Monday, 31 October 2011

Makings!

I am working at home today, so this morning I did some designs for some commission necklaces and a special project for Siop Cwlwm Croesoswallt, and once all of that was done I started cutting out more Robins! I have ten new ones ready to be stitched up. It would seem that my habit of hoarding fabric has paid off - I found a tweed skirt that I'd bought ages ago to make soft toys with, and of course I never got around to it. So now I have a Robin cut out of it! I am sewing eyes on this afternoon, so they should be ready to sew and stuff in the stall on Wednesday, because tomorrow is a laser cutting day.
Last night I finished the first of my dad's socks. I really love the stripes. So now I need to get started with the second one!

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Shopping List Sunday

Some pretty things that I've spotted this week! Bright Retro bib necklace by Polina and SergeyVintage Carpet Bag Coin Purse by CaptainCat
there are lots of nice people to meet by laurageorge
toadstool skirt - red and green by madewithlovebyhannah

Knitting...

I seem to be knitting rather a lot lately; I am working on socks for Christmas pressies, and quite frankly, socks are my new obsession! I am getting on jolly well with my dad's pair, I am hoping to finish the first of the pair today so I can get going with the second. I want to finish a pair for myself too, my blue/white/orange sock needs a friend!
As well as that, my lovely husband bought me a ball of pinky sock yarn for myself, which I am itching to get started on! I think I may treat myself on Christmas day by starting a pair, since all of the ones for everyone else will be packed up and distributed by then! It only seems fair after all!
Some other gifty knitting (which I actually finished a while ago), is this little mitten and hat set for the new baby of our Stitch and Bitch host. She arrived in the early hours of Friday morning, so I will be delivering this little parcel soon. I made 3-6 month sized stuff, with the logic that everyone would give her "newborn" things, so now she will have something cosy for when she's a bit bigger. They are made from 100% cotton, and very soft for the little one.
I have been thinking about something nice to make for my sister for Christmas, but I haven't been struck by inspiration yet. There's always the problem of time too, but I would just like everyone to have something handmade, it feels more special.

Flea Market Finds

My Flea Market Find this week is always a favourite; vintage pink florals! There's two matching pillow cases and a sheet, I don't have any set plans for any of it yet but I couldn't resist!
I haven't had much time to get out and about around the charity shops lately, I'm hoping to get out for a look around sometime this week but I have lots of work to catch up on after spending the beginning of last week in London. I need to make some more of my Christmas Robins - I sold three in two days so I don't think the remaining nine will be quite enough, so I brought a huge bundle of fabric home with me yesterday! I also need to finish some scarves, and I am working on Christmas socks, I could do with some more hours in the day!
For more Flea Market Finds pop on over to see Sophie Isobel!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Gemmipop Festive Shop!

Today I put up my Christmas Decorations in the stall! It's looking so cheerful!
I made some new stars on Wednesday too, five fluffy white ones with Red edging! They are really lovely!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

My Stall was on TV!!

I'm sorry for the rubbish quality photograph (it was a pic taken of the TV screen...), but my shop was on TV tonight (My stall is the one in the middle!). There was a feature about lovely Lowri and Linda from Siop Cwlwm Croesowallt on the Welsh language channel S4C and they did a little shot that had my shop in it! Woohoo!
And as well as showing my shop, my gal Lowri was wearing a pair of my button earrings! So we've all had a little bit of fame tonight!

A Dressing Table Full of Bits and Bobs!

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent the beginning of the week in London. While I was wandering around I found Anthropologie on Regent Street. It is an absolutely beautiful shop, so full of interesting pretty things! So I made a little purchase which required a little re-jig on my dresser!
A little Raccoon Jewellery dish! This little Cutie took some special attention to get home safely, but it was well worth it! So I've reorganised my dresser, and it looks very pretty! I've added notes to everything in my Flickr page just in case anyone is interested!
As well as my Raccoon dish, I got a new necklace. Is anything sweeter than Blythe with bear ears?!
I also got a very cute Macaron ring, (which currently living in my Raccoon dish) because they are my new favourite thing! I had my first ever Macaron on Sunday - a Raspberry one from a Patisserie called Paul on High Holborn, which I munched in the grounds of the British Museum...
And it was so yummy that I bought a bag of six for us to share (we still have four so not bad going...), this time from Yauatcha, a dim sum restaurant in Soho - I got blueberry, cherry, blackcurrant, lemon, raspberry and coconut and they are delicious!
I'm full of inspiration now for getting back to work. Yesterday was all about Robin legs, but now they're done I can get some new designs done, as well as plans I have for making the stall prettier! Lots of things to do...

