30 days of creativity – Day 25 – Zen Doodling

30 day creativity challenge Day  25, monochrome mindfulness

It only seems last week that I got my first box from Crafty Creatives. I get one a month because I’m worth it, and because it’s become fun to do stuff like this with my 10 year old son.

Box 15’s theme is black and white and as before the box is generously rammed with goodies, including a nice, thick papered notebook and a very gorgeous fineliner. Crafty Creatives have suggestions on their blog and Zen Doodling was mentioned.

I’ve seen doodles like this before and I didn’t realise it was a ‘thing’ that had a name. It’s clearly a big thing if you look on Pinterest, people get really into it! There are websites devoted it it!

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It’s not difficult and you can’t really mess it up. You draw a load of squiggles on a page and fill in the shapes you make with patterns. It’s tricky thinking of patterns sometimes, and it’s trickier for me not to get all perfectionist on it. Working with a ten year old knocks that on the head though. Some of these I did with my son, some I did on my own. We have been taking it in turns to fill in boxes and its become a restful, meditative process which gets him to shut the fuck up for 5 minutes so that is good.

The notebook and pen live on the sofa now so we can watch films and argue over who’s turn it is to doodle next.

The rest of the Crafty Creatives box is yet to be explored but the main kit bit of it is a needle felted sheep. Sadly our needle broke but they have great customer service and they are sending us a new one! Hooray!

http://www.craftycreatives.com/

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 24 – Crafty Creatives Box

30 day creativity challenge Day  24, a box of goodies.

Disclosure  – I’m reviewing this because I like it, I wasn’t given a free box to review, this is totally unbiased.

A while ago, as a treat to myself for being dumped out of the blue by a dickhead going through a mid life crisis I signed up for a monthly box from Crafty Creatives.

For just under £13 delivered you get a box of goodies and instructions to make things once a month, each with a different theme. Past themes have included Steampunk and Glamour but this months theme is Western.

Opening the box is exciting as the contents are concealed behind rather lovely paper. Inside the box are kits with full instructions to make a dream catcher and a rope basket, a card with a rather lovely drawing of an Indian headdress on one side and a list of what’s in the box on the other.

It’s all carefully thought out and put together, it looks enticing and I have a 10 year old son who can’t wait to dive in and make something.

To be honest my heart sank when I saw the dreamcatcher kit, it’s not my kind of thing, but I’ve never made one before, and it is my son’s kind of thing, so that is all good. The instructions were clear and it was pretty easy to do. We worked on it together and he still has to finish it off.

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The other set of detailed instructions was for the rope basket. This required a bit of muscle so he started it and I finished it off. It’s become a basket to put rings into so it has a good use in our house.

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We had a go bleaching the denim bits that came in the kit, my son was impressed that they might have been worn by a real cowboy. I am really not sure what we are going to do with these.

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The rest of the kit has turquoise beads, a tiny stone bear, star studs, a bit of fleece with a native American pattern on it, metal feather charms, suedette trim, some tapestry thread and some lovely craft paper. My only criticism is that there are not more ideas for things to do. I have a rule that everything I make has to have a use or a purpose, being pretty just isn’t enough.

Crafty Creatives link to their Pinterest for denim ideas but I could really do with a nice chunky blog with clear tutorials we could dip into.

On the whole, what I love about this is that it is painless,  it’s all there for for you, no need to research, no need to think, just use your hands to make something.

For the money, this has so far given us around 3 hours of crafting, we have both learned something, it’s been great to do it together and there is plenty more to do. I think if you went out and bought the bits it would probably cost you more.  I am looking forward to the next box, and if anyone has any ideas for things we can make (that are actually useful) with the rest of the kit I’d appreciate it.

http://www.craftycreatives.com/

https://www.facebook.com/craftycreatives

https://twitter.com/craftycreatives

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 23 – Somerset Rural Life Museum

30 day creativity challenge Day  23, getting crafty.
I’ve driven past the Somerset Rural Life Museum hundreds of times assuming that it was an expensive attraction. In fact, it’s a free museum and if you catch it at the right time there are loads of things to do there.

We (me and my 10 year old) accidentally went on Family Harvest Day by noticing the ice cream sign for the cafe, then noticing the massive great threshing machine outside. A team of people were making bales of hay, feeding straw into one end of an amazing huge machine with lots of pulleys.

Ice cream came first, it was very nice Marshfield, the tea was served in willow pattern china which I always appreciate, then we noticed that it was free admission. Yippee!

Downstairs was a lady making corn dollies, and she taught me how to join straw so you can make bigger things. We both made carrots, we didn’t really aim to make carrots but they turned out that way. I’m happy.

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Photos by ten year old.

In the kitchen room (where there is a patchwork curtain!) there was going to be a baking on a range demo, but we missed that because we went upstairs. T made a really cool tree out of a paper bag then spent 2 hours on an Inkle loom weaving while I helped and talked to some really lovely people about crafts and history. They sell the looms for £18 which is such a total bargain I am now kicking myself, but I have their email address so I can see if they are in Bristol ever.

We had so much fun we missed lunch and didn’t notice.

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag Baby Crochet Kits Review “exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful”

Earlier this year I went through my yarn stash, which was pretty impressive and took up a lot of space. With the stash I made up these scrummy learn to crochet kits. The colours are carefully chosen to either blend or clash tastefully and the instructions included teach you how to make granny squares or hexagons. There are even crochet hooks included, all you need is a pair of hands.

This is what one Rag Baby customer had to say:

“I just received the two crochet kits I ordered off you yesterday! I can’t wait to get started. It was exactly what I was looking for and the yarns are beautiful. I’m still shocked they got here so quickly! Thank you very much!”

This little beauty is in the post to a lucky new owner today and if you want to see the others I have for sale then check out http://folksy.com/shops/ragbaby?shop_section=craft_kits

Rag Baby crochet kits