Tuesday, December 31, 2013

diy 2014 calendar from my owl barn

Alisa Coburn

The folk over at myowlbarn.com have collated a whole bunch of fab owlish artworks from artists all around the world and put them together in one spot for you to create your own hoot-a-riffic calendar - isn't that lovely?

Kat Cameron

The great thing about this calendar is that you select the pics you like and the month you'd like each pic to accompany.  Then you download and print.  Easy-peasy!

Juliette Crane
Design your owl calendar here

Julissa Mora

Not into owls?  Check out this collection of printable calendars put together by MeinLilaPark.

I'm off to create my calendar now!

Happy Crafting x

new years aspirations

Ah, aspirations.  
It's such a lovely word, don't you think?  All light and fresh, airy and filled with optimism!(Minus the obligation of the word resolutions, too)
And so, I feel, writing out some aspirations is a positively inspiring way to welcome in the new year!
So here it is... in writing... my list of New Years Aspirations...

1. I aspire to be the bestest, loveliest, strongest mother that I can be.  
Being a mum can be tough but it is so worth every tear, tantrum, crazy day and sleepless night - and I owe my children every possible happiness.  
Read: less yelling and cursing/more patience and hugging.

2. I aspire to devote more time crafting.  
True!  Too much of my time is spent Pinterest-ing.  This time (although so much a fun and so inspiring) could be devoted to Grade A, productive crafting!  
But I do love Pinterest...  
Maybe I'll aspire to allocate half of Pinterest-time to genuine, indisputable crafting.  That sounds fair... right?

3.  I aspire to confront my chocolate addiction.  
Addiction acknowledged.
Enough said.

4.  I aspire to help my family to live more frugally.  Ethically.  Gratefully.
This quaint little sentence sums it up nicely:
'Use it up, 
wear it out, 
make it do 
or do without'.

5.  I aspire to start on Christmas earlier.  See here.

Five aspirations should be enough to keep me on my toes :)

I hope you all have a fantastically happy and safe 2014 and enjoy reflecting on all the good stuff that happened in 2013.  Take care, Crafters! x

Sunday, December 29, 2013

post Christmas wrap-up!

With the festive season over, I finally have a chance to do a little catching up!  So here's a wee post about Christmas 2013 @ Little Red's Craft Cupboard...

I have a confession to make...  our family is rather obsessed with Christmas.  
We're talking the giddy, throw-tinsel-at-everything-and-wanna-eat-plum-pud-all-December type of obsessed.  
Toward the end of August - once the children's birthdays are over for the year - the children and I start discussing all aspects of the impending Festive Season - which delectable foods we will cook; how many puddings we are making; whether said puddings will have nuts this year and if so, which nuts?;  what the children expect of Santa and what Santa expects of the children (this really only has an affect on behaviour through the last two weeks leading up to Christmas but it is well worth planting that seed early); our decorating 'theme', because Christmas is not something which one simply 'throws together' in a frenzy of festive vivacity (or maybe because I just like to theme things, k? Or maybe - just maybe - I'm a little bit of a control freak?); and of course, what types of crafts we will indulge in!
But this year I seem to have stumbled through August and September... and October... only to have awoken from my zombified-coz-there's-a-newborn-in-the-house narcosis in November to discover that the Season was well and truly upon us and we were oh so unprepared :S 

'Quick stix!' I told myself... 

*insert a few weeks of frenzied Christmas preparations here*

(in case you were wondering, we decided on a Woodland theme for this year because we just can't get enough of cute, fuzzy animals and forest-floor finds!)

So by mid-December things looked a little like this -
the basket is piled high with unfinished projects (this in itself is nothing new, only now they're Christmas-themed); the Christmas tree stands proud yet slightly bare of handmade decorations; the presents remain hidden in boxes and at the highest points of the house (out of the view of tiny, inquiring eyes) and I find myself in a frazzled state of so-much-to-yule-not-enough-time-itis.  Arghhhhh!

Fast forward to today however...
Christmas has been and gone, stockings were hung and filled, feasts were prepared and eaten and a merry time was had by all.  
That's right - I may not have been ready for it but Christmas happened.

*lifts weight of executing the perfect Christmas off of shoulders... exhales*

So did I actually achieved anything Christmassy?  Why, yes I did!  
Only there aren't many photos or tutorials... 
Because as well as crafting, there are three little people (plus one big person and three dogs) who demand my attention which leaves little time for crafting and even less time for taking pictures and counting stitches!  

One day I will bombard you all with tutes, recipes and patterns...
But for now, here is a rundown of our Christmas projects for 2013 - enjoy!

We made White Clay Ornaments.  They are so easy and inexpensive and fun to make and look so, so lovely.

We made a batch of boozy, fruity, chocolate puddings and here they are, cooled and waiting to be eaten.  I mean, gifted!   Waiting to be gifted...

As this was BabyRed's first Christmas, I whipped out the hooks and crocheted her a stocking in lovely Rowan Tweeds... then one for MasterRed... and one for MissRed (you know, because there's a theme to keep with).  I couldn't get a nice pic of a whole stocking so here's a close up of two...

Here is our White Chocolate & Coconut Ice Cream topped with mango, raspberries, passionfruit and toasted coconut... because my Mama didn't want pudding for dessert at our Christmas 'do' - the nerve!  Fortunately it was delicious, if not a little more appropriate for a warm Summer day...

MissRed made a Sharpie Mug for a dear friend.  At first it appeared to have worked but now the ink seems to be rubbing off.  More investigating (another word for Pinterest-ing) required.  Needless to say, the mug wasn't gifted but will be kept as our ongoing experiment.

On a pre-Christmas trip up the mountain we found some sticky little pinecones on the footpath.  We only managed to forage three which hadn't been snacked on by the local birds but they are still ever so sweet and woodland-y.  They sat upon a doily on the mantlepiece this year and with a little addition of hanging ribbons, may be promoted to tree-decorations next Christmas

And hiding at the bottom of the Christmas decoration box, we found this little fella who I made a couple of years ago.  I'm sure he was supposed to have some felt friends but they never made it past the design stage (there's always next Christmas!)

Well then.  It seems that we did achieve a substantial amount of Christmas crafting cheer!  And above all, we had a very Merry Christmas!  

I do hope you and your families had a lovely Christmas and enjoy a happy, 
safe and crafty 2014!
Thank you all for your encouraging comments, emails and your 
support throughout this last year - it is truly appreciated x

Next on the list is New Year Aspirations - that's my fancy, new, non-committal word for Resolutions ;)