Friday, November 28, 2014

Stationery from Japan

I still haven't uploaded any pictures from my trip yet. I think it might make me sad that it all happened so quick so I just keep putting it off. I will look at them, one day. I promise to post the good ones. However I do go into my 'Japan bag' which has all sorts of bits and bobs collected along the way. Mainly stationery, a lot I have given away but these ones I've kepts. Aren't they ace!

Haven't made one of these in awhile.

I took inspiration from a rad little 4 year old and copied her colour combos.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pom poms on everything!

Made a cushion then sewed a pom pom through the middle! It was a nice little project whilst we watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I even blanket stitched the edges. It's my new favourite thing in the flat!

In the same evening I did a little more sewing. Testing out my fabrics from Japan. I thought it needed a little extra so added this weird t-shirt wool bow thingy. Not convinced.

Pretty books

I've been reviewing a few books recently and I thought I couldn't leave these 2 out. These 2 are gifts from my boyfriend. He often visits the great comic book shop called Dave's Comics in the North Laines in Brighton and buys himself a treat. And for me too sometimes! They are sitting pride of place in the mini book shelf next to my desk. Anytime I need reminding of pretty colours I'll go straight for these.

Above: Map of Days by Robert Hunter, Nobrow Press
A wonderful story about a guy who steps into a grandfather clock following his grandfather to see where he disappears to at night. The illustrations are beautiful and is has a great colour palette. Really lovely.

Below: Eventually Everything Connects by Loris Lora, Nobrow Press
This concertina book is all about how people connect up together. How is Hitchcock connected to Charles Eames?? That kind of thing. I love how the book spreads out to 4m and there is a pull out poster at the back. Again I love the illustrations and the colours! Really is a good one!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A home tour....

So we have finished unpacking! Mainly due to the fact that both sets of parents were visiting last weekend and we needed to make it look like a real flat. I think it looks like a real flat. I really love it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make & Do - Beci Orpin

I think Beci Orpin has to be one of the raddest ladies I can think of. When her new book came out, Make & Do, I bought in advance and waited for it to be delivered. I have 2 of her other books and so I knew it was going to be good. 'Good' is an understatement. (You can buy her books here)

The projects in the book are so colourful and inspiring and I want to make everything. I thought I would share some pictures incase you wanted to have a peek. 

So good!!! Beci also runs a homeware store called Arro Home, I think I might put it all on my Christmas list!

Tiny weave

Whilst having a quiet spell on the old freelancing I made a little weave. This teeny compared to some of the others. I recently purchased a rather large loom so am excited to try that out. I sewed beads and pom pom to this one.... I really like it!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Super+Super craft books

I was recently asked if I would like to review the new Super+Super craft books that have just hit the shops. Of course I jumped at the chance. I've worked with the ladies before in their open studio and was really happy to hear that they have released these books. Amy and Clarie are real lovely and it shines through in their 2 books. Both books feature 20 projects which vary, you have Lazy Crafter, Weeknight Winners, Perpetual Creative and Committed Crafter. You're bound to find something for everyone in any one of these sections.

I was particularly excited about this one as I have done a few bits of printmaking myself and I was excited to see what tutorials were included. My favourites are the Icons Picnic Blanket (below), the Monogrammed Tablet case and the Multi-print wallpaper. I'm excited to try a few of these running up to Christmas.

Both of these books cover the basics you would need to create all the projects. That's great because you can always refer back to the tips when you get stuck. For Embroidery that's great as some of the stitches can get a bit tricky and it confuses me. I love the projects in this book, they're cute and really original! My definite favourites are the Stylishly Stitched Sweater, the Cosy Ear Muffs and the Cross Stitch Chair (below).

They are for sale here.... I would truly recommend them for a crafty Christmas present!
Hope you enjoy!

Friday, November 7, 2014

New home

So when we got back I moved into a really ace new flat. It has huge windows and lovely light, even if it is getting dark pretty quick these days. We're slowly making it look like a home and to be honest I haven't left it much as I like it too much. I'll do a proper post soon, sorry if you have already seen these on Instagram. Also I will be doing posts on my trip too. Also my shop will be up soon with my necklaces for sale. Ooof lots to do.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Back to normal....

I've just got back from being away for 6 weeks and slowly adjusting back to real life. I have many posts to put up about our adventure, which I'm sure will come slowly once over the jet lag and we've bought some furniture for our new flat!

Just a little sneak at some (!!) of the fabric I got in Japan. I love Japan.