Category: Crafty

FMS Photo a Day – Week 1

Photo a Day - Week 1

I’ve often seen people doing photo diaries or photo challenges and I’ve wanted to have a go. So I finally decided to commit to doing it and have been taking part in Fat Mum Slim Photo a Day for October. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll have seen the pics, but if not, here’s a round up of week 1.

Photo a Day - Week 1

I’ve really enjoyed doing it – finding different things to take pictures of that fit in to the category chosen over on the blog. It’s also been really interesting seeing how people who follow me on Instagram respond to the images. I think I’ve even gained followers, which is great!

Have you taken part? What has been your favourite day so far?

Renegade Craft Fair


About this time last year, I remember hearing about the Renegade Craft Fair & thought that I would definitely go next year. Well, a year later I (along with my OH) find myself heading towards Brick Lane. Never having been to Brick Lane at all, the whole day was an adventure. The area around Spittalfields, Brick Lane & the Truman Brewery is amazing.

Renegade Craft Fair

Eleven and a HalfAfter cycling across London on the hideous Boris bike (great idea, just not for me) we had breakfast at The Luxe which is part of Spittalfields Market.

The whole area is absolutely beautiful & I couldn’t take enough pictures of the architecture. Take this door for example. We walked down a road beween Commercial Street & Brick Lane and all the houses were very elegent – like something off Upstairs, Downstairs. I especially liked this house, which was in between house number 11 and house number 12. It reminds me of Harry Potter & platform 9 and 3/4!

This wasn’t the only amazing feature we saw on this street. Most of the houses also had wooden shutters – something I’ve always wanted. But not only that, they had these gorgeous little iron men to hold them open. Have you everShutter
seen anything cuter? (Other than a pug, obviously!)Most of the houses had them, and those that didn’t looked sadder because of their loss.

All this set me in great spirits as we headed towards the Renegade Craft Fair.

When we arrived, we decided to walk around the outside first then look at stalls in the middle. It was amazing! There are so many talented crafters, designers and creative people is was very inspiring. To say I was a little overwhelmed is probably an understatement!

The range of stalls was pretty impressive, while owls seem to be everywhere, as does acrylic, every stall had their own style. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, most stalls only took cash, and as I didn’t have much (when do I?!) I wasn’t able to go mad. But I did find enough (of my OH’s) money to buy some washi tape, some stamps and a Renegade Craft Fair pencil – I do love a good pencil! I could have bought a lot more & actually wanted to but forgot to go back. It’s a good job I picked up plenty of business cards so I can order online!


After a good old mooch about, we headed off to enjoy the rest that Brick Lane had to offer & we weren’t disappointed. Such a cool place – I’d definitely go back, with an empty credit card! If you didn’t make it to the Renegade Craft Fair this year, then you could do worse than to put it in your diary for next year. It was a lovely experience and everyone was so lovely. It’s well worth a visit! x

Crafty Resolutions – Half Way

Polly Pullover

At the start of the year, like a lot of people, I made some resolutions so I thought it would be good to see how much I’ve achieved & what I have left to do before the end of the year comes around.

1. Knit a pair of socks. I’ve managed to do this & plan to knit more. I want to knit a pair in the round so that’s my next sock challenge.

2. Knit myself a matching hat, scarf and gloves set. I’m a third of the way with this one, having knitted a lovely hat. I plan to alter the pattern from the hat & use it to start off the hat & the gloves.

3. Knit myself a jumper. I have just completed the neck area on my Polly Pullover & hope to finish it within the next two weeks! In addition to this, I have knitted a snood too so I will be super warm come Winter!

4. Make Mollie Makes kits. I have about three kits left to do & have enjoyed using the ribbon that came with a few different copies. Fab!

5. Scrapbooking. This isn’t something I’ve been doing regularly, partly because the work in the garden has been quite sporadic due to the weather. I’ve taken a few pictures so just need to sit down for an afternoon & get on with it.

6. Write my own knitting pattern. Done! I’ve written 3 now, though only published one. Is Polly Pulloverit worth putting them on Ravelry? Not sure if they’re good enough!

7. Make more silver jewellery. I did quite a bit of this in preparation for the Bake-Off but haven’t done much since. I’ve got a few things that I want to make so just need to schedule it in!

8. Sew more. Can’t say I’ve done much more sewing really, although I’d really like to make myself a few new clothes. I’ve got an idea for a skirt so will have to get on with that!

9. Make candles. I did do this & it was great fun. I’ve got some wax left over & I’ve got a container in mind so am going to make a few more.

10. Bake healthier cakes. To be honest, I haven’t done much baking recently. As I work on my own, unless I eat all the cakes myself, it’s not really worth baking a batch. But I’m happy to eat cakes when I go out!

11. Get organised. Still working on this one!

12Make time for craft! I am much better at this one, as I knit most evenings & don’t feel guilty about spending time during the day knitting or crafting.

It’s been quite useful to reflect on how I’m getting on, especially as I know what I want to do, craft wise. I just need to get on with it now!


Bun Throwing

Bun Throwing

It’s tradition, that at every major royal event, buns are thrown from the top of Abingdon Guildhall. It’s one of those brilliantly British events, like cheese rolling and such like.

Well this jubilee was no exception. As it was raining quite heavily, my OH & I donned our wellies and set out to catch some buns. We prepared ourselves with a drink from Throwing Buns, me with a chai & my OH with a coffee. At 6pm, the buns started flying off the roof. Now we were all pretty wet. The buns were quite wet. I’m not great at catching so began to get pretty scared of being hit in the face with a bun! A very lovely lady next to me very kindly gave me a bun that she had caught, mainly because I think it was obvious that I had no chance of catching anything!

Bun Throwing

My OH caught two buns & very quickly put them in his pocket. I didn’t & my bun got soaked! It is such a unique event & I love being part of a town that has such a weird celebration! It was great to see such a fab turn out, despite the weather. Can’t wait for the next one!