Tag Archives: Inspiration

Perfect Timing

11 Oct

I’ve been a bit unwell this weekend – the last 2 days have been dry toast/ice cube sucking kinda days! Today I have been feeling slightly better (minus the stomach ache and sore throat) so I thought I could blog a little! Huzzah! Mainly my current inspirations for Autumn. I’m loving Native American, Latin American, Scandinavian and Fair Isle patterns right now and they are forming a basis for a project I currently have in the works. I’m excited to share it when I reach that stage but until then enjoy a few of my inspiration pictures!

(I couldn’t remember the links for most of these unfortunately…they’d been sitting in a folder on my desktop for a while before I posted this. If you can link to the original source, I’ll be more than happy to link it up!)


Fair Isle Caplet
Nordic Mittens #1
Norwegian Mittens

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to work tomorrow and everything will get back on track again! Hope you’re weekend and Monday was better than mine!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

‘Tis The Season…

30 Sep

…for big, warm coats and I have my eye on a few right now! There really is nothing like snuggling into your warm winter coat when the days feel just that little bit colder. Top it off with a handmade hat, scarf and gloves and you really do have the PERFECT winter warming combo!!

My current favourites are below. Now I just need to decide on which one I want to get…..
(click on the image to be taken through to the original source image and link)

Fusion Charlie Duffle Coat – £85 from Monsoon Fusion

Hearts & Hands Seven Seas Hooded Coat – £195 from Urban Outfitters

Hound & Fox Coat – £288 from Anthropologie

Hooded Contrast Swing Coat – £75 from Topshop

Premium Pea Coat – £95 from Topshop

Bound Seam Hooded Duffle Coat – £80 from Topshop

So, which one is your favourite? I want them all but only one can be chosen…I’ll let you know which one I go for when I get it!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

I Have A New Role Model

17 Sep

There are a few women in my life that I seriously admire and consider role models – my grandmothers, my mum, my sister and a couple of friends who are constantly an inspiration to me. But recently I’ve added a famous face into the fold. I’m not usually one to find myself inspired by famous women (apart from maybe fashion-wise) and never before have I called one a role model. But a role model she has become. “Who is it?” you ask?

Yep. Christina Hendricks. That’s who. Now some of you might be thinking ‘Oh, well you’re just jumping on the Mad Men/Curvy Women bandwagon and you just like her because she’s famous and easy to idolise.’ For starters, I haven’t actually watched Mad Men apart from a couple of episodes when it was first broadcast here in the UK. As I don’t have a TV and not too much spare cash, I’ve missed it (although I will be purchasing Season 1 & 2 on DVD as soon as I get paid and catching up with the rest of the world). Secondly, I AM the Curvy Women bandwagon! Haha! By this I mean I’m not the woman who started the skinny vs. curvy debate and I don’t often take part in discussions about it, apart from to say that each woman is entitled to look like whoever she wants be it big and curvy or small and skinny. As long as she’s healthy, that’s all we should worry about! I myself am a woman with curves. And after Ms. Hendricks recent press heavy Emmy appearance (due to her lovely, big, womanly breasts) it became apparent that we are of a number of similar proportions.

This was the dress and those are the breasts that shot her into a new stratosphere. But what people maybe didn’t realise is that parts of the dress had to be customised to fit her measurements and that no other designers even offered to dress her for the event! How does this happen for an actress who has fast become one of the most popular characters in recent TV history?

So why is she my role model? Here we have a woman that isn’t afraid to flaunt what her mamma gave her! A woman who will admit that she wants to lose 10 pounds, like every other woman in this world. A woman who will admit that she does look beautiful in the occasional picture (we all have to admit it, even if it takes years, that not ALL the pictures taken of us are awful!).

Personally, I think it’s a shame that we the public and the press have made so much of Christina Hendricks’ body. She’s an actress and, like any person in any profession, should be noted for her acting skills. I personally think she was good in Firefly as Saffron and from what I hear, she’s good in Mad Men too. But her body has shot her into a whole new level of consciousness in society and has opened up a whole new series of debates about body image that have been bubbling under the surface for a long time.

