scraps of paper, cut to make a beach scene
heart stamp, scraps of purple paper and
2 diecut hearts
scraps of red paper, yellow circle, peel off rose and 2 different heart stamps
scraps of paper woven together
scraps of paper, die cut vase, peel off tulips
& 3 flower gems
butterfly diecuts, sequins and floral paper
2 dragonfly gems, blue paper and a cut out frog
semi-circles of yellow, green & purple,
elephant sequin and a felt tip pen
some border stickers and some 'tangle' ing
(more about that in a future post)
So there you go, these are my efforts so far and I have to say I really enjoyed myself. At first I was a little concerned that they're not 'good enough' for an ATC but then I reminded myself that it was about having a fun and trying something new.
I think my current favourite is the grey and red hearts with purple borders, although there's lots I love about each one too.
I'm looking forward to making a lot more because it was so much fun. Jenny and her daughter are coming over tomorrow and we're going to have a play around and make some more.
Welcome to another Handmade Monday, I can't believe how fast time flies and that I've hosted Handmade Monday for 3 months now! If this is the first time you've joined us, let me extend a very warm welcome to you. Are you, perhaps, a frequent reader but not brave enough to comment yet? I promise you that all of us love reading your comments and that there's no such thing as a silly one.
Last week I reminded you all about our attempt to have an ATC swap, and I've been beavering away this week so that I have some of my own to share with you today. Lucy has also been joining in and I'll link up the post that I made for her later. I sat down with a selection box of scraps and small items and made these...
Have you had a go yet? It's quite addictive and I can see me putting any that don't get swapped into a scrapbook so that I can keep them neatly. Which is your favourite?
Welcome to another blog of Lucy's Lovelies. Whilst we've been very busy and creative since our last post, I've just not found the time to take pictures and tell you all about it.
This week you can see that Lucy's been very busy using a whole variety of materials to make small works of art.
The idea came from a fellow blogger, after I was mentioning that I have a lot of business cards that are no longer useful (my business has developed and grown away from the point where I needed these particular cards)
I decided not to tell Lucy or suggest to her what she should use, I simply spoke aloud as I was creating so that she could hear the composition and creation questions that I was asking and answering all along.
These two creations were made on the backs of the business cards, and then inspired by having the opportunity to raid my paper collections, she used different papers and sizes for the rest of her art.
Lucy was really engrossed in this activity and has spent the last few days going back to playing with the materials and even making sure her daddy joined in too.
I strongly believe that the process of creating for children is a lot more important than the end product. I've heard Lucy talking to herself about making a patchwork, a beach and telling me why she was using certain materials.
What have you been making with your children?
Welcome to another Handmade Monday. As you can tell from the title I'm about to introduce to another member of our lovely community, but before I do that let me share one or two things with you.
Firstly I'd like to remind everyone about the first ever ATC swap for Handmade Monday (you can read more about it here)
In short, all you need to do if you want to have a go, is use an old business card or something business card sized to play around with. Simply send me an email to get my address and I'll play pass the parcel and randomly send them to others. If you would like some old business cards to play with then send me an email, as I'm posting some out to a few people this week so they can play too.
Secondly I was asked a few weeks ago if I'd give an interview about Handmade Monday by one of my fellow crafters in the Thriver Circle that I belong too. After much blushing, I finally managed to get round to answering her questions, and you can read about it here. It will also link you to the first ever Handmade Monday (I did my research). The lovely Andrea also made her first link last week and I'm really glad she's joined us.
Ok, that's me done, so let me introduce Carolee Crafts...
Having time to craft is wonderful as never feel rushed and funny have taken more orders and made more sales since packing up work. I have found been able to concentrate on the smaller things such as social media and self promotion far more now than work getting in the way.
Thank you Caroline, I am loving finding out about all our fellow crafters. If you'd like to be the next person please send me an email (to make sure I get your email address) and I promise its not an arduous task at all.
Happy Easter to everyone, I hope you've all had a lovely day with your friends and families (and eaten some chocolate too)
Aren't these bunnies the cutest? I can't claim any credit other than Googling "Happy Easter images" but they are adorable.
I am really sorry that it took me so long to get round everyone's blogs last week (I may still have posts to read) as Lucy's dancing show took up all of my time and energy - but it was such a great time, and now I can share some of the things I've been up to.
Remember the clowns I helped to paint? Here they are in all their glory on stage...
Doesn't the bunting look fabulous? (although I had nothing to do with it) Remember all those elephant ears? I present the cutest elephant and pony in town...
Notice the sign behind Lucy's head? Yup that was me too.
Wow 10 Handmade Mondays already - I hope you're all enjoying them as much as I am. Just a quick post from me this week, as I'm out all day on Sunday (thank heavens for scheduling)
Here's a quick look at some of the cards I have made this week to sell at the dress rehearsal of little Lucy's first dance show
I have been really busy making them this week as well as getting other stuff prepared for the show - including some projects that I can't share with you till next week.
None of these cards has any sentiment or peel off, so that they can be used for any purpose (particularly helpful if I have a lot left over!)
