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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Etsy Discount Codes...

Hello, 


Sorry it has once again been a while. I have however found a small few hours to catch up and update. I have found the new feature on Etsy- DISCOUNT CODES! I will be putting new items on my shop all day and...


So, as a special Christmas Treat to all my blog readers- 20% off any item when you use my new discount code!


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Merry Christmas! xx

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Week 6 Assessment

WOW...the last few weeks have been super stressful. I feel like I have been busy for every second of the last few weeks and finally I have stopped. Things got so bad I felt I hardly had time to eat or sleep, 14 hour days of working on uni work for assessment and then fitting in meetings, Brownies and a relationship has been hard. But, here is the result...


Week 6 Assessment

This was my space for assessment and my work came together surprisingly well. A project based originally on doors and eventually ending at pathways focusing on layers and repetition. Not the best work ever but certainly not the worst either.

We're now moving onto the hand knit module which I am excited for, I much prefer it to the machines but they do give much quicker results. I felt I got bogged down in this project with colour so I think I will reduce my colours in the next project to working with Ecru.

Happy Knitting xx

Sunday, 31 October 2010

DFS Winter Wonderland!

Well I am on cloud 9 or should that be walking in a winter wonderland?! The new DFS adverts have come out and my Amey Cowl and Emily Rose Corsages (both original designs) are featured on them! At the moment I am struggling to get some still of them but you can see the adverts here (http://www.dfs.co.uk/tv-advertisements/) on clips 1 and 3.


The Amey Cowl is a featured item on my blog, you can knit your own using the free pattern or order one from me in time for Christmas.

The Amey Mobius Cowl- Week 6 of T52MMMC

The Amey Cowl is available to purchase for £50 in Hand Spun Merino wool, colour of your choice. Please e-mail me for more details.

In the meantime, have a nosy at the adverts and leave me a comment. Warm wishes and Happy Halloween! x

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Today is the first day of the rest of my life...

Right, after a pretty quiet few months I have decided to, from this moment, try my hardest to stop being so down and start afresh. Since I last Blogged (properly, I do not mean that pathetic excuse of a paragraph I posted) I have been feeling so awful it's hard to describe.


Leaving the farm, and that week where I was just so happy and completely myself for the first time in ages has left a void inside of me, pathetic isn't it. Ever since then I just haven't been myself and for the last two week I have been back at uni with countless pieces of paper shoved in my direction and already deadlines loom, hanging over me. For such an organised person, I feel out of my depth and completely swamped, nothing seems to be going right.


So, here I am, starting to be normal again, feeling positive, trying to get my head above everything again! It's working already- first exclamation mark in! Ooh that makes two.


The craft fair which I was so desperately working on went surprisingly well considering that it was only at the local church. I made £80 for the weekend and had a chance to spin for pretty much two days solid, which felt good. And most of all I was really happy with how everything looked together.


My stand


My Stand

Emily Rose Corsages

Emily Rose Corsages in My First Basket

Handspun Art Yarns

My Hand Spun Yarns on my makeshift stand (camera tripod)

And straight after that it was back to uni, three modules and lots of work. Keeping on top of everything this year will be so hard! But I'm getting organised, with my matching notebooks and folders, things feel good. Lots of drawing already- which is normally the bit I avoid the most but I'm keeping at it and so far my attempts are O.K. Pictures to come soon. My theme is doorways including pathways and journeys, it's looking like I'm going to go down the sustainability route and do some research into slums and humanitarian crises and how that affects peoples homes and journeys. Could be quite exciting. Wow, I'm feeling more positive already!

I hope you like the pictures and hopefully it wont be so long before I Blog again!  Speak to you soon, x

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Bad Blogger!

My apologies, I have been a bad blogger over the last few weeks.


To be perfectly honest I have been on a major downer since I came back from Devon and am struggling to pick myself back up again. I have been busy however preparing for the local craft fair so have been crocheting and knitting away all my spare time! I have also been busy earning some pennies working enrolling new students and helping with the recent open day at uni.


