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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…

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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

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!

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!)

Calling all volunteers!!!!

30 Jul

I’ve got a couple of things to post about today. The first post is about the BUST London Summer Craftacular, yay!

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When is it?        Saturday 22nd August, 2009
What time?       12pm – 8pm (and the first 100 people through the door get a BUST goodie bag)
How much is it to get in?    Only £2!! Bargain.
Why should I come along?   Because there will be amazing crafty goodness to ‘ooooh’ and ‘aaaah’ at and purchase from some very talented crafters and makers, Lady Luck Rules OK will have the fabulous ‘Pop Up Tea Shoppe’ ready to feed you yummy cakes and tea, and there will be DJs and other great events going on. How could you not come along with all this and more???
Can I help out?      Yes you can!!! If you would like to volunteer on the day – be it for a few hours or the whole day, please email craftacular-uk@bust.com or jaqueline_m@bust.com to register your interest.
Here are a few links to some of the confirmed vendors (I’ve had a look and am really impressed by the people so far!)….
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These are just a few of my own personal favourites. All the other confirmed vendors can be found HERE!!!
Hope to see you all there!!!!!!

Crafty news!

3 Jul

So, the move went well. Some bits are still in boxes and needing to find a home but all my craft bits have a new home in my crafting area! Yes, a bonafide crafting area that will be my place to create, make, be inspired and all the jazz.

I also found that literally around the corner from where I now live is a little shop called ‘Prick Your Finger’ – a haberdashery that mainly caters for knitters with yarns that look good enough to eat, but has skeins of embroidery thread for people like me who love to embroider! I met Louise when I popped in the other day and she is very lovely. If you haven’t yet visited this gem, you have to go – http://www.prickyourfinger.com/ is their website and gives you all the information you need to find it.

But one of the main reasons for this post is to create a fanfare for an event I will be volunteering at – ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-baaaaaaaa!!!!! (that’s my fanfare)………..

Date: Saturday, 22nd August, 2009

Time: 12 Noon – 8pm

Where: York Hall, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ

Admission: £2 (Goodie bags for the first 100 people in)

Yes, BUST magazine are running a London version of their ever popular Craftacular. They had one here last year just before Christmas but this one promises to be bigger and better still! I’m not sure if they’re still looking for volunteers but take a look here to find out more and to enquire. They are also taking applications for vendors until 13th July, so apply now for what will be one of the greatest craft events to hit London!!

Apart from that I am still looking for a better paid job and working towards one day running my own crafty business. Well, we all have to start somewhere don’t we? Oh, oh, oh and Lucy (of the Crafty Foxes) had her baby and I can’t wait to meet him and see him in his cool threads, hehe.