Thursday, 10 July 2014

Handmade Nation Sweepstake

At the beginning of June, Handmade Nation tweeted about a Charity Sweepstake. I am really not a fan of football, however this was a Sweepstake with a twist. As well as having the opportunity to win prizes, this particular Sweepstake would also raise money for a very worthy charity - Henshaws. But how....? I can hear you asking! Well, once each participant was allocated a team, it was time to get creative and produce something to be donated into a Charity the colours of your allocated team!

 The team I was allocated was Ivory Coast - not so great for winning prizes, however it was a great one when it came to the colours I had to use - green, orange & white. After plenty of brainstorming, experimenting and changing my mind a few times, I finally settled on producing a baby mobile with owls! As many of you may have already guessed, I love anything that involved owls.

I chose to make green & orange owls and hung them all from a white cloud. I uploaded a blog post previously about how to make your own owl, however I have never sewn one with closed eyes! This took quite abit of time and patience, but I am really pleased with the way they turned out.

What do you think? Overall, I am really pleased with it and hopefully it'll fetch a nice amount of money to go to Henshaws. It was so lovely seeing what all of the other participants had made as well -my favourite being the ladybird dress by Millie Beau Designs.

Did you enter the Handmade Nation Sweepstake too? Let me know if you did, I would love to see what you made for it.


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Glastonbury Festival - Its Not All About the Music

I have been a little absent for the past week or so but I feel my reason is valid - I was at Glastonbury Festival! I don't want my blog to turn back into a lifestyle blog, however I love Glastonbury so much it's difficult to resist sharing my experiences with you all (Sorry)!
This year I did so much exploring and have come to the conclusion that this really isn't a Festival that is all about the music. Granted, it is the primary focus (and my main reason for going) but when the line up was released most people were a little disappointed. Compared to previous years it was pretty poor (No offence Mr Eavis) but this just left more time to explore!! One of the first things me & Nick stumbled across was a giant Polaroid "photobooth" which you led on, to raise awareness of The White Ribbon Alliance. It was such good fun and our photo came out pretty well - although we weren't so adventurous with the fancy dress items. 

One of my favourite areas at Glastonbury this year was The Green Fields, in particular the Green Crafts Village. There was so much to look at - it was the most creative place (trying to keep with my blog theme)! There were chairs hanging from the trees, stalls selling handmade crafts & so many workshops. I was desperate to book myself in to a "make your own flower headband" workshop but felt it was probably something that was aimed at children! Damn it - they get all the fun. In The Green Fields and throughout other areas of Glastonbury were lots of random sculptures. My three favourites were a beautiful fairy, the hot air balloon seating area & a violin playing Fox (amazing, amazing, amazing)! 



And this little felt man was too cute to not include a photo of!

So I think the point of this post is to basically say Glastonbury Festival isn't just about the cider, mud & music! If you have never been and you aren't too sure if you would enjoy it, I promise you you will have the best time. It is like a whole other world, where there are no rules and everyone just loves one another. There are so many stages/performance areas that there will always be a handful of bands you will want to see. And when your favourite bands aren't playing, you can always go to the Theatre & Circus Field or The Green Fields for some alternative entertainment!

Here I Am!
 Have you ever been to Glastonbury Festival? Are there any other Festivals you would recommend that have plenty of alternative (creative & crafty) entertainment?