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10 Things Only Hardcore Crafters Will Understand

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  • Your skin is mostly glue.

Remember when you were a kid and you used to let PVA dry on your hand then peel it off? This is your life now.

Glue hand

  • Accidentally drinking the paint water is an everyday hazard.

Paint water

‘Don’t drink the paint water’ mug by Doofery on Etsy.

  • You put down your tools and they immediately vanish, then magically reappear after you’ve torn your hair out looking for them for five minutes.

  • You move the furniture to clean and find little hoards of scrap paper/wool/material/string.

Material scraps

  • You take said scraps and ‘tidy’ them away. Because you NEVER KNOW when a 2cm x 1cm piece of material may come in handy.

Scrap project

  • You have a different pair of scissors for every possible material. Woe betide the person who uses the fabric scissors for paper.

Do you realize

  • Whenever you enter a craft store you feel like this:

Happy Dance

  • No matter how many supplies you have, there’s always something else you need.

I want more

 

  • Whenever Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ comes on the radio, you hear this:

  • Finally, no matter what the problem, you know that Pinterest will have the answer.

Pinterest saviour

 

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Pom pom flower bouquet

Success! Using some pretty light coloured wool, my pom pom maker and some dried-out raspberry canes:

Pom pom flowers

That’s two of my Pinterest Picks that I’ve actually tried out so far. One to go!

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Pinterest Picks

Everyone knows Pinterest is a great place to find craftspiration (sure, it’s a word… just go with it…) and I often find myself pinning project after tutorial after project on my craft board and not doing a single one. I’ve decided to try and narrow my picks down to a few a month, and take the time to actually try them out – and then post my findings! So, here are my first lot of Pinterest Picks:

  • Paper Feathers. They look so delicate and would make great displays or table decorations:

Paper feathers

  • Pom pom bouquet. I bought a pom pom maker just before Christmas and *might* have got a little carried away. Making these pom pom flowers will be a great way to make use of any extras I may have:

Pom pom bouquet

  • Nail varnish flowers. This looks like it would be so simple to do but I’m wondering if it will work that well in real life. We shall see!

Nail varnish flowers

 

 

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BUNNY!

A belated Happy New Year, fellow crafters! I’ve had a slow start but am getting into the swing of things now. So far, I’ve completed one very cute knitted bunny, made from just one square of knitting:

Knitted bunny

I found the tutorial on Pinterest (naturally!). There are loads of good ones out there and it’s simple to do, so get Googling ‘knitted square bunny’ and have a go yourself.

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Weekly inspiration- A Handmade Christmas

Right about now is the time you may want to think about panicking if you haven’t yet bought all your Christmas presents. It’s 2 weeks to Christmas! Just 2 weeks! Quick! Get the things! Order the stuff!

Whatever stress you may or may not be feeling about finishing your Christmas shopping, rest assured there’s still some time. And if you don’t relish the thought of fighting your way through crowded high streets and shops, but you still want to feel like you’ve taken the time to seek out a unique gift, then have no fear: the internet will save you.

While under normal circumstances I don’t condone buying gifts online instead of supporting wonderful local and independent shops, there are several fantastic and well-established websites that specialise in peddling the homemade, hand crafted wares of creative individuals. Here are my favourites:

  • Etsy was where it all started for me. The realization that you could buy things that had been made by other people from around the world – and indeed sell your own things – was a very exciting prospect. They’ve been going for a good while now and their online shop of “all things handmade, vintage, and supplies” is chock full of unique gifts to browse- like these mini kaleidoscopes:

Mini Kaleidoscope - Etsy

  • Folksy is similar to Etsy; it hasn’t been going as long, but is really making a name for itself now as the online home of modern British craft. You can buy some really amazing crafted products on here!

Laser cut night light - Folksy

  • Not On The High Street is basically what it says on the tin. It was founded in 2006, their ideal being “to hunt out the most original items from the best creative small businesses, and bring them together in one place, making it easy for people to browse and buy.” Huzzah!
  • Hannah Zakari is a beautiful boutique full of the cute, the quirky and the unusual from independent designers. If you’re after something a bit different then head here for pretty jewellery, bags, accessories and more.
  • Bottle Green Homes. This London-based company sells only things made 100% in Britain. Well done chaps! This should be your first port of call for great homeware gifts.

Throw - Bottle Green Home

So there you go- now you’ve no excuse! Handmade gifts all round! Happy shopping 🙂

 

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Visit The Craft Fantastic Folksy shop!

Oh, go on, go have a look. I have a fancy new banner and everything.

I have Christmas origami gift tags:

Knitted wrist cuffs and headbands:

And a selection of little notebooks, only £1.50 each!

 

Go on…

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Knitted and paper craft stall

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Newly Knitted- craft stall creations

We’ve been hard at it knitting lots of cosy things for the November 4th craft fair!

Arm warmers:

Boot cuffs:

Headbands:

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Craft stall – November 4th, Northampton Saints Grounds

Come along! We have the usual paper goods, plus lots of snuggly knitted things for winter and some Christmas stock, too.

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More on Folksy!

I’ve added more festive Christmas gift tags to the Craft Fantastic Folksy shop!

I’ve also added some knitted hair bows:

You can check out the shop here.