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The Sunday Round Up

8 Nov

It’s that time of the week already. The day before we go back to work for a new week ahead (although I have until Wednesday before that feeling will really kick in – two weeks off and not looking forward to it, but I have to go back and earn me some rent money!!).

There have been a few things this week that have caught my eye. Granny stars (WHAT??!! I hear you cry? Yes they do exist!!), little ninjas and shop updates to name a few things but images are always better at telling the story.

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Ninjas with flowers

These cute (okay, okay, mean and fearsome, hehe) ninjas are handmade by the super talented Lilley – who can be found here and her shop here. I haven’t had the chance to purchase one yet but it’s definitely on my list of things that I must own once I have a semi-disposable income (rent and bills are all I pay right now, sound familiar to everyone else out there?)

Granny Stars

I know it’s only a small picture, but these are the amazing granny stars that Sarah London recently posted on her blog. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw these! She’s such an inspiration (and recently complimented me on my Loopy Rose from her pattern – I was very happy, let me tell you!). I intend on trying to make one in the next day or two. I’ll let you know how I get on.

LAShirt Pillow

Leigh-Ann over at Freckled Nest had a shop update this weekend and I urge you to go take a look! So many pretty things!!! As soon as I have some money again I will be ordering one of her journal kits. Vivianna over at Polka Dot Robot has recently got me into art journalling and Leigh-Ann’s kits are definitely the way forward for me. I’ve been really interested in book-binding at the moment and one of my friends very kindly offered to teach me as she did it as part of her course. Yay!

One thing I did today was go to the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. It’s literally just around the corner from where I live and free to get in so there was really no excuse and I’ve been wanting to go for a while as they’ve got an exhibition on by the East London Printmakers called Wonderland. It’s amazing. All the works of art revolve around the theme of fairytales and it’s whimsical, dark, funny, inspiring and all sorts of other descriptive words all at the same time. If you live in the London area I would definitely recommend taking a trip there. The rest of the museum is filled with the toys of years gone by – my friend and I were reminiscing about all the toys we used to have (some of which were in the cabinets!! It made us feel really old, haha!)

So those are some of the things that have inspired me this weekend. I hope everyone has had a magical weekend and is looking forward to the week ahead (even if it is only for the weekend or the end of the working day, hehe).

Until next time.

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

The Sunday Round Up

4 Oct

So here we are. It’s Sunday again and the only day I’ve had to blog!! I’d be blogging more at the moment if it wasn’t for being really busy at work and also the fact that we currently only have one computer in the house which my lovely boyfriend is currently writing his MA research paper on. I can cope with not much computer time with that reason so I apologise to all my lovely readers for the lack of posting, but it’ll hopefully get better soon!!

So, what have I been up to this week (or rather weekend)? I went to see Mark Thomas, a political comedian and really funny with my boyfriend and a couple of his friends, and I’ve been working away at work. Craftwise, I’ve managed to get the good stuff done this weekend, as is always the way! So what have I done, I hear you ask? These things…..

Autumn =

This is what Autumn is for me right now – crochet, Perler beads, buttons and crafts in general. I’m having such good times right now with my craft stuff and keep on having to tell myself that I need to stop focussing on stuff for me soon and knuckle down with making things for my Etsy shop launch!!

Granny Chic Purse

Hootie the Owl

These are the things that I managed to photograph while there was good light this weekend. The granny square crochet purse and the owl plushie were both projects for the RVA Autumn Craft Class. I’m having sooo much fun doing this class and can’t wait until the next projects are loaded up each time. Of course I have a few that I want to do before others but they’re all exciting and such good ideas. Really hoping I can take part in the next class.

Other things I’ve been in love with this week include –
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This gorgeous recipe card kit from RVA – I’m starting to get itchy feet about baking again and am in love with the leaf Perler bead board that comes with it.

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And as I am the Crafty Fox, it’s only natural that I should fall completely and utterly in love with this – the ‘You’re a Fox Craft Kit’ also from RVA. If I’d been flush this month and wasn’t having to save myself and my funds for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this would have been mine straight away!! But I can wait until next month – fingers crossed there are some left!

Also on my wishlist right now is fabric from the Echino collection. I again have fallen in love with the colours, patterns and designs those fabrics have. I’ve not managed to find them here in the UK yet in any of my local fabric stores (although lots of online ones) but have lots more to check out in person!

So a great weekend all round and hopefully I’ll have a chance to jump on a blog mid-week (the boyfriend’s paper is due on Friday though, so no promises). Otherwise next Sunday will be an amazing one – the day after the Knitting and Stitching Show. Expect many yarn-themed photos!!!!!!

Oooo, and remember to enter my giveaway a couple of posts down!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The fun begins!

17 Sep

The Red Velvet Art Autumn Craft Class has officially begun and I’ve (almost) completed my first project.

Front Cover of mini album

Love this fabric!

