Monday, 24 February 2020

Craft Every Day week 6&7&8

It's been a bit of crazy 3 weeks and with going back to university I have kinda been avoiding my computer a little bit and have been delayed in posting this update. I go back tonight so I figured I had better get this update up ASAP!

I have been really good though I did have a couple of days off between James feeling sick and then I got sick and honestly just enjoying reading instead of anything else I enjoyed a couple of days without putting pressure on myself. But I came back out of that more energised and feeling better about creating. It wasn't that I didn't want to create I just think being sick meant I was worn down and just needed to not do at all. BUT the thing I find really interesting is although I wasn't creating I turned to books instead of my phone and I didn't just zone out into the TV which is kinda one of the things I'm trying to encourage in myself with this challenge so I count it as a win.

I'm just going to sum up my projects over the last 3 weeks as there are a lot of repeat photos of projects and some thoughts on new projects.


It's been three weeks with the peppermint purple SAL and I've made some great progress! I'm loving how it's turning out!




My shawl is coming along nicely and I am constantly drawn to it at the moment. Depending on timing I think it will only be a couple more weeks and I will get this one done. I think I have only another repeat or two of the pattern before I run out of yarn anyway!



You can see my book obsession coming out in this post... I've read this one Georgette Heyer book These Old Shades many times over the years and I still love it. Then I moved on to Stephanie Laurens, it appears I was in the mood for a lot of historical romance styles.



Each repeat of the pattern is 12 rows but each row is longer than the one before because of an increase on one end.


I'm working on the game board for my tic tac toe game and if I can get the stitching done ASAP I hope to have the pattern out in the next week. But as I mentioned earlier University goes back tonight so we shall see how I go with that one!

 Also got a few of my old patterns out to show off when I went to a cross stitch meeting over the weekend and realised that I had never released the norwegian girl. So I'm going to have to do some work and get this one ready to release. Hopefully *fingers crossed* in the next couple of days.

I also had a mild request for more jungle animals /faeries in this style of character.... so I may have to fiddle a little bit and make that happen. Again time and mood pending!

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

p.s. I intend to make these posts weekly again but please understand that uni gets kinda crazy. If you do want to see more regular posts you can follow me over on instagram as @naughtscrossstitches.



Friday, 7 February 2020

Friday Finds: Crystal Carved Wand


I am still in a Harry Potter obsession at the moment and when I saw this video I just had to share it! Who doesn't want a want that looks like this? It is absolutely beautiful and I wish it was mine!

I now want to learn how to create a wand of my own. But that may be a goal for in the future.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin 


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Craft every day week 5

I will admit that I did start this year wondering despite saying I would do this challenge wondering if I could A actually make it happen daily and B wonder if I could take photos each day.  Now we are in February and I've added prompts for this month and I'm loving this challenge, it gets me OFF my phone for a little bit and I'm actually making things.


I am getting closer to finishing this crochet blanket... slowly .. slowly! But probably doesn't help that I'm sitting there and reading Harry Potter :D I am getting better at understanding this book. But it is still very slow going!


 I was drawing at work on this day because that's what you do isn't it? I'm really happy with this one because I managed to do a face that wasn't staring forward and it looks alright.




I managed to finish this square FINALLY! It took waaaaaaaay too long but that is fairly common for me at the moment. BUT I managed to complete this before the end of the month so I'm happy!

Then February rolled around and I started working from my prompt list. And as I expected it really isn't having a huge impact of the projects I choose at least not at the moment but in time it may. More I'm just being a little more creative with photos.


Things like actually taking a photo of my softball cleats while I'm at the fields. Or posing with a collection of purple items on Sunday so you can see my full purple obsession! I was even (not quite deliberately because I needed to get it done anyway) working on my peppermint purple SAL piece and using a purple thread and wearing purple tights and using purple scissors.


But I'm all up to date with this one. I think this is the only SAL that I have ever managed to stay up to date with outside of one week! I love this one and how it is turning out. It just makes me happy to see!


I then kept working on Baroque and I do have a question... these are the threads I picked out YEARS ago for baroque and I'm happy with everything but that light brown... I really am thinking it's too light? What do you think? 




