Crafty Update

You will not doubt recall my recent flurry of crochet blankets, some of which were made for new little people. Well here is the latest recipient, Alexandre, my new next door neighbour modelling his.
It's so nice to see that they are being used, and hopefully loved! And obviously he is soooo cute! He's just over a week old now. You can find the original post about the blanket here. My friend Donna says that the blanket I had made for her daughter in a previous crafty update  is still loved 18 months later! 
And here is the card I made on the day of his birth. You can still see that the glue is very wet but was the only time I had to photograph the card before I gave it to his parents.
I also made these free  gifts from the wonderful Mollie Makes. I've been subscribing since I think issue 4 (now on issue 22) and although there are always a little gift / project with each magazine I've never actually got round  to making one. And so to try and reduce my stock pile I thought I'd been start to make a few. I was very happy with the results and kept hands busy last Saturday Night !
A colleague at work recently joined me on the Dark Side once he celebrated his 40th. He's a huge Star Wars fan and so I was inspired to design a Darth Vader paper cut card. It took much longer than anticipated but I think it was worth.
Finally I've put together a couple of collections of coasters using my photos. These I'm calling my Autumn and Summer collection. What do you think? I so chuffed with the results.

A walk in the park

After I had taken photos at the Crafty Fox I had the afternoon to myself as OH had gone for a family lunch. The weather was so glorious I just had to go back out (after a restorative cup of coffee) to see the autumn colours in the park. The colours were sensational but it was odd to see so many flowers still in full bloom with the leaves turning.

Crafty Fox Autumn Market

I've come down with a virus... must be that time of year when Crafty Fox comes to town as I always seem to have something wrong with me when it happens. But still it is a joy every time (the fair that is not being ill....!). I am a huge fan of the Crafty Fox which spreads the word about designer makers in such a good way! Not only are there amazing stalls (with different makers every day) but there is tea and cake, booze and workshops if you need a break from shopping. I may be a little biased as to how brilliant I think it is as I take photos for them BUT I wouldn't take them if I didn't enjoy it so much! So where to begin? There were some familiar faces and some new, and soooo many amazing stalls to high light. So in no particular order...

I've recently been lured by the joys of felt needling which is my new fad and I love it. So seeing Chloe's work was divine. How could you not smile when you saw these? Loved, loved, loved them...
I've seen Papercut Writer's work on line and have always admired it from a far so it was great to final see it in the flesh (and meet her in person!). Now I really enjoy papercutting but I don't think I've yet mastered doing such fine work as the Papercut Writer. The other bonus was that we were both able to swoon over the forthcoming Rob Ryan exhibition and confirm with each other that he is a god and it's not just our imagination....  
I'm a sucker for a good plushie and these are serious good plushies! And a joy to photograph....
These prints really stood out for me. So bright and bold paying homage to the joys of South London living !
Cecily is a regular at the Crafty Fox and I adore her work so much. I was super excited to see that she now has some tumblers with her fabulous London Skyline which meant a certain someone's Christmas present now sorted!
I first saw Mister Peebles at Cut and Paste which was a pop up shop run by Crafty Fox and Brixi and just the thought of them make me smile. I bought the David Meowie card but still chortle when I see 'Jimi Hen drix' or two mice with some spools of cotten 'keeping it reel'

Alice Tamm, the genius behind Bird in Hats, is another regular at the Crafty Fox. The concept is simple: birds in hats but the results are simply irresitable!

Forgotten Stitches
Forgotten Stitch evoke a bygone era and I loved the lay out of their stall.

Miwary is another Crafty Fox regular and her products are fabulously quirky and are a joy to photograph.  

 Home Slice Design were so fresh but evoked past time. Seaside and fish and chips made me  think of the summer just gone.
I first met Jill at the Urban Art Fair run in Brixton over the summer and have been smitten ever since. If I had to choose a favourite stall of the weekend it would this one. Her screenprints are just stunning (though I am a sucker for any bird image)! They are so simple yet bold. And the feel of her screen printed suede purses and travel card covers is incredible, so soft. If I could I would have bought everything !!!

So there we have it. My brief run down of my highlights from the Crafty Fox Market but there were so many amazing people on both days. It's a real priveledge to be able to photograph this event. I hope you enjoyed the photos too..... More of my photos (as well as others) can be found on the Crafty Fox Facebook page.

 Fancy seeing it for yourself? Next market in Brixton is 7th & 8th December. Christmas shopping ... YAY!

A little gem in Cheltenham

By The Yard from Rachael Lewis on Vimeo.

As you are no doubt aware I am a great supporter of the Crafty Fox Market which is where I first met the fabulous creative due behind 'Stuffed Nonsense' and even treated myself to a weirdy beardy cushion from them last year. Anyway they have done what I think a lot of craft minded people would love to do and opened their own shop in Cheltenham called By The Yard. Here is an inspirational vimeo telling the story of how the shop came together through to opening night. I only wish I lived a little closer to Cheltenham .... If you are in that neck of the woods do visit and tell me it's as wonderful as I imagine. Or you can visit Stuffed Nonsense's Etsy Shop or if you're in London they'll be at the Renegade Craft Fair in November. Now if only I had the balls to be as brave as they are.

Crafty Update

It's been a busy month so time for a quick catch up of what I've been up to craft wise. I've had to hold back posting a few of these as they were cards for friend's birthdays who also read the blog so couldn't risk posting about them.

So first up is a card for my friend Tig who is also the person, apart from family, I have been friends with for the longest - we first met 30 years ago!! I know, impossible given that we're both 21... Anyway this design is from my favourite new book 'Feathered Friend's' by Mollie Makes which I was kindly given by Sinead from Crafty Fox. If you can't guess it's a Kingfisher paper cut with a pale blue mulberry paper behind.

Next up is my friend Mark's birthday card. He too is of the class of '73 and celebrated his birthday this month. I used his Osymyso logo as the inspiration and was really pleased with the results. I worry that I don't have as many original ideas as I should have but loved this. One of my favourite designs to date.
OH thinks I go through fads, which I suppose is true though the reality is that there is so much I want to try and not enough time to do it all! When I first started to write up Crafty Progress I had just bought Laura Howard's 'Super Cute Felt' and tried a few of the projects. I really enjoyed making a pin cushion and needle case but then never got round  to making anything else in felt despite having a huge pile of felt looking at me. I had bought a book / magazine called Made in Felt which was very inspiring. It also featured the vampire zombie above which I love as he so makes me smile. The pattern is originally from the book Zombie Felties by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate which I've thought about buying in the past but was never sure what I would do with 16 felt zombies, but one is just perfect!   

Another thing I've been working on are turning records into clocks.  I've chosen the records for the image rather than the music. Is that sacrilegious? Is turning a record into a clock sacrilegious given how much I love music. Possibly but I do like them.... I made one for my friend's birthday back in May and then treated myself to a Queen 7" using 'Don't stop me now' , which is a song that always puts me in a good mood and seems most appropriate for a time piece. Anyway I made a few more and gave the one above to Mark for his birthday.

And may put this clock in what may become a very eclectic Etsy shop with blankets, clocks, cards and jewellery. So not what you're suppose to do but hey ho....