Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Christmas is coming - the kitten is decorating .
Wonderful fun this morning starting to put the decs up.

Saturday, 25 October 2014


No proper journal page today - up to my ears in wedding favors - all these people do keep on insisting on getting married!

So a thought - and perhaps a plan - - 
Have you seen the Booth's Christmas Book yet?  Talk about extravagant - no wonder their food is so expensive - I shan't be getting our joint there.  

Mind you - it got me thinking.  I can't stand throwing things like that out - there has to be an up-cycling craze to be started there.  You could take the pages out and refill the cover with plain paged to make a scrapbook - you could make a fabric inner and make it into a bag - or laptop cover.

I think I will keep the pages in and work over them.  My favorite Christmas poem is The Night Before Christmas so I think I will work that into the pages.

I am not sure how I am going to do my craft work while I am in my new spot - half my personal stash is in my flat - but if I make it a writing project it will be easier to manage.

Perhaps we should start an Up-cycled Booths page on Pintrest - bet other people are thinking the same.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Vote for me in an award

Right chaps

The National craft Awards have just opened for voting.  They sell it to you like it's representative of the whole industry and they have selected the best stuff out there for you to vote for - but it's really just picked from anyone who deals with The Papercrafter and Crafts Beautiful group of magazines.  The only way to get into the system seems to be to cheat!!!!

Acting on their own advice (and it took me 3 months to track someone down to get a proper answer on this) - If I can get enough people to vote for the shop as an 'other' this year - I may make it to the short list next year.

Here is the link [url][/url] - you do have to fill the whole list I am afraid - but when you get to Craft shops in the North - tick other and add The Kitten and The Goat, Kendal.

I would be grateful for any help you can give - going to be shouting out on my blog and facebook too - so please like and share - let's see if we can break the system  ;D 


Friday, 17 October 2014

Kitten's BIG adventure

OK all - we are fully up and running now.  My son sorted out the phone line and got the computer back on line.  I have done battle with the printer and won.  All the stuff is now out of the old shop and now all I have to do is conquer the last of the boxes.

3 Of the panels are given over to Christmas so you can get cracked on with you Christmas makes now.  There is a HUGE yarn order coming on Tuesday with all the seasonal colour felts and threads.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

kitten's BIG adventure

Day 2 of the move - huge progress (Goat has the pics so have to wait for his camera) - we have got so much done.  The thing that just amazes me is - - - just - how on earth did I get all this stuff in to such a tiny little space?????

Sending out thanks to all the customers who knew about the move and came to show support and say hello - love you guys.

HUGE thanks to the lady ((and you know who you are (XX) )) who spent an hour just running back and forth with full boxes to move - - you got us sooo much further on - still catching up with what  you did today.  I can't say how grateful I am - I am so limited when it comes to the real hands on physical slog type stuff.

I think the 'stage is set' as they say - got to do loads of dressing and sorting out to do which will take me a couple of weeks gently plodding on.

Huge splash for Christmas - so you can see what we have to get the good old creative juices flowing.

Just drop by and test drive the shop layout and see how we can improve it for you


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Kitten's BIG Adventure

This is it!!!!

One, new, clean, empty shop unit.  The guys worked until 7pm last night to finish.  LOVE IT.  I have told them tnere is no rush to move back they have to take their time!

Right - must get onm

Friday, 10 October 2014

Get Britain Stamping

This month is 'Get Britain Stamping' month.  Following on from last year's campaign to get Britain writing the craft big-wigs have got together to spread the word on all the various ways you can add stamping into your life.  - As if we crafters needed persuading!!!!

There is a website - of course - with ideas and a competition - so hop on over and see what is on offer.

Get Britain Stamping


Monday, 6 October 2014

day off

Monday is kitten's day off


Thursday, 25 September 2014

shop moving date

Big - Big - Big - BIG NEWS

We finally have a overview of the building works that are going to happen in our shop.

We will not be open all over this weekend to re-dress the shop - so if you were planning to drop by - don't!

Because - on Friday 10th October we get the keys to the shop 2 doors up which has been fully renovated.  Over the following weekend we will be moving the entire shop lock, stock and barrel to set up home there.  We will be in the other place until Christmas - then we will be moving back in to our own all spic and span shiny new shop so that sharr and the health food shop can be done.

WE WILL NOT BE CLOSED - in fact we will gain 2 extra days as we will be trading while we move during that first weekend.

Anyone who is passing by is welcome to come and have a browse - help move a few bits - just stand and laugh! - we would be delited to see you all.

In the mean time - I am putting out the Me to You range now - as well as the Santa's workshop range.

More news as it happens



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Christmas page

I have finished my page and I have put it in a 12" frame for display

You can't really see all the distressed edges in the frame - must remember to cut the centre panel smaller next time.

There is loads going on in the corners - the only thing I have not piled on is charms and that's only because I wanted to keep it mostly the Tatty Teddy range

The 'rosettes' are part of the range - the hearts are die cut from the 6" matching paper.  Remember - the pattern on 6" papers and 12" papers is exactly the same - just 1/4 smaller in size on the 6".

