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The Sunday Round Up

4 Apr

This week’s Sunday Round Up is all about a few of my favourite Etsy sellers!! I love featuring them here and hopefully introducing new artists and makers to my blog readers.
(click on the banner or shop name to link through)

An illustrator who takes the nerd and turns it into something animal themed and amazing! This one is definitely me.

Savannah of Sleepy King is a maker of amazing animal plushies. Especially woodland creatures. I love her plushies and hope to own one at some point, maybe a fox or Ramona Rose. She’s pretty.

Rebecca of Rar Rar Press creates some amazing letterpress posters and cards with a sense of humour and a wise word or two. I particularly love the one below (so true!!)

My internet is playing up right now so I’m going to have to leave it at this for now, although I’ll definitely be featuring more soon! I hope you like what you see and help to support these lovely independent artists and makers at some point, if you haven’t already. Much love and health on this Easter Sunday.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up (on Saturday)

27 Feb

So, what has been offered up to me this week? A heck of a lot, that’s what. My week ended up being bizarrely busy and unpredictable and next week looks pretty much the same. For these reasons I missed Pretty Things Thursday and am posting this a little bit early. This week also happens to be the run up to my birthday so I know that there will be a very late Sunday Round Up next week but probably not much else as I’m going back to my parent’s house for a couple of days and then coming back to London with them in time for my birthday party/celebrations.

This week has bought a few unexpected surprises. I finally went “Urban Rambling” with my sister. We got up early this morning and had the most relaxing and peaceful walk through what are considered busy and congested parts of London. It’s something we are going to be doing regularly, not only because of the health and fitness benefits but also as we both enjoyed it and it means we get to spend some sisterly time together – something that we don’t do enough of seeing as we live so close to each other! I can’t wait for the next walk…it’s on my birthday and we’re stopping off at the Betsey Johnson store afterwards to get me some birthday goodies!! Yay! I do have the bestest sister in the world, EVER!!

After our walk today we went to the final Lady Luck Rules OK yard sale – they’re closing the store down and turning it into a gallery/store space – and got some sweet, sweet booty! (I mean this in the pirate sense, of course, and don’t mean we got some sweet, sweet ass! Hahahaha!) Below is a picture of my bits and pieces that I can’t wait to get creating with! (And everything I bought was £3 or under!!! Amazing!!)
Lady Luck Rules Ok!?

This week also bought a few treats, including this from Polka Dot Robot (it’s been used a few times already)…
Coffee Cozy from PDR
This yummo Red Velvet Cupcake from Hummingbird Bakery
Yum!!!!!!!!
And my first Bubble Tea from a small Asian foods supermarket not too far from where I live (it was super yummy and I want another one soon!!)…
Mango Bubble Tea

Although I’ve been perusing the blogs, I haven’t really been saving anything or taking much stuff in. It’s been a funny week like that. Next week is one that will require a lot of stamina. I’m not readily prepared to share why with everyone but it’s times like these where I really hope some higher being is looking down on me and my family and watching over us, protecting us all and keeping us safe and well (even though the latter is not the case right now). Prayers and good/happy thoughts will be appreciated and thankfully received, not only by myself but my family also. A few people know that these reasons will keep me away from here more than I want but there are some things more important than blogging, especially health and that of loved ones. I just hope you can understand too.

Well, I hope to update again this week but the aforementioned reasons may stop me from doing so. Bear with me…the regular blogging schedule will resume again at some point. And thank you for reading all this way too! Hehe. Hope you have had a great weekend and a

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

21 Feb

First off, apologies for not being here this week. I’ve had a few personal issues I’ve needed to deal with and they always suck the creativity out of me. But the end of this week was better (apart from Saturday and having to deal with the mother of all hangovers!!) and I’m finally feeling like being creative again.

So what’s been inspiring me this week? A new work in progress to go along with my several others, hehe, exciting new artists/illustrators and a fun online class I’ll be taking part in.

1) My new work-in-progress

It’s from the book, Meet Me At Mike’s by Pip Lincolne. The project has introduced me to a new stitch – the chevron, and has provided me with much inspiration for other sewing and crafty projects. There are 26 projects in all and it’s such a great book to have if you enjoy crafting as much as I do (patterns are also included for the various sewing projects). Oh and take a trip to Pip’s blog here if you haven’t been over there already!

2)Exciting New Artists and Illustrators

I picked up these funky bits and pieces from the Alternative Press Fair last weekend. The drawn stickers on the left, the bag and the print are by an artist called Kristyna Baczynski. The stickers I’ve got on display are some of my favourites from the packs she was selling on the day (the bags were drawn on as well so I got an original illustration, woo hoo!) and the print was one of two I picked up for the ever-so-pricey sum of £1. Yes, you heard me…..£1!!! Amazing. It was my favourite print of hers. The other stickers were ones I picked up from another stall – the photographer is a lady called Vicky Stevenson and her small stickers had my name all over them (she also has an etsy shop). I’ll probably use them in the art journalling class I’m taking part in, which nicely leads me onto number 3.

