Sunday, 28 August 2011

Mumble mumble...


It has not been a very crafty week. Mostly down to the virus which swept through the household, and which seemed to affect the toddler least, and the adults most. I love the stories and drawings our little girl brings home from nursery, but not the never-ending and varied bugs she brings home as well. The worst thing this one has done is made us adults both very tired and have sore tongues (I know it's weird isn't it?, but it turns out all my favourite foods are crunchy and/or spicy, and therefore now very sore to eat). It's getting better, but even a piece of toast makes my tongue ache for AGES afterwards).

Still, a little progress to report. I've now cut out the pieces for the little patchwork quilt for my lucky little girl's toy bed. I'm using a lovely linen blend and this bright, busy red fabric, and I'm going to bind it with a lovely soft blue which picks out the blue in the fabric. I think it'll work well together, but I'll only really know when it's finished.
I THINK the red and blue combo will work
I've also started work on a new ipod sleeve for the husbandbot. We settled on featuring one of the pac man ghosts (we are both keen gamers), so here he is completed.
Apparently the blue one is called Inky...who knew?
Here's a little WIP that I found in my sewing bag the other day. Poor fella needs finished off don't you think?
He at least deserves to have all four legs!
Also hoping to do a big Christmas Craft Fair in December, so I'll need to start thinking about building up a little more stock for that. If we get ANY sun this weekend I'm also going to photograph all the stock I have and hopefully FINALLY get my Folksy shop going.

Here's to a more crafty week this week!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Closer to home

Now my first craft fair is behind me, my thoughts turn to more domestic matters. While I was slaving away on bits and pieces for the fair, I stacked up a small list of things that needed doing at home or for my family. My theory is if I blog about it, it will give me an incentive to get it done. Let's see if it works!

Home sewing projects
1. Bag for toddler crockery, cutlery and accessories – whenever we go out to eat I ALWAYS forget something for Izzy, whether its a cup, her rubber mat or a fork, something always gets left behind, and those things that make the journey usually do so in a plastic food bag. I hate using so many plastic food bags and then throwing them away, so I'd like something in fabric (maybe oilcloth?), that has slots and compartments for all her bits and pieces. If you've seen a tutorial out there, please let me know, otherwise I'll start thinking about assembling my own. 

2. Bedlinen – not for any members of the family, but for Izzy's extended family - her toys. Grandad recently made this lucky girl a wonderful wooden toy bed, as she's so fond of looking after her toys and tucking them in. Now, no bed should be without some lovely linen, so I'm planning to make a little quilt and pillow to complete this lovely play set. The toys will be cueing up to have naps!
It even has her name carved into the side, lucky girl!

3. Bean bag – urghhh...I cut out the pieces to this Cath Kidson beanbag pattern ages ago, but I just haven't got around to finishing it. My poor daughter has to sit on a cushion on the floor when she has a snack. Now I've written it here though, it will be done!

4. New travel changing mat – I've seen loads of great tutes, I have some fabric picked, now I just need to MAKE IT.

5. IPOD pouch – the husbandbots Ipod sleeve has gone walkabout, and he has requested another. I'm going to keep it fairly neutral and possibly even man-styled, maybe with a little robot motif. LiliPopo recently had a great tutorial published in a recent issue of Sew Hip, so I'm planning to give that a go.

6. Animal costume – we have recently been frequenting the excellent 'Animal Magic' temporary exhibition at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, which is fab for kids and which Izzy adores. As part of the exhibition they have a huge dressing up box full of animal 'parts' to dress up in. They have fab sets for cats, tigers and wolves that comprise a little soft eared hat with velcro under the chin, furry gloves and furry tie-on tails. These went down so well with Izzy that I plan to use some of the fake fur to make her a set of her own. I'd really like to start building up a dressing up box for her. I've seen so many fab tutorials for crowns and costumes, that I really have no excuse.

7. Okay, here's actually one for me, even if it is craft-fair related. I didn't want to fork out on a heavy cashbox to heft around at the next fair, so I thought a little cash apron would be nice, and surely I could make one? That way I don't have to worry about leaving my money lying around when I nip out for tea and a cake, which are also craft fair essentials.
  
Before I go, a tiny craft fair addendum, here's a little pic of the finished giraffe cushion, I'm very chuffed at how he turned out and I have quite a few more planned. I'm preparing final sketches for a very cute mole as we speak...
I LOVE doing the felt lettering!
Envelope back and one of my fabric labels
While I was at the fair I spent my spare time sewing. I grabbed some lovely soft linen and shoved some felt scraps into my bag, and this cute little donkey is what appeared, but what will I do with it now...notebook cover? Ipod pouch? Hmmm...this requires some thought!
Sort of a cheery Eyeore?
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Post craft fair analysis

Well, I didn't manage to get another post in before the craft fair, but I thought I'd post a very quick review of how it went, and it went great! The fair itself was in a church hall in the West End of Dundee, and although it was a little out of the city centre, it benefited from being next to a sweet little cafe, which not only brought people in to browse the crafts, but also furnished me with tea and cake mid-morning :) Here's a little piccie of me and my stall. 

I was very pleased to not only cover my table costs, but also to make a profit too! The day was not as busy as I'd hoped, but the organisers informed me at the end that it was the quietest fair they'd had yet, which bodes well for future fairs. Luckily I wasn't bored, there were potential customers in dribs and drabs to talk to, other stall holders to meet, and Rachael from Sew Ray Me at the table next to me which meant a lot of sewing and toddler chat too :) 

It was so exciting making my first sales, and although no monsters went to new homes, I got a lot of positive comments about them, and sold a couple of my notebooks. I had a couple of new monsters to sell too, and you can see some snapshots below.
This furry fellow is called Arboreal Secret Keeper
This cheery lady is called Polka
All in all, a worthwhile day, and think I'll do more in the future. I have learned a few lessons though. Next time I'll take more layers to wear and a cushion! The chairs were comfy, but they got less comfy as the day wore on! 

For the next while, I'm going to turn my hand to more domestic matters. There are a few sewing jobs at home that I've been neglecting in my fair prep, so I'm off to write a list. See you all next time!