What’s The Best Paper To Use With Copic Markers? Check out all of these great tips from these amazing artists and drawing bloggers. Here is what they use… When investing in top quality markers such as Copics. You want to find paper that will show off the beautiful artwork you’ve created. As Copic Markers use
On My Needles Yippee!! I finally found some yarn to knit with! I bought the 100% cotton 50g ball of Hilaza Fantasia by Omega 8 at a haberdashery store. I happened upon it on a recent walk. Such a serendipitous encounter! The color is turquoise (turquesa in Spanish) and reminds me of the Caribbean Sea.
After getting a number of requests from readers, we have put together this huge drawing guide for you 🙂 Learn, Perfect and Master Looking for something specific? See our table of contents below. In a hurry? Check out our Key Takeaways and top recommendations at the bottom of this post. Something we forgot? Leave a
Welcome! Prepare to become well informed! After getting many requests from readers, we have put together this colossal markers guide for you. We can guarantee this post will help you become a guru! In this post, we share a wealth of information on best markers for drawing, sketching and illustrations. We have a comprehensive guide
This week we’re all about choosing the best drawing books to help you improve. Practicing your drawing is always fun and enjoyable. Added to that is the joy of seeing your progress over time, with practice you become better. We have scoured top recommendations from professional artists and novices alike to create this list of
On My Needles I will be honest, knitting and yarn are featuring in my dreams. As I have no project at present, my unconscious is telling me to get my act together and get knitting. I’ve even asked my daughter if I can take some of the yarn she is using. The answer was no
Drawing is a creative and enjoyable hobby, and there’s no doubt about it. It’s no surprise that so many people love doing it. However, with many other creative pursuits, it’s easy to run out of ideas! Added to that, drawing doesn’t come like magic! It takes practice and lots of it. So, that’s why we
On My Needles Nothing on my needles at the moment, still 🙁 I have traveled to Mexico and where I am right now is hot and humid. My youngest has a knitting project on her needles, and I have been helping her a tiny bit. It takes all my resolve not to take over, as
On My Needles What I have been doing this week, is adding some new goodies to my Gifts For Knitters post. I am feeling very neglectful of my knitting lately. Where I am at the moment in Spain, doesn’t have a yarn store, so I haven’t found any yarn that inspires me. I just have
On My Needles I have found some knitting inspiration this week. My needles are still empty, but this shawl is something I dream about making. The Forest Grove Shawl by Mara Catherine Bryner (Orange Knits) is stunning. I came across this design when reading Jamie’s post on Knitsophy Designs. The center reminds me of
On My Needles Having finished my Honey Cowl, there is nothing on my needles at the moment. I will be sure to share my next knitting project with you when I decide what I will make 🙂 If you have a work in progress, I’d love to see a pic. My eldest has been busy
On My Needles I finished the Honey Cowl made from Angora Wool and it is super snugly and soft. It is shedding, so that it not so great 🙁 When I wear it, the turquoise fibers get stuck to whatever else I am wearing. I searched in Ravelry to find out if there are any
It’s nearly that time again… To help you get into the spirit of the upcoming holiday, we’ve shared some fabulous Thanksgiving craft ideas. Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and no doubt you are busy getting organized for the celebration. Something else that may be on your mind is the sales following Thanksgiving! Black Friday
On My Needles The yarn I am working with is 100% Spanish Angora goat yarn. Super soft and dare I say it, hairy 🙂 There is some shedding going on as I knit. The pattern is the Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland/Madeline Tosh I have used this pattern before and it is very easy to
On My Needles I stayed up late one night this week and finished knitting the Ridged Shawl by Vanessa Ewing (Plymouth Yarns) After blocking, I realized that the edges were not as straight as I thought they would be. I have learned from other lovely knitters that I didn’t pick up enough stitches on one
On My Needles My Ridged Shawl is coming along, and I have enjoyed seeing the colors change. As the repeating lace pattern is easy, I am finding that my knitting is getting a little quicker. I am a little concerned about when the pattern asks for me to pick up stitches for the edge that
