Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 7

Here is the latest episode of the Slow Crafting Podcast where I talk about what has been keeping me busy over the last couple of weeks, upcoming plans and a little bit of visible mending/ repair work.

 

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Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 6

A slightly shorter episode this time, apologies for the poor video quality this time I was recording late at night as a result of mummy duties rather than in a morning as I normally would.

 

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Experiments with a minimalist wardrobe.

I wrote a blog post a few months back about having too many clothes (you can find it here) and had always planned on down sizing my existing wardrobe but I wanted to talk to you all about the accidental experiment in a minimalist wardrobe that I ended up carrying out during the great house moving drama of 2017.

A little bit of background to set the scene, after 5 months of faffing about we were finally due to move house the last week in January, the day before we were due to move we were told that the house we were due to move in to wasn’t available yet (this is a short summery of a much longer and more complicated but incredibly dull story) however our sale needed to go ahead so we ended up moving back in to the house we had lived in over the summer with no real idea as to when we would be able to move in to our new house.

In the run up to the original moving date I had been very organised and packed up the vast majority of my clothes, a couple of days before the move the suitcases had made their way in to the removal van leaving me with 3 outfits to last me for the first few days in the new house. When we got the call to say the move wasn’t happening on the planned date we thought it would be delayed by a couple of days at most, sadly this was not the case those 3 outfits ended up being my entire wardrobe for a whole month!

My three outfits consisted of;

  • 2 oversized shop bought sweatshirts
  • 1 pair of jogging bottoms
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 1 vest
  • 1 maxi skirt
  • 1 hand knit colour work sweater

I did of course have something to sleep in and a few pairs of pants and socks but only 1 bra which did lead to a couple of days where I couldn’t leave the house as it needed washing and wasn’t dry in time to wear. Overall though my wardrobe was considerably limited (I am aware this is very much a first world problem and that there are many people out there who don’t have anywhere near this many clothes) and this forced me to realise a number of things.

  1. I am not happy living with a wardrobe that is as limited as this. So much so that I ended up making myself an additional 2 items of clothing during the month (a cardigan and a tunic).
  2. Over sized sweatshirts and jogging bottoms might be comfortable but they are not something that make me feel good about myself, as such they shouldn’t really have a place in my wardrobe (I am however wearing some as I type this!).
  3. The days I was happiest were the days I wore my hand knit sweater/ cardigan or tunic.
  4. I don’t need to wash my clothes after wearing them for just one day, on a day to day basis I don’t get that dirty so I can get at least 2 days out of a jumper/ pair of trousers before it actually needs washing.
  5. Wearing the same clothes 2 days running made me feel uncomfortable initially in case I saw the same people and they noticed I was wearing the same outfit and judged me for doing so. I learnt that for the most part nobody really noticed and cared even less which helped me not to be so sensitive, now I can wear the same outfit on regular rotation without worrying/ caring about what other people think.

The conclusions I drew from my experiment were that I need to find a balance between 3 outfits and the suitcase full of knickers extreme at the other end, hand made items make me happy and I need more of these in my wardrobe and less comfy but shapeless shop bought clothes, if I make clothes with a reduced colour pallet I can swap and change the individual items and get a wider range of outfit choices from a smaller number of clothes. Finally, if I ended up having to pick only 3 outfits to wear for a whole month in future I would make better choices.

If you had to pick just 3 outfits for a month what would you pick?

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Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 5

Here is the latest instalment of the Slow Crafting Podcast where I seem to be working on ALL the things!

And here is the finished Joseph cardigan that I reference in the episode but had given away before recording.

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Craft Room Envy

Firstly I should just come right out and say it, I need to be banned from Pinterest! No good ever comes of me going on there, I either disappear into a black hole and only emerge hours later having spent my entire time looking at eco dyed fabric or I come away sulking because I have to share a house with other people and can’t just paint everything white (never really a practical colour where children are concerned) , have crochet throws all over the place or shun the white walls in favour of some boo/ Bedouin tent inspired bedroom.

My current bout of sulking is all about my craft room. Initially I got very excited when we made the big house move as it meant I would once again be able to have a craft room rather than having to squeeze my crafting supply into my oldest daughters bedroom. I had grand visions of a room perfectly organised, beautiful to look at and easy to find everything I needed. A quick search of Pinterest threw up images of the kind of thing I was after. For some reason I can’t insert the images I found but just head over there and search for craft rooms/ craft storage and a whole sea of beautiful images awaits you.

This on the other hand is what my craft room actually looks like, warts and all!

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Not all my craft supplies are in here yet either, I still have a few boxes in storage and a couple of bags of fabric in the garage. Classy and stylish it certainly is not, please note the supermarket carrier bags to illustrate my point – you never see those on Pinterest!

In my defence this picture was taken shortly after we moved in when I hadn’t yet had chance to organise the space properly, this in itself will take months even if I didn’t have to fit it in around battling with toddlers it would be no easy task. It hasn’t changed much since, at least not on the surface and I suspect this is pretty much what it will always look like. So how do I quell the craft room envy that grows inside me? A starting point would be to remember these key things;

  1. In order to paint all the walls white I would first need to move all the junks that is in here!
  2. This room is the size of a shoe box not the large open plan studio space of my dreams.
  3. I have way more stuff than any of these storage ideas ever seem to have, spread across a significant number of crafts.
  4. On none of the Pinterest images does it appear that these fabulous craft rooms have to serve dual purpose with the coat and shoe storage, children’s toys, the ironing pile and a range of “as yet uncategorised unpacking”

Please tell me there are others of you out there with a craft room that looks like mine rather than the organised, stylish images in crafting magazines and on Pinterest.

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Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 4

As I forgot to post this earlier in the week this episode is coming out later on the blog than it did on YouTube but it is here now. I talk about what happens when life gets in the way and forces you to speed up and how this impacts on my slow crafting endeavours.

 

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Slow Crafting Podcast – Episode 3

Slightly later than planned due to a rather complicated moving process and resultant lack of internet access but here it is, episode 3 of the Slow Crafting Podcast.

 

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