Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Kay Petal - needle felting

This morning I was surfing the web and stumbled across Kay Petal...and what a find! I subscribe to emails from the Craft website and saw a really cute bunny that had been posted to the felt forums. What an amazing discovery - I forget about YouTube for crafting as it's outside the social networking 'circle' of sites which are always mentioned but it's a lot better in the last two years when I used to leave feeling quite underwhelmed :)

I have been meaning to try needle felting and if I wasn't quite sure before I certainly am now. I had recently come across an offline workshop for 2 and a half hours but going from past experiences I learn much better when I don't feel rushed and no-one's looking over my shoulder...so online then :) I have also tried books but believe it or not they've all gone back to the library and I still haven't bought a felting needle...

So, here goes...it's one of my New Year's resolutions to get going with this amazing craft...hope you get inspired too :)

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Arvon Writing Competition

I've received the best Christmas present ever! I've won a writing competition!

I've been reasonably busy since the loss of my job in April with writing and crafting so it's good to know that, along with making my first sale on folksy, I have also managed to win a competition. It makes the year less bleak.

For the writing exercise I sat down once a day over a week and just wrote whatever came into my head for ten minutes. Each day you had to pick your best sentence from the previous day's writing and start with it. It became progressively harder as the week went on. I must admit I ended up just listing watercolour paints on the second to final day and cut the last few minutes short.

I think this is only the second time I've received any kind of payment or prize for a piece of writing so forgive me while I blow my trumpet a little!

Here is my winning entry - for which I have an extra Christmas present (a mystery book) to put under the tree:

'I cling to colour. My paintbrush is poised; a soft ball of kinetic energy. Clouds fall out of the palette and hang like chandeliers. A dog sniffs the driftwood near my feet. Lemon yellow on the horizon. Alzarin crimson and bright red. Opulence and decadence collide.'

The worst sentence is the dog sniffing - god knows where that came from but it must have been my best sentence on the fourth day...

Merry Christmas! :)

PS - Both my shops are now closed to give me a break from fretting about my second sale (and to give me time to knit and crochet scarves!) but will re-open again on December 29th - that's next Tuesday :))

Monday, 14 December 2009

Purple clutch bag

I put this moss stitch purple clutch bag in my folksy shop and my etsy shop last Thursday. It's for sale for £25 in folksy and $40 in etsy. Please let me know if you would like to buy it and are an avid (of course!) reader of my blog and I will refund you 10% off the price after the sale. Please enter 'Sewing is for girls' in the 'message to seller' section of paypal. I can't wait until I sell it - it will be such a nice glow :)

I don't know about you but I think this is my nicest knitted item so far. I really love moss stitch and the effect it creates. Purple is one of my favourite colours and I particularly love the intricate pattern on the top of the button...

The corsage came from a hat pattern I bought on folksy from Craftconfections . It's really useful as she lets you sell the items you make from her patterns as long as you mention her. If I wrote patterns I would do this too as it generates huge publicity :)

It was really simple to knit up. To make it double layered I just halved the amount of stitches to make a smaller top layer.

I'm closing my shops this Thursday for Christmas but will be back in January with some warm and cuddly scarves and handwarmers...

Happy knitting :)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Christmas picks from Folksy

Lots of beautiful handmade decorations and cards for sale on folksy this week. Go on - have a look - you know you want to :)


pretty goods

The dolls in this shop are lovely: The Hunny Bunny Company

Newbie seller: itsbohochic

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