Monday, 28 March 2011

Creative Partner

Here is a couple of lovely pictures of my creative partner... her name is Misty and she would spend hours chasing and playing with my buttons, or trying to eat my wool or tie herself up in knots with it. But the best thing of all is when she's tired, she'll fall asleep on my knee and let me knit or crochet quite happily while she keeps me warm. The first is at about 6 months old, the first at about 3 months.
Love her to bits :) x

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Typical Saturday

Another typiical Saturday is about to end and I thought I'd share a few thoughts. I spend a large amount of time in a day thinking about the creative things I want to make or share. Its quite frustrating that I can't spend as long as I'd like doing these things, but work takes priority... I am looking forward to April though, as I'll officially be at work for 6 days!!! Obviously I'll do more while I'm off, but I am going to work very hard to make sure I am not doing too much in that time as I could really do with a break and the ability to do some creative things about the house and for others.

So today started with some good news. It was confirmed yesterday that I've another commission for a button picture. This is going to be a new one, as its to be a star. Again the black and white theme will feature and I'm letting my customer pick the words which will decorate the image, as I want it to be a personal gift to her friend from her. I think that will be a great touch that I can push with the commissioned pictures. I'm hoping to start on the art work tomorrow, and even get a good selection of buttons going. I may have to search out some triangular ones for the points, but spending a little will be worthwhile for a great picture.

I've also been giving my flower ideas some thought. I've crocheted a good few now, so will start making them up into the finished article and if they work successfully, I'll get them up on Folksy asap. I'd love to have a busier shop, and think doing things that a fun and make you smile is probably the way to go. Fingers crossed that the idea works. I've put it to bed for now, as I'll spend time in the holidays completing the design.

In the time I have around work over the next too weeks, I'm going to focus on creating and completing a baby blanket for one of my neighbours children. I've new arrivals on both sides of me (sometimes I have to put up the TV and music to hide the cries) but will be fun watching them grow up. I don't know them that well, but I think it will be a good gesture to do a blanket for each. I'm knitting one for the baby boy, and will crochet one for the baby girl on the otherside who is slightly older. This is what I hope the boys will look like.
Sure you'll recognise it Debs :)  I've also found a design for a log cabin knitted technique that I'm going to try as its a pattern I love, and I think it would make an excellent blanket for the home.

Need to get cracking with a mothers day card too. Usually buy one, but as I've little money and plenty of materials makes sense to create my own this year, just need to think about and decide on a design. Have a feeling the flowers mentioned above may figure in it lol

Right, I'm sure I was going to say something else tonight, but as I've forgotten and its getting late and I'm losing an hour tonight due to the changing clocks I'll bit farewell and will concentrate on work tomorrow.

I was going to mention the garden, but that will deserve a post all of its own!

Keep smiling x

Friday, 25 March 2011

Sharing Skills

Today I'm starting a crafting club at school. I've about a dozen girls (wonder if I'll attract a few boys too!) who want to learn how to make blankets for rescue dogs.
I'll be teaching them basic knitting today, thought we'd make squares and then they can be made into blankets for the dogs. I know some of the girls can already knit, so they can make a blanket of their own, the others can make collaborative ones.
I've done some same squares to show them different stitches, but today will be garter stitch as its the easiest for them to grasp.
I hope in the future that I can have them doing different styles and maybe even teach them some crochet too.
Last night I spent a couple of hours teaching myself some new crochet stitches and experimenting making flowers that could end up being a new idea for Folksy :)
Best get off, will let you know how it goes later!
Keep smiling x

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Well Hello

Hi there, and finally I make it here to start up my own Blog!

Why am I thinking that people might want to hear what I have to say, well, who knows. You may, you may not, but the choice is yours and maybe you'll find out how to create something new!?!

I'm a creative type, and I hear you say, 'aren't we all?' Yes, I suppose so, we all probably have a bit of creativity in our lives that pops up on a daily basis. But I'm one of those creative types who gets a massive kick out of making things for friends and family to make them smile. I've also just set myself up on a site known as Folksy as Charlee's Aunt too. There I am hoping to sell some of my creations and spread a little love and happiness beyond those I love.

I ought to give you the link to my shop while I'm at it, so here it is and you can have a gander at what I've got to sell and if you've got any questions or even if already you fancy giving me a commission, just get in touch and I'll work some magic for you.

As you can see, these pics above are a little sample of the work I'm currently producing.

I'll update this with images of new pieces and older pieces I may revisit for one reason or another. I'll also probably bounce ideas, and ask opinions too, so feel free to get involved if I ask for your help.

You'll find out over the length of this blog about all the different ways I like to be creative.

Keep smiling xx