Archive for September, 2013

I’ve been a bit naughty recently! Another reason for not blogging that often…….

I’ve discovered a more subversive side of me that I thought I’d grown out of years ago…. and suddenly become the Bramley & District Methodist’s Potty Mouth of the Month. Allow me to explain…….

My favourite answer to ANYTHING!!!!

My favourite answer to ANYTHING!!!!

No! I’m not going out of my way to be rude – It’s just one of the things that’s been keeping me quiet recently – Naughty Cushions!!!!!

Remember Jane Wynn? The clever lady responsible for ‘The Handmade Alternative’ pop-up shop in Bradford earlier this year and the designer/maker of marvellous beaded creations and gothic gorgeousness that is ‘Wildheart’…… Well it’s all her fault!!!

She posted up a picture of some naughty cushions and bunting on Facebook saying how she wished someone local to her would be daring enough to make some…. Cue the ever up for having a go, crafting whirlwind that is me……. and see what happens. And, as usual, it’s been a case of lighting the blue touch paper, standing well back and holding on for dear life to your sensibilities….. again!

I'm on the search for some suitably kitsch squirrel and badger themed fabric if anyone knows of any..... I want to make 'Badgers Rock' and 'Squirrels Are Nuts' versions for a little 'Woodland' themed trio of cushions.

I’m on the search for some suitably kitsch squirrel and badger themed fabric if anyone knows of any….. I want to make ‘Badgers Rock’ and ‘Squirrels Are Nuts’ versions for a little ‘Woodland’ themed trio of cushions.

Now I’m certain you all know that I’m trying hard to make sure Β I don’t offend you lovely folks out there in Blogland by selecting only the tamer options to share with you – But I think you possibly know that there’s a few shockers in the mix; Let’s just say that I definitely wouldn’t let the Vicar come for tea without maybe moving a few out of his general view!

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Ooooh, Errrrh! They are a bit naughty aren’t they? Suffice to say they’ve gone down a storm!!!!

The ‘Bite Me’ cushion has proved to be the most popular thus far, closely followed by my homage to a long dead, Danish king that tried to stop the tide from coming in……. well that’s the politest way I can describe the design without posting a picture that leaves little to the imagination, lol

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That’s quite enough of that!

Or is it?

Well, I did mention bunting too – And that’s coming along quite nicely thank you very much…………. No piccies yet though πŸ˜‰

There’s just one more thing I need to share with you whilst on the subject of all things potty mouthed; Subversive cross stitch. Google it and you’ll come up with some marvellous examples – I’ve been making a few of my own to complement the assorted cushion designs. Just very small and simple, innocent looking items that maybe make you look twice once spotted from the corner of a beady eye.

Shhhhh! Don't tell the Vicar!

Shhhhh! Don’t tell the Vicar!

Heh Heh! I love the little ornate frame and the fact that you’d expect some pious words of wisdom to be stitched and displayed therein……..

Erm, yes!

Want to have a go yourself? Here’s the chart I made for it; It takes no time at all to create and uses only whole cross stitches and two colours of thread; Perfect for beginners or seasoned cross stitchers alike.

Free to use etc but please remember to acknowledge the designer, blah, blah, blah ;)

Free to use etc but please remember to acknowledge the designer, blah, blah, blah πŸ˜‰

I’m off to create a few more now and practise my cussing!

Happy Crafting Folks!!!!!

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Wow! Look at me – The second post in a week; I’m in danger of turning in to a blogging goddess!Β As promised here’s another mini feature explaining my lengthy absence from cyberspace……………

I treat myself to this!

The London Emblem Badgemaker 5 - Bloody Marvellous!!!!!!

The London Emblem Badgemaker 5 – Bloody Marvellous!!!!!!

I’ve wanted a badgemaker for ages but since returning to a life filled with freemotion machine embroidery it’s become a necessity rather than wishful thinking; I NEED to make badges, pocket mirrors, bottle openers etc – I REALLY DO!!!!!!!!

Hence the purchase – A rather pricey item, but boy has it been worth it πŸ™‚ Here’s the linky thing if you fancy finding out more or want to invest in one yourself: Β http://www.allaboutbadges.com/product_info.php?products_id=42

So what does it do? And, more importantly, what have I done since getting it?

Well, obviously you can make badges – In three sizes as it happens; 25mm, 38mm and 55mm. But you can also make keyrings, fridge magnets, bottle openers, pocket mirrors, medals and freestanding photo frames. Marvellous!!!!!

At the moment I’ve got the 55mm set up – the perfect size for incorporating some freemotion gorgeousness πŸ˜‰

Ready for some of my designs? Here we go:

Sugar skull themed fridge magnet.

