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Craft Sale! Selling My Kawaii Felt Plushies

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I've talked previously on here about changing the direction of my Etsy shop and the new goals I'm working towards with my art and crafts. I love sewing, working with felt was a hugely important part of building my creative confidence again and it's not something I ever want to stop doing. However, I have realised going forward, I want to streamline my ideas and work towards selling more of my paintings and handmade zipper pouches. I'm working with fabric in different ways now, I'm enjoying experimenting with painting and dying it as well as still including elements of embroidery and kawaii style.

So, to make room for my new pieces, I have decided to sell some of my favourite felt crafts on my depop for crazy prices. I was just looking at them, sitting in a basket in my shelves and thought, these could go to new homes where they could be loved instead of hiding away in my office. So there we go, all my plushies, which I will no longer be making to sell are now listed on my depop. I will keep going through my stock and adding new items to my shop, so keep popping back if you are interested.

My depop user is ----> @kateskaanott

Grab yourself a handmade bargain!

Katie x

DIY | Kawaii Felt Strawberry & How To Video

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It's officially summer here in the U.K, the sun is out, we're all moaning it's too hot and some of us (not naming any names👀) are already willing on Autumn. The joys of British summertime! To celebrate this, I decided to make a video tutorial for one of my favourite easy felt crafts- a very cute little strawberry. I used to sell these at craft fairs and they were always so popular. With the addition of the embroidery thread loop, these can be hung in your kitchen or attached to your keys or bag. A nice little summer accessory! Alternatively, make a fair few of them and assemble in a bowl or basket for a fun, summery table decoration. Watch the video to get the overall idea of how to make it, you can even follow this step by step and pause it as you go. Below I've added extra tips and broken down the steps for you! 

Kawaii Felt Strawberry | How To

You will need:

• 2 different colours of felt of your choosing (I used pink and green) 
• embroidery thread to match AND to contrast with your felts
• something circular to draw around (I used a coaster) 
• fabric scissors 

Step 1: 
cut the shape 
I drew around a coaster to create a circle and then cut this in half. This will make two strawberries 

Step 2:
French knots
To make the seeds, you can do a variety of French knots. See my embroidery stitches video for more info on this. Alternatively you can do lots of little straight stitches for a simpler version. 

Step 3:
Sew the straight edges
Fold the fabric with the back of the stitches facing outwards. Sew the two straight edges together using a straight stitch. Turn this the right way out and you have made the body of your strawberry! 

Step 4:

Step 5:
Close the top
Using a running stitch, stitch around the top of the strawberry and then carefully pull tight. Knot this to keep the shape and put in a few extra stitches to keep it in place. 

Step 6: 
Make the leaves 
Using your second colour of felt, draw a left or star shape and then cut out. Stitch this on to the top.
Step 7:
Add a loop for hanging
To add a loop so the strawberry can be attached to something, simply use embroidery thread, stitch up through the middle of the leaves and go back down roughly through the same point. Tie a knot for added strength.

And it's finished! 

If you try this project, let me know! 

Katie x


Bullet Journal July Set up | June Flip Through & Video

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Another month, another journal set up to complete. Although, I'm pretty sure it was only last week I sat down with my fine liners to plan for June. Where did that month disappear to?! I had been anticipating June for quite some time. I went on my friend's hen do in Barcelona, which had been in the works for a good few months, and before I knew it, it was over! Barcelona was stunning, I absolutely loved the city as well as it being a lovely opportunity to spend some time with my besties. So June was a pretty good month!

Barcelona! Take me back :(

I feel as time has gone on with my journal, it has become a practical tool for structured planning and less about pretty spreads and nice ways to capture memories. I don't think I will ever have a beautifully artistic journal like the many I am in awe of on Instagram, that just isn't me. I'm too messy for that. I like to start out by making it pretty, which is why I love doing a title page for the month so much. It's one time I put aside to do something really creative in my journal. I usually base my paintings or illustrations on flowers that bloom in that month and I've really enjoyed using this as my starting point.

However, this month I did try to include a bit more illustration and creativity into an otherwise quite boring list. I decided to illustrate the items I wanted to buy for the hen do the night before I went on my last minute holiday shop. I sat down with my journal in front of the telly, just planning to make a simple list but I decided to draw the items instead. I really liked doing it this way, because I was so excited about the hen do at this point, it made the planning pages that little bit more special.

So, I plan to include more spreads like this in July, I intend to do a Barcelona memories page in a similar fashion and maybe that is something I can start including again, like I did towards the beginning of the year. I would like to start adding some more creative elements to my journal again.

An illustrated memories from earlier in the year
My video of setting up my journal is below if you would like to watch it. I decided to do a more chatty update this month as the last few I have done have been time lapses. I challenged myself at the beginning of the year to make a bullet journal every month through to December, mostly so I hold myself accountable & keep it updated! I have enjoyed making bullet journal videos but I have lots of new DIY tutorials coming up soon, so if that's your kind of thing, please subscribe to stay in the loop! I'm so close to 2,000 subscribers, which is bloody mental!

What have been your favourite bullet journal spreads this month?

Katie x

Introducing | Finding My Creative Feet

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After many months of debating with myself about the future of this blog and all my creative platforms- is finally here!

I felt like I had out grown Kateskraft many moons ago but my eternal stress of indecision made it very hard to finalise where to go next! Teamed with my constant strive for perfection, this made changing my platforms and redesigning my blog, Etsy and all the rest quite a lengthy process.

I know one of my biggest personal challenges is trying not to care what people will think and focus more on what I want to do and what my content and work can offer. I'm also battling my need for perfection, I'm sure I'm not the only one who can talk themselves out of anything because what you've made isn't good enough. But this will be a big learning curve for me; banners and logos can be changed, paintings will improve through practise and so our imperfections are not worth losing sleep over. My boyfriend tells me all the time, "you've just got to put yourself out there!" ... So I am! I put a huge amount of work into my tutorials as well as everything I make for my Etsy shop so it's about time I start being a bit proud of it!

Changing things up has really inspired me.  I've got so many new ideas for tutorials as well as topics that I want to talk about and maybe most importantly, a new direction for my work to sell on my Etsy shop. I can't wait to be in the rhythm of making and creating again, I hope to be back to doing craft fairs as well as selling online and be able to share the things I've learnt along the way.

It has felt like starting again, which at first felt very daunting but I know 100% it's the right thing. I'm excited! (woohoo!) I already have more bullet journal updates and discussions and new tutorials ready to go.

I'm feeling pretty positive! Have you ever undertaken a creative change or challenge that has made you anxious? Did it pay off in the end?! Let me know!

Katie x
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