6 November 2010

Celebrating Blog friendships

Hi All

Thanks for stopping by. You may be here on our lovely blog party hop or maybe here on a whim, either way its lovely to have you!

If you stop by Lizzie of Jo's blogs who are hosting our party there should be a little explanation of whats going on. In a nutshell we are celebrating the friendships we have made through a year of blogging! There are plenty of things to be won and a mystery sentance. The letter to collect from here is...
Collect all the letters from the blog chain to be in with winning a fabby prize!

It is so exciting to be having this blogging party because over the year I have met and got to know so many lovely people. As I am at school (boo hiss) I couldn't make a scrapbook page so instead I thought I would list some of the things I love about blog friendships:

  • I am 18 years old but get wisdom and friendship from so many ladies who have all been through what I am experiencing as a teenager! That is such a blessing!
  • I have become friends with a talented bunch of people who fuel my scrapping mojo and give me ideas when I am a little bit stuck.
  • Through my blog friends I have been encouraged in my crafts, picked up tutorials on how to make wonderful things and ultimatley have been recognised for my scrapbooking which for me is amazing because I have never been able to share scrapbooking with a wider community before!
So.. in the interests of love and craftiness and party time I thought I would do a bit of re-paying! So, I want to share a sweet and quick tutorial, a list of some of my favourite crafting sights, freebies on the web and a little pass the parcel prize so someone else can have some crafty fun!!!

First up. A tutorial.
This bunting is super easy and looks so pretty.
First.. using a large circular object cut out thirty or so circles. This is really easy if you fold your paper as you can cut out two at a time. Its totally up to you how big the circles are but it helps if they are on double sided. I used old sheet music which was printed on both sides.

Set up your sewing machine for large straight stitch. Have the pile of circles next you. Stich down the middle of the first circle and just as it gets to the edge pick up another circle. Don't overlap them but make sure you keep your foot on the pedal. Voila, two circles joined with simple stiching.

Keep going until you have a whole chain of circles. Put up and enjoy!

Next up.. some lovely crafty goodness...

The Color Room: I have just discovered this website. It is really great if you are having a creativity dip. Sketches are made based on colours taken from a photo of an interior. It lifts patterns, palate and shapes!

Poppy Talk: A fab site of handcrafted tutorials, freebies and creative loveliness! 

i-diy: This website is aimed at those who plan to handcraft goodies for their wedding. I promise I am not engaged!!! But it is a fab site just to get craft ideas and contains lots of freebies and printables!  

library card generator: This site creates sweet little library cards that are lovely on a scrapbook page! So much fun even just to play around! 

A few sites just to check out.And finally...a pass the parcel. Simple. Below are five questions. All the answers can be found on my blog. If you get the answers right i'll put your name into the hat and a little something may come your way!  (I am not sure yet what but I promise something pretty and crafty!)

1. what have I made my friends for christmas this year?
2. What blog hop did I participate in about a year ago?
3. Name the title of one of my scrapbook LO's
4. what is my nickname for my other half?
5. What new thing now happens on a monday?

The giveaway closes next Wednesday at 7.00pm GMT! Have fun!

Hope you've enjoyed this little part of the party! Next stop should be Rinda in the U S of A! Safe travels! Thanks for stopping by!

Loves xxxx


Bernice Hopper said...

Thanks for the links

JO SOWERBY said...

oh abi, i'll come back with answers. thanx for the lovely tutorial and links. hope the bonfire party went well tonight miss headgirly,
Jo xxxx

nancy said...

Cute tutorial! Your blog is beautiful and I wish that I had known about scrapbooking when I was a teen!

Sian said...

I think I'll have to come back with my answers too :) It's been a lot of fun getting to know you over the past year. Your talents continue to delight and enchant me and I'm hoping we'll continue to see more from you for many years to come x

Lizzie said...

Okay, so I'm the first to answer the questions... does that mean I win the prize? No? But it does mean everyone else will copy... grrr!

1) Cupcake mix in cute little jars.
2) "17 Again Blog Train"
3) You did a great one called "Mini Me"
4) The Boy (of course!)
5) Monday Sequence now happens on Abi's blog every Monday!

Ok everyone, so you can copy if you like - but I did it first!

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I still have to work up the nerve to sew on paper - I'm terrible with fabric! Thanks for the tutorial :) You're on a wonderful creative journey, like others, I wish I had started at your age!

Amy said...

Abi I have been eyeing off what you have made your friends for Christmas - it is such a great idea ... I'll have to comeback with the other answers though. It's been a pleasure to follow your blog in the last year :-)

The Scrappy Tree said...

Lovely to discover your blog! Thank you for sharing, found your list of links very interesting :)
Gayle xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Abi, as a new visitor to your blog I only know the answers to
1. Cupcake mix in jars which looked so beautiful
5. the sequence of your lovely pictures which you do every Monday.
I'll have to return & read more!...clever girl x

Jennifer Grace said...

