Tag: jewellery

Tuesday Treat – Love Your Plane

One of my favourite shops in East Oxford, Comma, closed it’s doors a while ago. I was gutted. They always had so many great, unique products and stationery, it was my heaven! Fortunately, it wasn’t long until the shop reopened as Love Your Plane and throughout August, OLD MADE shop is popping up there. It’s the perfect mixture of vintage items and amazing stationery. Excellent!

LYP Oxford

We popped in on Saturday (Poppy too!) and I had a quick mooch about. Within seconds of being in the shop, I saw about ten things that I wanted, from prints and chairs to vintage jars and cards. I’ll definitely be popping back in soon – there are a couple of pieces of jewellery there with my name on!

Tuesday Treat – Violet and Percy

There’s nothing I like more than finding a new stationery shop and thanks again to Twitter, I’ve found another one! Violet and Percy have an amazing selection of quirky cards, prints and jewellery and I couldn’t resist these postcards. What do you think?! I could quite happily spend all day looking through the website and deciding which things to buy.

Violet and Percy cards

I treated myself and my OH to a postcard each. We both love a good postcard and thought these would spruce up our respective office walls. They have loads of lovely prints, homewares and jewellery, including this adorable cloud bracelet, which I am coveting. Really hope someone buys it for me!

How about you? Do you stick things on your walls to brighten them up and inspire you?

Tuesday Treat – Lovely Pigeon

Lovely Pigeon

One thing that constantly amazes & inspires me is the number of creative people out there – all doing different things, but each one adding something fabulous to the world. And Lovely Pigeon is no exception. Their online shop is full of bright & beautiful products, ranging from vintage storage jars to adorable cards. If you’re looking for something a bit different, then you’re sure to find it here, like this Pigeon Box:Lovely PigeonThe gift box contains:
yellow circle earrings, zigzag badge, cheeky pigeon brooch, doodle book, yellow pattern book, lion card, 6 animal postcards, and 5 grey and yellow gift tags for just £20! What a bargain! A must-have collection for any stationery geek!

I also love the bright yellow of this collection – just what we need thanks to the dull cold weather. And how cute is the lion card?!

 

Crafty Resolutions 2012

Tea Cosy

Despite working less since July, I still haven’t managed to get enough craft in my life. So I’m setting myself some crafty resolutions. I plan to check back & update every month or so and hope that I can cross some of them off. Hopefully I’ll have them all crossed off by the end of 2012. So here goes…

1. Knit a pair of socks. I really want to do this. I can’t explain why but I have a real desire to make myself some warm & snugly socks. I’ve just got some DPN’s and plenty of wool so this will be my first project.

2. Knit myself a matching hat, scarf and gloves set. I have a real love of wool & this canCrafty Resolutions be seen in the variety of winter gloves, hats and scarves that I have. However, none of them match. This bothers me immensely! So I plan to knit my own. I’ve already got the wool but I imagine it’ll take me until next winter before I’ve completed them!

3. Knit myself a jumper. I am not particularly confident that my knitting skills are up to this but I want to give it a go. I know there are loads of patterns out there but if anyone has a recommendation of a plain jumper pattern, I’d love to have it.

4. Make Mollie Makes kits. I love Mollie Makes. I wait until I have some quiet time before I sit down & read it. I love the free kits but I’ve only ever made one – the phone cover, which I gave to my sister. I want to make them all! So my aim is to make one a month, maybe even two so that I can catch up on the backlog!

5. Scrapbooking. The garden WILL get a makeover this year, honest. I want to document the transformation by doing something I’ve never done before & that’s scrapbooking. Any tips will be gratefully received.

6. Write my own knitting pattern. There are so many amazing patterns out there but sometimes I struggle to find one that fits what I want to make so I’d like to make my own.

7. Make more silver jewellery. Out of the crafts I currently do, this is the one I do least. The main reason is that I’m a neat freak & can’t keep my silver making stuff out so I rarely get down to it. I don’t go to silver group every week because I can’t always afford it. But I need to make a more concerted effort!

8. Sew more. I love my sewing machine but I’m still a beginner so need to spend more time using it. I have a few ideas of items I’d like to make so I’d better get busy! I’ve also got a cool sewing kit that I’d like to complete. It’ll make some awesome owls that would look great on my desk!

9. Make candles. I got a kit for my birthday and haven’t used it yet. I know some lovely people who would like some candles so I need to get busy with this one asap.

Tea Cosy10. Bake healthier cakes. I recently had a cholesterol test. It’s slightly higher than it should be so I need to cut down on bad fats. Therefore I need to find healthy ways to have cakes & chocolates. There’s no way I’m cutting them out!

11. Get organised. I’m one of the most organised people I know. But when it comes to making things in time to give others, or awareness of how close holidays are, I seem to be completely lost. I need to start preparing for Christmas in the summer if I want to make all the presents, cards, cakes etc. And not leave them all to the last minute like I did this year…and the year before…and the year before that! Oops!

12. Make time for craft! I’m not too great at balancing my time. I’ll do all my work, tidy & clean the house before doing craft. Sometimes this doesn’t leave enough time to do craft. I should probably spend less time on Pinterest but I often see that as creative thinking time. I need to allocate time each week, no matter how little, to craft so that I can achieve these resolutions.

I am also doing the usual – eat less fatty stuff, eat more veg, get off my bum more; be more thrifty; sort the garden & finish off the little jobs in the house; learn from my mistakes etc etc. But most of all I want to do more craft because craft makes me happy and isn’t that worth spending time on? x

What are your resolutions? Are you having any crafty ones? I’d love to hear what they are.