Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blog Candy Giveaway!!

Hi all, I am giving away some blog candy (see below) 


Includes the Tim Holtz and Pizzazzil Papers you see in the picture above which would make a nice addition to any crafters stash!

Hi all, to be in with a chance to win this very cool blog candy all you have to do is the following...

1. Become a follower of this blog or my personal blog (or even better - both!)
2. Leave us a comment on this post
3. Tell your friends and let us know how you told them!
(Maybe a few lines on your blog or facebook page etc.)

I will announce the winner next Sunday evening (7th Feb) and it is open to everybody in Ireland, UK and further afield!

Thanks for your support and Good Luck!

*** This is open to followers of the shop blog http://www.craftyalley.blogspot.com/ and also my personal blog http://www.thescrappyknitter.blogspot.com/ ***

Blog Candy

The Crafty Alley Shop Blog Candy Giveaway



Includes the Tim Holtz and Pizzazzil Papers you see in the picture above which would make a nice addition to any crafters stash!


Hi all, to be in with a chance to win this very cool blog candy all you have to do is the following...


1. Become a follower of this blog or my personal blog (or even better - both!)
2. Leave us a comment on this post
3. Tell your friends and let us know how you told them!
(Maybe a few lines on your blog or facebook page etc.)

I will announce the winner next Sunday evening (7th Feb)!OPen to everybody in Ireland, UK and furter afield!

Oh and if you want to know why we want you to follow us, its becuase in a few weeks we are going to be adding some amazing new products on our brand new website. Plus, we are going to be having regular competitions and giveaways and you will be able to see some of the latest products and techniques right here first! 

Thanks for your support and Good Luck!

*** This is open to followers of the shop blog http://www.craftyalley.blogspot.com/ and also my personal blog http://www.thescrappyknitter.blogspot.com/ ***
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jewellery Making Class.

The next jewellery making class is on February 6th at 12.00pm
You don't need to have any experience, just come along and see how easy it is to make your own accessories!
The cost for the hour is €15.00 - give us a call on 064 66 30800 to book a place.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Butterfly Minibook by Felicia



Hi all,

Well this is a very very special minibook which I received from Felicia who many of you know well. This is the first mini book anyone ever made for me and the book which started of my addicition to minibooks so thanks Felicia! Felicia made this for my birthday back in October.

It is in a beautiful butterfly shape and the wings are filled with beautiful tags, pockets and papers!

A treasure I am sure you will all agree!

You tube link here

Cathy x
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Ho Ho Ho swap from Suzie!




Hi All,

This is a collage I created of the beautiful album I got from Suzie as part of the Scrapzville December swap theme - Ho Ho Ho!.

Was really looking forward to sharing it with you all.

Thanks Suzie - it is truely gorgeous!

You Tube Link Here

Cathy xxx

Scrapzville Swap - Flower Power



This is a collage of the album I received from Anne Healy as part of the Scrapzville swap. Anne is a fabulous crafter and also a member of our own craft club in the shop which meets the last Saturday of every month. The papers and embellishments Anne used were so pretty and I totally love it!

Thanks Anne!

You Tube Link Here

Cathy xxx
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The Sun is Shining!




Wow - what a totally gorgeous day. The sun is shining and the skies are blue. I am working from home today and I have been trying to get all the boring paperwork done this morning so I can spend the afternoon crafting. I have the two kids here and hubby is working so I am going to take them for a walk so hopefully Martin might sleep for a couple of hours and Caoimhe might do some crafting with me. She is like her Mam - happiest when she is up to her eyes with glue, paper and crafting!

I have got to finish Alyson's album off today / tomorrow and I am very excited about it as I have been EXTRA EXTRA creative on it - all will be revealed soon! I also want to put up slide shows of albums I have recieved from Felicia (My first ever), Ann Healy (My first Scrapzville swap partner) and Suzie my Christmas Scrapzville Swap Partner. The three albums are too gorgeous not to share with you all!

This is going to be a very busy week as I have changed the format of the monthly craft club I hold in the shop every month. I am going to keep that for a seperate post over on the shops blog!

Oh and other excitng news is after all that is that I have just signed up for my first swap over on Life on the Scrapbeach so hope to be meeting some other lovely crafters over there too.

Now - off for some good old fresh Kerry air (and to wear the kids out;-))

Cathy xxx

P.s The pic is of the two new birdhouses I bought - one pink for Caoimhe and one blue for Martin - how cute!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Junior Knitting Classes

This four week course is for National school children who want to learn to knit. It will start on Wednesday 20th January from 4-5pm. The cost for the course is €20.00 per child. Let us know if you would like to book a place - 064 66 30800.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Isabeau Purse



Finally got this purse finished at The Crafty Knit and Stitchers Tuesday meeting last night. This was from a free pattern on http://www.ravelry.com/ and from the designer Sylvie Damey.

Anybody who knows me well - knows I love tiny little handbags and have been known to venture out  for a rare night on the town with my phone, keys, card, cash and lippy in a bag measuring not more than 3"x3". Any more space is just a waste....and hard to find things in after a couple of glasses of vino!
Although the original pattern is knit in a cotton / acrylic mix I could not resist knitting it up in my favourite Artesano Aran. It is so soft to touch and feels quite robust with the lace and moss sections. This was a lovely project to do as it was my first time knitting a lace pattern (front and back panels). The sides and bottoms were knit in a moss stitch and the edgings, a mixture of lace and stockinette. This was also knit using less than a skein! The other challenge which I liked about this pattern was that the joining up was done by single crochet. This gave a nice decorative effect and I'm sure using a contrasting colour would really make it stand out.
I originally lined the bag in a pretty sky blue floral cotton but was not happy with it so I removed the lining and I will reline it when I find a good complimentary fabric.
I think I will experiment with this pattern again in different yarns.
So on to the next project.........

Cathy

P.S. Got the button from the lovely Suzie who recently sent me some lovely bits and pieces as part of our mini book swap. Thanks Suzie - was looking for just the right btto :-)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Christmas Mini Book Swap for Susan as part of www.scrapzville.blogspot.com swap