Friday, 26 August 2011

Toddler apron

I have been meaning to make a little apron for my toddler, for covering up during baking. (Although not much good for painting as we favour the 'paint naked and then straight in the bath' school of thought in this house). I took the basic shape from my son's shop-bought apron and found a sturdy bit of fabric in the stash - think it was a remnant from ikea. The apron strings are woven tape, hemmed at the ends to prevent fraying.

I am toying with the idea of adding a pocket to the front as seen on some pinnies. But I have to ask myself, what are those pockets for? Surely they mostly catch flour/raisins etc as the children enthusiastically help stir the mix?

The great thing about making things for children is that as they are smaller scale, you don't need so much fabric. The downside of course is that they're not always bowled over by your creative efforts. Still, I think this would make a nice little gift for a toddler/preschooler, maybe with the addition of a few biccie cutters and a rolling pin...

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

I sold a bag!

We had the RedFest fundraiser on Saturday, and although the weather was not kind to us, a fair few people came out to enjoy themselves. I was sharing a stall with the lovely Jo and Anna. I only sold a few bits, including this bag, but it was very gratifying to have someone minutely scrutinising it for a good five minutes before declaring 'I don't need it but I have to have it!'. Thank you bag-purchasing lady and I hope it gives you many years of service.

RedFest itself is coming up soon, and there is a grand finale day on Saturday 11 Sept around St Georges Park and the community centre. I'm sharing a stall with Anna again and one conclusion that I came to is that I need more stock, and also to think about displaying it more effectively. There were a couple of other craft stalls there this weekend and it was interesting to see how they set out their stalls. I might involve my other half in making a little something - it's been a while since he did any carpentry and he has many power tools.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

The price is right...

So this week I have mostly been going on outings with the shorter members of my household, but am now making the most of a Postman Pat DVD to sort out my stock for the stall on Saturday. I don't have a huge amount, so far it's looking like:

* 4 denim shopping bags
* About 12 purses in varying sizes
* 4 strings of bunting
* 20 lavender bags
* A patchwork cushion that I made years ago

As I'm sharing a table with two others, I think that should be enough.  I've also been wrestling with the thorny issue of pricing items.  I've aimed for covering the costs of the materials, plus a bit more for my time. I find that it's best to think of it as a way of funding my hobby, rather than a serious income stream! But it is a really good feeling when someone likes your stuff enough to buy it...

Friday, 12 August 2011

Shock second post of the day...

So, Friday is normally a 'working' day, but as the Studio Upstairs office was closed today, I had some v rare childfree time (as they were having a great time with the childminder).  I may have mentioned before that I have a habit of having lots of projects on the go at once. So today was the day of Finishing Things.

And do you know what? It's been a really productive day.  I did plenty of small jobs that niggled and suddenly I have lots of completed stuff. Firstly I finished off a circle skirt that I'm wearing to a party tomorrow - all that needed doing was a tiny bit of the hem plus a buttonhole and button. Then I finished off a half-done string of bunting and some lavender bags (pictured) for the We Heart Redfield event next Saturday. I have been doing a bit of a stock check and really need to get a wiggle on. Especially as both the crafty peeps I am sharing a stall with have been incredibly prolific (look out for Anna's lovely crochet flowers).

Now off to tidy my sewing room the spare room as my mum is coming to stay this weekend.

Studio Upstairs

Normally on a Friday I would be heading off to do some volunteering for Studio Upstairs, an amazing organisation that provides artistic resources and support to adults experiencing mental and emotional distress and in drug and alcohol recovery. The aim is to be a therapeutic arts community - a 'safe space' for their members.

I started working for them back in November last year, and have been developing a contacts database for them. I really enjoy my Fridays there, the studio is a very welcoming place.  However, like many charities at the moment, they are really feeling the pinch financially. They provide a really high quality service on a tiny budget and are needed now more than ever.  If you would like to support their work, you can join their Friends scheme for just £30 a year.

OK - sales pitch over, but seriously, they are a great organisation...

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Withdrawal symptoms

No craft this week - I am away from my sewing machine and haven't brought any projects with me. I'm surprised by how much I'm missing it. Days can go by at home when I don't make anything, but somehow when I can't do any making, I feel the urge all the more. My fingers are so twitchy I may have to take up smoking...

I've had to content myself with spotting craft shops when out and about, and making long mental lists of all the things that I will be making when I get home (hey, a girl can dream!). I picked up these lovely buttons today, made from shells. Also more prosaically a reel of Gutermann thread in just the right shade so that I can finish off more bunting ready for my stall on 20 August.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Tiny socks

Don't worry, this isn't going to be a post about knitting for babies! I wanted to share my love of 'local attractions'... Now don't get me wrong, the big museums are great, but often really busy and sometimes just a little too, well, slick. I always enjoy a trip to a small local museum, where the 'interpretation' consists of yellowing typed labels in a packed wooden cabinet of random artifacts. And you never know when you're going to see something really odd, or beautiful...
I recently visited the South Molton Museum and found a tiny pair of socks knitted on sewing needles. I took a photo, but the focus is a bit off.  I expect it took some dedication to turn a heel that small!

The museum had obviously recently had some lottery funding, so things were really nicely presented, with items that small people could touch and play with. Smallest child spent most of her time sitting in a toy fire engine while I browsed the exhibits. Below are some carved beads and game pieces which I also thought were rather lovely