Bumble Bee's Craft Den

I enjoy crafting and like to try my hand at different things. If there is anything that you see on here that you would like made, please feel free to contact me bumblebeescraftden@gmail.com or by going to my page on Facebook www.facebook.com/bumblebeescraftden. You can post on the wall or send me a message there. I appreciate any comments that people leave so please feel free to comment!!!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Bookmarks Using Stampin Up Punches

Hi Again

We are certainly getting a mixed bag of weather lately.  I don't know whether to wear winter or summer clothing as it has gone from scorching hot to freezing cold in a matter of days.  It does look like it is set to improve though and July looks like it is going to be lovely and sunny!!

I recently came across some lovely bookmarks on Pinterest made by Kim over at Paper Perfect Designs using the Stampin Up Owl Builder punch.  I liked them so much that I made a couple for my little niece who was feeling abit under the weather.

I used the scallop top tag punch for the actual book mark and the Owl Builder Punch the same as Kim had used.  They look really nice and bright and I plan to make more of them for my Christmas Market stall later in the year.

Here are the 2 bookmarks that I made

My niece was really pleased with them!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, 9 May 2016

Hello Again and Pics from Goa

It's been quite a while since I last blogged!  I was in Goa for 3 months and arrived back at the beginning of March so was not doing anything much except relaxing and sunbathing and partying with friends!

The pace of life in Goa is much slower and very laid back and I love it there!

And of course the weather is fabulous (except in the monsoon months when it can rain heavily for hours on end!)

I like to stay in a small village in South Goa - when I first stayed there in 1994, it was a small fishing village but over time it has become more built up and now has alot of restaurants and shops.  It still has a village feel to it though so I still enjoy staying there.  

The local fish market is interesting

and the fruit and veg stalls are very nicely laid out!


The sunsets are amazing and I never tire of taking photos of them!


The beautiful beach goes on for miles and miles so great for beach walks.


Some great wildlife to see



Some even pop into local restaurants!

The market is very colourful and crammed full of interesting items.

Well worth a visit if you haven't been!  I've just booked my ticket to return at the end of November and will be counting down the days!!

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Handmade Christmas Market 28 November 2015

This coming Saturday 28 November, we are holding a Handmade Christmas Market so if you are in the Bristol (UK) area we would love to see you.  We have some lovely stalls and even a pop up photo studio!  More details on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hello - it's been a while!

I thought I had better pop on to say hi and show that I am still alive and kicking!  I don't know where the time has gone this year.  Since I got back from India in June the time has whizzed past and now we are nearly into November and I fly out to India again on 1 December!

I have not done much crafting as I have been working and have to be up early to get the bus to town and then by the time I get home I am usually really tired.

I have also been organising a Christmas Market again at my local church hall - not sure that I will have much to sell there this year!

I have made a few bits though so will just post some photos of those for now!!

I will blog properly soon!

Bye for now!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Papier Mache Bowl

Well hello!

I am blogging after quite some time!  When I came back from India at the end of June I didn't really have anything to blog about and I haven't been feeling very creative so had not made anything much either!

Recently, I've been thinking about what to make for Christmas this year and have made a few things.  I am flying out to Goa on 1 December for 3 months so won't really need to do much this year but I will make up some things to take out as gifts for friends.

One thing I have made are these large gingerbread men to hang from the door.  They are quite a bit bigger than my usual tree decoration ones and look lovely hung on doors.  I am going to personalise them with a tag like the one in the photo below.

I've also made some more of the tags I used on the gingerbread men and put Christmas words on them.  They are quite a nice little size to add onto gifts.

I've also made some more little fox brooches which are cute.

I have been getting messy this week doing a papier mache bowl.  I started making the bowl as something to do with my 7 year old niece but she lost interest after about 5 minutes!!  Anyway, as I had already started it, I thought I may as well complete the project!!  It was messy work and pretty time consuming but I love the end result.  I haven't done papier mache since I was a kid!  

The bowl is around 14cm in diameter.  It is quite solid and has a good weight to it as well.  I am looking around the house for a larger bowl now so that I can make a fruit bowl!

That's it for now!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Goodbye Goa

I came to Goa for 2 weeks to catch up with old friends that I have not seen for 12 years!  I spent many years splitting my time between the Uk and Goa.  Usually, I came to escape the cold British winters and would spent approx 6 months a year in Goa.

During that time I made alot of friends and although I am in contact with some of them on Facebook I thought it was high time to pay a visit and catch up with them again.

So, my 2 weeks has come to an end and tomorrow I will fly back to Bombay to stay with my friends until 19 June.  I feel very sad to say goodbye to my Goa friends but I am hoping that maybe next year I can come again for longer.

It's extremely hot here right now as India is experiencing a heatwave.  In some states people have died due to heat related problems.  Luckily for me I have an air con room.

The monsoons will start soon but I will be long gone by then.

So I say goodbye to Goa but know that this time I will return soon :)