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Crafty Like a Fox: Food for Thought

Crafty Like a Fox

Food for Thought

Howdy All! Still fasting away over here, just reached the mid-way point, only 9 days left to go…but I am sure you can guess what has been occupying my mind a lot of the time! Yeah…I love food. I love eating. So not eating while the sun is up means that I spend a generous portion of my day planning, imagining, shopping for and then usually not making food and instead heading up to my folks house for a proper slap up meal!

The foodie thinking has seeped into my crafty life and I collected up a few of my favourite food-related patterns and projects…ridiculously useless, cute and colourful crafting…hope you enjoy…

Obviously breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I couldn’t pass up this incredible pattern for an entire felt Pancake Breakfast, coffee included! It wasn’t until I lived in the States that I got eating pancakes and bacon together but I am dedicated lover now. Yum!

buggabugs ‘Pancake Breakfast’ pattern set on Etsy

Fruit and veggies are a must as part of any well-balanced diet and avocado is my current love, all thanks to the giant, creamy ones you were able to get all the time in Australia. You know avocado is a fruit, right?! I am in love with this Twinkie Chan Avocado scarf and would happily wear it everyday of the week. And you can never go wrong with peas. Especially if they are knitted!


Twinkie Chan’s crocheted ‘Avocado scarf’

Hansi Singh’s ‘Peas in a Pod’ from Amigurumi Knits

Finally dessert, served up by Lee Meredith’s yummy ‘Double Scoops’ earwarmers…you can even get them with sprinkles on top! Too cute and finally a food related project that is actually functional as well. Jackpot!

Lee Meredith’s ‘Double Scoops’ pattern on Ravelry

And remember when in doubt KEEP CALM AND BAKE ON! That’s what I plan to do anyway…off to make some gooey brownies. Oh and can anyone recommend a good Blondies recipe? Would be super grateful!

Have a great weekend!

electromagnet’s ‘Keep Calm and Bake On’ magnet on Etsy

Crafty Like a Fox: Needle & Thread

Crafty Like a Fox

Needle & Thread

‘crafty like a fox’ PDF pattern by penelopewaitsshop, Etsy

Hello, hello! How goes your Friday? Mine is buuuuusy. Fear not though as I shall be accompanied by my trusty projects of thready goodness. My apologies for not posting a ‘Crafty Like a Fox’ last Friday but I’m working on making this on super juicy. Ok, here goes…

So, I’ve become a little bit preoccupied/interested in/OBSESSED BY cross stitch. Yup, the very same. Haven’t done it since I was a child but found 2 beautiful wee kits that I just couldn’t live without (eck!) and had to have. My current x-stitching haunts are…

GrannyKnits…amazingly colourful and modern tapestry cross stitch cushion covers. A little out of my price range at the mo’ but so beautiful!

 

 

ChezSucreChez…sweet little patterns, perfect for beginners and they come in kits too! I did this particular deer one at Christmas and loved it. Also look out for the ‘Owl Love You Always’ pattern that got me doing x-stitch again!

 

slipcoveryourlife…this is the current project I’m working on. Not sure what to do with it once it’s done but I just couldn’t pass up these little cuties! Check out the x-stitch mustaches too…handsome :)

 

BellaStitchery…full of incredible designs based on vintage posters, photos, retro images, silhouettes and more. This typewriter is what I’m hankering after at the mo’…looks like a challenge but would love to hang it over my work desk.

 

 

I also found this incredible embroidered image that makes me want to give the aul’ needle and thread another go. I would need a lot of practice though to produce anything remotely like this. I love the detail of the swirling rug. I wish I had a giant red reading chair to curl up in!

‘With One Enourmous Chair, Oh Wouldn’t it Be’ by ThisTinyExistence

Lastly while mooching around on Twitter this week, I followed a link to these bad boys! SECOND-HAND EMBROIDERY FRANKENSTEIN SHOES!!

‘Not Bad for Two Bucks’ by Aunt Peaches

Made entirely from pieces of embroidery found in charity shops and thrift stores, Aunt Peaches handmade this shoes for only TWO BUCKS! Read her blog post about them to learn exactly how she went about it.

