Saturday, 31 March 2012

304 - A month of craft photos.

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A couple of months back I heard about this month of craft photos challenge. Unfortunately I had missed the start and decided to hold off on it till another month. I decided April would be the perfect month to actually do it because 1) there are 30 days in April so it works out nicely and 2) I have my iPhone so I can snap some handy instagram snaps, which will hopefully make me less likely to forget to actually take part.

If you fancy taking part yourself, check out the Flickr group for some more details. You can also see all the photos that people have already added to the group. It's fun to get a peak into other people's craft worlds.

I'm starting this tomorrow, and I'll post an update every week so you can see how I've been getting on.

Friday, 30 March 2012

303 - Friday Favs Top 10

Perler bead birthday cards! So simple but so cute!


Crochet animal busts.


Knitted pug? Yes please! It'll do till I get the real thing.


I know Christmas is miles away, but how cute is this little guy?


Very cute bunny from Feeling Stitchy. Need to make before Easter!


A crochet crochet hook? Wow!


Needle felted peeps. So cute!


This awesome fabric basket. I don't know what I would keep in it but I'm sure I would find something.


The pattern for this milk carton. I tried to win on over the weekend on Knit Relief from Teen Granny but alas I was outbit. Need to learn how make my own now!


Cute Hellboy crochet.
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

302 - I am an idiot.

This is just a short post to do exactly what it says in the title and call myself an idiot.

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See this? This was my first ever attempt at stitching on evenweave. I showed it off last week when talking about my Mother's Day crafting and damning evenweave for the useless fabric it is. As you can see, it was tiny and I gave up because 1) I found it very hard to find where the needle was supposed to go and 2) I didn't like how small it was turning out! So I turned back to my ever faithful Aida. 

However, today I was reading Little Lovelies blog, and she has just started a lovely little "How to Cross Stitch" series. Even though I think I know how to cross stitch, I checked it out anyway. I love reading about crafts, and it's always nice to see other people's takes on things. 

Her first post in the series is called basic supplies and goes over everything you need to start cross stitching, fabric included. Check out this photo from the series.

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"Aida (on the left) is a stiffer fabric and is worked one stitch per square. Evenweave (on the right) is similar to linen and is worked over two threads, as you can see illustrated above."

So I am a moron because I wasn't working my floss over two threads on my evenweave, which explains why it ended up half the side! No one has ever told me this before! I've flicked through countless books, magazines and blogs on cross stitch and I swear this is the first time anyone has ever told me that evenweave should be worked over two threads!

So thank you Little Lovelies for making me realise I've been so stupid and for making give evenweave another shot! I had sworn off it after my first attempt at using it, but now I'll give it a second change and see if I can use it properly.

And I highly recommend you check out the how to cross stitch series (even if you think you know how to) because it's always nice to learn something new!





Tuesday, 27 March 2012

301 - Boner stitching

Well I have to say, I thought I would only stitch a wolf's erection once in my life, but the time came where I had to do it again! The lovely Cilla Block from Dundee Roller Girls asked if I would make one for her, and I said sure. But instead of monies, I asked if we could do a swap, and if she could send me some of the lovely Adventure Time crafts that she is so good at!

Well I finished her piece at the weekend and she got it yesterday! So check it out!

My second wolf boner embroidery

I'm much happier with how this one turned out, especially the hands. The fingers were a bit scary on the last one.

I'll let you see my no doubt awesome Adventure Time goodies when I get them. Mathematical!

Monday, 26 March 2012

300 - Lust list

This is my 300th post! How exciting! I thought I would spend it telling you what I've been lusting over recently in terms of the craft world. And hey, it's my birthday in May, so if anyone needs any ideas *hint hint*. Warning, this is a long post. I want all the craft.

Camera bag pattern.



Okay, I know what you're thinking. I can't really sew patterns right? Well this is true, but I'm hopefully attending my sewing class in April, and so hopefully I'll have more mad skills to show off once I'm done. This camera bag is so lovely. I saw the link to it on Sew Tara and totally fell in love. My camera live in a sock right now, so I think this would be amazing for it.

Japanese Embroidery books.

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Okay, I know what you're thinking. I don't speak Japanese, right? Yes that is true. I read about Japanese embroidery books last week on We Love French Knots and Wild Olive is also starting to do a series on some books she just bought. While I can't speak the language, I've been assured that the pictures are enough to go on and I am just loving those patterns! Also check out the applique sloth in the last photo. So cute I could die! They just don't look like any patterns I get in the UK, and I'm loving them.

Heart-Felt Holidays by Kathy Sheldon and Amanda Carestio.

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Last year around Christmas time I bought myself the book Fa La La La Felt by Amanda Carestio. While my boyfriend slagged the name off, I was in love with this book. I never got around to making anything from it last year, but this year it is high on my Christmas make list. I love felt. It's a material that doesn't scare me, it's cheap and it comes in a lost of colours. I also just feel comfortable cutting it, where as I sometimes get doubt when cutting regular fabric.

