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G is for Good

17 Jul

Good is a word that I don’t like to overuse as I find that after a while it loses it’s meaning but recently (aside from the odd bad day we are all entitled too) things in my life have been good. Not great. Not awful. Just good. It’s been a long time coming so I’m happy with things just going good. For this post, I’ve decided to list all the good things in my life, so I hope you enjoy and can celebrate a few things with me and maybe inspire you to see that good is fine. Good is good!

1) I’ve been making more friends within the crafty community (thank you BUST Craftacular London and The Last Wednesday Knitting Club!) It’s taken me a long time to even feel confident enough to talk to people I admire but once I mustered up the nerve contacts and friendships have occurred. One of the best things about this is that as a new starter in business I now have a nice group of people that I know I can email or call if need be to ask them a question.

2) My products are now available for sale in a retail shop!! Yes, you heard. I have an official stockist in an official real life shop you can walk into and everything!! Haha. I dropped the finished products off today, so as of Monday (I think) you will be able to buy Crafty Foxes handmade accessories at The Shop @ Discover Greenwich. It’s such an exciting thing for me and is part of the reason why I’ve been so absent from here lately. I wanted to put my all into this first order to make sure it was up to standard. I’m at a wee bit of a loss now that I don’t have 20 brooches to hand sew in 3 hours, haha!! From now on though I have the knowledge I need to get me through subsequent orders and re-orders that I can work better and more efficiently.

3) I’m planning a mini craft fair for the end of August. This is as much as I can reveal right now. More information will be here next week! It’s another exciting phase of the Crafty Foxes story!!

4) I have finally been offered a teaching assistant job. It’s 16-24 year olds which scares me a little bit but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s 25 hours a week for 6 months and adds a bit more routine to my life which has been more than a little bit chaotic in the last 6 months. I can’t wait to start and I’ll let you know how my first week goes when it’s done. Hopefully after the initial 6 months is up I’ll be kept on!

5) I had a really good day with my parents today. I haven’t really spent time with both of them for a while so it was nice to be able to. I miss them and don’t visit half as much as I should but they do come to London quite a bit so I’m lucky in that respect. We had a pub lunch that was memorable to say the least (“I’m not stoned anymore!”) but it was nice just to catch up and know that my parents are proud of the hard work I’ve been putting into my business and my products and support me every step of the way.

I hope you, my lovely blog readers, are well and I’ll elaborate on more things over this coming week (craft fair and other exciting announcements). It’s been great seeing that people are still reading during my absence and that my blog is attracting new readers all the time too! Hello and love to you all! I hope you’re having a good weekend!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

BUST Summer Craftacular London – Vendors Wanted!

2 Jun

So I am again helping out with the BUST London Craftacular. Huzzah! This is a last minute call for vendors for the Summer event happening on July 10th!

Vendor applications must be in by June 7th (you have 5 days, crafty people!) and can be found here – http://bust.com/craftacular/apply-london.html. If you’ve never taken part before and aren’t quite sure of what to expect take a look at my flickr stream! Right at the very beginning are photos from the first one I helped out at in August last year. It was amazing and I’m so glad to be a part of an amazing event that brings crafters and makers and just downright cool people together!

So go apply and even if you don’t, make sure you mark the date in your diary!! It’s THE Summer craft fair of the season!!

The Sunday Round Up

11 Oct

The Knitting and Stitching Show

This weekend has been a busy one. The main excitement of this weekend was the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. There was sooooo much to see and buy! I did however set myself a budget that I mostly stuck to – maybe a little over but seriously, there was yarn everywhere! Hehe.

This is a picture of all the stuff I bought…
The Stash

Lots of yarn, oh yes. The brown yarn in the the back is what I’m going to use to knit the bear hat pattern from RVA. I was also able to find some great colours for my crocheted headbands (which I’ve been happily crocheting today). The cards of thread and yarn are going to be used for embroidery projects I have in the pipeline. And the buttons…well who could pass up buttons?! They were my first purchase of the day. Here’s a close up…
Buttons!

