Crafty Bits and Bobs: Catching up on where I’m at.

crochet mandalas

I was tempted to write a post about the garden today but I’m behind on my crafty gubbins so it might be more pertinent to blog about that instead. It feels like it’s been a while too.

I think a lot of my time has been taken up with my addiction to Instagram. I’ve been taking part in a month long mission of posting crochet makes everyday. It has become an obsession and I possibly need to chill out a bit . It’s called the Lazy Daisy Jones Hook Up (#ldjhookup) I found her blog via this too and it’s a wonderful place, full of colour and inspiration. It has encouraged me to get my craft on and make some stuff rather than fart about on the computer. However, the downside is the IG addiction. One bit of tech to another but at least I’m making stuff too. And what do I care?! I flippin’ love it all.

crochet flowers

Some of the themes meant I had to whip something up quickly as I didn’t have anything around the house. Some of my pictures have been tenuous to say the least. The mandalas were made a couple of nights ago [top left is a pattern from the fabulous book, Boho Crochet and the other two are found here] and the flowers [also from Boho Crochet] were last week. It’s fun!

green mesh crochet bag

On the side, I’m making this. More another day!

new fabric

Over the Easter holidays we were in Totnes. I love the shops in Totnes, there are some truly lovely places. I only bought a few fat quarters and some buttons. I almost bought some wool but there weren’t enough balls of it for the project I have in mind. I had also intended to buy shed loads more fabric but I didn’t fall in love with as much of it as I imagined was going to happen. Come on, I was totally willing to go on a spending spree! Ugh.

green buttons

Love this Liberty print. I wanted to buy swathes of it but stuck to a small amount as I know that I’m not ready to ruin that much Liberty fabric on my dodgy sewing skills.

blue buttons

I’ve got plans for the fabrics but not the buttons.

greenish buttons

It all came from different shops. There are a few dotted around that are craft related.

red buttons

Buying these buttons meant I had to get my (Hendricks) button tin out.

my button tin

It’s only half full here but it’s usually buttony all the way to the top.

rainbow buttons

I even attempted a rainbow thing but got bored (this is only half of my buttons. I’m sad enough that the rest are bagged up into different categories: big, small, multiples, colourways etc). I tried again another day but was interupted by cat and kids. Everyone loves buttons it seems.

favourite buttons.

These are some of the fancier buttons I’ve got. I think I need to re-evaluate this mini off-shoot collection. I’ve got some more favourites/fancy ones that can be added and a few that need to be taken away. But, you know, that’s for when I’m desperate. I honestly don’t know if I’m enough of a button geek to go that far but, yeah, there’s a chance I might be.

Anyway, that’s it for now. As I said I have plans for the fabric and hopefully I’ll get me machine out this weekend. I’m also surrounded by lots of crochet squares that are being blocked for a new project. Everything is alright.

Gah, I almost forgot!  I celebrated my first Etsy sale on Sunday! I was so very happy. SO thank you to my lovely customer! It has spurred me on and I’d better get some more stuff in the shop now I know I can do this thing.  XXX

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25 thoughts on “Crafty Bits and Bobs: Catching up on where I’m at.

  1. Congratualtions on the etsy sale. How exciting.
    This is a lovely post but making me feel guilty about lack of crafty goings-on around here!

  2. I get you on the ldjcrochethookup, I was like that last time! Bit lazy this time around but I do love Instagram it’s my favourite social media. All those buttons I have a bit of a collection myself now what to do with them!!!!!

    1. Mostly I don’t do anything with the buttons, just stare at them from time to time. Such a saddo.
      Need to tone down the the IG useage. Once the month is over I might need a break! It’s also making me want a new phone, which is very very bad.

    1. Thanks! Me too. Although I have to sort myself and make the effort. I have a few half made things and some blankets waiting to go on Etsy but life gets in the way and I don’t get around to it. A sale is good motivation!

      1. Yes, I’m trying to do one big catch up once or twice a week with blogs although there doesn’t seem to be so many posts to read this year or is that just me? With IG I just look at what I have time for when I have the odd few minutes to spare!

  3. What beautiful crocheting far tidier than anything I make. Well done on your first ever Etsy sale – yay!! So pleased to have discovered your blog, love your photos too 🙂

    Thanks for joining in with #MakingHome this week.

    Angela – Garden Tea Cakes and Me

  4. Love all that crochet, so much prettiness.
    I find the same with IG, once I’m on it I don’t know where the time goes! One beautiful feed just leads to another.
    Your button stash is even more substantial than mine, and I thought I had a lot!

    1. Thanks!
      I was the same with Pinterest too but IG has taken over. Altough I still love a bit of Pinterest too!! I will eventually have to tear myself away from social media to actually make some stuff.

    1. Thank you!
      And on the subject of #MakingHome… I’m quite slow with twitter and hashtags etc, I dip in and out, go quiet and then start over. I’ll get there eventually but I’m still learning! 🙂

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