03 September 2012

Trying something new..

Yep! Thought I would try my hand at a new craft recently and despite a few minor incidents in which I took my felting needle for granted, we are getting on like a house on fire, I just need to pick up the pace a little.

So here is the story so far of Project: Foxie Loxie
Wasn't sure where to start or what to make, but here goes and my obsession with woodland creatures seemed to be the obvious choice.

Starting out his life as a mere ball of wool, I have found myself constantly stabbing (can't think of a nicer way to put it) Foxie Loxie into some sort of shape, well his head anyways. I've noticed it is a very time consuming craft, one that can not be rushed as injuries occur. I unfortunately dropped my 7 pronged needle on my big toe last week and it gave me a nice tattoo! Doh!

Still I am finding it very therapeutic, just like crocheting, which I have to say has taken a back seat, hopefully not for long though.

I have noticed something while typing away...since I started blogging in January, I have been very inconsistent and some what flighty. I seem to start something and never finish it (e.g my crochet birdie, he's still half finished) Too many open ended projects.

You see, I am easily distracted, temptation is too great, I'm just drawn to so many inspiring crafts, like bees to flowers, flies to... and wander of on a tangent. I just want to try my hand at everything. Where is the harm in that? I know...you should finish what you started young lady, heard that so many times.

Wandering off on a tangent does have its plus points though.
I mean, take yesterday for example, I was tackling my cousin's wedding stationery (this was after needle felting, making dinner and playing shops with Mini Magpie) I needed to load up gold thread into Sadie (my sewing machine). Realising that yet again I had forgotten to purchase extra spools to save me winding on a new coloured cotton over the last and then unwinding it when it isn't needed but i need the colour three different thread colours deep, I suddenly had a 'eureka' moment. 

I wasn't going to waste cotton any more, uh-uh! no-sir-ree.
I wasn't going to be lazy and discard it, rehoming it in the waste bin. 
I was going to find something to attach it to and save it to be used again...but what could I use? 
Looking around my wonderfully tidy, huh! yeah right, I'm flighty remember, craft room, I couldn't see anything to hand, until...waiting patiently behind Elsie MAC, were several toilet roll tube inners that I had been saving to grow my next batch of seedlings in. 

Instant cotton reel!! Soooo sorry just had to share. Just like putting neat bleach onto mould really does zap it away!! FACT! It really disappeared before my peepers.

Anyway, before you give up on me and I am committed for too much babbling, as the nights will be drawing in soon and my favourite time of year approaches, here are a couple of my latest finds, in some of my favourite Autumnal colours. Meet my new sewing tins.

Thanks for sticking with me tonight, nice to have you here, till next time...



  1. Ooh I love your foxie loxie Rubie!
    Victoria xx

  2. Glad to see your finally getting round to needle felting. Foxie is so cute. X

  3. Hi Rubie, your fox is looking really cute. I have to confess, I don't think I'm very good at three dimentional projects. I have tried felting and I have a friend who loves it, so I will show her. It's hard to stay focussed one project, I know! the orange flower box is gorgeous and I like your cotton reel idea. It could make a nice ornament in the end. Have a good week Heather x

  4. Hello Rubie how are you? It's been a while since I came here, you see, the holidays ^^!
    I am so happy you are needle felting, I have so many questions for you! I have wanted to do it for a very long time, you see, but I never found the needle! how do you manage to put the two colors together? Do you sew them? Could you make a little tutorial? please!

    have a fantastic day!

  5. Beautiful and lovely little fox!

  6. I brought myself some needle felting goodies last christmas, but am yet to try it out. You have inspired me to give it ago. Sorry I have missed so many of your posts over the summer. I love sweet little tins too. you can never have too much storage!!! Lots of Love Katie xxxx

  7. Just wanted to say thank you to you all for your lovely comments about this new project. Apologies that it has taken me an age to do so.

    Love Haylie @ RubieMagpie xxx


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