Kitsch Craft

jo’s thoughts, crafts and inspirations

February 24, 2009

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Following on from my last post, i got some of the fabric i ordered in the post today (yay!), and it turns out that most of the cool designs i showed you come from fabric rehab! Isn’t that the coolest name!

And someone sent me this the other day, it is a genuine ‘warning’ from the ’80s….!

I remember spending hours taping songs off the top 40 and pretending to be a DJ inbetween. I used to read out problem page letters from magazines and try to answer them! I dread to think what is in the top 40 these days…i was ashamed just watching the Brits!



Friday thought…. February 20, 2009

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Friday – thought of the day!

If you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Bishop Desmond Tutu


I *heart* fabric February 18, 2009

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Who woulda thought a simple search on eaby for ‘retro fabric’ would come up with all these awesome prints:

Favourite newly discovered band:
Handsome furs

Check out the link above…..if someone can tell me how to save a youtube video and put it on here directly instead of just the link, i would be very grateful! It is probably something very obvious….but i am in dolly daydream world today!

Meanwhile, this made me smile today:


“No-kissing signs have appeared in the taxi rank at Warrington Bank Quay Station forcing lovers to use designated areas only”.
I would LOVE to see a designated kissing zone!



A cynical valentine…. February 13, 2009

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Happy Valentines eve!
In case you are loved up, check out these adorable vintage postcards!
They are all free to download!
I collect old postcards and i am lucky enough to have inherited my nan’s beautiful collection. Also, now i live in Dulwich i have discovered the most awesome vintage shop which sells these beauties!
This is my favourite:


This year, the only valentine’s i think i will get are from my parents…!

I had decided to share the quote below with you already, and then i saw Bella Dia’s site and her ‘thoughtful friday’ idea! Weird….must be Friday 13th in action!

Quote of the day:

“If it were between countries, we’d call it a war,
If it were a disease, we’d call it an epidemic,
If it were an oil spill, we’d call it a disaster,
But it is happening to women and it is just an everyday affair.”

Michael Kaufman
Co-founder, White Ribbon Campaign, Canada

On valentines, lets all remember those around the world who have experienced abuse in their relationships. If you are lucky enough to be with someone lovely, hold them a bit tighter tomorrow and tell them how you feel. You are blessed.



February 10, 2009

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Thank you so much to everyone who left comments about the awful Slink website….i will keep you updated on what happens…and you may want to keep an eye on the guardian…. 😉

On a lighter note, i have found a great website that lists craft events in the UK! In case you haven’t seen it yet, you can find isew here:

Let me know if you are going to any! I am up for the NEC ‘sewing for pleasure’ show the ‘London Stitch & Creative Crafts Show’ and maybe the ‘make it’ one…..xx


Frustration. February 8, 2009

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When i was about 4 years old, my mum tells me that one day i didn’t feel very well. Apparantly i was dissatisfied with the level of sympathy my parents gave me, so i proceeded to fashion myslef a homemade badge! It was a little circle…sort of…with a safety pin taped on the back, and on the front i had written with crayons ‘poor me!’. My mum still has it! And sometimes, even now, i feel like wearing it! Today is one of those days. Things i thought were going well have suddenly not worked out and i feel kinda lost right now.

Anyway, something else that is annoying me right now (sorry about all this moaning!) is a BBC website called Slink.

Click here to visit the site.

I run an online forum at work and someone wrote in to point out what AWFUL and VILE advice this website is giving to teenagers. It is aimed at teenage girls and here is an example of some of the terrible advice that the ‘agony uncle’ gives…these are answers given to genuine questions asked by children.

Q – What do boys expect on a first date?
A – The only time we’d expect the works is if we’d heard you were easy and were going out with you for that specific reason. But no one wants to be that kind of girl, do they?

Q – Why are boys mean to girls they fancy?
A – It’s better to look like a bastard than a wimp. So we’ll do everything possible to avoid looking like a wimp, even if it means being a bastard. The reason is simple: girls prefer bastards to wimps. So it’s your fault really.

Q – Does age matter to boys?
A – As some boys get older they start going for younger girls. Often this is because they’re easier to impress, easier to control and, well, just easier. So watch out!

Can you believe this crap? Easier to control? Do you think this fool knows that 40% of teenagers in the UK are in abusive relationships and that power and control are central to this. Does he not realise that 2 women a week are killed because of domestic violence? And how about the fact that 70% of teenage mothers are in violent relationships? No? Well perhaps he should find this stuff out before giving disgusting, masochistic, unsafe ‘advice’. Lots of teenagers must use the internet to get advice, and you would think that the BBC would offer more support.

On another section of the site, girls are writing in with ‘real life stories’ where they are disclosing abuse, violence, forced marriages etc. Then under each one, dozens of others are leaving comments saying they too are going through the same thing. You may think that this would be a great opportunity for the BBC to link to some helplines, websites as well as responding and offering support and advice, but no. There is nothing of the sort. This is outrageous. They have a repsonsibility to practice responsible broadcasting. What kind of message is this giving to young people?

Anyway, i am making an official complaint with several other organisations that also work to eliminate violence against women. Wish us luck and join the campaign! If you are also shocked by this, please do something. You can use the official BBC complaints form. We all have a duty of care and we need to act. Now.

Rant over. Now where is that badge?xx


New Home! February 4, 2009

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So, the reason i have not been posting recently is because i have been moving!!!
The old flat i used to live in was really too small and the landlords were too dodgy. Not to mention the fact that it was haunted…oh yes, my kind neighbour told me ONE YEAR after i had been living there that there was a ghost…which explained the strange face i kept seeing in the window and the overwhelming sense of sadness and regret that i felt whenever i walked in (i thought that was just me….). Also, as some of you may know, last year was not the best year for me, so i started this year with a new attitude which seems to be working! Basically i am not letting little things get me down and i am trying to think postive thoughts, it really makes a difference. I feel really blessed right now.
The shocking thing about moving was that i went from North to South London, which i never thought i would do! But, i love it! Heaps of parks, trees, cool bars and unique vintage shops….awesome. Also, much nearer to work and more importantly friends. And, i have a garden! All of my own. This is it on monday…..


And here is a certain Miss Martha looking out while i play in the snow, i did put her on her lead to take her out, but that didn’t go down well…


Now i have more space, i am feeling alot more inspired and creative, i also have more creative people in my life this year, so it is a good place to be. xx