Sunday, 17 March 2019

Handmade Monday #118

What a week, wind rain and Storm Gareth hoping for some dry weather with sun even if colder. Much prefer the cold weather and dry to wet and mild.

Not sure where this week has gone but looking back have managed to make quite a bit. My stall in May is going to be full.

Ladies Shrug

Took a while to get into this pattern but after a few rows quite happy. The hardest bit was the filly edges as had to use a circular needle. Never got on with these before but quite happy and would use again. The yarn has a gold thread with mini sequins running through it.

A baby jumper with buttons on the shoulder and broderie anglais trim added.

A baby waistcoat with cap sleeves in lilac random yarn with pom pom's on the ties

Not one to waste wool managed to make a tiny hat with pom pom with the leftovers

Finally some slumber party bags, ideal for a girls' sleepover.

Think going for a rest now. Have to clean the inside of the car of dog hairs on Monday ready for the MOT later in the week. Fingers crossed it passes.

Check out the other blogs at Sum of Their Stories

Saturday, 16 March 2019

V & A Papercraft Magazine Review

Saw this magazine advertised and as love V & A and the Arts and Crafts Movement had to treat myself. £12.99 but as included stamps, die and papers happy with the cost, at the point of ordering.

Arrived and got all excited, then disappointed as the magazine is very flimsy and feels cheap. Used to the Hunkydory magazine which is glossy with beautiful papers etc. The papers themselves are double sided A3 sheets folded in half, so with the crease 2 of each in A4 size. Again these are matt and have a rough texture not what I would have expected from the V & A. Not sure if the choice of paper weight is theirs or the publishers.

The stamp and die set are perfect though so not all lost.

A lot of project ideas included in the magazine if you need inspiration.

Would I buy again? not at the current quality. Would be happy to pay more for a more polished set though

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Handmade Monday #117

Every year I make resolutions but find them a struggle to keep up with. This year have got craft boxes. You know those plastic boxes that hold A4 paper. Have found these perfect for sorting project supplies into. Can take the box round my supplies and add what I will need. checking at the end for anything needed to order. The boxes are then stacked on a spare shelf, confident that I can pluck a box and start to create. If waiting for a delivery these are put in a different shelf and ignored.

What tips do you have for organising projects?

This week have kept myself busy again, and even took some knitting to the hospital whilst waiting for DH.

These are hand knitted in a moss stitch pattern with the rib alternate stitched knitted in the back of the stitch. gives a twisted look. The flowers are stitched by my embroidery machine onto organza, hand cut and each flower stitched to the hat by hand. Chose the colours from my new palette of muted pastels. fit age 9-12 approx.

Booked a stall in May at the local market in Liphook. Selected a small table this time for £6 must watch the pennies. It is a 4ft round table which I think will be perfect and for £6 reasonable form of advertising. As I love round tables think will help the display. The hats will be hung from string across the 2 highest display props, being a coat stand and tall shelving unit. Using pretty rose pegs with the prices clearly on the peg. As with all new tables will have a go at home to test first.

Check out the other blogs at Sum of their Stories

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Handmade Monday #116

Welcome to another week in my life. Spending my day's creating what could be more perfect?

This week has been a bit quieter after DH's cataract surgery on the 14th. The hospital appointments start again on  March 5th, 21st and then the MOT on the 25th. Think may get a break until he has his next eye done in about May.

Have still found time to craft in fact it keeps me sane!

This week another Ladies Shirt Top with a dragonfly and sage with pink rose print cotton.

Love these colours and the panel makes the design pop and different.

Using the same printed fabric as the top plus some sage green and white polka dot cotton and pretty sage green lace in tiers. A skirt for a 3/4 year old.

White baby hat and bootee set

White baby beanie hat

Check out the other blogs at Sum of Their Stories

See you next week......

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Handmade Monday #115

Bride and Team Bride Hen Party bags launched

Party Bag

Reusable face scrubbies

 Make Up Bag

Eye Mask


Lemon baby diamante bow hat and bootee set

Lemon beanie rose hats

Ladybird cards

Check out the other blogs at Sum of Their Stories

Until next week ......

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Handmade Monday No. 114

Been sewing this week and started off with a Ladies Shirt top, made in pale pink linen with a Designers Guild linen tea towel on the right side.

Bought these wood blanks a while back, got the acrylics out, set up the embroidery machine to stitch some lace wings and ended up with  a gathering of mini angels.

Some pretty pink wool turned into a hat with matching bootees 

Had enough left over on the ball to make 2 cute beanie style hats.

Now for the coming week have another ball of yarn on the go for more of the above but this time in lemon and have dug out some fabric and lace to make a pretty skirt for a 3 year old. Also have some plans for some tooth fairy pillows.

Currently jotting every new idea in one of my many notebooks, to ensure I never forget what I want to do. My head is full of ideas but getting older and need to have a written record.

Check out the other blogs at Sum of Their Stories

Until next week....

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Handmade Monday No. 113

Another handmade Monday number 113 where has the time gone. Thank you Julie for over 2 years of dedication to Handmade Monday.

This week have been working on more baby knits and considering colour schemes. Think may have mentioned this before but several years ago read an article about colours on websites. The advice was to stick to a colour palette throughout for the site and creations. Now I have not followed this but must admit am drawn to certain colours being pink, grey and white:

Love these colours as not a primary girl but pastels all the way. However also love the shades of the sea:

Must admit would be so much cheaper to stick to a colour palette and could buy more of the colours in this range. Instead of running out and then having to panic.

The article stated that you will get a following for those colours and having too many choices make's it harder for customer to choose. I do agree with this as a bit like an over crowded stall, with so many things to buy you end up walking away as cannot make a decision.

For me the New Year is sticking, within reason, to the above colour palettes. Will have to use up bits I have but in the case of wool can make more of these cute bow hats.

A mixed pink random wool jacket with ribbon wrapped edges. It does have my colours in it, so not all bad.

Some more bow hats, using up left over lengths of yarn

Have booked a stall for 3 events this year, may, Oct and Nov. Had not been going to do early in the year but got a round table for £6 and plan to use that to display the party bags and fillers and maybe have a mini sale of certain stock items. This is back to the Liphook Monthly Market but this will decide me if worth doing for another year. Keep going back because friendly, easy and a lovely bright hall. They just need to get a few more buying customer's in and not so many OAP's (which I am almost 1 before anyone shouts) who just come in for coffee and a chat with friends. Sadly they make a beeline for the cafe and ignore all the stallholders. Free to go in and may stop this if they charged but a community hall so hard to do.

Would love to organise a vintage and artisan fair in our local hall but know I am no longer up to it stamina wise. Due to meet a local crafter (met on FB) in Spring for coffee so may discuss with her, if could get say 6 of us to do together would be a lot easier.

Don't forget to check out the other blogs at Sum of Their Stories

Until next week.....