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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

The Last Wednesday Knitting Club

28 Oct

That’s my knitting club. Yep, that’s right, I run a knitting club. It’s on the last Wednesday of the month but I’m sure you guessed that from the name! Haha. I started it at the end of March and we are now approaching our last meeting before the New Year! Eeek! I’m having so much fun planning our end of year party though – there will be a few small surprises and lots of chatting and drinking! Hehe.

This is a little bit of an advertorial blog though, as I took the step of creating a Facebook group for The Last Wednesday Knitting Club and I would love people to join it! Click on the knitting picture below to be taken through to the page. Once you get there, you will be kept up-to-date with the latest goings on and any giveaways or important knitting information that we may have!

Knitting in the Round
(PS. This is a picture I have taken. You can find it on my flickr if you would like to use it. Please remember to credit photographs wherever possible.)

I have a few exciting announcements to make soon about my knitting club but that has to wait until things have been confirmed and are set in stone! No point in letting people know something when it’s not 100% ready!

So for now, I will love you and leave you. Until the next blog post….

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

It’s almost ready!

15 Apr

“What’s almost ready?” I hear you ask.

THE CRAFTY FOXES ONLINE SHOP, THAT’S WHAT!!!!

Yes, I’m opening an online shop. I’ve been a busy bee lately making things, calling on friends to model for me (and wishing away the overcast days that have taken over the skies when I want to take photos), getting my shop banner ready (although you’ll have to wait until the shop launch for that), and all sorts of other things involved with getting an online shop up and running. It’ll be an Etsy shop, which I know many of you already use and love.

To celebrate this grand opening, I’m offering you, my lovely blog readers, a few special launch products exclusively through my blog. I have 7 brooch/ring and brooch/earring sets at a special launch price! Some of the items will be repeated on Etsy individually, others are one-of-a-kind created especially for you guys and gals! Plus, I have waived postage for these special items!!

Purple Regiment Heart Brooch and Chains Ring

£12.50

Arctic Rainbow Heart Brooch and Arctic Rose Ring

£12.50

Vintage Floral Heart Brooch and Candystriper Heart Earrings

£10.00

Green Lady Heart Brooch and Green Rose Earrings

£10.00

Pink Patchwork Heart Brooch and Pink Roses Earrings

£10.00

Blueberry Roses Heart Brooch and Blue Roses Earrings

£10.00

Matryoshka Brooch and Matryoshka Button Ring

£10.00

To buy any of these lovingly handcrafted items, please email me (jaqueline(at)craftyfoxes(.)co(.)uk) and I will send you a Paypal Invoice (I tried to add ‘Buy Now’ buttons but WordPress wouldn’t let me). Items will be sent out as soon as payment is received (I’ll email you to let you know they’ve been sent).

Remember, these sets will not be listed in the Crafty Foxes Etsy shop so get them before it’s too late!!

Thank you so much for putting up with me and my lack of posting here over the last few weeks. As anyone understands, starting up a small business venture isn’t an easy thing to do! But now the ball is rolling I’ll be here as usual with my inspirations and rants and whatever else I fancy posting about. I’ll also be back in a few days with the official opening of the Crafty Foxes Etsy shop! Eeeeeek!!! Love you all!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

New Challenges:New Starts:New Prospects

20 Mar

Ever since my birthday happened at the beginning of this month, things have been on the up. I’ve been getting support from avenues I had almost given up on and new challenges and prospects have presented themselves to me in the form of some very exciting things!

Number 1 –

I’ve enrolled on a 10 week Silkscreen and Printmaking Workshop and I’m very excited about it! I’ve done linocut printing before but have always wanted to learn how to screen print and make other kinds of prints. I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons in terms of the crafts I am able in and I can’t wait to finally add printmaker to that list!

Number 2 –

This is the most exciting new challenge for me by far. I’M STARTING UP A KNITTING GROUP!!! Yes, a real-life knitting group where actual people (I hope) meet up for a couple of hours a month to chat, knit and generally have a good time. It’s called The Last Wednesday Knitting Group because, surprise surprise, it’s held on the last Wednesday of every month! Hehe. The first one is 31st March, just over a week away. If live in the London (UK) area and are interested in coming along, here are the details:

When: 31st March 2010, from 6pm-8:30pm
Where: The Travel Bookshop, 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 2EE
Nearest Tube: Notting Hill Gate//Ladbroke Grove (about a 5-10 minute walk from each)
Nearest Bus: 5245223770228 (go here to see where the buses stop)

There is no need to bring anything apart from your wool and knitting/crochet/etc…we will be able to teach the basic stitches to learners and refreshments will be available. As this is the launch night, it will be quite informal and we can discuss any requests and questions new members have about how the group will run, special events, etc…

My boyfriend is currently designing the poster for the knitting group and as soon as it’s finished I’ll be posting it here!! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at jaqueline(at)craftyfoxes(dot)co(dot)uk or leave a comment on the blog. And if anyone has any really good tips to help me run this baby smoothly, they will be very much appreciated!!

