I win!


A little while back, I entered a Pocket Letter competition. The remit was that everything used had to be recycled, as the idea was to prove that you don’t need to buy loads of fancy schmancy expensive stuff to do pocket letters and similar crafts.

The winners were announced today, and I got first place! I’m absolutely chuffed to ribbons!

I had such fun putting this pocket letter together, and everything used was recycled in some manner – I didn’t spend a single penny on any of it. I re-used greetings and post cards, packaging from various items, magazine pages, leftover string, thread and craft shapes, buttons, old raffle tickets, a word search puzzle, toothpicks, gems I prized off old cards, and some washi tape from samples I’d been sent. It just goes to show, even when you only use things you have to hand, you can come up with something pretty cool!

Front
1. Backing taken from front page of an old diary. Feathers made with washi tape (received in swaps) and toothpicks. I would have used real feathers, but I didn’t find any, so i made my own!
2. Backing card from an old greetings card and covered in tissue paper I got in a package recently. Strips of bicycle washi tape (from a swap), a hand-made “Be Green” square (on more card from the greetings card), and gems reclaimed from a greetings card.
3. Floral backing taken from inside an organizer. White card rectangle (which has braille on it) from medicine box, washi tape flower (made from string and swapped washi), with reclaimed gem, and strips of card “ribbon” cut from a greetings card.
4. A word search with a park theme, and flowers cut from a decorative page in an organiser, edged with swapped washi tape.
5. Backing card from a notebook cover, topped with a section from an old diary. Globe made from spiraled blue thread and a piece of sparkly green foam cut into shapes. A few star stickers pinched from my kids’ craft box.
6. Backing card from a box of tea, some raffle tickets and some arrows cut from card to make the recycling sign.
7. Backing card and butterfly from an old greetings card, and a couple of floral buttons I’ve collected.
8. Backing card from a notebook cover, tree leaves cut from magazines, owls cut from a postcard, stamped words on paper from a magazine.
9. Backing card from a greetings card, black rectangle cut from an old diary, buttons all cut from old garments which were dumped in my button box.

Back:
A page from a colouring book, with just hints of colour throughout.

Spread the word!!!


I just ordered a bunch of flyers to publicize my Brave the Shave efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support. I thought it might help if I highlighted the fact that I’m not just cutting off my hair – I’m SHAVING it all off – all gone!

This is what they’ll look like:

Kell's Brave the Shave flyer

I should have the flyers in early July!

I’m hoping that they’ll help bring in a little more notice and sponsorship. In the meantime, if you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so online at my Brave the Shave page HERE. Every little helps, and you will have my eternal gratitude.

And if you spread the word too, I’ll be your Best Friend Forever!

Catching up with everything…


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Snickerdoodles for the coffee morning

Crikey, it’s been a good fortnight since I last posted anything – I’ve just been so busy!

I’ve bagged myself a bunch of new pen pals. so there has been letter writing and crafting going on there. I’ve also been in rehearsals for Sister Act, which is challenging, but highly enjoyable. It turns out Nun #11 (or Sister Sara of the Two Mules, as I have dubbed her) has a few tricky things to do, such as performing Latin tongue twisters, repeatedly, at speed, to a tune; or where other nuns have one note to sing, Sister Sara has eight of them, and has to sustain them. I am enjoying it immensely!

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Little white chocolate mice with strawberry lace tails for the coffee morning

Then there was a fundraising coffee morning for the Beaconsfield Operatic Society, so I baked snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookies, and cheese scones, as well as making white chocolate mice with strawberry lace tails. Of course, I had to taste-test the goodies too, so several went into my own gob (naughty, I know, but so worth it!). We also had Grom round for Sunday dinner – she comes round every few weeks for that, and we always look forward to it. It means a flurry of activity in the kitchen, though, as when she comes, we eat our main meal at midday, instead of in the evening.

On top of all that, Choochie isn’t very well at the moment, so he requires extra hugs and kisses and general Mummy time.

And throughout all this, I have completed and added another row on my Sky Blanket. That’s thirteen rows now finished – one more and we’ll be at the half way mark!

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Thirteen rows of Sky Blanket completed!

20.06.16 - Brunette KellAnd then I dyed my hair brown in preparation for shaving it all off in August for Macmillan Cancer Support and sending to Little Princess Trust to be made into wigs for kids who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. My cousin’s fiance will be doing the honours, and to be honest, I can hardly wait to have it all taken off! For the record, I will be having my head SHAVED, not just having my hair cut short!

Incidentally, if you’d like to sponsor me in my Brave the Shave efforts, you can do so at my Brave the Shave page HERE. Every little helps! Thanks in advance.:)

Sky Blanket Update


It’s been a while since I last checked in with progress on my Sky Blanket, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on it. On the contrary, I’ve been keeping bang up to date with it! I’m never more than two or three days behind making my yo-yos, and when that’s the case, I write down the colours I need to make up in my little notebook. Most evenings, though, I get out my bag and crochet my two little yo-yos for the day.

