Tag Archives: Rachel Denbow

The Sunday Round Up

7 Feb

I’ve had quite a bit of time at home this week (which makes me a bit nervous as it means no money) but it’s given me some time to get non-creative things done. However once those non-creative things are out of the way, I’ve been able to look at things that help get my creative mind flowing again.

I’ve read about Uppercase on many blogs but never got around to buying a copy until now. I’m so glad I did – amazing interviews, articles and artwork!! But I’m also really sad as both Issue 1 and 2 have sold out!! I’m one of those people who likes to have complete collections and without those two issues I’m stuck. Humph. Anyone out there have a spare copy of either or know where I can get them from? (Thanks in advance!!)

I love the colours in this photo, taken by Rachel over at Smile and Wave of thumb hearts made by her son. It also reminds me that Valentine’s Day is a week away! Which leads me onto the next photo…

I bought these from Something’s Hiding in Here a week ago and they finally arrived yesterday. I was initially going to give one to my boyfriend on Valentine’s Day but they were smaller than I thought they would be (me not reading the size scale) so I thought it’s be cute to give him one early. He likes them – we both appreciate good design and love letterpress stuff. I’m a huge fan of Something’s Hiding in Here too and would like one of their wooden rings when I get some money in my pocket. And sticking with valentine’s themed stuff…

Vivianna over at Polka Dot Robot has been experimenting with TTV effects and one of the results was this wonderful picture of some knitted hearts that were part of the PDR shop update that also happened this week. I did succumb and bought myself a knitting pattern and a coffee cozy, but I know I’m supporting a friend and small business so I don’t mind spending a little!

And here are some random delights that have made my week a lot more colourful and inspiring…

About to be made/melted into cupcake-shaped rainbow crayons!! Heidi over at My Paper Crane has some pretty darn good ideas for party favours and treats for kiddo’s if you’re ever stuck!

The appropriately named Candy Sprinkles sock yarn, available over at Studioloo. One word – YUM!!

These lovely crocheted circles are some of the inspiration for a gift I’m currently making for someone. Which I need to get cracking with, eek! I love the colour combinations.

So that’s the round up for this week! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and have found something that has inspired you. I’ve got an interesting week ahead that I have to prepare for so I might not be blogging as much. Leave some comment love and go visit the people that I’ve linked to in this blog post. They’re all amazing! Hope you’ve had a great weekend and a good week ahead.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

19 Nov

Hello to all you lovely blog readers out there!! This week’s Pretty Things Thursday is full of pretty things I’m coveting right now! And yes, a few of them are from the latest RVA update that happened last night. So let’s begin!!

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These are the four items that are on my most wanted list right now. I especially love the DIY Advent Calendar Kit. Such a great idea and as I’m not a huge fan of the chocolate ones anymore, this is definitely something that I want to do!! The sewing machine brooch is another personal favourite as I’m doing more and more on my sewing machine and becoming more confident with using it.


These creatures from Super Ninon have made my heart skip a beat recently. I love the expressions each of the plushies have on their faces! My favourite so far is definitely the foxy(?) lady in the bottom picture. Check out Super Ninon’s stuff on her flickr, her blog and buy these beautiful creations and more from her etsy.

P.S. This purse is my favourite out of all the ones she has in her etsy shop. Isn’t it beautiful?


Rachel’s inspiration wall and boards always inspire me and are always pretty. This is her November wall. Can’t wait to see what December has in store!


My obsession with pompoms will definitely be transferred into my Christmas presents this year and this is the perfect way to incorporate them!!

So this is a short but sweet one as I have to go make my lunch now before I set off to work! I hope you’ve enjoyed these pretty things as much as I have! Have a great Thursday – what have you got planned?

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Christmas 2009 – Coming Soon!

16 Nov

Now, I realise that for any American readers out there you still have Thanksgiving to go before Christmas really gets into full swing but here in the UK there are no other significant celebrated holidays between Easter and Christmas (I know Halloween falls between them but it’s not yet as big as it is in the US yet).

