Monday, September 30, 2013

September sponsor round-up!

Here we are at the end of September. Another slow month here as our internet installation has, again, been rescheduled. Frustration does not even begin to describe how I feel about that situation. However, I'm doing my best to plow on and haul the laptop out to coffeeshops and such to get some wifi love. As the weather gets colder, and the trees start to change color, my creative juices start flowing. I hope to share more kitchen adventures and maybe even some Halloween fun in October here on the blog!

If you think you'd like to be a part of autumn here on Laura Kate is Crafty, I'd love to see you as a sponsor! From small swap ads to large spots with special bonuses, there's a spot that's right for all sorts of blogger, crafters, and creative people. Please read a bit more on my sponsor info page.


This month I'm happy to have one new sponsor, Alli, from Misfit Isle.

Hello, I'm Alli! I live with my very small family of misfits in the breathtaking sub arctic region of Canada where we work at the local high school. I started to blog to document our experiences here but I've enjoyed expanding and growing my blog to write about DIYs, home decor, gratitude and our experience while we work towards adopting orphans from Ukraine.


I have been so lucky to have a few long-time returning sponsors whose blogs I love to read as well.

----> Over at Every Hour Here, Denise has been sharing loads of fabulous Project Life layouts, but I was floored by the gorgeous New Wave quilt project she shared earlier in the month.

----> Lauren at Tastes Like Love has been writing a lot about her adventures as a new mum. She recently wrote a great post about the evolution of her blog that really hit home with how a lot of us feel from time to time that I think bloggers of any background would appreciate reading.


Welcome October!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fall for an autumn freebie!

With all the craziness in my life these past couple months, I didn't have the chance to put together the end-of-summer scrapbooking freebies that I had planned. I have, however, collected some lovely quotes from literature and poetry about the beautiful season that is clearly now upon us. They're quite simple, but I really wanted to focus on the words and less on any fussy designs.

> > > download them here < < <

I hope you enjoy them and I hope the sun is shining on a beautiful fall day wherever you read this!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Right Now

Last week was largely spent in Ireland with my best pal Megan. It was a bit dreary and also a bit gorgeous. I took Ops with me and got plenty of long-overdue dolly photo time in.

Upon arriving home, I learned the just-for-now wifi we'd subscribed to while waiting for our proper internet to be installed had failed. It's been gone for over a week now and the company have no explanation. So that's been pretty annoying. (I'm currently nursing a drink at Starbucks and partaking in their internets). If all goes to plan, ours will finally get installed this Friday. We are, however, going away for 9 days on Sunday. So that's just crap timing.

The flat is coming together more and more. I've hung things on the walls! The small piles left to sort upstairs are nearly all gone.

I am 9 weeks behind on Project Life. This does not make me happy, but The Scot and I have made a plan of sorting out photos and stuff tonight or tomorrow and then I can get things printed and get going. This move has made me really appreciate the ease of having a printer like I had in the US (moving a large format printer wasn't gonna happen, so I'm currently printerless)

There are some pretty fab little callouses on my fingers from sewing labels and closures onto dolly fashions for BlytheCon UK. I cut out about 10 dresses last night. I'll be heading home soon and getting my stitching on. Hopefully those today and skirts tomorrow.

I am in love with my new vacuum cleaner.

Yesterday I made some spritz cookies with jam centers. They made me very happy. I've been loving watching The Great British Bake Off again and that, along with catching up on last season's Masterchef and the new Masterchef Australia, my kitchen-based ideas have been exploding in my brain. I do hope some of them make it onto the blog soon.

The sun is shining in London and this flightly little post needs a wrap up. I do hope I'll have internet again ASAP as this sporadic blogging thing is getting old..

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Instalife: settling in

Today I'm off to Dublin for a few days with my best pal Megan before she moves back to the US. 3 cheers for my awesome husband who treated me to the plane tix! I'm flying RyanAir, so that should be an adventure. But it's just a short flight - I should be ok.

