Friday, 30 January 2015

It's Crafty Destash Time!

My destash sale has begun!

Over in my Big Cartel shop you'll find lots of crafty goodness, including...

... colourful buttons...

http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products
 http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products
 
... felt balls...

http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products

... packs of ribbon and trims...

 http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products
 http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products

... felt scraps... 

http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products

... useful crafty bits and bobs... 

http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products
http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products

... patterned felt...

http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products

... and bargain felt bundles.

http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products
http://lupin.bigcartel.com/products

Click here to see what's on offer!

P.S. I'll be photographing and listing some more supplies over the next couple of days (including more of the felt bundles which are selling quite quickly). If you end up placing more than one order I'll combine shipping and refund you any overpaid postage. I'm also happy to combine shipping if you order supplies from my Big Cartel shop & also order something handmade from my sample sale on Etsy :)

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Tempting Temptations

As I've mentioned a couple of times, I'm trying to focus on destashing this year. Using up the crafty supplies I already have, clearing out the ones I no longer need and resisting the urge to buy shiny new crafty things unless I need them for a specific project... decluttering my space and saving money in the process.

But aaaargh, I am being so tempted by some lovely fabric you guys!

Specifically, this gorgeous bird print (from "Flock" by Michael Miller)...

 http://www.misformake.co.uk/collections/fabric/products/flock-in-white

... and this loveliness from Eloise Renouf's "Shape of Spring" collection

http://www.misformake.co.uk/collections/fabric/products/spring-scrapbook-in-robins-egg

(Images from M is for Make) Nice, huh?

There are lots of reasons why I shouldn't buy this fabric. I have a big stash of un-used fabric already, I don't have any particular project in mind for these new prints so they'll probably sit un-used in my stash as well, I've already gone waaaay over my January budget by buying this dress and booking a spring holiday (oops!), I'd rather spend any spare cash I have on Nice Days Out, etc etc etc. But most of all having resolved to curb my crafty spending in 2015 I want to stick with it and not fail at the very first hurdle!

So, I am writing this blog post to help me resist this fabric's siren song. One of the great things about blogging about a long-term project (be it a crafty make or a personal challenge) is that it helps you stick with it. I do not want to be writing a confessional blog post in a few days or weeks time admitting to you all that I had no willpower! I will not buy this fabric. I will not buy this fabric. I will not buy this fabric.

Fingers crossed...

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Book Review: Knitting Smitten

Time for a book review! Today I'm reviewing Knitting Smitten: 20 Fresh and Funky Hand-Knit Designs by Jessica Biscoe.

 

Knitting Smitten is part of Quadrille's "Simple Makes" series, which includes Fresh Prints, Felt Sew Good, and Scissors, Paper, Craft. This is turning out to be a fantastic series of books! Each title I've reviewed from it (if you click on those three links they'll take you to my reviews) has been fresh and modern and filled with simple-but-not-boring projects, and Knitting Smitten doesn't disappoint.

 

The book starts with some tips on choosing yarns and deciphering knitting patterns, illustrated with some delightfully quirky pictures of pompoms and little sheep figurines...


... then there are some step-by-step "how tos" for the stitches and other techniques you'll need. I always like seeing photos in this section of a knitting book as I find them much easier to follow than diagrams, and this book includes both the English/US and the Continental techniques for each stitch. 


The designs are divided into three sections - knits to wear (including hats, a cowl, a cape and some legwarmers)...

 

... knits to share (including gifts like a purse, a cable headband and a doggy bowtie) and knits for your home (including a throw, a couple of cushions and a paperweight in the shape of a hedgehog).

 

I sometimes struggle with knitting books as my skill level is.... not great. But I still want to knit fun stuff! I have to admit that I probably wouldn't have picked this book off the shelf based on the front cover alone, but inside there are loads of projects I would love to knit. None of the projects seem stuffy or old-fashioned and it all looks like stuff I could manage with a bit of practice - though I would have to learn how to knit in the round (eek!) and buy the needles to do so. 

I especially loved these cable bracelets...


... this adorable necklace with a teeny knitted bow...

 

... and these delightful woodland-themed mittens complete with red squirrel and little knitted acorns!


This book would be a great buy if you're looking for some fun, achievable knitting projects to keep you out of mischief in the evenings or you have a friend with a birthday coming up who's recently learned to knit and wants to try some new things.

Knitting Smitten is published by Quadrille. RRP £12.99. It's available from Amazon UK, Amazon USA, The Book Depository and many other bookshops.

Please note: Quadrille sent me a free review copy of this book. The Amazon & Book Depository links in this post are affiliate links.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Unplugging and Destashing

I took a couple of days off from computer-y stuff over the weekend - but not voluntarily! I'm not sure how but I managed to hurt my neck and shoulder at the end of last week in such a way that it was quite painful to type. So, I had to temporarily abandon plans to finish up my accounts and reply to all my emails and schedule some blog posts... and instead made a start on destashing some craft supplies, with my assistant keeping me company on the sofa.

 

I'm having a BIG clearout! I'm making up lots of bundles of supplies and will be gradually getting them all photographed and added to my Big Cartel shop this week. There will be packs of ribbons...

 

... colourful felt balls...

 

... buttons...

 

... a whole assortment of random crafty, stitchy supplies like these reels of elastic...


... and lots of felt, including some patterned felt...


... a couple of big bags of scraps...

 

... some bargain packs of felt squares... and more!

 
I'll announce here on my blog and on my Facebook and Twitter pages when the first things are available :)

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