Sunday, 30 December 2012

Christmas post

Good afternoon
I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas as much as I did 
(despite being a little poorly!) 
Was a lovely time spent with family and friends though 
and of course I got spoilt rotten!!!  

I was quite disappointed with my card making this Christmas! Although I actually ended up making quite a few cards, I did not manage to get any photos of a lot of them sadly! 
Time just ran out!! 
Maybe I should start now ready for Christmas next year he he!

Here is a small selection of cards I made.  
I am sad that I didn't take photos of all of them as I did have fun making them! - As usual!

I have so much glitter in my carpet now lol, I am sure I will still be getting glitter stuck to my toes till Easter ha ha 
Here's to lots of card-making in 2013!

Enjoy the afternoon

Monday, 26 November 2012

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Lots of smiles after a lovely weekend visiting the Christmas markets, eating lots of pizza and cozying on the sofa with my lovely boyfriend!
I am feeling very Christmasy now!
I need to start watching Christmas films! 
I am having fun making Christmas cards!
Glitter gets everywhere he he!

Have a good {cold} day!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


I have been having fun with hoops!  
Embroidery hoops that is! 
My very lovely friend is soon going to receive these little pressi's for her birthday! 
Happy belated birthday Kat!  
I love how the little camera turned out! 
Its so simple but looks so lovely!
And if you have checked out my 
lately, you will see that my items are 
photographed within a hoop 
which I think frames them 
really nicely!

Hopefully you can tell that this is a robot! 
Its my first attempt!  
Was really hard as I wanted her to look cute he he.
Hope Kat likes her!
I am not feeling very well today :-(
Good excuse to wear my big penguin jumper 
and get stuck into making christmas cards!
33 Days till christmas! 
Totes excite he he!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Pot of tea?!

He he 
Everyone who knows me, knows I am fascinated with Heston! 
His so creative!
Loving his new series "Fantastical Food"!
This evening he took to the town of Darwen with a 
giant pot of tea 
and even bigger pack of 



Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Here come the girls

Yay Christmas is coming! 
Coca-Cola advert 
Christmas Markets
(Well Saturday!)
Was so happy to see Santa all lit up on my birthday he he!
Work again tomorrow! With a very early start so
Nighty night

Camera in the car

I have been dragged in by work yet again! 
It is so hard to keep on top of my crafts after a long day at work, but I will keep on going.  
He he I was experimenting with the camera in the car, 
a little personal space project I guess!?!?! 
If I had thought about it 10minutes before, the camera would have caught us singing out heart out to the radio he he! 
Could be a fun little project? Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Monday, 12 November 2012

Birthday wishes

I think the smiles say it all...
Nighty night 
Lots of love 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Creating an identity using a rubber stamp

Lying there at night with my head on the pillow, ideas are just flying around my head!  It seems every single minute of the day I just can't stop being arty! I write little notes down wherever I am to make sure I don't forget my little crafty ideas!
I wouldn't have it any other way though!

I read a school report from my year one class the other day and found this quote "Tania is always found in a corner drawing something"!  These days are not really any different!  When I am not at my full-time job, I spend most of my free time surrounded by felt, ribbons and embellishments and can be there for hours!  I love making my greeting cards and felt brooches.

Since setting up my Etsy shop, I haven't had much knowledge of marketing etc and have been struggling to create a brand image for myself.  This is where the company comes in! 

Stamp Direct specialise in rubber stamps for offices and the workplace.  They are also able to create a stamp with any design for you!  This is how my logo came to life!!
In keeping with the handmade theme I had struggled to think of a way of getting my logo onto the back of my handmade cards and tags, for the felt crafts.  By being able to use the rubber stamp, I am able to steer completely away from a computer and printer and keep the textured, rustic feeling to my homemade products. 

The stamp really brings my logo to life and to see my art made into a stamp formation makes it feel that much more professional!  Even my delivery notes can be stamped with ease now!
So if you want to put your own stamp on something, get your own design put on a rubber stamp!

Tania xXx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Time after time...

Ironically although I want and need time to stop, I fixed time for a special someone else...
I am listening to the pitter patter of rain tapping on my window as I lay my head
Sweet Dreams 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

1 month!!!

He he 
Its the 11th October today! 
That means its only 1 month until my birthday! 
I am very excited he he!
To celebrate, 
I typed birthday into the 'Modcloth' website search and it bought up this dress!
I am loving the green! 
The frills are very girly and floaty! 
Its very very pretty! 
I def need a birthday dress!
Well I best get ready for work now
Have a good day!
Love Tania xXx

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Dots for Oct!

