We are well into 2016. I had a few fairs to attend at the end of last year, they went well but I'm having a rethink.
The new year tends to bring new thoughts to our minds, what can we change or improve?
Well on a non crafting side of things I have told myself I am going to lose weight (what an unusual thought for a woman to have!) Il say its all because my back hurts, and I heard that losing weight can help, but in actual fact I just want to look good in clothes so nice men will notice me(shallow I know, but Im still single at 40). Also my friend of 20 years is getting married in September(Im assuming Il get an invite), so I've given myself until then to lose 2 stone. The healthy eating is a challenge, I'm trying to make better choices but also I'm not denying myself a biscuit or two if I want them. I've found denying myself all treats in past weight loss efforts just makes me give up and I go back to my old ways.
So, oh yes, crafts.
Ive had a rethink. Ive realised that craft stalls tend to sell one kind of thing. There is usually a craft stall with jewellery, or everything is knitted etc whereas my stall has a mish mash of a number of different things eg fabric make up bags next to glass Xmas decorations. Maybe there's too much for the customer to see, and adds to difficult decision making.
If you are new to my blog here are links to my work ... jewellery and home décor
Ive had a word with myself and I have to work out what I love to make and what I want to put my efforts into.
Ive decided I love to sew and solder. The mixed media and altered art work that's popular in the USA is breathtaking with its olde worlde look, the mix of lace, ribbon and metal really appeals to me. I have a board featuring some of it on my Pinterest page, take a look my messed up head in pinboard form or alternatively type in altered art into the top of the pinterest page and feast your eyes.
Sewing is still something Im very interested in. My job is sewing based, but its not very pretty(I use an industrial machine and use heavy duty textile) so Id like to carry on with designing my own images and having them printed onto fabric, but then do I sell the fabric on it own for people to make what they want, or make things myself? If so, what do I make? Its all in the thinking stage at the moment, I hope to progress with this side of my crafts later in the year.
Sorry this post isn't very picture heavy, there will be some I promise.
So I havn't really crafted much this year, Ive had to tell myself to stop having creative thoughts(which is tough when I have to walk past goodies in craft shops) my crafts are hibernating and I'm close to decluttering and throwing away draws of things I don't need, but hang on to just in case they come in handy.
Im making soldered keepsakes. Birthday ones at the moment, maybe a couple of mothers day ideas.
Here are a couple Im working on currently, its a bit macabre as their heads are either non existent or not actually attached to the bodies. Ive seen dolls made up of varying materials on Pinterest, they have a name, Assemblage Dolls.
I think we are all different so Im making them have different looks to them. The gothic keepsake on the right would appeal to me, but Im also making bright, happy smiley keepsakes too as Im aware not everybody is into the same things as me.
I bought some flowery fabric the other day as I thought I would make myself a summer skirt. I love a skirt with pockets so found a beautiful vintage handkerchief which I shall cut up(sorry) and add 2 pockets.
A few days later...
A few days later........ Ive kicked myself up the behind and finished a couple of keepsake dolls.
Birthday keepsake dolls