Thursday, 30 June 2011

And the Winners Are! . . .

Well, I suppose it's obvious that the Giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all who entered - I'm very pleased to be posting my 'tweedie' egg cosies around the globe :)

The winners are (picked out of a jar by 'Little S' - I must get him to scrub these fingernails tonight, tsssk, tssk !!) . . .

I will be in touch ladies to request address details :)

Claire (Sweet Birdy Love)

Taylor Made
Gretchen (June at Noon)

Many thanks again and I hope you will enjoy your 'tweedie' egg cosies, whatever you decide to do with them, hehe!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

my creative space . . . one thing leads to another

Last week's embroidered bookmarks led me to thinking of using a similar design for other 'tweedie' items, hence the wrist cuff idea came about. I don't personally wear wrist cuffs, but I like textile jewelery so . . .

. . . I made some with simple embroidery detail and some with a basic brass eyelet decoration. And yes, I used empty loo-rolls to display them - well, I had some to hand and they were the perfect fit :)

You can still enter my Giveaway for my 'tweedie' egg cosies - I'll leave it open for another few hours until Thursday 6 pm, 'cos I've no idea what I'll be doing tomorrow, and my original closing time of mid-day may go by without my noticing!

Lots more crafty spaces over here - some very creative things going on! :)

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Bookmarking, my creative muddle . . . and a Giveaway

Sorry, some VERY poor pics of the bookmarks I was working on earlier in the week - it wasn't the best light for photography after coming home from the office job last night! They look much nicer in 'real life'!

. . . a real muddle of threads, WIPs, things ready for stuffing, but the bare bones of my craft fair stock are all in there - honest!!

. . . and finally a Giveaway! I've featured these three egg cosies on my blog last year, intending to make some more in different styles - alas they have lain unloved and untouched since then! I didn't get round to putting them on my online shop mostly as they were prototypes - the centre one is VERY much a prototype as it's the first attempt (very rudimentary sewing!), but I think that makes it a little special :)

I'm offering ALL THREE up for a Giveaway - I'll hopefully find a home for each one, so there will be three winners (does that make sense???). To win one of the egg cosies just leave a comment saying why you would like one - it's open to anyone world-wide, of course :)

I'm very happy to be giving these away as I've had such nice feedback from my blog and I very much appreciate it! I'll be coming to the end of my craft stock stockbuilding this weekend and it's been a really good exercise to get me back into full production, so this is a little celebration to mark the completion of 'Operation Craft Fair Stock'!!!

I'll keep the giveaway open until NEXT Thursday at midday (BST) - 30th June.

Sorry, I can't guarantee which egg cosy each winner will receive but please feel free to state your preference!

(Please make sure you can be contacted via your Comment eg. blog, e-mail, etc). Hope I've covered everything, I'm sure I'll have forgotten something - too late now, gotta dash - until next Thursday, Byeee!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

my creative space . . . being methodical again

I'm doing that 'methodical' thing again this week, as I work my way through the list I've given myself for my craft fair stock. I'm hoping to get these, or at least one or two of them, sewn up and stuffed today. My 'tweedie' beach balls are one of my signature pieces so I thought it was only right to include them in my list:) Perhaps they will be added to my online shop soon along with some other new stock, but that will have to wait this week.

I've been doing so much intensive crafting recently that it's been difficult to document it as I go along. Last week I was busy making patchwork cushions with different applique motifs - my little bumblebee finally made his debut appearance! I was quite pleased how he turned out 'on the flat', so to speak - I'm used to stuffing him as a little 'softie'! Hope he doesn't fly off somewhere :)

I used a mixture of zig-zag stitches, straight stitches and hand embroidery for the features. I'm not a whizz at sewing machine techniques, so I . . . er, just 'winged it'! I think it looks OK though, and he seems to be quite happy at the end of the day, which is the main thing :)

Can you believe that I won not one, but TWO giveaway prizes last week??? How amazing is that! One from Tartan Kiwi's lovely blog and the other from Fruitful Fusion's very inspiring blog - I will feature the 'goodies' of course as soon as I receive them. I must have a Giveaway soon myself and have an idea what I will be giving so I'm halfway there - perhaps next week would be good :)

More busy crafty peeps over at this hugely inspiring blog :)

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Craft-free weekend

No crafting this weekend - just some pretty pics of the moorland, beside my home - a lovely natural resource to have on my doorstep :)

. . . trying to capture the lovely bog-cotton in full bloom right now,

. . . looking off into the distance,

. . . miles and miles of it, I hope you're not agoraphobic, hehe :)

It's good to take a crafty break now and then, especially when the sun shines like today - I was just gathering inspiration, honest!!! :D

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

my creative space . . . more stock building

I've been busy working through my stock building list again this week. I very methodically cut out, ironed and appliqued, assembled into little bundles, all ready for sewing - was that really me??? Seemingly, yes :D

I'm really pleased how these little egg cosies turned out - a slightly different method from my first attempt last Summer. I think I've grasped the concept of inserting a lining after making multiple zipper pouches recently! Anyhow I was in fabric heaven using my fave materials, Harris Tweed and kawaii printed cottons - deep joy :D

More crafty 'peeps' over here :)

Monday, 6 June 2011

Feel Good Factor

A few things which gave me the 'feel good factor' over the weekend:

a pretty wildflower which appeared out of the blue in a plant pot . . .

Parking my bum on a lovely bench which my Other Half and 'Little S' knocked together one Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago (I went for a walk and there it was when I came back!). It has a lovely curved indentation, just the right shape :) . . .

and trying out a new craft . . .

. . . and not worrying if it all looks a little like a 'dog's dinner', hehe :) I think I'm hooked though!

Back to some more stock building this week - I'll keep you posted with what I'm making as I go along - Cheerio an Drasda :)

P.S. Apologies, but I appear to be having a problem with posting comments on my fave blogs at the moment - I'm thinking it's a 'clogged up' laptop issue! :D

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Shiny, Happy!

Remember when you were a kid and you got one of these packets of brightly coloured felt pens, well that's exactly how I felt when I opened my new packet of crochet hooks, hehe!! Aren't they pretty? They were very inexpensive to buy online on Ebay - my nearest haberdashery shop was closed for lunch so I couldn't buy any locally, and I wanted these beauties in a hurry!

Off to raid my yarn stash - if I can find it!

Have a lovely weekend :)

Thursday, 2 June 2011

my creative space . . . purses and plans

Taking pics of my finished batch of little matryoshka coin purses, made on Monday in an intensive burst of productivity - these little ladies look a little bit grumpy, hehe!

. . . and browsing through a library book I picked up the other day, the colours in this pic look a little similar, sort of summery and sorbet(y!) So this weekend, assuming my hooks arrive in the post I will be learning (or re-learning - I did do some in school many, many years ago!!) the wonderful art of . . .

. . . Yup, crochet! I think seeing these lovely images of crocheting using string got my creative juices going - it just looks very organic - endless design, textural possibilties, I'm looking forward to it :) Wish me luck!

In between I may be making another little batch of something for the craft fairs, which I showed a snapshot of earlier in the week - but I'll see how the day goes and if it will fit in with everything else! A woman's work is never done . . . unfortunately : / !

Crochet pic images courtesy of: Family Circle (Easy Crochet) and Essential Crochet by Erika Knight

P.S. More lovely creative spaces over here - they look so fab this week, I wish I could spend the day reading them all! I'm seeing lots of crochet images in the thumbnail pics - yippee :)