Friday, September 16, 2016

My book was shortlisted for an award!!

My book shortlisted for an award!
Happy Friday! Here's a bit of excitement: Romantic Motifs was shortlisted for the Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards 2016! WHAT?!

Dudes, I was so excited to see it this morning on Instagram, or maybe I saw it first on Twitter? Anyway, excited! Because I had my hand in the design of the cover for Romantic Motifs, so I'm giving myself a high five over here. :-D

There's a handful of judges who will select the winner(s) in different categories, but us mere mortals can also vote for best cover and best colouring-in book. So you can't vote for my book as such. HOWEVER, there's a an open question asking what your favourite craft book is and I reckon there's nothing stopping you from telling them that it's Romantic Motifs. You know, should you want to. ;-)

What a great way to end the week! Well, it's not over yet, time to clean the house - it's not all fancy book shortlists over here! ;-)

The Homemaker book awards voting thing is open until November 8th and there are prizes to be won.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Links :: Perfectly unhappy, pink crochet, Tube step map

Blake's toes
This week's links are brought to you by Blake's cute toes. I just want to tickle them! But Blake doesn't like that. ;-)

As someone who loves walking around London, I think TFL's new Tube map with step counts between tube stations (on the same line) is brilliant. I use an app on my mobile phone to track steps when walking and it's always fun to see how many steps I've done during a day out in London. :-)

Ceramic dinosaurs that look like inflatable toys! The artist, Brett kern, does some really interesting work inspired by pop culture of the 80s and 90s. Check out the Hellenistic series in the Gallery to see his version of ET.

I want to sew tops and skirts and dresses for myself, but it seems pretty complicated and scary. How do you fit stuff?! But if I did brave sewing clothes, I might start with Pearl Shift Dress from Green Bee Patterns.

How to comply with the CAN-SPAM Act + stay legit from The Artist's J.D.

Beautiful illustrations that incorporate books in clever ways. Seriously, these are gorgeous. No wonder the artist, Jungho Lee, was recently named the overall professional winner of the World Illustration Awards 2016.

The Oatmeal's guide to being perfectly unhappy. {via}

Artist Olek Covers a House in Finland with Pink Crochet. More things should be covered in pink crochet! :-)

The song Little Bird, Little Bird, performed by Elizabeth Mitchell, was used in an episode of Futurama and every time I watch that episode, the song is in my head for days. So lovely. :-)

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Stitchy Itch

Stuff in the studio
I have the stitchy, crafty itch! The past month, I've not done any embroidery. At all! Not because I didn't want to! But I've had some hand/wrist issues, so I took a break from embroidery, which is pretty repetitive, to avoid it becoming full on carpal tunnel. Ain't nobody got time for that!

Of course, it's not been a complete rest, because I've been busy with painting and sanding to get my studio back. But some rest is better than no rest, right? And my hand/wrist is feeling better.

But I really, really miss stitching! I have ideas and projects I want to make, but I know it's for my own good to take a break. I've taken a break from working on the computer too, which has also delayed a project I'm itching to work on, a collection of embroidery patterns and more. The almost-complete computer break also means I can't share pictures of the new-old studio. Editing photos = repetitive.

It's kinda boring not being able to do the stuff I normally do. Not that I mind being bored, usually that's where ideas come from. When you're not distracted by shiny stuff on your mobile, of course. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Instagram!

Sewing a skirt
And I want to stitch stuff! Atleast now the studio is back, I have my sewing machine set up, so I've started sewing a skirt for myself. My mum helped me sort out the pattern when I visited my parents in April, so it's nice to finally get the skirt done. :-)

Hopefully I'll be back to embroidering and computering again soon. :-)

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Studio 2.0 + California!

Studio 2.0

Hi! Wow, it's September in a couple of days. This summer has just flown by. Mostly with getting my studio back in order! That picture above is a collage of a couple of pictures I took on Sunday when I was all set to move stuff into the studio! #kermitflail !!

Most things have moved back in, so now it's a case of shifting them around to find their best home, it could take a little while to get everything in their right places.

Now that the studio desk and all my materials have been shooed out of the rest of the house, it feels so much bigger. We can use the conservatory as a conservatory again! :-)

The house feels so much more...cosy now. It makes me very happy. I feel like good energy is flowing through the house. I'll share some pictures soon. :-)

CA class
And now for something completely different! I think I have mentioned once or twice that my sister lives in California? Well, of course, that means that we don't see each other very often. But even less so in the last four years, where life events have conspired so we haven't seen each other at all. FOUR years! That's a long time not to see your sister. Especially when she goes and has twins who are now almost two years old! Thank goodness for Skype!

I miss my wee sister. Soooo, I'll probably be going to visit her and her family early next year. Yes! I'm so happy!

And then I got to thinking (yeah, always dangerous, right?) - when I did my class in London earlier this year, I had a few people contact me and say it was a shame they were in the US so they couldn't do the class. So, here's the idea I had: how about if I could teach a class while I'm in California? That would be fun! I don't have any concrete plans at all at this stage (except that it'd be in the Napa/Sonoma area, probably), but if that's something you'd be interested in, please sign up for this separate newsletter. When you do so, you will receive a welcome email with a link to a little survey that will help me (hopefully) make this class a reality. Thank you! ♥

PS Speaking of classes! I'm teaching a class in creative patchwork-y embroidery at My Bear Paw in Edinburgh in just a few weeks, September 24th to be precise. Just a few places left!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Links :: Blue Ice, No Regrets, Binge Watching

This weekend's links are brought to you by cute, sleeping Blake. But then, he's always cute. Except when he's tearing through the house barking at goodness only knows!

Pretty amazing photographs of Antarctica's blue ice. By Julieanne Kost.

The Les Fleurs fabric collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel is just so pretty. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

This No Regrets seam ripper pin made me chuckle. I need it! :-)

Tony and I have been pretty much binge watching both seasons of Alpha House. An American political satire web television series about four Republican U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C. Highly recommended.

These outfits sourced from German public transportation fabric don't look particularly comfortable.

For UK vegans, I bought Tesco's free from frozen chocolate sticks at the weekend and they are very nice. Kinda like a Magnum, with thick dark chocolate cover. I found them in the free from frozen section.

The Minimalism Documentary soundtrack is on my wishlist. Beautiful music for an inspiring documentary.

Interesting run down of the actual cost of a knitting pattern. Something similar is true for embroidery patterns as well. When we buy indie patterns, we directly supports the maker's ability to keep making the patterns/designs we love. ♥

Lovely song, Every Age, from José González' latest album, Vestiges & Claws.

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