Friday, 26 October 2012

Little Star

Photo of yellow felt star decoration
Had a lovely time at craft group last night, and ended up making this little felt Christmas star as I fancied doing some hand-stitching. Didn't start out with definite design in mind, more like taking a line for a walk.

But then for some reason insomnia struck last night and I'm consequently feeling zombie-like this morning. Thankfully Nana (my mother-in-law) is staying, so snapping at the children due to knackeredness has been kept to a minimum.

I've had a few disturbed nights recently, so probably time to get back into good sleep habits, and possibly cut down on the coffee again... how dull

And of course 3am is the time you let those nagging little voices have free rein, doing a good old character assassination on yourself. In order to cheer myself up, I looked back at my Make List post from nearly a year ago, and found that I've actually made quite a few things on there. Thinking about updating the post to link to some finished projects.

But a nap first I think...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

The Weird Kid

Photo of hand-knitted rainbow coloured socks
When my son started school two years ago, my main concern was not how quickly he'd pick up phonics or get to grips with numbers. No, my main concern was that he wouldn't be the 'weird kid'. You know the one, home haircut, cord dungarees, general air of social awkwardness coupled with an embarrassingly precocious vocabulary. Yes, it was me... I was the weird kid, and occasionally I feel like I still am.

But naturally my son has surprised me by being completely socially at ease, and the fact that his school has a uniform means that fashion faux pas opportunities are thankfully limited. He has two (male) 'best' friends - the three of them have been a tight unit since they started in Reception, and he is also seemingly very popular with the girls in his class, judging by the volume of party invitations he receives...

So I think I'm safe in hand-knitting him some rainbow socks (pictured above). He chose the yarn himself and was trying them on this evening, they were pronounced 'comfy' and 'really warm'. There's a bit of room for growth in the toe area as he's shooting up alarmingly at the moment.

The only problem is that now I've finished them I have nothing to take to craft group tonight, might just have to take some Christmassy fabrics and see where that takes me.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

General Witterings

Photo of craft stall with baskets
I really enjoyed myself on Saturday at the craft fair. It was maybe a little quiet in terms of visitors, but I still managed to sell enough to cover my table fees and make a reasonable amount on top - hurrah! I also had lots of nice comments about the stall. I just happened to find these baskets in one of the local cheapy shops (think Primark-ish). I think it helps to give a bit of height to the display and shows off my products well.

The standard of products on the other stalls was generally high, and there was a good mix. There was one stall selling sock monkeys which were very cute and quirky, and the stallholder was busy making throughout the afternoon (she had a little pile of socks by her side).

Since the the weekend I've been tackling some of the jobs round the house that haven't been done in the past few weeks as I've been in a flurry of threads. Excitingly we've even got round to putting new shelving in the study, so even my sewing stuff is looking pretty tidy (it won't last...)

I've also been catching up with reading other blogs, something I really enjoy doing. It's seems that you're supposed to hand-wring and clutch your pearls every so often about the encroachment of modern technology into all aspects of life. The tyranny of devices yada yada. I disagree, I think it's incredible that I have a little machine that fits into the palm of my hand that lets me communicate with people all over the world, just with a few characters on a screen. I love that Twitter is there when I fancy a conversation, or just pointing me towards some interesting articles.

When I started my career (pre-children I worked in PR & Marketing) in the mid-90s we had one PC in the office that had dial-up internet access, through which we would receive the odd email. The rest of us had PCs on the desk, but they were basically for word processing and the odd spreadsheet. When we produced a new piece of print, for example a brochure, the designer would courier round the proofs and my boss would mark up any changes with a pen. The proofs would then be couriered back to the designer and the process repeated until a satisfactory outcome was achieved. Today you could do the whole thing in a couple of emails, if the brochure was printed at all. Newsweek just announced that it will stop producing a printed version in the new year and I wonder how long printed other printed newspapers and mags will be around for...

I'll also soon be meeting in real life some of the people I've met online, as I'm going to Mumsnet Blogfest on 10 November. I'm particularly looking forward to meeting Dillytante and Stitch This, fellow crafty bloggers.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Stitch Fever

Photo of dark blue denim bags
The trouble with writing a craft blog is that you have to balance making things with finding time to write about it. Recently I have been sewing in every available child-free hour as I get ready for the Ematingz craft fair on Saturday. This means I should have had plenty of blog fodder, but as I've been sewing so much, I haven't found time to write - doh!

When I'm making products for a craft fair I tend to make in batches as this speeds up up the process. So for these mini denim bags I did all the cutting in one go, then all the sewing, all the finishing etc. This bag developed from a larger shopping bag, then I experimented with making a mini version for my daughter. However, I've found that these bags are just as popular with with adults as they are about handbag size.

As you can see I like my bright colours, I particularly like the lime green dandelion print which I dug out of my fabric stash. Fingers crossed that I sell a few bags on Saturday and so can buy some more bright prints. It's all about feeding my fabric addiction... I reckon there are worse vices, right?