It’s been a while it’s true, and one of my new year’s resolutions is to figure out what to do with this blog and which features I want to keep / start / ditch / tweak etc. But in the meantime.. well, there is just so much superness to reflect on!
1. I went to Papered Parlour over the weekend for their DIY Couture Make a Cloak workshop and it was great! A race against time admittedly, but I was very happy with the finished product, plus we got tea and cake. And now I can pretend to be from the 50s, or that I’m a BAT. Because capes are versatile like that.
2. Bento boxes are super. The BBC actually did a report on them, so it’s official.
3. I was interviewed for the Think Act Vote Futures series a while back, which was really nice.
4. You’ve seen Feminist Ryan Gosling. Now brace yourself for Handmade Ryan Gosling. It’s the future of swoon.
5. Talking of handmade, remember these that I made back in the spring? Well they have been selling like hotcakes! I have had orders and requests without expecting any, and I have done so much panic sewing that my left hand is all claw-like. Worth it though to think of these slogans adorning a few christmas trees this year. Haha.
6. I’ve been back at work full time for 2 weeks now as Green Jobs Director at The Otesha Project UK, and it’s nice to be getting back into the swing of things. The coolest thing is that we are trialling a flat, non-hierarchical structure. You can read about how it’s going here. I’d really recommend it, as it’s going super well so far!
7. By far the superest thing this week was Occupy Cop 17 at the UN climate talks in Durban. The outcome of the negotiations was not perfect, and in no way puts us on track for mitigating climate change, but the fact that they came away with ANYTHING was largely down to this protest. The negotiators overran the talks by 36 hours after this public show of dissent. It proves that protest does and can work. To read more about what happened at the negotiations, read this overview.
I was commissioned to make my first ever kindle cover by a twitter friend a few weeks ago, so have been tackling that the past couple of nights – it took me much longer than I expected! I thought it would be nice to embroider a quote on it, so the kindle-reader chose “so I don’t end up a waffle waitress” from the Bill Hicks sketch.
I picked out the blue / red gingham combo as I thought it worked quite nicely with the american diner feel. I’m still learning though, and I realised about half way through that I should have embroidered the quote on a hoop before cutting out the material, as it got quite tricky to not make it too tight just doing it freehand. Next time!
I’ve been getting my craft on of late and it feels really good to cover everything in felt for some reason. Also, this morning I logged into my email and I have been featured on another Folksy Friday! This time on the Little Paper Gallery blog (top left). So cute, and it’s definitely spurring me on to keep making. Thanks Little Paper Gallery!
Here are some of the fruits of my felt-cutting labours last night. The material looks cute, but I have some subversive slogans in store… mwah ha ha. I can’t wait to get sewing and show you all!
Okay, so one of my second goals was to craft more. I definitely haven’t done as much as I wanted to (that curtain material is still, well, material) but I did sew my friend a birthday present and I made another one an ipod cover, so not tooo shoddy. I did have big, mega plans to stock my folksy shop full of goodies, but that will have to wait till next year and after my 3 HOUR CLIMATE SCIENCE EXAM in January.
BUT. If people do want cute christmas decorations or stocking fillers I will make them to order! Visit the Shop tab at the top of the page, or click here! I’ve got two designs in the shop at the moment, but if you have anything special you want it to say, I can do that too. I can do anything!