Tuesday, October 11, 2005


I made some purses following the instructions from Molly Chicken. I'm loving this tutorial thing!! I got the bear from the sugggested site here. That purse went to my good friend Jenny and the flower one went to my sister.

I found an incredible fabric shop near where I work. It sells sort of warehouse remnants on rolls. It's a fabric free-for-all and the lady in the shop said to always check what's in as they get new stuff all the time and even she doesn't know what they'll get. And it's cheap! I got some grey cord, some duck-egg blue thick cotton and some gorgeous green and purple check stuff. (I could really do with a photo here!) And I got some more buttons! My mum found out that I was buying them and she said 'why don't you look through Grandma's button tin?' I think I exclaimed 'WHAT?' very loudly!! I'd completely forgotten about Grandma's button tin! My sister and I used to sort through them for hours when we were little. And boy, there's some good'uns!! I will get my camera working...!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Crafting on the move

Hello! What started as a week's work in London has turned into a 9 month contract!! Yaay! The travelling hasn't got any easier although I've figured out a way of by-passing the underground for little local trains. I'm already seeing the same people every day and giving a little acknowledging smile or nod! I just don't have any time now for making things. I've decided to start sewing on the train- I see so many people reading but I just can't do it when travelling. I figured if I set up some mini projects at the weekend for me to do during the week on the train, I'll have something to show for my 4 hours a day commute by the end of the week! Well, that's the theory...!
I had such a restless night's sleep the other night where I kept waking up and thinking of making a bag from old jumpers. I worked it all out - how I would make it, seam it and finish it. At the time, I thought it was the best idea I've ever had and couldn't really sleep for fear of forgetting it! It wasn't until after I properly woke up and had a shower that I thought 'that idea's awful! It'll never work!' I don't know what I was thinking! But part of me wants to give it a go! It's all still in my head so I'm going to see what I can get, jumper-wise, from a charity shop and let rip! But I won't be making that one on the train!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Wirksworth!! I want to live there!

Back from the craft fair -unscathed!! Sorry I'm using images similar to Mandy! Thank you so much to everyone who wished us well! I love this blog/craft community!! Well, the fair was 3 weeks ago now (I'm trying my best to act as if I've not neglected my blog - I'm sorry) It went really well, even though I didn't sell much (massive thanks to Jenny & Gemma for saving me!) Most important, I think, is that we had fun! And I did! I think more fairs are set for the not-too distant future! (I'm well up for it, Mandy!!)

I'm completely in love with my stand! I had a vague idea of what I wanted to display my things (hanging scented sachet-things) so I enlisted my dad's help. A whole afternoon in the garage later, I had an amazing feat of engineering before me, with a hinge and chain!! It's brilliant! Dad, you're the best! And then my mum painted it for me! It's turned into a family venture!

Here's the stand on display. (purses and bags by crafty badger!)

The paintings behind were by my sister, Alison. I don't have a picture of the other side of the room where she had more stands with her work on. But I love these tree pictures. She gave me a print of one which is now hanging proudly on our bathroom wall. Alison was absolutley fantastic. She's done this craft fair thing before and knew the best way to display everything. Thank you Alison!!

And here's a brooch I bought from the fair as a memento. It's by Claire Housley and I love it! I wear it everywhere.

Can't wait til the next one.

It's all change here at PM HQ. My boyfriend's got a new job in North London and for one week, I'm going to be working way over West London. It should be good- got to get used to the daily commute on the underground. Rush-hour and London Underground. Urgh. I'm already really looking forward to the weekend so I can start rubber-stamping!!! I've got my erasers and cutting tools at the ready! Stamp-a-riffic!! xx

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

manic crafting!

I really have been very bad and neglected my blogging. The craft fair is this weekend and I still don't have half as much done as I had planned. What have I been doing!?! It's got to the point where I'm trying to find extra hours in the day -'Well, if I don't sleep here, that gives me time to stitch a bit more here...!' I'm looking forward to it though - a whole new crafting adventure!!
Best get back to work. Pictures will be up soon!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Back from the Lakes!

I'm back from holiday in the Lake District! We all had a really good time. It is so lovely up there - nothing but green countryside and hills/mountains, gorgeous villages and lakes! After all we'd heard and seen about the Lakes (ie that it rains non-stop), we had the most fantastic weather! I'd only taken jeans, jumpers and kagool with me!

This was to view from the cottage we rented. It was so quiet and peaceful. And the weird thing that we all noticed was the amount of sheep and cows. It was great seeing fields of them again. It's been so long since I've seen them after all the Foot and Mouth business a few years ago.

We did loads whilst there. All my mum, sister and I wanted to do was visit the house of Beatrix Potter but somehow, we managed to miss it and the 'Beatrix Potter Gallery' and the 'World of Beatrix Potter Attraction'!! There was just so much other stuff to do! We visited two stately homes. Holker House had the most gorgeous garden I've ever seen. Lots of lavender and sweet peas and doves nesting. Ooh, lovely.

The other one we went to was Levens Hall. We went here because we think we remembered it from a ghost-hunting programme, 'Most Haunted' (I know, I know, it's sad!) We saw no ghosts but good gardens again!

The best place we visited was Farfield Mill. It's a old mill, renovated into an art gallery with studio spaces for artists. What I would give for a workroom there! Very nice indeed. And my mum bought me a beginners Crochet book here! I told her I wanted to learn after being inspired by Elisabeth D. She's amazing!

Just one more other thing! We went to an animal park/very small zoo and I saw a family of Fossas. It was so weird. They're native to Madagascar and are becoming really rare. But I'd never heard of one in my life. I think I've got so used to seeing CG creatures in films - mythical, magical, fictional ones that I couldn't believe what I was seeing in real life. It was strange. I'd always wondered what it was like for explorers seeing things for the first time and I always think we're spoilt by so much information these days (in a good way). Like Space travel and moon journeys are nothing out of the ordinary to my generation but to my parents, all that must have been amazing to watch for the first time. Oh, how I digress...!

So, the holiday's over and I'm back home just in time to start panicking about the craft fair I'm doing with Mandy! (It's going to be fine, it's going to be fine...) More news hopefully soon!

Saturday, August 13, 2005


Ooh, forgot to say, I'm going on holiday for the next week! We're going to the Lake District with my parents, sister & brother-in-law. Should be really good! I don't know what the weather's going to be like- I've purposefully not looked. I'll let it be a surprise. Needless to say, I've packed jumpers and water-proofs! I don't know what I'm going to do without a computer and my daily blog fix! But I'll have a week's worth of stuff to catch up on - I'm already looking forward to that!

Friday, August 12, 2005


Waa-hooo! I got this delivery in the post this morning! It's from my friend, the crafty badger, Mandy! I must have told her I really wanted some origami paper or else she read my mind. Brilliant. The yellow flower fabric is giving me loads of ideas. And that ribbon....fantastic! Thank you so, so much Mandy!