Tag Archives: hobby

37 Hours to go

9 Jun

The time is now really ticking down and with the second backer on board we are a step closer to seeing the kickstarter a success.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507401260/three-legged-rabbit-crochet-and-amigurumi?ref=project_tumblr

I’ve learnt a lot over the last month of taking clearer photos and getting more of a sense of self across with each design. I am not a corporation. I am a single person creating designs from my mind. Taking influence from the things I love and the place I live.

There are so many new designs floating around my head that I want to do that is why I would love to have a single place to list them all. I’ve tried etsy before but find myself losing interest as you have to fight so hard being directly compared to others that everything starts looking the same.

So if you love crochet and all things geek and nature then why not get on board early and be in the know for new designs and choose some great levels of support, each giving you plenty for your support.

You can also have a sneak peak of a few ideas from one page in the growing pile of thoughts. With more from the seven deadly sins dolls, a brave deer knight, a second Horizon Zero Dawn robot and much much more.

Please have a look at the kickstarter and I will see you over there! It would be great to have more on board to share the love of crochet and begin the next year on an exciting footing.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1507401260/three-legged-rabbit-crochet-and-amigurumi?ref=project_tumblr

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A little break from drawing

28 Apr

Sometimes in life you take a break because you need it.

And then there are times you take a break from something because you went to town, saw a fabric shop had a sale one and bought lots of cute new fabrics and you cant wait to make that new skirt you have been meaning to for weeks. Such is life. 

So I spent my weekend finally making a new skirt. I was really good and ironed everything I should, followed the pattern as written…then realised the zipper was on back to front. But it will stay that way because I cannot be bothered unpicking all that time for something that works and only I know its wrong.

I now have a lovely summer French patisserie based skirt and nowhere to wear it as the weather has gone cold and damp again. But it has pockets! Everyone loves a skirt with pockets!

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‘Tis the season for furniture up cycling and drawing mashups! UPDATE

14 Dec

It is at this time of year that I really am happy that my work runs a flexi time policy as I can use up holiday and flexi to have off every Friday of December making for four long productive weekends. So this shall be a longer update than usual. 

This year they haven’t been that productive as I have been sidetracked by Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and being ill/lazy. However! This weekend whilst on a mixture of having a cold and trying to stave it off with nothing but an energy drink, a starbucks toffee nut latte and other forms of caffeine I have managed to out chore all previous weekends. This has resulted in finding an amazing corner shelf unit at our local YMCA, a hideous wooden clock (that I needed for the clock piece as it was cheap), a table that will be upcycled to form a new tv unit, finishing off a bench that I wanted to work on and putting up the Downy Tree!

First The Bench! 

I bought this bench wanting to do wondrous things to it so that it went with a mis matched dining room set. And it still goes. However I have two benches and only need one so for now have stuck the second one on ebay. If you like it please feel free to bid or ask questions! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-gloss-bench-dining-room-sitting-black-seat-chair-/141141363694?pt=UK_Home_Garden_LivingRoom_Bookcases&hash=item20dcae4bee

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Updates on the other new pieces once they have been delivered!

The Second update!

So I have still been doing a few drawings and working towards having a collection for a viewing night my husbands boss wants to hold for me with champagne and the likes. Half of the proceeds to me, half to charity. Should be a fun evening! But those pieces are all based around beautifully sculpted male bodies and the explosions of beauty, strength and other flowery words that describe vivid colour. A few examples:

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But to have a break from all of those, I chose to do a Walking Dead meets Dr Who Mash up piece. 

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I really must get round to scanning these rather just the rough photos I manage to take with my decrepit phone. 

So that’s the update! Post Christmas expect some new furniture, new drawings and who knows what else!

As always the drawings on this page are for sale unless otherwise stated and I am often open for Commissions, you only need ask 🙂

And now I am off to have my arse kicked by Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat! 

 

Find a hobby and stick to it?

15 May

I love finding new things to try and do with the mind set of “If I haven’t done it yet, I want to” This has led me to try lots of new things but not really be great at any of them as once I have tried it, had a success I move on. Everything I try I will look up on google, maybe watch a youtube tutorial and then just jump right in and give it a shot after buying the materials needed!

All I can say is that if you want to try make something then go ahead and give it a shot. It may not be perfect but that photo tutorial you are using for inspiration has been made by someone who has probably spent years perfecting their chosen craft rather than driffting from one thing to another. Or they could be one of those people who just rock at everything.

Crotchet

As a child my nan taught me how to knit but I never actually learnt how to cast on or off, just how to sit for hours and make a scarf that someone else had to finish neatly for me. Fast-forward to now and I realised I have never tried Crocheting and really wanted to make some amarguani toys after seeing some cute ones! I got some cheap hooks from ebay, some wool from a local pound shop and started.

The first thing I made was a Totoro. He is crude and I never kept the tension of the wool consistant so he has bigger gaps than I would like in some places and the ears arnt right however he was a good learning starter toy as it pointed out shapes and connecting different attachments like arms.

The next ones I tried were a collection of pokemon from a website that I now can’t find so if anyone knows this very clever lady then please let me know her link! Offering free patterns that are really good!

Along with a few other patterns that I followed, I also made these three hello kitty small toys for my cousins birthday, they have tiny hats that can be either up or down to make them hello kitty or their character! Made using my own patterns a bumble bee, a panda and a rabbit.

Tiling! and I guess DIY in general

Ok so maybe not a hobby or a proper craft however whilst doing up my house I am trying all things before paying a man to do them as it turns out a hell of alot of house work can be done yourself! So hello Mr fireplace, meet Kirsty – the woman on a mission to learn how to tile not one a plain simple wall o no.

I had a lot of success here as tiling as it turns out is easy, what is not so easy is when the walls you work on are uneven, that way problems lie but with a bit of inventiveness even this you can over come (the middle lower part somehow didn’t match up despite the tiles being the same, so two bits of mirror were cut and stuck in to create mirror tiles which look great)

I also made the stag head mirror above the fireplace.

Baking

I do alot of baking and will try things once before moving onto the next thing! Cupcakes are easy however I can never be bothered prettying them up, these Dr Who cakes are the only time I attempted to fancy ice cakes and really could not be bothered with the effort of something that would be eaten too quickly so they are a little lacking but tasted good 😀

Peanut butter rice krispie chocolate fudge cake! Boom!

A friend set me the challenge that “brioche burger buns were too hard to make”

NONSENSE! a tiny bit of baking induced RSI (due to no mixer so all by hand) I had a batch of deliciously sweet brioche burger buns that held together to the very end of the burger.

Drawing

I guess drawing is my own long running hobby as I will always sit and draw in front of the tv whether its made up images or copied from one source or another, anything to keep my hands moving. I will sometimes try drawing on my dated tablet but its not my favourite.

Sewing!

And now we get to why I started this entry. Yesterday, whilst in a bad mood I decided to buy a sewing machine as I need some cushions for my new sofa but dont like any on sale so on wards and upwards to make my own and maybe a costume for my cat, you know, becasue I love him enough to hummiliate him for my own entertainment adn to have cutes on facebook making me look like a crazy cat lady 😀