Thursday, 22 January 2015

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party


Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

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Marigolds' Loft


Monday, 19 January 2015

Getting into the Swing of Things

wip

Are you already in full swing in 2015?
I can't say that I am....I seem to be crawling rather than walking or running and I really do hope it changes shortly.

I am wondering if I just made tooooo much last year, resulting in a bit of overkill. It is that bad that I just need to look at my knitting bag and feel exhausted, I don't feel inspired to pick up a needle and knit a stitch, I actually would rather sit on the chair and watch paint dry before I feel like continuing where I left off! 

Have you ever felt like this?

I am working on my "can't-give-a-damn" attitude though and am trying to pull myself toward myself. 

As you can see in the image above, I am not standing completely still as I think that would kill me, but am rather filling my time with reading (yes, I seem to feel like doing that again - Hooray!!) and different crafts.

I am slowly creating a time schedule for everything I want and need to work on.

As I have a new job as the head of the weaving studio at work, I am generally getting my fill of knitted and woven crafts, as well as working there more regularly which will result in me having less time to do what I want to achieve at home, but I am sure things will all swing into place as the year progresses.

Because of my new work schedule I will be updating you on my WIPs at the beginning of each week from now on too :)

So let me show you what I have been busy with so far this year:

Kays socks

This is a new pair of socks for Kay.
Her birthday is coming up soon and she has asked me for another pair of knitted socks. This pair is getting knit in Red Heart Sock wool which I have never used before. So far they are knitting up nicely. These socks will be a very plain knit with no patterning included.

Juliana

My next WIP is my revived and pulled out of hibernation -  Juliana.
I put this project on hold last year so that I could focus on all the Christmas knitting, and before I feel I can move on to anything else I need to see this project complete.

I have managed to get passed the second armhole and am basically on the home stretch, though I use this term lightly as that still means I need to knit about 80 cm until I can start on the sleeves!

skirt sewing

I had planned on doing some skirt sewing this morning, but alas, I haven't washed my fabric yet, so if time allows I may get around to these projects some time this week and will show you my progress as I get on.

Handwoven cloth

This is a definite WIP project I am working on in the studio.
We have loads and loads of scraps of our handwoven fabric so I have decided to try and create a log cabin shopper with some of the rests. As I get a moment I add a new panel or two, but I do hope it will grow more extensively in the next couple of weeks :)

Onto other crafts now:

zentangle

Kay and I are working through a book course on Zentangle together and we are progressing nicely. It is really quite a lot of fun, though there is a lot of concentrating involved. who thought doodling could be so intensive :)

wreck this journal

I was inspired over the festive season by Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch to get my hands on a "Wreck This Journal". When I showed the girls they promptly told me that they had wanted one of these journals for over a year now! Lucky for me I found a bundle pack of four journals (also one for hubby) at Book Depository for a great bargain and they arrived on Friday. Since then Jas and Kay have been awfully busy wrecking their journals and Hubby and I have started on ours too. Once you get over the initial "Cracking of the Spine" - SHUDDER - the book seems to take on the look of "I could possibly do this"! I will let you know how we progress on this front :)


Reading wise: This year I have decided that 12 books is the most realistic amount of books I can really get through in a year and so I have set my Goodreads challenge to a lowly 12 books! That way I am hoping I won't be too disappointed come the end of the year, as the last two years I did not manage to complete my challenge!

Let us hope I will manage at least those! So far it is not looking all too bad as I have just started Book number 3 - Pilgrims Rest. I haven't read enough just yet to have an informed opinion but I will let you know a bit more about it once I do.

What are you busy with this week?

See you soon.
x

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Craftsy

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party


Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

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Marigolds' Loft


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party


Welcome back to a new year and another month of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

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Marigolds' Loft


Monday, 29 December 2014

A Week of Round-Ups: Classes I have visited

Today I would like to share with you a round-up of all the amazing online
 classes I took part in this year:

The online classes I visited and loved this year are almost too many to mention!
They are all from Craftsy. Here are some of my best loved classes for this year:



All of my garments made from this class can be found HERE




Here is my Multigarment

mittens and gloves galore

My Gloves are to be Found HERE, HERE, and HERE




My Drawstring bag can be found HERE



This is just a small selection of my 33 enrolled classes :)

I look forward to many more hours of fun in 2015.

Which has been your favourite Craftsy Class for 2014?

See you tomorrow for another Round-Up
x

Online Knitting Class

Sunday, 28 December 2014

A Week of Round-Ups: Books of 2014

2014 reading challenge


Today I will be looking back at the books I read in 2014.

My goal was to read 20 books this year.
Unfortunately I didn't manage and only completed 11 of those 20 books :(
I still got through half of them so that was a good reading year for me!

These are the books I did get to read:

Goodreads challenge read books

Wolfram or the Boy who went to War - Giles Milton
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Madame Tussaud - Michelle Moran
The Lifeboat - Charlotte Rogan
The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
Why Cleaning has Meaning - Linda Thomas
Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Mercy - Jodi Piccoult

Did you take part in the Reading challenge this year?

How did you manage?

See you tomorrow for another Round-Up for 2014.
x

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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.