Saturday 3 May 2014

~ Hello and Goodbye :) ~

After giving it a lot of thought (and also consulting with my shadow, Ben), who has been my faithful partner here on Just Me and My Shadow since we started this blog in February 2008, we have decided not to continue our blog.

Just want to say thank you to each and every person who has visited us here over the past six years and for the lovely comments you have left us.

I will not delete my blog but just won't be updating any more so from Ben and Chrissie....."Thank you, take care and signing out"

Wednesday 23 April 2014

~ Hello..... ~

Hello.... once again I looked at my blog and was shocked to see it had been a couple of months since I updated anything.  Now, that isn't to say I haven't been crafting. Just that my crafting has evolved a little and at present I am enjoying working with fabric, lace and doilies and creating projects that hopefully have a bit of a 'time worn' look to them.  I have conjured up an imaginary place in my head where a lot of this crafting takes place and it is 'the attic'  - Grandmother's Attic'to be exact and if you are interested in finding out more about my imaginary place you will need to head over to my YouTube channel 'Chrissiecrosser' I have lots of videos there and this is where I tend to post more about what I have been creating these days.  I hope you may find time to visit me there and subscribe to my channel and hopefully leave me a comment. 

Here is a little sample of what you will find there ....

Oh,  I remembered my shadow Ben hasn't made an appearance here in a while either.  He had his ninth birthday earlier this month and I am so pleased to say he is doing great.  Right now as we are experiencing gorgeous Autumn weather he is spending a lot of time outside enjoying the autumn temperatures....I will just pop out and see if he is lazing out there right now....I'll be right back...

Okay, I'm back.  He was quite co-operative and here are the photos I took of him.  Yes, he is a little whiter around his beautiful face but still a gorgeous boy don't you think....:)

And to finish up with..this shrub (can't remember the name)  is a picture right outside our front door. It has the most subtle fragrance which seems to hang in the air in the evening.  So beautiful.

Wherever you are, I hope all is well with you and thanks for dropping by my blog.

Wednesday 19 February 2014

~ Just had to share:) ~

I just had to show you this little blessing that I received yesterday....
I was photographing a little project I made ( if you are interested in seeing more you can see it here ) but I will show you here what happened.:)

This is my little Pocket Full of Posies.... but look closer....

Yes, it is a real live little bee that had come to check out the flowers LOL!!
I think it is a Blue banded bee.  Isn't that just so special and a lovely blessing from nature :)

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~Vincent Van Gogh

Thanks for dropping by

Monday 17 February 2014

~ Family ~

On my last post I mentioned I had several projects to share with you and so here is another of them. This one, I cannot take any credit for as this is a creation of my daughter and I have to say how proud I am of her making this.  Over the holidays while she was home, she decided she was going to buy herself a sewing machine.  I thought this was a great idea so was behind her all the way.  She bought the machine and then raided the fabric drawers to find some pieces of fabrics to start her sewing journey.
Here is what she created for her first project and I think she did an amazing job  of creating something out of odd bits. .  

She has since produced several more great projects including a journal cover, a book cover an organiser for her car... I am very impressed :)

Here is little cross stitched project I did.  This is a Sweetheart Tree chart and I changed the colours from amethysts to blues.. It was a gift for my sister and her colours are blues so here is how it turned out.

Summer is still here in Australia and I have to say I am actually looking forward to the temperatures getting a little cooler when beautiful autumn arrives...Ahhh autumn,,,,,I think it might just have to be my most favourite season!!
Thank you for taking the time to drop by my blog .

Monday 20 January 2014

~This and That ~

Well, my posts here seem to be a bit few and far between these days and I need to try and be more vigilant at updating my blog. I will try and do better :)

So here is my first post for 2014....thank you to all who take the time to drop by and leave me comments.

I do actually have a few projects to share and would you believe some is actually stitching!

I completed this project last year after it being a WIP for a VERY long time.  It actually started out to be a SAL with a dear friend, Mary, and Mary actually finished her version ...quite some time ago (probably a few years ago in fact) but mine sat unfinished in my stitching box just because I had a hard time with the satin stitch.  I am not very good at satin stitch and don't actually like doing it so...when my dear friend visited from New Zealand (who is a stitcher extraordinaire)  late last year, she completed the dreaded satin stitch for me and I added the beads and finally and thankfully got it completed, framed and hung on the wall.  I love the sentiment in this piece.
It is called Blessings and is a design from Wild Heart Designs

If you are a reader of my blog you will know I love the birds visiting my garden.  My dear hubby made me this beautiful gift for Christmas .....well I did tell him I wanted him to :)
So far no-one has taken up residence but is a very nice addition to our garden.

I do have a few more bits to share with you but to avoid this being a very long post I will leave those to another time...... so from 'Just Me and My Shadow'.....bye


Wednesday 4 December 2013

~ "The View from My Garden....continued" ~

This is a little mini album I made from envelopes and I use it to showcase photographs I have taken of the birds that visit my garden and also some I see when I am out walking in my neighbourhood.

Some of the stamps I used in my book are from Crafty Secrets Birdsong set.
I also used some pages from the Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanical Images and Journal Notes Pad which I have used in different ways throughout my book .

If you are interested you can see a video of my journal here

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Sewing Card

I made this little card using some digital downloads I purchased from Crafty Secrets.

Digital Bobbin Cards T-14
Digital Printable Button Cards T-13
Digital Sewing papers DP-07

I made a pocket and tucked in some cards. I sewed some buttons to the button cards, dyed some seam binding to match the colours , added some co-coordinating ric-rac trim and some pretty buttons, a piece of tape measure tape.  I also made a felt and gauze rolled flower and cut the ticket and spool label elements from one of the papers.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.