Life lately is moving on. Getting more things unpacked and making places for things. Slowly getting small furniture pieces. Next week I hope to get a new phone and at the end of next week we're supposed to finally have proper internet installed (the set-up scheduling went wrong in a million ways). My crafting desk/table/thing is nearly ready to go. The scrapbooking will resume. The sewing will kickstart. Craftiness of the non-knitting variety will increase exponentially.

I have plans.

See you when I get back!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gearing up for BlytheCon

In a few weeks, I'll be heading up to the motherland with The Scot to spend a few days visiting family and friends and then ending the week in Glasgow for BlytheCon UK. This will be my third time attending BCUK, and my 2nd as a vendor. I had a vendor table at the inaugural BCUK in 2010 in Oxford, and was the organizer of the 2011 event in London. (You can read my blog posts about that event here). Last year the event was held in Manchester, but as I was stateside, I attended the US version in Dallas (which was a fun time. The UK Blythe community has a bit of a different vibe about it - definitely more family-like. While I enjoyed the US Blythecon, I'm really excited for BlytheCon UK 2013!

Last night, I got my sewing machine unpacked and set up on my brand new just-arrived-yesterday craft table. So far, I've been doing lots of knitting over the past weeks and months, but haven't had a machine since the end of June, so I've got lots of things planned over the next couple weeks! There had been plans to do some little tartan kilts, but that didn't seem to come to fruition. I'm not too bothered, though, as I have been slowly stocking up on some absolutely great prints for sewing!

While I know that BCUK 2014 is going to be a lot smaller than the British events of previous years, that hasn't stopped me from knitting gobs of little rainbow sweaters. These were a bit hit in Dallas last year, and I was excited to find a few colorways of the yarn to use this year.

Now to get my sewing on!

Monday, September 2, 2013

A call for sponsors!

Here at Laura Kate is Crafty, I love my blog sponsors. They add a little ray of sunshine to my day over there on the right sidebar. Even though August was a bit of a slow month around these parts, I had 3 lovely long-continuing sponsors for the month and each has been keeping their own summers quite busy!

----> Over at Pointless Pretty Things, Rachel has been getting quite active in DIY and craftblogging communities. She shared this adorable "taxidermy" project recently.

----> Laura at Tastes Like Love is settling into mummy land and has been making plans and enjoying life of late.

----> Denise from Every Hour Here continues to share a lot of beautiful scrapbook and quilting projects, and this family-centric week of PL is just touching.

As September gets off to a sunny start, I'd love to have some new sponsors to mingle alongside the continuing supporters. Some of you may know that the company I use to serve my ads, Passionfruit, recently had a revamp of how it works and I'll be sticking with them as I really think they offer a great service with ease. 3 sizes of ads are available, with swaps still on offer for the small size. You can read all about the different options and what each entails on my sponsor info page. The support of other bloggers and readers really keeps the spirit in my own blog and I hope you'll consider connecting!

What's Old is New Again

Unpacking boxes from storage, unpacking bags from the US. Riding buses around London. Eating at familiar spots, shopping at familiar stores. Knitting for Blythes. (Lots of knitting for Blythes). Things are settling back into a small bit of order here.

In unpacking, I enjoyed pulling out some albums I had forgotten just how much I liked. Enter Sigur Ros' Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (translated: With a buzz in our ears, we play endlessly). This one is pretty high on the list of "awesome albums I can listen to front to back again and again." (Nearly all of their albums have been that way at one point or another since they came into my life some 12 years ago). Coincidentally, Sigur Ros are playing in London tonight. Sadly, I couldn't afford the tickets when they went on sale and they (of course) sold out quite quickly. In lieu of that, I thought I'd share a bit of Icelandic beauty on the blog today. Released in the summer of 2008, it will always remind me of early 2010 as I used it a lot for creative movement PE lessons with my students that term. Love, love, love.

Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust on Grooveshark

All the songs are beautiful, but I personally feel that anyone who is not full of joy and life after hearing Festival (track 5) is someone who is a shell of a human being, because it's magical. Basically, from the time the album bursts alive to its more placid close, it's a thing of beauty. So, yes, it's from 5 years ago. But you really should give it a listen.