DIY SOS in minature

Introducing 29 Park Lane 
Morning my lovelies, I thought I'd share something a little different with you this morning. When Oli and Sophie moved into their new house, this undecorated dolls house arrived in their spare room. It belongs to Sophies mum, was a bit battered and has been waiting for some TLC for about five years. Lorriane wondered, as I'm a bit crafty whether I could do something with it for her.  'Of course' I said, 'what would you like it to look like?' 'A proper roof, and a red door' she said.  We had an interesting couple of hours in our local dolls house shop and the dolls house arrived on my kitchen table. 
Stage 1 - the outside
As a total newby to the world of minature I did a bit of research and then set about decorating the outside of the house. Apparently most dolls houses come flat packed and you paint the pieces before assembling them.  Not this one.  It took a few days to get to this stage (almost as long as it took to paint my workroom lol!!), - the roof being the biggest challenge.  All I kept thinking was don't mess up Claireeeeee! 

Then it was time to tackle the inside. Stairs were painted, paper went up and skirting's and covings fixed in place.  I just have to do some filing in around the ceilings, add a couple of lights (I dropped one), and stick the last of the carpet down in the upstairs rooms and then it's ready to hand back to Loraine to fill up. The kiddies have nick named us the Borrowers lol!!! 
I really enjoyed the project and look forward to seeing the rooms come to life as Lorraine fills them up.   For now the house is still sitting on my kitchen table but now it has a character all of its own. :-) Cx 


I'm back :-)

Hello there everyone, Happy Friday to you.  I'm back after a longer than planned break over the summer, and ready to get designing again. Oli is now settled in his new house with the lovely Sophie and Harry is back down in Cheltenham ready for year two at Uni and sharing a house with five other guys this year.  There's an empty feeling about the house now they've both gone so I've been having a move around and decorating.  Thank you to everyone who messaged me wondering how I was while I've been AWOL.  I'm fine :-).
My Creative Spirit Workroom
The workroom is now finished all but the odd shelf or two - you can never have enough of those can you.  I'm loving having a dedicated space to create in and one to craft with friends in too.  
It took a lot of planning, measuring, remeasuring, oodles of coats of paint to change it from a red room to it's new Duck Egg blue colour and over ten or more trips to Ikea to complete but all the hard work was definitely worth it.  Thank goodness the shop is only ten minutes away, and to a star of a son for all his help.  
If you're thinking of creating a similar space yourself here's a list of the products I put into mine. 
Billy Bookcase + additional top shelf
Kallax Units Two 2 x 4, Two 1 x 4 two 1 x 2 and one 2 x 2
Alex Six drawer Unit 
Micke Desk Drawers
Gnedby x 1 (great for storing Bigz dies) 
Bekant Desk Top 
Alvaret desk legs x 4
Lennart x 1 (great for additional work surface and storage)
Tjena - large and small
Lekman for the Kallax Units 
Drona x 3 for the Kallax Units 
Fjalla boxes & file holders - perfect on the Bily Bookcase
Skadis 76cm x 56cm & 56cm x 36cm
Clips, containers, containers with lids, hooks, letter holder, shelf, roll holder
Desk Fan with clamp 
£6.00 from Dunelm - perfect for those tropical moments lol!!! 
Camera Arm/support for the wall 
Manfrotto 244
My Creative Spirit Workroom 2

It's not a big room but the ceiling height is nearly 2.5 meters.  I've got a set of steps so I can reach things on the high shelves ....  
Another essential was a Dymo label printer - I had great fun labelling all the storage boxes and now I can find exactly what I'm after when I need it........
I have been out and about over the summer.  the first workshop was up in Glasgow.  What a fab time we had.  Mandie, Fiona and Gai thanks for all your organising and ladies for joining me.  Look forward to seeing you all again in Feb 2018

Then we headed off to the Motor Cycle Museum for a craft Fair.  Thanks to everyone who called by our stand at the Motor Cycle Museum earlier this month, and a huge thank you to Sarah and Cathy for all their help too.

and last week I headed down to Bedfordshire to host a Master Detective workshop at Country View Crafts.  Thank you Sue for inviting me down and ladies for joining me for a really great day. Here's a few pics: 
 Sue and her daughter Claire were up early making cakes for us in the cutest G45 tea cups; what a great idea.  The die was by Brenda Walton. 
Look forward to seeing you all at my next workshop at Country View Crafts at the end of November. 
My Craft Maid came in useful today, keeping all the papers and card to hand and off my desk while I worked on a new G45 project.  Love all the new collections and will be sharing some creative ideas with you using them over the next week or so.  
Well my crafty friends, its great to have caught up.  I hope you've enjoyed yourselves over the past month or so and look forward to catching up again shortly :-) Cx


