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Hello & Welcome...My name is Anne-Marie, I am a full-time administration assistant for a local housing association, I have a husband, two adult sons, and a mad dog named Fritz. I spend any spare minute crafting (although there are never enough spare minutes)...anything from making cards, papercrafts, knitting, crochet, baking and making jams, curds etc. I also enjoy growing my own fruit/veg in my greenhouse/garden.

I hope I will post something that may be of interest to you.
..thanks for visiting xx

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Gruffies & Guests Challenge #14

Good Afternoon

It's time for my half-way reminder for our latest challenge over at Gruffies & Guests.

It's Challenge #14 Anything Goes with the Option of 'Love is All Around'  Here's my DT card which I hope will give you some inspiration to get crafting and join in with our challenge.

I would like to enter my card on Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog - Challenge #22 Cute

Don't you just love the pair of iccle mice snuggled up together.  

The winner of this month's challenge will win $10 to spend on here Disdigistamps 

If your entry includes the option of Love is All Around it will count as 2 entries, so come on get crafting you've still got a couple of weeks to enter. 

All you have to do is use any Gruffie, House Mouse or Happy Hopper image and you can make anything for our challenge, not just cards.

Entries can also be by e-mail or facebook link - Click here Gruffies & Guests Challenge Blog for details.

Also if you'd like to be a DT member for a month put GDT after your name in the linky.

I will look forward to seeing all your lovely entries.  Good luck in the Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by
Anne-Marie xx

Friday, 20 February 2015


My lovely husband has bought me a sewing machine - what a fab present!  And I am already hooked on my new hobby.

I started off with a couple of easy envelope cushion covers which I am very pleased with.

I was so amazed that the cushions actually fit inside perfectly.  

At my first sewing class at our local Craft Central shop I made a lovely 'sewing tidy with pin cushion' It's so useful for putting the little scraps of fabric and threads in rather than them cluttering the table.

At last week's lesson I started a little patchwork dog, which I will be finishing on Tuesday, picture to follow (as long as it looks ok once I've sewn the back on).

My favourite sewing project so far is a cotton bag that I made for a friend's birthday present.  Think I'll be using this pattern again ~ my friend loved it.

The next project is a sock bunny, she's nearly finished, just her ears & face to do, hopefully she will look like a bunny when she's finished, and then to think of a name for her.

Have still managed to make some cards recently too.  Here's a tepee card I made for the same friend that I made the bag for.  First time I've made one of these after seeing Diana Clews demonstrate at a recent Docrafts cardmaking demo.

Unfortunately my uncle passed away recently and this is the card I made for my Auntie & family.  I always struggle with what to put on sympathy cards but I think this one has turned out ok.

Tonight I made my DT card for Gruffies & Guests Challenge Blog which I will post tomorrow as a half-way reminder.

For Valentine's day I made my husband a little keepsake, found the lovely idea on Pinterest.  What a great place for all kinds of fab ideas. 

I love crafting, it's such a shame I have a full-time job that gets in the way, but hey ho it pays the bills and how would I buy all the lovely crafting goodies if I didn't work? 

Anyway that's all for tonight, hopefully I've not bored you too much.

Thanks for stopping by
Anne-Marie x