On My Needles This week I planned to sew in the ends of my daughter’s scarf. Then I found a Yarn shop close to where I am living. Of course, this meant I could start a new project! Yippee! I bought Katia Merino Baby Plus yarn, it is so soft, and I love the
On My Needles I finally finished knitting my daughter’s scarf! I’m hoping that it will be softer after washing it by hand. (Not in the washing machine! Like last time. Oops.) When it’s wet, I will block it. For those of you who have joined me for the first time, the knit stitch is Crest
This week we are celebrating those fantastic and hard working craft bloggers that give us so much inspiration and joy. We asked our lovely readers, and they are currently voting for their favorite Craft Bloggers. As you can see, there are not quite 100 yet. Votes from our lovely readers are still coming in. I
On My Needles I spent time this week sewing in the ends I had so far on my daughter’s scarf. Hoping that will make it easier when I have finished the knitting. Do you sew in your ends as you go or do you wait until you’ve finished all the knitting? Crafty Tools –
On My Needles I’ve made little progress on my daughter’s scarf lately. Sneaky moments of knitting have been few and far between this week! After scouring Pinterest for inspiration, *cough* (procrastinating), I’m still no closer to choosing what is next on my needles. There is so much choice; it can be hard to make a
What’s Next On My Needles I have been thinking about what to make next in my knitting journey. There is indeed too much to choose from when it comes to fabulous knitting patterns. How do you choose? Do you fall in love with a particular yarn and then find a pattern to suit? Or do
On My Needles The scarf I am making for my daughter is coming along slowly. I was excited to hear from a reader; Vicki who asked how the scallops were made. I explained that the lace pattern repeats create them. The crest of the wave lace pattern and the colors remind me of the bottom
On My Needles After my recent knitting disaster, I thought it best to keep on keeping on. I am making my youngest daughter a scarf 🙂 The stitch pattern is Crest of the Wave lace stitch, and it has been easy so far. The repeats for the lace stitch are the same, so I
My Stormy Lace Cowl Update… Oh what a disaster 🙁 I managed to sew up the ends of my Stormy Lace Cowl and revel in its glorious softness. (if you didn’t see last weeks update here is the link for the start of this story) Then disaster struck! I unwittingly collected my cowl in clothes
Crafting is my kinda thing. Yours too? There are so many fabulous craft ideas to be inspired by and only so many you can undertake, but that’s okay 🙂 When you do finish a craft project, it’s such a feeling of accomplishment and joy. I am edging closer to finishing off a colorful crocheted blanket
Hi there Crafty Friend First off this week… I am introducing a new feature – Crafty Tools – Making Your Everyday Better In this section we are going to include useful items to make your workday easier and your time away from work more enjoyable. To kick things off, something we have been using since
I love this quote! Crafting and being creative is such a pleasure to fill your mind with, don’t you agree? This week there is some fabulous crafty goodness, that’s sure to make a happy place in that corner of your mind 🙂 Enjoy and happy crafting!
This is so true of craft pursuits; there are so many ideas to try! Once you gain confidence in a particular craft, things become more interesting and exciting. The inspiration we’ve found this week will be sure to get your craft ideas flowing.
There is so much we can learn about our chosen crafts and so many willing to teach us. We have more ability to access knowledge from around the world than ever before! The knowledge that we gain is certainly important but wisdom is powerful. It is the knowledge that we retain that builds our wisdom.
Creativity can be expressed in so many ways. I’ve been enjoying learning to knit a lace pattern with baby alpaca yarn. So gorgeous and soft and I love seeing the lace design evolve with each row. It always amazes me, how many creative projects and people there are online. As always, we’ve spent hours searching
When you craft, are you in your happy place? Working with your hands, being creative and producing beautiful items brings happiness. That’s what we crafters are all about 🙂 Makers are happiest when crafting. Hope you enjoy the crafting inspiration gathered for you this week 🙂 P.S Prime Day on Amazon is coming very soon.
