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This Christmas…

4 Dec

…I will have mixed emotions
…I will spend time with my family
…I will hand make all my Christmas gifts and expect nothing (okay, maybe a present or two, hehe)

…I will be thankful for those I’ve got in my life and the good things, although few and far between, that have happened to me this year
…I will enjoy stuffing my face with chocolate and clementines and turkey and roast potatoes
…I will drink as many Toffeenut Lattes as is humanly possible before they stop selling them at Starbucks

…I will shamelessly sing Mariah Carey Christmas songs at the top of my lungs
…I will also croon along with Frank, Dean, Nat and Bing
…I will watch ‘Meet Me at St Louis’ and ‘Elf’ repeatedly
…I will drink mulled wine with friends

…I will knit fair isle
Scandinavian Knit Jumper (Primark)
…I will be happy

What will you be doing this Christmas?

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Crafty Foxes Christmas Wants

29 Nov

If you are a follower of my Twitter, you will see that I’ve been updating periodically with a number of Christmas Wants. Some of these are personal choices that I would love for myself, others are amazing things I’ve come across and think would make perfect gifts. I have tried to categorise each time I post but sometimes I post whatever I find at the time!

I’ve decided to post them on here as many places will have shipping deadlines and if you fancy any of these as gifts you’ll need to get them soon! I’m posting from most recent tweets as well, hence the backward running order!

Christmas Want 12: Channel your inner Classic Hollywood starlet in this beautiful capelet. Feathers are officially in. http://etsy.me/e1umEP

Christmas Want 11: A @giantdwarf Starlette Crown is the perfect way to accessorise this holiday season! http://etsy.me/ftwCCd

Christmas Want 10: Power women + fashion accessories = Cleo Ferin’s creations. I’m particularly fond of Calamity Jane…http://bit.ly/eUELUB

Christmas Want 9: For the little ones…something from Little Sapling Toys. Gorgeous wood toys and teething rings!http://etsy.me/hhwQKs

Christmas Want 8: This amazing metal antler hook from Formed&Found on @poppytalk ‘s handmade gift list! Perfect!http://bit.ly/evfT2o

Christmas Want 7: @skunkboy ‘s ridiculously cute owl ornament! This is a personal want, for sure! http://etsy.me/hw5Dxs (These have now sold out but there a few other very cute bits and pieces in the shop)

Christmas Want 6: Who doesn’t want a bow tie from @hidinginhere‘s Forage collection?! They are perfect in every way – http://forage.bigcartel.com/

Christmas Want 5: The perfect vintage knitting accessory. Keep those paws off your project in a vintage yarn holder!http://etsy.me/fZGpBv

Christmas Want 4: Always wanted a beard but not the hassle of growing one? Problem solved! http://etsy.me/fy9ovC

Christmas Want 3: Cupcake Kitten Hat Knitting Pattern by tinyowlknits (I’m knitting the deer hat pattern now!)http://etsy.me/af42sj (I actually bought this and am looking forward to knitting it up after Christmas – I’ve requested the wool as one of my gifties!)

Christmas Want 2: Original Silhouette Antlers ink drawing by @CharmaineOlivia http://etsy.me/9QzZmj

Christmas Want 1: Color Wheel Necklace from @yellowowlwkshop http://yellowowlworkshop.com/pendants.html

Now some of these gifts definitely blow the budget, others are very reasonably priced. The one thing you will recognise about all of these though is that they are all HANDMADE! Each and every item is supporting an artist, crafter or otherwise and I think that at Christmas time this is important. And when you give something like one of these gifts to your loved one/s they will know that you took the time and effort to find something special!

I can’t believe that it’s almost December (1 day away!!). This year has flown by sooooooo quickly and I can’t quite believe the year that I’ve had. Ups and downs, and I’m slightly glad it’s coming to an end. Although there are plenty of things that went well this year it’s possibly been the worst year of my life so far…but that’s for another post!!!