Good morning! I am having a bit of a lazy start! I have not even left my bed yet, 
but in all fairness I have been quite productive on the computer! If only I could have a day of this! 
Laptops are made for lazying in bed and working te he! 
I have the sniffles this morning :-( 
(Thats my excuse and I am sticking to it!)
Its too cold to get out of bed anyways!
Look at the finds I have found today on 'Modcloth'!
Well I best get up and get ready for work!
Feeling all Octobery today!
Have a good day

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Yo yo-ing around!

I have landed back in Manchester finally after traveling up and down the country for the last 10 days! 
Firstly we hit Cornwall which involved BBQs, Cluedo, bike riding, swimming and body boarding in the sea! 
(Yes it was freezing!!!but fun lol)
Then we went across to Kent to see the family and have fun times in Legoland again! 
Back up to Skipton for a few days! 
Lastly down to Cardiff for the weekend! 
Fun times were had! 
Its very sad to be back now though :-( 
Missing my lovely boyfriend very much! 
Start new job at Millies Cookies tomorrow!
Wish me luck!

Chunky Knits!

Mmmmmmmm the time has come! 
Big fat chunky knits!!
Loving this one from Republic!!!
Wear with a pair of big furry knitted slippers for the perfect evening on the sofa!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Flapper girls!

See I told you I was inspired by the 1920s! 
Loving it all! 
From dresses to headpieces!
Can't wait to go out and find a 1920's inspired hat!
I think reds the colour!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Well done John Lewis

I am really obsessed with the new 
John Lewis 
'Never Knowingly Unsold' TV advert!
The girl in it, 
Miss Alice Isaaz, 
looks so so pretty!
I love the wavy curls and the hats are soooo adorable!!
Its always the way, that when I start to grow my hair I get swayed to cut it off again! But this look is cute and fun!
 The advert is based half in 1925 and half present day 
which is so clever!
I love the old fashioned scenes!
With the old fashioned cars and street lights and the girls swaying dresses! 
Love love love!
Hmmmmm gets me all inspired for 1920s te he!
Tea time I think!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Bows Bows Bows

Due to lack of funds due to holidays etc I can not shop for a bit 
 but I can window shop! 
So that I am doing! 
He he 
I love shopping!!
Fashion is everywhere and forever growing! 
as I can not purchase everything I like,
 I have decided to combine my 
'stop and stare' project 
which at the moment is non-existent 
(so many things going on in life!) 
with window shopping! 
The items that I find I will post about and add my little touch by framing the item in an arty way!
This Duffle coat is lovely! 
The little bow detailing is very cute! 
Hood is def needed for Manchester weather too!! 
Bargain from George at Asda! 
Go check it out!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Maryyyyy Poppins!!!!!

Ooooo more window shopping today and I came across this bag he he!! I loveeee the colour!! So shiney too!! Very cutesy! There are lots of lovely bits in 'Republic' now! Loving all the Autumn/Winter items arriving!
Wow I get so carried away browsing the net I forget about the time! I am very sleepy now! We have an early morning tomorrow too! Holiday journey! Can't wait to get away for a few days!
Night night

Saturday, 8 September 2012


So for christmas you write a list to Santa...
for birthdays who do you write a list too!?!  
I know I know 
my birthdays not until November. 
these boots were made for me!!!! 
I love love love them!!!! 
So please if anyones listening...
(Lovely boyfriend or mother or father!) 
Please please please can I have these! 
(In a size 6!) 
I have been a good girl all year! 
and and and I did just get a new job....
I love
Much Love 

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Autumn smiles

30 days have September. Time for a new snood for autumn! I love the colours of autumn! So warm and snuggley! Heres a treasury of some autumn inspired makes on Etsy!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Party time!

Good morning! I have literally woken up in the clouds today! Pulling up my huge blind on my window whilst still lying in bed, I sat up to a big morning stretch and rubbed my sleepy eyes to see, well, not a lot! The sky was white! It looked like the world was still asleep and hiding away today! Lazy bed day would be lovely! This has made me feel all wintery though! Whilst browsing the internet this morning I started to look at party dresses! Looking ahead for the festive season! Te he! 
Here I have made a little collage of my favs that I found this morning! My favourite dress has to be the bottom left skater dress from, the little bow is so cute! It would be clever if the bow was detachable! Could even put it in your hair if you wished then!
Hope you all have a lovely day! It looks like the sun is finally burning through the clouds yay!
P.s The dresses featured are a mix from and

Monday, 3 September 2012

Celebrate the yays!

Lots of things to celebrate! 
Lots of new jobs for me and my friends! 
New home for me and my cousin! 
And a lil holiday coming up with my lovely boyfriend! 
Lots of Yays!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Totes Amaze!!