 I am resisting filling the rest of the corner - but I could!

 There is glitter glue everywhere - and a few background liquid pearls - a sprinkling of pearl dots makes such a huge difference.

When I get a bit more organised I will make you some card samples/


Monday, 22 September 2014

Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off

I have got out of the habit of posting a silly picture on Mondays - this year is proving a very tough one all round nut I must get back to it - they are so much fun


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Me to You Christmas range

Bit of a change to the Journal page today - I have been scrapbooking with this years Me to You Tatty Teddy Christmas range.  It is the first time in my whole life that I have all the bits to match - and I am having a ball!!!

It's a very masculine colour range - and actually usable for loads of other things apart from Christmas.  I am concentrating on building back detail at the moment - there is a card layer under the patterned paper background (both scuffed up and faux stitched) - and in between them there are lengths of lace.  The 2 patterned panels are treated the same way - with more lace tucked in.

Next I built a side detail.  Everything is scuffed and faux stitched - there is a left over scrap of the backing card - matching heart doily - 2 hearts cut from 6" papers - rosette flowers - resin flowers - gems - twine - the red glitter swirl is something that was in my box

more to follow in the week as I build the page.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Nasty People

I had such a horrid thing happen to me the other day, it makes me realize just how split we are here with our low crime rates.  There was a bunch of lads in the town getting rid of fake £20 notes.

This chap asked me for a pot of glue and paid with a dud £20 note - in my tiny little shop - that's so mean.  There is no petty cash or write off - it's money straight out of my pocket. I was a really good girl and handed it into the police with a statement.  Loads of shops and cafes were hit - so it's quite a big investigation.  

My dear hubby says it was a good thing that I hadn't noticed and tackled them - He can't think I would have been polite or restrained about it - and I would have got myself in more trouble!!!

We are so lucky here - I leave my stock on the street while I pop to the shops - we hardly ever lock the car or the house front door (when we manage the lock the door  we forget the French doors!).  It is just horrid to have it happen.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Saturday Journal page

Fancied something a bit different today- so instead of reaching for my 'Crafty Individuals' stamps - the 'Micheal Powel' box caught my eye.  I so love his pictures - full of all those higgledy piddledy houses - but them I am a bit house mad - who else has Right Move listed as a favorite.

The building stamps are notoriously difficult to use.  There is so much tiny detail - and the stamps are not deep edged.  You do have to be accepting that the image is never going to be crisp and perfect - but I have found a way to get it as good as possible.  I put a foam pricking mat under the page - then I stand on the stamp to get the image!

It does mean that you can be really relaxed about the colouring though - this is one of the light houses


post-bling - make me want to tear it out and use it in a canvas piece

right - while I am on a roll I am going to make up some Tatty Teddy Christmas samples Love

Saturday, 6 September 2014

pokie ball cushion

This is a pattern I have been working on for my son's market stall - do you know just how hard it is to chart a circle on a square grid!!!!  I tried so many times - drawing a circle and trying to fill it in - working from the middle out - working from the edge in.  After loads of messes I ended up using the Mine craft game because they have directions to build circles with their square blocks. 

This is the first knit - I need to add in an extra row each side of the black band because it give the illusion that the circle is squished.  

I was getting very low on the rust colour - the wholesaler has been out of stock this past couple of months so  hope it has not been discontinued (I have just found a super 'fox' scarf that I want to knit it in as Christmas presents).  So I did a contrast flap - like it much better really.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Saturday Journal - but mid-week

I did do my journal on Saturday - but I spent all day on it.  There is nothing better than tinkering and fiddling about with inks

I have a bottle of masking fluid that has hardly been touched - so I wanted to try that out.  My old mate Barbra Grey raves about it - I much prefer using a Versamark pen and clear embossing - but it does mean that  you can't go back and work with the paper once you have done your top layer.  So I dug out the bottle and set to it.

It was Mintfest (king of a huge street theatre extravaganza) in Kendal so I wanted to do something suitable.  I drew the comedy and tragedy masks and sponges some really strong colours over them

With the page spritzed and dabbed off the colours get a 'spotted' texture and you can see the masking fluid

Now - this is the bit I really struggle with.  My fluid never seems to just peel off neatly - I spent ages cleaning all the masking off - ended up with a rubber going over and over it

Now I can start to doodle.  I rubbed gold stain into the masks, sponged some really bright red spots, and started to doodle.

I shall continue with this and try to over fill the page - and I need to work more on the mask area.

If you are not sure if you have any 'blank' spaces in your piece - photograph it - and add it to your screen.  The screen flattens the image and you get a much better idea of what you peice looks like to everyone else.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday journal

Just when I thought I was sorted with the wedding - in comes another of over 100 - but I was DETERMINED that I would at least do a little in my journal.

This is a very old trick - but great fun.  Oil Pastels scribbled all over the page - there are a couple of images stamped and embossed in clear on the page first.

