The Bothered Owl

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My Creative Space March 25, 2010

Filed under: General Crafty Chat — thebotheredowl @ 11:16 am

Hah! That’s a laugh! My Creative Space this week consists of flat pack furniture and piles of crap waiting to be rearranged so they are less pile-y and crappy and more tidy and neat. Fun, no. Necessary, yes.

I’ve been wanting a dedicated work area for a while. Even if sewing is kind of a side line for me, it’s nice to feel like I have some actual space in the house that is mine and where I can put my stuff without having to worry about tiny light fingered people having it away on their toes with my bits of precious.

So I poked Jake a bit and played up the fact that it will (hopefully) make the house Much Tidier. Less boxes of fabric every where, more room for the rest of the stuff we have piled up around the house to spread out. That kind of thing. And he kindly, after several months of gentle poking, drove out to a certain flat pack furniture outlet and ordered some stuff. And then he built it for me last night because it was big and heavy and I was ill and he likes hitting things with hammers. Or something.

Look at all that space, just for me!

Now I just have to figure out how to fit all this in there:

That in itself will be a creative act, I fear. Sigh. For some actual creative people go check out the linky down there on the right for Kirsty’s place.



My (slightly) Creative Space March 18, 2010

Filed under: General Crafty Chat,Uncategorized — thebotheredowl @ 11:52 am
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It’s been a few weeks since we’ve taken part in the fun over at Kirsty’s place.

I’m not feeling particularly creative this week. The fact that I’m currently making the same thing over and over (and over and… you get the idea) is making me feel like my own tiny personal sweatshop rather than a handicrafty person.

So instead of more pictures of yarn pouches and piles of fabric (although there are a few of those as well) I’m going to share some pictures of what IS making me feel inspired and creative: my poor long neglected garden.

For those of you like me stuck here in the UK, it has been one long cold Winter. Last year I was still able to harvest bits and pieces from my garden even in the depths of the cold and snow. My perpetual spinach was crazy, I had beans galore, it was awesome.

This year, not so much. The protacted cold and weeks of on again off again snow, meant the ground froze hard and most of my plants were buried beneath a layer of ice for much of the Winter. The only things still intact are some beetroots I accidentally over-wintered.

Sad beetroots

The broccoli I planted has all been ripped to shreds by the enormous wood pigeons who like to maraud in my veggie patch.

Pigeons love brassicas.

I planted cabbages last year and didn’t get to eat a single one because the pigeons decimated them. (Rats of the skies.)

But my order of seeds from the Real Seed company arrived yesterday and the sun is shining, so I’m feeling hopeful and looking forward to another year of dabbling at veggie gardening in whatever ‘spare time’ I may get. (Hah.)

Spring MUST be here!

She looks so angelic. She was busy chanting "poo" under her breath though.

And now because this IS a craft blog and it’s kind of obligatory, some photos of what I’m up to.

I’ve been beavering away at stuff for Knit Nation, obviously, and also working on a new bib design. Here you go:

Pretty little yarn pouches all in a row.

New triangular bib design

Tucked away underneath the soon-to-be bibs is a  massive pile of Knit Nation stuff awaiting ironing and sewing. There’s six or seven needle rolls and a massive mountain of yarn pouches. Not to mention the massive box of as yet un-finished sunhats sitting just out of shot. I need some extra arms and another sewing machine, please.

If I can convince the kids to play in the garden this afternoon, I shall be pottering away at the sewing machine which is set up right by the back door. Any one want to give me odds on me actually getting any work done today?



It’s Thursday… February 4, 2010

Filed under: General Crafty Chat — thebotheredowl @ 11:39 am
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…which means it’s time for My Creative Space.

This week my crafting has migrated from the sofa to the floor. I’ve been spending most evenings parked on my butt in front of Battlestar Galactica (no spoilers please, we’re only on Season 3 and I don’t want to know.) Rather than waste the time just passively watching telly, I’ve had my big pile of fabric for yarn pouches beside me and I’ve been slowly working through a pile of bag shells. I’ve got about twenty of the suckers cut out now, 11 of which now have lining fabric and interfacing.

I now know I can get 11 bags out of a 3 yard piece of Vilene interfacing. Exciting, no? No.

Anyway, here are some pics of what I’ve done so far. Hopefully at some point I’ll be able to get some Alone Time with my sewing machine and you’ll actually get to see these as finished objects.

As always, you should head over to Kirsty’s for more Creative Spaces and to play along yourself. It’s tonnes of fun!



My Creative Space January 28, 2010

Filed under: General Crafty Chat — thebotheredowl @ 2:32 pm

Hurrah! My Creative Space is back. I for one am very glad, it gives a bit of structure to my crafty week.

Anyway, my space this week is made of sofa crafting, owls, hearts and wool. Sounds exciting? It really isn’t.

