Sunday, March 24

The Breakfast Club

This weeks front page picks on madeit will be based on Film titles ! Hooray!
I am looking forward to the seller suggestions & seeing what films people love.

My favorite film these days is
Lawrence of Arabia, it makes me so happy to watch it & I have no idea why, I just adore that film. It has become my go-to film on a blue day.

But favorite films do not always make for finding awesome items on madeit ... So many amazing films ... how can I choose just one?
o I have chosen John Hughes' 1985 film, The Breakfast Club because of the yummy items I found on madeit, not to mention that it was one of the most influential films for me while growing up.
The quote from David Bowie's song 'Changes' shown at the start of the film, always got me feeling much better about my teenage angst ...

"And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They're quite aware of what they're going through"

... & whenever I hear
the Simple Minds
track 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' - it still stops me in my tracks & brings a few tears.

So to brighten up all that heaviness of teenage memories, here are some awesome Breakfast Club finds from the talented made it sellers for you to enjoy ... Gee I love felt play food!
Bon app├ętit!

"Dear Mr. Vernon,
We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.
You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess ... and a criminal.
Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours,
The Breakfast Club."

Wednesday, March 20

Something New

What does a craft maker do when she finds herself at the end of a long & drawn out break up that shattered her heart? Well ... she could resign herself to becoming a blithering mess on the floor, or she could focus her energy & create something new - for herself.
So that is what I have decided to do ... create something new, just for me.

As a maker of crafty things & a seller on madeit, I don't often make things for myself [not including building a house of course] - In fact I can't remember the last time I made something crafty for myself to keep.
I have had lots of ideas over the last few years of things I wanted to make for myself - A selvedge quilt is one thing I am really looking forward to creating, but I have a little while to go yet before I have enough selvedges saved to satisfy myself.

I taught myself to crochet late last year with the help of some wonderful youtube videos [Thank goodness for the digital age, eh?] Then last week I saw a crochet blanket that was made with 'a granny square a day' - for a year! Brilliant! I have been wanting to make a blanket for my bed for quite some time in brilliant cherry red wool, [but I had purchased 5 ply wool by mistake, so it never really took off.]
Then yesterday my mum came to visit. She had bought with her some red 8 ply wool to swap with me for my 5 ply stash. Mum is a brilliant crocheter, but she prefers the 5 ply, so swap we did.
Last night I used my new 8 ply wool, that mum had picked up in Bendigo at the Woollen Mill, to make my first granny square ... & so the project has begun.

I love making granny squares & it was admittedly hard to not make another straight away - but this is a year long project, I've got to stick to the rules! This is a project about healing, love, & giving back to myself, blah, blah, blah ... & anyway, I think 365 days [364 now] should be long enough time for my heart to recover ... So this time next year I will have a lovely new blanket on my bed to show for it ... just in time for winter :) I figure I will do them all in red, but just using different granny square patterns ... kind of like a sampler.

I found some lovely granny square patterns on pinterest last night that don't look too complicated for an amateur crocheter like myself, [again the wonders of the digital age.] There is a lovely collection of them on a Czech website ... & although I can't read a word, craft translates across all languages does it not? If you are interested I have linked the website here. & with thanks to my mum, I have the most beautiful Australian wool to create them with!
If you are into knitting or crochet, or some other type of yarn based craft, I can not recommend enough the Bendigo Woollen Mill. They do mail order [great if you don't live near Bendigo like me] & they make the most beautiful wool I have ever used! & it's cheap! What can be better than Australian pure wool, & shopping locally? Give them a call & ask them to send you a colour chart, it has little samples attached & is a very cool thing to have.

So here is my first square. I won't bore you with a new one every day, but I will keep you updated now & then on how it is going. Stay tuned for Easter next year when I will reveal the finished project ... & a much happier heart ... hand made with love <3

P.S Wikipedia says ~ An amateur (French amateur "lover of", from Old French and ultimately from Latin amatorem nom. amator, "lover") is generally considered a person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science in a non-professional or unpaid manner. Amateurs often have little or no formal training in their pursuits, and many are autodidacts (self-taught).

That is me alright ... an amateur ... a lover of creating & all things crafty!

Friday, March 15

The Old Curiosity Shop

This weeks front page picks on, have been based on Book Titles.
It was a real joy to read some of the sellers suggestions, & getting to know some of their favorite books.

So far we have had '
50 Shades Of Grey', 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', 'The Lord Of The Rings' & 'About a Boy' ... Who knows what tomorrow's last day of Book Week will bring?

I have chosen some picks myself to share with you based on The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens.
If I had my own Dickensian curiosity shop I would be sure to include these
little lovelies ...

Lucy all at sea by Annabella67

 Kidneys in a Jar Anatomical Curio by Your Organ Grinder

 Glass Pendant With Antique Sydney Map by Dew Studio

 Giraffe Jarhead by Knotanother

 Sugar skull, Temporary tattoo by Berlin Roses

 Manu Scriptum cuff by Annaigs Gem Studio

 Vintage Map of Africa, Message in a Bottle Necklace by Capture My Art 

 Retro style felt bird ornament by Picca-Boo Designs

 Airmail Sticker Set by Damn It, Maggie

 Steampunk White Rabbit by Nest In The Attic

 Penny Farthing Pendant by Studio KVB

 Paper doll Bunny Rabbit by A Little Must Have

Steampunk Cufflinks by Flights of Fancy

The wonderful seller Mozzie & Mac have compiled their own picks list based on the 'Enchanted Wood' by Enid Blyton, you can see it here.


Now ... go read a book!