Sunday, 30 December 2007

It's nearly 2008 so it must be time for...

...resolutions of course. Or more like a list of objectives for 2008. I've made resolutions before and they're usually very vague like "go to the gym" or "learn something new". Well this year I'm going to be SMART. I have clearly spent too long on various management courses but I've had this SMART thing drummed in to me for years so I thought I'd put it to some use!

  1. Recycle all tetrapack cartons (juice, soya milk etc.). At the moment, we can't put this kind of carton in our recycle bin that the council collects so we've been naughty and have been putting it in the bin which goes to landfill. I noticed at the local tip the other day though that there is a facility to recycle them. So from now on I will save them and take them to the tip when we recycle our glass. I aim to not be putting any tetrapack in the bin by the end of January.
  2. Take part in this "paper adventure". I need to make my mini book this week and then I will participate in the weekly tasks. It looks fun, why don't you join in too?
  3. Go to the gym five times in the next month. Not much but more than I've done in a long time. I'll review this one at the end of January and see what I can do to make it more interesting. I'd like to have something specific to train for. Maybe the Race for Life again.
  4. Don't buy any new craft supplies until March 2008. I have so many and maybe I can recycle more too. I'm also lacking in storage space at the moment as my study is being redecorated.
  5. No new clothes in January (charity shop clothes are ok). Again, I'll review this one and try to continue it for longer if I can. I think one month is pretty achievable though.
That will do for now. I'll document progress here and review them as necessary.

What are your objectives for 2008?

Friday, 21 December 2007

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas. I'll be back in 2008 and will hopefully be a better blogger!

Hope you enjoy this rendition of 12 days of Christmas, I think it's great!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Christmas time

Yes I know I've been a bad blogger again! I just haven't had much to say lately. And I still haven't really so I'll say it with pictures instead...



1. Reindeer candle holder, 2. Tree again, 3. Fireplace, 4. Oh Christmas tree, 5. Merry Christmas, 6. Mickey mouse ornament, 7. More lovely decorations, 8. Have your self a very merry Christmas time, 9. Black and white dogs, 10. Toby & his sister, 11. Yay for Christmas, 12. Lovely Christmas presents ready for giving

How are you all getting on with the Christmas preparations?

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Christmas shopping!

Oh dear, I've gone and let another week go by with no posts. I don't know where time is going at the moment, it's all work, college, work at the moment. I have been spending a lot of time shopping as well though so I thought I'd share some of the things I've been buying- there might be some ideas here for good gifts for your friends and family.

This beautiful necklace from Contrary:



A photo manipulation from bunny:


I won't share the manipulation bunny did for me as I don't want the recipient to see it yet but there are loads of examples of her fab work on her flickr too.

Cute Christmas tree garland from Kala:


Totally beautiful and intricate crocheted cuff from Gilfling:



I've bought loads more besides these great items so I'll post some more later in the week. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Friday, 16 November 2007

PIF PIF PIF

So thanks to the respondents of my last post there will soon be three more opportunities to pay it forward.

Pinky has posted hers already, so go check it out now.

Keep an eye on Rhi & Kat's blogs for their PIFs.

Have a lovely weekend all x

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

London photos and paying it forward

Oh dear, I've nearly let a week go by again with no blogging. As an apology, there's a giveaway with a difference at the end of this post.

First up though, here are some pictures from my afternoon in London last Friday. I was playing around with the colour accent setting on my camera in Trafalgar Square which kept me amused for quite a while.

London Mosaic

You can see all the photos on my flickr page.

So now on to the 2nd part of today's post:
Lu of blu-shed and lusummers on etsy had a Pay It Forward giveaway on her blog and I was one of the lucky recipients so now it's my turn to pay it forward...
The 'pay it forward' rules are:
1) anyone with a blog can join;
2) the first three people to leave a comment on this post will receive a handmade goody from me and I have 365 days in which to send it to you;
3) in return, you have to pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

So if you'd like some free handmade goodies from me, leave a comment below and then offer the same on your blog. x

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Looking forward to Christmas

So sorry I've been absent for over a week, I had a horrid cold/flu bug for most of that time. I've been left with one of those annoying coughs though that starts as soon as I lay down. Ugh.

Well anyway, the point of the post today is Christmas. As you know, I've been making stuff for Christmas for quite a while but there's plenty more to go- cards, decorations, presents and so on.

