I am not a fan of cupcakes in any shape or form but in May of this year I went to Debden with some friends for the weekend and Lynn gave us each a cupcake pin cushion that she had knitted. She is a very talented lady in more ways than one and her sewing skills are to be envied too.

Anyway in October when I went again to Debden with another group of friends, I am well travelled you know lol, Liz and I called in at Costco and spotted this cupcake stand. She persuaded me to buy it, thanks Liz :) and so I emailed Lynn and asked for a copy of the cupcake pattern. I have been spending every spare minute this week knitting. It has been years since I did any and it took me a while to get back into it but so far I have come up with these. I have had to shelve the last few for a few days as I have worn a hole in my finger and it is quite painful.

Daughter Angie saw them and decided she wanted to do some so we trotted along to the wool shop and kitted her out. When I asked the next day if she had started it seems my 2 granddaughters have taken half of the wool each and are knitting them. You have started a trend Lyn.

Here are my efforts so far.

mmm looking at the photos it seems I ought to put them in the cases a bit better. They seem a bit lopsided. Maybe thats why they need a circle of cardboard in the base of each cupcake case. Back to the drawing board lol
Well it is not so much that it needs you but you need it:)  You can win a prize each month by scraplifting the sketch and entering your layout in the competition. It is open to everyone and there is just a short while left to enter this month. There don't seem to be many entries this month so you could be the lucky winner if Lyn Bierman, who designed the page, picks your layout as the winner.

This months lucky winner will recieve  this About A Girl Collection pack from Fancy Pants

Pop on over to Scrapology and enter your layout. As the blog gets more established there will be articles on different techniques and a little bird tells me that next months is something you may all want to try.
Over on the Scrapology Blog thay are offering some gorgeous Christmas Blog Candy. To be in with a chance to win some all you have to do is become a follower of the blog and put a link to your own blog if you have one.

Here is the Christmas Blog Candy. What are you waiting for. Go on over to the Scrapology Blog NOW (as that irritating little man says on the replacement window advert lol) The winner will be announced on the 22 October, Friday evening.

Each month there is a scraplift challenge, also with a chance to win a prize. This month it is  a Fancy Pants Collection called 'About A Girl'. Last date for uploading your layout is 29 October so you have a couple of weeks to come up with a stunning layout and a chance to win the papers. Just go to the Scrapolgy Blog and scroll down for details.

Good Luck
This is the last of the things that I did at Debden. Three Christmas tress made from 2 sizes of  polystyrene cones. The bottom of the cones were cut off and painted and a few microbeads sprinkled over them. Some wooden dowel for the trunks and the rest of the cone covered in circles of patterned paper and various Christmas embellishments and stickles.

Another thing that I did at the weekend was decorate this Advent Calendar. They are plain white cardboard but of a sturdy construction, and I painted the outside pink and added some stickles to give a bit of glitter. I used some old Making memories paints that I have had for years but you could use any of the acrylic paint tester pots found in DIY stores. The inside consists of 24 little boxes with no 24 being larger. I painted these, and then put some patterned paper on the front and added some embellishments. Everything from the box, to the paper to the embellishements are available in the shop.

I went away at the weekend with some of the Sunday croppers to Debden. A nice break where I could wind down from the Retreat and just do my own thing with no interruptions. I have been somewhat involved with things and had no time to organise myself so I decided I would make things instead of the usual cardmaking and scrapbooking. Here is one of the things that I made. A wooden birdhouse which I painted, stamped and finished with a Prima Songbird Vine

If you feel the need to make one everything can be found in the shop