The Craft Journal: June 24th

Hello Lovely Crafters!

Who knew I could draw a sewing machine?!

Once again the beginning of the week has come around and once again it’s time to get stuck into this week’s instalment of The Craft Journal.

I’m going to be completely honest with you all. The last couple of weeks have been pretty trying for me. Motivation has been at an all-time low and I have been struggling to finish anything I have started. Last week I decided that I was going to do the bare minimum for the blog and focus on myself. It was hard, but I definitely feel much better.

Anyway, a new week is here and I have a lot planned for the blog this week so keep your eyes peeled for a few projects to keep you occupied!

Monday 24th June

I absolutely love this stamp set!

Aside from posting the edition of The Craft Journal for last week, last Monday I caught up with the illustrations in my art journal for the ongoing achievement challenge. I couldn’t actually remember the last time I had drawn anything for the achievement challenge, but I was pleasantly surprised I only had three drawings to do. I drew a piece of knitting for Friday, a sewing machine for Saturday and a no entry sign for Sunday. I was pretty impressed with my drawings, particularly my sewing machine, which I thought was pretty damn good, even if I do say so myself!

Anyway, I drew my pictures and took myself food shopping. After that I attempted to knit a few more rows of the rib in my Harry Potter hat and I made a card with Thirsty Brush stamps.

Tuesday 25th June

Tuesday was a slow day. I messed around in my art journal with some ideas on positivity, (keep your eyes peeled this Wednesday for that one!) and I did some more stamping. I don’t know what it is about stamping at the moment but I am well and truly hooked! I just love stamping out my images and colouring them in, it’s so relaxing! Anyway, I made a lovely card with some of the Tonic Adorables stamps and dies, and that card has now been claimed by someone to send in the post!

I can’t get enough of the Adorables from Tonic Studios

In the evening I put away all my stamps. Then I got out all my beads. (My house does not stay tidy for long!) I wanted to get a few charity makes done. My cousin is holding an afternoon tea to raise money for breast cancer and I wanted to make a set of jewellery for the raffle, I am hosting a crafternoon for mind next month and I am going to be doing a raffle of my own and Scotch Lodge are hosting International Lace Day this Saturday and they need prizes for their tombola. I also need to make some more jewellery for one of the Settler’s volunteers who is raising some money for Coppa Feel.

Anyway, I found a few strings of pink pearls, some fire polished beads and some flowers in pink tones, which I thought would be the perfect colour for the Breast Cancer afternoon tea raffle and started threading them onto head pins.

Wednesday 26th June

The foam squares even turned up in my beading!

I spent the morning at Stanwick Lakes helping Ally prepare for the school visit on Friday. We had 60 children booked to come down to the site for the day on Friday to learn about the Romans. They all need to make mosaics. So we spent the morning drinking tea and coffee and cutting funky foam into tiny squares that got absolutely everywhere! I even found some on the floor of my house later that afternoon!

When I got home I filmed the video for last weeks art journaling post, which you can watch here.

For the rest of the day I finished threading beads onto head pins and turning loops. Then I got to work making the jewellery! I have to say I am pretty pleased with the result! I really hope all the guests at the afternoon tea will want to win my prize and buy lots of raffle tickets.

Thursday 27th June

Mr Crafts came home from America! Yay! He was horrifically jet lagged so we didn’t get out to dinner as planned but we had a Chinese take away instead.

I love working with two holed beads!

I also wrote up the pattern I used to make fins and a tail for my Aldi shark kit and filmed video tutorials for the pattern. If you want to download the pattern or watch the videos, you can do that here.

In the evening I made a bracelet out of two holed hexbeads and superduos (some of my favourite beads to work with!)

Friday 28th June

A day of volunteering at Stanwick Lakes. 60 children from a local school came down to the site, visited the site of the Roman villa, practised their archaeology skills and made mosaics out of funky foam. I wore my newly made peasant costume, which was well received and even did some gardening (if sprinkling compost on the garden counts as gardening?!). I got home and my first every post crossing card was waiting for me! It had come all the way from Taiwan!

The Discovery zone did not stay like this for long! 60 children made light work of their mosaics

Saturday 29th June

Not a great deal of crafting happened today. I went over to mum’s for a barbeque (and boy was it hot!) and in the evening I attempted a bit of stamping, I only managed one card as I was feeling pretty tired. I ended up falling asleep on the sofa with one of the guinea pigs while Mr Crafts watched Netflix (a whole new meaning to the term “Netflix and chill”).

Sunday 30th June

Sunday was a weird day. I couldn’t decide what to do. I did a bit of journaling in the morning. I thought I wanted to do a bit of stamping, but instead I started planning the week. Then I did some video filming for later in the week. I filmed an upcycling project (coming your way on Wednesday!) and the video for Wednesday’s art journaling post. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so organised! I decided then to edit my video footage, and since I had to wait for the video files to export I wrote up The Craft Journal to be released tomorrow. Who knows what I will find to do next!

A journaling spread all about empowerment

Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling on. Have a great week and don’t forget to share photos of your makes with us on social media!



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