Lovely Blog Award

What a lovely gesture! I’ve been nominated for the lovely blog award by fellow crafter and blogger Irene from http://www.sewstitchknit.com

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I am thrilled to accept this award and so will reveal 7 things about myself (that was the deal!) and nominate up to five people that I consider also worthy of the award.
So here goes …
1 – I started blogging just over a year ago to demonstrate, try out, create, make up and revisit as many different crafts as I could. Along the way, I’ve connected with lovely people, fellow crafters and delighted in sharing craft swaps.

2 – When I was seven I took part in a national art competition and won a packet of plasticine (a bit like play doh); a watercolour set and met the Queen for my picture of her on horseback in front of the gates of Buckingham Palace.

3 – I’ve only ever driven on the motorway once and will avoid it at all costs. My kids tease me about ‘big roads’! It was a case of: tried it once and didn’t like it

4 – I love exploring new places and have a strong desire to travel – my dad lived and worked in several different countries and I grew up surrounded by lodgers from around the world – yet my DH gets severely travel sick so it took me nineteen years to get him on an aeroplane

5 – I’m allergic to bee and wasp stings and discovered this when sipping white wine and got stung on the forehead

6 – I’d always wanted to own a cuckoo clock as my dad kept one in a cupboard. I later found out that he kept it unwound because it was so noisy. I dislike ticking clocks and can’t sleep if there is anything other than a digital clock in the room or one that I can silence.

7 – I once thought that a cream tea was tea with cream in it.

and now, a couple of nominations for the lovely blog award are
http://craftingwithfelt.com

Plus

https://prettylittlethingsinabox.wordpress.com

There are many more I could also mention, if I had more time to comment

Thanks again Irene for the nomination 🙂

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Well the day’s been interesting … And successful

On 27th November, the Bath Christmas market opened to the public, so I decided to take my youngest there to see the wooden cabins and possibly eat the hot chestnuts. But when we arrived at the bus depot the queues were substantial and I thought we’d be standing there going nowhere for at least an hour. We made the decision to abort the idea of going into the city and chose a shopping centre somewhere else. It turned out to be a successful trip: my daughter was about to actually eat her lunch of beans on toast (she’s just had braces fitted on her top and bottom teeth) and we were able to find some Christmas presents and a birthday present. Quite probably, we found more success shopping away from the city than if we’d battled through the crowds.

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I also bought some cardstock so I can make some more prints – Christmas cards. Although these Gelli ducks printed on fabric aren’t Christmassy, my polar bear ATC is!

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Also, as you know I’ve been busy typing away at a first draft novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. Tonight I reached the 50,000 words target. Whoop! Whoop! The story’s still not finished, so I plan to write some more tomorrow, but at least I know it’s backed up and ready to validate so I can get my certificate 🙂

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This is how many pages 50,000 words takes up on my laptop.

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Hope all you lovely people are enjoying the run up to Christmas and that you’re all having fun creating. Now it’s off to bed for me – night all 🙂

A further update on National Novel Writing Month …

My progress chart … This is one of the reasons why I like taking part: there’s a word counter which informs you how many more words are left to go.

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Although I’ve not been posting a craft daily this month, I’ve been busy beavering away at the keyboard and creating my first draft of a novel; working overtime at work and being a mum! Hope you lovely people who take time to visit my blog are all well and I promise there will be some more handicrafts in the run up to Christmas including a fun giveaway. Yay! 🙂

31,129 words … Still going in the right direction

NaNoWriMo update: today is the day we’re able to validate our novel by uploading and verifying our word-count – can you believe some people have already gone passed the 50000 word mark and we still have ten days to go! I can’t verify mine until I’ve reached 50,000 words (so for now, you’ll just have to believe me). I have some catching up to do over the weekend with a surge of writing and flexing my typing fingers. In the meantime, I’ve saved it all and it’s stored on here

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and on my computer. I’m tempted to print it all out and see what that many words look like on paper! I can always remember when I owned a computer which had a floppy disc drive and the printer was a dot matrix (very noisy and to create bold type, it would ink over the page once then go over the text again!). Not only did it go through a lot of ink, there was not much else it could do apart from play ‘Snake’ and word process letters!
When my son was about eighteen months (he’s now 18 years) I was busy typing up letters to publishers and sending out submissions and manuscripts. While busy typing a new story, my son became very inquisitive and before I knew what had happened, he’d pressed the power button off and I lost pages and pages of creative writing. I could only hope that the second draft was better than the first! Thanks son!