My favourite cards are the four in the first picture, which one is your favourite?
Welcome to another Handmade Monday, I shall keep my section brief as today we will be meeting another member. I've been very busy crafting this week but I can't show them to you until April, as they are more items for Lucy's dance show. If you didn't see it last week, we're going to be having an April ATC swap as a way to use up old business cards. (read about it on last week's blog) That's enough for me, introducing Emma from EmmaMade
From this point onwards, my love for crafting grew and grew and grew. While searching for online patterns, I began to get inspired by blogs such as Attic 24, One Sheepish Girl and LuluLoves, and was inspired to start EmmaMade, so that I could share my crafty adventures. I've since turned my hand to dressmaking, curtain making, card making and much more. I even made centrepieces, invitations and all sorts of other things for our wedding. I think crocheting, however, will always be my favourite craft.
What is your favourite craft?
A huge thank you to Emma for sharing a little more about herself, I love that wedding centrepiece (the photo above). What have you all been up to this week?
Another week has zoomed by so quickly, I was hoping to bring you the next meet a member today, but that didn't quite work. Never mind, let me tell you what else I've been up to.
I've finally finished stitching 27 little pairs of elephant ears. They look really sweet on the children, and I'll post a picture of Lucy wearing them after her show at Easter.
So I would like to announce the very first ATC swap for Handmade Monday. I can see some of you scratching your heads and wondering what I'm talking about. Here is a brief explanation of what it is, and my suggestion is that we use business cards that are no longer useful as our base card.
April ATCs for Handmade Monday
Firstly if you require some business cards as a starting base send me an email with your address and I'll post some out to you (trust me I have plenty to spare). Now let's get to the creating..
I think this will be great fun, and I hope lots of you want to join in. Speaking of joining in...if you would like to be the next meet a member, can you please send me an email, as I think that might be where this one failed.
Have a great week
Here we are again, ready to read some fabulously crafty blogs and share our new makes and ideas with each other. If this is your first visit, I warmly welcome you (and if you're wondering what I'm going on about, you can read it here)
I haven't managed much crafting this week, as Lucy has had chicken pox and keeping her entertained and not scratching has been a 24/7 kind of job. Actually she's been really good but its hard to do crafting when she's right next you wanting to help.
The show is at the beginning of the Easter holidays and I still have quite a few things to do before then, but I am loving every minute of it. The dancing school that Lucy goes to is very close to my heart as it is where I learned to dance, and taught dancing and did all my training. It's like being part of one huge family and I love being back as part of the team. My parents have always helped out with the show (even though it is many years since I stopped dancing myself) and when I've been able to I've loved helping too. Just before I add the link tool, here's one of the signs I've been working on (not finished yet - or even stuck down!)
I'm really pleased with how it looks, and how everything for the show is turning out. What are you pleased with this week? Let me know...
Welcome to another Handmade Monday, if its your first time with us then I extend you a warm welcome, if you would like to join in then leave your link below. If you want to know more about us, then you can read about it here Old hands are, of course warmly welcomed too.
After so many of you expressed an interest in finding out more about some of your favourite bloggers and crafters, today I launch the "Meet a Member" feature, with me as the first guinea pig! So introducing......Me!
I love crafting and not a week passes without me making something whether its big or small (which reminds me, last week's picture was elephant ears) and I get really excited when people see my products. If I could just pursuade people to buy them...........it would be a lot easier ;)
Some of the crafter's that I'm most inspired by are..
So that's me, if you want to know something just shout - you may have noticed I love a natter.
Now all we need is a volunteer for the next meet a member in two weeks time. I decided to not have questions but let each person tell their story in their own way. I'm happy to add hyperlinks if you ask me to and send me any pictures you want to include.
Welcome, grab youself a slice of virtual cake (thanks pinterest) and come and join the party.
Lucy Blossom Crafts is 2 years old today! Part of me is amazed that it's only two years old (sometimes it feels a lot longer) and another part of me is delighted with how far I've come in just two years, so today's blog is about the journey.
Over the last two years I've had several different business cards, each one better than the previous one. One of the best pieces of advice I can give anyone starting out is not to order hundreds of cards at once - because you might just change your mind about the design. I've had....
And now I will need a new business card, because I've now got two Etsy shops, the name has changed on the original shop and I am now selling hair accessories and gifts as well as the cards. I'm seriously considering ordering them from Moo this time, but I will only be purchasing 100 and not the 500 or so I was got carried aweay with purchasing on vistaprint.
My website has undergone several alterations - including two massive improvements, and I've amazed myself at how creative I can be, and extremely proud that the website is all my own work.
My products have transformed from just cards, to include brooches, hair accessories and stationery too.
So that's it, two years old, only a baby company really, and I've still got so much to learn, do and refine but I've come such a long way already.
To celebrate my birthday I've created a 20% discount code for my etsy shops:
BlossomCardsandGifts and BlossomBloomsandBows (sadly I can't make one for my shop here). The code is... 2NDBIRTHDAY and runs until Monday.