Friday, 26 August 2011


Ok it's official, I am in skive mode.  Why?... because I have two buntings to paint and am feeling a bit lazy, I also want to make some fused plastic bunting – as taught by my talented friend Charlotte click to see her blog.  I also have a pup to walk, a bike to test and my hair to .... well I should do something with it even flatten with my palms would be an improvement so far.  I also  want to make a fruity flapjack ready for our outing on Friday.  Then there is the daily hovering, I took a photo but it was too disgusting to post – and I only missed ONE day of hoovering – where does all the dog hair come from – she is brushed and nothing then she runs back inside and voom it’s like black tumbleweed scooting around the downstairs floors, suffice to say she is not, and never will be, allowed upstairs.  Containment, that’s the answer.

All the above I have been putting off for several days now (except the hoovering), and what am I doing – writing a blog entry! I’ll be back at work soon and then I’ll be sorry.
On a nice note – here is a pic of my latests two creations , crafts I learned at Chorley Contemporary Crafters (blog) monthly meet ups.

Felt phone sock - it's all one moulded piece, then you cut an opening in top.  Oh and add buttons too.
Dragonfly mirror - not quite finished yet, though Mr Petal thinks it looks good with some wood showing so I may just grout it and stop there.
Since writing the above I got all motivated, chucked my hair up into a ponytail, stuck on my son’s old helmet,  plonked on my scruffy pumps with a sundress (it was a confident look!) and headed out of the door for a bike ride test.  Next straight back out with the dog and then back for a hoover – this morning? We are back at tumble weed status!!!!  Oh bunting almost finished (it’s a present so I can’t post a pic yet until its delivered).

Also K been busy and has added a new album to our facebook page with just a couple of pics of our beautiful buntings in their new homes. Go and check it out (don't think you need to be on facebook to see click here)
Right children to play with, a poorly pup to look after and another bunting to start.


Friday, 12 August 2011

Negative Nikki

I’ve been having a look back through my blogs and felt it was time for a bit of Paint Pots and Petals. Not much of our work in here so this blog is dedicated to the recent loveliness of our painted buntings and door hangers.

Lately, I feel our skills have improved
and I’m really proud of the quality of the work we are producing.  I have the personality type that tends to lean towards the negative and maybe this comes across at the stalls as K completely believes in us and the items we sell, she is so positive and people warm to that.
Me? I see my imperfect drawing skills, that bit where it doesn't quite look how it did in my head.  However, the majority of orders are through word of mouth, so I reckon all our customers believe in us. Possibly more than I do. Oops!  

Anyway, the other evening I was so chuffed when I dropped off a bunting (left) I’d done as a present for my neighbours new baby daughter yet still in the back of my mind was “will she really like it?” However, the very next morning she popped round and order a bunting for a friend.  The next day when I told K she said simply “yes we get that a lot”. 
This week all I have painted are repeat orders. So, I have decided, no more negative thoughts, listen to what others think and believe them they are NOT ‘just being kind’!!  I have taken a step back and had a proper look at what we've done recently and thought I would share a few pics of them with you.

this was a tough one to paint, but I'm pleased with how beautiful it looks
the pegs idea - we attached twine and voila a handy and v.pretty way to display your child's pictures

A jungle theme which took some thought but K really came up trumps with this one I loved the snakes as letters idea and the bright bold colours.

A present for a friend based on a mixture of previous buntings.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

An Idyllic Life

It's Sunday afternoon, the kettle is boiling and while I wait I take a moment to look out into my garden.  It’s a view to warm the heart.  For a start, it isn’t raining – always a pleasant image.  The McDonalds we ate for lunch has been cleared (and the guilt cleared along with it).  Now Grandma and Nani are sat at the patio table, two small children (well smallish) are running around the lawn laughing and shouting, following at their heels is a very cute puppy who trips and stumbles in her excitement and attempts to keep up.  Grandad and Dad are stood admiring today’s handiwork (hubby is currently building a playhouse, not assembling, building - from scratch, as is his preference).  The garden is lush but not over-run with plants, in fact it is now looking established and well finished.  I really have married a very handy man. 
When the playhouse is complete I shall post pics but for now I am here feeling... oh what’s that elusive word?? Oh yes ‘contented’.
Bye for now.