Monday, 22 October 2012

A Printy Weekend

The other day I got very excited because I cut and printed my very first lino cutting! Yay!

If you know me well, you'll know that things like this make me very happy. You'll also know that when I do something new I become OBSESSED. 

So it's only fitting that I spent most of my weekend cutting bits of lino, stabbing my thumb with a blade and printing stuff! Here's some sneaky peeks... (the thing I really want to show you, I can't. It's my design for my Christmas cards...) 

 Oh, and just a quick note on where the whole lino cutting idea came from... The Mollie Makes Christmas book. Buy it. Seriously. RRP is £10 and it is so worth that!  

So this Dala horse was originally an embroidery design from the Christmas issue of Mollie Makes (starting to sound like an advert for them!) from a whole year ago... and whilst I LOVE this design... I wanted something of my own... which I am not sharing with you all just yet...

But I seriously couldn't be happier with how it turned out! 


This was entirely the boyfriends idea. (in fact it was my idea, he was just the one to cut it out)

Then these little fishes happened... I rather like them. 

So there we have it! Some, but not all of my lino cuttings from the weekend. If you are inspired, I really would suggest buying the Mollie Makes book, it's lovely. And all the rest of the projects in there are inspiring too! And if I can do something which takes this much care, and only stab myself in the hand once, then you can to! Hurrah! 


Now... We all know and love Mollie Makes, and have done for a while... 

So imagine my excitement when I heard that they were bringing out a new, weekly, iPad magazine!

Have you seen it yet? If not, then why not!? 

Since hearing about it, I looked regularly to see if the app was in the app store... then last Thursday it was there. 

The only thing I was worrying about was how much it was going to be! (I already have many magazine subscriptions) 

But at £2.99 a month - that's at least four issues, is a bit of a steal! 

AND it looks beautiful! 

It's nice to meet you too! 

And thanks for adding ANOTHER craft I need to do onto my list. I really want to make those needle felted acorns... 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

I'm a printer!

No, not an electrical one!

The other day I got some lino and a lino cutting tool. (As if I needed another craft to get obsessed over!)

I have been putting off making my first cut since Saturday because I wanted to take my time and do it properly.... But then another argument with student finance later... I found myself cutting out a little birdy design! And I'm rather pleased! It's by no means perfect... But practise makes perfect right?! ;)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cosy Cosy Autumn...

Ooh I don't know about you, but I have definitely been feeling the cold! I love the cold. My favourite sort of day is one where you leave the house and the air feels crisp on your skin. Reminds me I'm alive! (Not that I didn't know already!)

Plus these sorts of days come with the additional bonus that I have an amazing excuse to make things like this!

The colours are so lovely and bright! Sometimes when I'm on the bus feeling sick or sitting in a lecture feeling bored... I look at this and it literally brightens up my mood!

Christmas starts here!

At school, rehearsals for the Christmas carol concert started in September. This used to make me very happy. 

I recently bought the Mollie Makes Christmas book which is quite new out. This book contains all the best things about Mollie Makes - I think the reason I love it is because its FULL of projects (as you would expect). It inspired me to have a totally hand made Christmas as far as decorations go! It is very exciting... 

So I was even happier when I realised my list of things to make was as long as a chocolate bar! Because this meant I could start now! (A chocolate bar doesn't seem long but these things take time! A lot more time than the chocolate would last anyway...)

But never fear! I have started, and not without some weird looks from onlookers when they realised that that was red AND green I was working with... And only red and green. That can only mean one thing!


So this was very VERY easy to make... All it is a normal granny square. You can find patterns for these all over the Internet... And then I did a round of double crochet at the end! The chain it's on is also very simple - I just 30 chain stitches, then from those chains double crocheted along the top of a square. The gaps in between the squares was 10 chain, 30 at the other end and then I went back along in dc. Simple!

Bring on the Christmas music!

P.S. I'm not that crazy. I'm going to wait until 1st December to put on the Christmas music!