Knitted Hats

I’m not very good at knitting, well, I can knit, and do enjoy it. What I’m not good at is understanding patterns. When others says ‘this one is easy,‘ it normally isn’t for me! I’ve had some great disasters in the past and still have half a baby’s cardigan in my drawer from an ‘easy’ pattern, that has gone wrong!

I was shown this pattern and took a picture of it. Since then I’ve knitted four hats! It really is easy to follow.

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It can be knitted up in an evening and I find it really satisfying. I’m also told the bootees are easy once you have read the pattern a few times.

So for my craft stall rather than just selling a hat, I’ve created a new baby card and a gift tag just to be a little different. What do you think?

 

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Storage Tins

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I thought I would share this simple idea with you. I went to a craft fair and the stall next to me was all about recyling. They had some lovely containers which I didn’t automatically recognise as tins, but there were.

So I went home and made my own version and thought I would share them with you crafters out there.

Screen Shot 2019-06-29 at 19.05.38Take a tin, any tin, and take the label off it. You may have to scrub the bit where the glue has been. I would also put it in the dish washer to sterilise it.

Next step is to paint your tin and line it. I use lining paper for decorating. It’s thick and curls the right way. It will stick snugly under the lip of the tin. Be careful there is no sharp edges. I tend to find those that can be opened with a tab rather than the tin opener are not sharp.

I use a cross stitch a picture of what it will contain, simpluy because I love cross stitching. You need to stitch something that is quick and easy, or perhaps add a photo or something you have downloaded to show what it could contain. Make sure the photo is free to use. I use Pixabay for photos.

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I’ve just made this to hold knitting needles in. There are lots of things you can put in the tins, like crayons, pencils, etc. So  adapt the picture to show whatever you like.

I also used string to go at the top and bottom, secured with a Prit stick. Then just put embellishment in the centre, or decorate it as you will.

 

Gwenfro Gifts – Introduction

by Karen J Mossman

I’m retired, although I didn’t intend to 2013. I was made redundant from my job at the RAC. Hubby and I jiggled money around and I didn’t have to go our find work. Initially I thought I could start writing books and earn a little cash. How wrong could I be!

Yes, I wrote, and to date have fourteen books. I’ve always loved writing and what better idea than to do something you love?

What I didn’t foresee if the Indie market flooding. Everybody wants to write a book. Readers have so much choice and just like everything else want bargains and free books. Distributors, like Amazon offer a platform to sell, but take three quarters of any profit made. Now I write because I love it, if someone buys a book, then I’m thrilled but don’t expect it any more.

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When my husband retired and we lived off one pension. The government in their wisdom moved the goal posts and instead of receiving my state pension at sixty like I’d always been been led to believe, they moved it to sixty-six. Same for him, so we have a few years to wait for that. I still needed a small income and as I couldn’t do it with books, I turned to my other passion, crafting.

It is so much nicer to give and receive a personal gift, isn’t it?  Initially, I discovered I could make cards, and as nice they were, people didn’t want greeting cards any more, and although I sold a few, they much preferred putting a notice on Facebook instead. That’s such a shame. I love to receive a beautiful card, it makes me feel cared for know they have have taken the time to select it for me.

I then began making things and its been a real learning curve. YouTube has been my best friend. It’s amazing what you can learn from there. My imagination went into over drive. It takes time to build up a stock and I’ve enjoyed experimenting with different things.

I got this idea from a craft fair I did. The stall next to be did recycled tins, I went one step further and adding these pictures to to them.

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I’ve got two more craft fairs coming up, so am busy making new things..
Having said all that, I haven’t introduced this to the Magic of Stories just to sell, although it would be nice to do so. I want to share crafting stories, share my discovers, and write about what I’ve made, the difficulties and fun bits, and where the inspirations came from.

I also want to host other crafters as it’s great sharing stories or just seeing photographs of beautiful handcrafted goods.
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