Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
It's available on the Fibrous facebook page or on the right hand column of this blog. It's a paypal gift certificate, so it will be easy to use during the etsy checkout.
If you run an online shop and want to make your own gift certificate there's great instructions at Handmade Spark.
There's only a few things I would add to those instructions:
- one is that you can get to your Facebook admin page by clicking "edit profile", the other is that Static FBML can be found all the way on the bottom of the Applications page. Click "Add Application" to add.
- Still in Applications, you'll see several links under "FBML". Click "Go to Application". Box title is "Gift Certificates". And the Paypal code goes in the FBML box.
- You'll be able to find your gift certificate tab by pressing the >> on your page. If you'd like to rearrange your tabs just click and drag.
- If you'd like a space in between your description and the button code enter this html code: <br>
- aaaand, if you ever want to amend what's written in that box click on "Go to Application" next to the FBML icon.
Let me know if you need any help!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
If you have Photoshop it's actually quite easy to make your avatar, like this one.
First, find a Santa Hat. There's plenty of free clipart websites online.
Open the hat image in Photoshop.
Then open the other image, the one you'll be adding the hat to. I think it's easiest at this point to make both images roughly the same size by going to
Image -> Image Size
But don't worry about getting the images exactly the same size.
Now we're going to use the magnetic lasso function.
I usually magnify the image before I use this function. You can do this by pressing CTRL and then the + sign on your keyboard.
The magnetic lasso is easy to use, just click on the outline of the hat, then move your mouse along the outline. Sometimes, especially at sharp turns, you can make a "fastening point" by clicking your mouse. You will have to go all the way around and close the lasso by clicking on the first square you made with this tool. You'll know it's created a complete circle because the line becomes squiggly.
Don't stress about it being too perfect, we can erase the excess white a little later on...
Once you've finished that press CTRL C to copy the hat.
Then click on the non-hat picture and paste the hat.
You can use
to move the hat to the right place. And if the hat's too big you can click
Edit -> Transform -> Scale
and then click and drag one of the corners to make the hat smaller.
If the magnetic lasso hasn't done it's job properly and there's too much white around the hat just right click on the Eraser button and pick the Background Eraser Tool.
And click the white areas to make them disappear into the background!
And there you have it! Some extra festive cheer!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
It's been less than 48 hours since she'd been out of town and I've already started eating microwave food and have had waaaaay too much chocolate and shortbread. Actually, no wonder I'm already sad. Sugar crash.
This is my first Christmas away from home. Though really I've been a minor humbug for a few years now. Most of my family is into traditions, but I think I'll be ok without watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas for the 29th time in my life! *ironic*
I've also decided in the past 24 hours that I won't be buying a real Christmas tree for a logical albeit strange reason (totally not going to depress you by going into more detail on that). But that just might be the shortbread talking...
... so, um, Happy Holidays.
*off to eat something healthy so I'll stop being so melodramatic*
We're expecting more snow this weekend so I'll have pretty snow pictures for you soon.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Here's one of the things I bought from a fellow etsian:It's called Envy and is from Dyeingforewe (I'm just a tad bit green from jealousy that I can't keep this lovely yarn! :)
And although one of my sisters and I weren't going to exchange gifts, I found out my friend Beadybird was going to be at a craft fair nearby, so I bought this:
It's made from items found on a local beach! I think she'll love it.
My mom requested some of my magnets, so I'll post pics of those after Christmas!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
The holiday carnival has been up and running since Thursday. There's a ferris wheel and other rides, a Highland Market, German Market (I hear there's awesome Christmas markets in Germany, which is why they have them over here too) and the ice skating rink!
I haven't been on yet, but I will!
That last photo was taken just before 4 pm!
I'm not quite ready for all this yet, but the atmosphere is definitely here!
Stay warm everyone.
Friday, November 26, 2010
If you aren't in Edinburgh, as I realize the world does not revolve around this city and most people don't live here... you can buy from me online at http://fibrous.etsy.com I'm having a Black Friday - Cyber Monday sale, 10% off everything when you use the coupon code YAYPRESENTS
And sorry for the short posts the past few days, I've just started a holiday job, and this was a last-minute booking for the craft fair, so my spare time has been spent with frantically making stuff!
PS, Kirsty, if you're reading this, I'll make some sheep tonight for you, and you didn't leave your email in the comment form :)
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Hope you had/are having a wonderful evening! Yes I mean you, even if you aren't American. And if aren't please have something yummy for dessert to celebrate anyway! We can all use a good dessert sometimes ...