Oh yeah and to answer the question tea or coffee? Tea all the way since coffee sends me crazy. I also am in love with fancy teas and cute tea infusers :D who doesn't like a cute owl?


I hope you enjoy this weekly update. I am loving that thanks to this challenge I actually feel like I am doing something worth posting about each week and it's really boosting my creativity!

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Craft Every Day February

It's the start of February and I decided for this month to give everyone a list of prompts that they can use for the #crafteveryday2020 challenge.


So it's kinda a photo challenge and it's kinda a craft challenge. Basically it's to give you a bit of an idea of what you can do to spice up your photos. (you can be as creative with the photos as you want) You don't have to use this but it's fun to think about how you would incorporate the prompts into your craft. Whether you pick up a project that fits the prompt (which I think I can actually do that with most prompts ...way too many projects) or just that you photograph your project in a fancy way that involves the prompt somehow. I wanted to make it a bit fun and give people ideas of daily photos they could take particularly if you are working on the same project for a few days.

You are welcome to take this image and share it around in other groups and on Social Media. I would love to get as many people as possible joining in the craft every day challenge as the more people doing it the more fun we have!



So join us for #CraftEveryDay2020 and in February have fun with the prompts :D

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Friday, 31 January 2020

Friday Finds: Mini Paper Book


I made my own little book using this tutorial and I shared the book on Monday in the Craft Every Day post. But I thought I should share the tutorial I used, it's really simple and easy. Now I just need to actually work out what to do with it!



Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Monday, 27 January 2020

Craft Every Day Week 4

We're already on week 4 :D but not sure how much crafting I will do today as I managed to burn my fingers doing something really idiotic! Who would have thunk that a pan out of the oven is hot? Yeah apparently not me!!!

Anyway this week I've done a lot of knitting and blackwork and some random drawing.


 
 To break up the tonne of photos of my knitting day after day I took a photo in black and white.

 Where is the weirdest place you have crafted? I was waiting for the uniform shop to open to get the kids new uniforms.


I drew myself a little witch to go with my new book :D This little girl is so cute :D


It took a couple of days but I managed to finish this week's square from the peppermint purple SAL.
 
 There is a drawing challenge going around instagram at the moment called Toonme ... I would recommend looking it up! The artwork is really awesome. But here is my bad rendition of it. Basically you draw a line across your face and turn half of your face into a toon. I hope you like mine. It's not perfect but for an hour playing on my computer it was really fun to do!

 And lastly I made this little book. You can see the video of it on instagram, but it is a little mini paper book. I found a video on youtube and had to make my own version. I don't know what exactly I'll do with it but I love it anyway!

 So,
A lot of random crafts this week but it's been so much fun :D

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Friday, 24 January 2020

Friday Finds: Butter Beer

I'm back on a Harry Potter kick recently (see my previous post and my new book) and I saw this awesome recipe that I had to share with you guys.


Even found a video of someone making the butter beer for themselves... I am highly tempted to try it but I think I would collapse under the sugar overload!


could you see yourself eating this one? Or is it something to admire from afar and avoid the extreme sugar?


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Learning French

I decided to challenge myself this year... on top of everything else that I am doing in my crazy world and teach myself French! Tu parles fran├žais?

I downloaded duolingo and I've been dutifully working my way through it trying to get my vocabulary and usage up enough that I can tackle this book that came in the mail...

Yes that is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in French! Though it's title is actually "at the school of sorcerors" if I am reading that correctly?? (Please correct me if I am wrong because I want to get it right!)

Is anyone else on duolingo and wanting to add me as a friend? I'll be cheering you along the whole way! My username is CaitlinJor7 I hope that is all you need to add me :D

I started learning French when I was 10 years old at school and continued until I was 15. So I did a few years but never became particularly fluent in it and the way it was used at school I'm not surprised, it was one class a week and we learnt some basic vocab and then when I got to high school it was 3 classes a week but again very basic vocab and even repeating some of what I'd learnt already but not cementing it in daily use.

The thing motivating me now is that I'm tired of not being able to say well I speak two languages. In today's world is there really any excuse not to know a second language? So I'm practicing daily with duolingo. I'm watching disney films on disney+ in French and I have this book to read as well as a couple of others I found on kindle. I also found some podcasts and videos on youtube that I like. I'm slowly going to try and immerse myself in French where it is possible/reasonable to do so and I think that will make a difference and I hope I can become fluent for once.

