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So you wanna be a crafter!

I think this phrase should be barked in some kind of Sargent major voice in a loud American accent coz its just that hard!!

How do you do it? How can anyone do it?

I’m finding it hard to even get motivated to go for a run after 10 hour shifts and yet to sit there and use my brain is just even harder.

can anyone give me a few hints? Is there a magic potion or something that no one has told me about?

Praying too a copy of Mollie makes certainly didn’t help and craft fairs seem to be few and far between in my neck of the woods unless you want to pay a months wages.

And   of course at some point I expect to pay that much but I’m not even sure I my work is any good.

In short……. HELP!!!

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Student life…..Ahhhh

I wish I was a student again, not just because I think they have the easy life but because I want to learn more.

My first degree I worked hard, I also had a lot of fun.

This is most peoples problems I think, people have too much fun and not enough work and they get good grades but not enough learning.

I want to learn more!! about food and art and textiles, I want to have a skill not just a jumble of half skills.

I want to tell people “hey! I’m an illustrator/textiles designer/chocolate maker (mmm)

I’m sure I could do all those things if I tried but I just need the motivation and more importantly the deadlines to create a real working life for myself.

Instead of the odd, I’m not sure what I’m doing, do I even have a skill type of jobs I have at the moment.

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Of cabbages and kings

I want to draw again.

 I have images of kids parties,sandwiches in clingfilm and summer fates.

I also need to let lose my collection of things, I collect things, nothing spcific that wouldn’t be fun.

photos from Edwardian times, lace doilies, tacky 70s buttons and letters from the front not to mention the range of broken plastic cameras!

isn’t it sad that we don’t get to draw more as adults or paint it was a daily activity like checking emails and opening letters.

I want to paint more and I’m gonna start on my very next day off!!

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Will you be my ticket?

WP_20150203_007Don’t you just love finding boxes of treasures, especially when they are your treasures, packed away too long ago to remember and left to be forgotten.

Then in one of those cleaning spurs that if your like me only happen once every 6 months(so much for spring cleaning)  you find a small box full of things you did years ago and the creativity comes out again!!!

This is my latest, I little piece of inspiration heaven from way back when I loved the work I made.

me and my dolls have fallen out, and even though your meant to share your progress on blogs I’m sure I think its important to let people know I’m human too.

too many blogs and magazines show you the people who made it, the success stories, and of course its incredibly inspiring to know someone has made it a career to make, create and blog about the whole process.

but some of us feel stuck more than inspired, they have to work in a boring job more than what they love, and are completely terrified of the “quite the day job” stories.

so little box of goodies….will you be my ticket?

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5 Things

another week and another mind full of thoughts to think. and here I will share my top 5.

5. my business. this week my workplace (which shall remain nameless lets just say its a coffee shop) has gone through some huge changes, no ………HUGE changes, and that makes anyone think. I want to be my own boss in the future I want to be the one making those HUGE  changes and seeing them impact my life. so I’ve ploughed some good working hours into my plan which is almost finished and I’m looking to the future. SavedPicture-201498113445.jpg

4. workshops. I’ve always had an idea to be a teacher since I was very little and now its popped back into my head again in the form of workshops, teaching people to knit, crochet or sew would be very rewarding and I’m making notes on places and projects I’m just not sure if Swansea is ready for me! InstagramCapture_a75ea5e3-885a-42ba-9190-4958a8aa8866_jpg

3. we have all had the flu recently and while going through my craft cupboard I found some old hankies I bought in a charity shop a while back (yes I know I try not to think about it too much). I see a project in the future and it involves these cute little things. WP_20140930_004

2.sprucing up my wardrobe. I have bought 3 books on making your own clothes and have started making some tops and blouses, first attempt looks good but doesn’t fit. watch this space I’m not giving up yet!

and 1. Christmas pressies, I’ve been making and searching for a while now, I’m not sure in domestic bliss has turned me into my mum or I just love Christmas even more now but I have started making pressies, decorations and looking for recipes for cakes. I can wait but I’m not going to bore everyone with it just yet!!

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Knitting vs crocheting

I’m a knitter…… At least I used to be.
Then this year I made myself a,new years resolution to learn to crochet.

My Nan had always fascinated me with this skill the really relaxing in-Ing and out-Ing of the whole process facinated me.

Unfortunately other than a straight chain I was hopeless.

So armed with a £20 amazon voucher and a pinterest board I was determined to learn, and I did!!

Now I love it so much I do most things in crochet, its so much easier and less fiddly, with knitting you could have hundreds of stitches in the go at once, constantly counting and slipping one off then going back.

Crochet is the way forward for me I feel I’ve even got some yarn booming projects in mind not to mention my Christmas tree (3 words crochet fairy lights!!!)

But I can’t help feeling a little sad for abandoning my old knitting needles. They look so lonely in their jar, I even named some they were good friends and I’ve left them to sulk in a corner.

But if the craft wave has taught us anything its that we must move forward and discover what we are really good at.

Knitting is a beautiful skill which I will always have and teach on to my children and it holds a special place in my life.

But crochet is here to stay!!