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!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Scrawlrbox.

ScrawlrBox-complete

Scrawlrbox is another monthly subscription box I have been trying out. 
The website states that it's a " mystery box of premium art supplies every month. Inspiring artists of all levels and abilities, with a monthly selection of creative tools and inspiration."
 Each month you receive between 8 and 11 art materials and an art challenge to inspire you. You also receive a piece of art work from a chosen artist usually postcard sized or slightly larger.
This months box was Manga themed. I was extremely impressed with the quality and contents of this box. The picture below shows how the package arrived.
 Inside there was a card giving details of contents, from top of box down:-
  • Art work by Mina Petrovic
  • 4 Graphmaster Duel Tip Marker pen. Alcohol based twin tipped markers with a fine and broad tip. Quick drying  and water permanent. 3 shades of cool grey and a black. 
  • Graphmaster Duel Tip Marker Pen colourless blender to mix tones and blend the shades together.
  • Sakura Pigma Blush Pen. The pen had a fine brush nib that can draw very fine lines or broad strokes.A non bleeding ink that is waterproof, fade resistant and quick drying.
  • Sakura Gelly Roll (white) Archival quality, will not fade or smudge, perfect for adding highlights to work.
  • KohI-I-Noor 10H Graphite pencil.
  • Graphmaster Permanent Liner (set of 3) Alcohol based water resistant black permanent liners. 0.4 0.6 1.0 tips.
  • 3 sheets of white paper.
I have been impressed with each box I have received but this one has been the best so far. All the materials work so well together and are of a high quality. The only item I find hard to get to grips with is the 10H pencil as I prefer softer pencils.
The challenge was Manga Yourself and the leaflet provides links to tutorials on drawing Manga. I've never tried it before so had a little go. Certainly more practice required but enjoyed my first attempt.
Manga challenge
( Disclaimer - I bought this box with my own money and the views expressed are my own. The description of the products is taken from the leaflet . )

Sunday, 1 May 2016

New Planner

So this week I'm going to show you my new A5 planner that arrived in the post.
Last year I bought my planner from personal-planner after a recommendation from a friend. You get to choose your own layout, design, colours, covers and extras. It arrived very quickly and I have never been without it since. So this year I ordered the same style but with new front and back covers. I kept the vertical layout as it works for me and added a timetable to the back along with extra lined paper.
You chose a ruler and a pen plus the colour of your planner band. 
The planner comes with clear plastic covers that I have found very hard wearing and an inside plastic pocket that I use for planner stickers or memo notes. The pages are a lovely thick quality and there is plenty of space for adding stickers and planner accessories.
Here is an example of how I decorate my planner. The stickers are from EllieBethDesignsUK on Etsy, one of the best planner sticker makers in the UK.
So here is the new planner. The picture on the front is one I took last summer. I love that you can customise with your own pictures. It starts on 1st August, you get to choose your start date, and I wanted mine to run from the Summer holidays right through to the end of the school year. I can't wait to start decorating and using it. I'll show you some weekly planner spreads in another post.
(disclaimer - I bought this planner with my own money and the views and opinions expressed are my own. I do not receive any monetary gain from this review.)