Something Special for Someone Special

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So wanting to take a new direction with my crafting and re-discover some old favourites I decided to embark on a piece of cross stitch.

Having found a book I owned many years ago with some amazing astrological and mystical designs I was showing it to my wonderful BF when I was struck by the symbolism of a particular design not only in terms of the general Zodiac meanings but also how much it “spoke” to me in terms of specific symbolism relevant to us as a couple.

Aside from the fact that my lovely future hubby is a Gemini I have always had a passion for Egyptian mythology and imagery so it seemed rather fitting to make this up. I also loved the vibrancy of the colours and the subtle shading in the faces that seemed to lift the piece away from the canvas and give it more of a 3 dimensional appeal.

Another thing that draws me to this particular image is the reflective quality of the whole Gemini imagery and even more so with the unusual use of Egyptian faces. It seemed to me to be more of a meeting of two very similar people who become a reflective expression of each other rather thatn the traditional mirror image twins association that normally is associated with Gemini.

I think what I especially like about this image is the way the two characters seem to look directly at and into each others eyes in such a connected manner. Something that I find myself extremely comfortable doing with fubby that I have never felt I wanted to do with anyone else.

Also working on this piece has become more significant to me as the pattern starts to emerge on the canvas. What began as a few splodges of bright but seemingly random stitches is slowly transforming into a striking image. And each time I fasten off a thread I am always amazed that the seemingly random and at times messy underside is so neat and uniform when viewed from the other side.

It reminds me each time of a lovely poem someone once gave to me about the threads of our lives look seemingly tangled and messy with odd shots of colour but viewed from above in God’s perspective they create a wonderful tapestry of our lives.

So as I am creating this piece I see similarities to the way our relationship has started out. Seemingly full of random colourful flashes with rather messy and tangled undertones. But when viewed from the right perspective is starting to look like the beginning of something bright and beautiful.

So here is our story so far:

looks interesting doesn’t it? I have a fair idea how it will turn out but you can never be truly sure it will turn out exactly as predicted. Either way though I know both my works are going to turn out to be something special 🙂







Healthy Competition

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Hmmmmm. It would seem that in my locale there is no such terminology in the craft fair community.  Having been turned down for my second craft fair stall application I am begining to feel like I am applying for a job. Ok so the first email asking if there were any spaces available for me was greeted with a prompt and polite sorry we are full. Fair enough thought I since i had stumbled on it rahter late in the day and was prepared for that possibility.

The second request for a booking form sent out nearly 4 days ago was meet with a “sorry we already have someone selling similar items but I will keep you in mind for future events”

I guess I must be completely missing the point here but I didn’t believe I was asking for my work to be pre-judged before the consumers saw it. I also merely stated that the majority of my work is knitted and crocheted. I wonder if this person even bothered to click the link to my website to see exactly the type of thing I make. Or more likely presumed what knit/crochet means.

Sorry but there is a vast array of items that are hand knitted and crocheted and I know of a fair few on FB alone that have pages. To this end I have seen only one who comes close to making anything similar to me and even then they are sticking to a narrow market whereas I aim to be somewhat more eclectic.

So, does being “kept in mind for future events” mean that should whoever decide not to do another craft fair I get to take my knit/crochet items? Or I am basically politely being told my services are not required? Sorry, since it was a charity event and I would be paying for the stall, I (apparently wrongly) believed that they would only be turning people away if they had no more room.

I would have thought that a little healthy competition hurt no one. The number of craft fairs that I have been to that had several stalls selling similar items made me appreciative not only of the item but the relevant skill the different vendors put into them. And admittedly, though I would have been a little put out to find someone selling very similar items to me, I think it would have done us both good as business people to see how each other operated and the quality of workmanship.

And I’m certain it would have given the consumer a better choice also.

Oh well, if that i show they wish to run their fair that is entirely up to them. At least I know that when I organised a charity craft fair I gave everybody the same chance as best I could and made sure I checked out the seller and what they made to give both seller and buyer the best from the day.

So I guess it just gives me more time to concentrate on my craft work and encourage me to believe that it is the right direction to move into new areas.

I’m Posting Every Week in 2011

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I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.


No Artificial Additives

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Ooooh the lovely soft and squishy feeling of playdough. Forgotten how nice it was just to squeeze a ball of it between the fingers. Pure stress relief and a direct link back to the inner child that gets buried under a weight of adulthood and responsible behaviour.

