I seem to be a day behind this week, thanks to Auckland Anniversary on Monday. Never mind! Onwards to the procrastination.
The blog I’d like to share today is from a Kiwi blogger – her tagline is “life style blog of a crafty one”. If you’re looking for an inspiring crafter and a sneak peak into life in New Zealand, pop on over to Adventures of Alex O & Co – even better if you sign up to follow the blog by email, you’ll get a gorgeous dose of crafty goodness in your inbox whenever the blog is updated. I love Alex’s designs, she is a true craftsperson and it is always a pleasure seeing a blog update when they come through.
I’m one day late with my planned 7 days of crafty post, with good reason I think. Today was a public holiday so it is only now that I’m feeling in a Sunday frame of mind!
So today we celebrated Auckland Anniversary Day – the sun shone, there were plenty of boats on the harbour and the bush behind our house was filled with bird song. Beautiful! And way better than being at Day Job! 😉
So the next 7 days of crafty goodness will not e too exciting. I’m working on a crocheted baby cardigan for a friend who has a baby due in a couple of weeks. Here is how the week is shaping up:
Monday: baby cardigan
Tuesday: baby cardigan
Wednesday: baby cardigan
Thursday: baby cardigan
Friday: crocheted ring bases
Saturday: day off (phew!)
Sunday: crocheted ring bases
Anyone game to share what they are working on this week?
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Well after I burst onto (or perhaps off!) the Nz craft market scene, it has all gone rather quiet on the craft front around here. I had a week in (R)Adelaide for a Day Job conference, and then a weekend and week recovering from a hectic fortnight. Inspiration and activity have both been low but I can feel the creative energy regenerating. Good news!
Today I attended a baby shower for an old university friend. I received an incredibly cute Dr Zuess themed invitation and knew immediately that I could make the perfect gift – a Dr Zuess onesie with a matching(ish) beanie.
I am really loving that lemon and grey colour way at the moment and thought it perfect for a little bubba, gender unknown. I also whipped up the wee card with the pram (perambulator – great word!) which tickled me as well. Then all wrapped up in brown paper, tied with a decadent black bow and voila! A perfect, homemade baby shower gift xox
WIP it good. (That is one of the strangest music videos I’ve seen – but I do love that song.)
This was quite a busy weekend – Saturday was a craft write-off after my time in the gym, hair appointment and then dinner out. Sunday was a bit more fruitful – I started and finished my upcycled cotton reel holder, finally finished my salt dish pin cushion and cut yet more fabric for purses. It was Father’s Day here (everywhere?) yesterday so I made Dad a card using Vintage Funnies comic strips and my Cameo Silhouette.
A terrible photo, but I’ve included it so you can see what it will look like when it is wall mounted.
I am really stoked with how this turned out – painted white, dowel cut to the appropriate lengths and ends sanded to a round point. It has a capacity to hold 32 cotton spools – hurrah! This will end up mounted onto the wall in my craft room – I was *very* tempted to add some coloured trim around the edges, but thought a lovely array of candy-coloured cottons would be decoration enough.
A random jumble of things – a tray (what for? I have no idea!) I picked up for $5 at Junk and Disorderly, some 4mm dowelling rods, pencil and ruler for measuring, and a hack saw for cutting the lengths of dowel.
My Dad is “the bomb”, a phrase we used when I was in my teens to describe something really, really cool. Hence the bomb reference in the cartoon. I was very pleased to be able to get “knickers” into the personal message inside the card by referencing “the chap in his knickers on the front of the card”. Dad was tickled with it – he had a good giggle.
Instead, you were destined to be filled with a needle-felted ball of wool and festooned with a cute wee trim. A much better solution actually – the needle felted ball is glued in and solid as a rock – those pins aren’t going anywhere!
Oh the plans I had for you my little friend. You were going to be filled with fluffy stuff and then topped with gorgeous fabric. It was not to be…
Still no sewn together purses – next weekend is completely free and I’ve decided that will be my big day for sewing up. I can just get a production line going so I don’t have to keep changing the sewing machine feet when I’m doing the zippers. Also a handy excuse for my procrastination – clearly other things have held my attentionmore than the sewing this week!
Absolutely horrendous day here today, and I’m actually kinda enjoying it. Rainy as anything outside and very blustery – a perfect way to start Spring, and a perfect day to go checkout everything going on at Handmade Monday.
So now that I have made the committment to appear at the Birkenhead Artisan Markets on September 15th (NB: haven’t heard back from the organiser if my stall is confirmed, but I’m planning to be there so can continue to build up stock), I’m feeling a little bit of craft anxiety. And I’m not sure if it is actually better than Craft Rage!
Will people like my stuff enough to buy?
What about the price – too high, too low?
Will I have enough to sell?
All I can do for now is craft my little socks off and do my best. This is all part of the fun (I think!) and what will be will be. I’m very lucky to have had a great friend commit to spending the day at the stall to keep me company and help sell, sell, sell. Hurrah!
I’m apprehensive that I have focused too much on my cross-stitch purses – as with the crochet, they’re time consuming and I am worried I’m not going to be able to make enough to make it worthwhile. Instead should I be focusing more on my silk and linen purses? Argh – you could actually go a bit nutty overthinking this stuff. I think I will proceed as I am – here’s my list of what I hope to be selling:
Crocheted fingerless gloves (just in time for NZ summer – doh!).
Crocheted baby beanies, with flower button attachments as optional extras. Check them out here.
I think for the crocheted items, I would be smartest to have a few samples (enough to make the stand look tempting!) made up, but have order forms so that I can give people the option of choosing their colourway. I’ve made a few two-toned gloves for my friends that have been really popular – each side being made of a different colour, so effectively you can wear one pair of gloves two ways. The yarn I use is a beautiful cotton blend and comes in DELICIOUS colours, so I’m hoping they’ll be popular on the stand.
Anyway – I’m excited and nervous about this. Need to sideline the nerves and harness the excitement, and get crafting!
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