A month or so ago I read in the news that a man called Stanislavsky Petrov had died. I had never heard of him, but when I read the story I was instantly aware that this man had , as was written, saved the world. Basically he was in the office in Russia at the height of the Cold War and when the alarm went off signalling the launch of several US ballistic missiles! He chose to consider it a false alarm, which it was. I was very moved because it happened just before our youngest son was born and he passed away just a week after Jason. A bit like a guardian angel. So on behalf of all our wonderful children and amazing grandchildren may I say a very big thank you to you Mr Petrov. I thank God you were on duty that day!
In my last post I was telling you how I always take ages to choose the fabric for a project and you won’t be surprised to learn that I changed my mind again, but you will be amazed to know that I finished the caddy! and it is on the photo below. I use it all the time, and I can now put my hand on essential supplies straight away. Great for a chaotic person like me.
last August, inspired by a photo in a magazine I designed a beach hut quilt and shared the block with some other like minded folk. This week one of the ladies bought her completed quilt in to show me. It was fabulous and she had come up with the idea to quilt beach huts in the plain spaces. Well done Jill, I loved it, and must now get back to mine! As you can see from the photo I am still at the block stage. Why am I always the last to finish my designs? Cos I can’t stick to one thing at a time, that’s why.
On the subject of beach huts, those of you who know me know that I love paper craft as well as fabric ( I am permanently covered with paint as well as stray threads ) and last week I got out a new die from Tim Holtz called tiny houses as I had wanted to try out some paint effects. After I had finished the first house I looked at it and thought of a beach hut, and as a friend had a birthday and we live by the sea I thought I would make her one .The result is below.I think it came out quite well and I thought I would go through how I made it in case you would like to have a go. The die is little houses by Tim Holtz, and I cut it from thick card. I then painted it with Paper Arsty snowflake paint, avoiding the tabs, and while it was still wet added some a bit of jaded infusion powder, sprayed with water and mixed it in. A tip for attaching the roof is to glue some card across each side to give the roof something to hold on to! The door was made by cutting and glueing bits of card to a base and giving it the same paint treatment, but a bit darker. I put a tab across the bottom of the house too, so it would stay in place on the base. I stuck a bit of cork from Tim Holtz textured surfaces on a card scrap then attached the beach hut. Forgot to say I embossed the roof with diamonds, but any embossing folder would do. The pebbles were made from Prima art stones which I coloured in a dish using watering can archival ink and vintage photo distress ink. I then glued them around the hut using glossy accents, let it dry then added a bit more glue and added more stone to give it a bit of texture. I buy all my paper craft stuff from a great website called Country View Crafts – great service and no postage, even on the smallest order!
Well I think I have gone on long enough today. If you are wondering about the seagull, I will explain how to make him next time, so get your sewing kit out. Lastly, if like me you need to get the Hoover out, but really, really need to do some crafting, remember the advice of the great Joan Rivers ” Housework can’t kill you, but why take the chance! ” Do what you love. The dust will be there tomorrow.
Look after yourselves and take time to breathe. Much Love Ros X