A Crafty Break

I’m happy that I’ve had quite a productive week and it’s been nice to have time for myself and to do what I love. I wish it would never end. The weather has been stunning, although I don’t get out much 😂 but that’s my choice, I’m an indoor cat 🐈😸

Since my last post, I have been busy crocheting and sewing (and pro-craft-inating!). I finished the shawl last week for my friend in work, my first commission! ☺️ Although, it was white, not black…let’s not go there 🤦🏼‍♀️ she loved it and that’s all that matters 😁

I also made a cute little box to put it in, I did this using some cardstock I picked up at Wilko’s (G calls it “The Dangerous Shop”) which was A3 size. As you can probably tell, I took these pics myself 🤦🏼‍♀️ gotta have snacks when you’re craftin’!

I followed a tutorial by Sally Stampers who is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. She does some great 3D projects with the Stampin’ Up! products and I do love a box! I’ve been stalking some Stampin’ Up! blogs for a while now, in the hope that one day I will buy some stuff from there, I love the products and the girls who I follow are so talented and I just love their creations. I do like card making and having lots of birthdays in July means I’ve done a few. My granddad was 80 this week and he loves flowers. I bought a load of stamps ages ago and one of them was a Lily of the Valley stamp, I knew as soon as I saw it that it would be something for my granddad 😊 this was my attempt, I’m not very arty so I don’t know how to ‘shade’ and ‘blend’ and all that jazz, so I just coloured it 😂


Maybe one day, I will be able to make better cards, I love all the options; the punches, the paper, the glue, the pens, the dies, the stamps, the ink, oh my goodness, there’s so much! I love stationary 😂

My biggest challenge this week was the Sydney cross-body bag by Swoon. This was a commission for my best friend’s sister. She was so happy with it, having received it on Friday evening, just in time for her trip to America so it will be better travelled than me! 😁✈️  Here are some progress shots:

I absolutely love this bag and is on my list of bags I want to make for myself. The challenge came from making the whole bag in faux leather, and it’s quite a thick one so was a little much for my machine. I use a domestic Janome TXL607 and she’s a brilliant machine, however not built for very thick layers. I had to walk over a lot of the thickest parts manually and even had to hand sew where she skipped some stitches due to the thickness. There was also some messy bits underneath which is always a pain, I think this was probably due to the thickness too:

I found a great video on Facebook by Lauren Mormino on Sew Whatever (this is a closed group), I love her videos, they’re so fun and she’s so talented, her bags are amazing! The video was from about a year ago so I was lucky to find it, watching Lauren really helped as I had not made this bag before. She now has a YouTube channel so I will be watching some more of her tutorials.

Here is my finished bag, G did a great job taking pics as usual 😁📷

I also made a cute little zipper pouch to go with it, this was sooooo quick and easy and a great stash buster! This is a free tutorial from Sew Sweetness and was designed to be used with cork. It also works with faux leather provided you are happy with the type of backing it has as it’s not lined. If you are lucky enough to have an embroidery machine, then these little pouches would be amazing as personalised gifts with monograms and little images on them.

Having had a week at home to do as I please, I also had chance to make a cute little needle book. A few weeks ago, I was reading one of Lucy’s blog posts over on Attic24 and she mentioned a cute little subscription box called Craft Pod. I was immediately intrigued as there was a lovely little cross stitch kit in the box and I haven’t done any cross stitch for a while. When it came I was super excited and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. This week was the perfect opportunity. Upon closer inspection I discovered there wasn’t just the cross stitch kit, there was also a little emboridered needle book kit! I have never embroidered before so I decided to tackle this first. It was really easy and super quick to make, and I spent a lovely relaxed day just chillin’ in The Bubble. As I have been using a sewing maching for a while, I was so tempted to do some of the assembly on there, but I resisted and spent the time to do it all by hand. I’m so happy with how it turned out and I still have the cross stitch for another day 😊

I’m also working on something else, but this will be revealed next time 😉 there’s also another project behind the scenes which I won’t be able to show for quite some time 😁However, I will share a couple of sneaky peeks:

So there we have it, a random week of bag making, crocheting, box making, card making and embroidery.

Sadly, my week off has come to an end 😔 I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone again, and I’m really not looking forward to getting up in the morning 😥 it’s not that I wake up late, I’m really not one for lying in until the middle of the morning, I just can’t get up as early as I need to. I natually wake up around 6:30 – 7:00 but I need to be up earlier than that and it really is painful, I’m not a great sleeper and the extra 30-60 minutes is precious for me to be able to function. Without that little extra, I’m a very grumpy crafter 😂

I hope you all have a good week, happy crafting xxx💜xxx

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