9th March 2014
After a great deal of thought and taking in all the changes in my life over the past eighteen months or so, I have decided that for the the time being, at least, I will only be posting once a week on a Monday from now on.......

I am sorry I cannot send out any templates, poems etc. that I may have previously offered in the past, the files have been lost and I have chosen not to redo them

Monday, 21 April 2014

Christmas 2014 - Retro Snowman Tags

These tags measure approximately 10cm x 5cms and are made using a base tag of plain red card and scraps from retro style Christmas papers.
retron snowman tagsThe canvas snowman toppers cost me 50p for a pack of 4 from a reduced section in The Range.
retro snowman gift tags.There’s not a lot to them, the eyelet has been set using my Crop-a-dile, I am still very heavy handed with it, but a proper eyelet does make a tag look so professional! There’s a bit of mat and layering and faux stitching going on…..
retro snowman tags….. all finished off with a a length of red and white bakers twine.  These would look good on a parcel wrapped in plain or bottle green Kraft paper.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Rubber Duckie Card.

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a hand cut blank using a navy blue gingham card.
rubber duck cardI’m not sure if this card is suffering from a mat and layering overload!!!??
Jolee's boutique duck stickersThe ducks came from my visit to Michael’s in Las Vegas, they are sooooo cute, but I am not sure that this card has done their cuteness justice.
rubber duck card.However, as there are nine ducks in the pack at least I can have a couple more tries to see if I can get the balance right!  Having said that though, I think it’s a card that I could possibly use for the birth of a baby boy, with the addition of a sentiment somewhere ….  possibly on the “water”…..??Rubber Duckie Card. It's a boy

Monday, 7 April 2014

Rubber Duckie Card

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a hand cut card blank using a white linen effect card.
Rubber duck card..I found these self adhesive, flock duck embellishments from in Michael’s in Las Vegas……. and just couldn't resist them
Jolee's boutique duck stickersRubber Duckie Card
Baby cards immediately came to mind, but I am also thinking perhaps a leaving cards .... or just a plain "You're quackers!" ?

Monday, 31 March 2014

Cadbury Miniature Bunny Chocolates

These chocolates are just a daft idea made for fun, perhaps a case of over egging (or bunnyising) a Cadbury miniature!!!!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Miniature Easter Favours.All I’ve done is cover a few Cadbury miniatures to make them look a bit more Eastery ….
Cadbury Dairy Milk MiniaturesBoofle 6 x 6 paper packPaperchase Easter Confetti
…… using a wrapper as a template,  I have cut new ones using scraps from Boofle  6 x 6 papers.
Dairy milk miniature Easter favoursCadbury Minatures Easter Favors
There’s a bit of an art to unwrapping the chocolates without damaging the foil …. but I got there in the end. I then “rolled” the chocolate in a new wrapper, sealing it with double sided tape at the end.
Miniature Cadbury Easter Favours
Easter Bunny Chocolate miniature
The final touch is a little doodled grass before adding the Easter bunny, done and dusted!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Elizabeth Shaw Bunny Mint Favours

Come on, with Easter next on our crafting calendars did you really think I wouldn’t do something with my crafty confectionary staple Elizabeth Shaw mints?!!!!!!
Easter Mint FavoursI try to stock up on the mints whenever see them in Home Bargains or B M Bargains at around £1.99 a box, especially as they always seem to have the milk chocolate ones, which are my personal favourite, dark chocolate is an aquired taste for me I am afraid. I know one day this source will more than likely dry up and then I will have to try and find them in the supermarkets for close on double the price, so I always check the “use by date” and then buy enough for a couple or three projects.
Boofle 6 x 6 paper packPaperchase Easter Confetti
So, once more, I have got my old faithful, umpteen years old Stampin’ Up scalloped and plain circle out and got punching, in pink and yellow pastels for the outside, and Boofle 6” x 6” papers for the middle.
Easter Mint Favours..Easter Mint Favours.
I am a fairly patient person ….. but after a while doing all the dots and faux stitching on both sides of the mints does begin to rankle and I just want to get them done!
Easter Bunny Mint FavoursThen comes the writing bit, when I start just pray that I can get it pretty well centred first time, and not have to chuck too many in the bin to get them just right.
Easter Bunny MintsThen,  all I have to do is sandwich them altogether, using double-sided tape ….. I am not sure how I am going to package them up to give as presents at Easter ….. but I do have a few organza bags from way back when (…somewhere …..) that need using up!

