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Joining forces

So a while ago I was all “dolls dolls dolls!”

I have a huge love for dolls they are the owners personality in a beautifully constructed miniature and I think they are just beautiful.

unfortunately my imagination just could get enough speed to finish them or make their stories.

but now I gave joined forces with an illustrator!!

he can actually take my dolls and make their back story come alive.

not only that but he has some great ideas for characters which I can bring off the page and give personalities!!

the possibilities are endless!! And the friends we can make are just right.

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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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Well, that escalated quickly!

I have stock, as in products! I actually have things I have made which I can put up for sale.

I may sound shocked at this and I probably am as I just looked in my “finished” box and there are loads!

The problem is now that I don’t have a decent camera and even if I did how do I take photographs of products?

To Mollie makes!! for inspiration.

It just seems so complicated making things, taking good photos, getting them online, describing them correctly, packaging, business cards, blogging, updating, sharing, linking and then sitting staring hopefully at the screen waiting for someone to buy one.

The last time I started something like this I rushed and then ended up in this horrible place where I was desperately putting up posts of half finished frankly rubbish pieces to make my site look full.

WELL NOT THIS TIME!

This time i’m going to hide under a blanket until my work is finished then I might peek out lol

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Turn your hobby into a business review

I don’t often do reviews of books although I feel I might start as I have a fair amount of craft books and a very stong opinion on what makes it a good one.

on visiting my local book shop I found this little gem, country living magazine have brought out this editorial and it is a treat for anyone wanting to day dream about a different type of life.

any homely, country loving, nostalgic business you could think off from a sweet shop to a dogs hotel is here with great advice for starting a progressing said business.

at £7.99 I also feel like I’ve fleeced them and feel like going back and shaking the owners hand for selling it to me in the first place.

to all my lovely readers out there if you have ever taken a weekend away and stopped outside a cozy tea room, found a home made jar of honey or just marvelled at the beautiful british countryside and wondered “could I?” this book makes it all seem possible.

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5 things ive thought

I haven’t done one of these posts for a while which is odd coz ive been thinking ALOT!!!

and yet ive been seriously selfish and not shared it with you…. naughty me.

so let the games begin

5. work, my job has drastically changed in the last month ive gone from being bpart of a large pachine to being a rather large cog in a smaller machine.

im enjoying it so much and gaining lots of valuble do’s and don’t’s for my own business but its defiantly taking the energy out of me.

4. felt I’ve never felt the attraction to this material always opting for traditional fabrics and never being able to find nice soft felt in Swansea.

but I bought a batch from craft cloud this week and I’m loving it!! no fraying no curving so I can sew easier its so versatile.

3. which leads me onto making felt, I dabbled with this while in uni but I never kept it up.

but now!! with Wonderwool around the corner and felty goodness to find I’m on it!!

2. me and my partner are approaching our one year anniversary and I love every bit of it, I’ve never had one before and its such a nice feeling so I’ve been day dreaming about him a lot this week .

1. making!!! I’ve been making again and its great!! never felt so creative when life knocks you around a bit it can seem like the things you love get put on hold and the things that need to be done take over and aren’t so fun at all.

but now with a nice balance between work and creativity I am back with a spring!!!



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Knitted bow tutorial 1 hour project

as you may remember this year is the year I want to post tutorials and how too’s on here and this will be my first and very simple project.

I used to make these a lot for jewellery, hot glue gun and a ring back and you have a seriously cute piece of jewellery that a lot of people comment on!!

it goes well on a badge, neaklace or earing too!

pattern

3.25mm needles I used Debbie bliss baby marino but any weight wool wil do just size up your needles according to the guidelines on the wool.

for bow…

cast on 10sts

Knit and purl 42 rows in sttockenett stitch

cast off.

for tie..

cast on 3sts

knit and purl in stockenett stitch for 16 rows.

cast off.

finishing

with a tapestry needle sew the short ends of the bow piece together, then do the same with the tie but around the middle of the bow, this gives it its shape.

neaten up the remamning threads and TA DA! your done!! let me know how they turn out on instagram @elephantshankie

good luck