Tag: scrapbooking

Introducing Pinterest!

I’ve been on Pinterest a while and use it daily for a variety of things. I am so familiar with it that I forget that other people might not be! Pinterest is basically an online scrapbook, a tool for collecting and organising the things you love, where you can collate different images from an online source. Not only does it help you organise all the great things you see on different websites & blogs, but it helps to link back to the orginial image as much as possible so you can find out how to make that great skirt in the image you just pinned becuase it links back to the tutorial. Plus Pinterest are releasing updates all the time. These updates have really improved my experience a lot lately. It’s quick & easy to pin, search and now you can send a pin to someone! I think this is fantastic! You see something someone might like or a present you want to hint at! Click on send and it’ll send the image to the person you’ve selected. Planning a surprise party or a collating a birthday list but want to keep it secret? No problem! You can have up to 3 secret boards that only you & the people you choose to share it with can see! Awesome!

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But this is just the tip of the iceberg  It’s a great way to collect & keep ideas, information, images, recipes – whatever you want really. You create boards that reflect what interests you, whether it’s food, tea, cakes, cars, photography, knitting or even pugs! Yep, pugs!

Pug Pinterest board

Personally, I use Pinterest for a number of different things. I use it to collect ideas ranging from craft, knitting, home and garden to pictures of pretty things that cheer me up when I’m having a bad day. I have a range of boards including my knitting board (full of beautiful knits and patterns), temptations (scrummy food that I’d like to eat, not cook!) and a board full of images of places that I’ve been to or want to go to. Click on the image below to have a look at my boards. You can follow them all or just ones that interest you.

Pinterest

If you aren’t on Pinterest but would like to join me over there, then just click here to start your Pinterest addiction. Be warned! Many a few hours have been lost by many people exploring all the pretty things that people have pinned over there! Plus I’d like to introduce Fiona Parker who has some amazing boards over on Pinterest. You can find out more about her & what she crafts over on her blog. And I’d like to thank Rosie over on DIY Couture for introducing me yesterday! Thanks Rosie!

Happy Pinning everyone!

Scrapbooking :: January in the Garden

January in the Garden

A little while ago, @ThePRMummy tweeted & asked if anyone would be interested in trying out scrap booking. Always ready to have a go at a new craft, I said yes. A few weeks later I had a package arrive containing a scrapbook and all the materials I could ever need for some lovely scrap booking, as well as a magazine from Do Crafts Creativity.

It’s taken a while for me to think about what to scrapbook. Then I finally had some inspiration! Our garden is in a bit of a mess & needs a massive overhaul. This year is going to be the year that it gets the face lift. I wanted to document the different changes that it goes through but didn’t want another blog. So I thought that scrap booking would be the way to go.

Each month I will take pictures of the progress we are making in the garden & scrapbook them. Then I will share my scrap booking on here! So here goes…

January :: In the Garden

January in the Garden

January’s page shows the overgrown & pretty much derelict nature of our garden at the moment. It shows some of the key areas that need changing e.g. the fence is broken & it needs to be repaired/replaced. I’ve also put some of the things I want to do, like plant sunflowers next to the shed and plant bulbs in the pots. First & foremost though, the garden needs weeding. Lots & lots of weeding! Better go & get started! x

Crafty Resolutions 2012

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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.