Saturday, 29 September 2012

Popular Crafts Strawberry Swap

I signed up for my second craft swap earlier this month with Popular Crafts Magazine and this time the theme was strawberries. You can see my first adventure in to the world of craft swaps here.

This time I was paired up with fellow crafty blogger ValeryAnne, she blogs all about her makes over at It's an Alien Life. We were both really pleased to be paired together as we had lots in common and both love bright colours!!

I decided to make some cute strawberry decorations and fabric brooch using strawberry print fabrics.  I struggled a bit with the treat as ValeryAnne told me that she can't eat strawberries so that ruled out anything edible. In the end I found some mini washi-tapes; although not strawberry themed I'm sure that they will be put to good use. I'm really pleased with how the decorations turned out and will be making some more for the Christmas tree!
 Popular Crafts Strawberry Swaps by craftypainter

In return I received two strawberry print and turquoise cushion covers, I love the fat little bird on the larger cushion! There was also a cute felt cupcake with a strawberry on top and a fabric covered box which contained a treat of two bars of strawberry white chocolate!! I've already put the box to good use as storage for my sticker collection.

craftypainter: Popular Crafts Strawberry Swap
The Strawberry swap was the last one from Popular Crafts as the magazine is finishing. Fear not however, as the brand new Make & Craft magazine is launching on the 12th of October and with it comes a new craft swap. The same rules apply; you make something relevant to the theme and buy a £3 treat.  The theme for the first issue is home decorations and you can sign up on the Make & Craft website!

To celebrate the launch of the new magazine Make & Craft have organised a tour of craft blogs, a list of all the blogs taking part can be found on the Make & Craft blog and every one has a copy of a craft book to give away. Stop by next Thursday when I'll be hosting the tour for the day and will be giving away a copy of a great little craft book!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Crafty Creatives - Box 3

Wow!! Another amazing and imaginative theme from the Crafty Creatives ladies this month sees us heading east for some oriental inspiration. The box was once again jam packed with goodies and I was especially delighted by the red and gold brocade.

craftypainter: Crafty Creatives Box 3

The art card this month is my favourite so far, such a simple design of beautiful goldfish, 'Koi vs Koi' by Davide Martignoni, with the box contents on the back; 
  • The CC kit - this month make your own note book using traditional Asian book binding
  • 3 Chinese coins
  • Chinese symbol sheet
  • black ink
  • 1 sheet of oriental stickers
  • 1 wooden kokeshi doll
  • 3 sheets of origami paper
  • 1 fat quarter of Chinese brocade fabric
  • 1 large cinnabar bead
  • 3 pages from a Chinese new year fortune book
  • 4 metres of red cord
  • set of needles
  • a fortune cookie - Yum! 
craftypainter: Crafty Creatives Box 3
I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can get up to with the brocade fabric, it's so soft it would make a beautiful cushion cover, although it looks like it might be quite tricky to work with. I'd also like to try out some oriental inspired brooches perhaps with a coin in the centre instead of a button.

craftypainter: Crafty Creatives Box 3 contents
I thought the kokeshi doll would make a great little stamp, so with a craft knife I carved a simple button design in to the bottom, I'm really pleased with the results and I managed not to injure myself in the process!!  I also used the red cord to turn the cinnabar bead into a pendant.
craftypainter: Crafter Creatives Box 3 Makes
The kit this month was also brilliant! I have made my own sketch books before but this was a completely new technique and much simpler. I added a few gold beads from Box 2 to finish it off perfect for sketching and I'll definitely be giving this another go.
craftypainter: Crafty Creatives Kit
Now I'm off to find out what everyone else has been up to with their box. If you have blogged about Box 3 let me know and share you link!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

craftypainterShop on Etsy

Just a quick post to announce the arrival of my new Etsy shop!! I've been thinking about this for a few weeks as I have fabric brooches coming out of my ears!! At the moment these are the only things listed but I hope in the coming weeks to add a bit more variety.

Fabric Brooches by craftypainter

It's taken most of the weekend to get everything sorted; photographing, writing listings and shop policies. I've only started with a few items but will try to add something new every couple of days.

You can find craftypainterShop on Etsy here, let me know what you think!!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Etsy Craft Party 2012

Last Friday I joined my fellow Cambridge crafters for the 2012 Etsy Craft party. Claireabellemakes got us all organised and her blog post about our afternoon can be found here!

I started off in Crochet Corner where two other crochet novices and I muddled our way through the instructions in a crochet book and eventually learnt how to do double crochet to produce some rather fine rectangles.

craftypainter: Etsy Craft Party - Crochet Hand Warmers
The following day I put my practise to good use and made these lovely hand warmers.

After a cake break, I got started on a friendship bracelet. I used to make loads of these when I was at school so even though it had been many years since, I quickly got back in to it.
craftypainter: Etsy Craft Party - Friendship Bracelet
I finished it off as soon as I got home and The Mike claimed it immediately!

I didn't have time on the day to have a go at the bicycle embroidery provided by Suzie Makes but I took home a spare pattern and on Sunday I discovered the upstairs of Hobby Craft in Cambridge (somehow I missed it last time) where I bought a small embroidery hoop. I got it finished after a couple of evenings.
craftypainter: Etsy Craft Party - Bicycle Embroidery

It was a great afternoon despite the chilly air and constant threat of rain. I learnt some brilliant new skills and rediscovered some long lost ones as well as meeting lots of lovely local crafters.

Hope to see everyone again next year!!

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