Monday, 26 July 2010

A Thrifty Mrs' 52MMM Challenge - Weeks 1 & 2

As you've probably worked out from the title of this post (and my previous one), I've been taking part in the 52 Marvelous Makes Madness challenge set by A Thrifty Mrs over on her blog.
Basically the idea is to make one thing a week that you ENJOY (this is the important bit) making, using either existing skills or something you'd like to learn. It could be crocheting a blanket, making a fabulous cake or creating a 10-foot high garden sculpture out of used scooter parts, the choice is yours and limited only by your imagination. And no, making the dinner doesn't count!

I feel I want to share one of the reasons for doing this challenge and I'm going out on a limb doing so, but part of the purpose of this blog is to record my life as well as more fluffy things. I've been suffering with low moods for several weeks since T was born and am currently being refered for assesment and counselling to see if I have postnatal depression. As such, I haven't felt much like doing any crafting in the spare time I do have, so the challenge will hopefully give me some motivation to at least do a little something each week.

Anyway, please let me share with you the first two weeks' creations.

Week 1

My entries for the Bo Bunny Design Team auditions. The challenge was to create two scrapbook layouts, two cards and an item of your choice using at least 80% Bo Bunny products. My layouts were of T, (including one of his tags from the hospital), and our wedding (although I put the wrong year on it, we actually got married in 2007), using a photo of our first dance. The cards I made using the new Peacock Lane range and also the Delilah range. My item of choice was an empty (clean!) food can which I decorated with papers to turn it into a pretty storage tin.

Week 2

Jam! Pretty self-explanatory really! The greengrocer in the local high street had boxes and boxes of strawberries which they were selling off at 2 for 50p, so I bought six and made some jam. I don't think I'm going to be invited to join the WI any time soon, but it tastes pretty good. Perhaps my Week 3 make should be some scones to eat with it?

Monday, 5 July 2010

Catching Up


Just a quick post to say I'm still here and haven't forgotten about the world of blogging!

The last few weeks have been a mad round of feeding, nappy changing and not enough sleep, but I think things are starting to fall into place (for now, at least!). Thomas made his first real smile last night (funnily enough, during a nappy change), which was so nice to see and it's beginning to feel worth all the broken nights!

Naturally I haven't had a lot of time for crafting, but I managed to escape for a few hours last Saturday and took part in a knitting workshop with Debbie Abrahams. Debbie is a knitting designer and a consultant for Rowan yarns. She's published several books and runs courses and workshops all over the country.

The workshop I did was 'Professional Finishing', which was exactly as it says on the tin!
We learnt how to block and press the knitted pieces before using various techniques such as three-needle cast off to turn them into a finished garment. Debbie taught us the secret of picking up stitches evenly and also how to sew together the seams with mattress stitch. Despite a baking hot room, it was one of the best things I've done in a long time and I certainly learnt loads. I don't think I'll groan now when a pattern says 'pick up 100 stitches'!

I also decided to sign up to A Thrifty Mrs 52 Marvellous Makes Madness challenge, although goodness knows if I'll manage it, but what an inspiration!

I haven't forgotten about the giveaway I promised - I'm just waiting for my 50th follower to sign up and then you'll all have the chance to win. The main prize will be a book from my vast collection of crafting titles (to be revealed!), plus some other goodies to add to your craft stash!

Get following and in the words of a certain campaign 'It Could Be You!'