Tag Archives: my alphabet

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

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