Sugar skull themed fridge magnet.

Also in badge and pocket mirror options.........

Also in badge, keyring and pocket mirror options………

A floral selection - Inevitable really!

A floral selection – Inevitable really!

It's come to something when I can write neater with a sewing machine than I can with a pen in my hand!

It’s come to something when I can write neater with a sewing machine than I can with a pen in my hand!

An apple for the teacher - A really simple idea but a lovely gift whether it's in badge, keyring, fridge magnet etc form :)

An apple for the teacher – A really simple idea but a lovely gift whether it’s in badge, keyring, fridge magnet etc form πŸ™‚

VW's - You don't seriously think I'm going to miss them out? Do you?

VW’s – You don’t seriously think I’m going to miss them out? Do you?

Of course I had to do a T25 option........

Of course I had to do a T25 option……..

And it would be rude to leave a classic Beetle version out!

And it would be rude to leave a classic Beetle version out!

And now of course there's Christmas to contend with and festive versions to make.........

And now of course there’s Christmas to contend with and festive versions to make………

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And what sort of person would I be if I didn't pay homage to my favourite seamstress and her co-stars?

And what sort of person would I be if I didn’t pay homage to my favourite seamstress and her co-stars?

Incidentally, Monday 16th September marked 100 days before Christmas (and just like last year I’m making references to Sally Finkelstein!) The ‘nightmare’ has once more officially begun!!!!!!

Anywhoo, that’s the end of my second mini-post. And, as you can see, I haven’t been resting on my laurels whilst keeping quiet in blogland – I REALLY have been busy. And it’s set to get busier!!!!! Ho hum!!!!

Happy Crafting folks!!!!!!

Yes! I know!

Apologies for my absence – AGAIN!!!!!! (How many times have I said this over the last few years? Shameful really).

Once more I’ve been busy; Incredibly so πŸ˜‰

But rather than go through a long list of everything that’s held my attention and caused me to neglect my blogging duties so badly for months on end, I think It’s possibly best to publish a series of mini-posts containing the edited highlights of life at Bully Bus HQ over the past few months………. In no particular order.

I’ll start with VW shows, shall I?

I wanted to cry a little bit inside when I saw this ;)

I wanted to cry a little bit inside when I saw this πŸ˜‰

First up: Β Volkspower V, held at the rugby ground in Redcar.

What can I say about this show that I haven’t already said? I love it! It’s one of the few dates in the annual show calendar where I can honestly put my hand on my heart and say I can’t wait for it to come round.

This year it was bigger than ever, celebrating it’s fifth birthday and looking quite the grown-up. Lots of air-cooled vehicles in attendance, brilliant entertainment, fabulous crowd of people and wall to wall sunshine; A really busy weekend in a glorious seaside setting.

A nice Scottish man who turned up once or twice for a chat :)

A nice Scottish man who turned up once or twice for a chat πŸ™‚

A Subaru Sambar - Very, very wrong on all levels but entertaining to see the look on people's faces if they've not seen one before ;)

A Subaru Sambar – Very, very wrong on all levels but entertaining to see the look on people’s faces if they’ve not seen one before πŸ˜‰

Excuse me whilst I just drool quietly for a few moments........

Excuse me whilst I just drool quietly for a few moments……..

Sunday's Show'n'Shine attendee - gob smackingly awesome!

One of Sunday’s show ‘n’ shine attendees – gob smackingly awesome!

Another thumbs up for the fish hats!

Another thumbs up for the fish hats!

Awwwwwwhhh! Look at the little trailer!

Awwwwwwhhh! Look at the little trailer!

Lower than your Granpappie's nuts!

Lower than your Granpappie’s nuts!

OK - Just one more little bit of drool and I'm done ;)

OK – Just one more little bit of drool and I’m done πŸ˜‰

A marvellous weekend – Even when we had to call the Green Flag out to get us started after breaking down at the petrol forecourt on the way there!!!!! Now that’s a story in itself; Best saved for a later date……..

We didn’t break down on the way home which is all that matters really – And just as well, as a week or so later we headed off to Dub Odyssey, at Hooton Lodge, Rotherham.

Another show that’s grown hugely over the last few years. It used to be held at the Worksop Rugby Ground where we’d all squeeze in like sardines round the edge of the field; These days there’s a bit more legroom πŸ˜‰

Plenty of vehicles to look at, lovely people (although not quite a full house as there were a few rogues in attendance around the campsite who didn’t necessarily show full consideration to their neighbours), a good scattering of folks from my VW club – Leeds Volkswagen Collective and slightly more challenging weather throughout the weekend.