So if you're ready to start Christmas crafting too, here are some places to go visit...

Join the 2nd Annual Holiday Ornament swap- I have and it's going to be fun!

30 days of gifts for Christmas at Sew Mama Sew

Buy Handmade pledge- give only handmade gifts this Christmas

I'll add to this list as I find more links, let me know if you have any Christmassy links to add.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Just a great night out

Went out last night for a friend's leaving party last night (she's going to Oz for 6 months) and had a really fun night (despite the sadness of saying goodbye). Here's a picture from last night of me looking a bit silly! I've just dyed my hair and I love it- it's a couple of shades darker than usual.

Me and a purple balloon!

Oh and apologies for the cryptic post yesterday, I really can't say anything more yet but it's been on my mind all weekend and will continue to be on my mind for a very long time while I decide what to do.

Hope you've had a good weekend.

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Decisions decisions

I've got a big decision to make! I'm not going to talk about it here but believe me, if I decide to do the thing I'm thinking about doing, I'll definitely tell you about it!

The Decision by Mark Twells

Oh how cryptic I am this Saturday!

On another note, if you'd like me to make Christmas cards for you, either in the same style as the several I have already made or something completely different, send an email to christine.hembling[at]tesco.net
I'd love to work with you to help make your Christmas great!

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

A magical evening

Went to see Stardust last night and I loved it- it's a magical, escapist, fantasy film with lots of good jokes, great effects and a local connection.

The whole cinema started giggling when the character Victoria (Sienna Miller) declared that her suitor had travelled all the way to Ipswich to buy her an engagement ring. Well of course, where else would you go for a ring?

The reason for the Ipswich reference is explained in this local newspaper article, the director Matthew Vaughn lives not far from here with his wife Claudia Schiffer.

Anyone else seen any good films lately?

In other news, I still haven't photographed my Christmas cards ready to list on etsy, will try and do later today. If you'd like me to reserve any for you, let me know.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Idiot.

That's me!

I've managed to double book myself for the night I was supposed to be doing my craft fair. I can't really change the other thing so the craft fair loses. So if you want to get your hands on any of the Christmas cards, tissue holders or button rings I've made recently, they'll be in the shop soon.

I'm an idiot!

Saturday, 20 October 2007

Christmas crafting

I've been preparing for Christmas for a while but I have definitely got in to the swing of it this week with cards, decorations and gifts being the focus. Here's a little mosaic of the items being turned out by Santa's little helper (me) this week:




1. Christmas cards, 2. Christmas cards, 3. Christmas decorations prep, 4. Crochet scarf

Everything except the scarf are for the fair I'm doing very soon now. The scarf is for either my Mum or Step-Mum for Christmas.

So is October too early to be thinking about Christmas? Have you started your Christmas crafting yet?

Friday, 19 October 2007

How is it Friday already?

The week has flown by so far and almost before I knew it, it's Friday. This week has involved a couple of trips to the vet. Nothing to worry about, it was a planned operation as we needed to have Toby castrated. Poor little man! Whilst he was there he also had some baby teeth taken out, was ID chipped and had his dew claws removed from his back legs.

Toby post op

Look at the poor love, he is much perkier today, that photo was taken only a few hours after coming home from the operation so he was still sleepy from the anaesthetic.

I have made quite a few things this week but haven't had time to take any photos yet. I'm doing my first ever craft fair in just a couple of weeks now so I really need to get a move on with making some things including more tissue holders, Christmas decorations and cards.

Anyway, I'll try to catch up more at the weekend and show you some photos.

And before I forget, I've done the draw for the "What do you collect?" post. The winner is number 2- Charlotte! So I'll be in touch soon lovely for your address. x

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Weekend...

So far it's been a weekend of cleaning but I have also....

ordered this and this;
eaten green and blacks white chocolate;
made five Christmas cards (photos later);
finished five tissue holders (below);
started a new bag;
started my sketchbook course;
and finally
welcomed Ben home from Miami.

Tissue holders- done

Have a lovely weekend everyone and thank you for the lovely comments on the interview with Gillian, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Crafty Blogger Interview: Gillian of Gilfling's Designs

It's that time again, here's the third in my series of crafty blogger interviews. This month, it's the turn of Gillian from Gilfling's Designs. She has a wonderful blog and two beautiful shops. I first met Gillian via the etsy forums and the UK thread (a great place to visit to find more UK sellers) and then we met in person at the retreat in York. I'm really excited about this interview and I hope you enjoy it.

