Time Taken: 3 x Daisy Naps
1 x Sex and the City Film (it was one of THOSE weeks)
2 x True Blood Episodes – admittedly I was distracted at points!!!
3 x Listens of the latest Pretty Reckless Album
If you have read one of my latest catch-up posts, you’ll be aware that I’m trying to take a little bit of time to get back into crafting for myself. One of the best ways I thought I could introduce a little more craft and DIY back into Frugally Peachy was to create my own little #Project 34 – a project in which I create one thing per week (in the last 34 weeks of the year), for myself (or a gift). I sometimes feel I babble on a lot about crafting and learning to make dresses, with very little evidence of doing so – the desire to do it is there, it really is sadly the time. In between looking after D, I’m running the home, setting up The Gothic Librarian, Writing, running #CraftBlogClub, amongst other things – that can often leave little time for myself!
So, last week, I got a bit DIY creative around the house and made a start on reclaiming the space in my home. My bedroom needed a bit of a facelift so I painted one red feature wall, put up some lovely red curtains from eBay (bargain) and treated myself to some much-needed new bedding. The result? A gothic-inspired haven of loveliness, my room feels comfy and reflects me! It is still a little work in progress – I want to upcycle my chest of drawers – but my little home is starting to feel just like mine and I’ve got the DIY bug now!
I didn’t want to put too much on my bedroom walls, I have a little selection of postcards, but I decided I wanted a centrepiece for the wall behind my bed. I’m all about positivity at the moment and I decided to set myself a little cross stitch project for my first week of #Project34. What do you think?
The words are taken from a poem by Tyler Knott Gregson, from his Typewriter collection. This particular poem means worlds to me, for reasons I won’t go into here – so I thought it was important to have something wistfully romantic and positive to read every morning.
In keeping with the ‘Typewriter’ tradition, I tried playing with fading out the colour of each silk as I stitched the lower lines, as if the ink on a typewriter is fading. I think working with block colours would have worked just as well, but I like the colour scheme on the finished piece.
From my early days on the Cross Stitch Train (a club I went to at primary school) – as much as I love it as a craft form, but it really is a labour of love – everything takes a lot longer than you think, but I’m really pleased with the outcome. I love the simplicity of working with cross stitch to create words and I’m over the moon to have something personal on my wall again!
Do you feel like you need to take some crafty power back? Why not join me on #Project34 – I’d love to see some of what you guys are up to!
Stay Peachy x