A view from the sofa

In this picture: a bag of slightly odd Valentine’s brooches, one finished brooch featuring a super cute apple owl and my unfinished Basic Black cardigan. It’s still languishing on the needles. I finished the back, and I’m on the left front side. But I keep getting distracted by stuff.

Eine kleine owl badge

This is what the badges look like when worn jauntily on one’s coat. I even got a nice complement from the lady at the baker’s. The glove, for those of you who were wondering, is my version of the Bad Wolf Bay wrist warmers from a Doctor Who episode. You can find the pattern here. It’s a whole bunch of cable-y fun and makes a great gift for other geeks. I made some for my friend Nic’s birthday the other year and she squeaked with glee.

Right, I have a date with the Post Office. It was closed when I went down earlier but it’s meant to be opening again about now-ish so off I trudge, laden with stuff and things.

Go check out the other Creative Spaces over at Kirty’s. Link up above, or click the My Creative Space linky button thing at the side. Have fun!



My (final for 2009) Creative Space December 9, 2009

Filed under: General Crafty Chat — thebotheredowl @ 11:44 pm
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Aww, I’m quite sad it’s almost over for the year. But glad to have had a chance to take part and really looking forward to playing again next year! If you’ll have me…

This week, my Creative Space is all about panicking and purses.

Pile of purse pieces, with Esme's toes just poking into frame. God bless sofa crafting.

Esme is currently snoring on my lap while I am fretting because I can’t quite reach my sewing box which is on the floor,  juuuuuust out of reach of my toes. I’ve spent this evening chatting with Alex, panicking somewhat about Saturday’s double market death march, and chopping up fabric ready to become some really amazingly cute purses. Amazingly cute. You heard it hear first, folks. I’m off to the fabric shop in the morning to buy a boatload of 4, 6 and 8 ” zippers to finish these babies off.

My favourite Ebay purchase for the month, a half yard piece of Alexander Henry 'Bad Luck Club' fabric.

And top of my sofa fabric pile at the moment is this gorgeous piece, a half a yard of Alexander Henry’s Bad Luck Club fabric which I got on Ebay. I cut into it this evening to make a purse. It was a wrench to chop it, I can tell you. I really just want to frame it or possibly swathe myself in its disturbingly attractive charms. I just really love the combination of red, black and white in this fabric, and the way the skulls are drawn. They’re monstrous but charming at the same time.

I should really go to bed, but I also just reallllly want to grab my sewing box and get cracking on those purses. I really do need a 12 step program of some kind.


My Creative Space November 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thebotheredowl @ 12:05 am
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You wait all week for a post to come along, and then two come along at once. While the magic computer mojo is working and allowing me to actually upload photos, here’s  a picture of what I am up to at the moment.


A pretty pile of patchwork pieces waiting to be made into pouches.


And look, some pretty patchwork pouches. Just the right size to fit in your pocket.

I call them the Be Prepared Pouch. You can fit your lipgloss, a feminine ladytype product or even certain types of contraception into one. Or just your change for the bus. Whatever you choose to put in it, you can be like a girl scout and be prepared!

Plus they are super cute and have a beautiful button and a loop of black cotton cord to close them up. Lovely. They’ll be up on the website sometime in the next week or so.  Or you can come visit me at the Armidale Farmer’s Market on Sunday (in Civic Park, down by the Tourist Information Centre) and buy one in person!


This week’s Creative Space November 4, 2009

Filed under: General Crafty Chat — thebotheredowl @ 11:27 pm
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After a brief lacuna (ahh, English graduate that I am, can’t resist a nice big word) we’re back with this week’s Creative Space.

The last two weeks have been moderately insane. First there was all the crazy prep-work for our first ever market at Misty Moon. Unfortunately, although I took a tonne of pictures, I just haven’t had time to post them and the iron has cooled somewhat.

Then last week it was the flit to Australia and jetlag, relatives and midnight trips to the Kid’s Casualty Ward. And to round the week off, our second ever market at the Armidale Farmer’s Market.

But this week, this week I have time, energy and actual things to show you. So this week, my Creative Space is brought to you by hats.

Hats galore!

They just need lining and they'll be completed.

Check out that cheesy grin

Esme, modelling her mostly completed starfish hat.

I’m quite enjoying working with my Mum’s Bernina machine again. This machine and I go back a loooong way. It’s the machine I learned to sew on, back in the misty dawns of time somewhere. Well, when I was about 8 or 9 anyway.

Old faithful

It’s big and heavy and clunky and the button hole function doesn’t work any more.  But this machine has been going for almost as long as I have and shows no sign of giving up the ghost yet. And its weight gives it a lovely solid feeling while you’re working with it.

In the above picture you can see a half completed bag and some lovely paisley butterfly fabric waiting to be hacked up and made into a swoopy curvy bag. It’s still in my head at the moment but it’s a design I’ve been planning for a while.

Go check out the other Creative Spaces at Kirtsy’s place.