Thursday, 13 November 2014

Christmas Preparations....

I've been preparing lots of cards for the Christmas fairs the last couple of days.....

So a quick hello, and here's a peek at them. I'm loving the use of orange (Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink) alongside the Versafine Habanero ink......ooooo so warm and inviting - and alongside the IndigoBlu metallic Aladdin paint.....? YES PLEASE!

Also, below, see a couple of things I've been working on with my wire....hmmm still need to get them looking good, but hey, these are my first attempts!!

Both are using 1mm wire. A bangle and a little ring.

And in other news..... my little girl found the my little 'handy-andy' tool rather amusing, and decided to investigate her little Sylvannian Family bunny.....

Peace and harmony to's see if I can this schedule thing to work......12.30.....
Maxine xxx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

What a Weekend!

This weekend was a busy one, so I thought I would share it with you all!

Saturday 8th November - NEC Birmingham

Me before leaving (hate having my pic taken!)
I popped along, my first time at the Craft & Hobby show! 'Such a newb!' I kept thinking (in the voice of Sheldon in the Big Bang Theory)...  My first impression was that the place was massive - I thought I'd been there before, but I realise now I'd been to the Manchester NEC (for boring Finance Expo's). This was just as exciting as when I went to the "Spirit of Christmas" fairs at AliPali - and the Christmas hall reminded me of it, with all the lovely yummy food samples - of which I was not able to even get close to!!!!

It was incredibly busy, and I am not great in big crowds... One, I'm too polite and tend to let people through, therefore I never get anywhere, and Two, I get claustrophobic in a crowd - not small rooms so much, more in the crowd, so I did have a couple of panic attacks, but otherwise I was fine!!  I put this problem down to the fact that I'm a mere 4'10" in height and that I can't see anything around me. That's me, just there, looking rather ridiculous as always! Steve is 6' tall - and he took the photograph, it looks like, from the ceiling!!!! But I suppose that is the angle most people would look at me from so, if anyone recognises me, please say hi!! (@cazz_sunshine or Lady Craftalot - yes, if I'd worn the blue wig, I'd have been more recognisable...maybe next time!!)

There was so much to see, and I didn't even get anywhere near enough 'seeing' done. So my first thought was to head straight to the IndigoBlu ( stand, so I could say hi to Kay and Alfie Halliwell-Sutton (they be the best bosses ever!!), and I also got to meet the lovely Mags, who was helping out. After a bit of a chin-wag, I trundled off to see what was about...

I found the Powertex ( stand and sat and watched Tracey do her demo - now I've been looking out for this since seeing a display from a lady in Norfolk ( and knew I'd be buying - which I did! At the show, they had starter kits (which were only available at the show). I will do an experiment and document/photograph it and post to show the results..... fingers crossed, but I think this is something that I will enjoy!

Looked out and found my crafty buddies, Karen Lines, Lindsay Mason, Michelle Ann Johnson and I also chatted Kay Rutter (who told me I must attend her Hougie workshop next Saturday at Colemans Warehouse in Rushden!!!)

I met a lovely lady over lunch, who lived in Romford, Essex - and I wish I'd got her name, but we were just having a crafty chat, etc, and shared a table as we were both on our own for the day. So Hello to you if you are ready this! She will most likely remember the IndigoBlu chat we had :-)

I bought a few goodies - IndigoBlu (of course!!), also little Card-io peg stamps (cos they are just too cute), Chloe's glitter, and bizarely a pair of secatuers. (apologies for the fact that I cannot spell!!)

Popped along to the Create and Craft stage and the end of the day and was introduced to Leonie Pujol who was such a sweetie. I'm glad I said hi now. I didn't get a photo, just felt a bit silly to!! Saw Dawn Bibby and Andy Love and the gorgeous Magic Hands! The lovely customer care and marketing girls who were helping out were so very lovely and I wish them all the best.

So I enjoyed my day - and my drive to and from may have been long, in rain and my car stereo may not have been working just for that day, and I had to sing out loud as it was a rather boring drive, and I was knackered, my feet and legs hurt, and I had some pretty bad luck when I first arrived....(girl trouble!!!) - but I had fun nonetheless...!

Sunday 9th November - Witchford Village Hall - Christmas Fayre.
Up early and out to sell my handmade jewellery, cards and also do a little IndigoBlu stamp demo! I was pretty tired from my day at NEC - but I had a lovely time meeting friends and also meeting new people. Lots of money was raised for Pancreatic Cancer (

To see all the details of the day and find out about further events, please visit Gav&Emma's fundraising page on facebook.

Well, that is it for now... I'm going to go craft now. Peace and harmony to all those living and all those we've lost.

Maxine x

Saturday, 8 November 2014 I come!

This last couple of weeks has been so busy!!
To a very quick recap and also, just a hello to touch base as I've been so quite on my blog...

Firstly, here is my inspiration piece for the IndigoBlu Blog Challenge!!! Magical Masking! Very simply, I used paper to mask areas and used distress inks to create the lovely almost rainbow effect.
I chose poppies, for obvious reasons - this is from the IndigoBlu Poppy Meadow set.
The wording is from the Boudicca set.

I hope you like!

I went to a really large 'shop' in Snetterton and it has a small little craft area - well, I saw this lovely Graphic45 pad, and couldn't will sit with my other Graphic 45 pads, not being used as it's so nice, I daren't!!!

And lastly, for now, here is my sweet angel - I cut her hair!!! it's sad, BUT I think she looks super cute and the aim of the game is for her to get used to brushing her own hair - she may not look it, but she's 9. She's dinkie like me (all the best things come in small packages, I was always told, and they were right!!!)

So there you go.... I'm off to get ready to go to the NEC - quick shower, dress and drive over!! Not sure how long it will take so hoping to head off nice and I'd better go!

Have fun everyone! Maybe see you there!!!!

Peace & harmony xx