So last night I was lucky enough to go to Pinned It Made It‘s Mexican-themed craft night – if you haven’t heard about Pinned It Made It, it’s a rather brillo idea where monthly craft nights are inspired by projects and ideas on Pinterest.
Last night’s PIMI had a Day of the Dead theme, with floral head garlands and skull make-up taught by the team behind Wild by Nature, and cocktails from Ilegal Mexcal.
It was a treat for me because despite having lived in east London for about four years, I had never been to the Hackney Downs Studios before – it’s a really awesome gallery, project space and studios, with all sorts of intriguing shops. My only quibble would be the rather scary vertical bikeracks – I feared Rhonda might just come crashing down on my head.
Anyway, so here are the gorgeous fake flowers that made the basis of the garlands:
We had about seven or eight flowers each, and were taught how to attach them to wires, and to use floristry tape to bind the flowers onto a piece of string to make the garland. Helpfully we were fuelled by these:
It was surprisingly easy and effective. I want to wear mine to at least one of the weddings I’m going to this year (don’t tell the bride…)
Practiced: drawing and painting – I had forgotten how fun it is!
Watched: New Girl
Read: The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare: wonderful so far
Fretted: about everything, so:
Made: a big change. More news soon!
Read: Lee Miller: On Both Sides of the Camera by Carolyn Burke and Pretty Nostalgic magazine
Made: Continued with the lilac Rowan Kidsilk Haze jumper which sheds like a literal beast
Discovered: gazpacho soup
Daydreamed about: New York – one month to go!
Let’s just pretend the -slight- hiatus didn’t happen…
One of my adventures over the past few months was to Lincoln (via the wonderfully gothic Newark, which has a violin-making school!). While there, I hunted down the gorgeous Rock + Paper + Scissors. It really is the most beautiful shop, selling locally made crafts, books (including mine!) vintage goodies and lovely tea and cake. I would recommend popping in.
I’ve been feeling a little like this recently, hence the silence on here. Be back soon…
Now, here’s a resolution for the new year.
The Craftivist Collective’s new project is aiming to end world hunger by asking crafters to take part in a huge installation for Save the Children. It will be used as an alternative petition when world leaders come to the UK for the G8 Summit this year.
All you have to do is stitch a message onto a puzzle piece (or pieces!) and send them to the Craftivist team to be stitched together as a giant piece of art.
Find out more and download the instructions.
There are a mere two months to go (deadline is 28th February). Here’s a rather wonderful quote to get you inspired:
“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is in the end of little consequence;
the only consequence is what we do.” John Ruskin