What better way to blow the dust away from this blog than to tell you all what I’ve been up to recently? I love sneaking a peek into other peoples’ crafty lives. (And if social media’s popularity has anything to say about it, so does just about everyone!) Being nosy is just part of the human condition.
Can you feel the pressure of the holidays yet? I’ve been practising techniques I want to put to use in my own Christmas decor this year. My latest make was a ruffle-edged panel curtain to practise (you guessed it!) sewing ruffles. Away from my desk I’ve been getting more and more passionate about cooking and baking, too. I’m cooking a (hopefully) romantic Christmas dinner for two and that means lots of recipe testing.
Where am I currently finding my inspiration?
I’m focusing on deliberate consumption. Pinterest is strictly an indulgent treat. Instead of photos (that don’t tell you much about the effort involved) I’m focusing on the people who do work I aspire to do.
Making isn’t always straightforward. A lot of my projects (especially the ones I design from scratch!) are bumbled through. It’s a journey, not a process. There’s always more to learn, even if some things are easy to pick up: take it slow, measure twice, and check colours in daylight!
Here are some of the other lessons I’ve learnt from crafting.
This bread bin (which may or may not have been stashed in my craft room for well over a year while I figured out what to do with it) was in desperate need of some TLC.
When I spotted the bread bin in its sticker-covered, scribbled-on, and scruffed up glory I knew it would be perfect for a makeover. It is pictured here after most of the cleaning and sticker removing had been done.
But this weekend I got off my bum and figured out what to do with it. I needed something quick, easy, and most importantly gentle on my shoulder. And it turned out, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® was the answer! Take a look at the photos below to see how it turned out.
(And let me know what you think about my super professional painting set up!)
Can we officially say it’s summer yet? Nature seems to think so.
Changing seasons are so inspiring to me. When the view from my craft room window is different from day to day, it’s so much easier to really pay attention to things and dig into enjoying the moment. Looking through my stash there are just so many possibilities!
The Sizzix Big Shot is an embossing, cutting, crafting machine. It’s the perfect tool to get your craft on this summer! Tweet and comment for your chance to win. (Details below.)
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I'm Anna. Handmade is a bit part of my life and here I'm sharing tutorials, techniques, and a hefty dose of opinion about crafting in the modern world. Read more about me here.
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