To end on a high, I’ll be posting a little more regularly again soon. I’m busy trying to make all my Christmas gifts but my fingers need a break from sewing, knitting and other crafty escapades and the computer has become that! Hehe. Until then….

xx Crafty Love from a Christmassy Crafty Fox xx

Small Apologies

15 Nov

Hey All,

Sorry I haven’t been around here lately. As we all know in the blogging world, life gets in the way, turns us upside down and blogging is the last thing we think about doing or want to do. I’m still staying crafty though and have a few exciting announcements to make over the next couple of months so stay tuned for sure!

Quick apologies also for the appearance of the blog. The skin I was using has been taken out of commission so I’ve changed it to another one WordPress recommended but it changed a few things without me wanting it to (poopy WordPress). So if things look different, just bear with me until I fix it!

Be back soon!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Happy Weekend!

31 Oct

I hope you’ve all had a safe and fun Halloween weekend! I went to a circus themed party last night with some friends and dressed up as a Dia de Los Muertos tattooed lady. You can’t see my tattoos in this picture but I drew some designs on a pair of nude tights – Sailor Jerry anchors, cherries, stars, hearts, etc… and wore them on my arms. I also had my REAL tattoo on my back on display. It was a very easy costume and I’m glad I trained as a makeup artist as it made doing my face really easy and I didn’t have to buy anything to do it with! I love my kit!


(Apologies for the crummy iPhone picture, I’ll post better ones soon!)

Other things I’ve been up to include dinner with friends and family and knitting like a crazy lady! I’m halfway through my first pair of fingerless mittens knitted in the round (meaning I’ve finished one! Haha). I’m so glad I’ve mastered knitting on DPNs, or double pointed needles for those not of the knitting community, and don’t know why it took me so long to give it a go! It’s so easy once you start doing it!

I’ve got a couple of other projects on the go too, including a few hats for people, a snood for a friend and this baby for me…

CUTEST HAT EVER!!! And I’m making sure I get it finished before Christmas because I want to wear this baby on Christmas Day! It’s available on Ravelry here (you need an account to see it but they are free and give you access to a huge number of projects both free and paid for – this one was $5.50). I always get really inspired to knit when the weather starts getting colder and now that I’ve learnt new skills I’m really excited to start more and more new projects and finally use up my wool stash!

I hope your weekend has been filled with not so many tricks and lots of treats! Will be back sometime this week with another blog post about something or other!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

my new bag…

17 Oct

Now I’m an East London girl but I work part-time in West London and if I could, I would have a flat there as well! Recently, there has been a bit of buzz about a local project – the Notting Hill shopping bag. We stock them where I work and this weekend the bags have done phenomenally well! The bumpf from the official blog/website reads…

“The Notting Hill Shopping Bag is a cotton bag sold for £4 by shops and stalls across Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market. It features images designed by local schoolchildren and celebrities who live in, or love, Notting Hill.

The aims are to reduce plastic bag use in Notting Hill, to support local charities to whom 10 per cent of profits are donated, to promote Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market as a shopping destination and to boost income for stallholders and shopkeepers.”

A bag that gives back to the local community? Yes please!! One side of the bag looks like this…

the Notting Hill shopping bag.

But that isn’t all there is to it! On the other side is an image drawn by a local resident. The first bag was designed by a local schoolgirl, 11 year old Kemi from Colville Primary School. The second bag has been designed by someone with a bit more “star power” and that is songstress and Notting Hill resident, Natalie Imbruglia.

Cupcakes in Notting Hill by Natalie Imbruglia

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? My whole family are cupcake fanatics so what a perfect gift it makes! (Yes, I have bought some, all at full price. I don’t expect freebies or discounts to promote something like a lot of people do. And they’re £4! It’s not exactly expensive is it!?!?!)

Natasha, who runs the whole operation, is amazing! I can’t wait to see the next design in the series! All the bags are limited runs too and as well as being available in retail shops, such as The Travel Bookshop (you can buy them online there too), they are also available at the market stalls on Portobello Road! So, instead of using plastic to carry your fruit and veg in, you can walk away with a stylish and re-usable bag that you know is giving back and will continue to do so!

You can follow the Notting Hill shopping bag project tweets @NottingHillBag and also follow the blog (link above). Another lovely blogger, the Notting Hill Girl, also blogged about them today. Go and read her review of them and check out her blog (it’s lovely and fashion-y!!). So what are you waiting for? Go get yours now!