Front and Back covers

Album and pages ready to be filled

Blank pages awaiting stuff

Knitting

Embroidery

(The design for the embroidery page is from Sublime Stitching and is from the Handmade Nation pack, unfortunately now sold out)

Crochet

Sewing

I loved how creative this project made me and it really pushed me to create something different and unique. Rachel, a personal thank you to you and your brain for thinking up this wonderful project!! I can’t wait for the next one now! It’s also been really interesting to see what everyone else has come up with and really inspiring too. So happy that this was my anniversary present, which also happens to be today 🙂 Don’t know what we’re doing as my boyfriend has planned it all so we’ll just have to wait and see.

I also completed this little project yesterday – it’s a belated birthday gift for the little girl of one of our friends. The original drawing was done by my boyfriend and I was the one who turned it into a cute Brownie Owl plushie. I could have done a few things differently but overall I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

Brownie Owl

That’s my new sewing machine in the background too – a very early Christmas present from my mum and dad. They’re the greatest! (See, I am using it, haha).

So there are a few other things going on in my life but I’ll reveal all when the time is right (and no, I’m not pregnant…it’s a baby of another sort, although not a puppy or kitten either unfortunately). Time for me to go relax for a little bit before I rev up the craftometer again!

Crafty love from a Crafty Fox xx

Remember those days…

16 Sep

When all you had to do was learn how to read and write (and in my case make sure the teacher was teaching me to spell my name properly!)? I recently went home for a few days and as per usual, I rummaged through a few boxes of stuff that is lying around my parents house. Is it just me or is there something really magical about going through boxes of old things? I love it and always find something new (or old) that I didn’t know about or forgot about as is usually the case!

This time a found a couple of things I forgot I had like these

Remember these? My "Great Greetings" Tomy Fashion Plate, Magic Squares and Shrinky Dink earrings

Remember these? My "Great Greetings" Tomy Fashion Plate, Magic Squares and Shrinky Dink earrings

The Tomy Fashion Plate was probably one of my most used toys as a kid. All you did was place the rub stencils onto the middle of the plate, put your piece of paper on top, close the lid and rub away! Hey, presto you have a drawing to colour in!

I also found this great book that my mum has had for over 30 years

Touch Typewriting by Pitman Press

Touch Typewriting by Pitman Press

We read through this and some of the wording is hilarious! It tells you to ‘strike the keys’ and one letter tells the student to ‘hasten his speed’ when he types in order to not make any mistakes. I wish I’d written down some of the sentences but believe me, you just crack up when you read it!

My time at my parents house was also spent doing a bit of thrifting. I found these in one of the local charity shops for the unbelievable sum of £1.30!

My gorgeous thrifted bowls and a few crocheted headbands for good measure!

My gorgeous thrifted bowls and a few crocheted headbands for good measure!

I love the colouring and the pattern on these and what a bargain! The headbands are ones that I’ve crocheted myself after recently learning how to. If I’d known how easy it was to begin with, I would have been doing it ages ago! I think I’m one of those people who understands it better than knitting although I’m not giving knitting up just yet as I have a couple of things I want to knit before fall and winter really take hold of the climate.

I’ll be posting again sometime this week as I have more I want to say and show you all but don’t have enough time right now to say and show it. What did you love as a kid and what kind of stuff have you found when rumaging through boxes of old stuff?

It’s time now for me to get on with the first project from the RVA Autumn Class. I’m sooo excited and happy that it’s started now! Inspiration and craftiness, ahoy!

Crafty love from a Crafty Fox xxx

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

Bust London Summer Craftacular! (Part 1)

25 Aug

I have so many photos that I’m going to have to stagger the blog posts for this or it will be too much to try and take in!!

So Saturday 22nd arrived and we made our way to York Hall to meet Clare and Vikki (the two wonderful organisers). The first job of the day was to poster the local area and the lead up from the tube to York Hall. I had 3 volunteers helping me out on the day – my friend Cat, my mum, Lesley, and my sister, Rachel. So we all set off in different directions with our posters in hand and managed to clearly signpost the way up! The posters were amazing and a really good job was done with the design.

After poster duty we came back to York Hall and helped with the setting up of the raffle table and the Shoreditch Sister’s ‘Customisation Station’. I took the chance to take a few photos of the vendors setting up as well.

Vendors setting up their stalls

Vendors setting up their stalls

By this time there were already around 40+ people queuing outside and it was still only 10.30/11am! A little bit of crowd control was needed so they weren’t in the way of anybody and so people didn’t get into arguments about queue jumping (100 goodie bags sure do make people a bit antsy before they come in!). The goodie bags and the goodies in them were donated by some of the lovely vendors and were amazing. All those who got one were very lucky indeed!!

Setting up was almost over and before we knew it it was 12pm and time to open the doors to the public. The first hour was crazy – the queue had grown to about 150-200 people and it took an hour before we reached the end of it!! But as soon as that was done we could breathe a small sigh of relief that it was done and people were in the door.