I don’t want to be an actress nor do I want to be particularly famous. But if I did, I have women like Christina Hendricks to thank for creating a whole heap of new opportunities. And she’s also made a lot of men and fellow curvy women realise that, actually, us curvy girls are and can be DAMN FUCKING SEXY!

Christina Hendricks, I salute you as my newest role model. Thank you for being amazing!

(Oh and did you guys realise that she knits too? She is a true Crafty Fox!!)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Mooses and Autumn and Plaid…Oh My!

12 Sep

So a bit of a random blog title but after a wedding reception I went to recently, I have mooses on the brain (the couple are known as The Mooses to friends and the tables were moose themed!)! And it’s finally turning into Autumn now. The chill is in the air, the leaves are turning gold and red and yellow and the days are getting shorter again. And there is an abundance of plaid, mustard, burgundy, navy, grey and deep purple around again. A sure sign the Autumn fashions are taking over!

Here are a few of my favourite finds…(some of the moose finds may not be specifically mooses – they’re not easy to find and people mark things as moose when in fact they are deer, elk, etc, so forgive but enjoy all the same!)

Nomadic Elk Knitting Project Bags from KnitterBag on Etsy

Bronze Whitetail Deer Antler Necklace from Moon Raven Designs on Etsy

Secondhand Caribou Metal Tray from backgarage on Etsy

Vintage ‘Caramel Latte Secretary Dress’ from Red Velvet Art

Vintage Inspired Men’s Plaid Flannel Shirt by beesquaredb on Etsy

‘Emmalou’ Original Pastel Drawing from Red Velvet Art

Fox Scarf from Donna Wilson

Hansel from Basel Thigh High Socks from Urban Outfitters

Staring At Stars Russian Rose Embroidered Dress from Urban Outfitters

(each image links through to the original source, please click to be taken through to the owner’s/artist’s website)

So there you have it…a few of my favourites from the web so far. There’ll be a few more posts like this coming over the next few months. Autumn is my favourite season. I love hats and scarves and jumpers and all the colours that come out during this month. It’s just beautiful.

Have a great week!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

A Few Lovelies From The Inty-Web

7 Sep

Hello Foxes and Foxettes!

I have recently been perusing the interweb for the latest lovelies to offer you here at Crafty Foxes Central. You may have seen these on other blogs, you may know of them already from magazines or you may actually be the people I’m featuring (and if that’s the case say hi!). I am slowly changing the look of this blog, introducing new features and integrating into another server eventually (the alphabet is still the deadline for this and I will be continuing with that series soon!!).

In the meantime, enjoy the links and pictures I have found! (Each image can be clicked on to take you through to the artist/crafter/magazine website)

Bindi Booth – just lovely!

Artemis Russell’s wedding photo’s – so amazing!

Nathalie Lete – lovely handtufted rugs that look like paint by numbers pictures!

Louise Evans – she makes Super Duper Things! (Also the name of her Etsy shop!)

Lune Vintage – loving those deer legwarmers!!

Art Equals Happy – I love this picture of Kim! She looks so purdy! (And will probably not agree with me but I don’t care! I Love You and am glad you’re my real life friend!!)

Girls in a Bottle from A Print A Day – In Love!

Frankie 2011 Diary – I’m looking for a new one and would like this one please!

Inga Birgisdottir – Funny illustrations that make me want to take a cut out moustache everywhere with me!! (This image was taken from Creature Comforts blog)

Sophie Blackall – I saw this series featured recently in Oh Comely magazine here in the UK and straight after she has popped up all over the place, on blogs far and wide! I love the owl.

The Gluttonous Vegan – Yum. That is all.

And finally, A Beautiful Mess (Elsie Flannigan) – who doesn’t love plaid and florals in Autumn? The leaves haven’t quite turned yet but there is a chill in the air and it’s raining a lot more here in London. Can’t wait to get myself a nice warm flannel shirt that I can wear with jeans and wool tights and thick woolen skirts!