When I get a spare moment I will do a proper post with pictures of all the latest creations and items I have been making.


Back soon! x

Sunday, 5 September 2010

T52MMMC Week 7- Raspberry Jam

After making Jam with Kate in Devon, I decided to try my hand at it back at home. I went to our local fruit farm and picked my raspberries, washed them, weighed them, and measured out the same weight of sugar as raspberries. I heated my raspberries in a very large pan until they went soft and began to break down. I then added the sugar and continued to heat until the jam was boiling to temperature (I measured this on a jam thermometer- if you don't have one though its about 130 degrees centigrade). I let the jam boil at temperature for about 2 minutes and then scraped off the scum, popped it into jars and left it to cool. Simples!

Homemade Raspberry Jam

There are only 3 jars here in my picture but in total I managed to make 8 jars from 3 small punnets of rasperries, so I've been giving them to everyone: grandma's, godmother's, friends, the lot! x

Vintage Finds, New Yarns and A Very Busy Few Weeks

Where to begin?

After returning from the farm I have recieved my Moo goodies in the post...


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I got some new Mini Cards and treated myself to a sticker book too! They are really great, again I'm really pleased with the quality!


Then yesterday me and my mum ventured out to Ruthin Craft Centre and then into Ruthin town. Tilleke Schwartz has an exhibition at the Craft Centre at the moment and her embroideries are just unbelievable in detail, really worth a visit if you get a chance to see her work. The other exhibition there is Smile, a collection of artists put together by Mary La Trobe-Bateman showing works that really do as the title says- make you SMILE!

In Ruthin town I found a few little vintage bargains in a couple of shops and the market hall which was open being it a Saturday...

New/Old Tins


My Vintage Tins, only £4 for the lot.

New/Old Berkley Square Tin

This one is my favourite!

Basket #2

Basket Number 2, purchased for £10. I think I feel a basket collection coming on...

Jugs

And finally my two stripy blue and white jugs purchased for £10 for the two!

And in between times I ventured to The Black Sheep where I purchased some yarns from their new stock, I'm particularly liking these from Debby Bliss, they're Baby Alpaca and Silk.

Debbie Bliss Andes

I plan to make some luxury Emily Rose Corsages from these, and I've been busy working on these little beauties as well in preparation for a Craft Fair at Christ Church, Croft, Warrington on the weekend of th 25th-26th September...if you're nearby come along!

New Emily Rose Corsages and Camel Cowl

Some new Emily Rose Corsages in 4 ply Alpaca and a Hand Spun and knitted Camel/Merino blend Cowl, and below: incomplete Corsages in Sublime Kid Mohair Yarn in on trend colours for A/W 2010.

Emily Rose Corsages Coming Soon

Here's hoping you like them and like I say, if you get a chance, pop along to the craft fair 25th-26th September 2010 at Christ Church Church Hall, Croft, Warrington. x

Saturday, 4 September 2010

There's no place like home, but...

Devon Is Heaven!


I have just had THE BEST week of my life so far. After the let down of not going to the farm at the end of July I made it there last Saturday. I went on the train first thing and arrived Saturday lunchtime to a very warm welcome and fruit picking. The first job was picking Raspberries and Strawberries for turning into jam later in the week. Kate and Robert (the owners of the farm) were so welcoming, they made me feel so at home, including me in discussions, decisions and really throwing me head first into farm life.


I looked after ducks, cows, sheep, geese, pigs and chickens. Rode and drove a quad bike and a tractor and fell off a quad bike, grazed my arm, got scratched by a duck, and got a blister but I can well and truly say it was the best week I have ever had. I didn't even miss home either- which for me is a big thing! 


Thursday came and it was like being thrown out of heaven back into the real world. For 5 days I got to be myself, and work hard but I truly relaxed at the same time. It made me completely re-evaluate myself and my hopes and dreams for the future. 


I'm guessing you might want some pictures of this heavenly place? Well...




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One of the Red Ruby Devon cows and her calf...