I have a few more exciting things in the wings however I’m going to save those for another post  – one of them will be a new feature soon so I don’t want to ruin the surprise just yet! Right time for me to go to bed. I’m up early tomorrow (yes, up early on a Sunday) so I need some beauty sleeps! Haha.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

When I Grow Up…

12 Jan

I’ve wanted to be sooooo many different things over the years and said the above statement probably more than I can count on my fingers and toes x100! Haha. Possible careers (that I can remember) have included:

Princess

Nurse (to follow in my dad’s footsteps)

Journalist

Arctic Explorer

Photographer

…zoologist, actor, singer, air hostess, zoo keeper, veterinarian, fashion designer, film-maker. The list goes on and on and on!

But there are a few possibilities that I’ve never really given up on and have stuck with me throughout. Y’know, the old faithfuls that you’ve said more than a few times and to more than a few people. Start my own business, become a teacher and become a librarian. I don’t know about anyone else but I LOOOOVED to play shop when I was younger, pretending that my friends were my most loyal customers on their amazing old school cash registers. And I also loved to pretend that my Barbies and soft toys were my class at school. Most of all I loved to read (and still do when I get the chance and really get into a book). In the last year I’ve been torn between the three careers and have finally decided that it’s about time I give each of them a go. So what am I doing to?

Job Number 1: Start my own business!

This is the year of the Crafty Fox! I’ve finally set myself a realistic goal of starting my craft business this year – it will include a few different areas that I’m very excited about like my first online shop and some other things I can’t go into just yet! But I promise that as soon as I’ve finalised details, you, my beloved blog readers, will be the first to know!

Job Number 2: Become a Teacher

Don’t you just love this image? Haha. Now this goal is slightly harder to do than the others I’ve chosen as it will involve me going back to school myself for a while. My mum has worked in a school for quite a few years so I’ve always been around teachers. My work experience in high school was at a local primary school. One of my old housemates and good friend is in her first year of teaching. But I want to teach secondary school art/textiles/design – a tough one, I know. But I want a challenge in life and I’ve been told that I have the perfect teacher disposition by a few of my mum’s friends!! So this goal won’t be met for a few years but I’m hoping that I do get the chance to teach informally, be it through workshops or tutorials here, as it’s something I really enjoy!

And finally Job Number 3: Become a Librarian

As you may or may not know, I have worked as a bookseller for the last year and a bit. And it was all going well until Borders (in the UK only) decided to go bust. I love books. I always have. Reading was a huge part of my childhood with particular books remaining my favourites to this day! So when my job ended I realised that I wanted to stay working with books and researched a few positions. My mum has been a librarian for over 10 years and I’ve always loved helping her out with any jobs that need doing in her library. She and a few of her friends recently helped me out with my application for a graduate trainee position as a librarian. Now, I’m quite apprehensive about writing this as the closing date isn’t until 28th January and I usually don’t like saying anything about applications. However this time around I could really use some positive vibes!! I really want this and know that I’ll be one of a large group of people applying for 2-4 positions. So prayers and good thoughts are very much appreciated!!!!!

This is a bit of a personal post for me and I appreciate that all of us in blog land always want to know more about each other and why we all make the decisions we do. Hopefully this helps to explain some of it!! Until my next post I hope you all have a good one. And I hope that for some people this helps them to realise that you don’t always have to stick to just one option in life. There are many paths to take and any one could lead you to different experiences that are meant for you.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

(All credit is linked to the images in this post. Please click each one to link to the source I found it at.)

The Sunday Round Up

10 Jan

This week has been a busy one for me. I’ve spent a lot of time looking for work and hopefully one of my applications will be successful soon! Please keep your fingers and toes crossed (and a prayer or two would be appreciated if you say them!) – I am getting pretty desperate for work as I don’t like not knowing what’s going to happen week after week. This is the first time I’ve been unemployed (and it wasn’t be choice) so it’s a little scary and why I might seem so worried about it too!

Apart from job hunting, I’ve also been catching up on some knitting and crocheting that needed doing. It includes 3 scarves, 1 hat and 2 pairs of fingerless gloves. So far I’ve almost finished one scarf for my boyfriend’s cousin (I’m on the final stretch now!) and then I’m going to try and master knitting with circular needles. I really want to do things the easy way and gloves and hats are easier to make with circular needles! Wish me luck with that one!! (Oh and Vivs, be prepared for a few emails/tweets with the subject line “HEEEEEEELLLLLLLP!”, haha).

