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Things I Must Do

1 Apr

1) Go to the gym – I joined yesterday and am going for my first session tomorrow morning. I’m kind of looking forward to feeling like I can’t walk on Saturday. The pain means that I’ve done something right and I’m finally on the path to losing the 20-35 kilos I want to lose!

2) Make this for dinner on Sunday (it’s Easter Sunday after all and I need to make something nice for my boyfriend and I to eat!)

A tasty, tasty Butternut Squash Lasagne from Naomi over at the gluttonous vegan. I’m really loving the recipes she has on there (my boyfriend is vegetarian and I don’t eat meat very often so it’s perfect!!!), so go check it out if you haven’t already!

3) Finish my brother-in-law’s scarf – this has been an ongoing project but as soon as I am done here I will get on it and try to finish it to give to my sister on Sunday on our weekly urban glamble.

4) Make 5 more rings for my new etsy shop, and make the banner so I can finally open this baby up!! (I’m hoping to fund both my gym membership and a place on this class with sales from my etsy shop)

5) Draw more.

6) Continue with my art journalling.

7) Start knitting up this…

It’s a cropped jacket kit from Purl Alpaca that my parents got me for my birthday. The wool is amazing and the picture of the alpaca it came from is even cuter!! I can’t wait to wear this! And it’ll be my first self-knitted garment!

Time to crack on with the list then! Be back with more soon.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday – Birthday Wishes

4 Feb

Pretty Things Thursday has been hijacked this week! It’s my birthday in just over a month and to celebrate this and to drop hints to friends and family if they want to get me something, I give you my birthday wishes. Everyone loves a wishlist now and then!

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Marc Jacobs:

Shoes:

Cute veneer postcards:

A Skunkboy Creatures animal:

Craft Supplies:

Noro Kureyon wool:

Shades #209, #170, #250, #256, #188, #240, #215, #255, #…….Hehe, most of the shades are favourites.

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Or, I could just be taken wool shopping at Loop, John Lewis and/or Prick Your Finger!! There’s something I love in each of them!

There are a few other things on my list like vintage buttons and lace doilies and vintage letterpress letters spelling out ‘Crafty Foxes’. I do get a little excited by my birthday and I’m looking forward to it this year. It’ll give me a chance to see friends from around London again who I miss terribly but don’t have enough cash to go visit!

Katja also put a birthday gift list up on her blog (our birthdays are a day apart) so if you’re feeling super generous and want to buy us gifts go check it out! Not that we expect anyone to! It’s more just a huge hint drop to our families, friends and loves! Hehe.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

The Sunday Round Up

24 Jan

Today’s Sunday Round Up is dedicated to my favourite woodland (and London suburbs) animal, the FOX! In all the time I’ve had this blog I’ve not done a dedicated blog post to foxes – how this has happened, I don’t know! Without further ado, this Crafty Fox will show you a few of my favourite foxy things.

As Silje says in the description for this print, “It’s 2010, and the fox is the new owl!”. I love this print and if I get a reasonably well-paid job, this will be my reward as soon as payday arrives!!!

I love this print by studiolyon on etsy. It’s so simple and I like the woodgrain effect that’s been blended in behind the fox’s fur.

One of my favourite things is this craft kit from Red Velvet Art. Elsie’s drawings are sooooo cute! Loves!

These foxes from Sleepy King have been on my wishlist for a while. Little Red is my favourite!

I saw this print on etsy a while ago and was suckered in by the little sleeping fox on the girl’s head. I love this style of painting too so it’s a winner for me!

A fox on a bike? Why not?! Haha.

I linked to this a couple of posts ago and bought it recently as a small gift to myself (I’d been eyeing it up for a while and Lady Luck had a New Year’s half price sale. It was meant to be! Hehe). It’s currently my most worn necklace!

And finally, a favourite from the ladies over at Polka Dot Robot. Genius!

I’ve got a few posts planned for this week, including a look at my current WiP’s (work-in-progress’s). I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and have a fun week ahead!

xx Crafty Love from a 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.

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*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

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.

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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?

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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!

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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

Pretty Things Thursday

5 Nov

After a week away, Pretty Things Thursday is back! Yay! I’ve been having some time off work so it’s given me a chance to find lots of pretty things in all sorts of places.

Holiday journal

I’m really getting into journalling lately, thanks to this lady, and the photos of all her art journals are getting the creative and journalling juices going. I haven’t done it for a while but it’s slowly becoming one of my favourite things to do again.

Fleece baubles

Christmas has started already for me as I’m handmaking each of the Christmas gifts I’m giving this year. Heidi Kenney’s amazing plushie baubles are a great decoration for the holidays and for those who’ve broken their fair share of the glass ones over the years! Hehe.