One of the many things I'm grateful for:
That there are people who find me interesting enough to read my blog! So a special hellooo and thank you!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Not a day for rushing about. Or felting it seems. A day maybe for knitting.
I've nearly gotten to the point where I should separate out the armholes from the rest of the body. About time too, because right now the knitting is too large for the circular needles.
It's a bit annoying when the stitches push each other off the needles and need to be rescued, but there's also something satisfying about have too many stitches. It's an overindulgence I don't have to feel guilty about (unlike having three of those pumpkin cupcakes in one evening :)
Yarn: New Lanark
PS. Very soon I'll leaving this blog and just posting on my new one!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
These are some yummy cupcakes. Extra bonus that it's not too sweet, in fact the pumpkin almost makes this taste healthy!
The recipe makes 24 cupcakes
280g plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
110g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
5 tablespoons brown soft sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
250g pumpkin puree
8 tablespoons (1 stick/4 oz./113g) butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' (icing) sugar, sifted
3 to 5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1.Preheat an oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Grease 24 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin cases. I use silicon cupcake cases. They're great, no greasing or paper cases needed!
2.Sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, salt, baking powder and bicarb. Set aside.
3.Beat 110g of butter, caster sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the milk and pumpkin puree.
4.Stir in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Don't overmix! Pour the cupcake mixture into the muffin cases.
5.Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the icing.
6.In a large bowl cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy.
7.Cover the cupcakes with the icing, either by spreading it with a spoon, or you can put the icing in a small plastic bag and cut a bit off one tip.
Though I don't recommend putting on those little edible ball thingies. Cupcakes shouldn't be so crunchy!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For packages from the UK:
Monday 6th December South & Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Australia and New Zealand
Friday 10th December for Eastern Europe, USA and Canada
Monday 13th December for packages to Western Europe
Tuesday 21st December for First Class packages within the UK
Items coming from the US:
Monday 20th December for First Class Mail
Tuesday 21st December for Priority Mail
Dec 10 to Canada, Mexico, and Europe
More info on USPS shipping and more info on Royal Mail shipping.
Btw, very soon I'll leaving this blog and starting a new one!
Monday, November 15, 2010
I can still remember a little electronic kit I had when I was a kid, and every few years I consider buying myself another one and never end up actually buying it, so I had been looking forward to this workshop all week.
We each got a little kit with directions and a friendly hacklab person was at each table to help us out.
Here's the first step, a bunch of transistors waiting to be soldered:
Here I am soldering. Apparently it's fascinating... :)
Actually I think she was just making sure I was doing it correctly.
And soon I had a flashy light thingy!
And now the question is, how can I incorporate this with fibre without electrocuting myself...?
Btw, very soon I'll leaving this blog and starting a new one!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
(Yes, I am pointing to the relevant sentence with a knitting needle)
Now I admit I’ve eaten pizza with a knife and fork at a restaurant over here, but I’ve always assumed that people ditched the knife and fork when they were at home! A quick google search tells me it’s pretty fairly common in America too. An inquiring mind want to know – How do you eat your pizza?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
A hat that looks like I'm wearing a bunny on my head, and kind of impedes my sight, but it's sooo warm! And it's made in the UK (Lee Cooper), and I bought it on sale. So yes, definitely news worthy. BTW, that's my black alpaca owl cowl I'm wearing in the pic too - also super warm!!
And those gloves I'm wearing - not warm enough. Almost ready for the snow, almost.
Btw, very soon I'll leaving this blog and starting a new one!
Please change your bookmarks to: http://fibrouscreations.com
Friday, November 05, 2010
I don't bead, but I somehow went away with more than just necklace clasps.Lovely, aren't they? I thought they looked fibrous.
It's a nice and friendly store.
They also have wholesale discounts, if you buy enough of one item.
I couldn't help taking pictures of the beads. There were all these colors and shapes saying hey, look at me!
Maybe I should take up beading ...
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Last month I sent in a little fibre leaf to the Craft House Concept Autumn Leaf competition (Craft House Concept is a neat little store in Edinburgh selling handmade goods). Well, I didn't win (you might have already guessed this as I did not title this post "yay I won").
If you get a chance though, check out the other submissions! I particularly like the leather one by Eleanor Young. It's nice to be reminded that there's so many talented people out there...
Here's my little guy:
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Yay new project. And nope, not feeling guilty about ignoring the numerous UFOs. Why am I not feeling guilty?