Sticking with the knitting theme, I’ve got a new wool obsession. Noro. I admit that I used to bunch it in with the regular self striping wool you usually get for socks (in variegations that I usually don’t like). However I had an epiphany when I saw these finglerless gloves Vivianna was knitting…

The colours of this particular variegation just melted my heart as soon as I saw them. So, naturally I’ve been looking all over the place to try and find the best pictures to show how each different ball of wool knits up. I found some very nice pictures courtesy of Ravelry…(each picture links to the pattern – you will need a Ravelry account to access them.)

(P.S. If anybody wants to get me some Noro wool for my birthday in March, it’ll be greatly appreciated!! I have succumbed and bought a couple of balls as I want to try out a project or two but they are one of the pricier wools available on the shelves although for their quality they’re quite reasonably priced compared to others!!)

So what else has been inspiring me this week?

Inspiration Board

My new inspiration board. I’ve been trying to fill it with all the things I need to keep me inspired and that have recently been inspiring me. I do the majority of my crafting in the living room on the sofa and this sits exactly opposite where I usually park my bum. It’s been a good way for me to really think about what my inspirations are for the things I want to make over the next few weeks, months and years (Jamie, your photo was the first thing to go on there!!).

Oh and for those of you who like peeks into the craft areas of other people, say hello to my yarn stash…

The Yarn Stash

It’s not the best picture (I guess everyone knows how good natural light is in the winter when it’s not sunny!!) but this is what I own. There are projects in mind for quite a few of the skeins that are shown. I just have to actually sit down and make them. But I have a serious motivation for that now as I’m finally sitting down and writing a business plan and timeline. Everytime I get one thing done I will be able to sit down and do a just-for-me project…and believe me, there are A LOT of just-for-me projects I want to do, haha.

So that’s my Sunday Round Up for this week, and again the first of the New Year! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please keep your fingers crossed for me that something comes along soon in the job department! I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and have a fantastic week ahead. And let me know if you’ve got any Noro projects on the go and I’ll link them on here!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

4 Oct

So here we are. It’s Sunday again and the only day I’ve had to blog!! I’d be blogging more at the moment if it wasn’t for being really busy at work and also the fact that we currently only have one computer in the house which my lovely boyfriend is currently writing his MA research paper on. I can cope with not much computer time with that reason so I apologise to all my lovely readers for the lack of posting, but it’ll hopefully get better soon!!

So, what have I been up to this week (or rather weekend)? I went to see Mark Thomas, a political comedian and really funny with my boyfriend and a couple of his friends, and I’ve been working away at work. Craftwise, I’ve managed to get the good stuff done this weekend, as is always the way! So what have I done, I hear you ask? These things…..

Autumn =

This is what Autumn is for me right now – crochet, Perler beads, buttons and crafts in general. I’m having such good times right now with my craft stuff and keep on having to tell myself that I need to stop focussing on stuff for me soon and knuckle down with making things for my Etsy shop launch!!

Granny Chic Purse

Hootie the Owl

These are the things that I managed to photograph while there was good light this weekend. The granny square crochet purse and the owl plushie were both projects for the RVA Autumn Craft Class. I’m having sooo much fun doing this class and can’t wait until the next projects are loaded up each time. Of course I have a few that I want to do before others but they’re all exciting and such good ideas. Really hoping I can take part in the next class.

Other things I’ve been in love with this week include –
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This gorgeous recipe card kit from RVA – I’m starting to get itchy feet about baking again and am in love with the leaf Perler bead board that comes with it.

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And as I am the Crafty Fox, it’s only natural that I should fall completely and utterly in love with this – the ‘You’re a Fox Craft Kit’ also from RVA. If I’d been flush this month and wasn’t having to save myself and my funds for the Knitting and Stitching Show, this would have been mine straight away!! But I can wait until next month – fingers crossed there are some left!

Also on my wishlist right now is fabric from the Echino collection. I again have fallen in love with the colours, patterns and designs those fabrics have. I’ve not managed to find them here in the UK yet in any of my local fabric stores (although lots of online ones) but have lots more to check out in person!

So a great weekend all round and hopefully I’ll have a chance to jump on a blog mid-week (the boyfriend’s paper is due on Friday though, so no promises). Otherwise next Sunday will be an amazing one – the day after the Knitting and Stitching Show. Expect many yarn-themed photos!!!!!!

Oooo, and remember to enter my giveaway a couple of posts down!!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Quick post before work

24 Sep
What's that you say?

What's that you say?

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I’ve got some things to share with you, my lovely blog readers, but I’m having to get ready for work this morning so don’t have enough time to do it now.

Let’s just say it involves the words: news, exciting and GIVEAWAY! (My first one, hehe).

Have a great day and see you all later.

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!!

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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