Kitsch Craft

jo’s thoughts, crafts and inspirations

I’m back! January 22, 2010

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Hey everyone!
It has been a looooong time since i last wrote on here. Hope you are all doing well – i missed you! I have added some lovely sites to the links section, so do check them out.
For those of you in London, there is a cool craft fair happening in Brixton:

They still have tables free. If i can shake this pesky kidney infection that i have been battling for a week (ugh) then i will be going to check it out.
I love that there seems to be a much bigger craft movement in the UK now. I am coming across so many great blogs and inspirational crafters!
If you are on twitter please follow me (josharpen) and if you are not – get tweeting! There are heaps of great craft links to follow and get ideas from. In fact that is where i found out about the Brixton craft fair, and i live just down the road!
Back soon with some photos.xx


Listen to The Fixer, the first single from Backspacer August 2, 2009

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Listen to The Fixer, the first single from Backspacer

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Urban Village Fete

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Hi Guys!
I am back after an loooooong break. I missed you! Yesterday i had a stall at the ‘Urban Village Fete’….which got me in the crafty mood again.

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I met some wonderful crafty people…..and it has really got me in the mood to keep on with it. As soon as my thesis is handed in (1 month to go……eeeek!) i am going to set up a proper business again.
Ok, back to work. Hope you are all having awesome weekends.


March 31, 2009

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Hey kittens,
I am in York having a lovely time debating masculinity from a feminist perspective. It seems like a really beautiful city. I could spend hours telling you about all the fascinating discussions we have had, but i think i need to leave that for another day. Too much to take in and the bar is calling….

I don’t really have much news so, i will share with you my latest ‘heart soar’ musical find….
Jeffrey Lewis.

That is the link to an album of his on spotify. If you do not have spotify you must download it IMMEDIATELY! It is a lovely (legal) way to listen to practically anything, as long as you are online, and you can share loveliness with everyone.

He is also an artist, and these pictures of his make me smile.



And, another picture i have loved this week:


I am getting there with my quilt…i decided to make a cot-sized one to start with, as i had a lot of children’s character fabric and also a lot of anxiety over making one! I will post a photo when it is done….but, tell me off if that happens soon as it will mean i have not been working hard enough on my dissertation!


Basket case March 24, 2009

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Just a quick post to say: LOOK AT THIS adorable Easter basket!! from Moda Bake Shop.


I have ordered the piping and honey bun (love that phrase!) from ebay and am ready to go…just wanted to share it with you…
I am trying to take my mind off the fact that i should be at an Animal Collective gig tonight with someone lovely, but could not get a ticket. Boo.
Hope you are all having a great week so far.


Spring has sprung!!! March 22, 2009

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Hurrah! I feel so much better with all this sunshine…..and having a garden is pretty awesome:



Since my last post i have procrastinated constantly, so i feel even more stressed! ARGH!! I bring it all upon myself though, i just need to get on with it and i will feel much better.
I do love the way that the sunshine makes everyone seem happier though…check out this graffiti i found today on Brick Lane.


So, my latest ‘not work but still important’ project is to make a quilt!! I have never done this so it feels a bit daunting (any advice is appreciated!). I have ordered a book from amazon called ‘scrap quilt sensation!, and a whole heap of material offcuts from ebay but i am not sure what kind of quilt to try! Last night i was scrolling through some blogs and came across this one from Anna Maria Horner. I love her folk dance quilt! But i think it may be toooo hard for me! I would love to see photos of any quilts that other people have made. Maybe i should do a baby sized one to start with? xox


Procrastinating March 15, 2009

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Ok guys…i admit it, i need help.
I have to finish my MA dissertation (which i have already deferred 3 times) by May. This means that right this second i should be working. However, what i am actually doing is:
*Checking my facebook
*Refreshing my email…just in case
*Checking my phone for messages….just in case
*Rearranging my books
*Refolding fabric and organising by colour
*Rechecking facebook

All this while listening to BBC6 music, which has a phone in about how we all constantly check our emails and check our phones for texts, even though we know that NO-ONE HAS CONTACTED US!!!! My phone has been right there next to me, but JUST IN CASE, i keep looking!
I know this is classic work avoidance! So, i was wondering, what do you do to avoid work, or other things you dont want to do? And, do you have any advice for me? I really need to get this work done! ARGH!!!

Last night, in more work avoidance news, i made this bambi deer.



She is a bit wonky but i love the fabric! I am off to the vintage rock and roll jumble sale later today, so i hope to come home with lots more loveliness!
In the meantime i will leave you with this picture, taken in Nottingham the other week:



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!