Before you all head off for a great weekend adventure, I have a question that I need your help with…

~ What exactly do you do with cross stitch projects once they’re finished, apart from the obvious ‘frame & hang them’?

Would really love to find a way to make this beautiful little items into something useful or something. They are so much fun to make but I’m a sucker for dual purpose, beautiful AND useful items, as I talked about in ‘What Inspires You?’ If you have any ideas at all I would love to hear them!

Crafty Like a Fox: Owls & Such

Crafty Like a Fox

Owls & Such

What up crafty people? I’ve been having a busy week. Was struck by inspiration lightening and am now furiously writing knitting patterns and trying to churn out samples at the same time. Phew! Super fun but you realise that just because you can imagine yourself knitting at the speed of light doesn’t mean you can!

It means I haven’t kept my promise of publishing the Big Herringbone Wristwarmers to match PurlBee’s Big Herringbone Cowl. My apologies for keeping you waiting and I will let you know as soon as they are up and ready to knit.

So what have I been perusing this week online? I shall tell you! OWLS! I love them, I collect them (if you want to send me any that would be really cool) and I found this brilliant Owl Collection round-up by The Craft Revival, all from her own personal collection. Oh, the owl ring, sigh!

Owl bunting courtesy of an Owl Swap…anyone want to swap Owly stuff with me?

I was also directed to a most awesome free knitting pattern by lovely tweep ‘Sweat Shop of Love’ I’m knitting furiously so I can clear my knitting ‘schedule’ and make these lacy legwarmers, designed by Pam Allen.

Specially loving this pair knit by Falling Stitches…you can read her blog post on them right here…

Also on Falling Stitches blog is a great regular round-up of what’s hot on Ravelry, definitely worth a look if you can’t think of what to knit/crochet next! (And she’s from Montreal which makes her automatically cool! I know, I have cousins from there…)

Lastly you must. must. MUST take a look at Knit the City‘s Valentine’s Day inspired Yarnstorm in the centre of London. How they got those hearts all the way up that statue I will never know…

How did they get that high up?!

Check out the blog to see the knits close up…including the cutest naked Cherubs and a knitted PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE holding hands and generally looking loved up :)

~ Making anything fun?? I’d love to hear about it! Comments make my world go round…

Have a great weekend everyone!

Crafty Like a Fox: Hug Bots, Hearts and Herringbone!

Crafty Like a Fox

Hug Bots, Hearts and Herringbone!

by Rob Lee, via Flickr Creative Commons

Hey! How’s it going out there in the blogosphere? All well I hope. I was busy writing up my epic labour of love 101 Ways to Spark Inspiration. I really hope you enjoyed it and got something useful out of it. It’ll always be there so feel free to refer back anytime you need to!

As for my very first ‘Crafty Like a Fox’ Friday here’s what I’ve been eyeing up in the crafty world this week, including a free pattern or two. Yup, yup! Continue reading

Crafty Like a Fox

Just gathered together a few links of crafty goodness I’ve come across in the last week. Hope you enjoy and feel inspired to do something creative this weekend…

Crafty Like a Fox

Leethal’s Lace Stenciled Framed Song Lyrics…upcycled frames and some printed lyrics create a most origina gift or decoration.

Purl Bee has compiled some handy lists of knitted, crocheted, sewn and embroidered gifts to start now and have done in time to go under the tree.

Completely addicted to watching Kirstie’s Homemade Home on Channel 4 (Tuesdays @ 8pm) and re-watching the last series which you can still see on the 4OD website…in particular the ‘living rooms’ episode where you get to see the inside of Kaffe Fassett’s house. Colour overload and lots of inspiration to craft your home beautiful on it’s website!

Inspired Ideas – The Christmas Issue…free magazine full of festive craft ideas and the most beautiful photos to get you into the Christmas spirit. Especially loving the advent calender made from a muffin tin…perfect for packing with sweets and goodies.

I’m not going to even bother fighting it until December. I am so excited for this Christmas!!