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BIRDS: Keep on trockin’

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Here I am at midnight! I just finished reading a book in bed. I’m not sure reading’s good for me; It leaves me restless and sometimes I refuse to sleep so that I can get further. Sometimes I put down my book and wander off and sulk because it’s getting to part I’m not comfortable with…

So that’s what happened today! And it took me to Hucknall to meet Ms P. Thrifty, a thread hanger and (ex?) blogger. This reminded me I have yet to blog, as if the thought of updating had done anything but hang over my head.

FIRSTLY thank you to Dee for calling my home tonight and talking to my mother (who thought I was sleeping) to let me know I’d left my phone at her home. Because of this I give her a pic of me in (kinda) drag:

me in the bow tie!

A day of Trockadero! Beautiful, hilarious and addictive! I’ve asked for the first and second dvd for my birthday!

the dancer here is Paul aka Ida Nevasayneva. Read the dancers brilliant character names here.

…and look at my eyelashes I wore for the show!

PHWORE! Eyelash weight lifting! I luff the two little black feathers =)

Moving on! Look at these eggs that class mate Lynn gave to me in exchange for cakes for the class:

The darker eggs were actually a mahogany shade of dark brown with black speckles but my camera loves to change the colour of any items that show a hint of red. One parent actually thought that I’d painted the eggs in class! I know we aren’t always very grown up to do a class of messy creativity and cake eating but we don’t paint eggs!

Class mates enjoyed these extra fruity cakes so much that I wonder if these may be an intrinsic too to taking over the world!

Cake 2: Mum’splainer fruit cake for her to take to friends for her birthday

Cake 3:
Date and walnut cake with coffee frost filling to stick the two layers together and plain icing/ coffee heart and sprinkles for the top (so there isnt tooooo much icing!).

Okay, so it’s 12:46am now so I’m goin to go to bed! Hopefully, after dog walking tomorrow I can update some more =)

Next you can expect pics of my white and cream postcards made for lynns book and photos and an idea of what I’m working on next!

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March 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm

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One way to scrapbook a canvas! Official unofficial how to…

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Upon arriving to our last ever scrapbooking class we all recieved a specially made treat from our tutor Carla!

Yummmmmm! Soft, squishy and full of sugar! Kinda looks like a rose, don’t you think?

This, our last lesson, we were asked to each bring a canvas! Anna picked us up THREE for £6 from Book Works, bargain right?

Sooooo, this canvas and frame (above), I think, is 8″ x 8″ and this is how it looked at the end:

We (mummy smurf, papa smurf, three dogs, cat and myself) live across from the green belt, that itself is a pretty sight- either verdant, muddy or ochre, but then the sun sets and so many times a year it makes photographs that make me gasp and swooooooon! I thought that one small picture of our sunset on a 12 X 12 inch scrapbook layout would leave the page a bit sparse and I’d much rather have the picture on display!

So, how to?

You need:

  • a canvas
  • two sided sticky tape
  • your embellishments
  • photo
  • your cardstock
  • sizzix doodah and plates
  • heart punch (scalloped edge!)

My newly decorated room (when I eventually get round to buying paint and decorating) will be in teal or a minty green so I feel a bit bad for this photo/ background… yellow, orange and reds…  where will it go?! But photo I love you so!


  • Right then *ahem* the card I used to cover this 8×8 canvas is 12 x 12 inches and, as advised by tutor Carla, I measured where to cut the card just by putting the canvas in the centre of the card (measured by eye) and folding the card around the canvas as if I were wrapping it up, as you do with birthday prezzies!
  • After doing this, I decided not to cut the card very much- so that the card would cover the sides! But still, if you fold it as far as you can then you know where to trim the excess cardstock =)
  • If you would like to stamp on to the card or embellish it with brads (known to me as “split pins”) and anything that would pierce the card then you should do so before sticking the card to the canvas
  • Fold the card neatly on the corners, but then open the flaps and fold the corners under– much neater, oui?
  • I stuck the card, sides and corners down, at first, using pritt stick (thinking it would be faster than using wetter glues), but using two sided sticky tape squares on the front, sides and corners worked loads better!
  • Matting my photo helped make it stand out better by having a plainer base!
  • The letters for my title were cut out using a sizzix doodah and plates for a font called “round table”- they were also cut out by my friend and fellow classmate Zara (not available in shops) – because I’m a slow poke and had other bits to finish.
  • The flowers were made using pritt stick, card, and a scalloped heart punch and a tutorial from Zara! I made two of them and she made the pretty copper one!  ❤

Happy happy joy joy!

