Thursday, 20 November 2014

Let's talk fabric: Take two

So I have just discovered the worlds COOLEST online fabric shop. Check it out

I am obsessed. I think that in another life I would have been a fabric designer, and I would have designed all of this stuff! This is just one of my usual list posts...the ones I so love to make!

Woodland friends!!!

This is an absolutely brilliant design. What you do is that you take the fabric, cut it out and stuff them! 
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Here's what you get...


Seriously? I have to have this in my life. It's just so brilliant!



Yes, yes... I've jumped on board with the pug trend. I'm officially addicted.


Some more masterpieces from the same range...

Michael Miller is a very talented man....


And his work is so diverse!


The awesome thing about this website is the amazing range. From woodland animals to Star Wars...


And finally, one artist whose style I'm not usually drawn to, but in the following fabric it's absolutely gorgeous. The colours are fantastic!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

2014 Christmas List...

Christmas List 2014

Christmas, in my opinion, is far more painful than any holiday really should be. I am not particularly religious at all, so for me Christmas is more about seeing family etc. So I decided to compile a Christmas list early, as one of the more painful parts of Christmas is trying to find everybody a present! 

A sewing cutting mat

This would make my life so much easier, especially if accompanied by a rotary cutter!

Nice sewing scissors that actually work

....please just.... please...

Plastic containers for storage

My brother bought me a small storage container for my birthday thinking it was a lame gift, but it is actually just what I need. I have so much... erm, silliness in my life and absolutely no way of organizing it.


A rotary fabric cutter

These look super cool- I've always wanted to try them out. All they need is replacement blades for when they get blunt, and this would help a lot when cutting out simple squares of fabric! (It would be nice to cut straight for a change :P)

A metal ruler

To accompany the cutting mat and rotary cutter

Fabric transfer paper

I've been wanting to buy this for a while so that I can make my own labels as they are *so* expensive to buy. So please, if anyone wants to make me a very happy person :P

A bread knife!

Yes, I know... "Why don't you just go and buy one?" Because they cost about the same as my groceries. For a decent one at least.

An apple de-corer

I am a lot more lazy than I seem to be. Seriously, I would eat a hell of a lot more apples than I do now if I had a de-corer. Cores are such a mission. I often find myself walking to the fridge, picking up an apple and putting it back just because I don't feel like dealing with the core!

A garlic crusher

Ditto for the bread knife...

A screen printing screen

This is something that I'll probably get around to making myself at some point, I just need to find the time and... well, put in the effort :P But if someone else could, perhaps follow this tutorial....

Picture of Gather your supplies!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happy World Vegan Day!

Okay, so I'm not vegan myself. I've been yoyo-ing back and forth with my diet for ages, and really do want to go as far as becoming a vegan at some stage. A lot of people tend to be very confused about the different types of diets surrounding veganism/vegetarianism, so I decided to (along with some really cool vegan and vegetarian substitutes) explain just what the different types are.

Firstly, I'm a pescetarian. This is not vegetarianism, but some people seem to say that it is because they believe that fish don't feel anything or something like that. I personally do not consider it to be vegetarian simply because fish are being and me eating them means that I'm eating something living. Simple. 

Then you have vegetarianism, which on it's own is just not eating meat. This usually includes anything like gelatin because it is still a part of the animal, so no jelly! Now there are lots of different types of vegetarianism, which aren't necessarily important, so I will only discuss them later on in this post, as I want to talk about veganism first. 

Vegetarian Recipes



Best dressed award: 


Vegan diets are the most extreme of them all- no animal by-products at all. So no honey, no dairy, no nothing. I really admire those who are able to stick to such a diet. I have tried it before but I end up seriously struggling with my iron levels. Sadly, at this point in my life I actually don't have the time to eat like that. And I find that a lot of vegan ingredients are quite expensive (things like tahini, quinoa and coconut oil- although if you buy them once they last forever, I just can't afford to buy them once even!). And the problem is, vegan meals aren't very interesting unless you use all of these different things. Which in a way is very good, it teaches you how to cook wholesome food creatively. 

Vegan Recipes

Vegan guacamole potato skins. Crispy potato skins topped with an incredibly flavorful, slightly smoky guacamole. Perfect for tailgating!

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Vegan Hash Browns

Now, for the different types of vegetarianism. I didn't know all of these myself until I came across them while looking for vegan meal ideas, but now that I've found them I might as well share them with you.

So, there's lacto vegetarianism and lacto-ovo vegetarianism. Lacto vegetarianism involves dairy, but not things that contain animal rennet, which involves things like eggs. On the other hand, lacto-ovo's eat all eggs and dairy. Ovo = eggs. Easy.  Got it? Good. You also, finally, have a fruitarian diet which is rather self explanatory- it's a diet that consists mainly of raw fruit. That actually sounds delicious!

Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween craft ideas that actually aren't lame

I find that a lot of Halloween decorations are just cliche and cheap (not the good kind of cheap). Which is why I decided to go and find something that is actually worth making! As you know by now, I love making lists, so you better enjoy this one :P

Owls have been *seriously* in fashion this year, and it's a trend I definitely approve of! So why not make some pumpkin owls? They are so easy and super cute. 


If you can make it yourself, I really don't see the point in going out and buying it. This witches hat is the perfect example, and I feel like it has so much more shape and character than anything I've ever seen in the shops! The best part about this is that you can paint it or even drape and staple fabric onto it, in any colour that you want! 

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I'm sure that we all remember doing this as kids, and it was fun! So why not do it again now? Easy decorations, sorted. 

Spider Web Art Project for Children with Watercolor Resist *Great Halloween idea for kids

This is another awesome example of something that you can do yourself without having to go to the shops.

