Hello. My name is Cathryn and I love paper.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved paper. This developed into quite a serious stationery addiction. For me, going to the newsagents or a stationers still makes me feel calm and happy. After a bad day at work, I like nothing more than going to the stationers and buying a new pen to write with. And is there anything more satisfying, than using a brand new pen, preferably one with orange ink (my favourite), in a brand new notebook? The joy. The hesitation over what to write. Using your best and neatest handwriting. *sigh* That’s pretty much heaven for me. My notebook buying addiction, which extended to post-it notes and highlighters, became overwhelming, so much so that my drawers were full of them and I had to go cold turkey. It was either that or we would drown in paper! This only makes the purchase of a new notebook even more satisfying, as I’ve had to wait sooooo long to buy one.
It’s not just notebooks that feed my love of paper. I also really enjoy working with paper. Whether it’s making cards, cutting and sticking different papers together or just perusing Pinterest for amazing amazing paper creations from like minded paper lovers. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to ideas about making things from paper, which I makes me breath a sigh of happiness when I’m feeling blue.
I also spend my day, surrounded by paper. I’m either scribbling notes, ideas and to do lists or I’m looking at some of my favourite and inspirational pieces of paper on my notice board above my desk. There’s something very satisfying about working with paper, whether you’re creating something from an old book or reusing a pretty bag to make a butterfly, paper makes me smile. A lot! It’s official, my love affair with paper is going nowhere!
Are you a paperfan? Or maybe you’re a stationery geek and can’t get enough of new notebooks?
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I know, I know. It’s a bit late to be writing about what I crafted over Christmas, but hey, better late than never. Just before Christmas, I really got into sewing. From making pyjama bottoms at Darn It & Stitch to making Cath Kidston Christmas decorations, I had caught the sewing bug. I had a few Mollie Makes kits to make as well as an ampersand cross stitch kit from The Shop at Number 57. (FYI, their shop is offline at the moment due to flooding. Fingers crossed they’re back up & running soon.)
I love these fox brooches from Mollie Makes. (Why can’t all their kits be super cute and easy to make?!) I’ve kept the orange once for myself, to brighten up my coat on dull dog walks, while the pink one is winging its way to my sister in Canada.
My sister gave me this kit for my birthday last May, so it’s taken me a while to get around to making it. I wanted to make it perfect and sew the cross stitch in the right way, not be ‘free form’ like I have previously. It isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close and I am so pleased with the result. I love the white thread on the black aida fabric. I’m very tempted to make another one, once the The Shop at Number 57 is open again!
What have you been crafting recently? I’m on the look out for more kits – let me know if you’ve come across any good ones!
Last week I was lucky enough to attend a bloggers craft night at the Cath Kidston shop in Oxford. I was joined by Natasha, Catherine, Victoria, Zoë, Dina & Rosalind. We were invited along to an evening of crafting in aid of Crisis. Cath Kidston are selling decoration kits, as well as giving the profits from the sale of the charity Christmas cards to raise money for Crisis.
There’s something pretty awesome about being in a shop after opening hours! We were able to have a good look around and start our Christmas shopping/buy some treats for ourselves! I bought these lovely charity Christmas cards & a pair of penguin pyjama bottoms. To be honest, I could have spent way more money! There are so many lovely things in Cath Kidston. They keep on bringing out gorgeous prints and great products!
We were given kits of Christmas decorations to make, complete with all the tools necessary to make them. After a quick mooch about, we all got started cutting out our shapes. Before long we got chatting, eating & drinking (hello mulled wine!). Progress was varied and I have to admit I didn’t finish mine during the evening, especially as I got distracted with some out of hours shopping! But I did sew my bricks on one side of the chimney. I finally finished it this week and have to say I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. I took the opportunity to have a go at different stitches. It’s not very often my hand sewing is as neat as this!
Not only that, but we were also given a few treats, including a second decoration to make. I can’t wait to finish this one too so that they are ready to go on the tree! Are you making any Christmas decorations this year? It does add a nice touch doesn’t it?
Sometimes you can be looking for something for your home & not quite find what you’re looking for or you want to put your own spin on something to personalise it and give it a bit of meaning. This is what the lovely folk over at The Bathstore asked me to do with this wall cabinet. Our bathroom has a nautical theme, so I wanted to go with blueish tones and as I’ve recently come back from holiday by the coast, I wanted to bring a bit of the sea into the bathroom. Some of my favourite holidays have included water, whether it was the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, sailing on the Seine in Paris or walking by the Hudson River in New York. I knew I wanted to include travel in my design in some way and there’s nothing better than soaking in the tub, daydreaming about holidays & far away lands! Here’s what I came up with:
I created waves out of from a selection of stamps I’ve recently inherited. I picked out lots of blue stamps, of all different shades, as well as some green ones to replicate the waves of the oceans. I stuck them onto card, cut the wave shapes out & stuck them to the mirror. I didn’t want the waves covering the whole of the mirror, as that can be quite frustrating when you want to use it! I also used an old OS map to create bubbles to go up the sides of the cabinet to tie in the idea of travel and soaking for ages in a bubble bath, planning adventures in lands far, far away!
I love working with paper so personalising this cabinet was really great fun. I got covered in glue, but am pretty happy with the end result. If you were going to personalise something for your bathroom, what would it be and how would you do it?