Saturday, 31 August 2013

695 - Cath Kidston Christmas Ornaments

So last year I bought this awesome book from Cath Kidston and never managed to do anything other trace all the patterns.

Xmas stuff

So in my unemployed state I decided it might be good to get started on them, and it's sort of close to Christmas crafting time anyway. And here they are, all 12 of them! Phew!

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

These ones had a different design on the back, so here's the back!

Cath Kidston Christmas ornaments

I have to say, I ran out of thread very quickly, and felt eventually (which was probably my fault because I refused to cut them all out in one big go). The chord they gave you to hang up the ornaments was also a bit too short for my liking, so the last 6-ish have shorter loops. So I think the ornaments turned out lovely, but the kit and some of the instructions in the book left a little to be desired. So if you're willing to probably supplement the kit yourself, I would definitely say go for it.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

694 - Cath Kidston Pouch

There are some things that I craft and I just can't wait to be done with them. This pouch was one of those things. I got this pouch kit free with my Stitch! book. In fact it's the project featured on the cover. The stitching section of it was very easy, but when it came to sewing it together. Oh lord!

Now I love Cath Kidston, and I think I have all her books, but some of the instructions sort of make my head spin. Combined with my bad habit of skimming things, I had to try and attach the zip about four times (though 1 or 2 of those times were the fault of my sewing machine just giving up).

Though I have to say the zip eventually turned out a lot better than my last zip attempt, so I got there eventually. There are a few puckers in the fabric close to the zip, but because the fabric was getting a bit frayed due to my many attempts, I decided it was best to leave them in. Anyway! Let's see the finished purse.


Cath K pouch

Cath K pouch

I've decided to use it to keep some kits and pieces in my embroidery bag together as they just sort of rattle around at the moment.

Cath K pouch

Cath K pouch

Cath K pouch

I am happy with the way it turned out, but making it was quite stressful! Phew!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

693 - More coasters

So after the fun I had of making the Totoro coasters, I decided to make some more for another derby girl's birthday.

I had seen both a Kiss set and a Powerpuff Girls set which I thought she would like, but between me, Donald and her boyfriend we couldn't decide which was the best, so I made both!


Perler bead coasters

Perler bead coasters

You can find the patterns here (Kiss and Powerpuff Girls), which I found on Pinterest but I'm avoiding the sucky new embed feature.

Donald has been eyeing up the Powerpuff Girls ones so I might end up making another set for him ha ha!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

692 - Totoro coasters

Last month it was my friend and fellow ref Mag's birthday and we all went out to the Jekyll and Hyde in Edinburgh for some drinks. Not to be one to turn up without a present, and my love of crafting, meant I had to make something to bring along. From some Facebook stalking I knew Mags liked Studio Ghibli, so I made her some Totoro coasters.

Totoro coasters

Totoro coasters

Totoro coasters

Totoro coasters

Totoro coasters

I made the coasters using the pattern from these coasters here.


But I swapped up the border colours to make them look more like a set, and also made Totoro grey instead of blue. The birthday girl was very happy and I got to craft something awesome. Win win.

Monday, 19 August 2013

691 - Sorry about the mess...

This month marked the last night that my friend Matt was a DJ at Decade, a monthly pop-punk, emo and hardcore night run at Studio 24 in Edinburgh.

Matt is one of my really good friends, and I met him when he was DJing at the Hive on a Tuesday night. I was so sad when I heard Matt was giving up, and as I missed his last night at the Hive, I decided to make him a leaving present to mark his last Decade (though obviously I'm still going to see him a lot).

Music means a lot to me, especially pop-punk/emo music. Nights at the Hive are where I met so many people (including Donald) and certain songs just bring back such good memories.

I decided to cross-stitch Matt (also known as Matt 27) a sampler with quotes from some of the best songs that get played on a night out. Ones that make me shout louder than the music and ones that bring us all together on the stage.


Pop-punk sampler

Pop-punk sampler

Pop punk sampler

I came up with as many quotes as I could fit into the A4 frame I bought, and made the pattern using this awesome text tool I found online.

I stitched this for about a week and a half straight, and I am insanely happy with how it turned out. I love the colours and the font too. I love when things turn out even better than I would have thought.

Can you guess all the songs I've quoted in the sampler? If not, I've made a video playlist of them all below. Enjoy!