DIY Skeleton Hands.

A simple and cheap way to put an old pool noodle to good use. 

Make faux chains out of pool noodles to use as Halloween decor.  {ribbonsandglue.com}

Finally, a spider that I don't have to run away from...

Beaded spider craft for kids

Awesome Crafty Halloween Costume Ideas

No Halloween list would be complete without costume ideas, so here are some amazing ones!

This looks so easy to do. All you do it stuff two gloves and sew them to the hood of a jacket. Easy peasy moose!

Yet another easy costume! All you have to do is sew on ears and a circle on the tummy. So cute!
(No post would be a Crafty Fox post without a photo of a crafty fox)

If you're looking for a Halloween costume for tonight and you have very little time, you've just found it. A transparent umbrella with ribbons tied to it- a jellyfish! 


This has got to be my favourite. What a clever idea! There are full instructions on the page. 

DIY Octopus Costume Giggles Galore

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Thread Sketching

Have you heard of thread sketching yet? If not, this is something that's going to blow you away. When I first saw it HERE, I was completely blown away. And I thought it'd be super hard. Thankfully, it turned out to be surprisingly easy! I've compiled a list of tips for starting out, enjoy!

Sketch the artwork out with a liner first, so that you have something to work over

Believe me, you're going to want to do this! I thought I'd just go ahead and start with the sewing machine because I'm very practiced at free hand sketching, but I made a big mistake! It's completely different (obviously), I just apparently didn't have the brain power to understand that :P


Start with simple shapes, and work over them when you are a bit more confident

ORIGINAL fiber drawing...bird series by mummysam on Etsy, $30.00

Use different colours and really just enjoy yourself. If it goes wrong, who cares? 

With embroidery thread accents

Mix and match thread sketching with applique ...or any other technique for that matter

sew sketch pears

drawing with thread

Thread Sketching

When you're feeling confident enough, sketch things that you're really interested in. 

That way, you're less likely to get bored and move on to another project. I find this with a lot of things- I try to stick to how people say things must be done in tutorials and I end up getting bored. Rather choose your own subject and stick to it. This way it's unique and you're more likely to keep trying if you happen to make a mess. 

Thread sketch.

Don't be scared to experiment

You don't have to stick to using just a sewing machine or sewing by hand. Try mixing it up, for more intricate bits and pieces use hand stitching. That way you have more control over how it comes out. 

Machine thread painting and fabric applique, illustrating my very favorite quote from "Alice in Wonderland".

Just a few extras that I couldn't bear to leave out...

Beautiful Strings  The intricate style of textile artist Debby Smith is truly a pleasure to take notice of.   http://www.stringartfun.com/section.php/3/1/techniques

Thread sketches by Andrea Farina.

Thread drawing. Awesome for a baby nursery. Who's the artist, I wonder?

Original thread drawing portrait Esquire magazine serie

Sewing machine sketch - Pip Pittman

Drawing with thread - Free motion machine embroidery

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Organize your crafting and your home


I'll be the first to admit that I have a SERIOUS crafting problem. I have far too many crafting supplies and not enough space to keep it all. I feel super sorry for my fiance- he just can't keep things clean! So I've done some serious reorganizing in the last couple of days. I was very bedridden at the beginning of the week due to some odd sickness- so I was glad to have some light work to do with my craft supplies. 

Here are some totes awesome ideas I came across:

Organizing keys with different nail polish colours

This is absolutely genius. I haven't done it yet thought because I don't actually have many keys to distinguish between!


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Make a cellphone charging station out of an old bottle

I currently have a shampoo bottle drying out so that I can try this. One of my biggest frustrations is having cellphone cables tangled everywhere. This will definitely solve the problem!

Jewelry/ makeup compartments out of yogurt cartons 

Yes, this is not in English, but any fool could figure it out :) What a brilliant idea. 

Yarn organisation with tins

This doesn't only have to be used for yarn, I would also use this to store things such as t-shirts of small scraps of fabric. If you put these horizontally they can be used for craft supplies, like in the tutorial above. 

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The best way to keep clothes from slipping off of hangers... 

I have a lot of clothes made out of very soft fabrics so this can be a big problem sometimes! 

Pillowcase Storage

I never thought of doing this before- it's a really clever way of keeping things together. Store duvet sets inside of their covers, it's far neater and you won't end up with stray covers!


Stationary Organisation

This is something I really need to make. I have far too many pens, pencils, crayons... I'm starting to save those toilet rolls!


Keep things neat!

This works amazingly. I've been doing it a lot with all of my lace and ribbons, too. Except with lace and ribbons I wind the things around a craft stick and then peg them at the end. It's so nice and easy to store things like this, and you don't end up with frustrating threads and bits and pieces tangling everywhere. 

Embroidery Floss and Clothespins  Keep embroidery floss from unraveling and getting lost by wrapping it around a clothespin.

Just a brilliant idea...

I always end up with scraps that are just ugly and end up being thrown away when I get frustrated. This is a really cool idea to combat the problem, especially if you have a spare shelf or a spot on top of your fridge that could do with some decoration. 

How To Organize Your Yarn Contest Winner - Great tip for storing extra scraps of yarn!\

Just a few extra tips...

Store winter clothes away in empty bags during summer. This way your wardrobe is less of a cluttered mess, and those bags don't just sit empty in storage. 

Use small console jars to keep crafts organised, I recently did this and it's pretty much the best decision I've ever made :D You can get jars from Consol for very decent prices, which is what I did. Check out their catalogue HERE
 
You can also decorate them with washi tape for a super pretty crafty feel. I labelled my jars with my paint marker :)

Keep watching this space, I'm going to make a set of organisation printables soon, for your free use ^.^