Friday, 26 August 2016

Craft Club Box


This is the most recent subscription box I have bought.
I saw the advert on a social media site and thought I'd give it a go. 
For just £13 a month (inc p&p) you get enough fabric bits and pieces to make at least one project. The price also includes access to an e-magazine which takes you through the project in detail and offers additional ideas in using all the goodies inside the box.
I decided to give it a go as, even though I am experienced in sewing, I seem to have lost a little of my mojo and I'm hoping this will spur me on to start sewing again.
So what was inside the box?
Well first off the box was small, small enough to fit through my letterbox which is a brilliant idea, no need to wait in for the postman.
This months kit is to make either a bear or a bunny. They weren't able to send enough stuffing to make both but it will be easy enough to do it at home.
So, inside the box was:-
  • 30x40cm natural linen
  • 20x25cm light pink cotton fabric
  • 15x15cm wool felt in white and candy pink
  • toy stuffing
  • black embroidery thread
  • 1m of 3mm lilac ribbon
  • 1m think pink elastic
  • 1m white ric rac
These are the materials needed to make the project. More than enough, so I will probably be able to make both softies just adding my own stuffing.
Also inside the box was a number of extras so you customise your creation and the e-magazine had plenty of suggestions. These are the extras:-
  • A fat quarter of pink cloud fabric
  • 1m pink printed ribbon
  • 1m padded heart trim - very pretty
  • 1m pink bias binding
  • 1 rabbit button
  • 1 bear button
There were lots of clear photographs for inspiration and links to sites offering free patterns . They suggested making clothes, pillows and bedding for your softie. I need time to follow the links and decide what I will make.

I feel the box is good value for money and I am looking forward to giving it a go. I have already printed out the pattern, so that's a good sign I think.
For more information look here.

I'll leave you with a picture of the mermaid I created with the Little Box of Crochet kit.

(Disclaimer. I bought this subscription box with my own money and all views and opinions expressed are my own. )

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Wednesday Workspace.

Today is all about finishing off those little jobs I need in my classroom.
Cupboard labels, draw labels, etc.
I want to be able to relax in my final week of holidays, knowing everything is done and ready for the new term.
The nursery is just about set up, but looks very bare without any of the children's work on display. That will soon change though. Here's a little peep inside.
This is our "Who's Who" tree. Each child will have their picture taken and added to the tree inside an apple. This is in our cloakroom.
Their draws are all labelled up and ready to be used. In the background you can see the kitchen area. It's also where our sand and water trays are kept.
These are the self registration apples. Each child finds their name/picture and sticks it onto the felt trees which are on the side of this unit, so we know who is in nursery. Of course most of the children need prompts to complete this task in the first few weeks. We have green apples for the morning children and red apples for the afternoon children.
Here is the start of our home corner. The children get to decide which resources need to be added as the weeks go by. We add or remove items to facilitate their needs. Last year they children wanted a home laundry! So we removed the cooker/fridge and added ironing boards, a washing line, and lots of things to wash.
This is our reading corner which I am busy revamping. It needs the chairs covering and some big squishy floor cushions, then I'll be happy. The children like to share books in here. I also add book bags so the children can retell the story with puppets and toys. This was very popular last year.
This is going to be our Autumn discovery area. On the table I have placed Autumn word cards with pictures. The table is then covered with a clear plastic table cover and objects that match the words are placed on top. The idea is that the children handle the objects and match them to the word cards which remain safe under the plastic. We will add their pictures and discoveries as the weeks go by. Plus we will be going on an Autumn walk in the local area and will capture some action pictures for this space.
I hope you have enjoyed this little peek inside my working world. I'm going to try and take a walk about video or the whole setting in the next few weeks. So watch out for that.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Wednesday Workspace.

What's on my desk?

Felt gingerbread men. I'm trying to get ahead for the Christmas stall at nursery. It's our biggest fundraiser of the year, so the more I get done, the more we'll make.
Felt gingerbread men, ribbon, thread and Christmas buttons from Paper and String.
Feather journal/dori from Lyra and Co

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Little Box of Crochet - August Unboxing

Today the August Little Box of Crochet arrived and I just have to share it with you.
Of the 5 boxes I have bought, this months is by far my favourite.
As always the kit arrives beautifully packaged in it's own little box. Each month the box is a different colour and they are great for keeping little notions inside once you have finished the project.













Inside wrapped in pink tissue paper were the goodies.
First up was the pattern booklet. This month it has been revamped with a new graphic designer Kayti Peshcke who is working with Amanda. This months kit is to make Marina Del Ray and Bob the Fish designed by Pony Mctate. Isn't she adorable?


















Under the booklet I found a gel eye mask that Amanda said is great for hay fever eyes. Well I have had it on my forehead this morning as I had a headache and it works wonders for that too. There was also a cute fridge magnet of a mermaid pug by Anita of Sugar and Sloth. So cute.
  







Underneath I found the kit supplies. Yarn by Scheepjes: Catona Denim a variegted yarn, Catona for her skin and Lizzie to add a bit of sparkle. Great Yarn to crochet with and Amanda often chooses this yarn in her kits. There was a bag of stuffing, a crochet hook, a darning needle, black tread for eyes and sequins in a little bag. As always a generous amount of yarn is included.






   











And finally another beautiful stitch marker from Beth at Korutmi. A tiny delicate pink pearl sea shell. Love this so much.

I really can't wait to get started on this project, it's just so cute.

If you want to receive a Little Box of Crochet there is a waiting list but you can join it by going here.

Hopefully I'll have pictures to show you in the coming few weeks.

( Disclaimer :- I purchased the Little Box of Crochet with my own money and my review has in no way been influenced by anyone, nor any monetary gains made from it.)

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Around the World In 80 Days, sock knitting subscription.

Monthly Sock Club

5th Monthly Sock yarn club " Jules Verne around the world in 80 days " 
For the last 4 months I have been participating in a monthly sock club. Now my sock knitting history is quite poor. I like the idea of knitting socks and I know how to do it, but once I have completed 1 sock I totally lose interest in knitting the second one. So I have a box full of incompleted sock projects. Despite this bad habit of mine I decided to embark on the the journey with Jules Verne.
Month 1 London
The sock club is created by Rosemary Davis, who is a spinner, knitter and yarn dyer. She has an online Etsy shop which is where I found Around the World In 80 Days sock club.
Each month you receive a skein of hand dyed yarn that ties in with Phileas Fogg's journey. There will be a pattern from a Ravelry designer. A mini skein that will be used to create a pair of totem pole socks, some stitch markers that match the counrty Philieas is visiting and 1 or 2 small gifts for example, a notebook, a bag, something edible or some tea.
Everything comes beautifully wrapped with little sachets of lavender to keep the moths away.
Month 2 Suez Canal
So far I have yet to complete my first pair BUT, I am working on the second sock, so that is a huge achievement for me.
!st sock completed!
Month 3 Desert
 This months box arrived on Saturday so I don't want to post any pictures yet as it would spoil the surprise for overseas customers.
The boxes are always put together well and I think are great value for money as hand dyed yarn is expensive. Hopefully in the next year I will have a post all about the completed socks!