Getting back into the swing of things…

I’ve been a bit slack with the whole blogging thing lately, I’m so sorry…

The hubby and I spent a week in Crete and since then I’ve been busy doing laundry – how is there so much laundry?? Cleaning our apartment and catching up with friends who have all been away too. Need less to say there hasn’t been much crafting happening around here but that’s all about to change as life goes back to normal.

Crete was lovely in a lot of ways and not so lovely in a few of them… Hubby and I usually travel pretty independently but seeing as our trip this time was super last-minute and  in the middle of summer here in Europe we decided to just book a ‘package’ type last-minute deal. We ended up in a hotel that was obviously designed for German tourists as ALL the staff spoke to everyone in German, which made it feel not like being in Greece at all 😦

Despite all of that we had sunshine and the beach so it wasn’t all terrible 😀  We managed to get some culture in too and went to visit a monastery and some crumblies (ruins) and met a stunning little kitty the we would have loved to smuggle back home if we could.

 

I did manage to do a little crafting since we came home as it was my friend’s daughter’s birthday so I managed to whip up this little card for her.

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That’s it for now, but I promise there will be more posts coming!!

101 Followers…. OMG!!

I was just sitting here, drinking my cup of tea, when I flicked over to the stats page … I have 101 Followers!

How on earth did so many of you find me? And then stick around?

Aww shucks, thanks everyone, I never in a million years thought there would be that many people interested in my rambling and crafty experimentation. Your support and kind words are very much appreciated!

Hope you’re all having a splendid day!

Nat xx

I DID IT!!

My very first market was yesterday and it was a resounding success!! Mostly thanks to my awesome, super supportive friends here 🙂

Anywhoo, I spent ages working not only on the things I was going to sell, but the stall itself and all in all I’m pretty happy with it. I’d love to add more levels and display space at some point but as a start, I love the way it turned out.

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Excuse the mess under the table but this is my little stall.

The mannequin, who I named Sven, was from a flea market and was looking a little worse for wear when I brought him home, but a bit of decoupage and white wash and he turned into a focal point .. not to mention a talking point – which is always good! I used a basket I found at another flea market (I love my flea markets!) to display some of my crochet bits by stringing some twine across it and pegging my things to the line with mini clothes pegs – I saw that idea on pinterest and fell in love with it… so so cute! And for my card display I stole one of the hubby’s old photo exhibition frames and wrapped the back board thing with kraft paper and used the same washi tape stuff I used for my banner to cover the actual frame (I was too lazy to paint it). I then strung more twine on that and used more mini pegs to display some cards and just popped the rest in a small basket next to the frame.

I also managed to get some labels printed up – which I love, ‘cos they feature Gracie looking smashing 🙂

kittencrafts_labelsAnd here’s another pic with me actually in it! I have to say I was really well-behaved – that’s a bar behind me and I didn’t visit it at all!  Or the other two bars that were to my left, for that matter.

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Pimping my Banner

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I figured I would need some sort of signage to make myself look not quite so much like a newbie at all this craft stall stuff so I got online and ordered myself banner.

I couldn’t decide how to decorate it when I was ordering it so I just got a boring old white one with KITTENCRAFTS printed on it… Of course it arrived and I hated its plainness, but had no one else to blame but myself and my indecision so I set about figuring out how to make it less boring.

After much um-ing and ah-ing I wandered into Tchibo (one of my fave stores here to browse in) and lo-and-behold they had these Washi type tapes on sale! And they weren’t just the skinny mini Washi tapes they were nice 7.5cm thick ones. As you can see, they came home with me and were soon put to good use making my banner less boring 😀

Basically, I cut equal sized squares of tape which I then trimmed into pendants, and stuck them down working from the outside corners inwards.

Trimming the tape into pendants was harder than it sounds… this stuff sticks to everything, the scissors, my hands, my hair, the kitties :/ In the end I figured they didn’t have to be perfect – I am selling handmade stuff, the not so perfect quirks are the best bits and my banner can be the same!

The hubby thinks I should decorate it some more, but I actually like it the way it is now, and seeing as its being attached to the front of my table / stall, I think it will be fine as all my pretty stall stuff will be decoration enough 😉

I got Business Cards!!!

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So in preparation for this market I signed up for, I went and ordered myself some business cards… I’ve given a few out to friends and they all seem to agree with me that they are pretty darn cute,  what do you think?

And no, my name isn’t scrubbed out on all of them, I just edited the photo.

What have I gotten myself into?

I’ve gone and signed myself up for a market… It seemed like such a good idea at the time, but of course now I’m completely poo-ing my pants over it. I’ve got 3 weeks left before it’s market day and I still need to make more things, sort out my stall and figure out things like packaging, bags, advertising etc. etc. etc.

OMG, what if no one likes my stuff? What if my tiny amount of German flies out of my head on the day? What if I don’t have enough stuff for the stall? So many what if’s!

I think I’m going to go hide in my craft room now.

I got a thank you card :D

Remember the little dishcloth bag I made a while ago for a little princess’ birthday? Well she LOVED it! In fact, her birthday was last week and she hasn’t taken the bag off since 😀

That’s what I call a job well done!

To top it all off, I found this on my doorstep when I got home today … it’s a handmade thank you card from her… complete with pictures of me, the hubby and the kittens  all wearing crowns – so cute!

I must be Versatile ;)

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I have barely recovered from my Liebster Award nomination only to log on and find out that the lovely Abigail from Contortum Designs has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award! Thanks so, so much Abigail. It’s so nice to know that my little blog is actually liked 😀 If you haven’t come across Abigail’s blog yet, you should hop on over and have a look at the stunning wire wrapped jewelry she makes!

