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Dear Influencer – Our Community is Personal.

Dear Influencer – Our Community is Personal.

Another Tuesday research session and my brain is left more confused than when I sat down three hours ago with a coffee. Am I the only person who thinks that the social side of social media has taken a rather sharp turn and is lost someways back trying to find the main road? I'm a person who loves craft. The only reason I opened social media accounts when the Facebook and Twitter of the world were born was to stay in contact with people and share my finished pieces with some friends who also loved and cared about the stitches used and...

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Does Social Media Belittle Making?

Does Social Media Belittle Making?

This is a question that has been running around my brain since Inspirefest 2019 back in May. Anil Dash spoke about The Web We Make and it's one of those talks that I keep coming back to in different ways. If you are a knitter/crafter/maker then you probably have an Instagram account as it allows you to share what you make in a visual medium with the world. Trends within the community follow the "props" of Instagram and often finished pieces obtain more likes than in-process shots. In a world where indie makers rely on the use of social media...

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Email Woes – A Friendly Guide to Email Success

Email Woes – A Friendly Guide to Email Success

Let's work through something together, shall we? I know I'm not the only one who is drowning in email. In fact, over the last few years, I think the number of emails that are flying in and out of my inboxes (yes plural) has doubled. What I can't get over is what lies within them. I rarely delete anything except when Google forces me to. So I have amassed quite the collection of rude, entitled and downright bizarre emails. Clearly, as humans who are high on coffee and running on very little sleep, we have lost the ability to communicate. I...

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The Post in Which Rapunzel Becomes a Secret Craft Superhero.

The Post in Which Rapunzel Becomes a Secret Craft Superhero.

As a mum, you spend a lot of your time rewatching old movies with your kids. Sometimes it's a (futile) bonding exercise (they will never love it as much as you do) or sometimes it's family movie night where you find yourself watching a Disney princess prance about singing for the umpteenth time. I'm not against Disney but I did get to thinking that Disney movies would be a lot more interesting if they used craft tools as weapons. Anyone that has been stabbed by embroidery scissors or DPN's (double pointed needles) can relate. My youngest...

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Carbeth, Mountain Mist and Love Note Sweater – Vlog

Carbeth, Mountain Mist and Love Note Sweater – Vlog

After some thought during last nights Twitter chat, I realised that the best way to show you all my current projects (okay, not all but 3 or 4) was to pop on and record a quick vlog in the morning. So if you would like to make a cuppa and come and join me in the cottage for 30 minutes as I blather on about Carbeth by Kate Davies, the Love Note KAL, Mountain Mist and show off some yarn, then press play below. I did consider calling this; the one in which the clouds move too fast and I talk far too much but I don't think that is quite SEO...

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Fat Quarter: Vintage: 25 Projects to Make from Short Lengths of Fabric by Susie Johns

Fat Quarter: Vintage: 25 Projects to Make from Short Lengths of Fabric by Susie Johns

Have you ever wanted to sew? I had this dream once and then I realised how awful I am at it. I have tried numerous times and I have come to the conclusion that I need small projects that satiate the craving for sewing. Yes I get craft cravings, don't you? The wonderful team at GMC pointed me towards the latest book by Susie Johns and it is perfect for my sewing cravings and is perfect for stash busting. The Book This book is separated into 5 decades from the 1930s to the 1970s, each chapter contains five projects using fat quarter fabric or...

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Creating Meaningful Content

Creating Meaningful Content

How do you create meaningful content? This is a question I have struggled with on and off again over the years. While the word 'meaningful' is subjective, I know myself I want to create with a purpose and not necessarily for a financial bottom line. This blog has evolved as I have as a creative. It's reflective of myself. My growth, learning curve and struggles. I have never wanted to 'feed the machine' but sometimes you end up feeling low and creating in order to find your inner creative again. To find that spark that makes you smile and you...

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Six on Saturday – Nature Takes Its Course

Six on Saturday – Nature Takes Its Course

It's Saturday morning, the air is changing and you can feel the garden starting to settle into a slower pace of life. If you have been reading this blog you know of my front garden, the area I deem "the land that time forgot." The funny thing is that by doing nothing, nature takes over and that in itself has magical rewards. For today's Six on Saturday, I wanted to share the joy that stems from doing nothing at all. I cringed when I walked in and out my front garden and over the summer this slowly changed and here are the reasons why:...

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Cosy Knits – An Exploration of Friendships, Stitches & Why We Knit.

Cosy Knits – An Exploration of Friendships, Stitches & Why We Knit.

Photography by Joseph Feller.  Last year, I was incredibly lucky to be involved in Echoes of Heather and Stone by Carol Feller. I can't believe a year has gone by and I'm writing this post today. Carol's latest book Cosy Knits has just been released and you can find an introduction on Comfort & Kinship by yours truly! Cosy Knits is quite close to my heart as we explored the idea of why we knit and what makes us cosy. Having lost my knitting mojo in the run-up to Woollinn, I was a little lost in a sea of yarn and Carol's project became my...

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Six on Saturday – End of Summer

Six on Saturday – End of Summer

Walking around the cottage garden this week it feels very much like the end of summer. The dahlias are blooming, the dianthus are starting to go over and there is a crispness to the evening air that I know my summer plants cringe against. I love the autumnal change and welcome it as it signals the start of sweater weather, and which knitter doesn't love sweater weather? So, here are 6 things happening in the cottage garden this week: This is dahlia - blackberry ripple and it is the very first bloom I'm seeing this year. I didn't lift them so...

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