Expanding notebook

My latest notebook I’ve made enlarges when you untie the ribbon from a 9cm square when folded to 18cm square. My husband says they make great revision books as you can slip it in your pocket or handbag. To make one, you need approximately 9 x 18cm squares, depending on how many pages you’d like. Each square is then folded in half both horizontally and then vertically. Turn the paper over and fold once horizontally. Each folded sheet needs to then be glued in position. Glue one little square onto another sheet’s 9cm square (which you turn over first so the sheets are alternated). Repeating this process produces a garland of squares and the forward and backward valley folds help to expand or fold up the book.

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And the winner is …

You’re intrigued now, aren’t you? In a moment, I’ll announce the winner, but before that you might like to click on the link, which shows you what the prize is (but as mentioned in an earlier post, there will be a mystery gift on its way too!).

https://squarebird.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/april-spiral-notebook-prize-draw/

I used a random number generator to help me pick a winner for the spiral foxy notebook, so I gave each entry a number in the order that they commented and then added information into the randomiser.  

 

1 – Quiltykanuck
http://familyfaithfoodfabric.wordpress.com

2 – Wendy Jordan

http://en.gravatar.com/wendyajordan

3 – http://fallfromgrace349.wordpress.com

4 –
dfnebossymamma

5 –
Carol Iles

6 –
http://letyourartflow.wordpress.com

7 – Margaret Horton

 

 

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So number 5 aka Carol Iles please contact me at squarebird44@yahoo.com to organise receiving your prize. Congratulations! I look forward to seeing your own spiral notebook creation soon 😀
Thank you to everyone who entered! Another contest freebie will be coming up soon and that’s to win one of my 9cm teddy bears, so you may like to enter that. Please note that even if you have won something off me in the past, that does not exempt you from entering other giveaways on my blog (as the randomiser … Is random!) Good luck 🙂

Roll Up, Roll Up! Chicken Run Winner!!!

I enlisted my son’s help in selecting the winner in my recent contest: to win a chicken pincushion. See my earlier post with this link:
https://squarebird.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/and-now-for-something-a-little-bit-different-chicken-run-win-and-swap/

Those entering had to

a) choose from these two chickens which one they would like to win 
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b) give the chicken a name

c) state where in the world the chicken would be ‘flying’ off to

d) agree to make a chicken within four weeks of receiving their winning chicken as a continuation of the chicken run so that Avis who advertised this little win/swap on her blog http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/chicken-run-stage-2/

Avis has a chicken run gallery on her blog:
http://ohsewtempting.wordpress.com  

She would like to catalogue the progress of the chicken run around the world and add pictures of the many different chickens to her chicken gallery. The gallery includes Ruby Roo, the chicken that Carla made
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She has a great tutorial and template on her blog 
http://grannymaudsgirl.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/chicken-run/

Carla won a blue chicken and of course, we now have a new chicken to add to the showcase gallery:)

The closing date for entries was Friday 21st March and the draw took place today, Sunday 23rd March.  I placed all the entries into a black hat (the Sherlock one went walkabout!!). For some reason, my husband wanted a lot of dressing up hats including a Viking one complete with horns.  I think it had something to do with World Book Day and he dressed up as a Viking at school; my daughter opted for Red Riding Hood and my son, who believes that he will never have another opportunity to dress up again once he leaves for university, chose to go as a character from Hot Fuzz!

How many of you skimmed through that top bit to find out who the winner is?  Hmmm?  Go on, own up!

Actually, I will get on with the reveal.  This little birdie has a new name …image

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the contest winner from textiledreamer. Please don’t despair, all those who entered and didn’t win this time; there will be another chicken run soon 😀
http://textiledreamer.wordpress.com/
She wrote this on her entry:

‘I also love the plaid one! She’d be called Sunnygirl and come to live in the south of Germany if I win.’

Please email me with your contact details so that I can send you your prize, ‘Sunnygirl’.image

 Check out these great blogs 

http://grannymaudsgirl.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/chicken-run/ 
http://textiledreamer.wordpress.com/ 
http://ohsewtempting.wordpress.com  

wired!