3) Quiet Nights Art Journal Class

This class has now sold out but is being run by my friend, Vivianna. I’m looking forward to it so much. Viv’s is the lady who first got me into journalling and I’m looking forward to learning a few new tips and tricks and also getting some mega inspiration from an amazingly talented teacher and class. I’ll be sure to share a few pages from my journals here and maybe share a bit of inspiration you can take away with you!

So there you go. A few bits of fun stuff that I hope you’ll check out and that will inspire you this week! I’ll be resuming regular posting this week so be sure to drop by for some new goodness I’ll have to share! Hope you’re weekend has been a good one and that you have a fantastic Monday! And Tuesday! And Wednes………! Hehe.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

7 Feb

I’ve had quite a bit of time at home this week (which makes me a bit nervous as it means no money) but it’s given me some time to get non-creative things done. However once those non-creative things are out of the way, I’ve been able to look at things that help get my creative mind flowing again.

I’ve read about Uppercase on many blogs but never got around to buying a copy until now. I’m so glad I did – amazing interviews, articles and artwork!! But I’m also really sad as both Issue 1 and 2 have sold out!! I’m one of those people who likes to have complete collections and without those two issues I’m stuck. Humph. Anyone out there have a spare copy of either or know where I can get them from? (Thanks in advance!!)

I love the colours in this photo, taken by Rachel over at Smile and Wave of thumb hearts made by her son. It also reminds me that Valentine’s Day is a week away! Which leads me onto the next photo…

I bought these from Something’s Hiding in Here a week ago and they finally arrived yesterday. I was initially going to give one to my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day but they were smaller than I thought they would be (me not reading the size scale) so I thought it’s be cute to give him one early. He likes them – we both appreciate good design and love letterpress stuff. I’m a huge fan of Something’s Hiding in Here too and would like one of their wooden rings when I get some money in my pocket. And sticking with valentine’s themed stuff…

Vivianna over at Polka Dot Robot has been experimenting with TTV effects and one of the results was this wonderful picture of some knitted hearts that were part of the PDR shop update that also happened this week. I did succumb and bought myself a knitting pattern and a coffee cozy, but I know I’m supporting a friend and small business so I don’t mind spending a little!

And here are some random delights that have made my week a lot more colourful and inspiring…

About to be made/melted into cupcake-shaped rainbow crayons!! Heidi over at My Paper Crane has some pretty darn good ideas for party favours and treats for kiddo’s if you’re ever stuck!

The appropriately named Candy Sprinkles sock yarn, available over at Studioloo. One word – YUM!!

These lovely crocheted circles are some of the inspiration for a gift I’m currently making for someone. Which I need to get cracking with, eek! I love the colour combinations.

So that’s the round up for this week! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and have found something that has inspired you. I’ve got an interesting week ahead that I have to prepare for so I might not be blogging as much. Leave some comment love and go visit the people that I’ve linked to in this blog post. They’re all amazing! Hope you’ve had a great weekend and a good week ahead.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

31 Jan

I’ve been in a bit of a creative black hole recently and I’m looking forward to a new week with hopefully some new opportunities and excitements. There are a few projects I need to start (and finish) so hopefully this week will be a good one! Here are a few fun things that have been helping me to get inspired again…

(click on images for credit and link)

I got slightly weirded out by the Black Apple print as it looks scarily like me when I had dark brown hair! And I fell in love with the Valentine BunnyBot as soon as I saw it! He’s soooooooooooooo CUTE!! I want to add him to my collection.

I think I need to take an hour or two this week to do some just-for-me projects. I’ve been focusing so much on getting other things finished that I haven’t let myself be as creative as I want to be and can be. This week I’ll get back into it and hopefully will get my crafty groove back once more!

I hope you all have an exciting week ahead of you and hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend filled with wonderful things.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

24 Jan

Today’s Sunday Round Up is dedicated to my favourite woodland (and London suburbs) animal, the FOX! In all the time I’ve had this blog I’ve not done a dedicated blog post to foxes – how this has happened, I don’t know! Without further ado, this Crafty Fox will show you a few of my favourite foxy things.

As Silje says in the description for this print, “It’s 2010, and the fox is the new owl!”. I love this print and if I get a reasonably well-paid job, this will be my reward as soon as payday arrives!!!

I love this print by studiolyon on etsy. It’s so simple and I like the woodgrain effect that’s been blended in behind the fox’s fur.

