Well Christmas is most definitely upon us now, I hope you are enjoying December so far! I am getting into the Christmas spirit slowly but surely but have been struggling as I have been off sick all week with a horrible cold. I have spent the last three days in bed and I am beginning to go a bit stir crazy to be honest. I'm looking forward to be going back to work, even if it is until Thursday and then I am off for two weeks! Hurray!!
Back in October I was asked to make a death star for a friends little boys birthday, unfortunately I also started a new job that month as well, so I didn't manage to get it done in time, but it is now going to be his Christmas present instead (I need to get it finished ASAP!)
Here are some progress shots of it do far though...
I'm past the halfway point now and looking back over these photo's I've also realised that I changed hook sizes! oops! There's only 0.5mm difference between them so it shouldn't affect it too much! It's going to need a good stuffing to make sure it stays sphere shaped but I'm sure I can do it.
I've still got a few more Christmas presents to make as well and one last order to do after the death star. I think the Christmas presents may be late, but I'm sure they won't mind!
How are you all doing with your Christmas makes? Would love to find out!
I can't quite believe that it is December tomorrow and that yet again I haven't posted anything for over month!
I've been quite busy making Christmas stock for a few markets, I have been to Bath artisan market twice and I also did the Devizes Christmas market. I've had a good few fairs and I have enjoyed doing them.
I think for the new year I'm going to focus more on my on-line profile and how I promote myself, fairs have kept me really busy of late and I'm finding it hard to fit everything in. I want to write more blog posts and I want to be able to find the time to write tutorials for the blog as well.
I will still do markets but I think I will be doing them only a few times a year rather than once or twice a month.
So onto what I have been doing over November!
I got into some new books, written by Gena Showalter, called The White Rabbit Chronicles. The first book is called Alice in Zombieland and is about a girl called Alice who lives in a world where zombies exist. I really like the way Gena has taken a different twist to the zombies and what they are and how they can be killed etc. It really set it apart from other books in this genre.
I love the two main characters Alice and Cole and watching their relationship develop through the course of the first group, and her best friend is very funny. The characters all bounce off each other really well and you can tell that Gena has put a lot of thought into the way the characters interact with each other and the histories of them.
I've started reading the second book, through the zombieglass so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.
I have done a bit of Christmas shopping, but I must admit mainly for myself or for the house. I bought a wooden Christmas tree from Bath Artisan Market made by a very talented lady called called Claire who is also known as Oh my lovely art
Isn't it amazing?! I also bought myself a flying ducks sewing kit from the same market put together by the makery
I can't wait to make these and have them up in our house to go with the other flying ducks that we already have. D and I are a little obsessed with them, I bought him some last year for Christmas as well.
I have also managed to make a few things, but mainly for the stall (these will also be getting added to the shop on the website and the shop on Etsy next week, as I've been a bit slack keeping the shops updated with the latest stock.
I've made hats and Christmas tree decorations.
I have also managed to learn how to do the front post crochet stitch as well, which I will be using more of. It is a really easy stitch to do, but I am finding it a little fiddly and feel like a beginner all over again.
Well I'm off to do more on an order (my final one before Christmas) it's a death star, but more on that another time.
I must apologise for being so quiet over the last few months, I've had a lot going on and found that I just couldn't get my mojo when it came to the blog. Hopefully those of you on instagram have been seeing my posts there but I really haven't been doing any social media of late, but I'm getting my mojo back and feeling re-motivated.
So what I have been up to this summer you might be wondering... well I have been doing more cross stitch..
I've also tried my hand at designing my own cross stitch!
I've started yet another blanket!!
I've also been to London
I went to Cotswold Wildlife Park with one of the besties and their kids..
I have also started a new job, which has meant I haven't really had a huge amount of time to do much else to be honest. It's also meant I had to cancel a couple of craft fairs but I'm now getting ready for the Christmas markets which are rapidly approaching!!
I've found I've been doing a lot of cross stitch lately and I've really been getting into it. It's such a relaxing hobby to have and relatively quick compared to knitting or crochet and it doesn't take long to see what it is you are making form.. expect to see a lot more from me in terms of cross stitch!
I've bought both these lovely patterns from Etsy there are so many to choose from!
Do any of you do cross stitch? if so what patterns are catching your eyes? I'm really into subversive cross stitch as well and have pinned quite a few and plan on making some soon for myself and for the stall.
hope you are all having good weeks, this week seems to be flying by at the moment, I can't believe that it is Wednesday night already. D is going to Silverstone this week so I plan on having a bit of a crafting weekend, probably doing more cross stitch and crochet as well as doing a craft fair at Frome Supermarket.
I've also got some jeans that I need to take up as got some ones that must have been made for a giant as I'm going to have cut at least 6 inches off them, but then I am only 5ft 4. Will post a photo of them soon as they are lush!!
I hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather lately. I know I have! It's been lovely going for walks by the canal and going running (when it isn't too hot) or just lazing in the garden soaking up the sun..
I realised yesterday that I have just over 200 followers on Instagram so to celebrate I am having a little give away... for a chance to win head over to instagram and repost my photo off my feed (the_eclectic_stitch) with the hashtag #theeclecticsttich200 and you could win my lovely little Russian doll cross stitch. You also have the opportunity to request different colours.