Crafty Things, Journal

Starting Project Life

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I have always been tempted to start some kind of scrapbook but had never really been attracted to the amount of fuss that goes along with it so when a blogger I follow, Elise Blaha Cripe, started sharing her Project Life spreads, I was intrigued. The system, developed by Becky Higgins, uses plastic wallets which fit photos and printed cards for journalling and decoration. It’s simple, modern and attractive. I love it already. Last night, I spent some time on my first two spreads and I really pleased with them. I will get some washi tape (all of mine is in storage) to embellish and label the photos and be on the look out for fun stamps and stickers but otherwise, nothing else is really needed.

These are Week 1 28 July – 3 August:

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These are Week 2 4August – 10 August:

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Kate: Bobble Purse

Look! I made a thing! A pretty thing! Head on over to sew make believe to read about it.

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In a shocking turn of events, I managed to a) make it to our latest sew make believe meeting and b) (even more surprising) make something!

That something was this gorgeous bobble purse. It was made from a kit which Zoë bought me for my birthday from the wonderful Berylune. I managed to make the whole purse in an evening, making the perfect kind of craft for me to do. The kit had everything needed (apart from scissors, needle and pins) to make the purse and the instructions were clear and easy to follow. All in all, I was very impressed with the kit and very, very happy to have made something.

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Hazelnut Coffee

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While staying with my cousin Christine in Cape Cod over the summer, ricardo and I developed a taste for Hazelnut coffee. When we got back, we treated ourselves to a new filter coffee maker (we decided against the pod-type version in the end) and now, I can have a hazelnut coffee at home whenever I like. I can’t wait to get my hands on some gingerbread syrup. Gingerbread lattes are one of my winter rituals as it will be nice to enjoy one at home without the Starbucks pricetag.

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Fave food

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Asking me to choose my favourite food would be like asking me to choose my favourite of three children (I imagine – I only have the one child so that’s easy at the moment). Bacon, cheese and bread make up my core fave foodstuffs but bread is a pretty strong contender as my Number 1, especially this garlic and rosemary focaccia which I made again today. Very moreish indeed.

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Edible

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Yesterday, I hastily knocked up a batch of banana muffins just before the last of our bananas ripened beyond recognition. I used a recipe from a good friend which is kind of healthy:

Kinda Healthy Banana Muffins (or Loaf)

2 tsbp melted Flora Original
1 tbsp milk
2 mashed bananas
1 medium eggs
225g self-rasising flour
110g sugar
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda

Optional: chocolate chips

Preheat oven 200 degrees C
Grease loaf tin or prepare muffin cases
Mix ingredients
Pour into tin or spoon into cases
Bake for 15-20 minutes (muffins) or 25 – 35 minutes (loaf)
Leave to cool

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Bird for the Soul

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Made tonight. Now back to marking books…

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When time is so precious and work is talking over, it is very easy to stop doing the things that you love but that are not essential to your day-to-day life. For me, crafting has always been something that I love but not something that I need. So it has been something I have stopped doing at home almost completely.

On Wednesday, I went along to the sew make believe fabric bird workshop knowing I wanted to be there but thinking I ought to be marking or lesson planning. I did not go because I needed to craft but because I needed to give my support to Zoe and because I wanted to see some friendly crafter faces.

I spent an hour and a half making this bright fabric bird, using gorgeous Moda fabrics, and when I was finished, I had such a sense of calm. I felt I had actually achieved something, a feeling all to elusive at the moment as I grind my way through my course and a failed interview. I felt content and at peace. I realised I need craft.

So thank you to my sew make believe friends, thank you particularly to Zoë for all that she has done to keep this club going while I am busy trying to become a teacher and Cie is busy with her two baby boys. And thank you to craft for making me feel good despite of everything.

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Losing my Crafting Mojo

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With all that I have on my plate at the moment, something has had to give. It makes me sad that this something is crafting. The last thing I crafted was the embroidery I sewed for our sew make believe lucky dip present and that was only because I had to (although I was so glad to have an actual deadline to make something).

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At our first sew make believe sit ‘n’ sew of the new year, I didn’t have anything to bring with no hand sewing projects on the go. I brought a few books along to try to get inspired. Everything Alice is a book I have had a while but I had not actually read properly. It certainly helped to pique my interest but there is not getting away from the fact that at the moment, the thought of getting my sewing (or crochet) out feels like a chore rather than the relaxing past-time that it actually is. I am not sure if I need to just wait for my teaching course to be over or whether I can try to get back some crafting time. I am sure I could use some of my (admittedly limited) relaxation/TV time to do some sewing or crochet but I just need to get past the lack of enthusiasm.

It is at times like this that I am so pleased that I have sew make believe to go to – and I want to try to make it to more meetings this term since it will give me at least two hours a fortnight when I can concentrate on my King Size sampler quilt or my huge granny square crochet blanket and hopefully I will find my crafting mojo somewhere along the way.