How could I not buy them? Haha. I’m such a sucker for buttons. My mum and I also took one of the crafting classes they had on offer and we both made and took away a rag hooked bag (or raggy bag). it was such fun to learn a new skill with all the other ladies – all of us doing it together for the first time! My bag turned out like this…
Raggy Bag

The main entrance had a few cool things too like a boat with a coat and this amazing yarn art piece that was set up…
Yarn Art Piece

Yarn Art Piece

The colours were so beautiful and trying to capture them was a little difficult but I hope I somehow managed.

Other things that happened this weekend – I announced the winners of my giveaway (see the post below). So congratulations again to Janel and Astrid!! And I forgot that I was meeting up with a group of friends until it was too late but my mind has been a bit all over the place. Oh, and my boyfriend’s laptop got fixed so I’ll be able to blog a little more now as we won’t have to share the main computer.

I hope everyone else has had a great weekend!! I’m so looking forward to seeing all the pictures from the RVA weekend. Here’s a sneak peak from Holly

So cute!!

So cute!!

Oh how I wish I was part of this gang!! My dinner is ready now so I’ll sign off here. It’s soup season again and tonight it’s courgette/zuchini. I also bought some pumpkins today and will be doing a pumpkin soup this week. I love Autumn!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Fun Weekend

9 Oct
My lovely mum and me!

My lovely mum and me!

My mum is here! Yay! We’ve been catching up and talking all things crafty – I showed her a few of the RVA projects with her so she could give me her expert sewing advice and help me out on the bits I got stuck on. This is the woman who taught me how to sew, knit……well just about everything really!

My mum with some of her bits of knitting for a doll

My mum with some of her bits of knitting for a doll

We’re also getting excited about the Knitting and Stitching Show tomorrow! We’ve decided to get there early so we can scope out all the best bits before everyone else gets there and it’s not ridiculously busy and full. I’m hoping to find lots of this…

and maybe a few of these…

I’m also on the lookout for the right colour wool to start on this…

(Pattern by Vivianna and for sale at Red Velvet Art)

So that’s all for now! I’ll have another Sunday Round Up this week – it’s now my regular feature (I’ve got a regular feature, hehe) and I’ll try to round up all the best bits of the show and my quilting club that some of us girls at work have decided to do/start!

The winners of my giveaway will be announced on Sunday as well on my blog – although I will let the particular winners know on Saturday as soon as they are drawn. I hope all you lovely readers have a great weekend. Any plans?

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

September is here…

1 Sep

I can’t believe it!! This year has gone sooooo quickly. This time last year I was single, living somewhere else and hadn’t even considered craft as a career or hobby, let alone had a blog. Now I’m living with my other half in central London and craft has become an integral part of my life, from the blogs I read to what I do in my spare time! And my blog, which I started 6 months ago has almost reached 2000 hits! CRAZY!!!! But thank you for reading whoever you are (I know who a few people are though, haha, and thank you too!).

I thought that in this post I would share a few things I’ve been getting excited about recently. Maybe other people who read this will be excited about the things I blog on here too!

1) The things I bought from the BUST London Craftacular

Yummy crafty booty from the BUST London Craftacular

Yummy crafty booty from the BUST London Craftacular

Notebook by Kali Taylor Mittmann (kali_v23@yahoo.com) – the image on the front and back cover is a sewing machine and the notebook is completely handmade.

Bird print and little ‘bag o’birds’ by Little Doodles (also here) – I was hoping to get the ‘Blusher Bird’ print but it wasn’t there so I opted for this one which I’m as happy with. The little ‘bag o’birds’ contained stickers, magnets and other birdy ephemera. A really cute little package and I wish I’d picked up a few more!!

‘Swallows’ Print Gocco and ‘Fairground Wonder’ Print Gocco by Xtina Lamb – a different version of the swallows print was in the raffle and I fell in love with it (as did my sister). I loved the colours and subject of the fairgound print so picked up that one as well.

Mini anchor pin/brooch by Lost At Sea – this shop was a favourite before I went to the Craftacular and I was determined to get something from them and this little anchor pin was the perfect thing for me!