You can use baby oil to blend all the colours together.  Really get in between the clear embossing to make the image show as a 'ghost' look

Once the oil soaks into the page - you can go back and doodle - stamp - draw over the top.  This has the images stamped again using Memento - and some metallic pencil flowers.

I might doodle a bit more - and I need a caption.

I love this technique - I use it on A3 water colour papers with loads of added swirls - then I cut the paper into smaller panels and use it to make cards


Monday, 18 August 2014

crafting on a budget

The newest 'designer' kid on the block is the magnetic storage system from Zutter.  the system allows you to keep your metal dies stored in a simple to use - easy to find storage box.  It is based around the A4 size so you can store lots on each of the double sided magnetic sheets.  The basic starter kit is around £20.

Sounds super cool doesn't it ?

Soooooo - all of you that visit me in the shop know my opinion of 'designer' brands and 'unmissable' gadgets.

I have A4 magnetic sheets - they are 75p each - they are self adhesive - so you could always stick 2 together.  The £1 shop sometimes has A4 box folders - but if they don't Home Bargains are around £2.50 with great patterned covers. 

 BUT then the won't have THE 'logo' - guess it all depends on what you want to pay for :-)

So - Here's kitten mouthing off again - but I made a promise to be honest with you - and I always will!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

wedding favor city

It's a bit like playing Jenga - with little boxes!

I have made almost 500 wedding favor boxes this past couple of weeks.  Just waiting on one more list of names and that's the summer rush over.

And you know what happens then ..........


Thursday, 7 August 2014

yarn thickness explained - I hope!

Some of you look at me in disbelief when I say you can put strands of yarn together to make up the different thicknesses so I thought I would try to explain it a little for you.

The names 4 ply - double knitting - chunky etc refer to the thickness of the yarn not the weight of the ball.  The 'ply' term is an industry standard which refers to the thickness of a single strand of spun yarn.
4 ply is 4 tiny individual strands twisted together - double knitting is technically an 8 ply ( although because of the way they make it now you can't still split it into the 8 strands) - so if you use 2 strands of 4 ply together you will make up the double knitting thickness.

Chunky is twice the thickness of double knitting - so it you work 2 strands of double knitting together it is the same knitting thickness as a chunky.  This means (and it took me ages to get my head round this one!) - a 100g ball of double knitting and a 100g ball of chunky is exactly the same thing!  As the double knitting is half the weight - you get twice the length - but using 2 strands together it will work out the same as a chunky thickness.  So if you see a chunky and a double in the same brand of the same yarn - and the chunky costs more - you will pay more for your yarn that you need to.

Super chunky is double the thickness of chunky - so if you use 2 strands of chunky together (or 4 strands of double) you can make the super chunky weight.

All you have to do is hold the strands together and make sure that they all go round the needle and through the loop.

I often mix chunky and double knitting together when I am making hats with motifs on - it's fine.  If it's for a cushion, toy, bag or a hat it won't show - and it will use up your scraps.

Some wools are heavier in weight than acrylic and work and wash differently - I would not recommend you mix wool and acrylic on anything that is going to be work and washed regularly. 

Also the dirt cheap imported yarns that you get from places like The Works can be thinner than you would expect and don't have the give of brands like my Robin - so just be aware of that.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

See my shop

Here's something you don't see very often - my shop floor cleared!

The builders are going to put a cover under the big hole in the ceiling to stop the muck coming down.

Sometime today I hope as they asked me to clear the space.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday's Work

Not a journal page - a re-invention of an old photo frame

Just a tatty old frame from under the stairs - I sanded it down and covered it with 2 different Decoupatch papers.  I used the Decoupatch glue to see  what difference it made to just using PVA.  There is a difference - the Decoupatch branded has a varnish in with it - so the finish is much more shiny.  It still shows as shiny even though I washed over it with black acrylic paint.

I just went mad really.  Loads of stuff going on in the corner - I am making more of an effort to add layers and definition underneath before I start to build out.  There is a die cut trellis, and a bit of mesh before the swirls.

And I have just picked up these wonderful clock, winged heart and key charms - can't find any cogs at reasonable prices yet though - will keep looking

Friday, 18 July 2014

More Posh Dog

There is still not a squeak from the builder's - who were supposed to be starting this week - we are all getting a bit grumpy with them now.  It really effects me the most - I have Christmas shopping to do!  Yes I know - waaaaay to early - but I picked up the entire range of the Tatty Teddy Christmas release - and if you don't get in quick it sells out in about 6 weeks.

We now have a logo - I love setting up all the branding and paper work almost as much as making the products - yes it's a quickie of hubby's that he did for a prom show - I like his quick rough sketches best

I am working on the bandannas - the dining table is piled up with fabric and I am working out the different sizes.  I have some really pretty fabrics - mostly from Faye in the Indoor Market (now I have an excuse to find a fabric wholesaler).

NOTE TO SELF - with RIGHT sides together ;-)