Amazing giveaway

Possibly the cutest giveaway I’ve seen in a while over at Elsie’s blog. Of course I entered, and I also entered for my sister, who right now is very deserving of a pick-me-up/random present.

Sad robots

This picture makes me happy and so sad for the poor little robots all at the same time! My heart just dies and smiles – it’s sooooo gosh darn CUTE!!!

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My favourite image on this long collage is the very top one. A little bit of knit graffiti always goes down well with me and how pretty is it? I’ve only recently found this ladies blog, but it’s very inspiring. Check her out.

So, it’s 11.49pm here in London, so I better blog this before Thursday officially ends!! Hope you’ve all had good days out there.

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

 

Monday Loveliness

2 Nov

I realise I’ve missed a couple of my regular features this week, so I apologise to those of you who were looking forward to them. I had a pretty tough week last week so needed to take a little time out. But I’m back and looking forward to blogging about all the things I’ve found and been inspired by.

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These images come courtesy of Red Cap Cards. Paperchase (in the UK anyway) sell their cards and it’s there that I first discovered them. I love that they have a whole host of illustrators making images for them. The deer and flower images are two of my favourites at the moment as they remind me of Charley Harper’s illustrations. That brings me to…

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Birds and Words

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I’m coveting this book after coming across it when I was in Magma Books in Covent Garden today. His illustrations are simple and I love his descriptions of how he draws and comes up with the ideas of how the birds should look. I do have a huge things for birds at the moment and wouldn’t mind getting a couple of love birds (they’re pretty and very cute!!).

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Painted pumpkin

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It seems like not a blog post goes by without a mention of Elsie Flannigan but I love this simple decoration idea she posted on her blog today. The textures of the pumpkin and the paint make for an interesting final texture. And it’s a cheap and cheerful way of decorating your home for the next few holidays coming up!

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Team Lovely

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And a final image again from Elsie, of her new series of paintings called ‘Team Lovely’. This is one of the first in a series of 100 and is so far my favourite piece. If I had all the money in the world she’d be mine right now but I’m just going to have to wait and hope that no-one else buys her!! They’re doing a really cute thing of putting markers on a globe of wherever the ladies end up. At least one needs to be in the UK!!

So that’s my blogging for this evening. I’ll have more updates this week as well as the regular features being back!

Hope your Monday wasn’t too stressful and boring!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Pretty Things Thursday

15 Oct

I’ve decided to add a new little feature to my blog called “Pretty Things on Thursday”. It’ll be a weekly Thursday post about, well, pretty things! Haha.

1) I was recently alerted to Fifi Lapin and her blog by Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess. It’s amazing and the illustrations are just magical. Extremely pretty indeed.

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2) My small mention of Elsie made me realise that it would be silly not to put her in my list of pretty things for this Thursday. I really admire her style, her art and her love for her shop and the products she puts in it. Blogging everyday isn’t easy either, as well as being half of the teaching team for the RVA Autumn Craft Class I’m taking at the moment. She is just an amazing woman who creates very pretty things.

RVA Fort

RVA Girls

Mrs Fox Elsie

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3) My new obsessions are wool and buttons. I just can’t get enough of either. I’m constantly on the look out for the right colours for possible crochet and knitting projects and for more buttons to add to my stash. I was recently at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace and was in complete heaven. I just wish I had more money to spend!!

The Stash

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Yarn thread

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Elsie's Yarn

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Rachel's Yarn

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Vivianna's Mittens

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Well, it’s only a short one but I’ll have more for you next Thursday!! I’m excited about this being a regular feature – I have so many more ideas of what I can have each week. Yay! Hope your Thursday has been good to you!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

Fun Weekend

9 Oct
My lovely mum and me!

My lovely mum and me!

My mum is here! Yay! We’ve been catching up and talking all things crafty – I showed her a few of the RVA projects with her so she could give me her expert sewing advice and help me out on the bits I got stuck on. This is the woman who taught me how to sew, knit……well just about everything really!

My mum with some of her bits of knitting for a doll

My mum with some of her bits of knitting for a doll

We’re also getting excited about the Knitting and Stitching Show tomorrow! We’ve decided to get there early so we can scope out all the best bits before everyone else gets there and it’s not ridiculously busy and full. I’m hoping to find lots of this…

and maybe a few of these…

I’m also on the lookout for the right colour wool to start on this…

(Pattern by Vivianna and for sale at Red Velvet Art)

So that’s all for now! I’ll have another Sunday Round Up this week – it’s now my regular feature (I’ve got a regular feature, hehe) and I’ll try to round up all the best bits of the show and my quilting club that some of us girls at work have decided to do/start!

The winners of my giveaway will be announced on Sunday as well on my blog – although I will let the particular winners know on Saturday as soon as they are drawn. I hope all you lovely readers have a great weekend. Any plans?

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