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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an eclectic kind of crafter delving into many pots. I am just about managing to keep up my Scrapbooking Diary (usually about 6 months behind), plus any cards as required. I have a new found love of Watercolour and Bible Journaling plus recently Faith/Art Journaling too. I've challenged myself to make an art journal page a day for this my 60th year. Previously I've also dabbled in ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Mixed Media, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband, our son has left home now. For exercise I usually play Badminton and go Ballroom and Latin Dancing. I also like walking/Geocaching and sometimes do a bit of Bouncing on my Rebounder (mini trampoline). I have been learning to play the harp for the past 10yrs. I am now officially retired. I am a born again Christian, currently worshiping at my local Vineyard Church.

Wednesday 29 August 2012

WOYWW #169 - Sew True

I managed to get a place on Neil Walker's Class "Sew True" last Sunday where we discovered all things DISTERSS. In doing so we made the backgrounds for a delightful little mini album on the theme of sewing. I've been adorning mine ever since. I have also been to Ikea and got some paint brushes to alter and use, some of their wrapping tape which I think is like Washi tape and a cute little box with paper clips. Earlier in the week I bought some more paints. Oh and if you look real close you'll see I stuck a button on my Pinflair glue syringe head as it had broken.
 Here's the little album. I just love it.

And here are all the pages as I'm sure you'll want a nose in it.

Happy WOYWW everyone.


SandeeNC said...

omg, your mini album is adorable!!!! Sew pretty!! However I CANNOT wait to see what you do with the paint brushes, they are so fun and addicting! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Inkypinkycraft said...

a really beautiful mini album..packed full of beautiful detials! have a great week trace x 48

Helen said...

WOw, what a great mini album! I look forward to your altered paint brushes - I see Donna Downey has been doing some so you are in good company! Helen 40

Redanne said...

Hi BJ, absolutely gorgeous mini album, no wonder you are so pleased with it. I saw the Donna Downey paint brushes too (she is putting them up in her shop!) and I bet you will have lots of fun doing those. I had to go back to bed earlier, hope you got some sleep too.......Happy WOYWW, Anne x #32

Judys Lace Creations said...

I love that little album with the stitch theme too!!What a great idea for a sewing friend. Gosh you could really"go to town" with this idea!
The Quilties are the size of postcards.They are like Fabric Postcards, only using quilting!
Judy #11

okienurse said...

gorgeous mini book! Love your desk it looks very busy and creative. Have a great week. Thanks for sharing! Vickie #67

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You may or may not know that I only started sewing three years ago!! So if I can do it, you can too - get a cheap sewing machine and launch into it. Your life will be the richer!! And you'll find you had much more patience than you thought possible!! Or maybe that's just me..... *grin*
Hugs, LLJ #72 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Great stuff BJ, I can see Neil's influence and it must have been a great fun class to take. Another slippery slope for you then!!

Ann B said...

Beautiful mini album BJ and thanks for the heads up on the Ikea tape - if only the they didn't make you walk three miles to get to where you want to go in there. Jozarty put some tags up they do last week so can see I will have to brave it and visit soon.

Ann B

Cass said...

At last I can see the mini album properly and it is fab :-) I've noticed how you've organised your cut and dry foam... now why can't I be that organised? Ho hum, can't wait to see what you do with the brushes.

Cassidy x

Dawn said...

Ooh fab desk shot again honey, lol I wish we had an Ikea closer, I'm not jealous much!! Probably a good thing really as I would spend a fortune i'm sure!
Your mini-album is delightful, you can see how much fun you had making it too.
Big hugs x x x x

Jenny Marples said...

Loving that mini album and what a great idea to use paint brushes!! Having also seen mousetraps used this week too it's got me wondering what else might be alterable/decorateable! Thanks for dropping by my place, hugs Buttons #66

CraftygasheadZo said...

Great album, I bet you enjoyed that class. Must admit not heard of altering paint brushes but come across it twice now! Take care Zo xx 118

Mary Jo said...

What an adorable mini album!!! :)
Mar Jo #112

Princess Judy Palmer said...

LOVE the album!!! No, really L O V E it! Wow, how much fun you had putting that together. So many lovely elements and a delight on every page. The desk shot is nice too, great things are lurking there. I love the idea of the button on the glue syringe. See! Us crafty people can come up with crafty fixes!

Keren Howell said...

