Thursday, 22 September 2016

Crocheted Grannies, Wool Filled Kittens and Blossom Love


I'm often surprised at how many people will say to me, "you must be so patient!"
This is usually from a non-crafter to (me) a crafter. The truth is though, I am absolutely not. I have very little patience, so I guess it's not a necessary ingredient to being creative, or sewing, or crochet.

Determined is probably a better word, when I think about how long it took me to master the simple act of creating a chain in crochet. A couple of hours, one afternoon. The desire to crochet must have been extraordinary because I vividly remember the process and it wasn't an enjoyable one. Still, once I mastered it, I went on to create a few granny squares and found I really enjoyed having such a portable craft! 

So if you think you can't, then give it a try. And if you think you aren't patient, still give it a try.
My crochet skills are a combination of in person teaching, online tutorials and the last method I've found perfect for instant, easy learning - Youtube of all things!

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Why Being "Too Busy" To Reply is Damaging Your Small Business

I've always had an avid interest in handmade business, a) because for so long I have actually been a handmade business owner and b) because I do so love to talk shop with other creatives! I'm not completely sure why, I just know I enjoy the tick tock of the business clock just as much as the hum of the sewing machine and click of the scissors.

Something that has been a reoccurring topic of conversation lately is the whole communication debacle! By this I mean the ability to know how to email appropriately. Throughout my conversations lately, I have been surprised at the amount of fellow business owners who have had agonies in this particular area. The problem isn't that they don't know how to email, the problem is, so very few people know how to respond their correspondence in a timely manner or at all! 

And they aren't talking about customers, they are talking about fellow business owners and bloggers!

So, ever happy to be the Aunt in an agonising situation, I thought we could have a little chat, because I know the few in my own circle will not be the only ones who run across this issue! 

Got your cup of tea? Good! Let's go!


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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Here & Now 06


Loving //  The Goldilocks weather that is spring..not too hot, not too cold...it is just right!
Eating //  A disaster raspberry coconut slice that somehow didn't work out and became a giant sweet pizza!
Drinking //  Rosehip & Ginger Tea...it's lovely after dinner!
Feeling //  Like Henry's expression above resembles the way I feel towards my current creative block...ugh.
Making //  Well, I just mentioned creative block BUT I guess this blog post counts. And the summer top I made the other day...Maybe it is more of a creative stumble.
Wearing //  Right this second? A Jumper and Shorts. That signifies how confusing Spring weather is, hey?
Thinking //  Hmmmmmmmm....can I please have three magic wishes? My first would be for a clean kitchen.
Dreaming //  My mind is literally blank right now.

Creatively Inspired
1. I think I should learn to knit...because of THESE!
2. These Quilt Designs...sigh.

What is happening in your Here & Now?
Here & Now is inspired by Sarah of the Say! Little Hen blog. Join in with your blog! Share your Here & Now link over on Sarah's blog :-) Sarah has also introduced the first INSTAGRAM Here & Now Link up this month for those who prefer it! I will be joining in next month when I am back from my self-imposed social media break...see the details here on how to join!


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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The Vintage Quilt - Finished! Ta-Dah!


It has been a long time in the making and then even more time for me to get motivated to finally share these photos of the quilt I set about making last year! Setting the deadline of making sure I had it finished for my sister's birthday this year helped me get going...considering it did a good amount of sitting around as a half finished topper, waiting to be put together. Surprisingly, once I got sorted, it didn't take very long at all to complete!


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Saturday, 3 September 2016

How to Start Your Own Blog!

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Have you ever thought of taking up blogging? Yes? No? Afraid you won't know what to write or don't have the time?

Well chances are, you already have all the right ingredients! Now you just need to find yourself a recipe and bake a lovely, plummy, bloggy cake.

Way back when (okay about 2007) I loved reading blogs, and in a time when facebook and Instagram weren't as big, the blog community was a fairly interactive little place. People chatted, built communities, hosted craft swaps and weekly link ups, where bloggy types would share everything from what they'd been making, to their creative space. Ah those were the days.

I've had a couple of blogs, and this is the first one that has really stuck for me. Want to know why? Because I am unafraid. It's a place I share my own creative journey and my thoughts. I always feel like on my social media accounts, that I am in a shared space. That there is an unspoken code of conduct to adhere to and you should have your visiting manners on.

On my blog, I feel like it's my own little internet house. I can write what I want and not apologise for any of it. Of course, this'd make more sense if I wrote something extremely controversial but fabric love doesn't leave a lot of room for that, does it? I mean, you either love it or you don't...and you do, right?

Blogs are wonderful little places to be you and the really amazing thing - you can self-publish without the need for contracts, a journalism degree or an editor going over it with a fine tooth comb.
It's like your very own online magazine...*squeal*


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