I saw this book was coming out a couple of weeks ago, again thanks to Sew Tara, and I'm actually in a giveaway over on Wild Olive right now try and win it. It's on my Amazon wish list, but when I realised it contained the pattern for Wild Olive's Groundhog phone case (the first pattern that actually lead me back to my beloved Wild Olive) I was very excited. Everything just looks so cute! If I don't win this book, I will definitely be buying it the minute it comes out in the UK.

A yarn bowl.



Okay so I don't knit on enough of a regular basis to make this a needed item, but I love it!

This washi tape printer.



I featured this a couple of weeks ago in my Top 10 Friday Favs post, and I still love. Seems expensive to get it shipped to the UK, but imagine how cute it would be.

Glue gun set.

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Since I bought my glue gun a little while ago I've been feeling a mix of two emotions. 1) Woo this makes my crafting so much easier. 2) Ow my bloody fingers hurt! That burns!

Yes, I am quite bad for burning myself on a number of things. Right now I'm sporting a nice one on my arm from when I got too excited about dinner in the oven and just dove my arms in, forgetting the shelf above would also be quite hot. I feel I need this set in order to save my fingers.


This crochet pattern.

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As you may know, I currently feel my life will not be complete unless I own a yeti and a Bigfoot (they have to be matching). I don't know why I feel this way. But I do. I saw this pattern a while ago when I was making a knitted treasury on Etsy and I've wanted to buy it ever since. Of course the fact I can't crochet at all hasn't put me off. But to be honest they are the cutest Bigfoot/yeti combo I have come across yet, so my crochet skills need to be awesome! And then all will be well.

Badge Maker. 

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I'm not even joking! I would love to be able to make my own badges, and this kid's version seems like a perfect, cheap way to do it. I think it would be a great way of making little extras to pop in with craft swap goodies too.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

299 - Sunday Snaps

So as you may have seen, I got my iPhone and I am in love with it. There was a bit of a technical hitch when I swapped back over to my old number and like everything broke! But after a lot of Google searches, Facebook pleas and asking friends, I have everything back in working order now (probably should have just kept the new number eh?).

One of my favourite apps already is instagram. It's been great for quickly taking a photo I want to pop up online, especially considering how hard it was to try and do the same thing on my old phone! I'm loving it for taking "in progress" photos of my craft too, which I don't usually do, as uploading them seems like a hassle.

I thought I would post all the photos I take over the week in a regular Sunday post, as I don't always get the chance to post at the weekend if I'm off out/being social. So enjoy!

Late night cross stitching.
Cross stitching supplies

Vintage fair outfit
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Judy's affordable vintage fair
Vintage fair

Frantic mother's day crafting pays off!
Cross stitching for Mother's Day

Wild olive swap piece getting started
Wild Olive stitch swap

Tonight's progress
Wild Olive stitch swap

Morning just got much better
Awesome breakfast at work. Haggis roll for the win.

Stitchy stitch stitch stitch.
Another wolf boner for a fellow derby girl

Marshmallow cupcakes
Marshmallow cupcakes

Marshmallow cupcake
Marshmallow cupcakes

Made my first centre pull ball.
Making my first centre pull ball

Chain stitching
Doing a chain stitch

Kai in the park.
My little brother's best pirate impression

Little bro chewing down
Kai stuffing bread in his face. I caught him by surprise.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

298 - I want to craft like this...

As you will know, I love to embroider. I don't think I'm amazing at it, as my stitch of choice is 99% of the time the back stitch (for fear of trying something else and fucking it up) but I love doing it all the same. And I love how things looked when they are all stitched and finished. It's cool knowing that anything you can draw or trace, you can stitch!

A type of embroidery style craft that I would love to be able to do are the applique style hoops. Love & A Sandwich rocks at these type of hoops, and obviously Lucky Jackson's 365 Project uses this method too.

Check out some of these awesome example if you're still not sure what I mean.

























I would love to try this technique and make a nice hoop for myself. I'm currently in the process of stitching up some Easter tea towels, but after that I would love to try this, even if it's just a simple design. I have enough felt kicking about!

Friday, 23 March 2012

297 - Friday Favs Top 10

These amazing knit printed cushions!


This cute homemade lunch bag. I love the peg too.



This amazing cat brooch.



This apple place setting.


Egg and soldiers holder! Amazing!


Crochet My Little Pony are so cute.


Cute easter crochet friends!


Crochet traffic cones anyone?


This cute printable.


This cute first aid kit pouch.


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Thursday, 22 March 2012

296 - Bake once a month - March

Well apparently this post went up at 9 o'clock and was blank. How fun is that? Stupid blogger.

