So what cool craft trends are set to wow us this coming year? I’m delighted to note that last year’s autumn/winter trend for all things tartan is set to storm on into 2014. Whether it’s home accessories or on the catwalks, plaid is still hot property and I do love me a bit of plaid. You could incorporate this into your own crafting with beautiful accent cushions, trendy phone holders and chic notebook covers. Alternatively, give new life to well used clothes with some tartan applique!
Happy New Year, or Happy Hogmanay as we say in Scotland, to all of my readers and visitors. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed the family time as much as I did. We’ve had a wonderfully busy and crafty start to 2014 here at Thistle Dubh Ewe and between orders and new knitting projects, this is the first of me getting a chance to post. I thought I’d start you off with a wee storage project since no doubt spring cleaning will be on the horizon for many of us.
Perfect timing for this news in the run up to Christmas I think and hopefully my readers will all agree! Introducing:-
The Handcrafters’ BIG Giveaway!
Launching today, this is a massive collective giveaway featuring 12 amazing prizes for 1 very lucky winner. Yep! You heard me correctly. 1 person will walk away with ALL of the prizes.
Every prize that is included has been handmade with love and care (not to mention blood, sweat and tears) by a wide variety of talented UK handcrafters, including yours truly, Thistle Dubh Ewe! Each product is made from top quality materials and is completely unique. You could treat yourself to some goodies or hand them out as last minute Christmas gifts for friends and family… it’s entirely up to you. Here’s a preview of just one of the prizes:-
Another busy month here in rather rainy Scotland. Winter is on its way with crisp mornings, lots of rain and the inevitable “nights fair drawin’ in” darkness. Definitely time to pull out those winter woolies.
Wovember 2013 Arrives
Despite that there’s lots of crafty fun and goodness to be had, not least with the start of Wovember and its celebration of all things truly wooly! If you haven’t come across this term before, pop on over to the Wovember blog where you can read all about it and find lots of interesting articles on growing, harvesting, processing, working with and wearing wool! I recommend grabbing a cuppa and some cookies before you start as it may take some time.
So today I want to share one of the projects I’ve been playing around with recently. We go through a fair number of plastic drinks bottles in our household and there are several crafty ways to recycle them rather than dumping them in the rubbish bin. Over the years I’ve heard of and read about people making gadgets to measure rainfall, bird feeders, handy little watering cans and even small gift boxes. The ideas are only limited by your own imagination.