While I volunteered at The Art Org on Station Street (or Hopkinson Bar or The Canteen) there was a peice of work put up that was a huuuuuuuge collage of pictures of sunsets, arranged by colour… I would happily have stolen that… except it would taken a long while nicking and hiding each individual photograph… I think the customers would have noticed and stopped me =P

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February 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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I hope this isnt illegal- but very likely is!

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Methods of binding your paper bag book:

My faves:


Eyelets maybe? But deffo fibers and ribbons.

Methods of folding and doodhas:


Eyelet version:

Another method- though my machine, I don’t think, would survive this technique

a waste of tiny pegs! but i like the slidy in and out bits of info and memories!

If you need more bags and storage in your book!

Want your book to have handles?

Book with handles gives kiddy thoughts to me- that a kid can carry around their pencils inside their colouring book! Fun, eh? Maybe just for me then.


The End! I mean, they all lived happily ever after…

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January 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

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I’m sorry blog so being gone so long!

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I just spent the past hour typing a blog entery (truthfully, it was mainly pictures) and then I realised I was logged on Pretty-Thrifty’s account! >.< So I’ll try that blog entery again, shall I? =P

On May the 15th I made my way to The Crocus Gallery Opening where I took part in a FREE silk painting taster workshop ran by a lovely lady, Danushka, and her daughter!

(picture taken from Crocus Gallery’s Blog!) Wearable and displayable art =) gorgeous things!

This is Magsy Malone’s Posey

with some border work by me and Danushka’s little girl.

and here’s my posey with swirls, with help from Danushka’s eldest daughter.

and what does Danushka create and sell? He’s just a taster:

….I give you permission to swoon….

Our finished scarves are on display at Crocus Gallery. Just a Bus ride away from Broadmarsh Bus Centre!

Who else did we meet on this eventful day other than Alyn, Morag and Sarah… we found… ANNA!

Anna’s a SUPER HUMAN… hero type woman.

And I want that camera.

Say “Hi!” to this flower, it was in Alice in Wonderland decades ago!

Check out my button and paper bling! I left my jewellery children with their uncle Alyn whilst I went on holiday and he managed to re-home FOUR of them!

At some point in my time at Crocus Gallery this day I did some singing. It was requested. I swear! I’m a good singer anyway.

Too soon came the end of the opening, and I was told to give back Anna’s dad’s camera… come homeee with meeee Canon…

Also in this day (before I had returned home to start packing my suitcase for my Spain holiday the day after)….

Sarah and I poked around in the light shop on Maid Marian Way and found a magical 90 pound mirror that makes our short forms appear taller!

90 pounds? I want it!

And, like an episode of Doctor Who, we returned to the market square to find we’d accidentally gone back in time!you’re not the only one surprised to find they had pizza hut in Robin Hood’s time.

OH! It’s the premiere of Robin Hood? Okay. Fair enough.

This dark, shining, bright, end of the day view made me not want to leave Nottingham! However….

Written by Cherise

June 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Paper Rose! & Cut out + Keep.

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Look what I did!!!

Remember Mother’s Day?

Know those Mother’s Day cards… the ones that have a pretty piece of folded paper inside… on to which you write “To Mum” and “Love from _________” and then “oxoxo” around the printed on sentence that says something like “YOU ARE THE BEST, BETTER THAN ALL THE REST”? Well, that’s what this rose is made of – that pretty paper =)

Want to make one but don’t know what you’ll need? Then I guess it’s good I can show you the link.

I haven’t any floral tape nor sheet music that I can cut up freely (my singing father would scream!) I do, however, have various jewellery wire! Also, in another version of this I printed off lyrics to my sister’s wedding song (in pink ink) and turned those pages in to a rose!! It would only take  a couple of A4 pages to make this.

I recommend you make a practice rose out of scrap paper and cellotape before moving on to making a rose made of pretty paper and hot glue. I made my first rose our of some fliers and adverts that often drop out of my mother’s Ladies Magazine.

This rose *below* was made by Scarlet (How To extraordinaire) and posted at Cut Out + Keep

Nice, eh? Indeed!

