The Craft Journal – 17th February

This month’s featured flower is the primrose

Hi Everyone!

I hope you’ve had a crafty and productive weekend! I’ve been super busy, this week (as always) with lots of Settlers activities and making a lot of content for the blog!

I am so close to finishing work on the mohair poncho, but the last bit seems to be taking the longest! I am deaparate to get it finished so I will leave this introduction here and get on with my round up!

Monday 17th February

I am absolutely on fire today! Craft journal completed daily and published Sunday – check. Post shared on social media today – check. Settlers garden journal jobs done – check. Make use of left over pressed flowers – check.

I don’t want to jinx anything but I am really getting the hang of this efficiency stuff. I also had time to chase up some events for this Christmas (I know!) and created two pieces of unplanned content, just for you.

The first piece of content was a review for a set of calligraphy markers. I so wanted these markers to be awesome but they weren’t. I wrote my review and really tried to be fair, but the more I thought about things the more disappointed I was about the markers. If you want to know more, you can read the review here. I have ordered some new markers from other companies so I hope to have better news on those in the next few weeks.

The best news of today was that I got a lovely delivery in the post!

Do any of you receive subscription boxes?

I used to get a subscription box from a company that sourced cruelty free and vegan make up. They changed their business model more than once and I was becoming dis-enchanted. When they sent me tooth picks it was time to call time on that particular company and I started looking for something else. I found another subscription box. Not make up but something else, a self-care box from the Blurt foundation. I really enjoyed the first few boxes, they were great value and they always had something different in them. They too have changed their business model, and the boxes have become very samey.

Last week I went looking for a new subscription box, not really knowing what I wanted. I found something very exciting. A subscription box for crafters! The Makerly Crafts box comes through the door once per month and there is a new craft project in each box. It is also by far the most inexpensive box I have ever ordered at just £13.33 per month!  My first Makerly box was sent out on Saturday afternoon (by second class post) and it arrived this morning!

I was so excited I wanted to open the box immediately! However I had lots of jobs to do at that point (see above) so I left the box sealed and on the side until all the jobs were finished. Then I filmed an unboxing video, which you can watch here!

This project this month is making embroidered sequin patches. I have never done anything like this before and I can’t wait to try it out.  

Tuesday 18th

Today started with the briefest of trips to Stanwick Lakes to do some more jobs for the Settlers’ garden journal.

I hope my alternative pattern is useful for someone!

At home I worked on writing up a pattern for the Aldi shark belly and teeth, which actually took me a lot longer than I thought it would. I had to make up a whole new belly and teeth section and write down what the pattern as I was making it up. I actually finished the shark kit 41 weeks ago, but the review and the alternative tail and fins are still generating a steady trickle of interest on social media and the blog. I posted the pattern, which you can see here, and shared it on the Facebook page.

Today hasn’t been the best of days and I’ve been feeling pretty crappy, but shortly after releasing the pattern a couple of people got in touch with me to say thank you and tell me that I have really helped them to finish their projects. That made me feel much better, so thank you for that.

Before finishing up for the day I started work on a new pattern design, this time for a dishcloth. Not the most exciting thing in the world but I want to stop buying the dish washing sponges because they are made of plastic. I figured that some of you might want to make your own cotton dishcloths too.

Wednesday 19th

Today is a new day, thank goodness! Mum came over this morning and we went out to Scotch Lodge Farm for a craft workshop that we had booked onto. Both of us had never tried needle felting before and we wanted to have a go.

I have to say stabbing something many times, until it does what you want it to, is extremely therapeutic. I can highly recommend needle felting for this reason alone! We both really enjoyed the workshop and we were so pleased with our finished projects. If you want to know more, read my blog post here.

I still can’t quite believe I made these

After the workshop we stopped off at the craft store to pick up some supplies for needle felting at home. I think it’s safe to say we are hooked. At home I wrote up the blog post and started making a felted flower. Given that I’m making it up as I go along I’m pretty pleased with how it’s going so far.

In the evening I worked on the mohair poncho some more. I have now finished both of the main pieces and I’m working on the collar. Ten inches of two by two rib in mohair, let’s just say I’m pleased to be finished with the two main pieces and leave it there.

Thursday 20th

The only lind of mushrooms I like are crafty ones!

Today was pretty much a catch up day, I made a few tiny alterations to my shark belly pattern, did some bits of admin, some emails and then I did a little needle felting, because I am obsessed! I had a practice at making some basic beads and then I decided to make another toadstool, this time I put a thread at the top so it could hang from something. I spent the rest of the day working on the next of the mohair poncho.

Friday 21st

Today I had a Settlers meeting in the afternoon so I decided to go to Scotch Lodge earlier in the day. As I had to leave the farm early today I didn’t want to take a big project with me. I didn’t want to start anything new (for obvious reasons!) and I didn’t really want to take the mohair poncho. I ended up taking a little mermaid cross stitch kit which I have had on my desk for months.

Not bad for a first go

I’m not much of a cross stitch person to be honest. I haven’t done any cross stitch since I was a child because I found it quite frustrating. However I got this kit in one of my blurt boxes and I put it to one side hoping to spend a couple of quiet hours on it and actually enjoy doing it. I pulled the kit off the desk and tossed it in my handbag and started it at the farm.

I was only at Scotch Lodge for a couple of hours and in that time I had some lunch but I managed to get all of the mermaid’s tail done, so I was pretty happy with that. I went off to my meeting and then at home I got the cross stitch out again and finished it off. It’s not perfect by any means but I’m pretty happy with it. I wouldn’t say that I would be ready to start a big cross stitch project, but I would certainly be happy to do another small one!

Saturday 22nd

There were so many good ideas for what to do with the finished piece!

Now I’ve finished my mermaid I’m not sure what to do with her. I could put her in a card, but I don’t really want to. I thought about turning into a sign for the bathroom, or a piece of jewellery, but I haven’t a clue how to do it. I shared the finished piece on social media and asked my lovely followers for their advice. I got some really great creative answers, including using the mermaid as a light switch pull in the bathroom! I really love that idea, but I don’t have a pull switch in my bathroom.

I also probed google for some inspiration, and although I didn’t find any ideas for using my mermaid. I did find some lovely ideas for using cross stitch in rings and pendants. I have a lot of ideas about combining cross stitch with resin so keep your eyes peeled for that!

In other news Mr Crafts had a stab (hahaha) at needle felting and didn’t injure himself in the process (something I can only consider as a win) and I had an accidental nap with some very bizarre, Sylvanian Families based dreams.  Eventually I woke up, fully convinced that the things in my dreams had actually happened, and got down to working on the mohair poncho. I am so close to finishing it now, but it seems to be taking so long now!

Sunday 23rd

So excited to use these!

I think I have decided what to do with my mermaid cross stitch now. One of my crafty friends had the great idea of putting her in a box frame with sea shells and driftwood, which I absolutely love! I have some shells from South Africa, so I just need to get the box frame. I have put my mermaid somewhere safe for the time being and I will get her framed up after I have had a trip to the beach to get some driftwood! I do love a trip to the beach!

The nice man from Amazon delivered some supplies for my new range of cross stitch jewellery. I cannot wait for the resin to arrive so I can try out some of my ideas!  

Mr Crafts and I had a spontaneous trip out for something to eat. I spent the evening planning for a trip to London and, of course, working on the mohair poncho.

See you next week


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