Shortcut necklace

October 23rd, 2010 by kate

Finally, finally finished this necklace. It’s very hard to photograph! It hangs differently depending on where the silver section is around your neck. I’ll try to get some action shots soon. Each bead is hand-made from Fimo. It’s been years since I’ve used Fimo, but it’s so versatile and fun to use. I burned the first batch of beads (cooked them at at 230° Celsius instead of Fahrenheit, oops) but I liked the darker colour, and the burnt-ness on the silver ones, so I burned the rest of the batches too.

shortcut necklace - pieces of kate


October 3rd, 2010 by kate

This is not what I thought I’d be making this week, but apparently when I’m stressed I turn to more traditional crafts…. not entirely original (still not acting on those half-formed ideas) but quite pretty. Back to less doily-like things now.

Pattern: Fan bookmark by Crochetroo on Ravelry and Crochetroo’s blog

Ivy: 14cm, blog: 4 posts

September 19th, 2010 by kate

Ivy Sept 10

Well, the ivy is growing at a great rate but this blog isn’t…

My trouble at the moment pretty much comes down to just not spending enough time doing and making. Way too much time working, and also quite a lot of time thinking (idly staring away from my desk, walking to/from work etc) but just not enough of the doing.

Which means I have a flurry of half-formed ideas and inspirations which haven’t been acted upon.  Then sometimes, I see something which is like one of my ideas but better. And, more importantly, realised. I’d like to think of this as a great motivator, inspiration to get myself going, but really it just makes me pissed off at myself and, sometimes, get despondent. And when I’ve got nothing to show for myself I don’t write blog posts.

So what am I going to do about it? That’s what I’m thinking about right now.

You know, they ivy’s grown about 4cm since I put it in that vase, and this blog’s grown by 4 posts… so maybe that’s the rate I measure this by. 1cm of ivy = 1 post. I’ll try to keep up.

Fail again. Move onto something else.

September 5th, 2010 by kate

After another failed attempt at sewing t-shirt neck binding (how on earth are so many millions of t-shirts made each year, each with a smooth, un-puckered neckline?), I’ve gone back to embroidery.  Sure, it’s slower than machine sewing and won’t result in anything wearable, but things don’t go so disastrously wrong so quickly. Mr Beckett’s wise words (‘No matter. Fail again. Fail better.’) will have to wait for another weekend.

T-shirts are now firmly on my list of things to master (or if not master, at least achieve), along with knitted socks. Any tips?

a piece of kate: hair with hair

August 28th, 2010 by kate

Yes, hair with hair. Because I’m just not feeling very inspired tonight. And my hair is just as hard to control with a needle as when I’m trying to style it.

August 24th, 2010 by kate

This is an experiment. A friend of mine has a cutting of ivy in a small vase on her desk which, left virtually un-nourished, has grown a root system. Will it work on my windowsill? Let’s see which lasts longer – the ivy or this blog.