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Molly the Mad but Beautiful farm dog...

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The little Ducklings...

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The fantastic views...

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And the stunning lounge...

So now I'm back at home and the daily grind. It sadly feels like I've never been away, that first night I was back home in Warrington I really missed it, I felt almost home-sick for what really had become a second home. So I hope to go again at Christmas, but for now I encourage you to go, they have bed and breakfast...but don't stay too long, leave some room for me!

x

Friday, 27 August 2010

Giveaway at No Biggie!

Kami over at No Biggie has posted a new blog for this fantastic giveaway! She is tempting us with a $25 gift certificate for Modern Palm Boutique! I'm so excited, so I've entered, hope I win! Personally I am loving the Divine Twine in Apple Green, if I win you never know you may be getting something wrapped in it if you purchase from my shop!



Go have a nosy over at No Biggie and leave Kami some love, she has a lovely Blog and her friend who runs Modern Palm Boutique and Blogs at A Pina Colada has a beautiful blog too!


Go enter that giveaway! Hope you don't win though! (Only Kidding, good luck!) x

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

A Present for A Special Friend

Today I managed to catch up with one of my very good friends that I unfortunately left behind last year when I went to Uni and sadly, didn't keep intouch. Anyway, she passed her A Level exams recently, gaining a place at Liverpool John Moores University to study Biochemical Medical Science (yes she is very clever!) and so as a reward and to say sorry for not keeping in touch I knitted her this...

Cable Cowl

Made from Jaeger 100% Wool yarn and knitted to this Quick Cabled Cowl pattern (available for free from Ravelry) by Rare Knits on Blogspot. Needless to say she was really happy with it and I hope she wears it lots and that we make up for last years lack of contact with a lot more this year.

Here's to rekindling lost friendships, x

Monday, 23 August 2010

Vintage Knitting

I forgot to tell you! On returning from holiday I found I had been left some old knitting bits and bobs by a family friend, my favourite of which was this...

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A really funky little yarn holder in green and shaped like a beehive! Isn't it great?

I bought the needles AGES ago from Ebay- suffice to say that, realistically, there isn't a matching pair amongst them but they were really cheap and I just loved the bright colours so couldn't resist them. I was once given a brooch made from a colourful knitting needle and I guess I was thinking I could use these in the same way but never got around to it (as always!) Anyway, the beehive- it's now on my desk in pride of place, I just love it. I also got a skein holder which I used during the knitting of the Amey Cowl- named after one of my beautiful friends!

So, as a wise man once told me, "sharing is caring" so just thought I'd share the vintage knitting love! x

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Amey Cowl- T52MMMC Week 6

So here it is, possibly a little later than it should have been, but I think the wait was worth it...

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The Amey Mobius Cowl.

Not only did I knit it but I spun the wool too! It's made from super soft merino in this muted grey/pale blue and I am very proud.

If you would like to make the Amey cowl like this, you will need:
  • Approx 172m of a bulky/chunky yarn
  • 1 pair of 7mm knitting needles
  • General items for casting off and construction
Gauge: 3 st, 5 rows to 1 inch in moss/seed stitch (k1, p1), although this is not too important.

Key: k=knit, p=purl, st=stitch/stitches

To Begin:
  • Cast on 37 stitches
  • For Every row work moss stitch (k1,p1) beginning by slipping the first stitch, moving the yarn to the front (between the needles) and then purling the next stitch.
  • Work until you have about 3 metres of yarn left.
  • Next row cast off, weave in ends.
To construct:
  • Lay the length in front of you with the long sides top and bottom. At this point you can either simply stitch the two ends together to make a tube or complete the following...
  • Take the top left corner to the bottom right corner and then the bottom left to top right.
  • Stitch/crochet the seam. Personally I prefer to crochet the seam as I think it gives a neater finish but this is personal preference.
I hope you enjoy my pattern, any problems please just get in contact!