1. Life's too short, and
2. It's a sweater, so it's going to be very useful
Ok, so maybe there's a tiny bit of guilt, but I've never made myself a sweater! Which possibly should add to the guilt, but it's not... Perhaps it's just because the pattern name is Wicked, and I'm feeling a little contradictory... Hmmm.
Yarn: New Lanark
Pattern: Wicked by Rachel Bishop
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Have I ever mention that during college I was the president of Cheese Lovers United for three years? Not only the president, but the president and founder. And yes, there were other members. Yay liberal arts education! The cheese club is a whole 'nother blog post though.
This time I'll just leave you to ponder the pincushion I just listed:
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I was selling at another craft fair yesterday and ran into two people I knew fro craft clubs, one person I took a class with, 2 people who knew me from the bead fair and one who had bought a pincushion from me in the last fair.
It must be crazy for the people who've actually lived in this city for more than a year!
Do you live in a small town? Do you ever get used to running into people you know?
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
So I thought this week I'd do a bit of cross-stitch. I wanted to do something I could keep by my crafting corner. Something short, something relevant, something that would inspire me and motivate me.
And this is what I came up with:
Let's see how effective it is :)
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The day started off clear, bright, crisp, and very cold. And then it turned into cloudy and cold. It feels like winter already!
This is a wonderful doorway!
Really I think everyone should have their own coat of arms. Mine perhaps would be a hedgehog and a piece of cheese.
It's amazing to think that people once lived here.
Queen of Scots stayed at Craigmillar a few times! Though once you visit a few castles though you realize that nearly all of the surviving castles had housed royalty at one point or another.
Am I the only one who thinks old latrines are fascinating?
This is the inside of a dovecot:
So that was Craigmillar Castle! Where to next?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The other day I saw these individual silicone cupcake molds at Pound Land (and for my American friends who are wondering - yes, it really is called Pound Land). I haven't made cupcakes in ages. Or at least I don't remember making them. I do oddly enough remember having cupcake liners at one point, but I don't actually remember making them. Perhaps I didn't make them with icing (why would I bother to remember naked cupcakes?) ...
In any case, I poo-poohed any concerns I had about getting cancer from baking in 99 pence silicone and made some cupcakes this evening!
Apparently mixing coco powder and green food coloring in your butter icing produces yoda cupcakes! (cupcakes I like)
As you can see I was too eager to consume it to actually apply the icing in a neat and pleasing manner. Tasted good though.
And then I made a little pincushion, one with considerably neater icing. And sprinkles. And it's full of fibre. And I don't have to actively ignore it's fat content (or lack thereof).
(it will be on sale on etsy tomorrow).
Saturday, October 09, 2010
My first attempt looked brown and withered. I'm a California girl. Back where I'm from we have green alive leaves and brown dead ones.
And really, when Autumn arrives here I'm usually too obsessed with the change of temperature than the change in trees.
But the leaves are quite pretty, aren't they?
Do you notice the changes in season?
Thursday, October 07, 2010
And I wasn't completely idle and bored for all of that time.
Here's a few of the things I made:
And I read a book (Oliver Sacks) and I'm half-way through two others (another Oliver Sacks and Subversive Stitch (it's about the history of embroidery and femininity)) and I'm a bit better at the ukulele.
So now, looking back, I'm wondering what all that whining was about. Um, no, wait. In half an hour I'll have to recharge this battery and won't be able to use the computer for a few hours. *whine*.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's blogs again, and see what I've missed these past few weeks!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
And I can vaguely remember what it looks like too - a mushroom with a white stem and red top.
I got this little spool at a charity shop on Tuesday, and after 5 minutes of the normal thing you do with these (I was surprised that it really was knitting! but with metal loops instead of knitting needles, which, you know, makes sense since it's called a knitting spool ...) I decided it might be a little more interesting to try and knit around one of my felted cords with sewing thread.
I'm not sure what I expected, but this isn't it:
Hmmm. Looks a little like some worm from another planet.
But I suppose you never know until you try!
Monday, October 04, 2010
The other side now has a Saint Andrew's Cross! (Scotland's flag)
And just a little update - nope, I still do not have a computer, which might actually explain why I'm now finding plastic bags to be fascinating and blog-worthy...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Yes, I know it's Thursday, but I'm still having computer issues. This week I made a little capelet out of a t-shirt. It was inspired by the book Generation T my mother bought for me many years ago. It's a bit like wearing a pillow case, but heh, it's a prototype.