Sunday, 20 July 2014

Merci and Vielen Dank

A little bit of bead crochet. 

So it was time this week for fond farewells to colleagues and friends who are moving on to various new ventures.  I wanted to give them a little special 'Thank you' from me so I made a few of these lovely beaded crochet necklaces based on Fiber Flux's Coral Blossom necklace. Fiber Flux is just such a wonderful blog-it has completely re-inspired my love of crochet-there are some fantastic tutorials on You Tube as well.  I had never used beads in crochet before and couldn't wait to try the design out with some of the gorgeous Japanese Toho beads I've been loving lately. Toho are top quality seed beads which come in an amazing array of colours and styles and have a large hole which makes threading easy-they are a pleasure to work with!

With this one I had a colleague in mind who loves blues and turquoise.

Tiny gift envelopes.

I made little gift envelopes from some pretty scrapbook papers using a Bigz L Sizzix mini envelope die. This die makes a cute little envelope ideal for small presents such as necklaces, earrings etc.

I added a glue dot to close the envelope.

A new art pen!

I have recently treated myself to a new Rotring art pen . I used to write with these a lot -they are the unparalleled kings of German fountain pen engineering! Such a lovely smooth write; I have been using cheaper italic markers for so long but with false economy-for normal writing you need the fine tip and the nibs always 'go' on them far too soon. Can you see the little stuck on label below which reads 'Mum's art pen'? Now why would there be a need for that-well because my pens have always either disappear without trace or I find them been used to scratch something on the family calendar-does this sound familiar? Well I am not having my new Rotring used for that, Vielen Dank!   

I practised my writing by making some little labels.

I popped one on each necklace with some natural jute twine.

A la cards...

For colleagues with whom I had taught languages I decided to make a Paris themed card. I gathered together some papers with French vintage themes, keeping to a palette of mostly deep red, black, vintage creams with silver accents.

Then I played around with different layouts-I love these Eiffel Tower shapes-I cut them from deep silver grey card. 

I'm a little bit in love with Graphic 45's 'Couture' collection at the moment! Gorgeous fashions from the Gatsby era in reds, black and vintage creams with plenty of Français going on as well.

I hand stamped some greetings and came up with a design which I mounted on a 5 x 5 in cream card...voilà!

I love my art altered these days and am also enamoured of the gorgeous designs from 7 Gypsies. The backing paper to the left of card above and backing the one below is from the 'Lille' collection- 
The lovely lady from 1922 is printed with a rubber stamp.

With this one I couldn't resist adding a bit of bling to the tower-after all it's always lit up at night! 

Au revoir...not Farewell.

So,  goodbyes and a little something for lovely friends to keep. Luckily I shall remain in touch with these wonderful friends and colleagues as most of them will be staying in the county. For those moving 'up country' as they say down here, there's always social media to keep in touch. I do like that of course, but how I miss the joys of letter-writing, when I could use my italic pen to my heart's content!  

Summer ends of terms are often a time for showing gratitude or saying goodbye to those moving on ...have you had to say goodbye or thank you to a friend lately? 

Hope you are having a lovely weekend...warm but with a nice breeze I hope!

Alison xx