Fab mini album- altering paint brushes, I would never have thought of it! Have replied to the questions you left on my blog - thanks for visiting!

MrsC.x said...

such a cute mini album!! so wanna see what you do with the brushes
happy woyww Mrs.C.xx #63

Tertia said...

That mini is stunning and looks like a lot of work, but a lot of fun.
Happy WOYWW!
Tertia #47

Words and Pictures said...

What an absolutely brilliant mini-album... every page is a gem! Love your inking and embellishing, and those lovely edges - so clever with the proverb across the pages when it's closed - great work! Happy WOYWW!
Alison x

The Scrapbook Lady UK said...

The minibook is great! I love it. Very very pretty. ThanKs for visiting me. Jenx

Laura said...

Lovely minibook!
You'll have so much fun altering the brushes - I'll be in next Wednesday to see them!
Have a good week,

Deb said...

wow, looks like a great class, love your little album, so creative!

Lynn Holland said...

Lovely stuff on your desk. I'm going to creative craft event at GMEX Manchester tomorrow so may start my £5 Christmas swap bag. Then again I might just buy lots of stuff for me. Haha
Thanks for popping by.
Lynn # 102

Karin said...

Hi Bj, your mini book looks fabulous. I had hoped to attend that class too but it wasn't to be.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that is a lovely mini book, love the papers you've used.


Mikes Gal #82

Anonymous said...

You know your audience well -- *of course* we all wanted to see the inside of your gorgeous mini album. Wow. What a fun class that must have been. Thanks for visiting my blog already. The back-to-school cards thing is probably not common -- I just live four hours away from my little nieces and nephew and want them to remember their old auntie, so I send cards for odd occasions. :-) Happy WOYWW!! ~ Laura #122

505whimsygirl said...

Hi BJ,

You are so right about the die - it does have sharp edges on BOTH sides. Next time I'll put a piece of paper on the back side and see what happens. Thank you!

I love your mini book. It's just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Kay #17

My name is Cindy said...

That's a great little book - Neil is very talented I'm sure he gave you loads of ideas. Thank you for popping over to see my desk!! Cindy

sandra de said...

Your mini album is gorgeous and how wonderful to have a hands on class. Thanks for dropping in and saying hi. Family what can I say!!
Sandra @20

An'Jenic G. said...

Hi BJ just wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog today. I'm sorry you couldn't see my picture. I've had a hard time with blog this week wanting to load any of my pictures. I thought if I could just copy and paste; but as I see that didn't work. I switch to my computer and not the laptop and it seem to have work. Any way your mini is beautiful I love the papers, colors, and the clear cover. I think I need to give minis a try. I did one of my sister around December for a Christmas gift; but I didn't get the chance to post it. You know how things are crazy around the holidays.

P.S. Thanks so much for stopping by and giving me the heads up. I think I fixed it and hope you would stop back by.

Hugs, Blessing Happy WOYWW #150 AJ~

Morti said...

What a lovely little book you've made - very sweet and gorgeously vintage!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind comments.

Roudi said...

I smell vintage! I smell pretty! Oh my I love that little album of yours! So gorgeous. ♥
Happy belated WOYWW!
Roudi #154

Queen Lightwell said...

Ooh, gorgeous book! I love the sewing theme, even though I don't sew much, and I am always wanting to buy sewing themed stamps...they just seem to have such a wonderful vintage vibe to them, ya know? Well, your book is awesome and thanks for the peek, and for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment! :)

Kyla said...

Well done on getting a place on Neil's class-obviously inspirational as your book is simply stunning.

Ikea-a danger zone! Sounds like you got out lightly, I go in for tea lights and usually come out with 2 bags crammed and something that only just fits in the car!!

Thanks for visiting my desk already
Kyla #55

Terry said...

That little album is amazing! Thanks for sharing the photos.


Terry #60

Unknown said...

A fabulous little book - love it!
Thanks for your nice comment on my blog.

mark gould said...

wow, the book turned out great, nice to see you at the craft barn

lisa said...

It sounds like you've been having a lovely crafty time. Your little book is gorgeous. So many different pages. Neil is a very talented crafter isn't he.
Have fun with all your new Ikea goodies.
Sorry to be such a late visitor, new school madness here at the minute!!
Hugs Lisax #93

Sherry said...

Wow BJ, your mini book is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, I love the theme and all the detail you've put into it, what a wonderful keepsake xx

(Thanks for your comment on my blog too x)