Monday, 6 April 2015

One Lovely Blog Award....

The lovely Zoe nominated me for the Lovely Blog Award!  

I Googled to find out a bit more about this award and I found this, "The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and it also recognises blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers". 

Thank you Zoe! It feels awesome to be recognised and by a fab blogger who I follow. It's nice to know that someone reads my blog and enjoys it *big smiley face* (Sorry it has taken a few weeks to get my post up Zoe!).

In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:
  • Thank the person who nominated you & link back to them in your post, check!
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award 

Here are my seven facts....
  1. I have always wanted to be a drummer. I learnt a couple of beats at school but I wasn't allowed to have a drum kit as a child and I live in a terraced house now where I want to continue to get on with my neighbours, but one day I will learn properly and rock!
  2. In a previous job I once had a business meeting with DJ Tony Blackburn, cool, hey?!
  3. I hate cooking, I wish I didn't when I see lovely recipes on Pinterest.  I did get an urge to go into the kitchen for more than just coffee once and I was really pleased when I made this Apple Crumble.  Thankfully my hubby loves cooking and is a great cook.
  4. I'm scared of heights, I can't even go up the ladder to our loft.
  5. I love music especially live music. This year I am going to two gigs, Foo Fighters and Garbage.
  6. I am a vegetarian and I hate Goats cheese which is a problem as this is often a popular vegetarian option in restaurants.
  7. I'm training for a 10km run in May.  I'm raising money in memory of my Nan for the Stroke Association.  

My nominations ~ most of them are not new but they are awesome and deserve recognition and you should check them out....

Thank you again Zoe and I hope you enjoy checking out my nominees!

fizzi~jayne x

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

And the winner is....

Thank you to everyone who has entered the #CraftBlogClub giveaway to win a copy of Fiona Pullen's Book, Craft a Creative Business. 

All the entries have been put into the List Randomiser on and the winner is.....

(drum roll)

....Victoria Maus!

Congratulations Victoria!

Please email me your details via and I will pass on your address to the publisher who will send you this great book.  I'd love to know what you think of it.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Sorry if you haven't won but don't worry, you can find Fiona's book here.

Before you go....

My #CraftBlogClub co-host Katie launched another challenge during tonight's chat. It is a Spring Clean Craft Swap, so if you have a crafty stash you want to use up and like receiving happy mail, why not join in?  All the details can be found on Katie's blog here.

fizzi~jayne x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"Craft a Creative Business" Book Giveaway....

Did you catch the #CraftBlogClub chat tonight? It was awesome, we had Fiona Pullen, author of Craft a Creative Business guest hosting.  She was answering our questions on starting or growing a creative business and inspired all of us with her great advice. You can catch up on the chat by searching the hashtag  #CraftBlogClub on Twitter.

Fiona and her publishers have kindly given us a copy of her book to give away!  It is a book I highly recommend and you can read my review here.

There are a number of ways you can enter this Craft a Creative Business giveaway and the best part is each one will  be counted as 1 entry, so do all three and you will be entered three times!

1. Please leave a comment below about why you would love to win this book or if you enjoyed the chat then which tip was your favourite
2. Share this post on Twitter, tagging @craftblogclub and using the hashtag #CBCgiveaway
3. Give the #CraftBlogClub page a like, and leave a comment on why you'd love to win, or like one of the other comments.

Deadline for entries is 31st March at 5:30pm (GMT)

The winner will be picked at random using and will be announced during the Twitter chat on 31st March at 7pm (GMT) as well as on this blog and on Facebook.

Good Luck!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Back at The Little Fox Market....

On Saturday I kicked off the craft fair season of 2015! I went back to The Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth.

We have a new organiser who has taken on the reigns, Katherine from Glowbeads. She did an amazing job for her first fair.

It was nice to catch up with some of the regular stall holders and see some new ones.  The Little Fox always has a good mix of craft, vintage and food stalls. 

I added a new feature to my display for my wall hangings....

I bought a garden trellis that I painted with Annie Sloane chalk paint, et voilĂ !

I use 'S' hooks to hang my products from the trellis which gives me flexibility with my display. 

I was opposite The Maverick Kitchen again, look at these beautiful cupcakes....

After a days work I couldn't leave without treating myself to one of their cupcakes that have been looking at me all day!

This was sooooo yummy! 

