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Friday, 10 October 2014

Happy Fall Y'all - Friday 10th October 2014

Good afternoon Friends,

Well I don't seem to have been around blogland much lately, but hopefully all getting back to normal now...except of course for the rush to make Christmas cards!

Our workshop at the library on Tuesday went first day back at work and because I work in the library, I thought it was pointless to come home, so I worked through...10 hours plus the 2 hours crafting, but it was ok...I got a lot done and I broke through the 'tired and why am I doing this?' barrier by about 5pm!

It was a small group of totally new people, but they  really enjoyed making the Dasher lady on my table hadn't crafted in a while and was so thrilled with her card that she couldn't wait to show it to her family. I didn't inflict my camera on them though, save that for the regulars who know me!

Last night we did a Christmas card at our regular group, I did take my camera and will show the photos over the weekend.

This afternoon I have been home and as it was so beautiful in the sunshine, I went out to  my little craft barn to keep the hens company and work on a Halloween model that I seem to have been making forever and can't wait to show, but it's not quite finished yet...the truth being I keep thinking of more bits to add to it.

Today's card is a simple little seasonal card:

  I used a piece of kraft card to make the blank: the stamp, part of Inkydoodles Spring/Easter set (but which suits autumn equally well) is quite large, so I had to custom make a blank to fit the design. I used a piece of buttermilk card for the background which I embossed with a leaf M-Bossability and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. I coloured the scarecrow with Promarkers and inked the background with Salty Ocean distress ink. The pumpkins are Spellbinders dies, die cut on to white card and inked through with Spiced Marigold ink. The sun stamp is from the same set.

If I had more time I would have stitched around the edge, but this time it had to be faux stitching  and I finished off with hessian, buttons and string.

Inside is a Prim Tag that I downloaded from the internet and inked with Vintage Photo. 

Talking about Prim craft, for almost the last 15 years I have gotten a lot of my Prim, folk and altered art supplies from an online craft Company called Calico Crafts, in fact they are probably the first craft company I ever ordered online from, so I have watched them grow over the years... great for papers, paints and all the mdf parts and little details such as rusty bells and hearts...Prim, Country, Steampunk..the lot.

 Last week I logged on to order a few little bits from them and was so shocked and dismayed to read a message in place of their website...their warehouse had burned down a few days before and they had lost their entire stock. I can't tell you how I feel for them having been a customer so long.

They are keeping optimistic that some time they will start again, but it is such a massive clear up job. Such a shame.

Well friends, I want to end on a more uplifting note....close to us we have a Country/Equestrian shop...we go there fairly often because they also sell poultry supplies and it's a good excuse for me to drool over all the riding equipment and bemoan the fact that my body stopped me from getting in the saddle some years ago. I think Tom just waits for me to say (I always do!)  "if we had had all these body protectors in my youth, I might still be riding now!" :)...anyways, a few weeks ago they had a sale and we bought our 'girls' a present..and oddly enough, they seem to love long as they are being bribed with grapes that is our Chicken Gym!

Take care all!

Love and Hugs
Carole X


  1. Oh my goodness, those photos are brilliant - they really made me smile! Glad to see the girls are enjoying their new gym. Your autumnal card is beautiful, I love the twine and burlap details! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. Oh! Carole, this is mad! instead of the Horse of the Year Show you could have Chicken of The Year Show Lol!
    I had heard that Calico Crafts had closed but didn't realise it was because of a fire. We can only hope they were well insured.
    Have a great weekend and happy crafting, Angela x
    Sorry P.S. love the card too.

  3. Hi Carole,
    fab card, and such a very lovely image of the scarecrow.
    My those chickens are amazing, no wonder you like being out in your craft barn, with those fab antics going on.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  4. Brilliant card Carole. Oh I'd better not let Anna and ?Beth see what your chickens have got, infact I think my daughter would love to buy these for her ladies. Hazel xx

  5. I love the card, so perfect for this time of year, the pumpkins are fantastic.

    I did hear about Calico Crafts last week, it is so very sad that this should happen to wonderful people who set up a fantastic business over the years. I do hope they can start up again!

    Talk about ending on a high note Carole, the gym is fantastic, I love, love, love it. It will give you (and them) many hours of pleasure I am sure! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Hi Carole your card is fantastic very seasonal. You are so busy how do you fit it all in? I love your chickens. We have just got three chickens at school the children find them fascinating. Have a great weekend. Hugs Jackie

  7. Oh this chicken gym is priceless!! What a fun life you give your girls!! : )

    Love your scarecrow card : ) and the sentiment is especially sweet!

    Have a great weekend.


  8. Carole your card just smacks of autumn. Loving the scene you created. Lol just love your chicken gym. Very fit chickens you have there.
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  9. Morning Carole,
    Love you card, beautiful colours. The photos of your hens made me smile, so cute.

  10. This is just fabulous creation, awesome colours, and goodies used and just ADORE your chicken gym...very
    aNNie xx

    The Journey is the Start

  11. Hi Carole, love your Scarecrow card perfect for this time of year. Your chicken gym really made me chuckle! I'm sure they'll get hours of entertainment & exercise out of it.
    See you soon
    Amy x

  12. Hey Carole, love the scarecrow card, I esp love the embossed buttery background. What sad news for Calico..hope that they get back on their feet soon. I LOVE the chicken gym, looks a bit like what I have been putting myself through at the gym recently (Cardio Box..) Cx