So if I start writing two paragraphs, one in French and one in English don't be surprised! Because I'm going to need all the practice I can get.

Have you learnt a second or third language? Do you have any advice or help?

Anyway, back to my regularly scheduled program soon.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Craft Every Day Week 3

I have been having such an awesome time with this week :D I have been enjoying seeing everyone's posts on instagram and it's sooo awesome to see so many great projects. This week has been a big one as I released my latest pattern. Just a cute little sloth to make, not the deadlift girl yet. I spend all day on computers at work I am kinda avoiding them at home when I can.

I'm a day late this week as I didn't want to double post yesterday with my new pattern. I meant to post that on Saturday but realised when I came in to write this post that I hadn't so I'm a little late for my self imposed timeline.

I didn't touch Baroque this week but I have done quite a lot of stitching. I have a couple of little finishes, one of which is WELL over due!

I finished this little bird a few weeks ago but didn't show him before, but I started stitching the second of the little ornaments in this collection. It's a tree. 


I have also been drawing a little bit. Trying out a different style for the lips. I'm not sure I like it but meh ... it's cute!


I set up my frame to work on my Peppermint Purple SAL piece on Wednesday. I love how easy it is to work with the frame. 

This blanket got a bit of stitching done on it.... it really needs to be completed. I will get there eventually.


 Then I managed to finish this little sloth in time to release the pattern 


And finish the stitching on week 3 of the peppermint purple SAL

The detail in each week is beautiful and I love how this thread shows it off.


I also have an AWESOME finish to showcase for you. This one is long in coming. When I crazily decided to do the Crazy January Challenge in 2013 this is one of the 15 pieces I managed to start before giving up. So it has been a long 7 years to say the least, and it shouldn't have taken this long but.... it's easy to put things in a box and forget they're there. All it took was one day with it out and it's all done.

So hard to try and capture the beauty of this piece with the sparkles and everything.


 And lastly I have been knitting a little. The hope is I will get this shawl done for when it gets cold but we shall see...


How is your own Craft Every Day challenge going?

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin


Monday, 20 January 2020

Sloth Pattern


Sloth Pattern


Who doesn't need a little sloth in their life? Well I know I definitely do! I have a friend who is as obsessed with sloths as I am with owls so I just had to make this cute little pattern set for her. It started as a sloth to match the rest of my animals and I made one with the border and everything but I found it's just not as cool as one hanging from a tree! So you have both options available in one pattern. You can make it hanging from a tree branch or add the background and match it to the rest of my animal patterns. You could also turn this one into a crochet blanket.






I even managed to stitch up the little guy.


I love how it turned out and I hope all you wonderful stitchers enjoy this little pattern. 

Question to everyone ... how could you see yourself using this little Sloth? 


Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday Finds: Into the unknown

I haven't done this for a while but I saw this video and had to share with all of you. While she isn't technically perfect she is only 7! Her rendition is beautiful and shows great potential and I love the video!


I hope you enjoy :D

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Snow White Biscornu is FINISHED!!!

It's been WAAAY too long and I know I say this all the time but this piece I started just after finishing the doctor who biscornu which was sometime around December 2018 ish ... which is a while ago!At least that is where I can trace it back to. The first post on the blog is January 2019 but the piece isn't just started soo... I don't know exactly. I am trying to get better again about recording properly here but it is hard sometimes.

Anyway enough of the rambling and into the purpose of this post. To show off my awesome finish that isn't just finished stitching it is also FINISHED!!!!!

I don't know what the aida is it's a random dyed one that I had but it's such a pretty green mix. The pattern is the Snow White Biscornu by Cloudsfactory.


I didn't finish the whole back according to the pattern I just didn't want to do anymore. One thing that this doesn't show is I did add my name and the year to the back.





and here I am sewing up my biscornu :D I love how it turned out! It is really satisfying to sew up.



 I finished it at night so I tried to get a photo but it ended up in really yellow light of course...

 And a photo of the finished biscornu. It is impossible once it's turned into a finish to actually get a good photo of every part. Which I really like.


Happy Stitching,
Caitlin
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