Anyway, tonight I got on my bake once a month New Year's Resolution and made marshmallow cupcakes from my Hummingbird Bakery book.

I have to say, they were so much hassle, I don't know if I would make them again. Basically you had to melt some big marshmallows over a pan of water until they melted, and then put a little melted marshmallow in a hollowed out bit of the cake.

I don't know if you've ever melted marshmallows, but they are the stickiest things in the world. This took me forever, and most of the marshmallow ended up on my hands. Also I fear for it coming of my bowl. Also, the icing required 200g of mini marshmallows. I had a small bag, which I assumed would be enough, but the bag was only 180g! Even then, I still though there was far too much in the icing (and I like a lot of icing!).

Marshmallow cupcake

Marshmallow cupcakes

They are however, very yummy! I wanted to make chocolate and banana bread but I went shopping for supplies before I got the recipe I wanted from a fellow roller girl, so that will be my baking task in April.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

295 - Wild Olive Embroidery Swap


So, as you know, I'm taking part in Wild Olive's embroidery swap. I'm very excited to get a lovely piece of embroidery from whoever my partner is and I'm been watching the Flickr group and trying to guess which piece is mine.

I feel I can show my piece off because a lot of people have listed owls as their favourite things, so I doubt my partner will know how they are.

Wild Olive Embroidery swap

All the patterns are from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray, and I've been dying to stitch something from her books for ages now! Her designs are so cute and I liked mixing and matching all the little designs into one larger piece.

I also finished an embroidery hoop for the first time, which was quite stressful as I didn't like the idea of putting hot glue near my stitching. I used the technique I found in last month's issue of Cross Stitcher and it seemed to work quite well. I usually just pop my embroidery in a frame.

Back of embroidery. First finished hoop.

I'm very happy with how it turned out! I'm going to pop it in the post on Saturday and hope my partner likes it as much as I do.

Monday, 19 March 2012

292 - Mother's Day

So, you may have noticed no blog posts over the weekend. I was spending so much of my time trying to get my Mother's Day gift finished that I didn't really have time to blog about anything, but I got it finished and spent a lovely day with my mum yesterday, so I thought I should show you the goods.

First up we have this Guess How Much I Love You cross stitch. I started this out on evenweave and I have to say, I hated it. It was driving me mental. Check out this picture, and look how small it would have turned out if I'd kept going on the evenweave. Glad I swapped to aida.

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So here's the finished product. I have to say, I'm incredibly impressed with how it turned out. Probably the best piece of cross stitch I've ever done.

Guess How Much I Love You cross stitch


I also made this small cross stitch frame, which I got free in a cross stitch magazine (I forget which one).


Cross stitch frame

My hands are a bit of a wreck from a weekend of heavy crafting, but I'm happy with how everything looked when it was done.

Oh and I also have my iPhone now, so I've spent a lot of time playing on that! It's the best.

Friday, 16 March 2012

293 - Friday Favs Top 10

Amazingly cute scissors case.


Harry Potter cross stitch.


Cute caravan supplies holder.


Crochet cacti.


Wild Olive bunny pin. Need to make.


Amazing crochet hooks.

This mermaid is so cool, but how amazing is the colour of that wool?!?!


Birds in a jar. So sweet.


Lovely veggie embroidery.


Cute Paperchase tupperwear.


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Thursday, 15 March 2012

292 - iPhone love

So I did it. I bought myself an iPhone. I've wanted one for ages, as my little pink phone I've had for about 2 years now is very basic. While my little iPhone is currently waiting at the depot to be picked up tomorrow, I've been looking at all the lovely things I can buy for it. While the pressure of picking a nice case and cover was too much me, I picked a pink set from Amazon which cost around £5.

However, I do want to pick something nicer in the future, I just needed something to protect in the meantime. Here are some of my favourites from Etsy!

'iPhone love' by SkatesandStitches

Love iPhone accessories.


Sleeping Beauty iPhone ...
$45.00

iPhone Case Watercolor ...
$18.00

Hand Cable Knit iPod - ...
$13.00

Apple iPhone 4 4S Hard...
$24.95

MixTape iPhone Hard Cas...
$18.00

iPhone itouch Charger h...
$18.00

Knitting Pattern : iPho...
$15.50

Iphone 4 Case - Keep Ca...
$15.00

Totoro iPhone 4s Case /...
$18.00

iPhone Case Pug and Lac...
$22.00

Adventure Time Finn iPo...
$26.00

Handmade felt iPhone/iT...
$20.00

iPhone Case Cats, Cell ...
$32.90

iPhone Case - Cell Phon...
$18.00

iPhone Case - Cell Phon...
$10.50

Wonder Women inspired i...
$25.00

I have to case, I think my favourite cover is the one that looks like a knitted jumper and my favourite case is the cat print one in the bottom row that looks like an old ladies glasses case. So cute!