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lots of Pretty Robins!

Today I finished twelve little Christmas Robins! They are so sweet!
Some have loops to hang them on the Christmas tree, but mostly they are free-standing. I really hope they all have a jolly Christmas sat on the fireplace of their new homes.
I have been in London for the last couple of days on a little holiday, I haven't forgotten my blog I promise!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Crochet Lessons - Second Lesson

Today I had my second lesson with the lovely ladies from last week. We worked on stars and Christmas trees from the lovely patterns from The Royal Sisters blog!
They're so festive! I was also pleased that they both brought along their granny square blankets -the first is a continuation from the one started last week...
And this one was started after the lesson, using an 8mm hook and double thickness yarn, and it's for a new baby girl...
I am so pleased, they've both really taken to it, and are keen to learn more. It's a great moment when something is finished and there's a triumphant "YES!", the stars are a fantastic project for that!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My Creative Space

My space today was a little bit chaotic - I spent this morning getting all of my festive preparation done and it looked like there had been a large multi-coloured explosion on my little table. There's a combination of decorations, Robins, fabric and ribbons, as well as the big green bowl of cotton that always lives on my table for ease of access.
I managed to get everything nicely organised and tidied away, and I'm feeling all festive now!
For more creative spaces pop on over to Our Creative Spaces

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Christmas Makings...

Today was my dad's birthday so I went over for a visit to take him a bunch of pressies (and to have some cake...). Unfortunately he had to go to work at 1pm, so this afternoon I spent some time making Christmas Decorations!
First I made jumpers for Baubles (using the super-dooper pattern from lovely Pip at Meet Me at Mike's), but sadly I ran out of Baubles - I could have kept going all day - I was listening to the British Museum/Radio 4 "History of the World in 100 Objects" podcasts and happily baubling away (the spell-checker just flinched but I don't care)...
So then I stitched up five new Robins but I ran out of stuffing, so I have more to make tomorrow, plus these lovelies need legs...
So, having run out of baubles and stuffing, I started on stars. A jolly productive afternoon I would say!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sock Knitting!

I finished my very first pair of socks yesterday! Admittedly I got distracted starting my second pair, but it's fine because I have actually finished three socks in total now...This pair will be for my mum for Christmas (she doesn't read my blog so it's fine for me to show them off!)...and this is the first of the pair for me, but yet again I have been distracted because I started a pair for my dad for Christmas last night...
I wonder if I will ever actually get a pair to wear myself?! I think I am officially addicted to knitting socks now, I have carefully planned out the next couple of days workload so that I can sit and knit in the evenings!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Crochet Lessons!

I had two lovely ladies in the stall today for a double lesson. They both knew how to crochet but were having some problems with spacing and tension - making squares square and that kind of thing. So we started from scratch with granny squares and it quickly became apparent that the problem was not enough chains between clusters of trebles, so we fixed that and they were away!

They both left with a better understanding of how to make a shape work, so next week they are booked in for lessons on stars and flowers, and if we get that done then we can try circles. It's all very exciting!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

My Creative Space

Today I am working on some glittery Christmas Decorations! I have been using the fantastic patterns from The Royal Sisters Blog with some sparkle yarn that I picked up yesterday, so aided by tea and cheesy movies, I am crocheting up a storm!
These are the ones I've finished so far, now I'm going to have a little break to do some work in my sketchbook, and then I'll be back on stars and trees!
For more makings visit Our Creative Spaces!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

New Photographs

My lovely husband spent some time this afternoon taking photographs of some of my work - I'm thinking of putting together a portfolio of new designs. It's been rather a long time since I documented things in a physical portfolio, it's all pretty much exclusively online, and I can't help but think it would be nice to have a book or a file to keep everything in. Here are some of my favourite shots...
I think he's rather clever! I'm off to bed now after a marathon blog updating session - I seem to have had a lot of news to share today!

Festive Robins!

I've been busy today making Christmas Robins - and it would seem that I'm not the only one feeling festive today - this little group are already packed up ready to go to a new home...
And I made the first Christmas tree Robin, I hope he finds a nice branch to sit on!
And unrelated to stall makings, I finished the first of my stripey cushions! I have the back of the second one made, it's just plain cream, and have started the front. It's very cosy and looks rather nice on our squashy brown sofa!

New Brooches!

Here are all of my new brooches - all packaged up! I'm really pleased with them...
All available on Etsy now!