Life

Nature Notes: February on the Balcony

It’s been chilly this month. Chillier even than when we had the snow. But at least the last week or so has begun to remind us that Spring is indeed on its way, with sunshine, warmer temperatures and crocuses in the park. It has been very windy in recent days, but early spring sunshine has… Continue reading Nature Notes: February on the Balcony

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

Papercraft

This Week In Crafts: Clearly Besotted Snowdrops

It’s amazing what a difference the gradually lightening evenings makes on one’s mood. Especially when it becomes noticeably lighter, and I’m not having to draw the blinds at half four, but can leave it until I finish working. February is still very cold, and the weather isn’t usually anything to write home about, but the… Continue reading This Week In Crafts: Clearly Besotted Snowdrops