An award winning bus from the LVC was in attendance ;)

An award winning bus from the LVC was in attendance πŸ˜‰

Yay! Another Bully Bus - Look closely and you can see one of them standing guard at the rear.

Yay! Another Bully Bus – Look closely and you can see one of them standing guard at the rear.

Apparently the view was lovely from up there ;)

Apparently the view was lovely from up there πŸ˜‰

A fellow LVC member's rather gorgeous bus - We lost track of how many times Daz walked round the show - It was exhausting just to watch!

A fellow LVC member’s rather gorgeous bus – We lost track of how many times Daz walked round the show – It was exhausting just to watch!

No break-downs to report from Odyssey – But we were ready with a rubber mallet just in case we needed to tap the starter motor πŸ˜‰ A rubber mallet, that coincidently, and on reflection, I should probably hit myself over the head with for making a poor choice as regards the show we attended next………….

Leeds VW Festival, Harewood. Or as I like to call it, ‘The Doorstep Challenge’.

I don’t know why I go there to be honest; I’ve seldom enjoyed it. I think it must be some kind of loyalty thing coupled with the fact that it’s only six miles away from home………………. not really good enough reasons to hand over my hard-earned cash for a truly lacklustre experience 😦

I’d love to say that there was something fresh and exciting to see there this year – But there just wasn’t; I’d love to say that that’s just my opinion – But everyone I spoke to was saying exactly the same thing 😦 It’s sad to say but it was the same old vehicles to look at, a trade area that resembled a rather large car boot sale, Mad Max scene re-enactments on one of the camp sites and, seemingly, a lot of cashing in on the organisers part. Β I paid for a pitch measuring 5 metres wide by 10 metres deep and ended up having to shoe-horn the tent and two vehicles into a 5m x 7m space – 15 square metres short! And bearing in mind we’ve usually taken three vehicles there…………

I’d post lots of piccies if I’d bothered to take more than a few; I didn’t……… so here’s the highlight of the weekend for me:

A dog wearing beer goggles - Maybe I should have borrowed them for a while for a better view of a lacklustre show ;)

A dog wearing beer goggles – Maybe I should have borrowed them for a while for a better view of a lacklustre show πŸ˜‰

Finally, there’s G.O.T.H, Arley Hall, Cheshire – The jewel in the crown!

On an equal par with Volkspower it’s a date I wouldn’t want to miss on the annual calendar. It’s everything that’s right about VW shows; Just an all-round awesome weekend! Non-stop laughter surrounded by some of the loveliest people on the planet. Chilled, relaxed, family orientated – everything you need to restore your faith in the world πŸ˜‰

It was Mr Other Half’s first time in attendance this year; He’s making plans for next year already………..

……..Plans for what dress he’s going to wear for the drag race!

Mr Other Half loved it so much that he bought the t-shirt!

Mr Other Half loved it so much that he bought the t-shirt!

The annual show'n'shine consists of three vehicles - Not the biggest show in the world; But arguably the BEST!

The annual show ‘n’ shine consists of three vehicles – Not the biggest show in the world; But arguably the BEST!

Plenty of room to just kick back and relax.

Plenty of room to just kick back and relax.

A small, handpicked trade presence - No repeats or wall to wall t-shirt traders, sticker sellers etc

A small, handpicked trade presence – No repeats or wall to wall t-shirt traders, sticker sellers etc

Plenty of time to chill whilst enjoying a recent purchase of a rather striking fish hat, pixie style stocking cap etc.......

Plenty of time to chill whilst enjoying a recent purchase of a rather striking fish hat, pixie style stocking cap etc…….

Family fun at the sports day!

Family fun at the sports day!

I lied when I said I'd stop drooling!

I lied when I said I’d stop drooling!

Gorgeous pets are kept on a leash at all times........ I'm drooling again, aren't I?

Gorgeous pets are kept on a leash at all times…….. I’m drooling again, aren’t I?

Some of the local stunners could have done with being kept on a lead too........ Mr Other Half's turn to drool now after this lovely lady kept giving him the nod!

Some of the local stunners could have done with being kept on a lead too…….. Mr Other Half’s turn to drool now after this lovely lady kept giving him the nod!

Simply stunning Darling!

Simply stunning Darling!

The Drag Race line-up - Every year it just gets bigger and better!

The Drag Race line-up – Every year it just gets bigger and better!

Lol! And there’s me saying this would be a mini-post!

I’ll sign off now whilst ending on a high; Can’t wait for next year’s shows!