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This month will you join me for a creative challenge? How many of you have bought sewing books, perhaps even a sewing machine but have yet to have a play with it? This challenge could give you the nudge you need to get creative with your sewing. Join me for

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In this months challenge I’ll be sharing, projects, links and reviews that will help you get started or improve your sewing and textile crafting. I’m a newbie too and easily confused so there will be plenty for anyone just starting out.

If you want to find out what books are fab without blinding you with more detail than you can manage you’ll find the answer here in the coming weeks.

Looking for great sewing forums and blogs to share your ideas with, I’ll show you my favorites. How about you, what would you like to create with textiles and sewing?

Up for a sew along? Bigger challenge? Lets sew a skirt! I’ve been putting it off too but after making a test one, I’m ready, how about you?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Is it just me or has the long winter left you with little mojo? I haven’t felt very creative in AGES. This month’s challenge;

Make something

In my case that can come under the heading of make anything! Preferably with ink or paint in it somewhere!!! I need to remember how much fun paint and inks can be, after all the dark weather I’ve kinda got stuck with the digital crafting with Serif and with knitting but no inky painty fun.

What will you make this month? Would love to see

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here’s a question for you, do you know what stash you’ve got? or is it hiding away, bits n pieces scattered throughout the house?

I started off with a modest size plastic box for my crafting stash, then a set of drawers, I think in America they call them Iris carts. Things started off being stored together, then as time went on they got separated into what will survive being stored outside in the unheated studio, and the rest indoors. Trouble is, I keep loosing stuff! While it’s still a bit gloomy and not at all motivating me to create, I’ve decided to have a dig round and see if I can get related things back together again. If you mojo is a no-show, how about joining me for a virtual crafting challenge to forage around your stash and see what hidden gems you can find.

Rediscover your forgotten stash

Step 1. Corralling your stash

Get thee to the supermarket and gather a few empty cardboard boxes. On each box write a category of craft, so that could be a hobby ‘Art’ or a sub section such as paint or pencils if you have lots. Depending on the number of people you can get to help or the time/space you have available, pick an area to clear. This could be a shelf or a cupboard or a room {shudders}.

Step 2. Foraging

Go through you chosen area and take out anything that belongs to a given category and put it in the relevant box. If you are storing things in ‘strange’ rooms, put them in the box for the hobby. (Anyone else stashing paint in the wardrobe, or is it just me?)

Step 3. Life Laundry ‘Optional’

If you are doing your own stash foraging, (rather than the family ditching precious stash!), you could be really ruthless and ask of each item as you go, ‘Do I love it, need it, or want it?’ If you get a yes to any of these it goes in the box to keep, if the answer is no, put it in a different box and donate it to someone else to love. Sure there are lots of after school or groups that would make use of art/craft materials.

Getting my creative space back

Personally, because my stash has got out of hand, I’m need to go large with this plan.

I need to know; How much stuff relating to each hobby I have, then I can work out what storage boxes etc I would need to put it in. I want to keep paint with paint, pencils together etc.

Rubber stamps are on the whole sorted, mounted ones are in drawers outside, unmounted ones in drawers inside. I have hoarded LOADS of embellishments, which are taking up a lot of room in nicely laid out DIY kinda boxes. In the last 5 years I’ve not touched them! Why let them take up all that space? So my plan is to dump the lot into a cardboard box, with any other embellishments I can find, then I get the storage box back for something else.

After the foraging is finished and there are no more embellishments to add to the box, I can sort through and pick out the things that still interest me and get rid of the rest, one way or another. This is the concept I’ll follow for glues, tools, papers etc till I know where stuff is. My theory is that as long as things have somewhere to go, and they are in a big box together, its MUCH harder (tho not impossible, anyone seen my little bells?) to lose a whole big box of things.

If weather and health allow me to, this is my project for the coming months. I hope by the time the weather improves, that I’ll have a tidy space and know just where to find things. Its driving me mad to spend all my creative time trying to remember where something is! We live in hope!

Does this sound like your house too? How do you store yours, I’m really nosey and love to see what clever ways people find to store their stash. Do share your pictures of your ingenious ideas for storage. Sure there was a blog dedicated to this somewhere? Lucky I forgot where it was, I tended to go and drool and the lush spaces some people have. I love my creative space, just wish it wasn’t so cold out there so I could use it more often. Winter= too cold, summer= constant BBQs from people over the back of us who burn right by the window/door of the studio.  Call me strange but I’m not a fan of projects smelling of burning! Especially if they are created for gifts.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, hope you find some long-lost stash that you love

Billie :)

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This month’s Challenge theme is:

Good Thing’s Happen.

Inspired by a journal prompt in a newsletter from Somerset Studios, this month’s challenge is to record the good things that happen in your life. We all get fed up during the LONG dark winter but then you see a little flower battling through and opening to the briefest watery sunshine.

Capture the moments that make you smile; in a photo, a piece of art, a scrap-book page, a digital project perhaps. Be inspired to create because of the colour you just saw, but notice it and make a note of it. The when the winter blues hit, you will have a box of happy events to look back through and inspire you. It’s the little things in life that make us smile, sometimes they are so brief we all too quickly forget them, lets celebrate the little things in life that we enjoy.

BIT of a different challenge, but lets give it a go.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here we are already in February, the winter seems to be going on forever but still January has sped past. For this month’s challenge: Try Something New.

This month I’ll be sharing my recent adventure into crochet and be trying something totally different, but exactly what this is, is a secret for now.

How about you, what have you promised yourself you want to try this year? Now’s a good time to start :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As part of The Virtual Crafting Challenge this month being ‘Season’s’, here is my latest autumn sketch. This time featuring Larch cones. My lovely hubby spotted this out on a walk and brought it home for me.

Larch cone sketch, in Derwent Inktense pencils

Larch cone sketch, in Derwent Inktense pencils

Supplies used

  • Derwent Inktense Pencils: 1600, 1730, 1740, 1800, 1900
  • Derwent Studio Pencils: 53, 55
  • Paper: Paperweave Practice paper
Larch cone sketch, in Derwent Inktense pencils

Larch cone sketch, in Derwent Inktense pencils

Here is a shot including the branch itself on the window sill of the studio. Glad I drew them the day I did, the following day it was so dark, cold n wet I wouldn’t have wanted to be out in the studio then.

Hope you like the picture and will be inspired to gather fallen nature from your area to sketch/draw and inspire your creative projects this month.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Call it an inspirational quote, something to inspire a project or encourage you to try some thing new. This month’s edition.

What would you do, if you knew you couldn't fail

What would you do, if you knew you couldn’t fail

Not sure where it was I first read this quote and if anyone knows who wrote it do let me know so I can post it here.

What will this inspire you to do?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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