When & why did you first start writing a blog?
I first attempted to write a blog last year but it took a wee while to get used to the 'strangeness' of it. I am also a bit hit and miss in the world of technology and it was only when moving blogging sites to typepad at the dawning of the New Year that I really got to grips with the concept of it. Starting a new blog whilst reflecting over a year, which was ending, was the inspiration for finding a focus for writing in such a public way. I found that I really wanted to have a record of all that I felt I had achieved in that year, also to give myself a sense of time and place. I often get lost in my own thoughts. Working from home and alone in my studio is a wonderful thing and suits me down to the ground - however it can be terribly insular. Blogging is my way of connecting with the world, with other artists and artisans and like-minded individuals.

What is the first thing you can remember making/painting?
Oh, I made so many things! I think my first memory is of being only about 5 years old where I made a papier-mache swan - I remember it was quite large and for some strange reason, I painted huge big red lips on its beak. I gave it to my grandmother and I think she kept that thing for years. I also went through a real phase of building those kits of plastic dinosaurs and then painting them. My other dream job would have been a palaeontologist and it was apparent even then.

What or who is your inspiration when you create and also when you write?
I suppose one of my most used phrases in my blog is that I am a thinker and a dreamer. A daydreamer, I am so easily distracted and my mind is prone to wandering and drifting, circling and winding its way through the day. I love to write. I love the action of writing and my sketchbooks overflow with as many words as they do drawings. I am probably more of a thinker than a 'do-er'. When painting I spend an age mixing colours and staring at the paper or canvas. When making bags or accessories I get lost in combining textures and colours and finding the perfect button to set it all off. Every little thing takes 5 times longer than it should - but I guess that is my way and I savour every moment of it.
There are endless things that inspire me –I am passionate about anything with the patina of age, rust, scorched edges, the textures of nature, the contrast between decadence and decay. I graduated in performance costume and my costumes always had some elements of these things. Victoriana and the baroque, archaeology and fossils, antique gold and lace, the smell and feel of old book pages, old worn leather and leaves, which have partially crumbled to reveal their structure. Old medical aids and prosthetics, cabinets of curiosities, puppets and dolls feature heavily in my artwork. Artists such as Leon Bakst, Floria Sigismondi and writers such as Angela Carter - perhaps I should stop there!


What are your favourite materials to use?
When drawing, I consistently use the same buff coloured watercolour paper. I had a huge stock of it, which I got from the art college shop and am now almost coming to the end of. It is the perfect weight and feels like antique velvet. I will be devastated if when I return to Scotland on my next visit they no longer have it! I have bags of hand-dyed scraps of fabrics from my costume degree that were samples for my costume designs and I am adoring working with these now in order to create one of a kind bags featuring my artwork. Carbon paper, oilbars, and watercolours for my art; vintage embroidery thread, the texture of tweed yarns and vintage buttons and lace for my accessories. Anything with those muted colours, which I adore.

What do you listen to when you work?
Quite often, I have to have film soundtracks playing - the big epic movies such as Lord of the Rings, Gladiator or Master and Commander - it is the emotion and the imagery of the film scenes that come to mind that I find so inspiring when I am creating. I also am a (not so) closet fan of Bruce Springsteen!!! People make fun of me but I adore his music especially his recent albums. Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Ray La Montagne, Starsailor - anything that has a heart, where the artist is baring their soul! Almost as often though I work in silence, lost in my own thoughts - daydreaming.

What’s the one thing you’ve created that you’re most proud of?
I had to think hard about this one. I think as far as my art is concerned – it has to be this recent painting - Endlessly Waiting. I felt really inspired when painting it and felt it was a real breakthrough for me. I just need to follow it up with more now!!

What other crafty blogs do you read and why should we read them too?
Oh my goodness I read far too many!! I recently had to cut down as I was getting too little work done but I keep adding and finding more! My latest discovery is Suziblu. Her blog is amazing. She is an incredibly inspiring artist who lives for her painting and it shows. I particularly love her wonderful videos where you can see her work process and she inspires everyone to work in sketchbooks and journals.
I particularly love blogs that are a mix of art, craft and the real person behind the ‘image’. I like to know what inspires influences a persons work – the good and the not so good. Sometimes it just helps to know that even those whose work blows me away sometimes have their doubts too! We are all on the same page in a sense!


What plans do you have up your sleeve (if they’re not top secret)?
Oh gosh, the thing that I have been planning for so long and am only now beginning is to make art dolls. They are variations on the characters that appear in my artwork. With wire and wood and vintage fabrics, leather and found objects – they will be appearing in my etsy shop at some point in the near future – whenever I have the confidence to reveal them to whoever would like to see them! I have also just commenced an evening class in bookbinding and am really hoping to try some form of printing – perhaps lino cutting (which incidentally I have not done since high school) in order to make limited edition books with my own writing and artwork. However, as ever I have to do a whole lot of procrastinating before these things come to fruition. I always get there in the end though – no matter how long it takes!

Many thanks to Gillian. i hope everyone enjoyed the interview and if you're interested in being interviewed next month, please leave me a comment.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

A few of my new favourites

I'm always discovering new favourite artists and new work from old favourites. Here are some of my latest finds...

Etsy
Buy Handmade
pinkangel


Hope everyone is having a good week so far. x

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Crafting 365 Days 15 & 16

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you've had good weekends. Mine went way too fast as always.

On Friday I whipped up these cute little button rings:

Cute as a button rings

On Saturday I made this quick little collage from an old book and vintage newspaper adverts:

Women like men to be smart

What did you make this weekend? x

Friday, 5 October 2007

Crafting 365: Days 11-14

I've been really bad at taking photos this last week so here are days 11-14 of the crafting 365...

Day 11
New Christmas cards all finished
Finished Christmas cards

Day 12
Yet more crochet, I'm thinking I need more of this colour as I made this scarf a little longer than the last one!
The crochet continues

Day 13
It's a secret...
Secret swap time

Day 14
New work
Butterfly collage in progress

Thank you to everyone who answered about their collections, it's not too late to add yours as I won't choose a winner until Tuesday seeing as the strike means I can't post anything until then anyway!

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Can you help me? What do you collect?

I'm putting a little something together about collections and collecting and wondered if you could help me and answer the following...

What do you collect (the more unusual the better)?
Why do you collect that?
Where do you keep the collection?
Anything else you can tell me about the collection?

I'll pick a commenter at random and post you a little something as a thank you.

Here are a few pictures of things that I collect:



1. Buttons!, 2. Vintage teacup, 3. Susie Cooper Trio, 4. Vintage teacup, 5. Green glass candlestick, 6. Vintage biscuit tin

Sunday, 30 September 2007

Tagged, tagged and tagged again!

So Charlotte, Heidi and Sakura (although she actually de-tagged me when she saw I'd already been got!) tagged me this week to reveal 7 random/weird things about myself. I've done a few of these so I can't promise not to repeat anything I've told you before but here goes...


  1. My nickname, from my brother, used to be Kiki because he couldn't say my name properly.

  2. One of my legs is longer than the other but I can't remember which!

  3. I didn't learn to swim until I was about 12.

  4. Bagpuss was one of my favourite TV programmes when I was little.

  5. The shortest time I've stayed in a job is half a day.EDIT (for Heidi): It was a rubbish boring admin job in a shipping office that I didn't know how to do! I went on to have many more rubbish boring admin jobs but that was the worst

  6. I once had a place at Bournemouth uni to study journalism but I didn't go because of a boy.

  7. I'm terrible at sticking to things (see above for proof!) but I'm trying to improve and am now on year four of a five year IT degree.



I'm not tagging anyone (bah humbug) but feel free to have a go and leave me a comment if you do! x

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Three puppies and a rubber chicken...

First here are my two latest photos for Crafting 365...

Day 9- yet more crochet and new wool

More crochet and new wool!

Day 10- Christmas cards in progress

Christmas cards in progress

And here are the Yorkie puppies that are currently staying with us...

video

Sorry, you'll have to tilt your head on the side, don't know how to rotate videos!
Our Toby is the one with the curly tail, the other two are his sisters.

Hope you're all having good weeks so far, nearly half way! x

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Crafting 365: Day 7 & 8

Not much to say today so here are days 7 & 8 of the Crafting 365.

Day 7:
Felted flower added to crochet scarf- Day 7/365

Added a little needle felted flower to the crocheted scarf.

Day 8:
Crochet scarf in progress- Day 8/365

Started another scarf, in "Ginger Snap" this time. Do you like the bowl it's sitting in? 50p from a charity shop, bargain!

I'll be back soon x

Monday, 24 September 2007

Crafting 365: Day 5 & 6

Well today is actually day 8 for me but I need to take some photos so here are 5 & 6:

Day 5, finished my first ever crochet scarf...

Day 5/365 Finished crochet scarf

Day 6, Gocco printed Christmas cards...

Gocco printed Christmas cards

Available to buy here

Hope the start to your new weeks are going well. Can't believe it's nearly October! x

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Crafting 365 (picking up where I left off): Day 4

So I got a bit behind on Crafting 365 to say the least but I'm back now and I'm teaching myself a new craft, crochet. I got the book quick crochet huge hooks out of the library as it looked like my sort of thing- I like quick results when it comes to crafting. So armed with a 15mm hook (size Q) I got hooking and have the early stages of a lovely soft purple scarf in my possession.



Sorry the picture isn't the best, I took it last night.

So far I'm finding crochet quite straightforward but then I've only learnt one stitch so far so it's early days. Any beginner crochet tips from any of my lovely readers?

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Crafty blogger Interview: Marjorie of Marmee Craft


It's time again to find out more about a fellow crafty blogger. This month it's the turn of Marjorie of Marmee Craft and My Cozy Little Whimsy Nook.
When & why did you first start writing a blog?
Hmmm. Well, I suppose I started my blog as way to share what I was working on in my little studio and what was new in my shop. (I started My Cozy Little Whimsy Nook in March of this year)! From the beginning I've been doing a weekly featured Etsy Lovelies posting that highlights 3 amazing Etsy shops. I love doing that...there is just some magic 'good vibe' kind of feeling that Etsy gives off that makes you want to give back to other artists...my weekly feature is my small way of doing that! I've also found that keeping a blog really keeps me on a creative track and fires the urge to create more!

What is the first thing you can remember making?
The very first thing? Drawings (and mud pies). Actually, I used to have these little drawing sessions with my Dad....he would draw me, then I would draw him. Later I can remember I had this little notebook filled with drawings that I had made of ice skaters costumes and 18th century side hooped gowns...even at age 6 I was obsessed with costume! I also used to fashion elaborate costumes for my dolls out of tin foil ( perhaps I was channelling James Hampton!?)

What or who is your inspiration when you craft and also when you write?
When I'm creating I get inspired by the little stories that pop into my head (usually involving girls and forest creatures set in rather Victorian surroundings and situations....tea is often a factor)! There is the always-constant 19th century inspiration that drives all of my work (fashion, culture, literature etc.). I'm also heavily in love with folk art portraiture...I think this comes through when I paint. When I write in my blog I like to be whimsical and silly... and I hope to make readers smile and come away with a warm and fuzzy feeling.

What are your favourite materials to use when crafting?
Paint (usually acrylic), Canvas, Ink, Watercolour, Pencils, Old Bits of Ephemera, Wool, Cotton, Calico, Antique Lace, Vintage Trims, Wood. I love painting on wood, Thrifted Frames and Whatnots, Paper, my Wacom pad, Adobe, Ribbons, Polka-Dot Anything, String......the kitchen sink?

What do you listen to when you craft?
Music is and has always been my dearest muse! I think at least 80 percent of my inspiration comes from the pictures that form in my mind from music. I love Vivaldi for working, it really gets you going! I'm a strong advocate of Philip Glass for painting as well as lovely film soundtracks (Birth, Maurice, Howards End among tons of others). A small sampling of what can often be heard echoing from my little studio: A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Beirut, Sunset Rubdown, Haushka, Sati, Dustin O'Halloran, Bjork, Animal Collective, Beethoven, John Field, Roscoe Holcomb, ...and the list goes on....and on.....

What’s the one thing you've made that you're most proud of?
It’s hard to say. I usually fall head-over-heels in love with whatever work I've most recently finished. So right now I’'d say The Green Swell is the apple of my eye.



What other crafty blogs do you read and why should we read them too?
There are so many lovely and magical blogs that I can’t live without!


I have a lengthy list of all my favourite blogs on the left hand side of my little whimsy nook. I love them all and you should visit them because they are all so delightful and thoughtful and lovely!!

What crafty plans do you have up your sleeve (if they’'re not top secret)?
I've always got new paintings swirling around in my head. Currently there are more 18th century dressed ladies and cute animal portraits. I've also been toying with the idea of doing some miniature portraits in vintage lockets, and smaller painted dolls.

I hope you all enjoyed the interview, if you'd like to be featured in a future month then leave me a comment :)

Monday, 17 September 2007

Oh dear...

I have rather been abandoning both my blog and my crafting! I was away with work most of last week so didn't have much spare time at all. So the Crafting 365 has rather gone by the wayside I'm afraid. I have made some cards though so will take photos soon I promise!

In the meantime here's a funny picture of Toby for you all...

"Grow your own pup"

Friday, 7 September 2007

Crafting 365: Day 2 & 3

Day 2:

Finished and listed this card, the dots are needle felted, a skill the lovely Charlotte taught us whilst in York.

Going dotty- card

Day 3:

Finished my first ever scrapbook page:

bro and sis scrapbook page

I really enjoyed it and will definitely be making another one soon. I decided my flowery scrapbook papers weren't suitable for a layout featuring my brother so here's a quick summary of the steps I used to make this layout:

  1. Printed the photo!
  2. Cut a piece of sketch paper to 8x8"
  3. Covered the paper with slightly watered down blue acrylic paint. I kept it quite "rough" with some bits more covered than others.
  4. Got my little tiny alphabet stamps and made the word "family". Stamped them in black ink haphazardly all over the paper in all directions.
  5. Got the black ink pad and rubbed it over the paper in a random fashion until I like how it looked!
  6. Did a little random machine stitching on the paper
  7. Stencilled "bro + sis" on the orange luggage label.
  8. Stapled the photo and luggage label on the paper. I played around with the positions for a while before stapling. Added the silver clip.
  9. Spelt out family in some fancy stickers at the bottom.
  10. Done.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Crafting 365: Day 1

Etsy seller lupin started a personal project to make something every day for 365 days. She decided to extend the idea to make a flickr group and invite us all to join in!

So here I am on day 1. I finished this little pouch off today just in time for my friends birthday.

Denim pouch

Also today I managed to take some long overdo photos of some bird collages I finished some time ago. They're available to buy now on etsy as a triptych.

Bird collage

I'll be back again later this week with some more Crafting 365 photos. x

Monday, 3 September 2007

Whoops...

A whole week has gone by and I haven't posted anything. I still don't really have anything to say so here are some of my current etsy favourites (don't buy them, I want them!):

Etsy
Buy Handmade
pinkangel

Monday, 27 August 2007

Happy Monday :)

Hope all those who have today off for the bank holiday are having fun and all those who haven't, oh well, hope work is OK!

It's my brother's birthday today so we're having lunch later- salmon, new potatoes, salad and birthday cake :) Happy birthday bro. x

I've been meaning to show you the new photos of my cards I've been taking, they're much improved I think:



All available here

Quick edit, here's a picture of me and the birthday boy out celebrating on Saturday night...

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Oh my!

I've just found this artist and felt compelled to blog about her straight away! How beautiful are Catherine Campbell's drawings, collages and dolls? I really want a copy of this print:





1. The Pattern Book badge set, 2. Quiet Please badge set, 3. badges, 4. For It Was a Very Dull Day, 5. The Adventure, 6. spooked..., 7. bird tales... 2, 8. bird tales... 1, 9. some prints..., 10. quiet please..., 11. little pin-up..., 12. little pin-up..., 13. little pin-up..., 14. up in the trees..., 15. paperdoll set - "In the Garden", 16. paperdoll set - "Into the Woods"

You can see more of her work on flickr, etsy and her blog.

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

UK Etsy gang go mad in York...

14 UK Etsy women, the biggest art department (in the biggest school) ever seen, lamp post graffiti, pub grub, take away, flapjacks, needle felting, screen printing and green and blacks chocolate.


Photos can be seen in full here.

Etsy UK. Photographed & uploaded by Charlotte

Thursday, 16 August 2007

New banner!

Do you like it? Updated the one in my etsy shop too.

Used this tutorial to give me some pointers as although I've made a few before, I've never been quite happy with them. I think my new photos help too and a cool font from dafont.com.

Heading off in the morning for a very exciting weekend of craft, wine and green & blacks chocolate with some fellow Etsy UK girls. Back next week with photos and stories! Have a lovely weekend everyone x

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Crafty Blogger Interview: Rhian

Here is the first in what I hope to be an ongoing series of interviews with fellow crafty lovelies who also blog. Rhian and I have been friends for around a year now after first meeting in a Craftster journal round robin. We got chatting via our respective blogs and have swapped parcels of hand crafted goodness and lots of emails since then. She is a super-talented and creative lady and I hope you enjoy this interview with her.



When & why did you first start writing a blog?
When I was about 16! It was a livejournal one, and was just another way to document stuff for myself. Three years or so later, my youngest brother died, and I deleted the whole journal – it felt like the memories in there were too much to cope with. I have no regrets about that. A year or so later, I started another one. Then, just recently, I changed to blogger. I use it as just another outlet for self expression really. I don’t view it as wholly a craft blog, fully a scrap blog, it’s just a blog of my world, and that incorporates a lot of “stuff”! That is the story of my blog life so far!

What is the first thing you can remember making?
Oh my goodness, I’ve been making “stuff” forever. When I was a younger teenager I used to help out in a lot of children’s clubs, I would always be organising crafts to do, jewellery, painted pebbles, pine cone men, Christmas decorations, flowers made out of plastic bottles, the list goes on!

What or who is your inspiration when you craft and also when you write?
Wandering around the kiddie section of shops! For real! Maybe that says more about my style and ability than anything ;)
Also: leopard print pants, beautifully decorated cupcakes, piano music, a good photograph, clouds, rain, pretty paper, Sex and The City, adverts, vintage things, fruit tea packaging, odd socks, happy post, paperchase, my friends, fairy lights, teacups, birds soaring in the sky, honesty, travelling, cardboard, vanilla bubble bath…
I get a lot of inspiration from books and music and films. I love them, when I find a book or a film or a song that I love, I will literally read, watch and play it continuously. Some of my favs at the moment have to be:


Crafting for me is a form of therapy, so some days I will just need to get something down on a piece of paper, or I’ll need to sew to make my mind focus on something. There doesn’t necessarily have to be anything that sparks that need off, other than to just do it. The act of creating something, sharing my heart, putting my heart into something is how I manage to ‘do’ my days.

What are your favourite materials to use when crafting?
Felt! Felt all the way. No need for hems! Ha. Always, sequins, lace, ribbon, buttons, and paint. All the pretty things!

What do you listen to when you craft?
So much, but lately a lot of: Leeland, Four Tet, City and Colour, Lotus Child, Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Nash, and also just specific songs like, Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric, Breathe Me by Sia, On My Bones by Kendall Payne.

What’s the one thing you’ve made that you’re most proud of?
One of the favourite things I remember making was a Birthday gift for a friend. It was a pile of junk CD’s, sanded, painted, pretty things glued on, all kept together with a giant key ring – each CD had a poem by her favourite poet. I loved making that gift. That was made in the days before Sid (my camera) so I didn’t actually get any photos of it.

What other crafty blogs do you read and why should we read them too?
You should definitely read:
The Wish Jar - Keri Smith is one of my favourite illustrators and just all round mind blowingly creative.

Hula Seventy - I’ve been reading this blog for about 2 years. Every one of the posts makes me think, and want to make. Its necessary weekly reading!

Crackers + Honey - Karissa Cove is quite sporadic in her updating, but when she does it is always so adorable. I found her three years ago, and have loved her for three years. She is big time inspiring.

Crafty Mcgee - Pure craft. LOVE IT.

As well as all the links on my blog – which are always an excellent read.

What crafty plans do you have up your sleeve (if they’re not top secret)?
I made this banner a couple of weeks ago:


And have some weird random ideas bouncing around in my head about how this could actually be turned into some kind of charitable blog, event? Maybe simply because I’m working on a whole cupcake series for my etsy, and am on a cupcake overload!

Many thanks to Rhian for agreeing to be interviewed. I hope you all enjoyed it and don't forget to visit her blog, dandelion wishes.

Monday, 13 August 2007

This weekend I...

... made a skirt from a pair of jeans

My feet!

... and wore it to a lovely pub by the river where we had lunch and a drink

Summer drink
Waldringfield

... followed by ice creams on the beach and a lovely walk with the dog

Felixstowe sea front
Ben and toby on felixstowe seafront

...and finally we had a walk around a picturesque lake.

Ducks on fishing lake near Woodbridge

Hope you all had great weekends lovelies. x

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