i know i knit and sometimes sew… and i can bake a cake, if i have a craving… but my real passion is photography.
i’m going to face my fear and go ahead and have a stall at an arts and crafts fair. but not just any fair… the premier weekend of the Handmade Market in the city centre of Birmingham! i don’t think nervous is even close to the right word to describe how i feel right now… but i’m trying my hardest to just ignore it.
as i say in my little flyer… please feel free to stop by and say hello! i’ll be selling small prints and postcards. i’ll have some prints framed too, if you feel like getting something ready to hang on your wall.
Wow, keeping up this blog posting lark during the summer holidays is hard….but I looked on our group blog the other day and noticed it had been about three weeks since anyone had posted. (That’s if you don’t count the mysterious viagra ads that have been popping up on the site occasionally – sorry!) This is even more worrying because we’re supposed to be gearing up for handmade market stalls and a christmas pop up shop/craft fair and if the lack of blogging is evidence of a lack of crafting then our stalls will be quite bare. Myself, I’ve been terribly busy, but haven’t produced much. Apart from cake…I’ve made lots of that! The other Crafty Muthas have been terribly busy too, making things for me. It was my fortieth at the beginning of the month and my incredibly generous friends made me a bounty of beautiful things which I will try and post here in future if they don’t.
So time for a catch up. Last time I posted (a whole month ago) I threatened to make penguins. And so… I give you penguins. Slightly twisted, a bit Tim Burton, not exactly cuddly but they appeal to me and they are made from the very best felted wool jumpers and scarves and some very nice buttons.
I also tried out a little mouse for CM Nat’s daughter’s birthday. I was thinking the mice from Bagpuss when I cut her out and I was lucky to have wool for the tail that matched the cashmere felt. Little beads for eyes and a few strands of embroidery thread rubbed with a wax crayon for whiskers complete this mousey character.
Finally I made this sweet little cushion for a friend of a friend. Not my style usually, but I was asked to make a cushion with a bear on for a baby girl called Christina and so that’s exactly what I did. I used some baby soft natural brushed cotton for the pillow and some vintage pink scraps for the bear. I part traced the bear outline from a picture on the internet and amended it a bit to get the look I wanted. Then I chain stitched the name and blanket stitched the bear in place.