I do hope you’ve enjoyed these little bits and pieces and I’ll be back soon with more.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Hey!

31 Aug

As you may have noticed, my posting here has been pretty sporadic lately. I’ve been dealing with some personal issues and have recently started a new job as a classroom assistant, which is challenging but enjoyable! It’s giving me new challenges to face each day I’m at work and I know I’m not going to have to deal with repetitive tasks (apart from maybe lesson plans) day in day out. Teaching is something I’ve had an interest in for a long time and I’ve recently made the decision to apply for a PGCE to teach Media Studies to 14-19 year olds! I’m currently in the process of writing out my personal statement and wondering how I can get it down to 47 lines!! Haha. I’ll get there eventually….

I’ve also been busy with my crafty escapades, some of which I’m still planning and some of which are soon-to-be-announced-but-currently-secret-squirrel-business. The only thing I can share is that it is a collaboration with an amazing lady – see if you can guess who it is (although I won’t tell until we decide to go public and you won’t win any prizes, sorry! Haha).

I’ve still been trying to keep up-to-date with all the blogs though and have seen some serious inspiration lately. It’s one thing I love about the blogging community…you’re never far away from something to brighten your day, make you look at things in a new light or spark a really good idea!! A few of my favourite pictures found either via blogs or flickr from the past few weeks…

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three bun buns


(By the way, if anyone feels like being generous and buying me this necklace I’ll love you forever and a day! Well, I have to be a little cheeky here, haha! And it’s only $57.50 including shipping to the UK!)

I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time with friends old and new. It’s been great getting out of the house on nice days and wandering around various parts of London, searching for places and objects and coming across random jumble sales and things that would look great in my room/house!

Autumn is almost here too and I’m so in the mood for jumpers and woolly knit hats. And toffee nut lattes. We don’t get pumpkin spice over here which I’m a bit bummed out about but hopefully I’ll get to taste it one day! I’ll be back again soon with more of my alphabet and more posts about what I’m up to! I’ve missed you all and thanks for continuing to visit The Crafty Foxes!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

All images can be linked through to the original source/owner by clicking on them.

Check this out…

27 Jul

I did an interview for Holly over at Shopaholly a while ago and it’s finally live! Go check out the interview if you haven’t already HERE. I still don’t think I’m inspiring but hey, that’s just me! Enjoy!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

PS. I’ll be back again soon. For reals. Pinky promise.

F is for Friends

23 Jun

I have a friend. Well I have many friends but I have one in particular that I want to dedicate this blog post to because she’s doing something completely awesome.

So, I have a friend called Cat (that’s her on the left). We’ve known each other for 5 years now after meeting each other during our first week at university (Correction: Cat just reminded me it was our first day!!). We’ve been through highs and lows like all friends have but have stuck it out throughout and although we don’t meet up as often as either of us like due to one reason or another (poor-ness, aching muscles, etc…hehe), we still make sure that we make time for each other and have a proper good night out once every so often.

Anyway, Cat, along with a few others, is doing a charity bike ride from Brussels to London, taking in 3 countries in 3 days! Yep, 3 days to cycle 227 miles! The team are raising money for the charity, Right To Play, which if I do say so myself is a pretty awesome charity to be raising money for. The statement below about what they do has been taken from their website –

“Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.  Right To Play creates a safe place for children to learn and fosters the hope that is essential for children to envision and realize a better future. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child guides our work. Right To Play programs target the most marginalized individuals including girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV and AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.

Right To Play has been a pioneer in innovation for social change and has a track record for creating programs that are both sustainable and replicable.”

This blog post is my way of trying to help my friend raise as much money as possible in order to give disadvantaged children a better life. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN!!!! Donate Here

I’m proud to have a friend who does something as awesome as this without any thought (or very little thought) and wish I could say the same about myself!! She’s such a selfless person and I’m honoured to be able to call Cat my friend. She’s also been pretty instrumental in helping me out with getting my business up and running and off the ground and I owe her sooooo much for the encouragement she’s given me and continues to give!! Oh, and she deserves muchos congratulations for passing her roller derby assessments! Yay! I have something in the works for you (and Sam) as a well done for that! Hehe. You’ll just have to wait and see though!