You can see all the craft fairs I have booked for this year, including the Little Fox at Rickmansworth in my Craft Fairs tab.  I've booked dates right through to Christmas! How organised am I?!

fizzi~jayne x

Friday, 20 March 2015

Guest Post ~ What is Blocking? by Sally Strawberry....

I have another guest for you to celebrate National Craft Month and this time it is Sally Strawberry! (Strawberry is her blog surname but it would be really cool if it was her real one!).

I follow Sally's blog which is full of crochet scrumptiousness (is that a real word? If not it should be) and has given me helpful tips whilst I learnt to crochet.  Sally's patterns have also been included in "Inside Crochet" magazine which is pretty cool! 

So I am really pleased that she is sharing her expertise on my blog, over to Sally....

Hi, I'm Sally and I have just a little obsession with crochet. I love the flexibility of crochet, the way that with just a few stitches you can create something beautiful.

I began with knitting but my real passion is crochet. I believe that crochet should no longer be seen as an activity purely for the older generations but should be used as an expression of creativity and to show off the multitude of fabulous yarns we are privileged to have available to us (the brighter the colours the better!). 

I'm a scientist by trade and work full-time but snatch as much time as possible to crochet, blog and immerse myself in the fabulous world of craft. 

What is blocking? 

Blocking is one of the most important steps in any knitting or crochet project to take your work to the next level, to make them look as brilliant as they do in the magazines.
Blocking comes in many guises, but essentially has the same effect. 

Joanne of Not So Granny writes about wet blocking by giving your item a good soaking. This is the most suitable method for those beautiful garments you have lovingly crocheted in sumptuous wool yarns.  

Lucy of Attic 24 has posted about 'steam blocking' whereby small items, such as bunting, are blocked by hovering a steam iron over your work which is firstly pinned into position. My method is a mix of the two, and I will go through it now.....

In this tutorial I will only be talking about blocking small items such as bunting, as although I do now blog about my larger crochet and knitted pieces, I'm by no means an expert (I’ll leave that to Joanne).  

Now although I’d never claim to be an expert in anything, I have made a lot of bunting over the years. A lot! Bunting really benefits from blocking, as it looks miles better hanging and is less likely to curl up at the corners. Bunting also benefits from being a bit sturdy, so hereby I introduce the secret ingredient- spray starch!

Right, here goes…..

See these triangles of crochet fabulousness here.....sorry....I mean strange shapes all curled up at the corners.....these are my bunting triangle pre-blocking....

The kit....

  • Damp tea towel (I put it under the tap and wring it out well)
  • An iron (any old iron- mine doesn't even steam anymore)
  • Pins
  • and the magic ingredient- SPRAY STARCH (only a quid in the laundry aisle of any supermarket)
The process....

1. Place item front side down onto ironing board
2. Spray liberally with spray starch
3. Make sure it is flat and cover with damp tea towel
4. With iron on a LOW SETTING (very important!) press firmly onto work through the tea towel

It is very important that you don't hold the iron down very long, 5 seconds at a time max, otherwise you risk squashing/melting your work, especially if you are using acrylic. 

Keep on pressing until your work stays flat when you remove the tea towel, but please please please not long enough to burn it.

5. Turn work over so that the right side is facing up
6. Spray the front liberally with starch
7. Pin into place stretching out the corners. I just do this straight into the ironing board foam.

8. Leave to dry overnight
9. VoilĂ ! Lovely flat, slightly stiffened, triangles ready to be strung into bunting!

See the difference yes? 

The advantages of blocking are really no excuses eh!

P.S. When I am blocking component parts of a stuffed toy for example I just iron lightly on reverse through a damp tea towel.  Starch wouldn't be appropriate in this case. The pieces are then OK to be used straight away!

Thank you Sally for taking the time to share this tutorial with us, this is really useful. I haven't really known what I was doing with blocking so I am grateful for the tips!

Check out Sally's blog for more crochet tips, patterns and tutorials here
Sally is also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

I hope you have enjoyed my guest bloggers for National Craft Month. I don't just have guests in March, I'm always happy to work with other crafters and bloggers so if you have an idea or craft tutorial you would like to share, please get in touch.

fizzi~jayne x

Have you missed the other guest posts this month? Click on the links below....

Rachel Saka - Decoupage Techniques
Spiral Earrings Techniques