Christmas for me started about 3 weeks ago when everything started changing at work to become more holiday and gift themed. When you work in retail you soon find out when the seasonal holidays really start and it’s generally about 2-3 months before they actually happen. I decided a while ago that this year was going to be a handmade holiday year and so the first thing I had to do was write a list of all the people I have to make presents for and what I wanted to make for them.

Now you may be thinking that I’m just making presents for people like my immediate family (mum, dad, siblings, partner) and maybe a couple of friends. But no. My family goes up to Scotland each year to spend Christmas on my auntie and uncle’s farm. In total, there will be 11 of us up there (including myself and as far as I’m aware…people always end up being added on, haha). I also have to make another 2 presents for my Meme (grandmother) and brother who live in Australia. And I will most likely give a couple of presents to friends who have been really helpful to me this year. So that takes the number of presents I have to make up to 14 but you have to double and add a couple more to that as people will be getting more than one handmade item, which therefore takes the total number of presents to near 30!!

So my list was written during my two weeks off, but I haven’t started actually making presents until this week. The first ones I want to get done are the ones that have to go to Australia – posting for Christmas is recommended by early December, LATEST! I’ve started on part of Meme’s present…

Grannies for granny

…and I thought it was particularly funny that I was crocheting granny squares for my granny, hehe! If you took part in Elsie and Rachel’s RVA Autumn Craft Class, you know what I’ll be making with these. I love the colours of the wool I’ve chosen and am so happy they go really well together. My mum did help me out a bit with colour choice as she know’s what her mum likes more than I do (even though I’m pretty close to her). Other members of my family will also be getting gifts inspired by the RVA Autumn Craft Class, but obviously I can’t post the completed items here as I know some of them read it. So snippets it’ll be!

One thing I do wish I’d purchased or thought of before I started all of this, is a holiday planner. Rachel over at Smile and Wave posted a tutorial (available to purchase on etsy) for a particularly cute one.

Holiday Planner

Holiday Planner

I haven’t yet bought it but I wouldn’t mind getting the tutorial when payday comes as even though it might be a little late for my holiday planning it can be transformed into a planner for something else or into a journal (or it can be used to make a present for someone). (If anyone would like to get it for me that would be muchos appreciated too, hehe).

I realise that this post has been quite text heavy but I plan on posting more pictures of my run up to Christmas in the coming weeks. It’s fun seeing how everybody prepares for this yearly holiday and inspiring to see what ideas people come up with for handmade gifts. I hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment and I’ll be back next week with more about how I decorate and how my list of presents is coming along! What are you all doing for Christmas this year? Leave me some comment love below.

If you’re blogging your way to Christmas too, leave me a comment and I’ll come and check out your blog and leave you some comment love.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

22 Oct

My shifts at work at the moment have been pretty regular which is nice and for the next few Thursday’s I’m working a late shift, which means that I have the whole morning to devote to things I enjoy doing! It also means that my Pretty Things Thursday posts will be up in the morning rather than me panicking about doing them after work in the evening.

So pretty things this week include…

Craft room

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This craft room. I’m aching for a room of my own at the moment. I currently share my sewing space with my boyfriend’s studio/drawing space. It works but I’ve still managed to move half of my stuff into the living room and onto the dining table. I need better storage and once I have that it’ll be okay…but I’d still LOVE my own room for just MY stuff, hehe.

Lovely room

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Ms Denbow strikes again with her amazing style and taste! Once I have a house that I can call my own, I hope that it’ll look half as pretty as hers!

Pretty tea cups

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I have an amazing weakness for anything that involves tea party paraphernalia. I’ve been to Afternoon Tea at the Berkley Hotel a couple of times and loved it – if you live in London and love fashion it’s a must do, it’s called Pret-A-Portea and it’s soooo cute. If I had more space I would collect more tea cups and cake stands (although I have 5 cake stands already).

Pretty suitcases

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I love these suitcases. That’s all I have to say about them. -sigh-

Pretty yarn in a basket

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Pretty displays

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And finally a couple of photos from the wonderful Miss Elsie, who continually inspires me. I love the display she has in her kitchen. I have quite a few small prints that I need to display somehow and this is such a good way of doing it.

So have a great day people. Enjoy the pretty things this Thursday and I’ll be back soon for more blogging action.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx