On Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the Finders Keepers markets in Sydney with Aelie. The Finders Keepers markets are a free bi-annual event where emerging artists and designers can showcases their goods. Let me tell you, the markets are packed to the rafters with incredible artworks, jewellery, clothing and shoes, pottery, stationary and many other goodies, many of which are handmade or restored vintage items. Mixed with live music and a glass of wine from the bar, it makes for a truly memorable night out. Although I sadly didn't spend my pennies this time (due to my shopping ban), I did leave with a head full of inspiration (and awe!). I have always toyed with the idea of creating and painting my own vintage-inspired tea set, and now I am more motivated than ever!
I enjoy waking up early on a Sunday morning and buying fresh chocolate croissants and almond danishes from the local bakery and eating them in the sunshine in our courtyard with a coffee and a magazine... bliss! This weekend I focused on recuperating from last week, including our little terrace house and searching for winter fashion inspiration online. I have also been thinking about my career and where I should take it one day. So I have been looking for ideas and inspiration, including:
I was a little under the weather with a cold on the weekend so I took it easy and enjoyed the sunshine in our courtyard with a blanket, magazines and lots of coffee (no matter how hard I try and how much I love teapots, I am just not a tea girl at heart!). On the positive side, it gave me time to finish making these cute cross stitch hoops. I am tempted to pin them up on our bedroom wall above my dressing table and see how long it takes my boyfriend to notice (and no doubt make me take them down! I hope you all had a lovely and eventful weekend.
Cross Stitch for Beginners
I am far from an expert on the subject, but for any cross stitch newbies in the mood to get your inner nanna on, here are a few little pointers to get you started!
Cross stitch is a really low-cost craft. All you need is a pattern + a small square of fabric + embroidery thread + a hoop or frame + a needle + scissors (it sounds like a lot but it actually only costs about $15 in total, depending on the size of the pattern).
Aida fabric is the easiest to work with as the weave is large and clear.
You can buy easy (and super cute!) patterns from Etsy. My patterns were purchased from this lovely shop.
Most patterns come with instructions if you are not familiar with the basic stitches required. Alternatively, a good stitch guide with pictures can be found here.
Check out eBay for lovely wooden hoops/frames at very low prices.
Don't be afraid to stray from the pattern as little or as much as you like in terms of colour schemes (as I have). The main thing is to replace light colours with other light colours and dark with dark, so that the light and shadow effects stay true.
You need to give your finished work a quick wash in cold water with a mild detergent to remove any oil marks from your hands - you may not be able to see them but they will show up over time.