Kitsch Craft

jo’s thoughts, crafts and inspirations

Craft swap and alternative fair May 31, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 3:50 pm

Hey guys,

i was wondering if anyone out there would like to take part in a craft swap?

The deal is:

I send you something handmade and you send something back!?!

What do you think?

I have got so much laying around right now (i am saving up stock for a stall at spitalfields market) and i think some of it needs a good home.

Let me know if you are interested, i look forward to hearing from you!


Also, i am organising an alternative craft fair soon in London, so i will be looking for people who want stalls (it will be to raise money for a domestic violence charity, stalls will cost £10).




hi everyone

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 12:23 pm

Thank you for your comments about my last post, i keep thinking about it and still dont know what i should have done for the best but writing about it here helped.

I spent yesterday in York (beautiful) at a conference on Violence against Women. It was great and helped me find the motivation i needed to keep doing my dissertation. The feminist movement from the ’70s onwards has been so inspirational. I hope our generation can make as much of an impact. Even though things seem uncertain with the new changes in London, sisterhood will prevail!


What are you all doing today? I am home alone and, i hate to say it, feeling a bit bored, restless and lonely. London is such an anonymous city. I dont know what to do with myself! I got the time out guide to shopping in london, and there is a good section on craft shops (and record shops!) so i think i may go and do some investigating…

Have lovely days….



Kokeshi dolls May 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 10:52 pm

Here is the photo i promised of the baby kokeshi dolls i made. They are not great as i didn’t have the right paper for the dresses, but i am going to practice. The heads are made from fimo and i painted the hair etc… I got the tutorial over at ‘my little mochi’….I made holes in them so i can thread them as charms.



morals, manners and fear (and broken cameras)

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 2:12 pm

hey lovelies,
i haven’t forgotten you! I have been busy making bits and pieces (have made some cute little Japanese style dolls) but my camera has broken so no photos. This is the 3rd camera to break in 2 years. I seem to repell electrical equipment.
Anyway….i thought i would share with you something that happened to me this morning. It angered me so much i wrote to the ‘london paper’ about it!! I hope i am not turning into one of those old women who complain about stuff….
Anyway, this is the article i sent into their readers column thing….

I have just got off the tube, which is always a relief but was especially welcome this morning.
After a few stops I finally got a seat and sat down with my paper. The guy next to me was chatting to the woman on the other side of him, but not in a friendly way. He kept asking her if she was ok, to which she kept saying ‘yes’ politely. But he wouldn’t let it go…..he was obviously not satisfied with her not wanting to talk and started yelling at her, calling her all sorts of really offensive things. He told her she shouldn’t have sat next to him if she didn’t want to talk to him.
All the time, I was thinking….here we go, I’m gona be next. Then I saw his face peering over my paper and I knew it was time to leave. She agreed and we both got off early. She seemed ok and was being comforted by another passenger who decided he must have been ‘drunk or ill’. But as I walked off, it occurred to me that on a carriage packed full of people, no-one bothered to say anything or to intervene. I know it is supposed to be the English way to ignore each other on public transport but don’t we have an obligation to look out for each other?
I feel terrible that I didn’t stand up for this woman, but all the time recently we hear about people doing just that and getting killed for it.
I was scared, I admit it. And now I feel awful. To make it worse, I work in a job where it is my duty to try to protect women and children from men’s violence towards them. Every day I advocate for them and yet I froze on the tube.
Is it the English way? Are we all so scared of the repercussions of intervening? Are we so de-sensitised to this kind of behaviour that we don’t even notice it anymore?
So, if you are reading this on the tube, just look around you and check everyone is ok. Hey, go crazy and maybe even smile at someone (in a normal way though, don’t freak them out….)
And to the woman who no-one helped this morning; I am truly sorry.


forest May 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 9:17 pm

I have been making a little forest, this is what i have so far, trees and mushrooms! The mushroom tutorial can be found here Lucy Kate Crafts



excited and yet….. May 21, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 3:21 pm

oooh, i am up to number 536 on the craftyblogs uk website!! I feel quite moved!! And, i also feel like a fraud as i haven’t really done anything on here yet. I wonder who is reading this!!
I really want to spend more time uploading photos but i have quite a slow connection and it takes a while. I also want to think of important and inspirational stuff to say but sometimes it takes all my effort just to sign on to the site. I have not really discussed my depression on here. I intended to at the start of this adventure, but actually, maybe this is not the place? Also, i am trying so hard to deal with it, i am not sure that i want to start discussing it. But, maybe my lack of talking about it has been the issue all along. I am sure my friends would agree with that!
It is a battle and has changed my life but it is who i am and hopefully there light at the end of this funny little tunnel!
The sunshine is making me smile today anyway.
Other things that make me smile are:
* waking up to find martha the kitten asleep on the pillow next to me
* rain
* marzipan
* songs that lift your heart and take you back (or forwards)
* letters (from friends, not the bank who seem to like writing to me)
* jumbles
* old people holding hands
* my mum’s funny stories
* afternoon naps

What makes you smile?


What is a feminist? May 19, 2008

Filed under: feminism — kitschcraft @ 2:51 pm

I got sent this at work today……


It made me laugh but also, it is interesting to think about what exactly a feminist is…..It is all too easy to label yourself a feminist and forget what it really means. Being a feminist is more than just a vague idea about equality. It is about political activism and liberation. I work for a feminist organisation so it is all to easy for me to sit back and think that i am doing enough. But, i have never felt so empowered as i did on the ‘reclaim the night’ march last year. Marching with 1500 other women to protest about violence against women was amazing. The best thing was, our groups cheers were bieng led by my friend’s 9 year old son!
I am going to have a think about this some more, but let me know your views. x


Lola and Prim and jumble sales May 18, 2008

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I made these kids last night. Finally got my sewing machine out is after ages……..The pink one is Lola and the blue one is Prim. They were originally supposed to be like Russion dolls but it didn’t quite work out that way.


Today i went to the Rock n Roll Jumble ( I got a great vintage black dress and some more cowboy boots. It was rammed. No minor celebrities this time though. But it is really cool to see so many people there, i used to do a stall there but people are more after vintage clothes than new handmade stuff. I am still planning an alternative craft show in London soon, so watch this space! Contact me if you are interested in taking part.x


books, books, books May 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 8:59 pm

I borrowed this from Carina at


What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.



Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment

One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi: a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
A Tale of Two Cities

The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations

American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha

Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Miserables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes: a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers



Kansashi Japanese Flower Brooches May 12, 2008

Filed under: jewellery — kitschcraft @ 3:47 pm

These are some flower brooches i have made using a traditonal Japanese folding technique.