Kitsch Craft

jo’s thoughts, crafts and inspirations

Lola and Prim and jumble sales May 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kitschcraft @ 2:51 pm

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.





domestic violence

Filed under: feminism — kitschcraft @ 3:08 pm

i know this is not the nicest topic for a blog, but it is important. I have worked in and around the domestic violence sector for 10 years. If you are or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, you can call the free national helpline on: 0808 2000 247.

The following page from the BBC’s Hitting Home site may also be useful:

You can also check out the Greater London Domestic Violence Project (where i work) at

and please contact me if you need any advice or support,

take care




Crafty blogs website!

Filed under: links — kitschcraft @ 11:04 am

Check out this great site for lots of cool craft blogs in the UK…and visit my blog so i can get ranked!!


Crafty Blogs


illustrate my life May 11, 2008

Filed under: illustration — kitschcraft @ 11:15 pm

This is a picture that simon drew of me and martha today…..i wish i did have a skirt like that! The socks are pretty cool too. He is pretty talented huh?




installation inspiration

Filed under: photography — kitschcraft @ 9:53 pm

Sunday May 11th 2008
Today we went to Freightliners city farm, as well as some very large rabbits (who were wandering around freely and laughing at a cat who had got stuck in their hutch) there was a great art installation. This stencil above a chicken house really got me!!

And this was one of the installations……what does it mean to you? I think it is beautiful.