 

7 things about me…

I’m short

I’m naturally a red-head

I’m pretty good at making things with my hands

I’m obsessed with making smoothies right now

I hate driving and avoid it as much as possible

I love cake

I eat Nutella directly from the jar, with a spoon – bread is such a waste of time!

 

My nominations – in no particular order

1. Em’s Den
2. Bette Designs
3. Shanonigans
4. A Crafty Ginger
5. Malar’s Kitchen
6. Pixels and Purls
7. Bangocrafts
8. Seesawyer
9. A World Created
10. Guy who Crochets
11. Tea, Crochet and Me
12. sooofullofcraft
13. Hold My Broom
14. adisoninmadison
15. Julie’s Craft Room

***To my nominees – If you choose to participate then post the award badge on your blog, share seven things about yourself and nominate 15 other bloggers!

I’ve been Nominated for a Liebster Award!!

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OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

I’m still getting over the shock (good shock, not bad shock) of being nominated for this!  I can’t even begin to tell you all how honoured I am!

The lovely Emma at Em’s Den nominated me a couple of weeks ago for a Liebster Award which is awarded to new bloggers with interesting blogs. Thanks so much Em, for thinking my blog is interesting. 😀

As part of this award is to nominate 11 other blogs with less than 200 followers, I have been struggling! I’m so new to blogging that haven’t quite figured out how to find new blogs… bear with me! I’ve decided to just go with it and add to my nominations list as I come across blogs I like.

For those of you that I nominate – there is no deadline for this, there is also no ‘actual’ award as such, this is just a nod from your fellow bloggers to say your blog is awesome, keep it up!

The rules for the nominees are as follows –

  • Create a post about the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back to their blog
  • Share 11 facts/interesting things about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions that you were given by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  • Create 11 interesting questions for your nominees to answer
  • Inform your nominees by posting your nomination on their blog.

11 things to know about me…

  1. I speak 2.5 languages – English, Russian and a little German (hence the .5).
  2. I am a dog person that has recently been converted to loving cats.
  3. My celebrity crush is Jack Johnson – he can sing to me anytime!
  4. I’m afraid petrified of heights.
  5. I am addicted to chocolate.
  6. I love to read but can’t borrow books – I like to own everything I have read.
  7. I am rather un-Australian as I hate beer and seafood.
  8. I recently learned how to fold a fitted sheet.
  9. I still find it strange that I can drive to another country from where I live, after growing up in Oz that still amazing to me.
  10. I was born in the Ukraine.
  11. I have travelled a fair bit, but have never been back to ‘The Motherland’.

Answers to Em’s questions…

1) If you could describe yourself with only 5 words, what words would you choose?

clumsy, silly, short, a smart arse (that’s close enough to one word) and … um… creative.

2) What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done?

Walking back to our guest house in Laos, at night, in flip-flops I kicked poo… I’m still not sure what kind of poo it was and to be honest I don’t want to know! YUK!

3) What song would be the theme tune to your life?

The Muppet Show Theme

4) If someone was going to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Emma Stone – I love Emma Stone!

5) What is the one talent you really wish you had?

I wish I could sing – really well, not like now where I sound bloody awful!!

6) What is the most interesting/strangest fact about you?

Probably that I can speak Russian pretty well – I moved to Oz when I was 3 so have no Russian accent and people are surprised when they find out I’m reasonably fluent.

7) How has receiving this nomination made you feel?

Honoured, excited, like a kid on Christmas morning 😀

8) If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be and why?

On a beach, somewhere warm… I really, really miss the beach living in Switzerland 😦

9) What things make you laugh?

My husband, my cats, Mamma Mia (the film)

10) Who is the most important person in your life and why?

Probably the hubby, as he’s the only family I have over here.

11) If you were stuck on a desert island and could take only 1 luxury item what would you take?

Sunscreen – I’m a redhead… I don’t think that needs any explanation :/

My nominees for a Liebster Award (in no particular order)…

1. Sanda at http://sandasblog.wordpress.com/ – because she makes amazing beaded jewelry!

2. Canne at http://shazannecrafts.wordpress.com/ – more beautiful beadword and stunning cards!

3. http://mindfulbeader.wordpress.com/ – even more baeutiful beading – sorry, I don’t know your name!

4.  Weezie at http://weeziecrafts.wordpress.com/ – great little craft blog!

5. Shelley at http://shelleymakes.wordpress.com/about/ – stunning crafty blog!

6. http://returntochaos.wordpress.com/ – cos crafts and geekery are awesome!

7. Lara at http://theinkroad.wordpress.com/ – more crafty goodness

8. Karin at http://seabeads.wordpress.com/ – cos she beads… on a boat!!

more to come as soon as a I find them!!

Questions for my nominees…

1. If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be?

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

3. What’s the most interesting place you have even been?

4. Where in the world would you most like to go?

5. If you found a genie in a bottle and has 3 wishes, what would they be?

6. What’s the strangest thing you have ever done?

7. What’s your favorite movie?

8. If you could spend the day doing anything at all, what would you do?

9. What made you start blogging?

10. Name 3 things you couldn’t live without.

11. What’s your favorite food?

Hello World…

So after much encouragement from my wonderful husband and friends here I am, posting my first ever blog post on my first ever blog. Am I nervous? Hell yes! Am I excited? Just a little!
I actually have no idea what to blog about, so this is just going to be random ramblings about my (relatively) new kittens and my passion for crafty goodness… with a bit of baking and things thrown in for good measure.