Tuesday, 29 May 2012

May Craft Challenge

Well I am back in Blogland again, despite ill health. My dear Mama has given me her laptop now she has an ipad :-) 

I will be trying to do some catch up posts over the next few weeks and showing you around my little house here at the end of the world ... Lands End ;-)

However today I am linking up with Maria's monthly craft challenge. This months theme is Blossom and I just happened to make something that fits the theme. (no promises I'll be able to link up every month but we shall see)

So I made a Voile curtain for my hallway door.

I've had this material for ages! I mean years just waiting for the energy and the right project for it. 

I tried hanging up an ordinary net curtain but it wasn't full length and I hated it! I found this material and decided it would look very pretty there. It took me 4 times as long to pin it as it did to sew it and put it up! Flipping slippery material and uneven edges

I have to say from the second I hung it up I absolutely loved it!

As I stood back and looked at it my eye was drawn to a picture already hanging on the wall. 

They couldn't have been better matched if I had planned it.

What do you think? Mind you the most important thing is what I think. Have I mentioned I love it? :-)

So I hope you will pop over to Maria's Blog and see what she has made this month and if anyone else has joined in. 

Don't forget to pop back and see what else I have been doing to my little house.

See you soon

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Feeling neglected?

Hi I'm sorry to have been neglecting this lovely blog of mine but you see there are exciting things afoot!

Dulcie and I are moving back to our Homeland...Cornwall! Ok so I wasn't born there but we moved there when I was 12 years old and I left my heart behind when I moved up to Lancaster Dulcie was born there so She really is going home!

I have had just had 6 weeks to get myself ready and I'm sad to say because of my health there was a lot to do! and also because of my health I've not been able to do everything. I'm not moving to my own house just yet, I'll be staying with my little Goddaughter and her family 'til I find a place and so I can only take the things I 'can't live without' and will come back for the rest when I need to.

I am so excited and can't wait to share with you my progress and making for Teri's Handmade Home :-)

I'll let you know when I have arrived and settled in :-)

Thursday, 28 July 2011

I'm Moving!

Hello all from a very excited Teri! I am finally moving back to Cornwall. the place that stole my heart when I was just 12 and was my home for 18 years is again going to be my home :-) I'm moving to help my friends out with their baby girl (My Goddaughter, Sarah) when her mum goes back to work. Initially I'll be staying with them but as they haven't got room for me I will be officially homeless and so hope to have my own home soon!

As the move up to Lancaster cost me £1300 in just removal fees I'm being really good and strict and downsizing on a massive scale keeping just those things I really love or have plans for...more about them to follow :-) After all the less I have to move the less it will cost!

I don't have the time or the energy to sell the things I don't need and so it is being given away to various friends and charities and Freegle. I have given away the mass of craft stuff that would take me a million years to get through (ok so that is a big 'Coleman' exaggeration that we are known for) and things like a dog crate that cost £40 and was never used. You might think I'm mad just giving it all away (Surely I need some money for my move?) but do you know what? It is totally liberating! It is a blessing to me to know these things are going to people who need them or supporting some worthwhile charity (and that also means every time we take stuff to the Wolfwood dog rescue charity shop at the end of our road we also end up spending more money there hehe) And maybe through giving it all away God will provide for my needs from some other unexpected source though I am trying to save up too and not spend too much money! In preparing for my brothers visit last weekend we had a big clean up and clear out and actually got rid of most of the stuff under the stairs (and there was a LOT!) Mum and Dad are planning a move in the future too and so they are taking a leaf out of my book and getting rid of lots too :-) I think that makes it more fun and easier cos one of us isn't hoarding while the others are clearing out. It's a clean sweep and very cathartic.

So watch this space for more news and plans and how I do end up making my home on that non-existant budget :-)

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Come Join Me On Bloglovin'

Hi I have just started using Bloglovin' and wondered if you would like to come and join me there? 

I have already started copying across the blogs I follow so i can keep up to date with everybodys latest musings having found problems with blogger dashboard and google reader. I hope this will also help me to be a more involved reader as you only get a snippet of each post whereas on google reader you often get the whole thing and so I only comment if I really want to as I would have to take the time to visit the blog in order to comment.

Anyway part of this post is to see how I can claim my blog name on Bloglovin' so we'll see how it works out. (more to follow on that soon)

So I do hope you'll pop over to Bloglovin' for a browse and follow me there too :-)

Friday, 8 July 2011

New! Birthday Organiser and Book!