I have another good cause blog post this week. All I will say is that it involves my mum. Until then!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Perfect Timing

11 Oct

I’ve been a bit unwell this weekend – the last 2 days have been dry toast/ice cube sucking kinda days! Today I have been feeling slightly better (minus the stomach ache and sore throat) so I thought I could blog a little! Huzzah! Mainly my current inspirations for Autumn. I’m loving Native American, Latin American, Scandinavian and Fair Isle patterns right now and they are forming a basis for a project I currently have in the works. I’m excited to share it when I reach that stage but until then enjoy a few of my inspiration pictures!

(I couldn’t remember the links for most of these unfortunately…they’d been sitting in a folder on my desktop for a while before I posted this. If you can link to the original source, I’ll be more than happy to link it up!)


Fair Isle Caplet
Nordic Mittens #1
Norwegian Mittens

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to work tomorrow and everything will get back on track again! Hope you’re weekend and Monday was better than mine!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

‘Tis The Season…

30 Sep

…for big, warm coats and I have my eye on a few right now! There really is nothing like snuggling into your warm winter coat when the days feel just that little bit colder. Top it off with a handmade hat, scarf and gloves and you really do have the PERFECT winter warming combo!!

My current favourites are below. Now I just need to decide on which one I want to get…..
(click on the image to be taken through to the original source image and link)

Fusion Charlie Duffle Coat – £85 from Monsoon Fusion

Hearts & Hands Seven Seas Hooded Coat – £195 from Urban Outfitters

Hound & Fox Coat – £288 from Anthropologie

Hooded Contrast Swing Coat – £75 from Topshop

Premium Pea Coat – £95 from Topshop

Bound Seam Hooded Duffle Coat – £80 from Topshop

So, which one is your favourite? I want them all but only one can be chosen…I’ll let you know which one I go for when I get it!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

I Have A New Role Model

17 Sep

There are a few women in my life that I seriously admire and consider role models – my grandmothers, my mum, my sister and a couple of friends who are constantly an inspiration to me. But recently I’ve added a famous face into the fold. I’m not usually one to find myself inspired by famous women (apart from maybe fashion-wise) and never before have I called one a role model. But a role model she has become. “Who is it?” you ask?

Yep. Christina Hendricks. That’s who. Now some of you might be thinking ‘Oh, well you’re just jumping on the Mad Men/Curvy Women bandwagon and you just like her because she’s famous and easy to idolise.’ For starters, I haven’t actually watched Mad Men apart from a couple of episodes when it was first broadcast here in the UK. As I don’t have a TV and not too much spare cash, I’ve missed it (although I will be purchasing Season 1 & 2 on DVD as soon as I get paid and catching up with the rest of the world). Secondly, I AM the Curvy Women bandwagon! Haha! By this I mean I’m not the woman who started the skinny vs. curvy debate and I don’t often take part in discussions about it, apart from to say that each woman is entitled to look like whoever she wants be it big and curvy or small and skinny. As long as she’s healthy, that’s all we should worry about! I myself am a woman with curves. And after Ms. Hendricks recent press heavy Emmy appearance (due to her lovely, big, womanly breasts) it became apparent that we are of a number of similar proportions.

This was the dress and those are the breasts that shot her into a new stratosphere. But what people maybe didn’t realise is that parts of the dress had to be customised to fit her measurements and that no other designers even offered to dress her for the event! How does this happen for an actress who has fast become one of the most popular characters in recent TV history?

So why is she my role model? Here we have a woman that isn’t afraid to flaunt what her mamma gave her! A woman who will admit that she wants to lose 10 pounds, like every other woman in this world. A woman who will admit that she does look beautiful in the occasional picture (we all have to admit it, even if it takes years, that not ALL the pictures taken of us are awful!).

Personally, I think it’s a shame that we the public and the press have made so much of Christina Hendricks’ body. She’s an actress and, like any person in any profession, should be noted for her acting skills. I personally think she was good in Firefly as Saffron and from what I hear, she’s good in Mad Men too. But her body has shot her into a whole new level of consciousness in society and has opened up a whole new series of debates about body image that have been bubbling under the surface for a long time.

