Tuesday, 24 December 2013
First of all, some news!
I have finally moved house and acquired my very own craft room--- studio--- whatever we're all calling them nowadays. I'm so excited to have the space set aside to do whatever I want and not worry about having to tidy it away for dinnertime. It means I can let paint dry, which in turn means I can actually paint!
Secondly, how are you fixed for inspiration in the coming year?
I was lucky to experience Creative JumpStart 2013 in January of this year. It was an inspiring experience and in the end I was so happy with what was given to us all for free that I decided to make a donation.
In my weekly Skype chat with fellow crafter Wendy, I found out that Creative JumpStart 2014 was open for registration. This year they are asking for a modest fee to offset costs and I was perfectly happy to pay up front because I know the quality of what is on offer. Roll on 1st January! I am going to finally stretch out my creative muscles in my new arty-crafty space!!!
Would you like to join in with me and do CJS 2014? There is a forum for all participants. I'm sure that many of us will become fast friends through this creative journey. Click the photo above for details, or if that doesn't work, here's the link again: http://www.nathaliesstudio.com/cjs/creative-jumpstart-2014/
I have been up to quite a bit craft-wise but I'm not sure I remembered to photograph much of it. It's Christmastime and a lot of it is much of a Christmas muchness. I may take some snaps and get posting later on.
Oh, have I mentioned I'm on Instagram? My username is HapAxStudios, as it is on Twitter and Pinterest as well. If you're reading this and you'd like to add me on any of these apps, I'd be delighted and will add you back! :)
HapAxStudios is short for Happy Accident Studios and is my business name. I am also planning some vlogs (video blogs) as well. It's all happening now that I'm actually in a studio! Come join me all over the internet and hopefully at Natalie's Studio for CJS 2014. :)
Sunday, 22 September 2013
I'm nearly done with one of my daughter's decorative cushions. I thought I'd share with you my solution for cleaning up the look of the Suffolk Puffs (yo-yos).
My initial idea was to sew a button in the centre of each one. I didn't have enough buttons in the right size. In fact, I didn't have any buttons the right size! The larger ones covered up to much of the puff and the smaller ones got lost inside. After trying and failing to use sequins, I settled on small beads that I got at the 99p shop! Success!
I perfected my technique quite far down the cushion, so I do need to go back and fix a few mistakes.
I was so glad to finish my last Suffolk puff that I swore I'd done my last one, but I'm so pleased with these results that I'm already thinking about what to do next!
Monday, 26 August 2013
I haven't been hibernating, I promise! This weather has been so lovely that the sun has knocked the craft out of my brain! I have recently picked up a project that had been hidden away in a bag. It contained two projects in one: a spiral square and a linked-rings square. I finished four of the latter, sewing two of them to each end of the spiral square and adding some filler rows. Hopefully this will make up the front of an oblong cushion cover. I'm not sure yet.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Thursday, 11 July 2013
I have completed all the squares for the throw and I am now putting it together. It's more complicated to assemble than the first one because the squares are in three different sizes. It is challenging but not so much so that I don't look forward to doing it. I can't believe it went so quickly!
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Here she is, lending a hand in stamping her goodie bags, using the envelope trick as always. :) She stamped three cupcakes in blue on both sides and I folded the top over and made toppers to match the invitations.
That's another family birthday in the bag for this year! I wonder what next year will bring.
Fancy making your own occasional stationery? I am brimming with ideas. If you're in the Medway, Kent area or willing to travel there, keep an eye on Happy Accident Studios for classes, my Folksy shop and more!