Creative time and recent commissions

Hello,

I’ve recently been feeling in a bit of a funny mood creatively, which is starting to do my head in!  I think it has a lot to do with my very limited time to make stuff, leaving me with too many works in progress and no time to work on them.  As the summer holidays are now upon us I think that is only going to get worse.  My three year old daughter has stopped napping in the day too, which is lovely to spend more time with her but also a teeny bit frustrating… As she is off to pre-school nursery in September I need to appreciate my time with her, not be grumpy, but I am looking forward to having undistracted time to make every morning! (Not sure if undistracted is actually a proper word…) 


Anyway, lack of making time aside, I thought I’d share a couple of recent commissions, both crochet ones. I was asked by a lovely fellow folksy seller to make some Crochet Picture Frames in cream cotton. It was a real pleasure to make these, and has inspired me to make some sets of single colour frames for my Folksy shop. When I get the time! I think these would look lovely framing candid wedding photos.


I also made a Crocheted Bag for my auntie. The pattern is from the book Crochet in No Time by Melanie Griffiths. I think this is my most challenging crochet project to date. I’m not sure I got the gusset right, and I only made one handle (with my Auntie’s permission!) as it drove me potty, 7 double crochet stitches in a spiral for 40cms! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and my auntie looked beautiful in her mother of the groom outfit for my cousins wedding. Even though I’ve stalked my family’s Facebook pages I can’t find a photo of her wearing it! If I do I will share it. 


And before I forget, these are the coasters I made for my mother’s birthday! From the book 75 Crocheted Floral Blocks by Betty Barnden. 

Have a good week! 

Teresa xx

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Spring Time Sale 

Hello!
This a is quick one today!


I’m having a sale in my Shirley Rainbow Folksy shop to make room for some lovely new products. I have created a sale section, with some products at 50% off! Click here to have a look.


And for a limited time use code SPRING16 for 10% off everything… Including sale items! 


Thank you for looking, and Happy Shopping! 

Teresa 

The end of 2015

Hello! I hope you’ve had a lovely relaxing Christmas. It’s been a good one here, with much of the last few days spent building Lego creations. For me the end of the year is always a time for making plans and reflecting on the year gone by. 

I’m in the vague process of making some equally vague New Years resolutions. The usual things apply- eat more healthily, exercise more, etc,and I always like to add be a better mother, wife, daughter sister and friend! For 2015 I tried to ‘Be Tidier’. Regular visitors to my house will probably agree it usually looks like pixies have run amok (a la Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). I’m not sure that 2015 was an exemplary year for tidiness at Shirley Rainbow HQ so I’ll be trying again in 2016. 

I’m also going to add ‘Stress Less’ to this years collection of resolutions. I know that last January I got myself bogged down creatively, doing stuff I didn’t really enjoy or need to do, so this January I’ll be taking a bit of a break from Shirley Rainbow, and working on some of my own stuff. So on a final note here are some of my favourite makes of 2015!

  
What are your favourite creative achievements of 2015, and do you have any resolutions to inspire me? 

Happy New Year!

Teresa X