My sister, Kyla’s one year anniversary was on Sunday (9th May). She and her Husby, Michael, went to York and Harrogate where she treated him to war museums galore! And that’s why I made the rose =) along with a Lemony style Victoria Sponge cake! Victoria sponge except with lemon juice and zest and sandwiched together with lemony butter icing and lemon curd and drizzled with lemony syrup! …I thought it would be appropriate for spring time and quite traditional =]

One last picture of my rose… that I’m obviously VERY proud of =P

These pictures were taken using my Dad’s Mobile phone because I had lent Sarah my camera for the weekend for her trip to London… I missed my camera dearly… and Sarah too of course! Mais oui…

Written by Cherise

May 12, 2010 at 11:40 am

FECK YES! Working & Paper bead tutorial (=

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13 days til holidays! I’m going on holiday to Malaga in thirteen days! I just did a few hours cleaning at my friend’s house for holiday spends and now I’m aching a little in my lower back and my gacky shoulder and it feels GOOD because she sent me on my way with home made seedy bread and books and mango shower gel! mangooooo… are you SURE I can’t drink it? pleeeeeeeeease?

So when I got home I had seedy bread (STILL WARM!) with creamy colslaw (into which I’d grated cheeeeeeeeeese) AND, at the side, butternut squash that I’d flavoured and roasted t’other night and a tomato. Yup. Variety and tasty. Also today the sky had mood swings and went from sunshine, blue skies with bright white fluffy clouds…. to… light grey sky with no light or blue in sight, pelting down hale and rain!!!

At Dee’s house I heard chuckles and “uh oh”s and the quiet *brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* of her sewing machine… and from this gold was made! Just you wait Newstead TreeFest, we’re gonna have some goodies for you this year!

Also, at Dee’s, I moved (pussy cat) Nonie’s food and water bowl (definite cause for her to sleep on your face and suffocate you at night-time… or at least for her to get nervous and antsy!) but at the end of cleaning I put her things back where they belonged and suddenly I was blessed by her furiness with some puddytat-snuggles and hugging! NICE! I didnt think to get a picture of the moment but it involves her laying on your shoulders and snuggling up to you! Cosy and adorable Ms Nonie!

AHH SO! What was it I said I’d upload? PAPER BEADS! Or “Paper Beadz” If ur in wiv the kidz like I iz. Innit.

There are SO so so many Paper Bead Tutorials out there in tintanet world!

Phwore! It’s only when tagging my WordPress entries that I realise how many entries contain paper crafts and such! I’m a stationary nerd if you must know.

Oscar at tea bar (The Art Org) often buys chicken or chips and you get a funky paper bag with it… which I once nicked before it could get greasy.  Yup, allll sorts of paper and allll sorts of funkys.

For this you may bead need:


Right, so, we have a Tesco catalogue, (yup, that’s how my parents roll, Tesco, I ain’t proud but it’s true) and a piece of paper from my Leftlion newspaper, a simply be magazine that fell out of a magazine along with a load of fliers AND some scraps of fabric. the mister men is from a kids sun-faded curtain, the rest was freeeeee from a Spinsters Emporium event!

Something I FORGOT to put on the picture that you’ll need is a bbq skewer, knitting needle, chopstick or some such!

See the pretty colour? NO need to spend on silly papers that you’ll hardly see!

Or would you prefer pinks and teal?

Yellow? Pink? Blue? You get me?

Tear out your page and either ruler lines on to it or just triangles by eye and have your knitting needles and glue at the ready!

Next! Press thee wide part of the paper against your knitting needle or whatever you’re using…. and TWIZZLE!

Add a spot of glue, spread it down the strip with your fingers (because it’s fun that way =D) and twizzle some more!

And finally, rest, until dry, on something shiny! The point being that you don’t want your beads to rest on anything that will absorb the glue and cause the bead and resting surface to bond….

… the way that this purple folder and my bob the builder beads bonded. Oops. Nothing wrong with a bit of accidental folder decoration =)

See what else you can do? Wrap them in sparkly sari silk thread that is given to you by your dearest friend Dee

or cut triangles of colourful tartan fabric… orrr take advantage of the old valentines product advert pages that are covered in pictures of red and polka dots!

And if you’re like me you’ll just enjoy the new addiction that is getting down, dirty and sticky… making paper beads:

Making paper beads ain’t anything new, so you can either buy them here:

These stunning fair trade beads are made by the Acholi women in Uganda, using recycled and rolled paper.

“Upcycling” is the latest trend in the craft world – Upcycling is taking something that is destined for the rubbish bin and transforming it into something of value and beauty!