The stuff is absolutely fantastic since even when you make a mistake the act of squishing it in frustration soon becomes a fun exercise and it doesn’t take a creative genius to “sculpt” a mini masterpiece 🙂

So after stumbling around the interenet (damn you addictive I found various references to homemade playdough. Something I had a brief flirtation with when my dear darlings were mere toddlers I figured what the hell? Summer hols are looming the weather has been decidedly British and I need something to keep me sane. So after finding another post on making natural dye for playdough it was a case of bring it on.

So here is a sample of what has been achieved so far:

Left to right: raspberry tea, tea, paprika, plain

So far so good 🙂 got away with the “plain” which actually used lemon and ginger tea in an attempt to achieve yellow. Think I will try turmeric for that at a later date. Also the attempt at green usingdried mint failed too. I was persuaded to adhe leaves so now have a rather intersting spotty dough :-O

So think it will be turmeric for yellow and coffee for a deeper brown at some point. Considering trying beetroot and still debating on what kind of leave to use to dry and extract large quantities of chloryphyll. Hedge trimming has yeilded a lot of leaves ut don’t really fancy blitzing them in the ffod processor so think will have to find a recipe for cabbage.

Time to Get Cracking

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The sun is shining (hooray) the skies are blue and I’m thinking about Christmas :-O

Such is the life of the crafter that stock needs to be done now. So while most people are thinking about ice-cream and sand I am thinking about snowmen and stockings.

So far I have a few things already made up but over the next few weeks I am going to have to start slipping in some festive items to my crafting schedule as well as working on some Halloween goodies and expanding on the wedding theme.

PHEW! Going to be a busy time. Might just have to draft in the “little helpers” to keep them occuopied over the sumer hols.

Wedding Fever

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Uncategorically weddings are the most stressful thing you can choose to bring into your life. And I’m not even referrring to my own :-O

I have had vague ideas that have tried to formulate themselves for a while now. Think of ideas that swirl around like candyfloss if you will. And that’s pretty much as far as they ever got just a nice fluffy idea that like a sprinkling of swirling sugar would come together nicely with a bit of know how and effort.

So when a friend suddenly announces they are engaged and throwing a party I thought it was about time I dusted off the treadmill and starting jogging along with some real creativity. And just like waiting for a bus along comes another engagement. DEFINITELY time to crank up a gear and get down to the brass tacks of trying out salt dough modeling as I have always wanted to.

Cherub Engagement Gift modeled in salt dough

Having always been rather dubious about hand modelling and rather lacking in self-belief I have found that sometimes it really does take a “push” to try something new and develop a new craft.

Networking Dah-ling

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Ok so haven’t been blogging for a bit and of course I have the usual tried and trusted “excuses” to hand: busy crafting, half term with kids, Bank Holiday break etc. The truth of the matter is I have been sucked into the electronic black hole that lurks at the outer rim of the interne Just like those hideous, sharp toothed angler fish you are ensnared by the attractive andtrangely attractive lure before being engulfed by a gaping maw.

So, what could this lure be that is so dangerously inviting? Like mermaids of old, networking looks attractive, simple and an ideal business promotion tool. Which indeed it is. Yet just as the sirens song dulled the senses of hapless sailors as they mindlessly allowed themselves to drift onto jagged rocks, so then does the internet weave it’s magic until you are snared in an electronic net either desperately struggling to free yourself from the monitor or rathslightly dazed at the fact your 2 minute Facebook update check has become a 3 hour computer session.

Naturally, networking is an important business tool and the ease of the internet allows you to connect with a much wider audience and (hopefully) potential customers.  Not only does it give you an unlimited platform upon which to showcase your work but it also gives potential buyers the opportunity to interact with the seller and get a feel for the creativity behind the design making the whole shopping experience much more personal and invigorating.

Since the internet is awash with advice, hints and tips on promoting and networking, that’s where I have been. Blindly thrashing around in an electronic net fruitlessly searching for escape.

Yet not all is doom and gloom for I am aslo networking right now. For now you know more about me and as a reward for your patience in reaching the end of my latest contribution I direct you to my latest networking venture

Simply click on the link and you can find everything you need to know to find out all about the world of ElegantCraft via a variety of electronic mediums.

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