Thursday, 9 May 2013

Knit one... Purl one...

So this year I set myself a couple of goals and one of them was to learn how to knit.... I've done ok so far and really wanted to share with you my first completed knitted project... This was a kit from given to me by my friend who said it was great for a beginner... Seriously I was scared! But with simple to follow instructions, taking it one step and one stitch at a time, I feel I've managed and achieved my very first home knits! 

What do you think?

Next goal is something wearable for me... Eek! 

Nanna Kate X

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Feast or famine

I don't know why it is but here on Nanna Kate it is feast or famine right now in terms of blog posts! For that I must say sorry but life is so hectic right now and I have baby crafts to deliver right now for babies who just won't wait until I post a few blog posts... I have lots on at work, a baby shower to plan and have several projects which I want to complete at home too.

I will leave you with a little thought for now, until next time I have a minute to blog, stressed is desserts spelt backwards... I am off to eat cake!!!

Nanna Kate X

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

March-ing to the beat of a busy month (in numbers)

Another day month, another dollar... I can't believe it's already 3 days in to April. Possibly because of the busyness of my March! Are you ready for this? I hope you have a cup of tea in your hand!
29 = age I turned on 17 = March. Awesome, St. Patrick's Day, amazing birthday day, best ever! 5 = pints of the black stuff consumed, 0 = whiskey (disappointing), 1 = screaming leprechaun (don't ask...) 2 = days in Scarborough to celebrate at the cool Merchant bar. You can read all about the Harbour Bar here.
1 = craft stations given to me by my beautiful other half for my birthday. Along with a Jam Pan, various preserving tools and a Jem T-Shirt. Best. Presents. EVER! I also got a Pyrography Tool which you can read about here and you can read about my first preserving adventure very soon.
1 = cute easter cupcakes eaten. I have been SO bad this month diet-wise. Eek...
2 = books read. Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf (unputdownable) and The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky (I cried).

11 = posts posted. I am still getting in to the swing of this again, but I think I am starting to get there. I am up against it though, as 0 = coffees consumed. I have gone at it cold turkey and cut the caffeine out! And don't my work colleagues know it! He he...

4 =  hours in the Spa which was a present I got for Christmas. We upgraded to get the works, Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage, Facial, Manicure and Indian Head Massage. Pure Bliss. I have got to do more of this!
6 = sandwiches and cakes consumed at afternoon tea for my joint birthday celebrations with my crafty buddy who shares my birthday month. 3 = post-afternoon tea cocktails consumed and 6 = bottles of pink prosecco shared between the girls... by 10 = I was making a very drunk phone call to my residential taxi driver. Ahem.
74 = pounds spent on new hair. I mean my own hair coloured and cut. And that was WITH a discount voucher. Chest pain galore.
3 = lovely days spent in London for Viva Forever. We went to Camden and saw a psychic, ate street food and bought some bargains, we saw the show in Piccadilly, ate in Soho, visited Buckingham Palace, went to see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, crossed the Thames and walked right along the South Bank to Waterloo, went to Kings X to see Platform 9 3/4 (little Sis is a Potter fan, NOT me!), PHEW a massive 18 = tube journeys later we were accosted by the gorgeous Angelos who serenaded Clair on the Victoria line. You have to check out the video here, his voice is unreal.

Thank you for calling by, make sure you pop in next month. Join in with Julie's band of brothers bloggers...

Nanna Kate X

Monday, 25 March 2013

My first Pyrography project

I'm all about trying new things and when I saw Elsie's blog posts on Wood burning I knew I had to try it, it looked so much fun! I asked for a Pyrography tool for my birthday and after some reading, I set to work making a sampler of the different tips and techniques.

I bought a wood blank door hanger from Hobbycraft and I made a name hanger for my nephew by drawing my design on to the wood in pencil, burning the outlines, then filling in the colour using Acrylic paints. What do you think? I haven't mastered any of the extensive techniques yet, but I love this first, simple attempt!

Have you tried using a wood burning tool?

Nanna Kate X

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Super Quick DIY Magnets

I have a bunch of wine corks (if you want some - get in touch I have loads!) and I am constantly looking for little projects to complete using them. I was in serious need of some new magnets so I decided to make some with my corks as they would look quirky, unique and would be easy to grab a hold of.

Using a small hacksaw, I halved three corks. Then, using a hot glue gun, I glued on the magnet back which I bought for 99p from my local Boyes. I left them to dry (although the glue creates an instant bond) overnight before popping them on the fridge. They look cute, are practical and I have now used THREE out of my bazillion corks!

Nanna Kate X

Saturday, 23 March 2013

DIY Fancy Button Card

I went to Liberty of London again recently (pretty sure I should just take up residency there) and I bought a pack of Liberty fabric FQs in four coordinating prints. As I was wandering around, I noticed their button bowls which are filled with cards which have 2/3/4 buttons on them, either fabric covered, or hand painted, or decorated and they ranged in price from £6.99 up to £16.99. I may be a little strange, but £16.99 for FOUR buttons?! Jeez Louise, I like a splurge but that's more than half of my weekly food budget!  

I decided to try making my own. I purchased some Plastic Self Cover Buttons (like these on eBay) and I covered four, one in each fabric. I then purchased a postcard from Paperchase with a cute floral design (black on kraft) and I pushed the buttons through the card. Finally, using my retro Dymo Jet 1855 Labeller which I purchased from eBay a while back now, I made a quirky label for the card. 

This card went to my friend for her birthday and she loved it. Have you tried to replicate any expensive supplies you've seen in craft stores lately?

Nanna Kate X 

Friday, 22 March 2013

Crochet mission complete

I recently told you that one of my goals for 2013 was to learn to crochet. Well, guess what, I have and I have also completed my very first crochet project. To begin with I was using some self patterned wool which my friend gave me to practice with. Then, I was given Cath Kidston's Crochet Kit in a Book Tin as a gift by a friend at work and I must say although it was a bit scary at first, there's not a colour change or Granny Square I can't manage now!

I wanted to share some pictures with you of my journey...

What do you think? Have you mastered any new skills this year so far?

Nanna Kate X