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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

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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(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.

G is for Good

17 Jul

Good is a word that I don’t like to overuse as I find that after a while it loses it’s meaning but recently (aside from the odd bad day we are all entitled too) things in my life have been good. Not great. Not awful. Just good. It’s been a long time coming so I’m happy with things just going good. For this post, I’ve decided to list all the good things in my life, so I hope you enjoy and can celebrate a few things with me and maybe inspire you to see that good is fine. Good is good!

1) I’ve been making more friends within the crafty community (thank you BUST Craftacular London and The Last Wednesday Knitting Club!) It’s taken me a long time to even feel confident enough to talk to people I admire but once I mustered up the nerve contacts and friendships have occurred. One of the best things about this is that as a new starter in business I now have a nice group of people that I know I can email or call if need be to ask them a question.

2) My products are now available for sale in a retail shop!! Yes, you heard. I have an official stockist in an official real life shop you can walk into and everything!! Haha. I dropped the finished products off today, so as of Monday (I think) you will be able to buy Crafty Foxes handmade accessories at The Shop @ Discover Greenwich. It’s such an exciting thing for me and is part of the reason why I’ve been so absent from here lately. I wanted to put my all into this first order to make sure it was up to standard. I’m at a wee bit of a loss now that I don’t have 20 brooches to hand sew in 3 hours, haha!! From now on though I have the knowledge I need to get me through subsequent orders and re-orders that I can work better and more efficiently.

3) I’m planning a mini craft fair for the end of August. This is as much as I can reveal right now. More information will be here next week! It’s another exciting phase of the Crafty Foxes story!!

4) I have finally been offered a teaching assistant job. It’s 16-24 year olds which scares me a little bit but I’m really looking forward to it. It’s 25 hours a week for 6 months and adds a bit more routine to my life which has been more than a little bit chaotic in the last 6 months. I can’t wait to start and I’ll let you know how my first week goes when it’s done. Hopefully after the initial 6 months is up I’ll be kept on!

5) I had a really good day with my parents today. I haven’t really spent time with both of them for a while so it was nice to be able to. I miss them and don’t visit half as much as I should but they do come to London quite a bit so I’m lucky in that respect. We had a pub lunch that was memorable to say the least (“I’m not stoned anymore!”) but it was nice just to catch up and know that my parents are proud of the hard work I’ve been putting into my business and my products and support me every step of the way.

I hope you, my lovely blog readers, are well and I’ll elaborate on more things over this coming week (craft fair and other exciting announcements). It’s been great seeing that people are still reading during my absence and that my blog is attracting new readers all the time too! Hello and love to you all! I hope you’re having a good weekend!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Who loves granny squares?

22 Sep
Granny Love!! My first 5!

Granny Love!! My first 5!

I do! They’ve become a recent obsession of mine after I managed to master the crochet technique involved on a train journey to my parent’s house (and whilst there managed to find some sale yarn in cream and berry/port that I loved and thought would make a great granny square combination!). Debbie Stoller’s “Happy Hooker” Stitch and Bitch book has been my go to for learning new stitches and is so easy to understand and follow.

Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet - The Happy Hooker

Stitch 'n' Bitch Crochet - The Happy Hooker

Now don’t get me wrong, I had a huge thing with crochet and for years thought it was really difficult and that I’d never be able to do it. But I went to one of the local craft fairs and they had a small stall with the lovely Bee of Chain Creative teaching crochet. One lesson later I was successfully crocheting away and even after a one hour lesson and then picking the hook up again the next day, I hadn’t forgotten anything! I will say that I find crochet much easier than knitting (I am good with the basic knitting and purling but nothing fancy like cable just yet!!). My mum says that some people are like that and I guess my brain is wired to crochet!

Granny Squares and Photo by Sarah London

Granny Squares and Photo by Sarah London

There is so much inspiration out there for crocheters (is that a word?) and one lady I find immensely inspiring is Sarah London. Her colour schemes and crochet techniques are very easy to follow – she blogs mystery patterns each month – and the photos she takes of her squares, doilies and circles are jaw-droppingly gorgeous!! Do check her out if you haven’t already.

Granny Squares and Photo by Rachel Denbow

Granny Squares and Photo by Rachel Denbow

Rachel Denbow is also another person who is inspiring me at the moment in the world of crochet. She’s currently crocheting granny squares for a blanket for her soon-to-be-born-daughter and it’s nice to know that someone has the same worries about unravelling and doing the right amount of stitches!!