Friday, 16 August 2013

690 - Look! A jackalope!

So I decided that I was going to have a wee go of stitching up my free What Delilah Did cross stitch kit that came in the back of her book Storyland Cross Stitch. The kit is designed to let you complete one of the off with their heads projects, which sees three poor creatures going headless.

I picked the jackalope, because I thought he was the cutest. It was all in black, which was interesting as it's something I don't think I've done before.

Jackalope embroidery

I love how he turned out, though working on evenweave was a bit stressful to start with, I think I managed to get the hang of it in the end.

The book also describes my now favourite way of mounting work into a hoop. I've tried a few different ways in the past, most of which involved my hot glue gun, which scares me a bit as I used it on my wrestling cross stitch hoop, and I can see some glue marks shining through. Rubbish! The book suggests running glue around the inner ring of the hoop and the mounting the backing fabric until the glue dries. Then repeat with the actual stitching, and when it's all dry, just cut the fabric quite close to the ring at the back. It was definitely the easiest way I've done it, and no glue stains or anything! Perfect.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

689 - Knitting Kit

In June I saw this amazing post on One Sheepish Girl all about these lush knitting kits by BettaKnit. I entered the competition in the post to try and win a kit, but alas I was not to be so lucky. However, a couple of weeks later I noticed they were having a 20% of sale, so I decided to snap up a kit. I went with the same style of kit as blogged about on One Sheepish Girl, but decided to to swap the colours up.

Knitting kit

Knitting kit

Knitting kit

I have never knitted an item of clothing that wasn't a scarf, so we'll see how this one goes. This kit is down as "medium" skill level, and there were other kits I liked that were marked as "easy", but I decided this one was the one I had been drooling over. Wish me luck!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

688 - Sunglasses Case

So even though I own like four pairs of glasses, I discovered that none of them fit my sunglasses, which isn't the best for something you just toss in your handbag. They need protection.

 My Dad was on holiday a couple of weeks ago, and asked me if I wanted to come down to see him as I wasn't working, so I went down for three days. The house was by the beach and I knew I would be needing my sunglasses, so I decided to try this pattern I had found on Feeling Stitchy.


I love the combo of embroidery and sewing, and after I picked some wadding up at Hobbycraft, I was good to go.

Sunglasses case

Sunglasses case

Sunglasses case

Sunglasses case

I thought the orange floral outer fabric goes awesomely with the bright blue on the inside. And it did a good job of keeping my sunglasses safe and scratch free.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

687 - Bug sketches

Ever since we went to Butterfly and Insect World for my birthday, I've really wanted to draw some bugs. I thought I had some insect books at my Mum's from when I was little that would be good for drawing bugs from, but they weren't as in-depth as I was hoping. So I did sketch a couple of cool looking critters, but I'm hopefully on the look out for an awesome butterfly and insect encyclopedia so I can draw loads of lovelies.


So I sketched these three bad boys, but I didn't colour them in because I thought they looked quite cute in just pencil.

Bug sketches

Bug sketches

Bug sketches

Hoping to get a sexy book soon and then use lots of my paints, pencils and things to make some lovely drawings.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

686 - Anchor Cross Stitch

So I made my first delve into my What Delilah Did crafty pack type thing and made my anchor postcard. I went with two tones of blue thread to keep it nice and ocean type themed.

Anchor cross stitch

Then I popped in it a £1 frame from Tesco to put it on our bathroom windowsill.

Anchor cross stitch

Anchor cross stitch

Thursday, 1 August 2013

685 - Pitcher coaster

So before I start this can I just say, Pinterest! What on earth are you doing?! The new embed function is actually awful! Not that the old one was actually that much better considering the pictures seemed to break about two weeks after I posted them. But this new one, I don't like it!

Anyway, a few weeks ago Wild Olive posted this lovely lemonade coaster.


I have a lovely pitcher that I got from my Gran, so this would be something I would actually use. I picked some lovely colours of felt, which you'll have seen in the Hobbycraft supplies.

Pitcher coaster

Pitcher coaster

Pitcher coaster

I have to say, cutting out a load of hexagons was quite a lot of pressure, but I think I managed to cut them all out vaguely even. I used slightly less hexagons that the pattern said, purely because my slice of felt was 9" by 12", instead of 12" by 12".

It's so cute though, I loved how it turned out.