One of my favourite things is this craft kit from Red Velvet Art. Elsie’s drawings are sooooo cute! Loves!

These foxes from Sleepy King have been on my wishlist for a while. Little Red is my favourite!

I saw this print on etsy a while ago and was suckered in by the little sleeping fox on the girl’s head. I love this style of painting too so it’s a winner for me!

A fox on a bike? Why not?! Haha.

I linked to this a couple of posts ago and bought it recently as a small gift to myself (I’d been eyeing it up for a while and Lady Luck had a New Year’s half price sale. It was meant to be! Hehe). It’s currently my most worn necklace!

And finally, a favourite from the ladies over at Polka Dot Robot. Genius!

I’ve got a few posts planned for this week, including a look at my current WiP’s (work-in-progress’s). I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a fun week ahead!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

17 Jan

Today’s Sunday Round Up is going to be posted tomorrow! It’ll be the Monday Sunday Round Up, hehe. I’ve not had much time today to do one so I’ll leave you with a link to Katja’s blog where I’m currently her featured blogger (and there’s also a little giveaway you can enter if you leave a comment on her blog about something you like here!!)

I’m honoured yet again to be featured on another person’s blog. It really means a lot and I can’t believe the number of people who’ve already clicked their way over!! Leave some comment love if you do…I like to know what people think!

CLick the picture below to go to Katja’s blog and check out my interview!!

(I’m going to knit this hat soon…we both got the pattern but Katja beat me to the actual knitting!!)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

10 Jan

This week has been a busy one for me. I’ve spent a lot of time looking for work and hopefully one of my applications will be successful soon! Please keep your fingers and toes crossed (and a prayer or two would be appreciated if you say them!) – I am getting pretty desperate for work as I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen week after week. This is the first time I’ve been unemployed (and it wasn’t be choice) so it’s a little scary and why I might seem so worried about it too!

Apart from job hunting, I’ve also been catching up on some knitting and crocheting that needed doing. It includes 3 scarves, 1 hat and 2 pairs of fingerless gloves. So far I’ve almost finished one scarf for my boyfriend’s cousin (I’m on the final stretch now!) and then I’m going to try and master knitting with circular needles. I really want to do things the easy way and gloves and hats are easier to make with circular needles! Wish me luck with that one!! (Oh and Vivs, be prepared for a few emails/tweets with the subject line “HEEEEEEELLLLLLLP!”, haha).

Sticking with the knitting theme, I’ve got a new wool obsession. Noro. I admit that I used to bunch it in with the regular self striping wool you usually get for socks (in variegations that I usually don’t like). However I had an epiphany when I saw these finglerless gloves Vivianna was knitting…

The colours of this particular variegation just melted my heart as soon as I saw them. So, naturally I’ve been looking all over the place to try and find the best pictures to show how each different ball of wool knits up. I found some very nice pictures courtesy of Ravelry…(each picture links to the pattern – you will need a Ravelry account to access them.)

(P.S. If anybody wants to get me some Noro wool for my birthday in March, it’ll be greatly appreciated!! I have succumbed and bought a couple of balls as I want to try out a project or two but they are one of the pricier wools available on the shelves although for their quality they’re quite reasonably priced compared to others!!)

So what else has been inspiring me this week?

Inspiration Board

My new inspiration board. I’ve been trying to fill it with all the things I need to keep me inspired and that have recently been inspiring me. I do the majority of my crafting in the living room on the sofa and this sits exactly opposite where I usually park my bum. It’s been a good way for me to really think about what my inspirations are for the things I want to make over the next few weeks, months and years (Jamie, your photo was the first thing to go on there!!).

Oh and for those of you who like peeks into the craft areas of other people, say hello to my yarn stash…

The Yarn Stash

It’s not the best picture (I guess everyone knows how good natural light is in the winter when it’s not sunny!!) but this is what I own. There are projects in mind for quite a few of the skeins that are shown. I just have to actually sit down and make them. But I have a serious motivation for that now as I’m finally sitting down and writing a business plan and timeline. Everytime I get one thing done I will be able to sit down and do a just-for-me project…and believe me, there are A LOT of just-for-me projects I want to do, haha.

So that’s my Sunday Round Up for this week, and again the first of the New Year! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please keep your fingers crossed for me that something comes along soon in the job department! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and have a fantastic week ahead. And let me know if you’ve got any Noro projects on the go and I’ll link them on here!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

6 Dec

So for the 2nd week running “Pretty Things Thursday” has managed to be left out of my weekly blog posts. I explained last week in very little detail that I was having problems with work. Well basically the deal is that I’ve been spending most of my time job hunting as where I work, which happens to be Borders in the UK, is closing down. Don’t worry American and Australian friends (and wherever else Borders is), your stores are safe. It’s just the UK stores that are in trouble and there’s been a lot of uncertainty about if and when we’ll close. This has been really upsetting for all of us who work there and just happens to be at a great time of year (she says sarcastically) to have the possibility of unemployment hanging over your head. Hopefully one of my applications will be successful soon as I don’t want to be unemployed come the new year! Prayers and good vibes are appreciated and welcomed right now!!

