Thursday, 14 January 2016

Google Friend Connect

I came across this the other day and have copied it to my blog, a case of letting blogger followers know, in case they are not already aware of it. 

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Steampunk Spells

I have no idea why some of my photos have a bluish tint to them as they were taken at the same time, unless of course the battery had decided to start to die on me.  But this is my steampunk spells box.  My son bought me a plain wooden box for my birthday as he knows I like to play around with altered art work.  In fact today he is playing around with making a camera, he is either putting lego together or making something from scratch, all my children have had this bug of making things either from scratch or revamping.  So back to my box.

Well as I have said so many times I sooo love Graphic 45 paper, and I bought the Steampunk Spells range some time ago.  Thought it was about time I used it, and what better way than to decorate the wooden box.

I decided to use two different papers rather than cover it all in one, after I put the top paper on.

As you can see it is rather dark so to have that all over I thought was a wee bit too much, so I went for the flying clocks paper for the bottom part.

Now you can see how well it went when putting the top back on.

I looked through the 12x12 pad that I had and picked out what I thought would make some good embellishments and glued them down.

I did also use wooden cogs that had been purchased from calico crafts and painted with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Paint, needed a couple of coats of that as it soaked into the wood.  The key was also painted with the same colour and allowed to dry.  The Steampunk Spells paper pads like all the Graphic 45 paper pads, have a range of papers that include various size toppers that can be cut up.  In this instance I did that with one of the topper range of papers to create the individual signs.

With the bottom part of the box I also added a small metal clock and placed it on top of a clock image on the paper.

When gluing the paper down onto the box each side was glued separately, so to blend it all in I did use TH distressing ink.  Colour used was Ripe Persimmon as I found that blended in better than using any other colour.  Although I did colour the rims of the box with the TH Distress paint, Black Soot. The hardest part was putting the hinges back in place.

Thank you for looking and hope you enjoyed my take on a steampunk wooden box.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Little Mermaid

No this isn't something that I have made, this gorgeous painting is by Kerry Darlington.  A few weeks back I was on holiday in Saundersfoot, Wales and saw this beautiful painting in the window of the local gallery.  Looking around the gallery I fell in love with the Little Mermaid, and as a result walked out of the gallery with it in my arms.

So who is Kerry Darlington, well I have seen her work before and this time it was on Posh Pawn on the TV, a painting of hers went for a lot of money.  She paints the main piece and then from there has a limited print run, but that is not the end of it, because then she over paints on the print itself.  She works with texture, acrylic and resin, and the end result gives a 3D appearance, and also as a result each of her Unique Editions is just that each one is slightly different.

As crafters we all like to play around with different techniques whether it is stamping with different coloured inks or stamping then watercolouring.  Or altered art work, and that can be using different textures and techniques.  So to see Kerry's paintings up close was an absolute delight.

Two close-ups of the painting -
Take a visit to her online website and have a browse through her paintings and if like me you are someone who likes the magical world of books and art then Kerry's paintings then enjoy.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Knitting in two ply wool

Yes I did type two ply wool it isn't a mis-type.  So what on earth am I talking about, well over 35 years ago I came across a printed article now can't remember if it was a tv guide magazine or just a magazine.  Although looking at the tiny paper that I still have with the picture and instructions it could even have been a newspaper.

At the time I was expecting and the article mentions knit a shawl for an heirloom.  Instructions were using Patons 2ply wool, and yes it can still be purchased today, although back then it was sold in 25gm balls today it is sold in 50gm balls.  Amount was eleven balls (25gm) and size 9 needles.  Yep did state size 9, even though it is 2ply wool, but suspect that was down to the lacy effect of the pattern.  Now as I have no idea who designed the pattern I am not going to type it out, but just state is is made up of 9 rows of knit with one purl row at the end of the ninth row.  Three rows in the middle are yarn around needle and knitting two together.  That's it folks, nothing strenuous unless you take on board the 2ply wool, my fingers have certainly felt the ache with using this wool.  Okay I have owned up I purchased some wool and set to a few days ago to knit another one.  Why...... well I have no idea apart from thinking it might help my fingers keep their dexterity which is slowing going west due to arthritis kicking in.  Oh forgot to say there is edging which you can see and that is made up of increasing and decreasing stitches to give that effect, there is only 6 stitches and 12 rows.  Perhaps when someone sees the pics that I have taken, someone somewhere may be able to say who the author of the pattern is and if the pattern is still out there.

Any rate here are two pics of the original one that I made all those years ago.

now all I need to do is set to and continue on with the latest one, and measurements are around 44 x 44 inches.  Oh well perhaps this time next year I will have finished it.!!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily

Goodness two posts in one day, well a case of doing catch up along the way.  Sadly one card that I made for a young lady's 21 birthday got missed on the photographing front.  But at least I have remembered to take the other pics.

Graphic 45 have brought out a lovely range entitled Gilded Lily a take I suspect of the French aristocracy including the supposed quote of Marie Antoinette of 'Let them eat cake'.

Although to start with the card I made back in May is not from that range but an earlier one from Graphic 45.  This card was made using paper and a topper with a quote from Coco Chanel, the wooden wording is a name Lyse.  This I purchased through calico craft parts, if it sounds familiar it is as the lady who ran the calico craft website and had the dreadful fire, has set up a new site.  This time though she only appears to have wooden shapes rather than all the other items that she used to sell.

Not so long ago I purchased some marabou feathers and picked out for this card a lovely pink and paired it with a black one.

So now back to Gilded Lily, these three cards have been made using paper, toppers and embellishments from the range. 
All were finished off by using some of the marabou feathers.  I think the feathers give that added touch of that era.

If like me you like and enjoy the Graphic 45 range of papers etc, then head across to your nearest shop or online store and pick up this lovely collection.  I get my papers etc from countryview crafts as not only are they excellent value but very prompt at sending out their orders.