Life

Creative Inspiration: How to Find It

There’s an Ancient Greek sentiment, from various of the Ancient Greek writers, along the lines of “The Gods help those who help themselves”. I imagine Inspiration and the Muses work in the same way. Don’t sit around waiting for the Muses to show up, or to be struck by a blinding flash of inspiration. Work… Continue reading Creative Inspiration: How to Find It

Cross-stitch

Stitch By Stitch: The World Map Part 1

It took me a couple of weeks to pick the map up again, after the struggle with the blending filament. But I did. I managed to trick myself by saying I would “just” do the fish, and then that part of the globe would be done, back-stitching excepted. That seemed perfectly doable: a one-evening task.… Continue reading Stitch By Stitch: The World Map Part 1

Papercraft

This Week in Crafts: Ducks and Swallows

I haven’t actually crocheted at all this month. There are occasional thoughts of coasters to go with the colourful tablecloths, but I haven’t made any. Yet. Probably there will be some at some point. Just not now. Instead, I’ve been playing with several bird stamps, and with the few Distress inks I have, to make… Continue reading This Week in Crafts: Ducks and Swallows

Sewing

Fat Quarter Sewing: The Red Tablecloth

Having decided to make more Fat Quarter Tablecloths, and looked at my available fat quarters, naturally I needed to go shopping. I simply don’t have eight which would work well for a tablecloth. Very sad. Also naturally, when I went shopping, I ended up with a set which only required one from the stash. Oops.… Continue reading Fat Quarter Sewing: The Red Tablecloth

Cross-stitch

This Week in Crafts: Signs of Spring Card Kit

According to the language of flowers, snowdrops mean hope. A fitting sentiment for this time of year generally, and definitely for this year. Signs of Spring Card I don’t think I’ve seen any snowdrops out in the wild yet, though. I’ve had to content myself with the ones I make, first the die-cut ones last… Continue reading This Week in Crafts: Signs of Spring Card Kit

Life

Organising the Crafting Supplies

Crafting, of any variety, makes for a good hobby or three. It’s very easy, once you start one sort of craft, to be sucked into another. And then another, and another. There’s another hobby that goes along with all the crafting, though, that often gets forgotten or overlooked. It’s the collecting of crafting supplies and… Continue reading Organising the Crafting Supplies