Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


This is an unusual Wednesday for me as I am actually joining before lunch time, the massive blog visiting fest that is hosted by Julia on her Stamping Ground each week . Do visit her to find out what it is all about. I am earlier this week because I woke up with a 'dicky tummy', probably due to the heat we are still experiencing, so I decided to give my usual Wednesday sewing group a miss.

Which doesn't mean that I have anything more exciting on my desk to show you than last week I am afraid. I did say last week that I only want the Olympics in short, sharp bursts, but I do watch the gymnastics. Beth Tweddle was training with Christine Still at Lilleshall, at the same time as my son was there, (back around 1995 when she was twelve and he was ten). We knew she had great potential then, and I am filled with admiration at the focus and determination she has shown to get where she is today. And it is great to see her doing so well in the Olympics this year. So I haven't spent a great deal of time at my  desk down here.
All that is on it this week is the photo collage and accompanying script page for July, for my Project 365, together with two lovely sheets of pastel swirl paper that I printed from a digi-set bought at Thyme Graphics. Later today I will hopefully put the two together! Even Baggins has dessertd me, looking for somewhere cooler to lay, which is fortunate as the project pages are 12"x12", so I need most of my desk space to work with them.

I thought I would also take this opportunity to showcase the ATCs I have received recently from you lovely folk. Due to family matters getting in the way, I just missed the third anniversary of WOYWW, and their ATC swap, but five ladies kindly offered to include me in a late swap. I have been waiting for the last one to arrive and I have it now, so here they are.
I had beautiful stamping and colouring from Sandra and Maxine, one of Shoshi's clever zentangles, something that I believe is called 'dumfing' from Annie, and one of Peggy's beautiful Filipino ladies. Thank you all so much. Aren't they beautiful? And I love the fact that one came from a few miles down the road from where I used to live, and one from New Zealand, as well as places in between. The internet has made our world so much smaller and more accessible somehow, and I love the fact that I have crafting friends from so many different countries now.

And while on the subject of friends, I have had a few new followers recently and am now just one away from the big '50'. I will have to do something about it when I get there. In the meantime, welcome to the new folk, and thank you for all the kind comments you leave for me. I do appreciate them.


kay said...

love the atcs you recieved,enjoying doing your project life whilst you watch the olympics,hope the tummy settles,x

Annie said...

Really hope your tummy is feeling much better now. It's raining here today so I think we were very lucky to have had such a gorgeous day on Saturday for the wedding. It's been a week of emotions for us since the wedding as we lost one of the ushers [from our wedding] on Monday [only 61!] and in the early hours of this morning we had to have our daughter and son-in-law's dog put to sleep while they are away on honeymoon[a difficult thing to do when it's your own dog but much harder when it's someone else's] :-( The troubles of life eh?
A x

Twiglet said...

Just thought I would pop in and say hello - I see Annie beat me to it today! Anyway - I have just become your 50th follower and spent a few minutes drooling over that gorgeous fruit on your other blog - YUM!!
Happy Yorkshire Day! x Jo

Shoshi said...

Great post, Kate, and so nice to see my ATC in pride of place! I'm still waiting for Peggy's one from the Philippines, and one other, and once they are all in, I shall be posting about them. It's been so lovely taking part in the swap, hasn't it.

I am absolutely glued to the Olympics and particularly excited about the Brits' performance today of course! All the athletes are so talented, and I'm amazed at what they can achieve.

Thank you for your nice comment - I have to confess to having a lot more "waste" than I've actually used to date! I am planning on doing some blog posts on how we can use our waste stuff - a good challenge to us all, I think - we are all too ready to bin things without a second thought when we could give them a new lease of life and create an object of beauty!

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #7

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Kate . . . hope you feel better soon.

Creative desk there!

You got a nice selection of ATCs too. I am in awe of Shoshi's Zentangle creations.

Sarn xx

MaxineD said...

Oh do hope the tummy has settled Kate - not nice.
Your project 365 looks great - my S
IL did one last year and it was interesting to see some of her shots - including socks on a line one day!!
Being in your ATC swap was a blessing, and I love the others that you received.

RosC said...

Hello Kate.
Thank for leaving kind words for me.
I am fascinated with the lovely ATCs you received. It's a new thing to me but I'm very interested in these little works of art. The photo collage is terrific and I wonder how you will use it in a layout. I'm not a scrapper but always interested to see how it's done.
Keep cool,
Ros. #60

Di said...

Hi Kate - hope you feel better soon. Super ATCs there and the fruit and veg over at your other blog is like a magazine spread :)

Happy WOYWW, Di xx #11

May said...

I do hope you feel better soon... Love those ATC's fabulous selection.. Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x#12

Helen T said...

Those ATCs are fab. I have booked on a Zentangle workshop in September as they look great - but I don't know where to start - - Helen T #90

scrappymo! said...

I had to take a break from WOYWW for a couple of months due to family health issues. I am back but missed out on the ATC's.
I have never made one but the shole idea of them is intriguing. I think this is something i will give a try in the future!

Hope you feel better soon.

Amy E said...

I liked seeing what you were working on! And how sweet that you were still able to participate in an ATC swap later!!

Thanks for stopping by to say hi! In case you missed it, I'm having a giveaway, open worldwide this week. Come check it out if you get the chance!

Amy E. #30