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Up #Periscope then save to #katch

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As you know I like my social media & can be found lurking on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter bumbling along, sharing things that I hope are sometimes of interest to you. Recently I heard of Periscope which is a relatively … Continue reading

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So many ideas and a wee poll

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Decisions! Decisions! I know I’m not the only maker who has itchy, making fingers right now. I’ve got quite a few ideas but not sure what to do first. Indecision is stopping me from moving forward in either direction. One … Continue reading

Destash event: 12th August 2012

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Glasgow Craft Mafia and friends have organised a wee event that we’d love you to come along to. That’s right GCM IS BACK!!!

From noon-5pm on Sunday 12th August you’ll find us at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow selling some of our extra goodies from our stashes. This is a fabulous opportunity not only to meet us but to stock up on items you need at great prices.

I’ll be selling *sob* some of my fabric stash, mainly fat quarters, ribbon by the meter and other bits’n’bobs. Ever fancied knitting? Well looking at the amount of knitting needles I’ve got some will be coming with me and hopefully going home with you at bargainous prices while I’m sure other tables will have wool supplies too.

On top of that why not bring something you’d like to donate to charity? We’d love you to bring an item that can be used for charity. Wool would be lovely as we’ll be giving it to the following groups.

If that’s not enough to get you raiding your piggy banks then why not try making with one of our try it out sessions. We’ve got sessions on making knitted bracelets, paper bags and paper beads.

Once you’ve donated, shopped and made why not relax in the theatre’s bar with a nice cuppa or even a cheeky glass of red before popping along to Little Birds Market inside Sloans.

So now you know what you’re doing on Sunday 12th August from noon ~> the Tron! You can find out more on our Facebook Page.

S is for Spinning

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This beautiful drop spindle was made by Donna of Handy Woodcrafts and it’s all mine!

As I’ve become more interested in knitting I’ve also become intrigued by how yarn is made and (being me) I wanted to try to make some. Luckily for me I knew Drew & Donna the couple behind Handy Woodcrafts and they were expanding their business to include pieces for other makers.

When I first got the fleece I had fun with my long suffering cat!

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However with the help of a lesson in drop spinning from Ashley at Make It Glasgow I soon started to spin. The trick I believe is not to think about it too much but to try to keep an even spin going.
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The drop spindle has been used for centuries by most cultures to and there are different styles of spindle…maybe something for me to explore at a later date.

In the future I’d like to try coloured fleece, mixing two different colours and of course being able to spin so finely I make lace weight wool. However, that’s running before I’ve got the knack of it. Right now I’m still getting the feel for it. Unlike experienced spinners I am still using smaller pieces of fleece but I’ll get there with more practice.

When I finished my first skein I then had to wind it round a niddy-noddy. I believe it helps when I wash the wool. [NB by washing I mean soaking it in lukewarm water. If you add detergent you’ll end up making felt!]

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I’m onto my second skein but here’s the first one I made. I’ve just got to give it a wee soak and it’ll be ready to knit. Im still looking put for the perfect project for it. Hmmm, wonder what it’ll turn into?

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You can contact Handy Woodcrafts direct via their Facebook page or pop into Make It Glasgow who have a limited supply of their drop spindles.

P is for painting pottery

Today didn’t start off as a “try something new” day but that’s exactly what happened.
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I just popped into The Life Craft to buy some embroidery floss and catch up with Vonnie (and of course cake) but somehow I ended up painting pottery.

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Maybe it was the tantalising white pottery on the shelf shouting paint me or maybe it was the fact I was having a good laugh. Either way I somehow found a tea pot had mysteriously appeared in front of me along with some paints.

It was lovely thinking about my design and colours as well as having a look at what other people had made. I also found it extremely relaxing just painting.

I could imagine it would be fun to do with children and if you give it enough time (it needs to be fired so you can’t take it away with you) would make a lovely personal present.

Three hours later, well I was talking and laughing for half the time, I finished. Certainly not the neatest of pieces but it was a first attempt and I’m pretty chuffed with it. Now all I’ve got to do is wait for it to be fired. What d’u think?