These life skills are beneficial for many areas of life, including Craft pursuits. Practice helps us to develop our chosen craft skills further. Patience gives us the opportunity to slow down and take your time working on our craft. Persistence means that no matter how long it takes you will finish a project. Hope you
I love handmade, and I am sure you do too! As part of the crafting community, you get a sense of the sheer talent that’s out there. I love finding fabulous craft projects for you. I hope you enjoy this week’s crafty goodness 🙂 P.S Amazon Prime Day is coming so I’ve recently written a
Amazon Prime Day Is Coming!! Update: Amazon have announced that Amazon Prime Day 2018 will on July 16 be from 12pm PT/3pm ET, for a day and a half!! That’s 36 hours of deals!! (please note this post contains affiliate links) Here are some fab Amazon Prime Day deals for crafters but be quick they
Take Life One Stitch At A Time… We sometimes rush through our days, with everything we have to do. The idea of taking life one stitch at a time, helps my mind race less. I approach tasks a little more calmly. The hand stitching I am doing on my daughter’s quilt is soothing. I am
I Made It Myself There is something very gratifying in saying these words. Knowing you have used your own creative skills to produce something handmade. Receiving praise from others on your handmade efforts is always welcomed. However being proud of yourself is even more important. In this week’s roundup there are some truly gorgeous projects
I saw this quote during my readings on the internet this week – “Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination” ~ Roy Goodman It got me thinking about how one aims for happiness. With diligence and effort we believe we will somehow get to a point of happiness. This quote made me think
I cannot count my day complete ’til needle, thread and fabric meet. I am thinking of the warmer weather and this is where I’ve drawn inspiration, for this week’s crafty goodness. I love late Spring and early Summer with it’s bright cheeriness 🙂 Crafters seem to gain creative spirit around this time. How about you?
Too many ideas not enough time is something that I think about regularly!! There are so many wonderful projects to create. Time is not always on our side but when you do take the time to craft, it is so worth it 🙂 Here are some more ideas to add to your list of possibilities…
Take Time To Do What Makes Your Soul Happy is something that as crafters, we can completely relate to 🙂 There needs to be joy in life. Crafting brings us that joy and makes our soul happy! Here’s our roundup of some crafting joy for this week. Take a look…
It is the little things that make life big, sometimes we need to celebrate this more. Yes it can be frustrating when a craft project is just waiting to get finished! However, even a little progress is one step closer to completion. Our inspiration this week is focusing on craft that makes our lives big
Our community of makers is vast and varied and that’s what makes it so unique! Whatever you love to make, may it always bring you joy. The making, creating, gaining skill and knowledge is a big part of a crafter’s life. Some of us started out young, with family members sharing their knowledge with us.
Love to Craft – Gift Ideas For Mom This week is all about craft inspiration for gifts to give to your Mom. Receiving something handmade on Mother’s Day is always a delight. My kids have often secreted themselves away before Mother’s Day, to make a crafty project for me. Their handmade cards and little sewing
This week is all about craft inspiration for Mothers Day Crafts. Receiving something handmade on Mother’s Day is always a delight. My kids have often secreted themselves away before Mother’s Day to do a crafty project for me. Their handmade cards and little sewing or knitted projects bring a smile to my face. In this
Every week I am amazed at the heaps of creative ideas that crafters share. In this post, I am sharing inspiration with the thought in mind “Hand Made Craft Rocks!” Some of my most treasured items are handmade. My Grandmother’s embroidered tablecloths, with such intricate work. The beautiful knitted baby dress and jacket my
Do you get so engrossed in your crafting, that you are in your own world? Craft Like No One’s Watching 🙂 No matter what gets your creative juices flowing, craft with happiness and a sense of humor. My dishcloths that I’ve been knitting up have worked out well. I’ve really enjoyed learning a new knitting
To Craft or Not to Craft? What a silly question!! I love this, it makes me smile 🙂 Crafting is such a big part of many people’s lives and it provides such joy. I really love gathering together all the crafty ideas, for the Top 10 In Craft inspiration for you. Here is the crafty
Keep Calm and Craft On 🙂 When experiencing a little hiccup in your crafting project, this is a good quote to remember. Recently I attempted a knitting hat where I made a rather large mistake where I decreased too many stitches in one row and I couldn’t go back and fix it. I needed to
Crafting makes everything better even Mondays!! We hope that our Top 10 in Craft inspiration that’s delivered every Monday, gets your week off to a great start 🙂 This time of year brings renewed vigor and creativity, as we are surrounded by new life and growth in the nature around us. Thanks to Anna, one
Spring is in the air! Spring is such a lovely season, we say goodbye to those freezing days and look forward to more sun and warmth! Easter Crafts Inspiration is the theme of our Top 10 in Craft this week. Easter is a lovely time for the whole family. We hope you enjoy all the
Crafting Is My Therapy I’ve shared about crafting and the health benefits it can have. For many of us Crafting is our Therapy. Doing something with our hands centers us, makes us calmer. To help you along with your Craft Therapy, here are some fabulous craft ideas.