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!

See the crowds of people behind them? This was taken later on in the day on one of my breaks/wanders so there aren’t quite as many people as at 12 but the crowds kept on coming in all day! Near the end of the day we did a quick count of the amount of people that had signed up to the raffle and the grand total was 644!! And we didn’t even manage to persuade everyone so the number of people through the door had to have been at least 1500 which is amazing!

The whole day was a very long one but thoroughly enjoyable and I can’t wait til the next one (which I’ll be offering my services to yet again!). I just can’t believe it all went by so quickly. So my next post will be mainly photos  – I had to get all the wordy stuff out of the way with first (with a few pictures). Stay tuned!

3 days off and lots to do

21 Aug

The past week has been a bit of a mixed bag of goodies and baddies. As well as having a day of being sick right at the beginning of the week, I’ve had a sore throat all week (but only on the right side) that I thought was getting better but keeps on hurting when I eat certain things and sometimes just randomly. It’s annoying more than anything and I don’t feel sick or flu-y either – just a bit of random hayfever-y sneezing and sniffles. If I still have it next Wednesday, which happens to be my next day off, I’ll go to the doctor.

But I have 3 days off in a row and tomorrow just happens to be filled with volunteering at the London Bust Craftacular! I can’t believe it’s come around so soon! It feels like only yesterday that I emailed the girls running it offering my services as a volunteer. Time flies when you get older, something I’m only just realizing now at the grand old age of 23! Haha. Make sure you pop on by if you live in London (the UK on that is). It’ll be great and filled with crafty goodness for all to enjoy and savour!

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I’ve been reading a few blogs lately as my lovely other half signed me up to the RVA Autumn Class – filled with crafty goodness for 8 whole weeks! There are so many like minded crafty people out there which is great to know. This picture from polkadotrobot‘s blog literally made me feel gooey and fuzzy inside. I love this photo and wish I would be in situations like this with my camera. Mmmmmm -sigh-

So with 1 of my 3 days filled it still leaves me with 2 days of blank. Today I’m making up some posters to put outside and lead the way to York Hall for the Craftacular, doing a wee bit of crafting and organizing and then at about 5pm I will make my way down to Urban Outfitters to get myself some Polaroid film – part of the last batch made by the Polaroid factory before they ceased production. But hopefully it won’t be too much longer to wait until it’s readily available again – see HERE.

My second blank day I will spend crafting until my heart’s content. I have a belated birthday gift for a little 1 year old girl I need to finish and will post about on here once it’s finished. As for the rest of the day who knows?? I’m sure I’ll think of something creative and crafty to do after my day at the craft fair!!!

4 days til the Craftacular!!!!

18 Aug

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So it’s 4 days until the craft event of the year! A few new vendors have been added to the list since I last blogged and so I will link to another couple of vendors I’m excited about seeing.

As a recent knitter, I have a slight obsession with anything knitting and Max’s World has some of the cutest accessories that even a non-knitter would love!! The mini balls of yarn and knitting needles are soooo cute and definitely deserve a mention.

Fine City Friends are another vendor I’m excited about. They are made up of 5 friends from Norwich and sell a whole concoction of amazing print goods, jewellery, and other fine crafty bits. I’ve seen some of their work before at other craft fairs but it’ll be good to see if there is anything new there!!

My soft spot for whimsical and pretty illustration has made Little Doodles another vendor I’ll be making a beeline for. I badly want the ‘Blusher Bird’ print she has for sale in her etsy shop (link above). Hopefully it hasn’t sold by the weekend and it’ll be there!

These are just the few that I’m excited about but there are sooooooo many more vendors (find them here) that I look forward to seeing. The quality of vendors is high so no matter what your tastes you will not be disappointed! I’m so excited about it now and who knows, maybe next year I’ll be in a position to have a stall of my own!

See you all there on Saturday!!! (From 12pm if you want one of the 100 goodie bags that are being given away!)

That 2nd post I was talking about…

2 Aug

Well, my second post in a day didn’t quite turn into reality however it will appear in the next week. I’ve made a mid-year resolution to blog and craft more so I actually do have stuff to write about, it’s just finding the time to sit down at the computer and do it (and not get distracted by all the other amazing blogs out there – new favourite is redvelvetart). The girls that run and make stuff for that store are inspiring and hopefully it’s where I’ll be at one day.

Work is bumming me out a bit at the moment – don’t get me wrong, I do really like my job and some of the perks it has but it’s not what I envision doing with my life and the hours are crazy unpredictable (well, to the extent that 3 different day shifts can be and rotas only done 1-2 weeks in advance). I know that as soon as I sit down and craft I’ll be happy again so I just need to make my time to do that.

Anyhow, a pretty image from Elsie Flannigan (must check spelling) otherwise known as Elsie Cake on her blog.

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