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New Year DIY’s

29 Dec

Now that Christmas has gone, your home may be feeling a bit bare! (Small confession to make here, I put up 2 bits of tinselly stuff that I haven’t taken down yet). But there is always New Years!

Amanda over at Here’s Looking At Me, Kid has this adorable DIY decoration that, as she says, you can leave up for the whole month of January…

Poppytalk Handmade have this lovely driftwood DIY that will instantly brighten up and add some colour to your house, not only for the New Year but for all of it!

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Design*Sponge also have a great DIY to add an extra bit of sparkle to your New Year celebrations when you pop the champagne cork for 2011!

And if you aren’t going out for New Year but don’t want to sit with idle hands all night, here are a few DIYs to keep you going until the clock strikes 12!

Another Design*Sponge DIY! If you’re not drinking this New Year’s Eve, keep your French Press coffee hot with this lovely cozy you can make yourself!

Need a change in the kitchen but feeling the post-Christmas pinch? Change up that boring old white fridge into this Faux Bois lovely with a DIY from Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky. It should keep you awake until midnight!

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And make sure you keep your tootsies warm in the winter evening’s with this lovely Mary-Jane slipper DIY from Good Knits.

So whether you go out or stay in this New Year’s make sure you have a safe and fun time! I’ll be spending it in with my sister watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, DVDs and most likely a few Poirot’s and Miss Marple’s! Time for me to start writing out my goals for 2011 before it gets here!

xx Crafty Love from this Crafty Fox xx

New Blog Alert!

21 Dec



As part of the run up to my new knitting club launching in January, I have set up a new blog for both knitting clubs I run.

Check it out Wednesday Knit here and add it to your reader!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty 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

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

I’m a little obsessive…

22 Nov

Purely in a good way though! Not a scary, stalkerish, freaky kind of way (although that may depend on you, my readers, opinion of what equals scary obsessive). Haha.

No, my obsessiveness comes into form when I start new projects or collections. Past obsessions include Dunny vinyl figures (check out KidRobot if you don’t know what these are), Fafi (an awesome French lady graffiti artist who I still love obsessively), tapestry (this one was quite a few years ago when I was a wee lassie), and embroidery (I think I kept Jenny Hart in business for a few months! Haha). That’s only naming a few of them.

Currently, my obsessive personality has turned to hat knitting. If you follow me on Twitter or follow The Last Wednesday Knitting Club on Facebook, you will have seen my current project progress on this hat…


I knit the hat up in 3 days (a total of 3/4 hours in total). I’m just waiting for the right sized DPNs to arrive from my lovely mum for the ears and antlers!

Well, the lovely Stephanie of tinyowlknits has other hat patterns. And I’ve fallen in love with them. Like seriously.


Cupcake Kitten Hat – umm, so how cute is this hat!? I want to make both versions of it. And knit more as gifts for my friends and family.


Orchids and Fairylights Hat – just so whimsical and pretty!

These are my favourite hats. There are another couple, but these have stolen my knitting heart big time! There are quite a few other patterns on her Ravelry profile and Etsy shop too, with the bottom two images showing my current favourites…


Fawn-cho (Poncho with a Fawn on the front, hehe) – le sigh-


Meow Mitts -le sigh again-

As I said, the patterns for all of these lovely, lovely garments can be found online in Stephanie’s Etsy shop – Tiny Owl’s Magic Attic or on her Ravelry profile – tinyowlknits.
My obsession has also turned to the patterns Stephanie creates as well. But I could be obsessed with worse things, don’t you agree? Hehe. Let me know what you get obsessive over! Not the scary obsessive, just the nice, cool obsessive stuff! Haha.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Happy Weekend!

31 Oct

I hope you’ve all had a safe and fun Halloween weekend! I went to a circus themed party last night with some friends and dressed up as a Dia de Los Muertos tattooed lady. You can’t see my tattoos in this picture but I drew some designs on a pair of nude tights – Sailor Jerry anchors, cherries, stars, hearts, etc… and wore them on my arms. I also had my REAL tattoo on my back on display. It was a very easy costume and I’m glad I trained as a makeup artist as it made doing my face really easy and I didn’t have to buy anything to do it with! I love my kit!


(Apologies for the crummy iPhone picture, I’ll post better ones soon!)

Other things I’ve been up to include dinner with friends and family and knitting like a crazy lady! I’m halfway through my first pair of fingerless mittens knitted in the round (meaning I’ve finished one! Haha). I’m so glad I’ve mastered knitting on DPNs, or double pointed needles for those not of the knitting community, and don’t know why it took me so long to give it a go! It’s so easy once you start doing it!

I’ve got a couple of other projects on the go too, including a few hats for people, a snood for a friend and this baby for me…

CUTEST HAT EVER!!! And I’m making sure I get it finished before Christmas because I want to wear this baby on Christmas Day! It’s available on Ravelry here (you need an account to see it but they are free and give you access to a huge number of projects both free and paid for – this one was $5.50). I always get really inspired to knit when the weather starts getting colder and now that I’ve learnt new skills I’m really excited to start more and more new projects and finally use up my wool stash!

I hope your weekend has been filled with not so many tricks and lots of treats! Will be back sometime this week with another blog post about something or other!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club

28 Oct

That’s my knitting club. Yep, that’s right, I run a knitting club. It’s on the last Wednesday of the month but I’m sure you guessed that from the name! Haha. I started it at the end of March and we are now approaching our last meeting before the New Year! Eeek! I’m having so much fun planning our end of year party though – there will be a few small surprises and lots of chatting and drinking! Hehe.

This is a little bit of an advertorial blog though, as I took the step of creating a Facebook group for The Last Wednesday Knitting Club and I would love people to join it! Click on the knitting picture below to be taken through to the page. Once you get there, you will be kept up-to-date with the latest goings on and any giveaways or important knitting information that we may have!

Knitting in the Round
(PS. This is a picture I have taken. You can find it on my flickr if you would like to use it. Please remember to credit photographs wherever possible.)

I have a few exciting announcements to make soon about my knitting club but that has to wait until things have been confirmed and are set in stone! No point in letting people know something when it’s not 100% ready!

So for now, I will love you and leave you. Until the next blog post….

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

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

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