Friday, 29 June 2012

Versatile Blogger Award!

Feeling very happy today, the lovely Fiona from Inky Prints ( has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award!

There are some rules though...

The Rules

1. Add the award to your blog.

2. Thank the blogger(s) who gave it to you.

3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 15 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

Blimey - so 7 random things about me -

1)  I used to be able to drink a bottle of beer whilst holding it with my foot (!)

2)  I can play the theme tune to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by blowing in to my hands

3)  People who park in Family parking spaces at supermarkets (and don't have any children with them)                make me soooo mad!

4)  I love Doris Day.  Fact.

5)  Chocolate fudge cake with whipped cream is my favourite comfort food.

6)  I have a scar on my right knee from falling off my roller boots aged 12.

7)  My dream is to go to New York one day.

Now off to award to MY favourite top 15 bloggers!

Thanks again, Fiona!

Marie x

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Teresa Down Under's beautiful bag

This patchwork tote was made following a really lovely tutorial that I found online. (Click here)

It's not often I have found tutorials as easy as this one to follow, but I honestly think if I could manage it, anyone could!

To make the bag yourself, you can either use up some of your own fabric squares for the patchwork top (5" x 5") or use a charm pack.

I just used bits of what I had left over from older projects, and an old bit of green curtain I had got from a charity shop!

I loved my finished bag, but maybe you wouldn't want yours to look quite so garish!

My finished bag :)

Marie x

Crackle Effect Using Glue!

Beautiful and easy crackle effects using glue! Fab!  Click here to follow the link!

This is another great tutorial I found on Blogger, courtesy of Make The Best of Things blog.  It features lots of other great ideas, too!

Marie x

Monday, 18 June 2012

Worthing Open Houses

Some of Naomi Frances' lovely stained glass
Worthing Open Houses (for those who don't already know) is a bit of a summer art trail, where the events take place in people's homes.  You basically register your house... and voila! (I'm leaving out all of the paperwork side of things and organising, because fortunately for me, I am very happily exhibiting at a friend's house.)  You get a lovely map with lots of places to visit, and for 3 weekends, off you go!

This is the first time I have actually participated in this.  In previous years I have enjoyed popping around to various houses on the trail having a good old nose at all the art work (and marvelled at the home owner's generosity in opening up their house for the duration).

This year, we are at Naomi Frances' house, which is number 41 on the trail.

I even made bunting! *proud sigh*
I must admit, it's been a little chaotic getting everything ready for the occasion, and Naomi has done lots and lots of work to get her house "open house ready".

Last Thursday we dropped off all our various art works, and come Saturday morning at 11am, it was all ready to view!

Art work here by Paul Woolford, Marie Vickers and Naomi Frances
Saturday itself was a rather quiet day, but we were competing with Party on the Prom and the Children's Parade.

However, Sunday was a slightly busier day...and I even made a sale! (Ok, it was only a card, but very exciting all the same, thank you very much.)

Just 2 more weekends to go!

Marie x