Crafty intentions for 2013

Another year, another set of best intentions! I don’t think I did too well on the actual new year’s resolutions for 2012 but all the same I made a ton of stuff.

so, to recap I said I wanted to make:

1. Make something (bunting?) out of ironed plastic bags. I did make some waterproof oil cloth bunting but no recycled bunting this year : (

2. Gorgeous Owl jumper. Oops I did buy that pattern but alas that was as far as I got : (

3. I bought a lovely soap making book and would like to now make some soap. Well I sold the book again as there is NO WAY I am going to learn a new craft. : (
4. Do a cross stitch design for a new tattoo. I did finish that mostly. Unsure where it is now tho!
5. I want to, need to, finish the great lacy tunic I have been knitting for like, ever. Well it is still languishing in the basket that one…: (
6. Make something from the Big Ass Book of Crafts. I still flick through it a lot but there is NEVER time : (
7. Make a gorgeous multi coloured crochet cushion. I did start a fab crochet blanket but again, this is now another ongoing project.
8. Make something from the gorgeous Everything Alice book. Perhaps the lovely felt cot mobile for Laurel’s twins? Nope : (
9. Make a quilt from the Material  Obsession books, maybe coupled with my growing stash of old clothes of ours I want to re-use. Yay I did make my gorgeous art trail quilt inspired by the Dresden quilt from this book.
10. Make something from the Scandinavian Needlecraft book, would make great Christmas presents. Still not made..
11.Make something from the great Sew it, stuff it book. Lovely dollies and teddies. Perfect for little people’s birthday presents. And not done either…
12. Do some fabric printing from the Printing by hand book I bought about a year ago, with all the best of intentions. I even have a stamp I made  with the lovely Zeena and some shiny silver fabric paint. I did print some bags for the art trail, funky swallows, owl etc


There were lots of cool things I made though, just a tiny selection:

2013 THEN…

I have recently been buying a lot of patterns, so 2013 will be the year I make them all up! I have also got a few, well, almost ten, Craftsy classes I want to start/ finish!

Here goes:P1010450

@ Icelandic jumper; In the Craftsy Xmas sale I treated myself to this knitting class. I am mildly, ok, quite a lot obsessed with Nordic knitting and not only did this class include the pattern for this fabulous knit-in-the-round jumper with a fab yoke it also teaches you a lot about Icelandic knitting, history and how-to. I ordered my Lopi wool (brown, blue and green, yum) straightaway and will cast this on as soon as that arrives.

@ The sassy librarian blouse, another xmas Craftsy sale item. Two versions, both equally adorable. Cannot wait!







@ Colette’s P1010447wide leg trousers, Juniper.

I love their patterns, the care and attention they have taken over writing them, everythign is explained so well, and the instructions are in gorgeous retro looking booklets unlike most patterns which have the instructions printed on that awful wafer thin paper, this is one set of instructions you can use over and over again! I use them for my classes too as they are THAT good.

P1010446   In this lush wool!








@ Sew Liberated’s Ashland dress/ tunic. I love that this is a beautifully fitted dress, as I find it hard to buy tops that fit me well. No fabric chosen yet but that will happen…


@ Of course I am still working on the Bombshell dress taught by the rather amazing Gretchen Hirsch on Craftsy. I have bought a day of the dead pink and red skulls fabric and finally received the boning for this a few days ago, I think tomorrow may entail cutting the muslin, yay!


@ Speaking of Gretchen I have just treated myself to the Book for better sewing she has published this year, a book chokka full of vintage inspired dresses, pencil skirts, jackets etc. I cannot pretend I will make everything in this but it is certainly inspiring to see this lush woman wear these fab dresses with her tattoos (and newly pink hair), as well, I too have many many tattoos and blue hair and I love the juxtaposition between the dresses and her decorated body. I feel some pencil skirts coming on as well the sweetheart sundress for the summer!!

I think that will do for 2013, knowing how busy 2012 was I will be amazed if I finish all of these even!

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