Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Proud Graduate of ...

It's been quiet lately as I've been beavering away over the past month on Module 3 of Make It In Design, Monetising Your Designs.  It only seems like yesterday since I was starting these Modules and I now find myself contemplating the next step - The Ultimate Portfolio Builder.  I've certainly grown in confidence since beginning ...  It had been such a long time since I last picked up a paintbrush.  I now feel organised and equipped to pursue the ambitions I still nurture for surface pattern design .... 

There's still some work to finish up and I so want to get on with things!


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Minerva Product Testing - Astrakhan Jacket

You can see how I made this jacket up on the Minerva Craft Blog here now.  It's still a bit chilly out and I'm glad of it to wear!


Friday, 23 March 2018

Seaglass ...

Just over a year ago, when I was on my honeymoon in Overstrand on the Norfolk coast, we were located right next to the beach.  We often walked along the beach into neighbouring Cromer and it was lovely to beachcomb along the way ...  I found an aqua coloured piece of seaglass one morning and have kept it ever since.  I recently found a jeweller who made pendants, earrings and bracelets from seaglass.  I asked if she could make a pendant from my piece and she willingly did!  Here's the beautiful result ....



I now have a lovely reminder of my honeymoon week that I can wear.

You can see more exquisite creations here, all at a very reasonable price:


https://www.facebook.com/seawavejewellery/


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Monday, 12 March 2018

Minerva Product Testing - Zandra Rhodes Vogue Jacket

You can read all about how I made this Vogue Zandra Rhodes Designer Jacket here on the Minerva Crafts blog:

https://www.minervacrafts.com/blog/product-reviews/zandra-rhodes-vogue-jacket-by-diane

It has to be one of the most technically demanding garments I have ever made ....  worth it though.






Friday, 5 January 2018

It's a New Year

Well all the festivities are over now but they had a sad tinge for me due to the loss of Oscar ....  I'll never forget him but I am helping myself to get over the fact that he is no longer here by doing some of my favourite things.  I've started a needlepoint cushion which I was given for Christmas and also did work on my next project for the Minerva Craft Blog (it involves a lot of quilting which took the best part of 8 hours to do ... the repetition was very therapeutic to do though).  I'll carry on into the New Year healing in this way ...

I am also starting the Make It In Design Winter School 2018 on Monday so I have that to look forward to ....



Thursday, 21 December 2017

Sad news ...

I featured my cat, the lovely Oscar in this blog a few times in his capacity as my crafting assistant and I was looking forward to showing you more about his life but I have sad news ...  He passed away on 17 December suddenly.  He was a beautiful boy and Kev and I loved him very much.  We feel fortunate that he was given to us for the 2 years we had him.  He had a comical character and was a wonderful friend.  Sleep peacefully little one.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 - Ultra VIolet

What do you think of this?  I love it.  It seems as though this end of the spectrum continues - we had Radiant Orchid in 2016 and now Ultra Violet.  Both pinky purple shades, although strong and defined this year.  2017 was of course Greenery, but I'm rather taken with this year's colour ... 


Proud Graduate of ...

It's been quiet lately as I've been beavering away over the past month on Module 3 of Make It In Design, Monetising Your Designs.  ...