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Busy Bee

wool stash

I feel awful. I have really neglected my blog. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it or checking it or ignoring the blogs that I follow. I’ve been busy. Both working at the day jobs (who’d be a freelancer?! Love it!) but also I’ve been busy crafting, making things for the Oxford Bake Off. I’m really nervous that I won’t have enough stock. I’m not worried about not selling stuff, because if I don’t then it’ll all go on my Folksy shop or the stock will be ready for birthdays & Christmas for the next year!

I have been busy knitting. Last week I was looking after my mum who fell & broke her wrist (she’s on the mend!) so I took my wool stash with me. Every free opportunity was spent knitting. I made some cards a few weeks ago so this week will be spent soldering silver jewellery & making a few vintage suffolk puff brooches.

I am so nervous but super excited at the same time. And this explains my absence! I have missed blogging so am taking a little time this morning to get some posts written and scheduled. And I will be blogging about how the sale goes at the weekend! Wish me luck!

wool stash

Handmade Christmas cards

Crafty Chai Wreath Christmas Cards

Crafty Chai Snowflake Christmas CardsLast week I committed myself to doing something crafty every afternoon. And after a tweet from a friend requesting some handmade Christmas cards, I knew what I had to spend my time doing. Monday afternoon was all about research & design. Some designs worked…some didn’t (like making my own paper snowflakes – A three year old could’ve done better!) Then I made some prototypes. Thursday was all about baking. Finally, I spent most of Friday making them. I made 10 for the friend who’d asked for them and another 10 for my Folksy shop.

Crafty Chai Wreath Christmas CardsEach card is unique. This is because I collect ribbon and buttons from where ever I can. A lot of it is reused. I don’t like to throw ribbon out & friends and family know & understand my button addiction! I had so much fun making the cards, despite the fact that it took all day! I didn’t think that looking for materials, putting the designs together & then sticking them to the cards could so long but it did! (Though I did watch Water for Elephants while I was doing it!)

I have now run out of the perfect sized green buttons for the Wreath card above so I’ll either have to hit up my family for more or go shopping for some! Hmmmmm…looks like a shopping trip is in order! x

Crafty Chai Christmas Tree Christmas Cards

Cards on Folksy

Crafty Chai Button Cards

I have loved cutting and sticking for as long as I can remember. So I guess it was only a matter of time before I put this love into a Folksy listing!

Crafty Chai Birthday Cards

Not only that but I’ve found a way to use some of the many, many buttons that I’ve been given from family and friends.

Crafty Chai Button Cards

So if you need a card or you want something to go in an old frame, pop on over to my old Folksy shop & get buying! x

Crafty Me

Woolly Knitted Socks

Knitted Wool SocksIn my efforts to make as many things as possible, I’ve been knitting for a while now. I received a pack of wool & instructions for some slipper socks this Christmas. The beauty of kits like this is that they push you & your skills further & make you learn new stiches. For instance, before this I didn’t know how to increase stiches nor did I know that you could break yarn off mid-project or how to restart your knitting. I now do. Even though I can’t see anyone asking for me to make them a pair of these little socks, they are incredibly warm. This is good as I am pretty chilly most of the time (even in the Summer!). I am pleased with these & glad that they are done so that I can move on to my next knitting project.

Woolly Knitted SocksI’ve also had a go at making some cards this week. I love stationary & cutting and gluing things together – always have. So I guess it was just a matter of time before I made some greetings cards. I had a bit of practice with the anniversary & valentine’s cards that I gave my OH (He had to like them!) Then, looking around, I had a few ideas about possible Easter cards (which I don’t normally send but think these are lush so will definitely pop them in the post). I’ve also made a New Job & a Good Luck card for friends too. Now while they do look ‘homemade’, they are the first ones I’ve done. I really like
Handmade Cardscards like this & figure that if I give them to loved ones, they will too! (Or be too polite to say otherwise!)I’m also thinking about making my Mum a Mother’s Day card so starting to look out for ideas for that. I know that I need to work on the lettering a bit so am thinking about investing in a cutter board & maybe a knife as my scissors aren’t so good. What I like about these cards is that the paper is recycled & I’ve either inherited the fabric or it’s just left over from another project, as are the buttons. Wicked!