A few weeks ago my dear friend Maria made herself some dividers for a basket she had to help her be more organised with birthdays etc. Well I loved the idea and I too needed to be more organised and went shopping on ebay to find a suitable holder for some dividers. Well the first purchase, though pretty and is being put to good use for my laptop bits (another good idea of Marias), was too small. Back to ebay with a better idea of mearurements required and found a lovely little wicker basket with handles and for a good price (which I don't remember) I don't have a pic of the empty basket I'm afraid. So armed with a basket and measurements I cheekily asked Maria to make me some dividers which she readily did. I left the choice of graphics up to her but she knows me well and I love them! They are also way better than I could have produced with my own printer so very professional

Anyway onto the next project (a week or 2 of card making later) I thought the next thing I needed was a birthday book to sit in the front of my birthday basket. This was prompted by a free tutorial for a birthday book from Craft Creations (the birthday book is the 4th project on the list). Well I didn't like the book but I liked how it was made. I asked Maria if she could send me the graphics she used for my birthday dividers which she did and then using my new Photoshop skills I designed each A5 page required for the book. It has taken me a few days to do all the graphics and sort out a couple of problems caused by doing it from memory and to get used to my still new printer! But this morning I got them all printed and folded.

Then after lunch I got out the necessary craft items to stick my book together. Double sided sticky tape and some scissors. It was great and so easy and not at all messy like it would have been if I tried glue!!

I taped each edge and then carefully stuck the right page onto the tape.

Oh I must also mention with the above right photo that the card graphic on the cover is courtesy of The Graphics Fairy (if you haven't visited her before you should she has a amazing range of vintage images free to use. She does backgrounds too)

Here are the pictures of the finished book, front and back as it is concertina style...

Just one job left to do...Stick on a piece of ribbon with which I could keep the book closed and of course because it's pretty! :-) So here are the last 2 pics...

The finished book and in it's own little place in the front of my birthday basket. I have to say I have enjoyed this project despite the problems which included running out of double sided sticky tape on the last page (so I then used my latest favourite product...glue squares from Dovecraft (I bought mine when visiting Maria in Leominster so I needed to find an online seller and am happy to have found one)

So what do you think? Do you like it? I love it! I am looking forward to being more organised...once I've written everyone I can think of in my book :-) (lets hope I can remember them all as I don't seem to have them anywhere else (if they're not on facebook that is lol)

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, 20 June 2011

Magpie Monday

Welcome to my first Magpie Monday! I'm linking up with Missie Lizzie of Me and My Shadow who started Magpie Monday! I hope you'll pop over to her blog and see all the other link ups and 'Magpie finds'

So here is my Magpie find bought today in Scope charity shop

A beautiful little teaset! 6 perfect cups and saucers and a sugar bowl!

All for a fabulous £4!

And then I turned them over and looked at the bottom finding this...

I may be wrong but this looks like they were made in 1850! Made by Foley Fine China this design is called 'Ming Rose' and I have done a little research and found 1 cup and saucer on ebay selling for £19.50! 

This lovely design is inside the cups and the sugar bowl!

I can't wait to have my own home to display them in and maybe have a tea party in aid of Scope who helps people like my friend Anna who has Cerebral Palsy :-)

I wouldn't have looked twice at this set or maybe thought it was pretty but nothing more if I hadn't been reading my friend Karen's blog and all the lovely vintage bargains she finds! Thanks for the Inspiration Karen!

I hope you think my 'Magpie find' is as wonderful as I do! Hope to see you again soon

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

New Look Blog

Hi welcome to my new look blog!

I've not been well today, I've been very tired, depressed, had a nasty headache and have had to stay in bed! So I have been thinking of updating this blog for a few days so I just started slowly looking for graphics and it has come together very quickly and I love the result! 

As the new banner didn't go with my old background I have had fun searching for a new one. Also the old blogger template didn't look good with the new look so THH has had a total makeover! New banner, new background and new fonts! I hope you like it too! 

A big thank you to Maria who made the original banner for THH! I loved it and I'm very grateful for the work you put into it for me. I'm a bit sad to retire it. You are my inspiration and I'm very happy now to have been able to make my own :-)

So how am I feeling now? Happy, and my headache has gone! Just goes to show how therapeutic creativity can be! And on this note I would like to tell you about my aim....To do a little creativity every day. It's too easy for that to be on Photoshop so I will make sure each day it is something different! To prove I am doing this I will be taking photo's and putting them on here. I'm just not sure if it will be daily or weekly but do keep an eye out! Would you like to join me?

Thanks for visiting! See you soon :-)