Each row is made of 26 yo-yos, which covers 13 days. Last night I connected up row twelve of the blanket. I’m really pleased with how it’s coming along, and can hardly wait to see how it looks when it’s all finished!

I think Tadpole is really going to like it when he gets it at Xmas!

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Busy, busy, busy!


I’ve been pretty much AWOL for a little while, simply because I’ve been so busy!

06.03.16 bTadpole has been preparing for his key stage 1 SATs (he started them this week), which I hate, because he’s been stressing out and personally, I think six and seven year olds are far too young to be sitting formalised exams, but that’s beside the point – he has to do them, so doing them he is! His first two papers were yesterday, and thankfully, he seemed to find them not too taxing (in fact, he said they were “A piece of cake!”).

17.03.16I’ve also just applied for Choochie to start nursery in January. He can’t start till then, because they can only start the term after their third birthday, so he’ll have to wait till after the Xmas holidays. Still, I wanted to get the application in early to make sure he gets a place – I can’t be traipsing between two different schools! Choochie also finally weaned (31 months of breastfeeding!), and has started potty training. He likes to sit on the toilet, but so far has only managed to squeeze out a tiny tinkle each time – he’ll get there eventually though!

Last month, I worked backstage on a pantomime – I did make-up for the Dame, which was great fun, and reminded me how much I missed the theatre, so I then went and auditioned for a show for the first time in 15 years! As a result, I have a very small role in a production of Sister Act, which will be performed in October. Officially, I am “Nun #11”, so as I don’t have a given name, I’ve chosen one for myself, and I shall be known henceforth as Sister Sara of the Two Mules (simply because I love Two Mules For Sister Sara). I’ve also decided to audition for a part in Annie later this year, so watch this space!

I was also part of the centenary celebrations at Blyth Battery this past weekend! Blyth Battery Goes To War is an annual event local to me, and it’s always a fantastic weekend, but this year marked 100 years since they started building it (it took two hears to complete), so it was extra special. And we got some wonderful weather for it too – the place was absolutely heaving all weekend, and the audiences were very appreciative. I got such lovely comments from people who watched my performances, my confidence was boosted a hell of a lot (I have an ego the size of Texas now!), and I was pleased to see  from photographs that I look half the size I did last year when I performed! And the most adorable little girl (who I think may well be my number one fan!) came up and danced with me during my instrumental sections – she was a superstar!

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Finally, I’ve done a fair bit of work on my Sky Blanket since I last did an update on it. I now have eleven rows joined, and I think it’s looking pretty neat! As Tadpole has been asking for a new “lovey blanket” since Choochie got his full-sized one at Xmas, I thought I’d give this one to him for Xmas this year. He’s been admiring it as it grows, so I think he’ll be very happy with it, and as I won’t actually have a section for every single day (or I’d have the wrong number of yo-yos for my rows), I will hopefully be able to finish it just in time, although it could mean a hell of a lot of border crocheting on Xmas Eve!

13235220_10156817102490386_7625483622086569872_oOn top of all that, I’ve picked up my cross stitching in earnest again for the first time in a good few years – I stitched a little sampler for my best friend’s wedding last November, and now I find the bug has crept up and bitten me again, so I’ve taken up a few of my UFOs to see if I can finish a few of them. I’ve stitched a few bookmarks to send off to my pen pals, but I’m also working on my Rules For Life sampler, which I started before Choochie was born – hopefully it’ll be framed and up on the wall before the end of the year!

Speaking of pen pals, I’ve picked up a few new ones, and I have been involved in making pocket letters and flip books for them – I’ve been going paper-crafting crazy, and writing letters like a mad woman. Actually, I have one to write today, so I’d better get a move on!

And so, I hope normal service will now be resumed, although I seem to have even more things demanding my time and attention than ever, what with getting involved in a show again!

 

 

Blyth Battery Goes To War – 100 Year Celebrations!


12814015_10154012320291255_2977294936568317673_nIt’s that time of year again, but this time, it’ll be something extra special, because Blyth Battery is celebrating its 100th year!

There will be all manner of flashes and bangs – loads to see, do, and hear.

I’ll be singing in the entertainment tent
in front of the cafe
at 1pm and 3pm
on both Saturday 21st May and Sunday 22nd May.

So, if you’re in the area, come on down to the beach and be entertained, wartime-style – you’ll be given a very warm welcome, and it’s a FREE event, so bring the whole family for some fun!

I hope to see you all there!

 

A-Z Challenge: Reflections


So, here we are, ten days after the end of the A-Z challenge. I’m so pleased I did it again this year – that’s three years running I’ve participated in and completed the challenge.

I hope you enjoyed exploring my A-Z of Zentangle. And if you did, perhaps you’d enjoy going back and looking at my previous two A-Z challenges. You can find the links to all my A-Z Challenge posts on THIS PAGE.

I hope to take part again next year, although I have no idea what my theme will be. At least I have a whole year to think about it!