Thursday, 31 January 2013

New Jewellery!

All of my new jewellery is packed up and on sale! 

 Owl Necklaces

 Charm Bracelets
And heart earrings!
All available in my stall and on Etsy!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Shopping...

I like shopping...
I picked up this Edith Piaf double LP for £3.99 in Oxfam, I'm looking forward to having a listen to it!
And I did a little bit of yarn shopping - this lovely cotton will be made into a new batch of crochet flower brooches!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

{Sunday Snippets}



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Thursday, 24 January 2013

My Creative Space

Socks. Again. I think I'm obsessed. 
I'm playing along with My Creative Space over here - do pop over for a look!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

{Sunday Snippets}




{sunday snippets} a collection of photos from your week. no need for words. let the pictures tell your story.

Friday, 18 January 2013

New Jewellery

I've been busy making some new jewellery over the last week...




 Charm Bracelets with teeny acrylic hearts

And earrings to match!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

My Creative Space

Today my space is my bed. There is snow on the ground outside, and a plasterer man downstairs in my living room, so really the obvious choice is bed. I am having a knitting/sketchbook day, with my budgies for company (they are not so keen on plasterer man...) and I think it's a pretty fine way to spend a cold old day.
I am hoping to finish my second pair of Frankensocks today, so that I have something cosy to wear, possibly under Wellington boots, on my walk to the market tomorrow. 
For lots of Creative Spaces, pop on over here!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Ta-Da Tuesday!

 My Ta-Da moment this week is my finished pair of fingerless gloves! I started the second glove on Friday evening and worked on it at Stitch and Bitch, then picked it up again on Sunday, messed up the cable completely and had to rip back to the rib...Despite the stress (and wasted hours...) I am absolutely thrilled with them! 
And now I'm working on a second pair of Frankensocks, which I may have accidentally started before I finished the gloves...
I am enjoying knitting both socks at once, they seem to grow more quickly and I don't have the "second sock syndrome" issue that I normally have. I also really like the thrifty satisfaction of using up waste yarn too!
I'm joining in with Ta-Da Tuesday over at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Crochet Week

Since it seems that it is Crochet Week, I thought I would share some links and fun crochet stuff!

I posted a list of some of my favourite crochet books last year, and they are still my 'go to' books for crochet knowledge - I hope it's been useful.  The pattern for my blanket (above) is over here if you'd like to have a go, I can highly recommend it! Happy Crochet Week!

New Makings...

My first week back at work was really rather busy! I spent all day on Thursday making stock and made some of my current designs in some new colours!
Heart Stud Earrings ready for Valentine's day!

 Hedgehog Brooches in new colours!

Bow Earrings and Necklace now available in red!
I'll be back later with a special "Crochet Week" post, but for now I'm updating my Pinterest Boards - have you been to have a look?!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday Snippets






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Thrift-a-long!

It's been ages since I joined in with Thrift-a-long, for the simple reason that I've had so little chance to shop over the last month or two! I did have a couple of lovely finds in the week after Christmas though, which I thought I would share...
These sweet embroidered doilies will be made into something pretty for my gemmipop vintage range, they're ever so pretty!
These little birds are just for me! They are currently keeping watch over my Moomin book collection, and doing rather a good job!
To see more thrifty finds pop over to divajools!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Makings...

 I have been very busy knitting lately -

These are my husband's Christmas socks. I finished them two weeks after Christmas, but he still seems pretty happy with them! They are from this lovely pattern "Knitting Pattern for beginner Socks", I just increased the amount of stitches. I think they're rather snazzy!

I've also been practising my cable knitting, using this pattern - I've finished the first glove, I just need to get a wriggle on with the second one, particularly since the weather seems to have taken a turn for the freezing! The yarn I'm using is called Alena, according to my local yarn shop it is Aran weight, it doesn't seem to be that thick, but it certainly is working well for this pattern, and it's a gorgeous colour!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Days Out...

I thought I'd share some of the lovely things that I saw on my little Festive break...
Claire Brewster - The First Cut Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery
Manabu Hangai also in The First Cut Exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery
Ophelia by Arthur Hughes in Manchester Art Gallery
Tate Modern
The Natural History Museum

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

New Year's Resolutions 2013

I'm a little bit late with this I know, but my resolutions for this year are pretty straightforward....
  • Keep reading an average of a book per week/four books per month 
  • Try to finish projects that I start and not start new ones until I've finished one!
  • Try to use up some of my yarn stash and try not to buy new yarn
  • And try to shop more conscientiously - I want to try and keep my shopping limited to local independent shops, markets and charity shops, and I want to limit my overall amount of shopping. 
I'm hoping that these will be achievable goals for 2013! I must confess that I have found myself hoarding yarn and books over the last couple of years, and I want 2013 to be a year of making use of what I already have, as well as parting with some of the random stuff I've accumulated... I want to only keep what is useful, and be a little bit more organised...I think my ideal for 2013 would be to spend time knitting with good friends over tea and cake, and making things that I will love well into next year! 
I thought I'd share my most recent article for my local community magazine I Heart SY, which funnily enough is on the subject of Upcycling...

Happy New Year - I hope that it will be a delightful and productive year for us all! 

Monday, 7 January 2013

Reading 2012

So I've finished my reading challenge - this was the plan I made in January 2012... 


With the exception of October and December, I managed to stick to this for the whole year, but despite those two months, I have more than passed my target, and actually finished 63 books in 2012!
I was going to post a whole list, but instead, here are the links to the blog posts from the end of each month...
May 

With certain obvious exceptions (ahem, Fifty Shades, ahem), I've read some really fantastic books this year, and as I had hoped, I have found that setting myself this challenge has benefited me more generally, and I have always found the time to read which suggests that I have been using my time more wisely...So I will be starting my challenge afresh for 2013, and I am already a good way through "The Hobbit"!

Readings...December

Well, December certainly was a very busy month, and I've had a lovely long holiday to recover! Today is my first official day back to work and I've got plenty to catch up on! So first, here are my books for December, only managed two...
  • "Shakespeare" by Bill Bryson
  • "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K Rowling
I will be starting my book challenge again for 2013, but more about that soon! I will also be posting my complete list of books from 2012 later too!