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Business as Usual

28 Dec

I can’t believe Christmas is over for yet another year! I hope everyone had a restful and lovely Christmas. Mine was anything but. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that my Christmas plans were cancelled last minute due to my brother-in-law being in hospital and subsequently needing an emergency operation on Christmas Eve night/Christmas Day morning for something that could have been potentially life threatening. All the positive vibes, prayers and thoughts people sent must have worked somehow as when they went in to operate the problem wasn’t as severe as they thought it would be and they didn’t have to do as much invasive surgery. It made for a very different Christmas to say the least! I think between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day my family and I got about 10 hours sleep collectively. His progress now is stable and he’s recovering well. Touch wood it continues without the bumps his past surgery recoveries have had. Positive vibes and prayers would be very much appreciated still as he’s not out of hospital or the woods yet and my family and I remain grateful for everyone’s kind words.

Onto Christmas Day itself though. Apart from having little to no sleep whatsoever, as soon as we knew my brother-in-law was out of surgery and in recovery the day went a lot smoother. Present opening started with Santa Sacks and as soon as everyone was awake the tree presents got opened. A tradition in my family (that has been going on for as long as anyone can remember) is that we can open Santa Sacks before anyone else wakes up but tree presents have to be opened with everyone in the family there. These were a few of my gifts.

Santa bought me these!!! I wonder what the other part may be....YAY 1

Hunter Wellies!!!! Yay!!

YAY 2Smelling Sweet.

YAY 3

YAY 4First Attempt at Fair Isle Knitting!

YAY 5

All in all a pretty good haul and I can’t wait to use my Holga! So excited about that! This Christmas made me realise more than ever how important family and loved ones are and I’m just glad to have mine around! Next stop for me is 2011. This year of 2010 has been the worst year on record for me and I can’t wait to see the back of it. But that is for another blog post before the New Year where I will be rounding up my year and my hopes for next year.

So I hope you all have some great new toys to be playing with, assembling and/or wearing after Christmas and will be back before the week (AND YEAR!!) is out.

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

PS. You may notice I’m changing the look of the blog. It’s part of my “out with the old, in with the new” kick I’m having right now. New things are great!

Merry Christmas!

23 Dec

Christmas Deer 2.
As most bloggers are doing right now, I’m signing off for a few days or so to spend some quality time with my family and loved ones. Plans changed at the last minute this year so this Christmas is a London Christmas and I’m looking forward to spending it at my home.

Be safe on your travels if you’re going home and enjoy yourself once you’re there! I hope you get everything you could wish for and more. And thank you for reading my blog this year. It means so much to know that people might take something away from here that inspires them or helps them in one way or another.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

xx Crafty Christmas Love from this Crafty Christmas Fox xx

Photo Diary Since The Last Blog Post

16 Dec

My Cousin Sent Me Four @frankieMagazine - She's Awesome.
Another Present In Progress.
Catching Up In Blogs.
The Sylvanian Families Set Up Of My Dreams.
Done.
Current Display at Prick Your Finger.
My Antlers Are Drying.
Pastel Tyres

All of these photos are from my iPhone and have been edited using Instagram. The best way to explain it is that it’s like Twitter and Flickr mixed together without the spam and with cool editing features integrated into it. I love it and can’t stop using it! My favourite app so far!

I’m busy knitting Christmas presents at the moment hence why I haven’t posted since the beginning of the month but hopefully after Christmas I’ll have lots to blog about and we can resume the blogging year once again! I hope you’re all well and having a happy holiday season!

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

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

Times they are a-changing…

30 Dec

I have been very vacant from here over the last month and I apologise to those who actually read my blog on a regular basis (if there are any of you out there!). December has been a very tough month for me and not one that was particularly enjoyable. In fact 2009 has been my least favourite year in a lot of ways, both personally and professionally, although I do have plenty of good things to look back on.

