Another week goes by where there isn’t much chance to be crafty. I have been continuing on my secret project but it’s going very slowly. This afternoon I was desperate to practice some of the projects that I’ve had in mind for ages. With that in mind, and a sore body from gardening yesterday afternoon, the thought of sitting at the sewing maching was heaven. I’ve been meaning to sew myself a knitting needle bag for a while now but I needed to practice my hemming first. They’ve been a bit wobbly in the past so wanted to get them right for this project. Also I wanted to make my Granny a Mother’s Day card & I’ve got a friends birthday this week so thought I’d practice my stenciling by making her a card too.
This is what my craft table currently looks like. I’ve dawdled and struggled with the instructions for my case so I’ve not completed it. I have completed the cards – You can see the birthday one in the background. It’s much better than the one for my Granny, but she’ll love it!* I hope my friend will like this one. I really enjoyed stenciling it. Painting makes me feel like I’m still in primary school!
I will have to finish the case next weekend if I don’t get a chance during the week. It’s from the Cath Kidston ‘Sew‘ book. As a beginner, I find the instructions really difficult to follow so it takes me a while to get going. I am looking forward to finishing it though. And before you ask, yes I have made the bag on the front. Painful, very very painful. It took me ages but I did it! Granted it looks a little more ‘homemade’ than the one on the cover and I’ll never use it as an actual bag but at least I did it and it was good practice.
I am hoping the knitting needle case turns out better! Check back next week to find out.
* I am making my Mum’s Mother’s Day card too, but she reads this and I don’t want her to see it before she gets it!
It has been a busy week. It’s not good if you’re too busy to enjoy your craftiness or blog about other people’s amazing talents. The week ahead looks less busy which means I can indulge in knitting my new (secret) project.
However, while I cannot blog about that I can blog about other crafty techniques that I am turning my hand at. While procrastinating over some work last week, I noticed a tweet from Nikki McWilliams. It was advertising screen printed images that she’d done. I was very interested so took a quick peek at the image. I loved the kettle image & immediately popped over to her Folksy page & ordered my very own copy. I received it the next day and was bowled over to have received the number 1 of 30! I am most impressed with the promptness of service but also with the beauty of the screen printing. It is really amazing. I think that the fact that it is of something so simple & everyday like a kettle makes it even more lovely. It is on the wall next to my desk so I can see it all the time. Thanks Nikki!
It has also inspired me to have a go at painting. While I may not be an expert in painting, I did attend lessons for beginners in watercolour & thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my most recent purchases from Comma shop in Oxford was a stencil kit. I’ve been thinking of ways to improve my card making & thought using stencils would be a great way of doing this. Armed with my stencils & some paint, I had a go.
I am super chuffed with the results. These might be very simple & crammed onto one page, but I really like the slightly raised effect that stenciling gives. I will definitely be using stencils on my next batch of cards.
In 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.
I’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
cards 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!
So you might have guessed from my previous posts that I love shopping. But I’m at my most happiest when I’m shopping for the house. One of my favourite shops in Oxford is Comma Shop on Iffley Road. It’s such a funky place to visit & I cannot leave there without spending money. You’d be amazed at the massive electic mix in this shop. It ranges from beautiful stationary, cards & gift wrap to mugs, cushions & artwork to all kinds of vintage ware & very cute badges. They even stock pieces from Gemma Correll, including a wicked mural that Gemma painted on the wall. They also sell To Dry For tea towels and this is because they are run by the same people (it took me a little while to figure this out!)
Therefore when I popped there the other day, I made sure I bought as many crafty & handmade bits as my bank account would allow. The beautiful picture below is one of them. As soon as I saw it I knew it needed to be in our home. In our hallway, we have three little alcoves. This picture is in the end one & fits a treat.
If you do visit Comma Shop (& you should) and you need a sit down after all that spending, you are lucky enough to be very close to two excellent pubs. One is The Rusty Bicycle. My OH & I shared some lovely baked camembert on a wet February lunchtime. The other amazing pub is The Magdalen Arms & it has an amazing feel. You can spend some very relaxing time in both these places & I recommend that we all do this much more often!