the rolled flowers are so cute.

Redanne said...

I really like the idea of an initial instead of a card, it is great idea and you have decorated it so beautifully, love that ribbon and the cameo too. Have a good tidying up weekend. A x

Hwee said...

You need a 4x4 to get down some of those unused lanes, especially when it rains and the lanes get all muddy! I love the flowers on your project. Absolutely gorgeous!

Buttons said...

Great alternative to a card! Well done for getting through that week AND making headway on the clearing up. Sounds like you've turned into superwoman! Hope you achieve everything you need to this weekend without getting too tired. Hugs, Buttons x

misteejay said...

What a fab project Julia.

If the weather has been like round here you will have had plenty of wet to keep you at your desk. After a lovely morning we have had thunder, lightening and plenty of the wet stuff...

Toni xx

Eliza said...

Whata wonderful gift to give love the idea and that crown ribbon looks great me want some LOL

Your a good friend.

Eliza


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Glad you are in for a bank holiday. Sounds like you are going to need it, if nothing more than to spend time cleaning the van (grin). Here's to a bright and sunny weekend, regardless of the weather!

okienurse said...

very nice! Like your big J it is awesome!! I am sure your friend Janet will love it and forget all about the present!

Paula Gale said...

A short while ago, I bought 'P' & 'D' (Paula & Darren). I haven't done anything with them yet - but intend on decorating them to co-ordinate with my bedroom... Silhouette store are doing cut files for $.99c each for letters of the alphabet, not sure how big they come out mind - obviously you can only enlarge enough to fit on the paper you are using... You could knock the word 'love', 'home' or 'bath' etc out for a small outlay - then flog them.

I think an initial of someones name as a gift is so much more personal and feels much more of a keepsake - matching it to someones colour scheme or decor.

What a fabulous gift and fab project. Not sure how you actually found time to do it though...

here's to next week then (sorry for the long comments!!!)

Big hugs

Paula x x x

trisha too said...

Well you have been extremely busy this week--and that card is wonderful, she's sure to like it!

:)

Victoria said...

A fab card alternative! Love the spiral flowers!

MaggieC said...

What a good idea to make that letter for your friend. I am sure she will treasure it. Thank you for your visit and kind comments. unfortunately, most of those jobs just have to be done before we go away. However, I have done the cards for the first couple of weeks in September, and the Challenge card for Clarity Stamps Club. Tomorrow, it is down to the sewing machine to turn up those jeans so that Geoff has some trousers to wear while we are away. I will get there with a bit more organisation. Have a good week. Maggie xx #102

MaggieC said...

PS Thanks for not knocking over the heaps of stuff.

Minxy said...

Totally gorgeous letter x I'd be happy to get just that as a present, im sure your friend will love it x

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