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A is for Art

23 May

I’ve decided to start a new blog project to get ready for the transition from this one to the new one. It’s entitled ‘My Alphabet’ and each letter will be represented here by something I love, am inspired by, think is funny or cute or just plain bizarre! As soon as I get to letter Z, the new blog will be up and running and so will start a new phase in my blogging experience and your blog viewing!

So, we start with A is for Art.

For as long as I can remember I have been interested in art. I loved drawing and painting as a child and art was one of my favourite lessons during my entire time at school.  I gave art a break during my 2 years at college. I had wanted to study art history but there weren’t enough students to warrant a class. This didn’t stop me drawing though and as soon as I turned 18, I started putting art on my body in the form of tattoos. I became an artist of a different kind after college and spent a year training as a make-up artist before I moved onto university and studied Film with History of Art/Architecture, Design and Film. During my degree I started appreciating art in a different way, giving thought to why I liked particular artists and discovering new artists that would inspire and influence me in the years to come.

Fast forward to now, and although I do not consider myself an artist, I cannot deny the importance art has had on my life and my work. Below are links to a few of my favourite artists and an example of their work (click the image for the link).

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOME OF THESE IMAGES MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN OR COULD BE DEEMED OFFENSIVE TO THOSE WHO DO NOT LIKE NUDITY.

MARK RYDEN

SHAUN TAN

FAFI (I own the piece on the right – it was part of a limited run of 55 screen prints)

MISS VAN

WASSILY KANDINSKY

ROB RYAN

ELSIE FLANNIGAN

ALBERTO VARGAS

There are obviously so many more artists I admire and love the work of but to list them all would mean I’d be here for a veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery long time. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and I can’t wait to do the rest of the alphabet!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Baby showers and lonely dollops

24 May

So I can finally blog about some of the crafty bits I’ve been working on over the last few weeks! Yay! A few of the items were gifts for Lucy, one of my fellow Crafty Foxes, who is expecting her first baby. We had a baby shower for her today at her parent’s house and couldn’t have asked for such a perfect day weather wise for it. We had Bucks Fizz (and non-alcoholic versions), cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes (made by me) and an amazing blueberry muffin cheesecake from a local cafe (and also Lucy’s favourite). It’s the first baby shower I’ve been to as well and it was lots of fun just hanging out in the garden, eating and opening gifts.

So my contributions to the little man’s wardrobe included some hand-embroidered items. I am still yet to finish another couple of bits for him but had to give Lucy some of the pieces today.

Telling everybody that mama is crafty!

Telling everybody that mama is crafty!

 

The finished rocket ship from our second craft group meeting

The finished rocket ship from our second craft group meeting

 

lil rocker onesie (shaking those lighting booties!!)

lil rocker onesie (shaking those lighting booties!!)

 

So these were the pieces that I gave Lucy and had loads of fun doing them, although tangled thread got very frustrating at times. The crafty fox bib was my way of truly personalising something for her and I put a bit of her and her partner’s personalities into the onsesie, knowing that they both have a complete love of rock music! It was so much fun to do and such a quick and easy way of making something plain into something personal and beautiful. Can’t wait to finish off the other ones I have. (All patterns used on the onesies -apart from some of my freehand stitching- were from Sublime Stitching)

The other thing I did during this time was make a small plush toy for one of my friend’s at work. I bought the ‘Softies’ book a while back and when I took it into work, one of the guys I worked with expressed an interest for the lonely dollop, a poo shaped plush by Shawnimals. So I took it upon myself to make it.

Senor Dollop

Senor Dollop

I had to shrink the original pattern down as the felt I had wasn’t big enough, but it turned out okay. Wish I could have gotten a little more definition in the shape of the poo (I never thought I’d be saying that ever!! Haha), but on the whole the project was really quite easy and only took me a couple of hours to complete.

Well, that is all for today’s update but I will definately be better with my updates from now on as I have a plethora of ideas stored away for future projects!!

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!

The Crafty Foxes meet again!

16 Mar

Tonight was the second meeting of the Crafty Foxes (my craft group). There were four of us tonight – myself, Lucy, Imy and Holly; and we had good times and good chats and lots of great crafting ideas as well as actual crafting! Knitting and embroidery were the flavours of the evening with the patterns I ordered from Sublime Stitching and the Sublime Stitching book being very popular indeed. As Lucy is expecting I broke out the secret surprise of babygro onesies and bibs to personalise for the little one once he is here! Soo exciting – Imy started on a racing car and I started on a rocket. I also finished my Kurt Halsey piece earlier on in the evening.

Lucy and Holly crafting away

Lucy and Holly crafting away

Imy busy embroidering away at a bib

Imy busy embroidering away at a bib

So a couple of pictures of the ladies crafting away! These photos were taken in the rare moments we weren’t gabbing away about the things life happens to throw at us!
My finished Kurt Halsey embroidery

My finished Kurt Halsey embroidery

A close up of the detail on the Kurt Halsey piece

A close up of the detail on the Kurt Halsey piece

A couple of pics of the finished Kurt Halsey piece. I really enjoyed doing this and I’m really looking forward to creating another piece with his designs/illustrations. And finally…
The start of one of the bibs for Lucy's little man

The start of one of the bibs for Lucy's little man

It was the ladies idea for the red rocket (I have to give them that) but it kick started me into the lime green for the nose and tail detail and I think it looks quite nice. It’s so much fun doing these – we’ve all got loads of different ideas so this baby will be the best dressed little boy in town!  We also had cupcakes (homemade by myself and lovingly decorated by Miss Lucy) and Imy bought some brownies, chocolates and chips and dip. Lucy did bring some lovely chocolate digestives too although we were too busy talking to start consuming those!
All the lovely snack bits we had to enjoy!

All the lovely snack bits we had to enjoy!

Oh, the fun! Can’t wait til next month now!!!

Sneaky preview

13 Mar

So, as I sit here watching Comic Relief I decided to crack on with my embroidery. As this is one of my keep it secret projects I can only show a small tidbit but hopefully you can see the detail involved (if the photo hasn’t compressed too much) and appreciate my intricate handiwork (hehe).

Part of one of my secret projects

Part of one of my secret projects

I hope you like this piece of embroidery and hope you’ve been enjoying Comic Relief like me and have given a little or a lot to a well deserving charity!

Embroiderer’s Anonymous

13 Mar
My first embroidery project

My first embroidery project

I thought that I should post something about my crafting so will start off with my embroidery projects I have going at the moment. A couple of them I have to keep under wraps and can’t explain much apart from the fact they are going to be gifts for people but I will show and tell as much as I can.

My embroidery obsession has been fuelled by a certain website called Sublime Stitching. Jenny Hart, I have to say, is a genius. Her patterns are some of the coolest and quirkiest around and provide me with enough inspiration to last a lifetime! (I tried to include a picture but my computer wouldn’t let me so follow my links to her website).

The patterns from the website can be ironed onto the fabric of your choice up to an amazing 8-10 times and from there you can start embroidering in our favourite stitch (mine being backstitch). I ended up ordering 5 patterns from the website and when they arrived I was pleasently surprised to find another 2 had been enclosed in my order as ‘Mystery Packs’. I also ordered Jenny’s book ‘Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To’ off amazon.co.uk, which includes around 50 pages of patterns! So I’m pretty much set for a while although I really want to order all the patterns available as I’ve got so many ideas.

One of my projects was recently finished – it took me about 5 hours to complete but seeing as it was my first project I was very pleased with how it turned out! Take a look at the Sublime Stitching website – if you want to start crafting and want an easy place to start, embroidery is it!!