So that’s my ‘F’. I really hope everyone has at least one friend like this!! They’re the friends that make life that little bit brighter and funner (I don’t care if that’s not a word, haha). So give, give, give to the LSE Cyclepath team and Right To Play!! They are awesome and deserve all the donations they get! Stay tuned for ‘G’ in my alphabet soon!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

E is for Experience

16 Jun

‘E’ was a difficult letter to come up with something for, seeing as I have posts lined up for most of the other letters in the alphabet! A true toughie that eventually led me to the one thing that ultimately defines a person’s life and allows them to offer advice and words of wisdom to others.

Experience.

-the knowledge or skill acquired by such means over a period of time, an event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone, encounter or undergo

I can relate to all of these meanings of the word and the many experiences in my life so far have made me the person I am today. I have travelled, made numerous mistakes and wrong decisions and had numerous achievements and made right decisions. I have had a variety of jobs, I have too many hobbies and I have/had friends and lovers from all walks of life. All of these have made up my experiences in my life thus far and I know that I have many more to come, some of which will be good and some of which will be bad. But they will ultimately make me a better and stronger woman!

(all images from weheartit.com, using keyword “experience”)

(And this one below, just for fun as it made me laugh and realise that it’s little experiences like seeing pictures like this that usually get us through the day!!)

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

B is for Blogging

27 May

There was no question as to what ‘B’ stood for in my alphabet! I’ve only really been an active member of the blogging community for about a year and a half but in that year and a half I have found inspiration, motivation and great friendship.

I’m not going to list all my favourite blogs in this post as I already have a pretty comprehensive list in my blogroll links (on the right of this page). I’m not even going to tell my blogging story – that can be saved for another post. So what am I going to do? I’ve decided to post my favourite tutorials and free stuff links from the blogs I read. Some of these you may have come across, some you may not. The blogging community for me isn’t as narcissistic as some people make it out to be. All some people want to do is share ideas, create and inspire and don’t care particularly about getting their 15 minutes in the blogging spotlight through that. And that is what blogging is for me – my way of sharing with my readers/followers/groupies (haha)/or whatever you want to call them, ideas and inspiration and my creative spark, in the hope that it inspires and creates ideas for someone else!

So without further ado here are some of my favourite blog tutorials and free stuff!! (click on the image for link through to project/blog)

Learn how to make your own teepee with a little help from Rachel of Smile and Wave!

Ever wanted to make a silhouette fashionable? With a little help from Chelsea over at Seablanket you can with her amazing tote bag tutorial!

Katrina over at Pugly Pixel has some great free clip art downloads! Who doesn’t love cute vintage paper?
(Please be aware that all her images are for personal use and not intended for commercial use; i.e. Don’t make money by using her designs and saying they’re your own. Bad karma will come your way if you do!)

Create these great polymer clay gift tags with this tutorial over on poppytalk with Mitsy from Artmind. Such a clever way of making a special gift even more personal!

These amazing fabric pumpkins can be made into anything from a plushie to a doorstop! Danielle over at Thompson Family-Life has such an eye for great design! I love these and plan to make them as gifts for people moving house!

Another idea from Mitsy over at Artmind – making your own lottery style scratch cards! It’s such an ingenious idea and a fun way to give a gift such as a personal voucher – Valentine’s Day springs to mind with this one! Hehe.

Some other great places to find tutorials and links to free stuff include the Craftzine blog and Design*Sponge as well as other bloggers regularly posting such as Katja over at maedchenmitherz and Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this letter of my alphabet. I can’t wait to share ‘C’ with you guys – it’s one of my great passions but may not be quite what you were expecting!!

Hope you’re having a great week! And thanks to those of you who have sent well wishes over the past weeks. It’s really appreciated! Oh, and I’m now wisdomless (well, in terms of my teeth anyway!). Recovery going well so far! Happy reading and enjoy the tutorials!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx