We're on the first floor (that's second floor to you Americans!) and the water was spreading out from the walls and dripping downstairs into the design studio. Everyone and everything was drenched. The power cut out. Water started to come through the factory, people were rushing everywhere and alarms were going off. Talk about drama!
I'd already asked my lovely boss if I could come home early today and work from home as the Olympic torch is passing through Nottingham. Not that I want to see it - I know it may sound crazy to some of you but I have NO interest at all - but because there are only 2 bridges taking you over the river from the direction I work, to the centre where I live and both are closed from 4-8! Is it a snail bearing that torch??? When the flooding occurred and after we'd cleaned up as much as possible, I came home. It rained on the way back and I could barely see, I was going through huge pond-like puddles, scary. So, anyway, I thought I'd knock up a quick post and as I haven't made anything, I thought I'd do a long overdue LANT round up.
No idea what I'm talking about? I'm trying to encourage crafters of all disciplines to try something new. Whether it's a completely new craft or a new technique within a craft you already do, I want to hear about it! You can link up here - it's ongoing. Need some inspiration? I'm trying to work my way through my master crafts list. I'm not trying to do it in a year or anything crazy, just at some point in my life! Oh, and if I'm missing any crafts, let me know!
Pam at Threading My Way had a go at shirring, and was very successful!
Good Golly Miss Molly tried crochet for the first time and made some lovely snowflakes.
Dotty tried her hand at bookbinding - spectacular!
Fiona at the Celtic Thistle made polymer clay buttons - I have to try this!
She also tried paper piecing. I have some patterns for this but it scares me.
And the most recent list-joiner, the one that sparked me into writing this long overdue post was Fiona at Bubzrugz who made her own soap!
I hope these adventurous ladies have inspired you to try something new, and when you do, come and link up!
I haven't LANTed too much recently, there's: fused glass that I've been doing as part of my glass course (I'll post about that later), brickstitching which is a form of beadweaving, blackwork, copper foiling which went so well but ended so badly, and needle felting which I desperately need more practice at!
I have other LANTs in the pipelines though. There's a bead embroidery piece I've been working on for a while that I keep forgetting to show you and I'm also making a stained glass window so I'll link that up when it's finished. I'm also booked onto several course. I'm going to attend 4 at the Bead Shop Nottingham with my mum - designing wire jewellery with a wig jig, mixed media jewellery, polymer clay and silver clay jewellery. I've also bought myself a Craftsy course (they were a tenner! I'm surprised I stopped at one!) to learn shuttle tatting. I just need to find the time!
If you're interested in learning to make jewellery, Oksana is doing a free series for beginner jewellery makers, go and check it out.
That's not all for me though. I bought this.
Yes, that's right. I think I can learn to draw. To be honest, I'm so crap at drawing I'm not convinced, but it's about time I tried! I was also gifted the following sharp crochet hook for crocheting borders on fabric from a lovely blogging friend. Lovely blogging friend! I didn't know if you wanted to stay anonymous or not - if you don't, I'll link you up!
See how it's sharp? I'm dying to have a go at it, but it's a time thing. So why aren't you crafting now? I hear you cry. Because I'm working! Obviously!!
Don't forget to enter my Something Old, Something New competition. The deadline is 31st July and there is a prize!