Our July Giveaway Winner

Evening everyone, pinch punch it's the first of the month and that means our Giveaway winner is announced.  Loved all the comments this month, thank you if you left one. As always, Random.org has chosen our worthy winner................ No 35

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Congratulations, skolgal.  If you could e mail your name and address details to me at mycreativespirituk@gmail.com I'll get your kit off to you as soon as I'm back of my summer break........ well busmans holiday really. 
The transformation of a very red bedroom has begun. Harry was sad to see his room disappearing, but he's got a fab new space that we're redecorating next..... red lol!!! 
                                             before                                                       after
Armed with a couple of rollers, two tins of paint; white to get rid of the red, duck egg, my new colour, and a very tall set of step ladders to reach our 2.5meter high ceilings I've painted for what seems like two days solid to get half the room finished and ready for Oli to build all the furniture. I've gone for the Kallas, Alex and Billy units from Ikea and with the store being so close I've been able to pick up what was needed for each wall, Ol's built it each day and I've done the tip trip to get rid of all the packaging. 

Alex drawers under construction 
What a team.  We're half way round the room and it's looking good.  I'm loving how it's coming together and how light it is too.  Two walls to go, one more trip to Ikea needed and a Billy Bookcase arriving next week and then the grand move in can get underway.  
colour matching lol!!!  

Fingers crossed and three more days of hard work and I'll be able to start moving in and planning what's going to go where. 
Well that's all from me for today, I need to get off to bed.  Lot' to do tomorrow ...... have a fun rest of your week and look forward to catching up again in a couple of days.


A fun day by the Sea in Mundesley

Morning everyone, hope you're enjoying your weekend.  Larger than expected volumes of orders on the website have kept me away from crafting for the past couple of weeks which is why I've been really quiet on here and FB. A 48 hour day would really help at the mo!!!!! 
I did head off to Norwich on Friday for a very short but fun stay with friends and then drove on to Mundesley early doors yesterday morning to host a workshop at the Create with Mates crafting event. Thanks Tina for organising the event and huge thanks ladies for coming along and joining me for the day.  
We altered Pencil Case kits and made mini albums to go inside them, all decorated in papers from the Maser Detective Collection by Graphic 45 .  Here's a few pics from the day. 
An early morning stroll in Mundesley, Norfolk 
Anne and Pam
Jacky's Book of workshops - love it

 and our project:
Master Detective Pencil Case and Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45Master Detective Pencil Case and Mini Album 1 Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Master Detective Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
Master Detective Pencil Case and Mini Album Clare Charvill Graphic 45
What a great time we had :-)  
There's just a couple of days left to leave a comment on this months giveaway.  Here's the link if you'd like to take part. 
Our winner will be announced here on the blog on 1st August. Good luck :-) 
With Oli now in his new home and Harry in his new bedroom I'm taking a couple of weeks off from crafting to turn Harry's old room into my long awaited workroom.  It's been weeks in the planning, including various trips to Ikea (which is just 7 minutes away for me) to design.  I've a huge Pinterest board full of Ikea craft room pics, have watched loads of craft room videos for ideas, and think I've got everything I need in there covered.  I'll share some pics of how its going with you on 1st Aug :-)
Have a fun rest of your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to announcing our Giveaway winner with you all here on 1st Aug. :-) Cx 


A fun weekend workshop at Box of Delights, Northampton

Workshop with Clare Charvill at Box of Delights Northampton
Morning everyone, hope your week's going well.  We had a great workshop on Saturday altering  our little ATC Boxes and making mini albums to go in them all decorated in those delicious papers from the Master Detective collection by G45. 

Sue, thank you for arranging the workshop and inviting me over to host the class, snd ladies that you so much for joining me for the day.  Have fun using your projects.  Loved our time together :-) and look forward to doing it all over again at the next workshop at Box of Delights.

Definitely a stroke and drool moment going on before cutting into those papers :-) 
Here's a few pics of the inside of the mini album - what a cutie it was :-) 

We were crafting at 'Box of Delights', in Northampton.  I had no idea it was Sam's shop - we haven't seen each other for over three years.  What a fab shop she has, full of goodies that we need, definitely worth a visit.  Here's the link to her FB page and shop; Box of Delights Thanks for your hospitality too Sam.  
I have a day of videoing ahead of me - who knew they were going to dig up the footpaths and replace gas pipes along our road today!!!!  I'm not a happy bunny but will find a way to work round it.  Enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and  catch up again soon :-) C