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Summertime is Busytime

2 Jul

As I haven’t posted properly in a while I thought I’d fill you in on a few things that are happening or have happened in my life recently.

The BUST Summer Craftacular is just over a week away on Saturday, July 10th and I’ve been prepping for that – both as a volunteer and a mini-seller. I’ve set up our official Twitter account (find us @CraftacularUK) which I think you should follow regardless of where you live in the world! We’re doing regular vendor features in the run up to the day itself and you might be find someone amazing!! All the vendors are great though and I think you should buy things from all of them! Full list of vendors can be found here. I can’t wait to see all the goodies that the vendors will be selling. So much fun!!

I also recently won a giveaway over at dear plastic – the lovely Yumi and Taka were celebrating No Plastic Day on 8th June and had a giveaway of some lovely goodies that fit in with the ethos of not using plastic, recycling and generally caring for our planet. The goodies included…


(Washi tape, o-check recycled notebook, ‘The Weather Makers’ by Tim Flannery – a pre-loved copy of course!!)


(This amazing original texta drawing by Yumi and Taka – for those who aren’t from Australia, a texta is a felt tip pen)


(This amazing customised eco-bag made from 100% Australian hemp/cotton. Keeping production local is such an important part of fighting the rate at which climate change is currently affecting the planet! It’s also available to buy in the dear plastic shop!!)


(Front and back covers of Yumi’s zine, which can also be bought from the dear plastic shop – it’s amazing and lovely!)

Yumi also has her first solo exhibition coming up in Paddington, Sydney (yes, as in Australia). I’m bummed I don’t live in Australia any longer so I’ll unfortunately be missing out on this but if you live in or near the area there is a link to the gallery on the Dear Plastic blog!!

And to fill you in on my life right now…..The last few weeks for me have been completely and utterly MENTAL! The first 5 months of this year were pretty uneventful bar the occasional birthday and interesting but sparse event. June, however, was crazy busy and the first 2 weeks of July aren’t looking much different! My first wholesale order is in the works (I’ll post more about this after I’ve finished it), I’m volunteering for the BUST Summer Craftacular London again, I’ve had a few job interviews in a very short space of time, I have a private view and exhibition of some of my work from the screenprinting course I enrolled on 10 weeks ago (private view is the same day as my boyfriend’s though and I have to go to his first), I’m planning the Autumn/Winter collections and new items for Crafty Foxes……..the list just goes on and on and on right now!

But I’m not complaining (too much anyway, haha). I tend to thrive when I’m working to a tight deadline – most of my best essays were written 1-2 days before they were due in! I can’t afford to leave it THAT late for the things I’m doing at the moment but the deadlines are looming and I’m finding myself more and more driven to work and get them done as soon as I possibly can.

Just one more quick thing, I’d like to say thank you if you’re reading this and you are a member of The Last Wednesday Knitting Club! I really appreciate people’s enthusiasm for it and all the people I have met so far are awesome! I’m hoping to make it better and better and take it to a new level over the next few months and new members are definitely helping give me the boost and push towards that. So thanks ladies!! (Yes, it has been only ladies so far apart from when my dad came along (he didn’t knit though)…..c’mon guys, you’re welcome too!!)

That’s me for now. I’m sure you’re sick of reading right now!! Here’s to a great weekend for everyone!!

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

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.

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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

22 Nov

This weekend has been one of the best for me in a long time. I’ve been inspired and creative. It’s restored my faith in the world and that things happen when they happen for a reason. So what are these things?

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This amazing event is happening on the 12th December and I’m going to have a little stall!! It’s my first one and I’m super excited about it. I’ve made a list of the things I’m going to sell and I’m currently in the process of making them. I’ve realised that I have to plan my time very carefully as I’m also making my Christmas presents this year and working full time so most of my spare time will be spent making, making, making. I’m really looking forward to this experience even though it means I’m going to be a very busy bunny over the next few weeks. I’ll post peeks of the things I’ll be selling whenever I get the chance! Oh and I have to make a Crafty Foxes sign too!!

And now to other things that have been keeping me inspired and creative this week.

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I’m aching for another tattoo right now and really want one that has something to do with the crafty side of my life. It’s been a few years since my last tattoo and I think next year will be a good time to get a new one. This flash comes from Silje’s flickr – she has a few more that have different themes and all of them are available to purchase.

3) I found two shops today. One of them I wanted to find and the other one I came across completely by accident. The first was Jessie Chorley and buddug – The Shop at Columbia Road. They have a little shop above Marcus and Trump. This is the outside of their shop…

Inside is the cutest shop I’ve ever seen! It’s decorated with trinkets and jewellery and all the other pretty things they sell. If you’re down that way, definitely pop in and have a look if you haven’t already. They will also be at the Bust London Craftacular on the 12th December.

The second shop is Lowie. I haven’t got a picture of the shop but I’ve found some pictures of the things they sell. Everything is handmade and I want one of everything in my wardrobe!! The girls that work there are the sweetest too and I could have stayed there chatting all day about handmade things! Here are some of my favourites…

So those are some things that I’ve been inspired by this week and the exciting things that have happened in my life this weekend! I hope everyone else is having a great weekend and is looking forward to the week ahead. I know I am!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

19 Oct

I know it’s Monday so this is technically the Monday Round Up, but I’m keeping the name as Sunday. I had all intentions of posting last night but I had a busy day and then went to a friend’s house and stayed a wee bit later than I said I would, got home and just went to bed.

So what’s been going on this week? I’ve managed to crochet myself a pair of fingerless mittens!

Fingerless mittens!

These are my practice pair – as you can see I managed to make to one on the left a little bit smaller (it was my first one though!!) I’ve got to make a pair for a friend at work so this was good practice for me and gives me a pair of fingerless mittens that make me feel good because I made them! I’m going to add a small crochet flower to each of them too, to give them that extra something.

I went a bit flickr crazy as well this weekend and added loads of pictures to my favourites. Here are a few of them…

Norwegian Wood

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Lots of lovely yarn

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Perler leaves

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These three photos definitely catalogue my main obsessions right now – owls, wool/yarn and Perler/Hama beads. I can’t get enough of them and love just being able to create with the latter two and finding cute owls to add to my collection wherever I travel.

I also have a small collaboration in the works with my boyfriend as he came up with some great ideas for things to sell in my shop – just over a month to go until it’s live!! I can’t wait. This month is going to be a busy one I’m sure.

On another note…..

Christmas Craftacular!!

IT’S BACK!! And I’ll be helping out again, yay! I had so much fun helping at the summer one that of course I would jump at the opportunity to help again. It’s at York Hall in Bethnal Green again, entry £2, goodie bags, 12pm-7pm. December 12th is a Saturday and if you’re struggling to find that perfect gift for someone this will be a great place to find it!

Vendor applications close on 6th November so apply away. Still have over 2 weeks to do so and it is such a great opportunity. Don’t miss out!! Although I would have loved to have had a stall, it’s still not financially viable for me right now – I need to build up a stall fund or something!! Haha.

So, that’s your day-late Sunday Round Up! I’m off to crochet some granny squares before I go to work. I’ve got a whole morning as I’m on the late shift which doesn’t start until 1.45pm!

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!

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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

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!)