Eat Sleep Craft Repeat Yes! Most definitely! This is the way to live 🙂 Eating, Sleeping, doing some craft and then the next day, repeating it all again. Take a look at the fabulous crafting ideas for this week.
Being Crafty is not a hobby, it is a way of life Crafting is varied and wonderful. For some people it is their life. Many people have started out with craft just as a hobby. Then it’s become their way of earning a living. How fabulous that their crafting passion has lead to bigger and
“The Desire To Create is One of the Deepest Yearnings of the Human Soul” Does the quote above resonate with you? When life gets busy, and you can’t find the time for craft, do you yearn to be creative? Just taking even a few moments here and there, can make a difference. A sense of
Some of the most rewarding projects, are those that we’ve labored over for a long time. The utter joy experienced when sewing up the final stitch on a quilt. Finishing up the last row on a sweater and seeing the end in sight. Watching the beaming smile of the person who has received your gift.
Creativity is Contagious, Pass it On!! I love this quote! Have you ever been to a class to learn a new crafting skill and been infected by the creativity of others in the room? Has your creativity experienced renewed vigor, being a reader of Crafty Like Granny? 🙂 Creativity is contagious. Start with something small
Craftiness is Happiness! Being creative is so rewarding and it sure does make one feel happier. The joy experienced when projects come together is wonderful. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the task is, just doing a little is lovely. Picking up my knitting needles and click-clacking away brings a smile to my
Have you ever been doing a task and thinking “I would rather be crafting”? I am sure there are many times that this thought has come into your mind. Particularly when doing something unrelated to craft, that you are not particularly enjoying 🙂 Below are some excellent tutorials for fabulous crafting inspiration. Here, here to
New crafts to learn… “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” —Plato All crafting projects have a beginning. It is in those initial stages where the excitement is. Choosing the project and searching for the required materials. Gathering everything together. Then finally starting. Whether it be the first stitch cast on, the
Happy Holidays! If you have made hand crafted gifts for loved ones, may you relish their big appreciative smiles. You know you knit too much when… I know when I am knitting too much – my family says “You really love knitting don’t you. It is all you seem to do!” As I’ve mentioned before,
Relaxation and knitting. This quote, sums it up beautifully… “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.” ― Elizabeth Zimmermann My very first Crafty Like Granny newsletter linked to an article about the health benefits of knitting and a recent study has shown that knitting, crocheting and jam
Mistakes are just unique creations. The above is a good quote to remember when beginning any new craft skill. Having a sense of humor when starting out is essential. There are plenty of excellent tutorials and craft ideas this week shared by those who have been crafting for a while. No doubt they also have
Many people often find they get on a roll when it comes to crafting. They just keep on going because being creative is rewarding. I have finally finished a crocheted Granny Square blanket for my daughter. It has been a long time in the making 🙂 It felt so good to complete it and see
Crafty Like Granny begins… I’ve just got back into craft after a long lapse. My own Mum is the inspiration for this site. ‘Granny’ as she is now known to my daughter, has been doing creative things all her life and taught me many crafty skills. My reasons for starting this newsletter was to save