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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Italy Calling...

With my placement year fast approaching I am waiting for a trip at Easter to Devon to finalise plans with several companies there, meanwhile Italy calls.


A placement opportunity has become available at Forza Giovane a company who produce trims and embroideries. The placement is for six months with accommodation paid for and only bills to pay...one not to be missed I think- especially as Italy is the only country I feel more at home in than England!


With this in mind I'm busy frantically putting together my CV and a small photographic portfolio of work which I am to submit tomorrow. So in my madness I thought I'd take a few minutes out to share my favourite with you, hope you like it...

Spiral Edging
Spiral Crochet Edging

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Every Girl Wants...

A McDonalds for Valentines day!? Thats what I got, no romantic meal for two, oh no, a chicken nugget meal and a vanilla milkshake followed by 'East is East' film and crispy cakes- oh and a card! A perfect valentines day?
Hope yours was good, love x

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Craft Market

Yesterday, Louisa, Laura and I went to the first of Fifi's Craft Markets in Sheffield to run a stall and raise a bit of money to help us through our time at uni. 


Unfortunately the market wasn't too successful. Despite the fantastic range of stands and the variety of items on offer there wasn't enough foot fall to make the time spent worth it. There just didn't seem to have been enough publicity of the fair and in the afternoon Laura and I ended up going out with fliers which seemed to improve the situation. It was a shame as Fiona seemed really nice but unfortunately I think an opportunity was missed. May it be a lesson learnt for next time.


Anyhow, for me it was relatively easy to get stuff together for the fair as I have a few things left over from the last fair I did and I took the stock from my Etsy shop. For Louisa and Laura though they made lots of new things and will be updating their own Etsy shops over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled.


Louisa is online at: http://loopybirdcrafts.blogspot.com/ and http://www.etsy.com/shop/xxloublouxx
and Laura at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarterCraftCreations


We are now thinking of setting up our own craft fair so watch this space...


On the uni side of things, not much progress this week but I am experimenting with some unusual 'yarn' with some interesting results and doing some large drawings to inspire my samples.


Best wishes...x

Saturday, 5 February 2011

New Year, New Me...

Well, after getting back to Uni in September I've been a bad blogger, I've hardly updated and I've completely lost track of everything. So, new year, new me. New years resolutions? I don't really keep them but this year I am making a conscious effort to...
  1. Read more,
  2. Be more organised,
  3. Have a clear out,
  4. and now, to blog more.
I started a Blog for all the wrong reasons really, I did it because we got told at Uni that it was a good idea to chart progress and to start a public profile, which I guess it is- as long as you do it REGULARLY! Which I have failed to do since I went back in September, so from now on a serious effort will be made.

It's already February and I've let a whole month slip away but I have been busy. In December I took a trip back to the farm in Devon- in the snow, got a new camera (which I am very excited about and for the first time will be sharing my camera images) and then of course there was Christmas and the work for our second assessment. After Christmas there was the obligatory New Year celebrations (and more uni work) and then I began...the clear out.


This year is to be a big year, full of change. I am to complete the second year of my degree and go on my placement year. I will be moving down to Devon (the furthest I will ever have been away from home), to the farm where I will stay for 12 months and travel around to relevant work placements. As currently I have two rooms (one at home and one at uni) packed with 'stuff' I decided that with such massive change coming my way I needed to clear out and streamline. I am ashamed to say that I have shed a whole wardrobe full of clothing and at least 10 pairs of shoes already and still have almost 2 wardrobes still full of stuff! I am being selective about what I am keeping and will be holding a stall at the local car boot sale in May, along with a couple of craft fairs to try and sell my Etsy stock and hand spun yarns.


London was a fantastic trip, taken as a research week from uni, we went from 23rd-25th Jan and had a great time visiting galleries, exhibitions and fitting in a musical. We presented our work for assessment and are already ploughing full speed into the next project. With one of four modules out of the way and two halves of two other modules already gone, time is fast elapsing; before we know it will be Easter and the course will have been completed for the second year with only the I's to dot and T's to cross.