Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Happy Halloween
I haven't posted on here for a couple of years as I started to have major access problems and didn't like a lot of changes to blogger. I also stopped scrapbooking. :(
Since then technology has moved on and people keep in touch through Facebook and Twitter, but I have discovered that sharing my crafty makes with random FB friends is not the same as keeping a diary of my skills. And so I have decided to occasionally post my items for my own record.

I have been busy and have started a sewing club in my neighbourhood and still make crafty presents for people. My daughter has started dancing and needs costumes and props..yay!!!
And so for school this week I altered...get it ..(alteredgeisha)a shop bought hairband and turned it into a Mexican Day of the Dead skull. Those flowers and brads sure came in handy along with some German Scrap from PaperArtsy.

I think I had forgotten just how therapeutic crafting can be...sigh........
The finished result....all dressed up and ready to ROCK!!
Happy Halloween 2013
Be Safe

Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Graduate

It's A level results day today in the UK which is rather fitting for this project.
 If I thought my scrapping skills were rusty I have just discovered that my photography skills are positively rotten. Please accept my apologies for the blurred photos. I would like to blame my tools but sadly it is my fault!!



Cute little prima stamps on shrink plastic.(am going to make some steampunk jewellery from my spare ones!)

A dividing flap

Back page with pockets

  • Bo Bunny Papers, Flowers and bling from The Hobby House, Tetney
  • Super thick card with thanks to Lynn from Grimsby Crafts
  • School themed brads from Helena
If your loved ones received their results today I hope their hard work and dedication has paid off as this young ladies clearly has.

Love and A stars
Ruth xxx

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Anniversary Album

This is my first project in a very long time. As it was a commission piece I had no choice but to pull my finger out and get gluing. It did me the world of good though. It made me realise that yes I do still love scrapping and making.
The photos aren't that great because I was in a hurry and not being fussy with them.

Such a good looking couple they made it easy to work with their photos. (I hope they get engaged

I used Making Memories papers from Grimsby Crafts.

Saturday, 3 March 2012


I often wonder why peeps brag about how many photos they took on holiday...that was until we went away for a month and I returned to find myself having to edit 700 of the bloomin things!! So I am going to share a few here with you and so my family can read this too.

Art Deco Weekend is held every year in my home town the famous little Art Deco city of the south Napier NZ.
I spent months before our holiday sourcing suitable clothes and still failed on some accounts, thankfully the wardrobe mistress stepped in and helped advice us with Georgias costume and my accessories.

Wednesday evening: Mother and I kicked off the weekend a little early with a soiree at the local 1930's theatre.
It was terrribly entertaining and great value for money. darrrrrrhling. We met an english couple who had round the world cruise tickets that culminated in their stay in Napier.......6 weeks on a boat just to get there, now thats what I call travelling in style. No kids, no jet lag and double the luggage allowance!!

I wore my nude coloured flapper style bias cut dress..shame you can't see the beading as it's covered by the huge grey fur.
Mother is holding her new beaded bag that we bought for her from E-Bay. The clasp needed a little tlc and mum being an expert needle worker sorted it in no time at all.

I had my hair cut into a 1920's bob by Raymond the local hairdressing celebrity.

Thursday saw us all travelling to meet a steam train and share in the annual Wellington to Napier run.

The train was soooo late, I reckon Ben could have got us home quicker on this Jigger!!

We waited ........

and waited..... 

and waited..... the meantime, Georgia ruined her lace gloves by throwing stones onto the railway lines and I made lots of new friends and we all kept the station coffee shop open until late!!

(Emma on the right rides vintage bikes, boom boom my beating heart..more of those in another post)

I wore my silk day dress and the altered hat, but forgot my brown fur......I think I need more practise at this lady thing, my gloves stayed in my handbag the whole day too...honestly it's just not the done thing to be gloveless, when will I learn!!

The kids looked gorgeous and Mr I.T did me proud too....what a fine pair of Yorkshire men they make!

........and finally 2 hours late the steaming, hissing monstrosity that we had all been waiting for,  hurtled into the station with it's delicate wooden carriages shaking along behind it.

(This little train spotter was particularly excited..I can't possibly think why???)

For some of the tired passengers it was a long trip, for others a long wait, and for one little boy the ride of a life time!!

The end: the next episode has less trains and more cars and planes...all vintage off course!!

Love and furs
Ruth xxx

Monday, 30 January 2012

Napier, New Zealand here we come!!

Ooh that was I am......nah just kidding I wish!!

See you when I get back!!

Ruth xxx

Friday, 20 January 2012

Try Something New...

This months challenge at Happy Daze is to try something new.....I tried out my new sewing machine, but it could be a new technique or a new product or something you have never done before.

I made a slip cover for a book rather than cover it with paper. I used beautiful silver embroidered lace trim from Happy Daze and spritzed the calico with pastel mists.

The papers are Websters Pages HollyWood Vogue and are perfect for my Art Deco theme.

Sticking with the Art Deco theme is a layout of my sister in her flapper finery.
The title is because her beaded headpiece is actually a 1940's (ish) replica necklace that I sent to Mum one birthday or christmas. It certainly looks better on her head than it did in the shop!

Maybe my next layout will feature me in my flapper dress.....hmmmm

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Love and pearls
Ruth xxx