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27 April 2012

Craft projects from the archives...

Let me introduce you to Bunny and Monster, two characters I knitted following Rebecca Danger's cool patterns. They were very well behaved in the photo shoot! They didn't say much but I reckon they secretly enjoyed posing! ;-)

23 April 2012

And the winner is....

...Bethanie Rushton of lovely Tatty Betty! Congratulations Bethanie and thanks so much to everyone who took part! I will be running another giveaway as soon as my facebook page reaches the dazzling heights of 100 'likes', so stay tuned! Ooh that last bit rhymes! :-) x

15 April 2012

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! It's giveaway time!

I'm extending this competition giveaway deadline to next Sunday (21st April), so that you all have a chance to win my latest handerkerchief design. Good luck everyone! :-)


11 April 2012

Blog Gem - One Sheepish Girl

Yay, it's time for another Blog Gem! Once again, I'm super excited about it - maybe I'm starting to sound like a broken record but I genuinely love putting a Blog Gem together and getting to know the person behind the blog. Without further ado, lets get cracking!

Hello One Sheepish Girl! :-)

Hi everyone! My name is Meredith and I am a senior in college. I taught myself to knit and crochet a few years ago when the stress of college was getting too much for me. I was feeling down about myself and needed a creative outlet. I picked up a copy of "The Friday Night Knitting Club" when I was roaming around Barned & Noble (one of my favorite things to do!) and became so inspired to knit that I decided to teach myself! Thanks to YouTube and a few craft books, I am now a avid knitter and crocheter. There is no turning back now! :)

What's your design space/studio/work area like? 
My apartment is very small with only two rooms so my studio is non-existent. I keep my yarns organized in bins and my needles rest in glass jars. It would be amazing to have a studio just for knitting and blogging!

If you had to take only one of your crafts to a desert island, what would it be and why? 
I think I would take a knitting project using cotton yarn...that would probably survive well on an island! Maybe I could make a tent or something!

How do you work and/or get inspired?
I find inspiration everywhere! Most of the time It comes when I'm sitting in class. I doodle knit ideas, blog post possibilities, and all sorts of things on the side of my notes. Doodling is my addiction! I need to concentrate when I'm working so I usually separate myself from my phone as much as possible.

What top tips would you give to any novice bloggers and/or those thinking of selling their designs/crafts? 
Be yourself! I think that is the best tip I can give. Simply blog and create what you love! It doesn't get any better than that.

Is there a story behind the name 'One sheepish girl'?
Yes! I've always been labeled as the shy girl ever since I was in elementary school. I blush a lot and I have a pretty quiet voice. I decided that "sheepish" was the perfect way to describe my love for knitting and how it helps me get over my shy tendencies.

If you could be given an award for your designs by any person/fictional character (dead or alive), who would it be?
Hmm...tough question! I would love for Jane Austen to compliment me on my current personal project, a fawn poncho, and wear it while she was writing Pride & Prejudice. Maybe she would be so cozy and warm that she would feel inspired to create Mr. Darcy? Haha. ;)

And finally...book & tea or film & wine?
I could never pass up a good book and a cup of tea. Can I have a cookie too?

Ooh yes, a cup of tea isn't complete without a cookie to dunk with! Thanks for stopping by Meredith, it's been great hearing how you got starting with the knitting bug and of course, getting a peak into you and your creative world! Your tip about being yourself when blogging is so true and such a good point, cheers!

I hope you all enjoyed this month's Blog Gem. Stay tuned for more faces behind the blogs and don't forget to check out my giveaway competition! Until next time, keeeep blogging!  :-)

All of the images and interview answers are the copyright of Meredith Crawford. Please do not use without seeking permission first. Thank you.

7 April 2012

Giveaway time!

As a little Easter treat I'll be giving away my latest hankie design to one lucky winner! This polka dot hankie features a little birdie (a swallow to be precise!) in mid flight. The design comes from my garden diary I kept a few years back - when I had a garden. I began it on a practical level to keep a note of all the seeds I'd planted and the progress made but half of it ended up getting filled with notes and sketches of all the birds I saw and the battle with lack of sunshine and garden predators! 

If you would like to be in with a chance to win, there are 6, yes 6, ways to win!

1) If you are not already following my blog, click here and leave a comment to say you're following.
2) Come like my Etsy or Folksy shop, with a little comment here saying which is your favourite item in my shops.
3) Blog about this giveaway and share the competition.
4) Click here to like my Facebook page and leave another comment for an extra chance to win!
5) Follow me on twitter for a 5th chance to win!
6) Tweet this phrase: 'I'm hoping to win this giveaway @HarryandLeeLee http://harryandleelee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/giveaway-time.html'

The lucky winner will be announced on Sunday 15th April. Best of luck everyone and remember there are 6 ways you can win, so remember to leave a comment after each one and your email address, so that I can contact you if you're the lucky winner!

Cheers everyone and happy Easter!
Jo x

6 April 2012

Woohoo! My first blog feature!

The lovely Leanne from Ello Design has just featured me on her blog! Woohoo! This is a first for me! Yay!

Now going to indulge by checking out Leanne's blog and gorgeous shop.

Happy weekend everyone!
Jo :-)


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