So now I am setting my goals for 2010 and making sure that this year is mine. I decide what happens (save for those things that you really can’t plan for) and I make it the best year so far. I turn 24 in March and there are a few things that I would like to do before I turn 25, so yes I will be making a “24 things to do before I turn 25” list, hehe. I also want to FINALLY get the Crafty Foxes shop up and running online, participate in a few craft fairs and take a few classes (and maybe even by the end of the year run my own class somewhere in something I am still yet to decide). But these things are all still ideas and everything takes time and needs some forward planning and thinking. Once they are completely ready, I’ll be sure to share them here first.

But now onto some cool stuff. As we all know it was Christmas 4 days ago (only 361 to go until the next, haha). I was most fortunate to receive some awesome presents from my awesome family and boyfriend. They included…

*a year’s subscription to BUST Magazine (Yes, my boyfriend rocks…and I’m going to be in the next one too – he didn’t want me missing out on it, hehe).

*the I Love You Owl! Craft Kit from Red Velvet Art, courtesy of my boyfriends parents

*lots and lots of crafty bits  – my parents also gave me my first thimble and my first sewing machine this year too!! I got my sewing machine in August as an early gift and it’s already been used an awful lot.

Brownie Owl

*lots of wool – my sister and brother-in-law got me a shopping bag full, my cousin got me a couple of nice balls and my boyfriend got me this amazing Aran Wensleydale Longwool from the wool shop round the corner from us. The one thing I love about Prick Your Finger is that they support British farmers, so I know that this wool is friendly to the environment as well as helping to sustain local economies and small businesses (I spent my early years growing up on a farm and would one day like to own some sheep and have a working farm – and be able to spin my own wool, hehe).

*I got lots of other little things as well like chocolate, a calendar and a cute cupcake moneybox. But one of the coolest things was my first pair of pinking shears from my auntie and uncle. My mum still has her first pair, so I’m looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with mine!!

I know this post isn’t as picture heavy as usual, but I will soon be back with more photos of the holidays, the BUST London Christmas Craftacular and lots more stories about what’s been happening with me and my crafty self. One of my goals for 2010 is to post a new blog at least 3 times a week! I’m trying to get back into the habit now before the New Year so it makes it a little easier! And I definitely have a lot to blog about now!

Until then my lovely blog readers…

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

Christmas 2009 – Coming Soon!

16 Nov

Now, I realise that for any American readers out there you still have Thanksgiving to go before Christmas really gets into full swing but here in the UK there are no other significant celebrated holidays between Easter and Christmas (I know Halloween falls between them but it’s not yet as big as it is in the US yet).

Christmas for me started about 3 weeks ago when everything started changing at work to become more holiday and gift themed. When you work in retail you soon find out when the seasonal holidays really start and it’s generally about 2-3 months before they actually happen. I decided a while ago that this year was going to be a handmade holiday year and so the first thing I had to do was write a list of all the people I have to make presents for and what I wanted to make for them.

Now you may be thinking that I’m just making presents for people like my immediate family (mum, dad, siblings, partner) and maybe a couple of friends. But no. My family goes up to Scotland each year to spend Christmas on my auntie and uncle’s farm. In total, there will be 11 of us up there (including myself and as far as I’m aware…people always end up being added on, haha). I also have to make another 2 presents for my Meme (grandmother) and brother who live in Australia. And I will most likely give a couple of presents to friends who have been really helpful to me this year. So that takes the number of presents I have to make up to 14 but you have to double and add a couple more to that as people will be getting more than one handmade item, which therefore takes the total number of presents to near 30!!

So my list was written during my two weeks off, but I haven’t started actually making presents until this week. The first ones I want to get done are the ones that have to go to Australia – posting for Christmas is recommended by early December, LATEST! I’ve started on part of Meme’s present…

Grannies for granny

…and I thought it was particularly funny that I was crocheting granny squares for my granny, hehe! If you took part in Elsie and Rachel’s RVA Autumn Craft Class, you know what I’ll be making with these. I love the colours of the wool I’ve chosen and am so happy they go really well together. My mum did help me out a bit with colour choice as she know’s what her mum likes more than I do (even though I’m pretty close to her). Other members of my family will also be getting gifts inspired by the RVA Autumn Craft Class, but obviously I can’t post the completed items here as I know some of them read it. So snippets it’ll be!

