A few years ago, I found a little pug cushion on Folksy. As my OH & I really wanted a pug, but couldn’t find one to adopt, we settled on the little cushion as a kind of dog-substitute! Our little pug was designed by Sarah Waterhouse. Only recently have I rediscovered Sarah’s amazing hand printed textiles and they are just as lovely as our little cushion. One of her designs has really caught my eye and it’s this delightful bird brolly print, which comes as a kit to make this lovely lampshade. I included it in little roundup of possible new lampshades for our redecorated hallway.
I’ve decided to order the kit and have a go at making my own lampshade. It’ll either go in the hallway or replace the hideous lampshade at the top of the stairs. It’s such a cheery pattern and I love the bright yellow. I’ll let you know how I get on – I’m really excited about it! (Despite the fact I have a ton of craft projects waiting for me to do!)
But not only does Sarah produce beautiful and colourful designs, everything is ethically sourced and created. She only prints on environmentally friendly fabrics such as hemp and organic cotton, the packaging is biodegradable and reused where possible and even her business cards are made from recycled card. Excellent environmental credentials, wouldn’t you say? I think this lamp shade will be the perfect addition to our house – handmade, hand printed, ethical and beautiful.
Have you found any really great craft kits recently? Let me know how you’re getting on with your projects – are you as swamped as me?!
I’m always on the look out to try new craft things, preferably quick things. My main craft is knitting and I’m not a quick knitter so I like to try other things that might create an end product a bit quicker! A while ago, I read about the Crafty Fox Box over on Patchwork Harmony’s blog (and this was the inspiration for my paper garland). I’ve noticed that subscription boxes are becoming more & more popular and you can get everything from snack boxes to coffee, dog treats to stationery. I’m hoping to try a few others and report back.
You get quite a lot in the box, along with a link to get some instructions. I cannot wait to have a go at carving my own stamp, along with the other bits & pieces. The cards that come with it are really good quality so I’m hoping to design some new cards using the stamp that I make and the one that came with the box. I’m so glad I got a craft box! Have you signed up to any monthly box subscriptions – are there any that you can recommend?
There’s always one thing that I am going to enjoy receiving at Christmas and that’s a craft kit. You get the enjoyment of opening the present on Christmas Day and then the enjoyment and fullfilment of making the kit later on in the year. One big problem though is that a lot of kits are children. Great for them, not so great if you aren’t one. So I’ve had a look around for some great kits that adults might also enjoy doing.
Top Row: Bobby Pins. Sock Monkey. Stuffed Owl.
Bottom Row: Papercut Kit. Create a Gnome kit.
I’ve picked ones that are a bit different, fun & creative. Plus I’d like to receive any and all of them (hint, hint!) Most are from Etsy, but not all are UK based, so if you wanted some as Christmas gifts, you’d better get ordering! I think any crafter would enjoy receiving these in their homemade stockings from Father Christmas, don’t you?!