Thursday, 5 January 2012

New Year, New Challenges

It's the New Year so it's time for me to start new projects and courses after the Christmas crafting frenzy. Firstly I've joined Tag Tuesday, a weekly challenge group hosted by Carolyn Saxby.

This first weeks theme is Snow. I really struggled with this theme until I just went into the studio and started pulling out anything white from my stash and within 30 minutes I was off and creating this tag. I decided the image is a Snow Princess (image courtesy of Graphics Fairy) and I edged her with white muslin for texture and little crystals for a bit of sparkle and some white stickles on her frock. The glass drop has the word snow glued to it's underside, taken from a vintage dictionary. The tag was collaged with vintage book papers, then gessoed over, allowing some of the words to come through. I then ruffled a scrap of white cotton straight onto the tag, sewing it with my sewing machine, and then put a scrap of muslin over that to breakup to background further and provide another layer of interest.

I've learnt a new crochet pattern - the ripple. Well I had to do something whilst watching all that Christmas telly, lol. A big thanks to Lucy at Attic 24 for the very clear tutorial.

I was just becoming confident with the pattern and then I was going to swap to making up a throw with some mohairs and ribbon yarns that I've had for a couple of years (should have been a knitted lacy throw but I just kept going wrong so I pushed it to the back of cupboard) but I've kept going as I like the seventies feel to this now scarf!

I've also been busy signing up for three courses. Yes, that's right, three!

Two are with Cristina Zinnia Galliher on Roses on the Table (link on the side bar). They are 'Just get yourself free' where we are creating a 14 page accordian collaged book. These are my pages above and I'm doing an oriental/geisha theme.

The second one is a Vintage/Victorian Make Do Heart project, somewhere I can put some of my vintage brooches. I've watched the first video but not make a start on this project.

Then I've enrolled on an embroidery course at a local collage, starting in a couple of weeks. I thought it was about time I went out to a class for a change. I love online classes but I've missed not doing a night class. I can also use the collage's sewing machines to learn freestyle stitching (something my machine won't do) and see if I take to it without going to expense of buying a new machine.

So this year looks to be as busy, if not busier than the last but I'm enjoying it so far! Happy New Year folks, I'm looking forward to seeing what we all create this year x


  1. Your tag is a beauty! All of those layers really make your tag sweet and dreamy.I also took the accordion book class, how cool! I watched the first few videos before the Christmas rush and plan on actually starting my book soon. Doesn't her's look so pretty? In fact, everything she does looks good. Enjoy all of your classes!

  2. You will love those classes at Roses!! I've taken both of them. Yummy!

  3. i love your tag, i was ythnking of joining that challenge too...the classes sound like fun and such a good idea to try out the machines first.....

  4. Sounds like you are going to have one busy year and will look forward to see the fruits of your labour lol. Your tag is so beautiful your princess is adorable and I love how you have highlighted the word snow. Have become a follower so I don't miss out on any of your beautiful creations.


  5. That tag is beautiful Sharon and so you.

  6. Hello Sharon!
    Oh My you are going to have so Much Fun. Can't wait to see what you Create! Embroidery is something I am Interested in!
    Thank You for visiting Me and your Kind Comments! It has Been an Amazing Week and I feel So Blessed!
    So Glad you through your Hat in for the Giveaway!
    Have a Wonderful Weekend!

  7. Dear Sharon your tag is so beautiful, I also participate in this new challenge (after seeing your tag) look forward to see your accordian book, I love Zinnia's workshops, has participated in almost all. Have a nice sunday.
    Hugs Anni

  8. Great tag - would comment on the Tag Tuesday blog but its getting a bit difficult to 'find' everyone

  9. You sound very positive about 2012 Sharon....hope its a great year for you! I know what you mean about 'going out' and doing a course; the embroidery one should be lovely - and you'll get to meet new friends. Your tag is fab BTW.
    Love Linda x
    PS Loving our Pinterest connection ;-)


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