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The Life Craft is based in the West End of Glasgow and if you can’t get there have a look to see if there is anywhere closer to you that does classes.

If I remember I’ll post a picture of the fired piece.

Support your local independent retailers

I’ve been meaning to post this for several weeks and something has always got in the way. However there’s still 6 days of shopping left before Christmas and I’m determined to finish this post. So here goes…

It’s been a hard year for all of us and certainly as a maker I’ve struggled but I want to bring some festive cheer your way curtesy of your local independent retailers.

Most will know their suppliers very well and, more importantly know the products. As such they can answer your questions, direct you to the perfect gifts, giving you a personal service in a relaxed atmosphere that makes shopping special and definitely isn’t like shopping in a nondescript shopping centre. They’re also not as expensive as you think they might be!

Living on the Southside of Glasgow the number of interesting independent retailers had sadly decreased until the last couple of years when, I’m pleased to say, they started to make a come back. I’ve decided to concentrate on Shawlands, Glasgow as time (& weather) was against me as I wandered round them (& it made photographing them very difficult!).

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Nestled in a former coach house on Abbott Street is Pierrot et Coco, a shop that I think was made for me. The vintage glass cabinets and tables are flowing with beautiful gifts laid put in a style that reminded me of Liberty of London. I especially loved the colourful silk covered bangles, buttons & haberdashery and interesting looking tea that I will have to buy. Even the raven that sits in the corner watching over everyone fits in perfectly. While they work on their website have a look at their blog for more inspiration.

Across Pollokshaws Road, on Skirving Street is an array of lovely boutique shops and a few cafes. Two shops I can recommend are Young’s Interesting Bookshop and Paper Plane.

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What can I say about Young’s Interesting Bookshop other than if you love secondhand books & a bit of serendipity then you’ve got to go in. You should also have a look at their Christmas window which is gorgeous – if you can’t get there check out their Facebook page. Did you know they also run the Sherlock Holmes Society in Scotland? Yup, they know how to please.

Paper Plane (don’t forget to go next door to their sister shop too for gorgeous clothes) is just a couple of doors along from Youngs. This is a bright & airy shop where you’re greeted with a smile and it’s always beautifully scented. They have a brilliant range of cards for every occasion and I love the cute range of crockery for children.

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At the far end of Kilmarnock Road is Nuala Ashe who has a sister shop in Clarkston both shops are worth a visit. They have wonderful pieces for sale that make a house a home, yummy smelling candles and even a table full of fun items for your Christmas stocking.

With so much choice i could have highlighted other independent shops in Shawlands such as
– Harkins the Jewellers at the arcade who sell lovely amber jewellery & have an excellent engraving/repair service
Gold Thimble a new fabric& haberdashery I’ve blogged about before and has also started sewing classes.
– a new jewellery shop halfway down Skirving Street I’ve not been able to pop into yet
Deli 1901 – they’ve beautiful chutneys, teas, wine & homemade food
And how can I forget
Southside Records for all your new and secondhand musical delights. Vinyl heaven folk folk like me!

So what’s in your area? Any recommendations for me to visit in 2012? I’d be interested to hear about your local retailers and your experiences with them.

Right let’s get this post published & I hope I’ve inspired you to look locally for some last minute gifts.

I’d also like to say that none of the retailers have either paid me to write this blog entry or asked me to do it.

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Definitely the last fair of the year

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Ok so Little Birds Market was going to be my last fair in 2011. Well, it was (honest) until I heard about Govan Togethers’ event Reclaiming Christmas. This just sounded such a lovely family day I’ve decided to share a … Continue reading

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Can I mention the “C” word yet?

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I still feel it’s too early to mention Christmas but as I’ve already done my first Christmas Fair I suppose it’s ok. This year has been pretty crazy for me and because of it I’ve not had time to put … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: 14/08/11

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This is the second in a series of A Day in the Life posts where crafters who blog link up with others. The result is you (& me of course) get to see what everyone got up to in the … Continue reading

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Fancy some Afternoon Twee in Shawlands?

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My last fair of the month on the last day of the month. I went to the first as a customer Afternoon Twee and loved it. There were so many wonderful people selling both handmade and vintage items in the … Continue reading