Shop is open!!

February 19th, 2009

I finally plucked up enough courage to open a shop on Folksy :)  I’ll blog more about it soon but for now here’s the link:  http://www.folksy.com/shops/makesandcreates

Freezer Paper Stencils

June 2nd, 2008

I’d read about stenciling on to t-shirts and the like on the net a while ago and was very impressed with what I saw so ordered some freezer paper on e-bay. It had been sitting in our “to-do” pile of crafty things for a month or two until last weekend we finally had some free time (and bad weather) to give it a try. It was so easy to use and the results turned out even better than I expected.

Chris had a go and made a PacMan t-shirt (which I’m sure he’ll post on his blog once he’s put the finishing touches to it) and I made a bib and a couple of newborn onesies. I need to add some finshing touches myself to the dinosaur ones but thought I’d post my progress so far anyway! It’s something I will definitely be experimenting more in.

Also, Chris bought me a really good craft magazine a couple of weeks ago and I discovered a thing called Art Clay Silver. After an hour or so researching on the net I am now booked in to an Art Clay Silver beginners course in a couple of weeks which I’m really looking forward to. I’ve always wanted to try Silversmithing but couldn’t find any courses nearby so this will be a good alternative that will be easier for me to carry on with at home (if I get on ok on the course that is!)

More about Art Clay Silver

Sirdar Blur

March 30th, 2008

Ages ago I bought 5 balls of Sirdar Blur in a lovely kinda inky purple colour (they say Indigo), they were bought after seeing a pattern in a knitting mag for a lovely jumper. I’ve never got round to starting the jumper so I thought rather than the yarn just sitting there I’d try and make something, but what? Then I read on someones blog that on Ravelry you can type in a type of yarn and it will find all the patterns and projects related to it – genius! So I had a search and found a lovely looking scarf (Invisible Stripe Scarf), checked out the pattern thinking it would be difficult and y’know what it’s SO easy :D So I cast on for that this afternoon and it’s coming along nicely.

Our trip to Hobbycraft last week was very successful, I bought lots including cheap yarn to play about with, crochet hooks, a thing to put press-studs on to fabric (better than having to sew them on as this makes it stronger), Hama beads inc glow in the dark ones, some cool Sculpey that turns into an eraser when you bake it and some aida and embroidery thread. I set to work with the aida and thread straight away to create some cool geeky cross stitch of computer games characters, they turned out really well (I’ve only posted the pic of the Robot from Bubble Bobble tho).

My weekend in pics Part 2

March 16th, 2008

So last night we went to La Tasca for Chris’ birthday. The meal was lovely and I shocked myself and Chris (I don’t know which of us was more shocked) by eating squid, mussels and cucumber (I had a bad incident with cucumber many years ago and have never touched the stuff since), the wine must’ve made me feel brave! Here are some pics from our meal:

Today we’ve had a lazy(ish) day, we’ve stayed in (as it’s been so wet and windy outside) and made a Sunday roast. Chris has been working on a new design for my site, we did have one sorted ages ago but have decided to change it again now (so new look coming soon!) This afternoon we’ve been playing around being crafty with Hama beads and Fimo, my first go at Fimo so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was fun tho and the results were good (see below, and see Chris’ blog for his crafty makings). Our day has been accompanied by the soundtrack of the daffodils I bought yesterday starting to pop open from their buds, yes! you can actually hear them!

On a roll..

February 10th, 2008

I seem to have been making things for the past few days and not just making them but actually finishing them which is an achievement for me.  On Friday I made a hat which was going to be for myself as it looked so lovely in the magazine (and once I made it too) but it just doesn’t suit me, which is quite odd as most hats do! Oh well.. it was a nice quick and easy project to do :) (the hat not suiting me is the reason why the armchair is modelling it! hehe)

Today I made another cushion cover to match the one I made just after Christmas and also a cuff/bracelet thing.  Oh and me and Chris also made a computer desk which took ages and involved quite a bit of cursing and sighing.  After all this hard work I’ve been sitting down looking through websites that make labels (that i can sew onto handmade stuff), seem to have a found a really good one but am having great difficulty in trying to decide what colour scheme to have them made in!

Socks & Books

February 7th, 2008

Well not exactly as it says in the title as there’s still only one sock! I did some more work on my first sock yesterday at the Stitch N’ Bitch group I go to, I was up to the point where I was to start the heel flap and was very lost (as I’m not a very experienced knitter…. yet!) but Ann (our resident sock expert) helped me out and pointed me in the right direction, now it’s going fine (tho the sock in general could be neater in parts, but looking pretty good for a first go I think) and looks like it will continue until I get to the gusset when it’ll be time to call on the lovely Ann again :)

Today in my lunch break I decided to treat myself to a couple of craft-y books, so I bought one on how to make your own clothes and another one which has all sorts of various craft items/idea’s/patterns in it. The range of knitting books wasn’t very inspiring so I didn’t buy any of those. I was naughty tho and ordered a couple more books when I got home from work as Waterstones didn’t have the book I’d had my eye on on Amazon the night before. I’ll post pics of these once they arrive.

And so I’ll leave you with a picture of the sock so far and the 2 books I got.

Some knitting & not knitting!

November 14th, 2007

Firstly, today i bought….

A lady at work advertised them on the intranet noticeboard and I spotted the ad yesterday and went to buy them today :) A bargain at £8!

Secondly I thought I’d a post a few photo’s of what I’ve been making lately. I’m still working on the sock, and I’m finishing off the scarf to match the little hat posted a while ago. I bought some huge knitting needles a few weeks ago and thought I’d have a go at knitting with quite a thin yarn so I used some of that fashion “eyelash” yarn and made this little bag which we used to put Chris’ mum’s birthday present in (she seemed to like it!)

Now for some non knitting craft. During one lunch hour a few weeks ago I went to The Works to buy some cookery/cocktail books and spotted a “make your own Christmas cards” set, it was a couple of quid so I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve only made these two so far (and couldn’t get the right lighting to take a good pic)..

And that’s it for today!

Sock Update

September 23rd, 2007

I thought I’d post a photo of my progress on the 1st ever sock. I think it’s coming along ok, well good enough for a first try anyway :)

I’m still on the easy bit right now, I think I’m gonna struggle when it gets to the heel flap!!

First Attempt At Felting..

July 29th, 2007

So as I promised, some blog action!

I finished knitting the rectangle to test on last night, and then this morning shoved the knitted rectangle into the washing machine in a pillowcase (as stated on a pattern I have for a felted bag). And then this evening I thought I might as well make it into something, so I sewn up the edges, added a button and little hook and it is now a case for whatever I want to put in it :p (it fits my camera in perfectly so may well be used for that!).

I’m going to have another go this week, but I think I’ll put some jeans in the wash with it too as I heard this aggravates it more, making it more felted.

I think this turned out ok, but it’s not as felted as I’d have liked… but that just means I’ll have to do some more experimenting! :)

Books!

February 25th, 2007


Just ordered these two Stitch N Bitch books off Amazon, I was looking at buying the knitting one a few months ago but never got round to it. Today I felt like treating myself (was payday on Fri :p) and there was a deal on buy the 2 for £12.99 or something, so I got both :) (click on the pics for links).