Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Miscellaneous Adventure

Yesterday we went out to the woods in West Sussex for a day to learn how to carve a spoon. It was the best day! I had seen on Oh Someday... that she had been to a Miscellaneous Adventures workshop and we pretty much instantly booked our places on their first workshop of this year!  

Miscellaneous Adventures is run by a truly inspiring couple Andrew (an illustrator) and Emma (an embroiderer) who live local to the woodlands they host the workshop in. We came away extremely jealous of their lifestyle!



The workshop started off with Andrew taking us around a small part of the forest to show how to identify a couple of trees. Also learning the health and safety of all the tools we will be using that day. There was even a herd of deer that flew past us!

We practiced using an axe to make the kindling for our fire to get us started, and then we moved on to carving our spoons. Andrew took us through step by step showing how to go from a piece of Silver Birch to a spoon ready for use! 



Emma supplied us with endless amounts of coffee or tea, all with a slice of homemade cake! We definitely needed those boosts, I've never used an axe before so wasn't aware of how much energy we were going to be using. Sounds silly now!



My spoon! We finished the day with a cup of ale around the campfire and a chat about our day. It really was a great experience and we learnt so much. We came home all inspired from a day out in the country full of fresh air. We definitely recommend it!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

My little piece of internet


Recently I have been thinking about my blog and where I am going with it. I think I will be making a few new changes, firstly I will be moving it over to Wordpress with a whole new redesign. I will be blogging on a more regular basis. Try not to be so sporadic with my posts. Is there anything you would like to see more of on here? More tutorials? More moodboards? Or just more craft?? I would really love some feedback.

Recently I read a post over on Lapinblu about finding your tribe through the internet world and it has inspired me to speak/comment/post more and I really recommend you go over and read it. So helpful. I will also be attending Blogtacular this year (thanks to a bunch of great friends who bought me a ticket for my birthday) let me know if you are going as I would to meet any of you guys who read this very small part of the internet world. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The big 3 0

Sooo I turned 30 last week and.... I feel no different. I think the build up is bigger than expected and its just been so nice to see so many friends and hang out with family that I think that's the main thing. There have been many many celebrations around here that its fair to say that we are all pretty exhausted. In a way I am looking forward to getting back to normality and just start making some cushions or something. Like normal. 

The above photo was from our trip to California last September which was one of the best things I have done. Salvation Mountain is a beautiful place, whether you believe in its religious message or not. I am still yet to go through the images from my trip, ha! I will though.

Below are a few Instagram photos from the last week or so.


1) new fancy trousers, ready for Spring  2) Sketch for afternoon tea on my actual birthday - a beautiful pink bubble  3) a new plant stand, that I found recently. I have been wanting one of these for so long!  

1) a lovely new handmade cushion for my birthday, all the pineapples  2) the feature wall in our flat  3) birthday gifts!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Watermelon wonder

Whilst making my watermelon cushions for Art Junky last week I couldn't resist making myself a little pouch for all my bits to take with me. I am going to be at Craftacular in May, would anyone be interested in buying these if I make some more?


Sunday, March 29, 2015

A productive evening!

I've been so busy making bits and pieces for the various stalls I will be going to that I felt like I hadn't made myself anything for a while. I had this idea in my head for a while now and am pretty pleased on how it came out. However I think my machine stitching is not that great so I think I need to practice that! I also printed myself a plain grey jumper from H&M using the end of a pencil. Fun!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Take a Tea Towel

I recently got sent a copy of Jemima Schlee's new book Take a Tea Towel which consists of 16 beautfiul projects made from tea towels for your home! This book is suitable for all levels of sewing skills, ranging from a sewing machine mat for the beginners to a wash bag for the more advanced sewers. I really love how the book goes through all the projects but also has a section at the back to help with any sticky bits you come across.

I've taken a few pictures of the projects that I thought looked great and can't wait to try below. I'll let you know how I get on! It definitely made me look at a tea towel differently!



Take a Tea Towel, Jemima Schlee
ISBN9781861087904
£12.99 (publish date March 15)

Art Junky >> THIS WEEKEND


This weekend is Art Junky! Here a few bits that I will be selling. Including weaves! Hope to see you there!


I made a bunch of new necklaces!!! Including new packaging!



Sunday, March 22, 2015

ONE NIGHT ONLY <> Amy Brown


 

Amy Brown (aka Amy Illustration) will be having her first solo exhibition this Friday and its going to be ace! If you are in Brighton or are able to make it to Brighton on Friday I would recommend it loads! You can find out more about the details here and where it will be held.  All I can guarantee is that there will be glitter! I'd watch the ace video above to get more of an idea of this crazy ladies exhibition! See you there! 

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Also.... the lovely guys at Lick have started selling shares to help them achieve more for their super company. They started selling their yogurt from a trike when they were little ones, now they are in Sainburys and Waitrose with their tubs selling fast. These guys do so much for the Brighton community with holding Art residencies and getting bands in to play in their warehouse. It would be great if we could show them some support back. You can find out more on what they plan on doing with the money they make here.

This post is not sponsored, these guys are my friends and I want to help them. Please do pop over to have a look. Thank you.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Weekend weaving

I've been preparing for Art Junky which is in a few weeks and I have been weaving like a little mad lady. I managed to save this piece of wood from the rubbish and it works really well to hang my weaves and necklaces on. Looking forward to seeing what my table will end up looking like!