This year it seems that Christmas lights have reached a whole new level. Long gone are the days where you had to go through every single light checking they were all screwed in properly and finding that one broken bulb so you could get the whole lot to work.
I’m so joyful about this week’s Free Festive Friday pattern. It’s so simple but makes me so happy! I was looking at some beautiful weaving pictures on Instagram which use sticks to hang the weave off. At the same time, I was in the process of making a pom pom for another pattern I am working on and just put both together. My guru James Altucher would call it idea sex!
It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving. The hight street calls it Black Friday, makers are reclaiming it as Indy Friday, but I’m sticking with Festive Friday and today only you can get 10% off everything in my Etsy store using the code FESTIVE at the checkout. Below you can also see the 4th in my series of Free Festive Friday patterns.
To this day, I have vivid recollections of making paper chains to decorate the house at Christmas. Cutting up bits of coloured paper, throwing some glitter at it with dried out pritt-stick but being proud, nonetheless, of the end result!keep reading
I always worry that people will be shocked at the real cost involved in producing a finished item. I know anyone who crafts will understand this. So when I decided a week or so back that I wanted to sell made to order Off The Rails Infinity Scarves, I spent some time trying to source a nice acrylic yarn to make the scarf more affordable as the original had been made from luxury 100% Merino and its accompanying (worthwhile) price tag.
It’s that time of year where things really start to take off in the run up to Christmas. I have so many exciting things going on but a lot I can’t talk about yet, so today is going to be short and hopefully sweet!
…And carry your heart into my arms… that’s where you belong in my arms baby yeah…
This week I introduce the Twinkle Twinkle Star.
I was always one of those kids that saved the best bit for last.
Whether it was food – “eat all your greens first”, “save room for pudding” – or my to do list – “do your homework before you watch TV”, “finish your chores before going out to play” – My mothers voice drilled into my brain the benefits of getting all the boring bits out of the way first to make space to enjoy the good stuff.
I have a thing about disco balls. I love the sparkly reflections made by the light, I love sparkle full stop really. It’s basically magic as far as I’m concerned. I never really grew out of my childhood love for anything that glitters. Perhaps because I was rarely allowed such frivolous items as a child. Coming from a background where quality was valued over aesthetics (“you’re not having that, it’s tatt” was a classic response to 7 year old me begging for some useless but sparkly piece of plastic which I would no doubt tire of in 20 minutes). I am glad I have these values as an adult but I am equally glad I retained that little buzz I get from looking at the shiny thing!
There are some designs which somehow manage to demand to be made on the one hand yet come together so reluctantly on the other. These are the ones you try to fix in your head whilst falling to sleep and wake up thinking about.
In my last post I mentioned my exciting secret plans for the weekend.
I was only able to attend as a day guest rather than the whole weekend but I was so glad I was able to make this happen.