Friday, January 03, 2014

HNY part 2 my favourite crafting exploits from 2013

Hi all and whilst I'm back to work beavering away I thought today I'd share with you the second part to my favourite crafting projects of 2013.

Yesterday I shared from January to June so today I shall start with July.....and it's Christmas!
I know that's crazy.  I was sat inside working on Christmas cards for demonstrations whilst it was beautiful sunshine outside, one of the joys of sharing what products are coming soon in the craft world, is working ahead of the game.

The demonstrating was something this year that I decided to stop doing......I know I must be CRAZY as I loved doing it. 
Unfortunately my other job got in the way, but I am going to try and keep my hand in. 
More about that later this year!
I don't mind admitting that I do miss it and all the lovely ladies that used to visit the shops on my demonstration days throughout the North of Scotland.  If only it was possible to have two Saturdays a week and maybe lose a Wednesday instead?!

Like that is going to happen so lets move on to August....this month was it was a hard decision as to what to choose.  I had a couple of cards I really liked, then my jam, which disappeared too quickly, note to self, must make more next year.  In the end I settled on this project, a box using Spellbinder dies....

For more details see here.
I love the classic style of white and navy.
On to September and another crafty retreat in Aberdeen, this is a card from another of my classes again Spellbinder style....

Details of my post are here.  Purple, black and white another classic combination.  I love keeping the cards simple and letting the great stamps and dies do all the hard work for you.

On to November and I couldn't not mention my poppy's which as a newbie to crocheting this year I decided to raise funds for the British Legion for Remembrance Sunday.  I am thankful to all my friends who supported me in this venture raising over £100 for the cause.

You can find out more details on this post here.
I made the poppy's using cotton rather than wool and added a second layer to the original pattern.

Finally, didn't that year pass fast, on to December......again I couldn't make up my mind on last months it's Christmas I've picked 3. 
First my little felt owl from here.

Then my Christmas cake with thanks to Mary Berry for the recipe.  I am currently munching my way through it!

And last but not least my crochet hat for my pals little girl at Christmas, the reason behind all that poppy making in November.  Basically for no other reason than I was chuffed to bits it worked having been my first pattern I followed.

So that's me for 2013. 
It was a busier year than originally planned I did however get to spend quality time with good crafting friends usually talking about crafts! 
I learnt to crochet, to make corn related crafts and I ran the local crop with like minded folk.  I had some work published in the middle of the year and taught at two crafting retreats.  Finally finishing the year with food coming out of my ears at work!
What will 2014 bring?
I'd like to further my crocheting and get my machine out to work on material based projects plus more paper crafting.
And the resolutions for this year....more exercise, de-clutter the house and tidying my craft room.  Not to mention finishing some projects...the kitchen being the main one.
It's going to be another busy year, now just to get off my backside and crack on.

Happy New Year to you all.  x


Patricia said...

Good morning Erika, Yep! I remember all these wonderful projects. I really LOVE that first card and the beautiful box, right up my street. And of course the "hat" they turned out beautiful after all the trauma you went through.
Have a great day, stay safe

Patricia xxx

marion said...

Fabulous, love to see the different artwork you make, also wishing you and your family a happy new year and all the best in 2014, hugs, Marion

Hazel said...

Erika I love all your projects you have shown over the last two days. Hazel x

Shazza said...

love all the projects you have on here, you really do need to keep going with the demos and share your knowledge :-)
Good luck with the resolutions x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Erika, remember all these projects well, all so beautiful.
Will look forward to your makes this year, have a good weekend, hugs Kate x

Kat said...

Great to re-visit the rest of your favourites Erika. Looking forward to seeing what you make this year.

Kat xx