Sunday, 25 September 2011

Win Digital Scrapbooking Software

MyMemories approached me to ask if I would like a review copy of their digital scrapbooking software along with another copy for one lucky reader of this blog.

There is so much you can do with this software package. There are a certain amount of free backgrounds you can 'purchase' from the store but there is also a huge array of brilliant scrapbooking backgrounds for just $2 or $3. You can create a calendar with your own photos, gift tags, cards, or create your own picture using all the wonderful embellishments which come with the software. It's only taken me a few days to get to grips with the layout and buttons. I even managed to compose a demonstration page or two!

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You could create a beautiful journal of your time spent with that special person or fond memories of your children. It's so versatile you could really get creative and create a stunning keepsake for future generations of your family.

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To enter:

Go to the MyMemories website and tell me in a comment on this blog which digital scrapbooking kit is your favourite.

For extra entries:

* Follow the MyMemories blog.

* Like MyMemories on Facebook.

* Follow MyMemories on Twitter.

Please leave an extra comment each time you follow the blog, follow the twitter feed and like on facebook otherwise I won't recognise your extra entries when I come to draw a number randomly : )

$10 off for every customer:

MyMemories are also offering $10 off any purchase you make in their store, or off the MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software.

Use your $10 off code here when you purchase the digital scrapbooking software.

Use this coupon also for $10 off any item in the MyMemories store.

Copy and paste this code:

STMMMS57017

Feel free to give this code to family and friends too!

The giveaway winner will be chosen at random. The more comments you leave the more of a chance you have of winning. The deadline is 5pm GMT, 12pm EST on Thursday 12th October. It's open to international readers and the winner will receive downloading instructions in an email.

GOOD LUCK! : )

Saturday, 24 September 2011

25% Etsy discount ends friday

It's the last few days of my etsy sale!

Just enter the code SEP11 in the space for a coupon code when you checkout an item in etsy.



You can get 25% off these christmas decorations:





or how about some fabulous felted balls or felt letters?





I won't be having another sale anywhere this side of Christmas so this is your last chance to grab any felt you want before prices go back up on etsy!

Book Review: Indie Craft

'Indie Craft' is a book by Jo Waterhouse. It's pure entertainment. I don't think I could have had more entertainment walking into an alternative craft exhibition.



It features the work of 29 artists working with a range of materials. There is crochet in here, felting, embroidery, sewing, knitting, cross stitch and paper. Projects often combine two or more of these and look amazing as a result.

Each section features an interview with the artist and some excellent photographs of their work. It took my breathe away when I opened the book due to the depth of colour and quality of the art/craft.

Also the work challenged me as I love alternative crafting but haven't come across some of the methods used in this book before.

This is my favourite section of the book! Artist Patricia Waller works in crochet and adds materials such as wire, wood and metal to create alternative works. Her work is a display of violence with dark humour.



This photo below is also a favourite. This struck me as being in the vein of Tracey Emin who also draws on real-life experiences of relationships and emotions. Joetta Maue is an American artist who sews the most amazing embroidery. I have featured one photo of her work but the others in the book are simply phenomenal.



Kate Westerholt works in cross stitch with a definite indie twist!



Shauna Richardson is an Irish artist crocheting with mohair wool.



This book is a must have if you love novelty, alternative, indie, call-it-what-you-want crafting. Projects such as 'Knit the City' have put a spring in the step of alternative crafting. It's a lovely book to keep on the coffee table and you will find yourself staring at it in amazement!

You can buy 'Indie Craft' here on Amazon.

*This book was sent to me to review by Laurence King Publishing.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Refuge Comfort Blanket

I haven't been crocheting for very long (my shrug has crashed temporarily due to either me or the pattern...more in a few days) so I need all the practice I can possibly get. I opened up my emails a few days ago and came across this Refuge fundraising campaign to get people to knit or crochet blankets. There is a wonderful e-book available after a suggested donation of £5 or more which contains 25 designs for mostly knitted squares, although there is a pattern for a crocheted square too. They have already raised £1,362 which I think is truly amazing alongside all the child and adult blankets which will flood their offices soon!

Here's my effort, using up leftover bits of DK stash:



You need 30 squares for a child's blanket or 63 for an adult's blanket. You can't post individual blanket squares but you can take just one or two to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on 6-9 October to sew them onto a blanket yourself.

This is such a cathartic thing to spend your time doing. There is never enough money to help the victims of domestic violence, and I don't know why, but people don't always see the issue as a matter of urgency. It's an issue close to my heart and I hope you will, as readers of my blog, pick up your crochet hook or knitting needles for a brilliant cause with me.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Result of Microcrafts Giveaway


The result of the giveaway I launched in August is finally here. It's comment number 10, which I picked using Random.org. It's Michelle C!









A lovely copy of Microcrafts will be winging its way to Michelle this week!

















Stay tuned for more book reviews : )

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Creepy Book Reviews

These books are a must buy if you want to celebrate with your family this Halloween.

This is called 'Witch Craft' by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar and is crammed full of brilliant projects for children and adults alike. If you like making accessories, fun objects to decorate the house, cakes for children's parties or knitting and crochet then this is definitely for you! Many of the projects are very cheap to make and quick to rustle up. A lot of them can be geared towards children. The patterns don't need enlarging and there are a few hidden PDFs to look up online if you want more.


These ruby red slippers are fab for dressing up for a Halloween party:




This tutu rocks!



This witch is so sweet! I can't wait to put my new-found crochet skills to good use to make her:



Creepy Cute Crochet is also an amazing book and one I will treasure! If you haven't already bought this, love crochet and love the look of it from the pictures below I urge you to click this link and buy it this minute! Full of the most wonderful crocheted creatures from zombies to ninjas, from vampires to aliens, from robots to vikings, its very contents ooze creepiness.
The author, Christen Haden, has included very easy-to-follow instructions at the back. The two pages contain the basic crochet pattern for all the figures so if you wanted to crochet a lot you would probably learn the pattern off by heart. Amigurumi are great as you only need basic DK yarn such as cotton which can be bought very cheaply in bright colours.

I love this corporate zombie so much - he looks quite dazed and confused...is it Friday yet?



And OMG this happy couple are so cute!



And last but not least is the big Grim Reaper himself, a must at Halloween:



Do buy these books and enjoy!

* These books were kindly sent to me to review on this blog by Quirk Books.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Anna Shrug: Part Two

Well, I've finally finished unravelling the cream cardigan which I lost interest in/didn't suit me/was above my knitting skills. I wound all the cotton into about six large balls of yarn and have completed the 84cm of triple crochet needed for the shrug.



I'm now crocheting the sleeve edging which I hope I'm getting right. It looks OK anyway and is very pretty. Crochet is much more relaxing to do in the evenings as you don't have a crisis when you drop a stitch or your mind wanders. It's really simple to unravel if you make a mistake.



It's certainly quicker to crochet in 4-ply than knit it, and whisper it gently, is more enjoyable and funkier looking than knitting!
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