Monday, 7 April 2014

I've been blognapped!!!


Hey there everyone!!

Miss me?

Did you wonder what may have happened?

Well, I'll tell you.  Instagram happened.  Vine happened.  Pinterest happened.  YouTube happened.  Twitter and Facebook also continued to happen.

Oops.

Also, my Android app that I use to update this blog became frustratingly unreliable.

I'll try again, I promise!  But until then, here are my online details lately:

Twitter, Pinterest, Vine and Instagram:   @hapaxstudios

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/happyaccidentstudios
(if you know me and you haven't done so already, I'd sure appreciate a "Like."  I hear amazing things happen when you get to 100.  I'm not far off it at time of posting.)

YouTube:  www.youtube.com/hapaxstudios

Website:  www.happyaccidentstudios.co.uk

I will be back.  You have been warned.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Starting the New Year in Style!



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

Nearly done...

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

Two new squares

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

Sewing Complete!

That was a job and a half, but I have finally finished sewing the squares together on my throw!  Next step is to crochet around the edge a few times.  I'll be happy to get back to some actual crochet!


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Art of Crochet Advanced Techniques Throw

I can't believe I've held radio silence on this throw for so long!

If you're a regular reader, you'll remember that I used to post a photo of every square I made when I was working on the Art of Crochet Beginners Throw.  I haven't posted anything about the second throw until now.


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!


There are so many different stitches and patterns in this throw.  I can't wait to show you the finished product!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Arty Dollhouse Makeover!

My little girl has a dollhouse that has been passed down to her.  It had been written on with felt tips long ago and it needs a facelift.  I decided this would be a great opportunity to try out some chalk paint, so I went to The Vintage Dove in Elm Court, Gillingham and bought a couple of tester pots in Pebble and Swedish Blue.  I used this dollhouse as a testing ground for the paint and I'm very happy with the finish.  But we're not done yet!!!



Plans for this house are in constant flux.  At the moment, I am planning trellises, leaves, vines, flowers and lots of fun decoration around the windows and doors.

I will revisit this project as progress is made, so stay tuned!