Friday, 2 March 2012

One year on...

So Always Have a Plan B has been going a whole year! While my posting has been a tad sporadic it has been due to crafty projects and not a lack of motivation. It has been amazing how much my confidence has grown through showing my wares online and a lot of that is down to everyone who has supported me- so a HUGE thanks to you guys.

I love the fact that friends and family are commissioning things from me- from cushions and presents to wedding invitations and logo design- and I love doing them. While sometimes they might be a rather large stretch for my technical abilities they have been the best learning curves I could have asked for and I hope it continues into 2012 and beyond.

Enough emotional reflection for now. Instead here are some pieces I have been working on for the past few months.

It's not a birthday without bunting
And what better way to celebrate becoming 2 than with some personalised birthday bunting.

Yep still not bored of making pegs yet! I think I love making them for 2 reasons. 1) it is perfect for using tiny bits of fabric that I love too much to throw away and 2) it's such fun matching fabric to people. I might not show any more pictures of pegs on the blog but I think I will be making many more...
(sorry the picture isn't so hot)

Pin Boards
I made this pin board for my dear friend's 30th using one of my favourite bits of fabric and made some cute little button pins to match. I used a deeper canvas this time and I like the way it become free-standing this way. 

Wedding Invites
There was something spooky about the timing when I was asked to design Princess Glitter-kitten's wedding invites- it was almost like she knew I had just started an Adobe Illustrator course... I am really pleased  with the way they came out and can't wait for the Glitter-kitten nuptials in April. Here is a picture of the front- using my favourite LoveLetter typewriter font.

I wanted to find something spring-like but not too clichéd. I started off my searching through my photographs of images I'd taken in April and struck gold in the first album. This photograph was taken on the first camping trip of the season a few years ago- I can remember the moment so vividly and it is full of happiness- Slim and I had set up a hammock by a lake and were soaking up that amazing warmth you get with early spring days. In my mind this made it the perfect image to use for what will be another extremely happy and memorable day.

So what's next? Ange from Remedy has asked me to a design a logo for something she is setting up. Logo design something I have never done before but having just finished my course, in which logo design was covered, I feel ready for the challenge. Some spice jars have been requested and am I currently eating my way through pickles to get enough matching jars. I also have some cushions to make for my cousin Helen and friend Vicky after Helen dreamt that I said I would be delighted to make them... sneeky! The Brighton Bakers also have a a commission in the pipeline for some cushions for their recently decorated bedroom which sadly will involve some fabric shopping- what a drag! And I hope to start a patchwork project for Slim and I.  Busy Busy!

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll stick around for another year of crafty makes. Happy start of spring! x

Spring on campus


  1. Congratulations on your one year blogiversary! I LOVE my pinboard, the fabric is gorgeous, and can't wait to see the cushions too. Bring on the fabric shopping fun xxx

  2. Those pegs look really sweet. Do you wrap the fabric around them? The bunting is also lovely. Congrats on your one year anniversary!

  3. Thanks Jenny! I have written a little tutorial on how I made the pegs in this post:

    They are really fun and easy to do.

    Just had a quick read of your blog and am looking forward to reading some more. Happy felting!