Thursday, 26 August 2010

Denim Craft Challenge

Regular readers will remember the denim bag pack I got free when I received a Rowan International Membership for Christmas 2008. I managed to complete the bag for summer 2009 but was left with a stray ball of denim. It's been sitting in my stash bin since then but I am in the process of knitting up all my stray yarn for little projects. I also have a stray pair of jeans which don't fit anymore. I thought I would unite the two loose ends and come up with some project ideas on denim. I am aiming to make something with every scrap of the jeans, even the zip as you can see.

The only problem when you try and use up odd balls of yarn is that you end up buying 'just one more ball' as you forgot you liked it so much but I hope that won't happen. If I fall madly in love with denim again in the process I'll have to channel that passion into recycling the jeans...

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Blue skies & crochet

I've been a busy bee today. I took so many photos I thought at one point my camera would explode. Fortunately it didn't and I've managed to plough through all my autumn/winter woolies ready for my etsy shop. If you haven't taken a look for a while I have added plenty of new items lately and not just pretty felted eggs I'll have you know : )

Today I had another wonderful bike ride along the canal. It's very idyllic and is just right to mix exercise with pleasant views...something you don't get inside a sweaty gym.

Hope you had a nice Sunday afternoon too...

Friday, 20 August 2010

Handmade Christmas

It looks like christmas has definitely arrived early in my craftspace this August. First of all I've got what Nigella Lawson calls 'that nice organised feeling' by starting the christmas decorations for my shop in August. Last year I only had one set of decorations I was pleased with to put in my shop and I ended up wasting a lot of time and effort with christmas presents (I already have these made up and out of the way) and trying desperately to think of something to make. Last christmas I noticed a lot of decorations were red and white, particularly those from shops like Ikea and Debenhams so perhaps I am very 2009! I think you'll agree with me when I say they look very cute though...I intend to make stacks more so you'll be seeing them in my shop around October or November...

Secondly I have won my very first blog award! I have been blogging since the start of 2008 so this is a very nice surprise indeed. It's lovely to have a crafting space online which is really what craft blogging is all about although I have certainly learnt to put the online space in its place this year and get more work done. Learning to knit was very inspiring for me as I had made several attempts before 2008 and had been very disheartened. I've learnt since it's best to look at it as a journey and sometimes a long one at that. It's true that it reduces stress but it's good to remember it may not lower your stress levels initially!

Thank you very much if you nominated me for this award - I hope the crafting karma touches you back soon...

Have you thought about christmas craft yet? Or is it just me? : )

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Selling the Handmade Way

Bonnie from Going Home to Roost is about to teach an e course in 'Selling the Handmade Way'. By clicking the link you will find she has given her readers a round up of her articles published so far on the subject. I downloaded her e book last night and printed it off as I wanted to pin it up instead of leaving it hidden as a PDF on my computer. I found her comments on keeping inspired and consignment, where you place your items for free with shops, particularly relevant and helpful. I think organizing your craft space is definitely of the upmost importance. Since I pulled my stash out of hiding and walk past it all the time in my room I have found myself making more. I do most of my knitting and crochet on the sofa in front of increasingly rubbish telly (!) but was neglecting little bits of sewing which my desk, next to a window, is ideal for.

I've also made sure all the things I've made which I'm proud of are around me when I craft. As Bonnie says in the e book this can really fill you with confidence. The bear I made above is at the top of the list of things I've made which I truly love. He shows what I can achieve when I really sit down, take time to learn a new skill and have lots of patience : )

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Taunton Flower Show

I had a nice day out at the local flower show - described as 'The Chelsea of the West'. It lived up to its hype with the park crammed full of flower displays, crafts, local produce and music. I couldn't go last year as I was away in North Wales by the beautiful sea on a writing residential. It was nice to feel that lots of local people were all congregated in one place in a celebration of rural businesses, organisations and charities.

I was very impressed with the standard of crafts on display and picked up numerous business cards and leaflets. One that really stood out is listed below. Quite a few sellers don't seem to have a websites...

Luxury hand dyed yarn by Five Moons Yarns - they had a beautiful stall but I couldn't get in as it was a little on the small side and quite packed...nothing to complain about : )

If you're ever in Somerset at the start of August it is highly recommended as a family day out.
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