Thursday, 12 March 2015

Sticks Jars and Superglue

Good morning campers

Last week craftclub set up base in Stephs house with a Pinterest inspired activity.....twig candle holders.

At first both Amy and I were sceptical. There is a lot of evidence that Pinterest ideas don't always translate in real This.

But as Steph supplied us with tons of tea, chocolate and biscuits. we gave it the benefit of the doubt, and got stuck in. Although, Louis remained sceptical of the whole situation.
The results were actually quite reasonable.....

..and I think I'd do it again. Well done Steph for a great crafting time.


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Through the buttonhole, part 2

So, Esme showed you round her craft corner. Here's mine, also newly completed, in my spare bedroom. I took a trip to Ikea, looked at lots of desks and shelves, then realised when I got home that with a bit of rejigging I already had the things I needed at home, so didn't have to spend any money. 

So I have an old display cabinet that's great for displaying some cool china and trinkets that I've collected, but also has space to put things away, and a great 1960s desk with leather top that was being chucked out at some offices and my father in law rescued. Also CD shelves that are great for displaying the cool yarn.

Here's my Ikea sewing machine, ready for action:

And some cool bunting I got for Christmas, with my current favourite knitting and sewing books:

Pretty neat! Of course I always seem to end up actually crafting downstairs in front of the telly, or with my Miskin Makes pals, but it's great to have somewhere to keep it all together and show it off.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Through the buttonhole....

After many months of nagging and whining Mikey surrendered up his flight simulation corner, and I set up's a peep into my very own craft haven.

It means I get to leave my sewing machine out, so it's ready at any moment I might be yearning to whizz up a homemade creation. Amen to that.

All my sewing and crochet books are easily found.

And I get to pretend I'm living in one of the perfectly set out houses, and Mollie Makes are doing an article on me. Is that weird?

Also......miniature sewing board! Hello! If that doesn't mean my life is complete I just don't know what does?

As I'm sure you've guessed, I'm quite proud of it. Where do you craft?



Sunday, 30 November 2014

And we're still here.

Yea, so it's been a while. Craftclub was held in Amy's house with a total of four crafters. This is what everyone made.....

Lou set up a dove making factory.

Amy made a majorly cute robin top. Molly's a lucky girl.

Steph made a magnificent psychadelic birthday card.

And I knitted.


Happy crafting everybody.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Burda - no! Sewing a red toddler skirt

I've been trying to make a very simple skirt for my two year old for weeks now. The instructions in the Burda pattern have stumped me! In the end I resorted to youtube videos & Pinterest to learn how to sew a simple elasticated waist on this skirt.

So finally it is done.

Pretty good! Thank you internet.

And thanks for nothing, Burda!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Is it too early?

Afternoon. I've made a dress, but don't have any photos so I'll tell you about it another time. In the meantime, I've made this....


Monday, 22 September 2014

Sunday at the Handmade Fair

Hello. I'm back.


Sunday I dragged Mikey to Hampton Court for the Handmade fair, which was great. Getting the 0630 Megabus was not so fun, but at least it was the Gold version, so we embraced the sense of adventure and were on our way with a complimentary muffin and bottle of water.


Hampton court is beautiful, and possibly the best part of it was the surroundings.

It was hard to imagine what it would be like as I'm pretty sure it's the first handmade fair to be held, and I was a bit concerned it would be really corporate (especially as it was sponsored by hobbycraft) but it wasn't. The majority of the stall holders were genuine small businesses. There were two large tents of stall holders, selling all sorts of handmade goodies, with quite a few fabric and wool was quite overwhelming even. And there was A LOT of girls - poor Mikey.

We missed our first skills class unfortunately, but went to the Annie Sloan Chalk paint demonstration. Where we were guided through painting a candle stick.
It was fairly simple - i mean.....most people know how to use a paintbrush don't they?! But it was inspiring, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to start painting random bits of furniture around the house now. And I really liked Annie herself, especially when her answer to the question 'how do you clean/care for the furniture in the long run?' Was along the lines of....'I don't really think about that.....I guess I'm a bad person, but life is too short for stuff like that.' I like your attitude Annie Sloan!


Now Tilly was there, but I was too shy to say hello....and she was very busy teaching her sewing class. But we got this stalkerish photo, as proof of seeing her.


Other famous sewists spotting.....I also saw Lisa comfort off of Sew over it in the toilets. Pretty darn exciting.

On the way home we stopped off in clapham junction and went to this lovely coffee place called The birdhouse and had a lovely cup of tea.


All in all - a delightful day out.