Happy knitting, x

Friday, 20 August 2010

T52MMMC Week 5

Now, I hope this isn't cheating- but...having been on holiday I didn't manage to blog about week 5 but I did crochet this little number while I was away. I crocheted the three parts and completed it with the Laura Ashley fabric covered button (which I covered myself-first time ever- very proud!).

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I also decided to pop it on my shop. It is made from Orkney Angora yarn (50% angora, 50% lambs wool) and is available to purchase for a mere £4.95 approx. (prices are in USD).

Go and have a mooch as there is another similar one in a pale grey which I will be sad to see go...
Both available by clicking here.

Week 6 make is on the way but for now...happy crafting! x

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Purchases

While we were away I bought quite a bit, at the expense of my bank balance- which has severely suffered! Ah well, I think these little beauties were well worth it- just got to work even harder for my shop now!

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Above and Below: Boo Vake, Perth
Cards by Alice Melvin
Brooch by Suzanne Devine


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Both items from Owl and Lion Gallery, Edinburgh

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Lip Balm from Isle of Mull Soap Co.

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Gorgeous brooch for my Mum, from Room 15, Oban
Made by Julia Cunningham (details below)

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Below: Oh Comely Magazine picked up at Analogue book shop
A really cute magazine packed full of cute fashion, quirky stories and creativity. I'm in Love!

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Excerpt from Oh Comely (below)

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And the yarns I picked up, some from Twist Fibre Craft Studio, Newburgh and others from K1 Yarns Knitting Boutique

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Above; My beloved basket from Kit & Caboodle, Newburgh with my pretty flower head scarf tied into a bow on the handle...I Love this shop!

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And the final image, my two favourite things of the moment, my basket with new yarns, although my earrings come a close second...well actually all my new bits and bobs are my favourites, I can't choose just one!

I hope you enjoy browsing the websites and links as much as I enjoyed the real shops...and remember all these places are little independents trying so hard so leave them some love too! x

All around Scotland in a 206

So two weeks ago the boyfriend and I set out on an adventure around Scotland in my little, green, Peugeot 206. Originally the plan was to go to Dumfries, Oban, Nairn, Perth and Edinburgh but whilst we were in Oban we decided to stay put to allow us some time to see the Isle of Mull. So the final route was this...


I took loads of pictures and we saw plenty. I spent far too much and bought plenty of new yarn and quirky little accessories. So, I have loads of pictures, galleries and purchases to share with you. It was a two week holiday so bear with me...plenty of nice pictures and then my purchases to follow.

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We saw plenty of castles, more than I can count, but all had beautiful views...this one was taken at Threave Castle.


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Flowers (above) and Sculpture (below) at Threave Estate

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Beautiful gardens at Threave (above) and Sweetheart Abbey (below)

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This totally quirky caravan at Hoddom Castle caravan park (Dumfries)

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Tobermory

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Bright fishing boats in the harbour in Oban

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Quirky souvenirs at St Andrews Castle

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And a really cute toilet (of all things) in a pub in Newburgh. After frequenting this toilet on the way back from St Andrews (whilst staying in Perth) we found THE MOST amazing shop I have ever found and which now I am completely in love with!

Kit&Caboodle is a vintage/furniture/textile/Treasure Trove, I took loads of pictures and the lady who owns it was so kind and friendly.

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Cushion by local artist, detail (above). Dress and following furniture by the same artist

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The ship that just grabbed the boyfriends attention, was purchased for £23 and was consequently cradled all the way home with loving care!


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And finally the bird box I wish I had bought!

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Fabhatrix, a very snazzy hat shop- so cute and quirky!

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A craft fair (below) that we found as part of the Edinburgh Fringe festival, a few purchases came from here...post coming soon!

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Bits and bobs from the Owl and Lion Gallery

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Local transport...

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And finally the blue fronted shop (above) is K1 Yarns. A very nice knitting boutique with a very helpful lady and great customer service selling Scottish and other luxury yarns.

These are just a sprinkling of images, there are plenty more on my Flickr site which you can visit by clicking the link on the side of my blog. I'm off to take some pics of my purchases which I will share later.

Enjoy, x