Monday 31 December 2012

2012 Craftiness: July - December

So, following on from yesterday's blog post, what did I get up to in the second half of 2012...?

In July I did lots of knitting while watching the Olympics, getting caught up with my sky blanket squares and making squares from random balls of leftover yarn:

I also went on some day trips, bought Jubilee souvenirs, updated my working wardrobe, stitched some poppies...

... and worked on some secret things I still can't share with you guys (sorry!)

In August I blogged about a whole bunch of owls people have been making with my tutorial, about lots of the tins in my studio, about my growing sky blanket, and about the giant granny square blanket I'd finished the previous autumn:

I bought more grey yarn for my sky blanket, as there had been so many grey skies that I'd run out!

And I added some PDF patterns to my shops:

In September I started my festive craftiness early, with tutorials for felt snowmen ornaments, felt angel ornaments, an angel Christmas card and my first embroidery pattern:

I revamped my blog, visited London's Renegade craft fairbought some ornament kits to keep me busy during the winter, and made lots of mini thank you cards to send with my shop orders:

I also did a bit of knitting from a book I'd been sent to review, weaved in loads of yarn ends on my sky blanket, had my first Making Day in ages, and stitched some cherry blossom and forget-me-not brooches:

In October, I blogged about autumn leaves, discovered that my book had been published in German, and  reviewed some business cards from Moo:

I shared tutorials for snowflake bunting, glitter-y snowflake cards and a get well soon card, blogged about some of the lovely things made by my customerssketched some new ideas, stitched a secret project, made some felt birds, bought some suppliesworked on my sky blanket, and finally finished the knitted cushion covers I'd blogged about way back in January:

I also tried something new, adding some cards to my shops including these winter robins:

November was Book Month! I reviewed lots of craft books, and also shared a free tutorial from one of the books. I also blogged about a local crafty pop up shop, my thoughts on Kirstie's Vintage Home, some yummy vintage glass baubles, assorted works in progress, and the German edition of my book:

I shared some more fun things my customers had been making (they've been a busy bunch this year!) and posted tutorials for some Christmas cards and some felt Christmas tree ornaments:

And my sky blanket just kept on getting bigger!

In December I bought new tape for packing my shop parcels, and a cool vanishing ink pen and wound embroidery threads as my thread stash expanded... and updated the colour trends felt pack in my shop to include colours for 2013. I also blogged about some works in progress, the gorgeous winter weathermy mother's growing felt ornament collection, and the felt Christmas stocking I designed for Crafttuts:

I stitched some squares for an old quilt, fell a bit behind with knitting and sewing together my sky blanket squares, and managed to finish my first cross stitch design: a snow globe.

And I adapted my felt owl tutorial to make felt owl ornaments!

Phew, when I read all that through 2012 seems like a very busy year! :)

UPDATE: My poppy, robin, and angels designs are now available as sewing patterns! Visit my shop to see all my printable PDF patterns


Bojanine tvorevine said...

I love your work:)All the best for the new year:)

Lily Petkova said...

Lovely work, so much beauty and creativity! I wish a lot of health, inspiration and fascinating moments throughout the next 2013 Year! May your year be blessed!

Palkó said...

Thank you for all posts, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Kay said...

Fabulous year. Looking forward to reading what comes next.

Unknown said...

How do you get to review craft books, are they ones you buy yourself or given to review, sounds like a great job!

You have made some great things throughout the year..

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks! Hope you guys have an awesomely crafty 2013 xx

Heather - I get sent review copies from publishers, to review here on my blog :)

Stefanie said...

You've certainly been busy and extremely productive. I love your felt work. I think it's the best material to work with sewingwise.