One thing I do wish I’d purchased or thought of before I started all of this, is a holiday planner. Rachel over at Smile and Wave posted a tutorial (available to purchase on etsy) for a particularly cute one.

Holiday Planner

Holiday Planner

I haven’t yet bought it but I wouldn’t mind getting the tutorial when payday comes as even though it might be a little late for my holiday planning it can be transformed into a planner for something else or into a journal (or it can be used to make a present for someone). (If anyone would like to get it for me that would be muchos appreciated too, hehe).

I realise that this post has been quite text heavy but I plan on posting more pictures of my run up to Christmas in the coming weeks. It’s fun seeing how everybody prepares for this yearly holiday and inspiring to see what ideas people come up with for handmade gifts. I hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment and I’ll be back next week with more about how I decorate and how my list of presents is coming along! What are you all doing for Christmas this year? Leave me some comment love below.

If you’re blogging your way to Christmas too, leave me a comment and I’ll come and check out your blog and leave you some comment love.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

15 Nov

Oh, what an interesting week it’s been!! As well as being back at work, there have been a number of things happening at home that have required some of my time – namely trying to contact out estate agent as we’ve had 2 incidents with water leaking into our flat from the flat above AND through a closed window when it was raining heavily! It’s really a lot of fun when the latter happens on a Saturday and no-one at the office picks up their phone even though you call during the hours they say they are there!! But enough ranting from me, haha.

This week has also given me a big kick in the backside to start and finish some Christmas presents that need to be sent by early December to Australia. My meme (grandmother) and brother live over there and I want them to be able to open their gifts on Christmas Day. It’s such a pain that they have to be sent early but it also gets me into gear for making all the presents!

I really should give you a few pictures to look at now of things that have inspired me and caught my eye this week, hehe.

1)

Happy Mail!!

For those of you who don’t know what Happy Mail is, it’s basically anything that isn’t bills or junk mail. More precisely it’s those little gifts you get when you don’t expect it that contain something nice and thoughtful. They could be from someone you know or not but they make your day when you get them. Jamie over at Inspired Mess started this Happy Mail swap. If you want to take part check out the Happy Mail blog. I’ve chosen to take part and can’t wait to send and receive packages! It makes like a little bit more interesting and fun!

2)

ryantoon-shopfont Ryantoon

Rob Ryan has long been an influence and love of mine. His lasercut images are seriously TO DIE FOR. I love the intricacy and delicacy of the lasercuts and the messages that he puts into each and every one of them. I went to visit the shop today not realising that it’s become Ryantoon (which ends today). If you ever come to London I definitely recommend a visit to his shop on Columbia Road. It’s also a flower market and there are plenty of other cute shops and stalls to visit. And if you’re not near London or planning on visiting anytime soon, he also has an etsy shop where you can peruse and purchase some of his lovely items.

3)

Fox Hat from PDR

I’ve recently been given my first commission for a handmade scarf and it’s these kind of creations by the ladies over at Polka Dot Robot who keep me inspired and creative in terms of the things I create through crochet and knitting. They break boundaries in terms of what seems safe and have proved hugely popular so far and I wish them all the success for the future!! I also have a huge soft spot for this hat right now (one of their new creations), being the Crafty Fox that I am, hehe.

4) And here are a few images that I’ve made favourites on flick recently and thought you might enjoy.

(click on images for credit/source)

Rainbow Matryoshka's

Buttons!!

Vinatge packaging

Crochet circle

I hope you’ve enjoyed my round up this week. I’m ready for a new week to start and things to finally be sorted out, and for lots more creative inspiration. Hopefully I’ll have quite a few things to share during this week as I’m keen to try out a few personal projects as well as get started on all my Christmas ones for family and friends. Have a great week and I hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx