Looking for Inspiration

18 Feb

So I know I haven’t blogged in what feels like forever, but a lot has happened, and I barely have time to sleep any more let alone do any crafting. 

I finally found some veterinary experience work (voluntary but it all counts) which will hopefully allow me to eventually get into veterinary nursing, which is the ultimate game plan. I also got engaged a month ago, so wedding planning has already started (despite the fact we’re not planning on getting married for two years yet) and I’m still trying to do everything I usually do on top of all of this, so I’m also feeding my cinema addiction, and trying to go to the gym three or four times a week. Time is not on my side unfortunately :-(

I did take part in the Frost Fayre back in December, and it did go really well. We made around £100 between us but unfortunately the pressures of crafting in the buildup to the Fayre meant I’ve seriously lost the stitching and crafting bug for the last two months, which is kind of pants really isn’t it?

This week was going to be the week I got back into my crafting, but I’ve been working seven days a week for the last two weeks, and there’s another week to go, and it’s finally caught up with me so I’m planning on taking a siesta this afternoon to find some sleep. I haven’t completely given up. Within the next seven days I intend to get back into my crafting, and get blogging again.

We all suffer from periods where we lose our passion for things: I’m just spending my time looking for inspiration to strike again.

 

Thank You – Self Designing Patterns

11 Dec

You may remember a few months ago I posted about a design I’d drawn up for a “Happy Birthday” card using different colours and alphabet designs that said “Happy Birthday” in several languages. Well, I’ve finally gotten around to stitching the design for the “Thankyou” card I designed around the same time.

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I’m not thrilled with how the design looks stitched on blue aida, but that’s my only gripe with it. I won’t lie, I’m still pretty chuffed with the fact that I managed to come up with this idea; I have next to no artistic talent so I usually rely on pre-designed cross stitch patterns for my cards and greetings.

According to Google the translations I’ve used are:

Thank You – English

Danke – German

Merci – French

Obrigado – Portugese

Grazie – Italian

Diolch – Welsh

Tack – Swedish

Gracias – Spanish

Again, if the translations are wrong, blame Google and not me :-)

Yet More Tree Decorations

7 Dec

Well I wasn’t planning on crafting at all last night, but I felt lazy sat on the sofa doing nothing and decided to make a few more tree decorations for the Frost Fayre.

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These are very similar to the Heart Decorations I posted about last week, except that I’ve made these circle shaped, and before I’ve blanket stitched the two felt circles together I used chain stitch to embellish the front of the bauble with a Christmas tree.

Simple, but not bad for an evening I was planning on taking off.

Just one more sleep until the Frost Fayre …

Jam Jar Tealights

4 Dec

This idea is inspired by internet browsing for cute and quirky ideas to make different things to sell on the stall at the Frost Fayre (and hopefully to give as gifts this Christmas). It was such a simple idea that I can’t believe we didn’t think of it ourselves, or think of it earlier. The thanks go to my boyfriend who found it online and worked out how to make them.

These jam jars were originally purchased online, but we since found them in Wilkinson’s to buy, and they are perfect for what I wanted them for. The inside of the lid is removable, which means I can screw the lid on without the insert, and the top of the jar is left looking tidy and finished.

The effect of the pictures on the jar comes simply from sticking outline stickers around the jar at random, than spray painting the jar in an even coat of paint. We did discover it was easier to spray the jars on paper plates so we could rotate the jars for an even coverage of paint.

Once the paint was dry, it was a simple case of peeling the stickers off carefully and hey presto :-)

I am thrilled with the white ones. I actually want to keep a few of them for myself. However, we did paint some in red and pink, and we encountered a few issues with this paint. I think the fact that they are a gloss paint meant that it didn’t dry or stick to the glass quite so well, and so it does seem to chip easily. The white paint is a matte spray paint, and seems to have stuck well to the glass. I definitely prefer these to the coloured ones.

I’ve since made a few more to sell as I’m not overly happy with the red and pink ones, so have gone ahead and made some more white ones (and as Sod would have it, I ran out of the white spray paint with just one more to paint). I think they’re a fabulous idea. So simple.

Happy crafting :-)

Christmas Tree Decorations

27 Nov

With Christmas and the Frost Fayre approaching fast, I’m trying to come up with ideas to sell that are Christmas related but aren’t cards. While I’ve been doing my Christmas shopping I’ve seen a lot of felt tree decorations about, that are probably machine made but have the handmade look to them.

 

 

I have now made a few of these to sell on the stall, and I’ve decided that any I have left can go on my tree because I’m very happy with them.

I cut two heart shapes out of felt (around a template so they’re all the same size) and attached a button and ribbon to the “inside” at the top of the heart. I then blanket stitched around the edge of the heart in thread of a similar colour to the ribbon and the button to securely stitch the two hearts together. As I reached the end of the blanket stitch, I slipped some stuffing inside the heart to pad it out a little bit.

These decorations probably only took around 20 minutes to make once I’d refreshed my memory on how to do blanket stitch. They’re so quick and easy to make they’re ideal for selling on my stall on December 8th.

They’re a lot tidier than other heart sachets I’ve made in the past; I don’t know if this is because I didn’t use a sewing machine this time or because they’re simply a smaller size, but I’m thrilled to bits with how they’ve turned out.

Keep crafting, and keep motivated :-)

Love Heart Sachet

13 Nov

With the Frost Fayre coming up on the 8th December, I’ve been thinking of simple yet quirky ideas that I can spend a day mass producing in order to sell. Heart sachets are everywhere at the moment, so making a few to have on the stall is just too good an opportunity to turn down (plus whatever ones are left will make handy little gifts for friends).

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The cross stitch patch is just a simple four letter word; “Love” is a word stitched on all the quirky gifts about at the moment. The idea of making a patch to just stitch onto the fabric means that the word stands out against the patterned fabric used to make the heart sachet.

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I’m a little frustrated with how these turned out: they’re all a little bit squiff and uneven, and the ribbon isn’t dead centre, but I think I’m happy enough to attempt to sell them on the stall.

I am going to attempt to make a few more simple ones to sell, but I need to think of other time effective ideas to make. Hopefully with more practice they’ll get tidier and tidier.

A Slight Delay …

2 Nov

I do apologise about the lack of updates to my blog in the last six months. I have had a lot happen and a lot going on, and now that we’re in November I’m starting to stress a lot about the upcoming Frost Fayre in a month’s time.

I am not giving up on blogging: in fact I really want to get back into it. I just seem to be struggling to find the time to write any posts at the moment. 

Hopefully over the next few weeks I’ll manage to schedule in some time to set up a few posts and we can be up and running again :-)

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