That tutorial is fab, thanks Abi. I will make some of these in my christmas colour scheme I think! Thanks for the links too, and for always posting fabby stories/crafts/photos, I love to visit here! xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Abi, nice to meet you! Love your blog, so glad I found it on the blog hop :)
I shall be checking out the links you recommended once I get through visiting everyone's blogs (I think i'll be here all night at this rate!)
Nat x

humel said...

Love the tutorial, I feel a bout of making Christmas garlands coming on.... It's been lovely getting to know you via our blogs xx

My answers:

1. what have I made my friends for christmas this year? Jars of cupcake mix, all beautifully decorated (yum!)
2. What blog hop did I participate in about a year ago? 17 again (me too!)
3. Name the title of one of my scrapbook LO's Any one? 'Learn to drive' is a particularly lovely one :-)
4. what is my nickname for my other half? The boy (aww....)
5. What new thing now happens on a monday? Monday Sequence

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Abi ~ Your blog and your scrapbook style reflect a level of maturity far beyond your 18 years! I enjoyed reading your post and visiting your blog!!! xo

Liberty :) said...

such cute idea with the stitching! agree with deb, you seem so much older than 18. what an inspiration! X

Unknown said...

Hi Abi... so glad to have "met" you along this blog hop party! I will be back and thanks for posting wonderful links... can't wait to visit them all and see what I can learn!

Anonymous said...

Abi, I'm so delighted to have found your blog! I'll be back for sure. Thanks for the links, one of which I used to check frequently, but had totally forgotten about.

Miss Smith said...

1) Jars full of cupcake mix (stealing this idea!).
2) 17 Again
3) I love the Memories minibook you made for a friend.
4) The Boy
5) Monday Sequence: I'm looking forward to checking this out.

I love the bunting. I've earmarked a weekend to spend making Christmas decorations for my flat and I'm going to add this to the list. Glad to have found your blog!

melissa said...

Lovely blog Abi! I will be back to read more :)

Amy said...

I love your blog! I'm a new visitor thanks to the hop. I subscribed so I can return and check out more of your creations! Thank you for the wonderful links! Looking forward to returning here soon!

Cheryl said...

Love your blogg and love your style your bunting is so cute and I love the skirt you made.
My answers are/;
Jars with cupcake mises is fab idea.
17 again
Mini me
The Boy or so cute
Monday sequence will be checking this one ou x

scrappyjacky said...

A lovely post,Abi....and lovely bunting

Louisa-Jane said...

So I have spent at least the last 30 minutes reading through historic blog posts and continually being surprised when you reference your age!!! I am 23 and still don't have "life" as sorted as you seem to have!!! Lol... Loved reading through some of your blog posts...
My answers:
1) Cute jars of cupcake mix (love it!)
2) 17 again (I also found your xmas book blog train)
3) Boy meets Girl (loved this one)
4) The Boy
5) Monday Sequence (this is a great idea...if I could get into a regular bloggin pattern more than once every now and again I would certainly do some sort of regular weekly post!!!!
Bookmarking your blog NOW. : )

Susanne said...

I love projects that use sheet music; TFS. I'm off to blog hop some more and then check out those links.

Lisa said...

I wish I had found blogging and scrapbooking when I was 18. I think I would have been a much calmer person!! Great blog - I'll be booking marking it and coming back soon. I tracked down the presents for your friends: cup cake mix, Mondays are Monday Sequence (looks interesting and will be checking this out), the nickname is "The Boy" - so sweet. I need to dig a bit deeper for the other two! Looking forward to checking out your layouts.

debs14 said...

You are such a talented young lady Abi and I love to read your blog. Your photography skills are wonderful and I love to see how you capture images in original ways and the way you blog about them!
It's been great to 'meet' you and it's so good to see a 'youngster' in with all us 'old 'uns'!

Tracy said...

Wow, Abi I have read your entire blog and I love it. You sure keep busy!
Ok, I have been through and found the answers, so here goes.

1. Cupcake mix
2. 17 again (you also did a Christmas book one in December)
3. Boy meets Girl
4. The Boy
5. Monday sequence

May come back for Monday sequence, but only after I have finished writing exams myself!

JO SOWERBY said...

1. what have I made my friends for christmas this year?
Cute handmade cookie mixture in dainty jars
2. What blog hop did I participate in about a year ago?
17 again as did I.
3. Name the title of one of my scrapbook LO's
''And what do u think you're doing'' I luv that one!!!!!
4. what is my nickname for my other half?
The boy of course and what a gorgeous boy he is
5. What new thing now happens on a monday?
the monday sequence.
Said I'd be back, happy sunday
Jo xxxx

Cal said...

Hi, I already subscribe to your blog and love reading what you have to say. This post is just lovely! Thanks for the tutorial and the links too x

Melissa said...

Hi Abi, I stopped by on the blog hop and left a comment (but I don't see it now). It was right after Lizzie's because I remember typing that she found the answers first - mine were a little different I think as I had listed the Christmas Blog Train and the Boy Meets Girl layout, oh well. Thought I'd stop back by today and check out the links.