Monday, 17 March 2014

Nine Square Easter Bunny Card

This card measures 5ins x 5ins and is made using a hand cut blank using a white linen effect card.
Easter Bunny patchwork Easter CardHow long has it been since I last made a nine square card???  Blinking years!!! However, the Paperchase wooden. confetti rabbits I found at a greatly reduced price a few weeks ago just screamed to be put on one!!
Paperchase Easter ConfettiBoofle 6 x 6 paper pack
I matched them up with papers from a Boofle 6” x 6” paper pack, which are just perfect for Easter and spring cards.
9 square patchwork Easter CardThe squares measure 1in x 1ins and I have edged them and the main square with tiny faux stitching.
Easter Bunny Card. patchword CardThat’s it ….. all done and bunny hopping dusted!

Monday, 10 March 2014

My New Bathroom and “Bespoke” Bath Panel!!

Well, the past two weeks at chez moi have been a hive on industry, with the work on my bathroom, after months of planning finally started and now completed, and if I say so myself, it looks beautiful!
Bath panel_thumb[4]paper patchwork bathpanel
I’ll be honest my part in the proceedings were almost nil, except for the bath panel, which you’ll remember from previous posts -  and  then buying all the little “incidental” bits and pieces to go with it, plus, more importantly making limitless cups of tea for the wonderful Ade who did all of the hard graft.
Bathroom 1_thumb[3]020
As you know, originally I dreamed of a boudoir bathroom to match my bedroom, all frou frou, and girly, but in the end, with my choice of stainless steel border tiles,  it all became very simple and streamlined ….
steel tiles021
….. and less is more. My bejewelled mirror looked totally out of place and is now looking for a new home, and all the random coloured candle and tealight holders that I wanted to give the room an eclectic style have also fallen by the wayside……
bathroom candles…… to be replaced by just a few plain pieces.
Patchwork bath panelAnd the bath panel?  Well I think it looks wonderful, an acquired taste perhaps, but a total one off,  covered using papers from my very favourite 12” x 12” My Mind’s Eye, Stella and Rose 180 page paper pad.
My Minds Eye, Stella and Rose 12 x 12 Designer Paper Pad 180 pages Patchwork papered bath panel
The panel is the main splash of colour in the room, and so I picked out certain colours from it with which to match my towels and bath mats i.e dusty blue and aubergine, sage green, a pastel yellow.
All in all I think I have gone from a boudoir to boutique bathroom!!!  The only original idea I still have left is for a cluster of the patchwork pictures on the wall nearest the loo, which I started using the same papers on the bath panel and Poundland picture frames, which are a perfect match to my new mirror, but I am not sure.
framed machine sewn paper heart _thumb[5]Perhaps I need to live with the room as it is for a while before starting to consider cluttering up its clean lines!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Times They Are A Changing ……..

You may or may not have noticed that I have changed one of the headers on Fiddle Fart this morning ……

“After a great deal of thought and taking into consideration all the changes in my life over the eighteen months or so, I have decided that for the time being at least, I will only be posting once a week, on a Monday, from now on ……..”

I started blogging in August 2009 and in that time have published 1,773 posts which will, hopefully be floating in the ether forever ….. but my life, interests and concerns have changed so much  ….. and will continue to do so, with new exciting opportunities and events  …. most especially the arrival of my first  grandchild in June !!!!!!!! So, with all this in mind, I have decided to downsize drastically craft wise in space, time and blogging……


At Easter, plans are a foot to change my craft room back into a guestroom, so that anyone who comes to stay has a room to spread out in, and my present small guestroom will then become my office/craft room, downsizing dramatically, however, I do have a large, easily assessable loft (below) in which to store a lot of the stuff I don’t need/use all the time …… but will also give me space to work on larger projects if I want, ….. in fact, there’s even a desk up there ….. but as you can see, I have a lot of sorting out to do first to accommodate these changes  ………. which will initially take more of my time.  


So that’s it …..  I have now rescheduled all the projects I had in reserve, which will, when posted on a weekly basis, take us into early June. This hopefully will give me time to hopefully get settled, build up a bank of a few new posts and then, to revaluate again how I feel about crafting and blogging in the future.  So see you hopefully on a Monday from now on.

Glittered Spiders

I was rootling about in one of the drawers on my desk when I found four spiders left over from Halloween ……..
Plastic Halloween Spider …………….and I just couldn’t resist glittering them!
Glittered Spiders. halloweenThey each measure about 3ins long, so they are quite substantial and therefore quite striking.  I used ultra fine glitters and PVA glue in a fine tip applicator bottle to glitter them up.
Glittered Halloween Spider.Halloween. Scary Glittered Spider
You can’t tell from the pictures but they really do sparkle and look quite beautiful, in a weird sort of way!
Scary Creepy Glittered Halloween SpiderScary Halloween Glittered Spider
I can’t think of an immediate use for them, but there’s another nine months to think of something before Halloween comes round again……. but I am thinking they would look good on a gothic shaped mirror ……. with a painted web and perhaps a candle or two ……… ?????