2) Red Velvet Art Autumn Craft Class

Starts in 2 weeks!!

Starts in 2 weeks!!

Rachel and Elsie of Red Velvet Art are running another one of their ever popular craft classes (some spots still available here) and I’m taking part! My lovely boyfriend signed me up for our anniversary (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!) and I’m so excited about it starting! I’ve been stockpiling everything I’ll need to make my chosen first projects and still have a few things to get. The class has also been inspiring my autumnal side and I’ve been obsessed with everything autumn and autumn coloured for about 2 weeks now.

2010 planner kit

I also ordered this and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can get planning for my crafty year ahead. I’ve decided that this will be my Craft planner/diary as my current filofax gets filled up with random stuff and it’ll be nice to have a craft/work divide!

3) ??????

Tell me what inspires you. I’ve been finding so many new blogs lately and sometimes it’s all so overwhelming that there are so many creative types out there that are doing things I would love to be creating and are inspiring me no-end. I’ve also got a super secret plan in the works right now and need to really set aside time to be creative and make things. I’ll blog here about the super secret plan when the time is right but until then you’ll just have to make do with my random ramblings!

Crafty love from a Crafty Fox xx

Bust London Summer Craftacular (Part 2)

27 Aug

For all those who like photos, this post is for you. Feast your eyes upon a great day from behind the scenes. Oh, and links to articles about the Craftacular on the tintyweb can be found here and here. (PS. Some of the photos can be clicked on for links to the websites of the crafters featured).

The Pop-Up Tea Shoppe being popped up!

The Pop-Up Tea Shoppe being popped up!

Rach and Mum selling Bust and getting people to sign up for the free raffle!

Rach and Mum selling Bust and getting people to sign up for the free raffle!

Lots of people having a look at all the crafty goodness on offer

Lots of people having a look at all the crafty goodness on offer

Entering into the 'Customisation Station' run by the lovely Shoreditch Sisters WI

Entering into the 'Customisation Station' run by the lovely Shoreditch Sisters WI

One of the lovely Shoreditch Sisters customising away

One of the lovely Shoreditch Sisters customising away

Jam and Jerulasem! For Queen and Country! Hehe

Jam and Jerulasem! For Queen and Country! Hehe

Happy punters making and mending (and drinking) at the Customization Station.

Happy punters making and mending (and drinking) at the Customization Station.

The lovely girls of Fine City Friends at their table

The lovely girls of Fine City Friends at their table

Hmmm, now which one shall I pick? (Seaside Sisters)

Hmmm, now which one shall I pick? (Seaside Sisters)

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This Seaside Sister had the best apron in the world (and the best colour co-ordinated outfit of the day)

The making of the world's biggest charm bracelet EVER!!!

The making of the world's biggest charm bracelet EVER!!! (by Tatty Devine)

If this was the view down all shopping aisles, I'd be in crafty heaven (and bankrupt)!

If this was the view down all shopping aisles, I'd be in crafty heaven (and bankrupt)!

The crafty raffle prizes on offer (and my mum, although she wasn't part of the raffle prizes).

The crafty raffle prizes on offer (and my mum, although she wasn't part of the raffle prizes).

Tea and tombola, anyone?

Tea and tombola, anyone?

My sister, Rachel, doing her bit to advertise Bust Magazine to the punters, hehe.

My sister, Rachel, doing her bit to advertise Bust Magazine to the punters, hehe.

The lovely Zoe, queen of leather accessories and crafty genius behind Love From Hetty and Dave.

The lovely Zoe, queen of leather accessories and crafty genius behind Love From Hetty and Dave.

Oh, I wanted to buy one of everything on this table!

Oh, I wanted to buy one of everything on this table!

Flamingos and lipstick and hearts! Oh my!

Flamingos and lipstick and hearts! Oh my!

My sister and I at the end of a very long but very enjoyable day.

My sister and I at the end of a very long but very enjoyable day.

And that folks, is all the photos she took. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed helping out on the day. I’ll put another post up soon about the yummy things I bought…but for now, just enjoy xx