And here are a few more inspiring crochet images (mainly of granny squares) to whet your appetite for the lovely craft that is crochet!!!

Cats and Crochet

Cats and Crochet

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Lots of squares!!

Lots of squares!!

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Lovely Cuffs from polkadotrobot.com!!

Lovely Cuffs from polkadotrobot.com!!

credit (and you can buy them from HERE) (I want one real bad!!)

Right, now it’s time for me to get back to my granny squares and stop being distracted by everyone else’s crochet loveliness!!

xx Crafty love from a Craft 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.

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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

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.

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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

Stuffed Hearts

3 Apr
My stuffed heart with felt and embroidered toadstools

My stuffed heart with felt and embroidered toadstools

I haven’t quite decided yet whether to use this as a pin cushion or if it’s my first attempt at plush toy making. It’s completely handsewn but I kept the wrong area open for stuffing with polyfill (instead of near the bottom point of the heart, I kept open one of the heart curves at the top). The thing is I’m still very new to all of this and making is all about finding out and making these mistakes. The piece would have looked more polished if I had machine sewed it, but seeing as I don’t have a sewing machine at the moment I’m unable to do so. I HAD to do the toadstools though – with a fabric like that who can’t?? The toadstool’s are each embroidered around the mushroom part and have a felt stem (stuck on with fabric glue).

I applied for a few jobs today, with the hope that one or more of them come through for me. I’m moving soon so have applied for jobs closer to where I’ll be in a couple of months. When I move I’m hoping to also have a nice little crafting area where I can have everything sorted and ready for me to make stuff with whenever the crafting urge takes me! I was also reading the Buy Handmade blog today – http://blog.buyhandmade.org/. It makes me sad that the US Government can be so unfair to small-time makers, most of whom make for the love of making (and making some, generally extra, money in the process) rather than for the purposes of taking over the world (although we all want to do that, maker or not, haha!!). Make sure you read it and support the movement – it doesn’t just affect those living and working in the US, it affects everyone making toys and clothing that could end up in the US for the 12 and unders too!

Handmade Heart

26 Mar
Front view

Front view

Back view

Back view

Side view

Side view

Over the last few evenings I’ve been re-reading my past issues of Craft magazine to garner inspiration for forthcoming projects. My most recent is the above heart brooch/pin. The material is felt and I just loved the colour and felt that a heart was the only thing to make. I didn’t want it to just be a plain brooch so decided to embroider 2 sides together and make it 3-D with stuffing. I love the colour of the teal thread against the dark crimson felt – it really stands out and pops and gives the detail of the heart. I did make a couple of mistakes – I forgot to glue and sew the clasp and my initials onto the back before I sewed and stuffed it, but somewhow managed to do it! I’m going to wear it with pride tomorrow and make a few more in different colours for friends and family as gifts, customising each one for the wearer.

And to those who don’t or have never read Craft: magazine and are into crafting and making, go buy it now! You’ll never turn back!!

We all have to start somewhere

13 Mar

So, I’ve finally started a blog with a purpose. The clue is in the name (and no, I’m not a fox). I recently started a craft group with a few friends and wanted a place to blog about all the projects that we do as well as my general love of craft. So here I am!

I have had a huuuge interest in making things for as long as I can remember. From making wooden dolls with spare bits of wood, a hammer and nails in my dad’s shed when I was little to my current embroidery projects, crafting and making is something that I am intrinsically pulled to. Maybe it’s my family: my dad has always been good with his hands – carving wood reliefs and painting, and he has a great eye for photography; my mum – my outfits as a wee nipper were always made by her and consisted of some pretty cute knitted jumpers. They’ve never been the kind of parents to put a damper on my creative side encouraging me to do things that make me happy (although while still making sure that I’m going to be able to pay my rent by reminding me that I do need to keep working until my crafting eventually pays off!!).

My last semester at universtiy was when I truly discovered how much I loved craft when I took a module called ‘Handmade: The Politics of Craft’. It discussed the history of craft and the influence of people such as William Morris and traditional thatchers on current craft practises. For my final essay I decided to write about handmade plush toys and the people that make them and this really peaked my interest in making.

And this takes me up to the current point in time. The second meeting of the Crafty Foxes takes place next Monday and I’m proud that I finally had the guts to start something (along with and with the support of one of my good friends) that will take a little while to grow but will finally bring together people that have a common interest in something – making.