Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow your blog 2014

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I wanted to use this as an opportunity to introduce myself again. I haven't really updated people for a while. Its been a crazy year last year. I'm also trying to grow my blog and get to know some new blogs around the place. I always like to read new stuff.

About me
Hi my name is Caitlin and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I turned 25 last birthday so I can finally be called an adult though that doesn't mean I need to grow up yet. 
 
I'm a trained primary school teacher but worked out last year that teaching really wasn't for me and I wasn't helping the kids or me by pushing it. So I'm currently looking for work.
While I'm not working I am finding that I have a lot more time to craft and I'm taking advantage of it. I live with my partner and his two kids which is an adventure more often than not. It's only 4 days until the end of the school holidays ... not that I'm counting or anything...

My dream is to run my own craft shop and make money from what I love doing but we shall see how that turns out. Lots of things need to change to make that work, but in time I should be able to.

When I'm not crafting I also play softball during the summer and I'm a trumpet player in the Moreton Bay Symphonic Orchestra. I love the chance to play in a group again since I hadn't had a chance since I left school.

Why I Blog
I started this blog as a way to show off my finishes and encourage me to finish more and find it a constant inspiration. I love seeing other people progress so I can. Since I started this blog I find that it drives me to want to make progress so I can show you that I have actually done something. It is good to want to finish stuff.

I also find that I enjoy documenting what I have done and when I have finished something. It helps me keep track of everything. I'm very eclectic so I do things that tickle my fancy.

I love the people you meet that say I don't have the patience or the will to craft. Its always possible no matter how young and patience has nothing to do with it will does. If you want to you can.

My crafts
Sometimes with me its more a matter of what craft don't I do. I love to make anything though cross stitch is my main love. I have a couple of big designs going (two HAEDs, a Joan Elliott, and an ink circles design) you can find pictures for these in previous posts and a tonne of smaller ornaments.I started a pile for the crazy January challenge last year and finished only 4. 

I have also started designing cross stitch, I did a pile of little Christmas stuff but now I'm expanding to bigger stuff (check out my etsy store if you want). I'm having fun with Katniss Everdeen from Catching Fire. I love the knit cowl she wears but I'm too lazy/not sure how to make one for myself. So instead I decided to make a cross stitch of her wearing it. The words will be Let the Games BEGIN! There will also be an orange border. I am looking forward to finishing this for myself.



I also knit and crochet though mainly toys and small projects. I often have one or two knitting/crochet projects on the go to mix up with my cross stitch and to have a break. They're less strenuous counting. I currently have a simple scarf, doily and a couple of toys in various stages. I need to find them all again. They are buried somewhere with all the wool. 

My small doily I finished before Christmas. I just need to block it.

To top that off I also sew and quilt but not quite as often. My grandma is teaching me to make clothes. It's going alright. But I have to find the time without the kids. It will happen soon very soon.....

I used to do a lot of beading but I kept dropping them everywhere so I gave up. I think I just like to be able to make things and explore what is possible. 


Happy Stitching everyone,
Caitlin



20 comments:

  1. So nice to get to know you a little better Caitlin.

    Linda

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  2. Hi! I'm visiting from the Blog Party and it's so nice to meet you. I'm your latest follower. I cross stitch too and have a blog at http://ravelldsleave.blogspot.com/

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  3. Hi Caitlin! Very cool cross stitching, and the doily is fab! I look forward to seeing what else you get up to - my grandma has inspired me to start sewing again, too! Chrissie x

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  4. Love your cross stitching. I look forward to seeing more of your cross stitching, so I will visit again ♥

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  5. Hi Caitlin..nice to meet you. TY for stopping in at my blog. You are a person of many talents! Love your crocheted doily and love that you are learning to sew garments! I began sewing garments at the ripe old age of 10. Have fun with Grow Your Blog Day!

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  6. Awesome that you are a trumpet player! I studied voice for a few years in college. I currently work in a craft co-op that carries my embroidery. I am also an historian & I work in a library. I am turning 40 this year & still don't feel like a grown-up most of the time!

    Thanks for visiting my redwork/ embroidery blog yesterday. My follow button is working now if you would like to stop back...

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  7. I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  8. So nice to meet you, following you now!

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  9. Hi Catlin,
    Stopping by from the GYB party! Loved seeing some of your creative work. I was a teacher of learning and behavioral disorders for many years, It 's the room full of regular primary kids that would put me over the edge.

    Good luck with your crafting!

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  10. Hi Caitlin
    Wow - I love the honesty with which you write. You have a very engaging style and I can't wait to follow your through out the year. I love crafts but rarely do much these days, I have been a card maker and scrapbooker and best of all is telling the story for me!
    As you know from stopping by my Little Wandering Wren blog and leaving such a lovely comment.
    Have a great week now the kids are back at school!
    Wren x

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  11. Your work is lovely! Of the blogs I have visited so far, you are the second blogger to mention HAED cross-stitches. Wow, are they gorgeous!

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  12. Hello Caitlin. It was nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier today. You are right. Hardly any Australian bloggers! You are the first I have come across on the GYBP.
    BTW I tried to reply to your email but you are a "no reply blogger"

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  13. Well you certainly have lots of talents! Do you still trumpet? I love crochet too but I think I have more unfinished projects than finished. Think I'm a serial UFO creator! I'll have to go visit Dasha (above) now to make 3 Aussies!

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  14. Well you certainly have lots of talents! Do you still trumpet? I love crochet too but I think I have more unfinished projects than finished. Think I'm a serial UFO creator! I'll have to go visit Dasha (above) now to make 3 Aussies!

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  15. Hi Caitlin, returning your visit via GYB. You have some lovely designs here, a lot of work went into that doily, pretty colours.

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  16. Fantastic introduction to yourself. I love your Katniss design, very clever.

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  17. Hello. I live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Nice to meet you. I am a retired primary school teacher. Teaching isn't for everyone. I hope you accomplish your goals.

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  18. I like all things creative n thrifty and I found you from the GYB party.
    I don’t have a lot of blog time in for I just started blogging when I joined the blog party it was my New Year resolution. 600 entries and I am Reading my 455 blog and more to go. Whew a lot of good read and great giveaways too. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/ and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. And loving the crafting networks.

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  19. Nice to meet you and get to know you if only for a short time here. You work is lovely and I do love your dress. Well done.

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  20. Hi nice to meet you. It always gets me too that people say they don't have the patience to craft - for me I craft because I'm impatient! Sitting watching TV with nothing in my hands? I'm willing it to be over so I can go and do something!

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