I love seeing photos on Instagram of crafty projects in progress, it’s an amazing platform to gather inspiration and even learn new techniques. I often like to ask crafters how they did something in particular if it’s not obvious to me, and because the IG community is so generous, you often get a reply straight away.
I’ve been particularly inspired by the work of @AnnitaBianca, who is prolific crocheter, and makes amazing colourful blankets based on little circle flowers. She has kindly shared the pattern she uses on her blog, and I’ve started on a blanket of my own. (more…)
Wow! I did it!
This eBook started as a little idea that grew out of lots of questions I was being asked by you – other bloggers and crafters. Some of you wanted to incorporate selling digital patterns and eBooks in to what you were doing but didn’t know where to start. I totally felt your pain because it really took me a long time to research how and where to sell my products, it’s not information that is readily shared. I decided to change that.
Initially I just wanted to put together a little guide comparing digital delivery platforms to help readers choose the one that best suited them, but as I progressed with my research and putting everything together, I realised I had more information and experience to share than just that. What started off as a weekend project turned into an epic month long writing session. (Not much house work got done during that time!)
I’ve had so much positive feedback about The Lucky Draw Project, it’s been really wonderful hearing how much you are enjoying receiving a surprise illustration in your inbox every fortnight. Most of you have told me how much fun your kids are having colouring the pages, but I’m wondering how many of you are getting out the old coloured pencils and getting creative yourselves.
This pretty paper butterfly garland is a sinch* to make, and it’s likely you have all the materials required sitting in your craft cupboard already. I made a prototype a while ago and thought I was a genius to invent this cute but simple design. Turns out that nothing is original and it’s been done before, but stringing the butterflies up to make a garland, totally me!
(*means super easy)
So if you need to brighten up a dull space, or have a party to decorate for, dig out some pretty paper and get folding, here’s how…
I made a big decision the other night whilst I was working on my eBook (about selling digital products). As I was researching, comparing business models and suggesting recommendations for readers, it finally dawned on me that my shop in it’s current form is holding me back from things I’d rather be doing. Fancy that, it took writing a book to really clarify things in my head about what I really wanted to do. So, I will no longer be selling physical product in the shop as of Friday, and will eventually be closing my Big Cartel store.
Do you ever run out of ideas? Or is your head full of them, but it’s the creative drive you lack? Does every one want a piece of you, and you have nothing left to give? That is me this week, turns out “I got nothin’”. My inspiration has been misplaced and I’m using all my powers of motivation to just do the ‘getting the kid to school’, ‘making cheese sandwiches’ and ‘having a shower’ part of life.
It’s really the fault of this eBook I’m writing, it’s a much bigger project than I expected (they always are)! Turns out my brain can’t multitask when it comes to creativity. I have to commit 100% to what I’m doing or a new little creative spark will sneak in and derail what ever I’m working on.
We love making and eating Banana Cake at home, it’s quite quick and very tasty! Sometimes I think the bananas get ignored in the fruit bowl on purpose just so they can over ripen, and then the only option is to bake a cake.
I’ve tried a few recipes, but this one simplified from Charmaine Solomon’s Family Recipes (sadly out of print) is a favourite because it requires only a few ingredients that I usually have on hand, and is pretty fool proof. In fact I often mix up the steps or just throw everything in together (not recommended for best results) and it still works ok. It’s so easy even a 3yo can make it!
Emma loves baking, and on this particular day (a few months ago) she wanted to host her own cooking show “just like on the television” and specifically asked me to video tape her in action. It’s super cute, even if I do say so myself.
Read on for recipe and super adorable cooking demonstration…
I was so pleased with myself when I learned to Crochet a Popcorn Stitch, whilst making this trivet from a pattern in Handmade Glamping*. I love the three dimensional texture and cushioned effect it produces.
Because crochet stitches are much easier to learn when you watch someone actually doing it, I thought it would be helpful to make a little video showing you how it’s done. If you already know how to do a Double crochet (US)/Treble (UK), like the one granny squares are made with, then you practically know how to do a popcorn stitch already. There is just one extra step.
Watch the video to see how.