These beautiful “upcycled” beads are made by the Acholi tribeswomen of Uganda using old magazines destined for landfill. The women of the Acholi tribe formed a beading collective after they were forced to flee their villages in Northern Uganda due to a civil war. They resettled in the capital city, Kampala, where the sale of these amazing beads means that they are now able to afford the school fees for their children.

Else you could check out these other fantastically pretty tutorials!

And to end? Ben Harper!

Written by Cherise

May 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

{ Book Binding } Internet has returned so let’s start back dating!

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Today *cough*last friday*cough* my parents RAN AWAY (in a car) to a luuurvely place in Norfolk! Meanwhile I was at Dee’s house having fun with first Friday Crafts.

Also there was Suella! She’s so nice and we had great chats =D

Mais oui, at Dee’s house we did… BOOK BINDING!… well… Dee got around to binding HER book  but Suella and I couldn’t STOP chopping old books and paper!

We also ate nummy souP. And I  now want swede. Is that so wrong? AND I want sweet potato. And cabbage…  This, as they say, “has nothing to do with the price of fish”. But I DO!… By the way, my Wednesday self wants sweet potato and cabbage. My Friday- Tuesday selves wants swede.

What was I saying…

OH! Right, so I thought I’d packed my camera when I set off to Dee’s house… but I hadn’t! SO here are some pictures! and a how to!

Firstly, gather bobs, bits and stuff! These things will come in handy:

As well as:

Paper that has spaces that can be written on! Here there’s a leaflet or two,  paint charts, letters…

… old papers that can be re-used, envelopes from every day letters and occasion cards, pages from books that had a wire spine that had damaged and twisted, magazine picture pages, recipe pages… book pages… what else!??! I think you get the idea =)

I enjoy used boxes as book covers! Nonie and Dee were wonderful enough to donate her old biscuit box to me!

And here’s a box that once contained mini choccy mousses… oh the things my family help me with.

Cut the papers to DOUBLE the length of the front (or back) cover.
And don’t worry about any slightly stout or imperfect pages.

Out of habit I open envelopes down one side but if you open envelopes properly you can use some pritt stick or pva to glue the edge of closing to save having a huge triangle missing from part of your envelope…

Fold your papers in half and combine all of your new old odd pages in to strange and interesting mixed bunches!

… And have your puppy, Lady, sniff  the pages and inspect what you’re up to just as you take a photo for a tutorial…

place your pages in your book cover to check that the book isn’t too skinny (else your spine may will bend and weaken) or too fat. If it is you may have to add another bunch or two of paper… or remove a bunch or two… so that it’s easier to bind your book.

However, If you plan to stick things (pictures, menus, inspirational bits etc) in on to your pages at some point then a slightly skinnier book will make the book less *poof* later on, meanwhile you can cut an extra strip of card and glue it on either the inside or outside of your book spine (inside it will be hidden) to strengthen the spine.
ALSO! If you PREFER a thicker book you could sew a pretty button on to your book’s cover and sew some ribbon or thong (not THAT thong!) on the back cover and make yourself a little fastener to stop your thick book from popping open or taking up too much room in your bag.


Using a pencil and a ruler measure the width or your book cover’s spine and divide that measurement between the number of budles (of pages) you have and mark the fractions on the inside of the books spine, then draw lines down the inside of the books spine.

From this, measure half an inch from the top and bottom of the books spine, this, on the crossover, of lines, is where you should make your holes. Then, an inch and half towards the centre is where you should make another two holes.

On the middle fold of each bundles middle page is where you should measure and make the same holes so that you may then sew your bunglers to the spine.

This is the “Nonie’s Biscuit Box Covered Book” and on the other side of my book cover I stuck a picture I couldnt HELP but use! This picture was found in one of Dee’s old, unwanted book, FULL of gorgeously glossy egyptian pictures. And there’s an extra flap for me to stick down to cover my book spine stitching.

However, on a mini cereal box book, I prefer to look at the stitches, and have started sewing the spine using a co-ordinating colour of embroidery silk…

HERE are some other KICK BUM tutorials about the same thing… maybe they’re a little clearer in explaining =P

Cut Out and Keep 1

CO+K 2

AND this is where I stole my mini ceral box project. Except when I saw this project it was in a brilliant book (Eco Book!) Dee had borrowed from the library.

And finally Instructables!

GOOD LUCK! If you have a go or try a different method then let me know!

Written by Cherise

April 5, 2010 at 8:37 am