Friday, 20 February 2015

Crafting: What I'm Knitting

This post should really be called "honest to blog" as I'm sharing a crafty UFO that makes me furious with myself. I'm forcing myself to document it so that I don't let this happen again, and also as a gentle reminder that for every successful DIY, there's probably half a dozen UFO's collecting dust in the corner.

Whilst having a clear out the other day I found this half finished Turkish sock that I started knitting years ago. Somewhere along the line it became forgotten, and now I no longer have any of those wools left to even attempt to pick it back up. What was I thinking!

So, I am now starting a new pair of socks that I officially pledge here, that even if they take me the next three years to complete I will not give up on them!
I've got a tote bag stuffed with wool and the pattern book (Love to Knit) so I can lug it around with me or just curl up on the sofa for an evening. Wish me luck!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Crafting: Upcycled Wooden Storage Box

A little upcycling project that's been on my to-do list for months.

I bought this box from a charity shop because its storage potential was too tempting, but with no idea how I was going to give it a new lease of life. I quickly loaded it up with paints, tapes and glue, and then left it sat on my desk doing its job, but looking pretty shabby.

Last weekend I decided that it was time to give the box a makeover, and after a lot of sanding, cleaning and 3 coats of wood stain it started to look tons better.
The finishing touch for me though came with this amazing shelf liner that I bought from Tiger (where else) ages ago, again with no idea what I'd use it for but knowing that it would come in handy one day. It was pretty easy to use and I love the finished look - it's so fun!

I'm not sure I'll ever get over the awesome feeling that comes from a successful upcycling project - it's super satisfying and you never quite know how things will turn out. I've had a few crafting fails recently too, so I'm even more chuffed that this project has turned out okay :)