I have a row of orchids on the windowsill in front of my work bench, and never cease to be distracted by them when they are flowering. I love the delicate shapes of the flowers, and find the gorgeous colours particularly inspiring.
Because the foliage of the different plants is almost identical, I often have a nice surprise when they flower, as I have forgotten which one is which colour!
Mmm, lovely colours!
The two reels of lace trim (blue and pink) are lengths of handmade vintage trim that I dyed myself; see this post for details of how to make your own!
Although some animals (including dogs, parrots and monkeys) have been shown to understand the differences between greater and smaller quantities, the concept of measuring, counting and quantifying appears to be a particularly human fascination!
This lovely wooden box of letter (and number) stamps was a lucky find at a car boot sale last year- the set only cost 50 pence and didn’t appear to have even been used!
So far I have only used the stamps to label a couple of Christmas gift tags, so hope to come up with a few more uses for them, starting with a spot of printing on fabric.
One advantage of only having my current craft stash to use this year (see my crafty New Year’s Resolution for 2016) is that I have started taking a good look at what I already have, rather than being distracted by shiny new purchases. I have actually felt a little uncomfortable coming across a few lovely items (like this one) that I have hardly used, and hope that I will be able to rectify this over the coming year.
I’m looking forward to stamping my mark on some new projects…!
Mmm… lovely patterned fabrics! These are a mixture of vintage and ‘new’ (not bought this year- I am still still sticking to my New Year’s Resolution!) printed cottons from my fabric drawer (ok, I’ll be honest with you: I actually have three ‘fabric drawers’…). I plan to use them in a project soon, I’m just trying to decide on the details.
I love using wooden or bamboo knitting needles- they feel warmer than metal or plastic ones, and I find them much more comfortable when doing lots of knitting. These were plain needles when I bought them, but a lick of paint later and they are both decorative, and in easily identifiable pairs (the ones shown here all have an identical mate out of shot)!
If you saw my post on decorated jewellery-making tools then you will know that I am rather partial to having tools that are attractive (and unique) as well as useful- this is a very quick DIY project, and would also make a nice personalised Christmas present for a fellow knitter.
I can’t believe Christmas is only two months away; I’m trying to feel inspired so that I can start making presents!