This is another blog about The bags are just soooo nice! Big, chunky and adorable! I could not chose just the one to love more but thennnnnn whilst browsing the bags these beautiful illustrations showed up, modeling the bags too!! They are designed by Katie Rodgers of Paperfashion who I am a big fan of anyways, I love the cheeks on the girls! The watercolours are just so lovely and beautiful! What a lovely surprise!
Mmmmm loving this vodka he he xXx


Today I have found tartan trousers on
I want I want I want!
How cute would these look with an oversized baggy woolly jumper!
Perfect for drinks with the girls on an sunny evening like tonight! 
Cheeky cocktails and my unusual bar snack, 
garlic mushrooms te he!
Mmmmm too early for a vodka....

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hats off!

Good evening, just about! Tonight I am on hats! Bowler hats in particular! I have wanted one of these for soooooooo long!! In fact last birthday (November) I remember being silly with my lovely aunty Wendy wandering around the shops looking for a good bowler hat and never found one that I really liked! I loveeeeee the colour of this one!! 
This colour is sooooo in right now! I am loving green this autumn too! Mmmmmmmmmmmm j'aime champeaux!!!
Anyways my eyes are very sleepy now
Sweet dreams
Night night

Autumn Knits
I quickly had to post about H! by Henry Holland!
My favourite designer in Debenhams!
The section always begins with a great stand showing off great outfits from head to toe!
I just want it all!
The style is vintage and savvy in a modern way!
With lots of shine from his new range of amazing patent bags
which compliment the fab mock suede and patent block heeded shoes!
To top off the autumny style,
there is a gorgeous grey tweed biker jacket!
I love penguins and I love wooly winter jumpers!
I love it when the shops start to fill with lovely warm knits!
I can't help walking past the rails feeling all the lovely materials!
I wish I could have a day in today watching films in a big penguin jumper!
Heres the first amazing penguin jumper I have found this year!

Go get yours now!
I know I need one in my life he he!
The little penguins are even skiing!
So sweet he he!

Tania Nicole Ashby - Its got my name on it!

Nicole's Through the Eras Dress

So I had a lovely day shopping with my 
lovely friend Louise yesterday! 
We were looking for smart work wear for her 
new job which she starts today!! 
He he I am so pleased for her! and she is going to look so amazing in her new dresses and outfits he he! 
I had an email last night from one of 
my favourite websites 
Big sale!!
Amongst all their lovely items I found this dress! 
I think it stood out as its named like my middle name he he! 
I love the vintage 40s theme!
Soooo cute!
Check out the website! The items are so vintagey and lovely!
Have a good day!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Dotty about the bag

Good evening. 
Whilst eating my tea tonight I happened to come across Beauty and the Beast on the tele! He he! One of my fave films!! 
Following the 'Disney feel' I came across this scrummy bag from H&M in Glamour magazine! Its adorable!! I am loving satchels! 
Whilst lusting over this I could not get the tune out of my head... Cruella De Vil Cruella De Vil...
He he its definately bringing me into the winter feeling! 
Mmmmmm bring on hot chocolates and wintery nights in, under the duvet on the sofa! 
Good night all

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Check you out!

This is the birthday card I made my dad for his birthday at beginning of August.  He is always saying how there are only ever checked shirts in the shops, so I thought I would make his card into a checked shirt ha ha!

I get the keys to my new apartment today! 
4th apartment in 2 years! Crazy!
Really looking forward to living with my cousin Matt!
Bring on good times he he 

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Creative mail

Good morning! 
I wanted to share another creative CV idea with you! 
I applied for a Junior Visual Merchandiser job for 
"Mamas and Papas". 
I wanted my CV to stand out so I came up with the idea 
"Message in a baby bottle" 
He he!
Hope you have a good day 

Monday, 13 August 2012

"What I really, really want"

I was so excited to make my tea tonight! 
I had a vegetable rush! 
Butternut squash and sweet potato mash with chicken, red onion, mushrooms, peppers and leeks in a tomato sauce! 
After an hour of careful cooking it was a darn tasty tea!! 
It was fun to cook again! 
And my tray is quite apt following the 'top show' performed last night! 
How proud I am to be British after the Olympic Closing Ceremony last night! Including Elbow, Spice Girls and Take That to finish!! Is was so much fun!
Anyways night night

Love Tania xXx


I had a lot to smile about this weekend!
There were lots of penguins, giraffes and flowers!
He he!
Saturday saw a trip to Chester Zoo with my wonderful boyfriend! Followed by a lovely meal, followed by a shopping trip on Sunday!
He he!
Happy 6 months Dave! 
Thank you for my lovely flowers! 
They're amazing!! 
Lots of love
Tania xXx