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Hiya!

7 Nov

I know it’s been pretty quiet around here for a little while. Lots of stuff has happened in my personal life over the last 3 months and to be honest I took a break from a lot of social media because I wanted to and needed to. I’ve been reassessing a lot of things in life and I took the time out to make new friends, spend time with old ones and my family and go to a festival (Bestival – it was AMAZING!).

But now, I’m back. I don’t know how often I’ll be blogging but I want to try and make it worth your while reading when I do. My blog posts will probably be a little more personal too – it’s time people got to know me. The person behind the blog. I know, I’m actually a real-life person who writes this blog! Haha.

So what am I going to try and blog about? I want to write about gay rights, music, crafts, fashion, mental health, knitting, pretty things that I think are pretty and want to share, and so much more! I just hope that you’ll find it all interesting and will keep on reading my little ol’ blog!

Okay, I’m heading off for this evening but I’ll be back soon with a few outfit posts and maybe a few knitting posts too!

xx Crafty Love from this Crafty Fox xx

If I was to…

14 May

…own any pair of shoes, it would be these lovelies from Swedish Hasbeens

…to go out dancing, I’d want to have this red vintage purse from Bucket Tree in my clutches

…buy an heirloom, it would be this gold and black diamond fox neckalce from Rust

…have a child, he or she would wear this awesome cardigan from Antik Batik

…get married, I would wear one of these dresses from Saja

…own my first house, it would look like this one

…and would have this on the wall

…and would put this on my kitchen table

…and would have this over my knees as I sat watching DVDs or listening to vinyl records

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

Birthday Wishlist: Part Deux

17 Feb

With only two weeks to go, these are a few of the more pricey gifties I would L-O-V-E to receive and would be eternally grateful for…

A subscription to Frankie Magazine too keep me in the loop with the Australian crafty and fashion scenes…

Issue 8 of Uppercase Magazine and a subscription if it could be arranged…

This gorgeous print from Pretty Little Thieves…. (Side Note: If anyone can find headphones like the ones she’s wearing, I will love you forever!!)

Any of these gorgeous one of a kind headbands from Ban.Do’s Black Label – I think all of these ones have sold which is a shame but hopefully next time!

I can’t believe that in just over 2 weeks I’ll be 25. I know it’s not a big age, like 30, 40, 50 or 60 but it’s one of those birthday’s that you want to remember as you’ve finally got to the finish line of that first quarter of your life (if you live to 100 that is!!)

There are a few exciting things going on around here and on the Wednesday Knit blog soon, so keep your eyes peeled over the coming days for a few announcements and a return to your regular blogging schedule!!

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

Queenslanders Are Tough…

6 Feb

…but how much can one state take? Right after the devastating floods that affected my hometown of Rockhampton and the cities of Brisbane, Towoomba and others where I have friends and family living, Cyclone Yasi decides to strike Far North Queensland including the cities of Innisfail, Cairns and Townsville where I have another load of friends and family living! Thank whoever you want that they all got through these disasters with no major injury but they are all suffering from the after effects – no power and damage to their houses and other belongings.

They aren’t the only ones though and many others have lost not only their houses and livelihoods but loved ones also. The damage caused will take a long time to resolve but we in the blogging community can help. Please, if you can, donate a small amount of money to the Queensland Disaster Relief Appeal – it really will make a difference to many people. In Innisfail, the banana and sugar cane crops have been completely devastated. This industry provides a huge amount of work to residents, some of whom are my family! Donations will help to get the farms back in some working order, ready to get the new crops growing and ready to sell again!

The one thing that makes this very real for me is that I know these places. I’ve lived in some of them. I’ve visited others many times. I’ve experienced the tropical storms that have been affecting my home state. Us Queenslanders are tough, but sometimes we need a helping hand. And right now, we need more than one! So please help if you can. It will truly be appreciated and put to good use!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

My Absence Is Making My Heart Grow Fonder

16 Jan

Regular blog readers may have noticed that I have been absent since just before New Year. This is for good reason as my family is currently dealing with the sudden loss of my brother-in-law. He was an awesome and amazing man and had truly been like a brother to me over the past 7 years. The past couple of weeks have been spent planning various things that need to be done and I’ve also moved house in this time too.

Friday marks his funeral and wake and in true-to-form-style, all the friends and family are dressing up 80’s style! It’s what he would have wanted and is seriously up the right alley! I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a funeral! Haha!

The Wednesday Knit² knitting group also happened last Wednesday and that also went well! I’m so excited for the next one and can’t wait for the return of The Last Wednesday Knitting Club at the end of this month! But until then, I will love you and leave you and wish you all a happy and productive week!

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

Photo Diary Since The Last Blog Post

16 Dec

My Cousin Sent Me Four @frankieMagazine - She's Awesome.
Another Present In Progress.
Catching Up In Blogs.
The Sylvanian Families Set Up Of My Dreams.
Done.
Current Display at Prick Your Finger.
My Antlers Are Drying.
Pastel Tyres

All of these photos are from my iPhone and have been edited using Instagram. The best way to explain it is that it’s like Twitter and Flickr mixed together without the spam and with cool editing features integrated into it. I love it and can’t stop using it! My favourite app so far!

I’m busy knitting Christmas presents at the moment hence why I haven’t posted since the beginning of the month but hopefully after Christmas I’ll have lots to blog about and we can resume the blogging year once again! I hope you’re all well and having a happy holiday season!

xx Crafty Love from the Crafty Fox xx

Perfect Timing

11 Oct

I’ve been a bit unwell this weekend – the last 2 days have been dry toast/ice cube sucking kinda days! Today I have been feeling slightly better (minus the stomach ache and sore throat) so I thought I could blog a little! Huzzah! Mainly my current inspirations for Autumn. I’m loving Native American, Latin American, Scandinavian and Fair Isle patterns right now and they are forming a basis for a project I currently have in the works. I’m excited to share it when I reach that stage but until then enjoy a few of my inspiration pictures!

(I couldn’t remember the links for most of these unfortunately…they’d been sitting in a folder on my desktop for a while before I posted this. If you can link to the original source, I’ll be more than happy to link it up!)


Fair Isle Caplet
Nordic Mittens #1
Norwegian Mittens

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to work tomorrow and everything will get back on track again! Hope you’re weekend and Monday was better than mine!

xx Crafty Love from a 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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three bun buns


(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.

I’m Coming Back Soon

22 Aug

fox family XO.

Life sometimes gets in the way of everything else you want to keep doing. Blogging has been one of the affected areas and I apologise to you all. I hope you’ve been keeping up with all the other blogs out there though – I know I have!

This long break has been needed though and I’ve been able to regroup and regain my creativity again. It’s time to come back again. See you soon!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

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