Monthly Archives: May 2011

In The Spotlight: Miss Bess Rosette Brooch

Welcome Friends.

Today we introduce a new regular post – In The Spotlight. It’s a cosy little space for you to get up close and personal with some of our favourite products; actually, we love them all so we shouldn’t play favourites and will probably share them all, just so they don’t get jealous and start bickering.

We thought we would start with the smallest of the triplets:

Miss Bess

Little sister Miss Bess is sweet. Like most little sisters, she loves to be up front, in full view, ready to hear all the compliments coming her way. Miss Bess is versatile too – able to close a cardigan, add oomph to a plain top, or some charm to an otherwise plain jacket. She has even been known to make an appearance pinned to the side of a piled-up hair do. Anything to be noticed.

Miss Bess began when we noticed the lovely combination of fabrics nestled together in our stash.  Some absent-minded toying around followed, some stitches here, a button there – ta da!

If you would like to get to know Miss Bess, you will find her in our shop here. She likes to stooge about with her sisters, Miss Belle and Miss Bridget who are itching to meet you here soon.

See you Wednesday for another Creative Crush…

M&A

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Creative Crush Wednesday: The Student/Teacher

Hello friends.

A quick one today – eyelids heavy, to do list smirking at me, and pillow calling seductively. We know you understand, and hey, the less jibber jabber from us, the more time you can spend exploring this weeks fabulous link:

We love The Student/Teacher for it’s blend of clever craftiness, poignant writing and mamma moments. We think you will too.

Ok, time for some zzzzzzzzz’s, see you recharged and full of scintillating tips for our date for Show Me How Friday.

M&A

Show Me How Friday: Crochet

Hello Friends.

In my parallel life – the one where I have mastered the art of time management, have a house keeper to take care of the endless streams of washing, and an organised sewing room Martha would be jealous of – I crochet. Prolifically.

In this life, I just fiddle around longingly with bits of wool and my Grandma’s crochet hook. After somehow managing to make a tiny acorn-style hat instead of a lovely granny square, I pull it all undone and tell myself today is just not the day. But it’s coming soon.

Enter the lovely Pip of Meet Me At Mikes:

Yep, a very encouraging post title, nifty photo of a lovely crocheted rug, all looks promising doesn’t it? But wait for the best bit:

That’s right folks. Kind-hearted Pip has created step by step tutorials to get even the most clumsy of us crocheting our little fingers off. She offers video, photos and diagrams (choices!) and friendly instructions to have you on your way in no time. She has also linked key terms to more info so you won’t be left wondering what worsted weight yarn is, or the best yarn holding technique.

Oh the potential! The things we can make! The satisfaction that awaits at joining the long list of clever crocheting women in my family, and creating something to be treasured and hugged by our little one and those who come after her.

So, is it a deal? Will you join me on an adventure into hooks, chains and double chains? Excellent! We can keep each other motivated.

Oh, and just incase you are thinking “I would love to learn to crochet with you, but rainbow granny squares are just not my thing…” :

Then you should head on over to The Purl Bee to see a more sophisticated twist.

Oh yeah, now you’re hooked!

M&A

Show Me How Friday: A Clever Clutch from The Purl Bee

Hello Friend.

Glad you made it to our Friday date together, we have been looking forward to it. Today we bring you stylish yet achievable cleverness from one of our favourite online destinations:

We love for The Purl Bee for so/sew many reasons… the beautiful photographs, the colour, the regular posts. Most of all, we love their dedication to providing usable, gorgeous and attainable how-to’s for the big four loves of our creative lives: crochet, sewing, knitting and embroidery.

But we digress – this is Show Me How Friday, not Creative Crush Wednesday, so lets get to the making bit.

Screenshot from http://www.purlbee.com

This clever little tutorial is ideal for beginning sewers, time pressed crafty folk, or even a project to tackle with the little people in your lives. What could be more fun than pouring over your precious fabric stash to find just the right fabric combinations? Exactly. Nothing. (Well, nothing short of dribbly toddler kisses or a family size block of Top Deck).

Laura walks you through the materials you will need, holds your hand while you cut, and cheers for you as you pin, sew and admire your new clutch. The instructions are very clear, but if you are a visual learner like me, you will appreciate the wealth of photos to avoid any confusion.

If you are feeling pretty confident, you could follow along online. However – hoarders and lovers of busy work that we are – we think it could be rather nice to print out the tutorial to make notes and take ones time. Then it could be filed away in a folder accompanied by pictures of us partying with clutch deftly in hand…  you know, for bragging. Just a little bit.

So there you are, your weekend project awaits. You have full permission to pull out all your treasured fabric bits and lay them out all around the house for the selection process. Hooray!

M & A

Creative Crush Wednesday: How About Orange

Hello Friends

We are glad you have made your way out of the Pintrest vortex, and are ready to follow our lead to another little corner of the interwebs…

Today we would like to introduce you to:

In Jessica’s own words:

How About Orange features craft project how-tos, decorating ideas, printable downloads, useful design resources, and lots of inspiration for people who like to create things.

Oh Jessica, you had us at ‘craft project how-tos’…. ‘decorating ideas’ and ‘printable downloads’ is just plain saucy.

One of our favourites (remember one half of is a Graphic Designer and the other half is a try hard) is the Pantone chip magnet DIY:

The colours. The littleness. The shiny-ness. The excuse to faff about with magnets and glue. Did we mention all the colours? Genius.

We think you will enjoy the stylish round-ups and nifty finds showcased on this sumptuous blog. Not that we want you to start seeing anyone else – we really like what we have going with you, and we see us having a great future together… but we won’t mind if you want to spice things up with some harmless looking around every now and then.

Off you go then, see you for our date on Friday.

M&A

Creative Crush Wednesday: Pinterest

Hello Friends.

Today’s post comes with a warning: the following information is very likely to suck up any free time you had left after phafffing about on Facebook and favouriting on Etsy… read on at your own risk .

Ok then, if you are sure….

Welcome to your new vice.

Pinterest is, in their own words:

A place to catalog the things you love

Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create collections of things you love and “follow” collections created by people with great taste.

People use Pinterest to collect and share all sorts of things — wedding inspiration, favorite T-shirts, DJ equipment. You name it, people are pinning it.

We know you have great taste in something. Our mission is to make Pinterest the best place for you to share your taste with the world.

Imagine that your Etsy Favourites and Facebook had too much wine one night and got friendly – Pinterest is the result. An endless cavalcade of linked images ‘pinned’ by members, this is timewasting dressed up beautifully as creative research.

You can join up via your Facebook account if you want to get ‘pinning’, or simply browse as a lurker and follow the links on your own adventure. Pins have been categorised if you want to look through a specific theme, but we love the little rush of hitting the home page and seeing what pops up.

Make yourself a cuppa and a sandwich, and ask someone to forcibly shut down your computer in no more than 4 hours. Ok, now you are ready – get Pinning!

M & A