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I was delighted to be nominated for the Liebster award by fallfromgrace! Just as I was compiling my questions and answers, I was bowled over by being nominated a second time. Thanks craftmanicmommy 🙂
(http://craftmanicmommy.wordpress.com)
Wow! It was a lovely to be selected as I know there are some amazing blog sites out there that all deserve to be given this award too 🙂 Nominating 11 others is a tricky task as there are so many to nominate for different reasons, so I have just added some questions at the end of this blog for my followers or anyone who happens to view this blog to answer or reflect on them, should they believe they deserve to earn the Liebster award! Here are the answers to the questions submitted by fallfromgrace: 1) What first started you off blogging?

My eldest daughter had been taken ill while in France and came home for a few weeks. We’ve always found crafting and art a way to relax; therapeutic and rewarding. People admire my daughter’s painting and very large drawings. I already knew that there are limitations where craft is concerned to do and it’s not just to do with ability or talent – there’s a cost involved. So, I started a blog with the intention of investigating, creating and developing crafts for others to try with some focus on recycling what others may have lying around their homes. 2) Do any of your friends or family blog (not friends you made via it)?

An ex-colleague of mine presents a drawing or photograph a day as a blog. 3)Have you ever received a comment you found offensive?

No (thank goodness!) 4)Do you think of ways to attract people to comment on your posts or are they purely from the heart?

For some posts, I have asked people to comment (such as when running a free giveaway contest ;)). Other comments have come freely from what I’ve blogged about.
5) What do you think your next post will be about?
6)Do blogs you follow have a running theme? (like mainly about crafts etc)

The blogs I tend to follow vary from crafts, creative writing, art and photography to food! I enjoy discovering new recipes (although I confess that I’m not a great cook) and admire people’s efforts. I also enjoy reading about people’s life adventures such as moving abroad or overcoming difficulties. 7)Would you consider yourself a blogging addict?

Well, erm … at the beginning I set myself a challenge to do a craft a day (sometimes, I’ve blogged more than one post in a day). I think with creativity, once you start making things lots of ideas begin to surface, including memories of crafts done years ago. Blogging is becoming a habit!
8) Would someone profile picture or name influence if you looked at their page?

There are some ‘about’ pages that I’ve clicked on and found nothing on there. It’s helpful, I think, to have an overview of what the blog is going to be about, Some names are intriguing, aren’t they and curiosity does get the better of me!
9) Do you reply to every comment left?

I respond as soon as possible to a comment; sometimes there isn’t the need to write a response – an emoticon can provide a reply too.
10) Has anybody reblogged one of your posts?

Yes – it would be nice to have a comment though for the reasons for reblogging (which is what I try to do, such as with the penguin jumper request)
11) Do you enjoy answering questions on yourself?

Depends what the questions are asking! p>Rules for the nominees (apparently)

1. link back to the blogger that awarded you (done)

2. answer the 11 questions from that blogger (done)

3. ask your own 11 questions (done)

4. nominate 11 other bloggers and let them know of their nomination in their posts (see explanation above why I’m not nominating ;)) I would like to know where the number 11 came from!

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Here are my questions then for any interested person who would like to spend time answering them or reflecting on them:

1. How did you come up with your blog name or how did you decide what to blog about?

2. What advice would you give a newbie who was either just starting out blogging or considering keeping a blog?

3. Do you set yourself goals and do you manage to keep them 😉

4. How did you feel when you published your first ever blog post and what was it about?

5. Do any of your friends or family give you suggestions on what to blog about?

6. What positive things have come about due to you blogging?

7. What is the most helpful comment you have received?

8. Have you ever won anything?

9. Do you have more than one blog?

10. What is the most unusual thing you have written about or created?

11. (borrowed from nominator) What do you think your next blog post will be about?

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On that note, thanks again for the nomination and enjoy your day!

First day of spring and the sun is out, so how about a craft which involves wire, tissue paper and glue?

I ran a workshop for a small group to show the community how to do this craft. A frame is made from a pliable wire that isn’t so thin that it doesn’t stay in shape. For those less confident in embarking on manipulating wire freehand, it’s possible to draw out an outline on paper and then try and follow the outline by bending the wire into shape.

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