But anyway, onto bigger and prettier things that I’ve found in between filling out application forms.

1)

So…..this is an idea the Susie over at boygirlparty started. It’s called Penpal Party and the idea is you sign up, get a random name and address and write to the person. They then write back to you and hopefully you start up a big penpal correspondence and get something through the post that isn’t bills or junk mail. Someone also gets your details so you also get one letter and send one back to them. Ultimately, you send 2 letters and you get two letters!! I was part of Round 1 and just missed out on Round 2 due to the reasons mentioned above, but I’m hoping to get involved again in Round 3. Check out the flickr group for some cool looking letters. Here is my first one…
My Penpal Party letter!

My Penpal Party letter!

My letter is from Jessica of Plushroom Soup and she put in so much effort!! I’ve gotta think of something good!! Hehe.

2) I signed up to weheartit this week. I can’t believe I hadn’t done it sooner!! There is so much inspiration to find in that place!!!! Here are a few favourites that I picked out.

3) This weekend I also went back up to Birmingham to visit my parents and some family friends. The boyfriend and I got to hang out at the Christmas German Markets for a little bit as well, which was cool. I love it up there. We stumbled upon a stall right at the very end that was selling stamps and managed to score two cool stamps – my boyfriend found one with his name on it (which is really unusual, like mine) and I scored a small vintage (i.e. about 100 years old) letterpress C that I’m going to use on my handmade business cards to start off the Crafty Foxes name.

We also enjoyed some mulled wine and fried potatoes (I look forward to them each year) and listened to the singing moose head that the main bar has in its roof. It’s hilarious and sings Christmas songs in both English and German!! Haha. I also took a photo of the Santa stall that’s there every year too. It’s huge and is lit up like a Christmas tree (how fitting, hehe) in the evening. This is a day photo though…
Santa Claus

I’m now fully in the mood for Christmas and can’t wait to just spend time with my family and other loved ones.

So that’s been my week this week. I’m probably going to miss “Pretty Things Thursday” this week as well although it is because I’m having to crack on and make stuff for this…..

I’m so excited and even though I’m not making a heap of stuff (testing the waters and all that) I’m so happy to be selling things and hopefully people will buy them! Hehe. Well, that gives you a sneak peak at what I’ll be posting about next Sunday, so until then my lovely blog readers! Hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a good week ahead of you!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up – Gift List Edition

29 Nov

So as we all know the big C is coming up. Oh yes, I’m about to drop the C bomb – CHRISTMAS IS ONLY 3 WEEKS AND 5 DAYS AWAY!!!!!!!!!

I’ve shared my present list with my family (it’s mainly craft stuff with a few actual present type things for good measure) and here I will share my ultimate Christmas list – those things that if you had all the money in the world you would buy but for now you just admire them and then go and try and make them yourself, haha.

(As always, click on image for credit)

1) An Enid Collins bag

These bags are the most gorgeous things I’ve seen in a while. I probably would never use it to go out with, instead I would probably use it as a decorative piece in my flat. The bags aren’t too expensive usually but right now any money I spend is too much so it’d be nice to find and buy one of these one day!

2) This Japanese craft book

Japanese craft books have been a recent interest of mine but I’m quickly falling in love with them as the photography and projects seem to be exactly the kind of thing I like! The only place I can seem to find this particular beauty is on Amazon Japan. I would love to get a copy of it and not have to pay ridiculous amounts in postage for it (or pay a ridiculous price for it due to import). If you know where I can lay my hands on a copy of this, email me! It’ll be very much appreciated.

3) Betsey Johnson!!

A few things from Betsey Johnson are on my ultimate wishlist! If I had all the money in the world I would own one of every dress she makes!

So those are some of the gifts that would be on my ultimate wishlist. To round up this week here are a few photos that I recently favourited on flickr.

(I can’t wait to see what’s inside the presents of this last photo…it’s part of a swap I’m taking part in and I’m sending out mine tomorrow!!)

So that’s the Sunday Round Up this week. Sorry for not posting Pretty Things Thursday last week. I’ve had a few things happen in my personal life regarding work which haven’t been fun to say the least. But I just have to stay positive and know that bigger and better things are on their way and will happen for me!! I hope your week has been a good one and the next one is even better!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx