Tag Archives: New Year

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!


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!

crocheted mary janes

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

Times they are a-changing…

30 Dec

I have been very vacant from here over the last month and I apologise to those who actually read my blog on a regular basis (if there are any of you out there!). December has been a very tough month for me and not one that was particularly enjoyable. In fact 2009 has been my least favourite year in a lot of ways, both personally and professionally, although I do have plenty of good things to look back on.

So now I am setting my goals for 2010 and making sure that this year is mine. I decide what happens (save for those things that you really can’t plan for) and I make it the best year so far. I turn 24 in March and there are a few things that I would like to do before I turn 25, so yes I will be making a “24 things to do before I turn 25” list, hehe. I also want to FINALLY get the Crafty Foxes shop up and running online, participate in a few craft fairs and take a few classes (and maybe even by the end of the year run my own class somewhere in something I am still yet to decide). But these things are all still ideas and everything takes time and needs some forward planning and thinking. Once they are completely ready, I’ll be sure to share them here first.

But now onto some cool stuff. As we all know it was Christmas 4 days ago (only 361 to go until the next, haha). I was most fortunate to receive some awesome presents from my awesome family and boyfriend. They included…

*a year’s subscription to BUST Magazine (Yes, my boyfriend rocks…and I’m going to be in the next one too – he didn’t want me missing out on it, hehe).

*the I Love You Owl! Craft Kit from Red Velvet Art, courtesy of my boyfriends parents

*lots and lots of crafty bits  – my parents also gave me my first thimble and my first sewing machine this year too!! I got my sewing machine in August as an early gift and it’s already been used an awful lot.

Brownie Owl

*lots of wool – my sister and brother-in-law got me a shopping bag full, my cousin got me a couple of nice balls and my boyfriend got me this amazing Aran Wensleydale Longwool from the wool shop round the corner from us. The one thing I love about Prick Your Finger is that they support British farmers, so I know that this wool is friendly to the environment as well as helping to sustain local economies and small businesses (I spent my early years growing up on a farm and would one day like to own some sheep and have a working farm – and be able to spin my own wool, hehe).

*I got lots of other little things as well like chocolate, a calendar and a cute cupcake moneybox. But one of the coolest things was my first pair of pinking shears from my auntie and uncle. My mum still has her first pair, so I’m looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with mine!!

I know this post isn’t as picture heavy as usual, but I will soon be back with more photos of the holidays, the BUST London Christmas Craftacular and lots more stories about what’s been happening with me and my crafty self. One of my goals for 2010 is to post a new blog at least 3 times a week! I’m trying to get back into the habit now before the New Year so it makes it a little easier! And I definitely have a lot to blog about now!

Until then my lovely blog readers…

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx