Sunday, January 20, 2013

Scrap vomit

With a new scrap vomit square swap underway I've been inspired to start sewing up the scrap squares I received in last year's swap.
Here's my first 'block A' block - it is actually much less wonky than I thought it would turn out, and I kind of love it!
I can't wait to get more done!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Creative space :: quad

Work is super busy just now, so I'm trying to balance it out with as much creativity as possible at home =)

I actually kind of have four crafty things on the go at the moment!

I finished the first block of my 2013 woodland sampler this week!
It is so cute, and I just can't wait until February!

I'm working on another Stitchy project that I'm not ready to share, but the floss is gorgeous =)

This little hexy piece is something I've been working on for ages, and I'm so determined to finish it in the next week or so! I took advantage of some of the (marginally) cooler weather we had this week to finish off the hand quilting, so I think I just need to trim & bind and I'm done!

I've also signed up for another round of Angie's scrap vomit swap! I took part in the swap Angie organised last year, and thought it was super fun - and how cool to make a quilt with little bits of fabric from the other side of the world! Between the 6 packs I received in last years swaps, and the 5 I'll get this time, plus the squares I've cut to send and extras from swaps with friends, I must nearly have enough for the scrap vomit quilt A blocks. Next I'll have to decide on colours for the B blocks!

What's happening in your creative space this week?
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Creative space :: framed

Instagram has become my very favourite source of creative inspiration - the way that you can follow along in real time with the development of a crafty masterpiece on the other side of the world is just amazing!

Throughout December I enjoyed seeing the progress that a number of of my insta-pals were making on their Kawaii Winter  Wonderland cross stitches  from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - so I knew I wanted in when the 2013 Woodland Sampler was released!

I think it's a really fun idea - at the start of each month for the whole year you get a design emailed to you, and on ordering you get a pattern for the frames onto which each month's design will be stitched.

I'm being super disciplined and stitching up all the frames first - it has been the perfect craft for this hot weather (and for hours in front of the cricket!)  

And it has been loads of fun to 'stitch-along' with friends (like the lovely Angie Gnomeangel) on Instagram =)


Monday, January 07, 2013

In January I am reading

This month we're both reading books we picked up on our holiday=)

We're both reading the Hobbit - S reads a couple of chapters, then hands it over for me to catch up. We are hoping to get through it by the weekend and then go to see the film

I'm also reading this book about the Borgias - I LOVE the tv series and had been looking for ages for a book, so I was super excited to see this (and the day after I finished Wolf Hall!) at one of the lovely big bookshops we visited in London.

The book is really interesting - the stories are put together using bits and pieces written about the Borgias at the time.

I'd love to hear what everyone else is reading - do leave a comment to let me know, or link to your blog if you're posting about what you're reading too =)


Sunday, January 06, 2013

one little word

I think I've probably said it before:  I am really not a New Year's resolution person.
But I do like the idea of choosing "one little word" to think about throughout the year.

For 2013 my word is
1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
2. to cherish, foster keep alive 
3. to strengthen, build up, or promote. 

For me, nourish is about putting good things in to something, and taking care of it to make it good. 
I like that it is about DOING something to get a good result, rather than just expecting things to happen.
In 2013 I'd like to work harder on nourishing my body with good food & exercise, my mind with accepting challenges and learning from them at work. And my soul by putting more time and effort into relationships with the people I love and the things that I love doing - like craft, cooking & reading. 

yay 2013