ABOUT ME

Hi, I'm Julie and I've been dabbling in all sorts of crafts for as long as I can remember.

The women around me as I was growing up were very influential, because everyone did some craft or another. My Mum, Jenny, taught me to sew, to knit and to cook. 
My Mum, way back in 1992, when she was helping me make my bridesmaid's dresses.

My maternal Nan, Pearl, made everything herself. She did dressmaking, knitting, crochet (wool blankets and fine filigree type) and cooked everything from scratch. She had such green fingers that even the twigs she used to support her runner beans started sprouting! In her later years she knitted hundreds of toys for charity. I remember her churning them out and always stitching their face on them as soon as possible because she said that once they had a face she would know what the rest of them was supposed to be like.
Here she is in about 1986

My paternal Nan, Ellen, loved painting and dressmaking. Every time she came to visit we would have to try on some half finished garment she was making for us, usually with pins sticking out of it!
Here she is in the 90's at an exhibition of her paintings

I have had a go at most crafts over the years with varying degrees of success. I quickly unpick or undo my disasters or bury them at the bottom of my wardrobe. At the moment I'm enjoying paper crafts, knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, baking and gardening.

What I love most is making something new from things that were heading for the bin or just sitting in a cupboard unused. I don't throw anything away if I can help it and have boxes of little bits of fabric, scraps of ribbon & lace, buttons, beads, patterned paper & card etc. I make and sell cards locally, using recycled card & envelopes and have a stash of suitable bits & pieces taken from old greeting cards, packaging and so on.


Back in the 1990's I had a number of my cross stitch designs published in several UK magazines and for a while sold my own range of cross stitch kits.


When my children were small, most of my crafting was almost exclusively activities that we could do together. 

Now they are older I have gradually taken different crafts back up again. I always have loads of projects on the go at any given time, some things can take months (or even years) to finish.

Be warned - I do use a strange mix of metric and old measurement, I blame that on the fact I was born in 1970 just as the UK went metric! I am fluent in both cm and inches, metres and yards and use them randomly with no obvious consistency. I cook in ounces as my weighing scales are the old fashioned kind with brass weights. I apologise for this and will try to add conversions to my tutorials when I think of it!


I would really like to just share my projects and ideas and hope you find them interesting or inspiring.


13 comments:

  1. I look forward to seeing more projects. :)

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    1. Thanks Darlene, I have a notebook stuffed with ideas - still Rome wasn't built in a day!

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  2. Thankyou so much for the comments you left over on my blog im glad you enjoyed it im here to take a look around your blog xxxx

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    1. Thanks for visiting Aimee, I'm just beginning really.

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  3. Thanks for finding my blog:) Love yours too!
    Someone once shared with me to turn off the captcha question in comments to encourage visitors:) It's there to make sure no robots or spam post, but so far I haven't had any robot visitors:) Besides I limit comments to registered blogs only!

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    1. hello Michele, thanks for the advice, I'll give it a try and see how it goes. I was thinking about it because I always find it a bit of a pain when I'm leaving comments on other blogs, I squint at the screen sometimes not knowing if there is a B or an 8! You've given me the prompt I need to do something about it.

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  4. Hi Julia

    I came by your blog through pinterest when I saw a small knitted Christmas tree that you had made. It's really nice and sweet, I can see that it is you who designed the pattern very awsome work.

    It seems to be easy, and it's a great detailed display of images you also have made​​. In this regard, I like to ask you whether it will would be OK for me to copy your pattern and then to translate it into Danish, and then upload it to my blog in a post where I also will link to your blog?

    My blog is: http://tekstiltrolden.dk

    It's a lot of beautiful things you are doing and incredibly beautiful hand work.

    Would you allowed me to put a logo from you into my right side column on my blog. This will allow more people to visit your blog, and I think they really should.

    Hope to her from you

    Hav a very nice day

    Best regards
    Anne-Pia Hansen
    http://tekstiltrolden.dk
    info@tekstiltrolden.dk

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Anne-Pia, I've sent you an email.

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  5. I love the part about Pearl and sewing the faces on the dolls--it made me smile. Such a lovely background for your blog and your passion! :)

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    1. Thanks Katie, she liked to dress toys that she made according to their personality, and so HAD to do the faces first (so she knew what their personality was). Made perfect sense to me when I was little!

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  6. I really enjoyed your story. :)

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  7. Hi Julie! Just stopping by to check out your site...I'm in awe. You do beautiful work. I am not a crafts person at all, but I definitely appreciate them. I'm very happy to be following now :)
    ~Liz (Project Pastry Love)

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  8. This is so interesting! I've been thinking about how to rewrite the About me section of my blog and this has given me some inspiration :)

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