I don’t want to be an actress nor do I want to be particularly famous. But if I did, I have women like Christina Hendricks to thank for creating a whole heap of new opportunities. And she’s also made a lot of men and fellow curvy women realise that, actually, us curvy girls are and can be DAMN FUCKING SEXY!

Christina Hendricks, I salute you as my newest role model. Thank you for being amazing!

(Oh and did you guys realise that she knits too? She is a true Crafty Fox!!)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Mooses and Autumn and Plaid…Oh My!

12 Sep

So a bit of a random blog title but after a wedding reception I went to recently, I have mooses on the brain (the couple are known as The Mooses to friends and the tables were moose themed!)! And it’s finally turning into Autumn now. The chill is in the air, the leaves are turning gold and red and yellow and the days are getting shorter again. And there is an abundance of plaid, mustard, burgundy, navy, grey and deep purple around again. A sure sign the Autumn fashions are taking over!

Here are a few of my favourite finds…(some of the moose finds may not be specifically mooses – they’re not easy to find and people mark things as moose when in fact they are deer, elk, etc, so forgive but enjoy all the same!)

Nomadic Elk Knitting Project Bags from KnitterBag on Etsy

Bronze Whitetail Deer Antler Necklace from Moon Raven Designs on Etsy

Secondhand Caribou Metal Tray from backgarage on Etsy

Vintage ‘Caramel Latte Secretary Dress’ from Red Velvet Art

Vintage Inspired Men’s Plaid Flannel Shirt by beesquaredb on Etsy

‘Emmalou’ Original Pastel Drawing from Red Velvet Art

Fox Scarf from Donna Wilson

Hansel from Basel Thigh High Socks from Urban Outfitters

Staring At Stars Russian Rose Embroidered Dress from Urban Outfitters

(each image links through to the original source, please click to be taken through to the owner’s/artist’s website)

So there you have it…a few of my favourites from the web so far. There’ll be a few more posts like this coming over the next few months. Autumn is my favourite season. I love hats and scarves and jumpers and all the colours that come out during this month. It’s just beautiful.

Have a great week!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Hey!

31 Aug

As you may have noticed, my posting here has been pretty sporadic lately. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues and have recently started a new job as a classroom assistant, which is challenging but enjoyable! It’s giving me new challenges to face each day I’m at work and I know I’m not going to have to deal with repetitive tasks (apart from maybe lesson plans) day in day out. Teaching is something I’ve had an interest in for a long time and I’ve recently made the decision to apply for a PGCE to teach Media Studies to 14-19 year olds! I’m currently in the process of writing out my personal statement and wondering how I can get it down to 47 lines!! Haha. I’ll get there eventually….

I’ve also been busy with my crafty escapades, some of which I’m still planning and some of which are soon-to-be-announced-but-currently-secret-squirrel-business. The only thing I can share is that it is a collaboration with an amazing lady – see if you can guess who it is (although I won’t tell until we decide to go public and you won’t win any prizes, sorry! Haha).

I’ve still been trying to keep up-to-date with all the blogs though and have seen some serious inspiration lately. It’s one thing I love about the blogging community…you’re never far away from something to brighten your day, make you look at things in a new light or spark a really good idea!! A few of my favourite pictures found either via blogs or flickr from the past few weeks…

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three bun buns


(By the way, if anyone feels like being generous and buying me this necklace I’ll love you forever and a day! Well, I have to be a little cheeky here, haha! And it’s only $57.50 including shipping to the UK!)

I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time with friends old and new. It’s been great getting out of the house on nice days and wandering around various parts of London, searching for places and objects and coming across random jumble sales and things that would look great in my room/house!

Autumn is almost here too and I’m so in the mood for jumpers and woolly knit hats. And toffee nut lattes. We don’t get pumpkin spice over here which I’m a bit bummed out about but hopefully I’ll get to taste it one day! I’ll be back again soon with more of my alphabet and more posts about what I’m up to! I’ve missed you all and thanks for continuing to visit The Crafty Foxes!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

All images can be linked through to the original source/owner by clicking on them.