A Life in the Making

crafting

  • If you follow me on Instagram, you will not at all be surprised by this latest tutorial.  Impending deadlines, a rather empty end-of-January bank balance and last week's high winds combined beautifully to create a number of buttons for a piece I am currently finishing up for a magazine. Over the ...
  • Things just got meta.  Every time I write a crochet or yarn tutorial (and lets face it, I have written a fair few), it occurs to me how much work it takes to write, photograph and publish a craft  tutorial. Of course, its never the writing that is the hard part, but the photographing, the editing...
  •   That would be me!!!! These lovely custom buttons arrived yesterday from Little Woodlanders and I couldn't help but share. They are simply gorgeous, no? Picking buttons is seriously my favourite thing. (PS. I am not really here. I am actually working and this blog post is a figment of your...
  • On my Desk

      1. I love post it notes.  In fact, one of the reasons I left the NHS was that they no longer had a budget for post-it notes*. My world is filled with them, stuck to books, on the computer, on the walls  - my progress chart for the book is a series of post-its that get moved around as patterns ...
  • New Pattern: Goldenrod

    The moment I saw the mustart yellow/brown Flump Aran from Babylonglegs that was supposed to be a gift to myself for finishing the book, I knew 2 things: 1. I wasn't going to wait until September to play with it 2. It would be a hat 3. It would end up being a gift for Kerstin, aka Tantie.   And...
  • Recently, I have been doing a TON of product photography.  Almost every day, something arrives in the post for a quick photoshoot.  I love it.  Its like a beautiful combination of getting cool stuff in the post, a nice change from my normal and we get mailing tubes. Mailing tubes are awesome.  T...
  • Made

      Some days are filled to the brim with making.  Its the side of my work that I love most (of course) but its actually a smallish part of the whole picture.  I spend much more time answering emails, writing, planning, calculating, and reading than I really do making.   But then come those pock...
  • Kat's Crafty Confessions

    Ok. So I have something that I need to get off of my chest.       I hate crafting with my children.     It starts with such promise-- usually a beautifully photographed tutorial on pinterest, extolling the virtues of stimulating creativity with your children.  Each time, I approach the project ...