Friday, 16 February 2018

Being productive!

Posted by tracy watkiss at 07:43 0 comments
Good morning everyone and BRRRR!!!! What a cold one it is.

Well I know its been nearly ten days since my last blog post but I have been trying to remain productive. I have been working on a dress and to be honest I am not feeling the love, the fabric is lovely, the pattern is lovely but together they are MEH!!  It's in the sin bin for now.

I am also finding sizing of sewing patterns a little inconsistent, despite my measuring. Hey ho its a learning curve.

I am licking my wounds by working on another corduroy Cleo by Tilly and the buttons. hopefully will finish it today and also I am close to finishing my knitted campside cardigan. Will show both as soon as I have.

I have been very busy making project bags for my little etsy shop.
I will put a few photos to show you below, well I hope you all are crafting, sewing or knitting up a storm, I have  a very busy weekend ahead and  hoping I don't do myself damage by attempting 2 days out over the weekend, Saturday I am off to craft 4 crafters in Exeter and Sunday I am attending the trade show at the NEC in Birmingham.

So till next time -- Keep crafting (sorry could not resist).

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

An Oldie but a Goodie

Posted by tracy watkiss at 06:42 0 comments
Hello on what is a very chilly morning here in the southwest of England.

Todays post is bought to you courtesy of "fed up being home" and "ooh what's in that box".

Fed up being home is how I felt when I was told I am not allowed to return to work for 2 months at least and Ooh what's in that box is looking through long abandoned card making supplies.

All I can say I am so glad I did look through the box as a nice quiet hour was spent making the following little beauts.

Now I used small card blanks approx. 4" x 4" square, a versafine black onyx inkpad, various polychrome pencils and a hero arts stamp set from way back.

The stamp set  is LL072 Peeking Posies, It is over 7yrs old and was and still is one of my favs, I remember watching a demonstration with a gentleman crafter by the name of Graham Hansford on watercolours and these stamps in the craft shop I worked in at the time, when I was a fledgling paper craft demonstrator and I was hooked on all things inky from that moment. So this set always bring back happy memories. Mr Hansford became a good friend and we would be seen giggling together at stamping demonstrations and trade shows in the uk. Sadly we lost touch as people do with the passage of time.

I am not sure if you can buy it new now but it is worth checking ebay just incase somebody is destashing their stamps.

The sentiments I believe are a stamping up set from around 5 years ago. So sorry I know it's frustrating when you see something you might like and it's not clear where they are from or if you can get them. I hope you excuse my tardiness, but sometimes its nice to re visit old friends, rather than keep chasing the shiny new!!

Till next time
Hugs XXX

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

Posted by tracy watkiss at 09:59 0 comments
This week has seen me again being told I am not quite fit to return to the day job - I had a bit of a set back "sigh".

I am trying to keep busy and active but concentration levels remain seriously low.

Saying that, It means I watch a lot of podcast, read a lot of blogs and generally plan makes.

Trying to make the makes is a bit more challenging.

But I have made a make. Please excuse the pictures, not quite upto setting a scene to showcase products.

One of the podcast I like to watch is Sian of Kittenish Behaviour , she is am amazing sewist, living on the Isle of Wight ( I actually honeymooned there 2? years ago). I recently watched her series tutorial on The necessary clutch wallet by Emmaline Bags.

I attempted to make one, the pattern is lovely and well explained in a pdf, Sian's tutorial sees a couple of great adaptions too and is very clear and precise.  It can be a clutch you carry, add a wristlet or a full strap. Have one zip pocket or two, there are two panel of card inserts. The beauty is Its big enough to take a phone.

Before I start I am like a wotsits out of a trap when I have a new ooh!! in my head so mine is far from perfect but my next one will be and THERE WILL BE MORE!!

Now as a maker that sells, I have to say I realise these are a) not the cheapest things to make due to the hardware and interfacing needed and b) they will not be inexpensive items in your itinerary.   But wow just to be able to make/ purchase a clutch bag in a unique fabric to match your wardrobe.

that's it for today, I am off to try and walk Oscar dog. xxxx


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