Monday, 31 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
I've started knitting munchkin a neckwarmer too, as scarves and toddlers don't mix. A well meaning great grandma knitted her a lovely fluffy scarf last winter, but it was quickly removed every time I wrapped her up in it. Hopefully she'll be a bit more tolerant this year, and I'm thinking it'll stay on longer as she has to work out how to get it over her head :)
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
You know when you start secondary school, and you're in the yard at lunchtime in your shiny new uniform and knee length white socks, and you see an older girl who is the epitome of cool - effortlessly amazing hair, outfit that bears no resemblance to school uniform at all, surrounded by equally cool friends, clever but not in a geeky way - and you think 'I want to be her'? That's what I felt about Kitschy Coo when I first set up shop on Folksy :D
Anyhoo, she recently had a sale, and I bought Munchkin a lovely little babycord dress / tunic. Not only does it look super cute (as you can see from the pictures), it should last for another couple of years as it'll become a top as she grows. Ingenious!
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Other than the pink bits we had a lovely time. The wedding was great fun, and Munchkin was a little star all day. She got a bit wobbly towards late afternoon, but a quick nap and a go on the slide perked her up no end.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
Sunday, 9 August 2009
I love the personal service you get when you buy handmade. I love it that you can have a conversation with the seller one to one about their products - does it come in another colour? Is it washable? Can I buy 3 at once? How big is it?
I love the fact that what you're buying is pretty unique. A lot of things are one offs, and even the things that are 'mass produced' by crafters are often slightly different each time. And how many things can one crafter make anyway? Even if you're some sort of crafting daemon who churns out work at a rate of knots, you're still only going to produce 20, 30, maybe a 100 of any one thing. So therefore only 20, 30, or 100 people in the whole entire world will own the same thing. How cool is that?
By buying handmade, you're validating someone's hard work. Sometimes it's more important than the money - what you've made is *so* good, that someone, a complete stranger, (not just your Aunty Sandra or the admin person at work) will pay good money for it.
I've decided to try and buy as much handmade as I can for Christmas presents this year for all the reasons listed above, but also partly because I want to focus on quality rather than quality, and partly because I'm bored with the same old rubbish in the shops each year. It goes without saying I'm going to have loads of fun finding the perfect present for everyone! And if anyone needs any hints or tips on what to buy me for Christmas, I'd be happy with any of the things on this page :)
Saturday, 8 August 2009
This was for another interweb friend*, who also has quite a dry sense of humour. He's Australian, and his girlfriend is Swedish, so the gave me homemade Anzac biscuits and Swedish gingerbread in exchange for my stitchy skills.
He says he had great fun explaining it to his girlfriend's Swedish aunts when they came to visit: "Yes, c**t means what you think it means but not only that. Yes, yes, lap means 'lick' in this sense too. No, it's not about licking vaginas" :)
*I do have some real life friends too, that I see face to face, honest. Although I did meet a fair few of them on the internet :D
Friday, 7 August 2009
Thursday, 6 August 2009
While I was pregnant with munckin I got back into it a bit, and amongst other things made four little samplers for friends. They all have their own stories, so I'm going to post one a day with a little tale to accompany it.
This was the first one I did, for a lovely fella called Piers. I know him from a forum I used to frequent
I posted a thread about picture phone recommendations, as I wanted to get a new phone so I could send pictures of munchkin to friends when she was born. Bless his blackened heart, he gave me a spare phone he had kicking around, and didn't want anything in return for it. So I stitched up this sampler for him. If you want to hear just how warped he is, you can tune in to his online radio show on Mondays at 8pm on Purple Radio. Just don't say I didn't warn you.... :)