Plotting, detective work and a surprise under the tree!
At the beginning of November last year I was working on a really exciting project that brought me a lot of focus and a great deal of fun in the run-up to Christmas!
Tuesday evenings have been brilliant since I was introduced to #CraftBlogClub, which is a non-selling craft chat hour for creative bloggers on Twitter every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm. Even when it clashed with the Great British Bake-Off it’s been something I’ve looked forward to and enjoyed being part of. So when I heard about the ‘Secret Santa’ I signed up immediately!
Kay at #CraftBlogClub HQ messaged me to say that my Secret Santee was to be Christine of @CraftyismBlog - so I set to work in finding out all I could in order to be able to make her something she would like. This bit is probably better explained in the letter I sent to Christine with her gift the week before Christmas!
Page 1 of the letter
Happy Christmas from your #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa! This is page 1 – I’ve put page 2 at the bottom of the box for you to read AFTER you’d opened the pressies.
I had such a great time deciding what to give you. I put my spy hat on, and got out my improbably-large magnifying glass, rolled up my sleeves and did all I could to find out what sort of things you like to do, and what colours and patterns you like.
Well, you foiled me right from the start – it was so funny! I posted on #CraftBlogClub with a general question about colour – with the cunning plan of course of finding out what YOUR favourite colour was! Now I’m well-armed for future Secret Santas with what everybody else’s favourite colour is – but you hadn’t seen my post that evening! I had to get devious…..
Twitter and your blog of course provided me with lots of information. I loved a giveaway you’d entered, where Stylecraft Yarns were asking their followers what their favourite space-dyed yarn was in a collection of five, and what they’d call it. You liked the purple, red and orange one best. You said you’d call it ‘Tutti frutti’.
The fabulous book reviews on your blog gave me lots of lovely words you’d used to describe them – including bright, bold, colourful, modern, floral, creative, fun, doodles, detailed – and many more.
What I also loved was the pictures of the projects you’d tackled – so on the hunt for more colour references I noticed that you’d painted a pineapple and some flowers; you’d drawn some leaves, you’d made a crochet square and some small puff flowers. And oh boy you went for it in terms of colours – yellow, orange, green, black, red, blue, teal, cream, purple, pink, coral, white….
Your other blog posts gave me the word ‘creative’ again and again and again – I’m thinking of you as ‘Creative Christine’! And I noticed very early on that Creative Christine loves to crochet!
I wanted to give you a gift containing different things.
1. Something for you that I’ve made using my craft of lampwork glass beadmaking.
2. Something for you to use in your craft that I’ve made using my craft.
3. Something that you and your craft have inspired me to make.
4. Something that I have bought from another crafter.
Page 2 of the letter
So, here they are.
1. A lampwork glass bead bracelet in colours and patterns I hope you’ll love. You’ll see I went for that first ‘tutti frutti’ colour combo I’d come across in my detective work!
2. A pair of crochet stitch markers – in my research into what accessories crocheters use, I found a variety of styles of stitch markers. (I wonder if you ever use that sort of thing in your crochet projects? I haven’t needed to mark anything in my granny-square exploits so far.) These are oxidised sterling silver, each with a little lampwork bead. You could even wear them as earrings if you like – the wire parts were actually designed for that purpose – I picked these components because I hope that they’re easily openable and closeable, and won’t catch on your yarn.
3. A GRANNY SQUARE THAT I MADE! You’ll notice that it’s unfinished – I’m so sorry, I don’t have a darning needle so its ends are flapping free – but I thought you’d appreciate its newbie naivety! This is my favourite component of your pressie, because finding out about you made me want to find out about crochet, and to have a go! I have made quite a few granny squares now – both ‘simple’ ones and ‘solid’ ones – and the bit I struggle with EVERY round is joining on to the previous round (or however you put it). Anyway, this orange square is proudly wonky, but represents the inspiration you’ve given me to try your craft. I’ll keep going with it and see how I get on!
4. A gift for you I ordered from Clare at Little Conkers, so you can keep track of all your ideas for crochet projects. I wanted to support another crafter as part of this project, and Clare had just what I wanted.
Christine, I hope you’ve enjoyed opening the parcel and reading this letter. It’s been such a lot of fun doing it, and I’ve loved having YOU as my Secret Santee!
I hope you’re having a wonderful festive break, and here’s to lots more crafting and craft-blogging in 2019!
Love Rebecca xxx
This project was a fantastic way to round off a super year at Let Fire Inspire. Roll on next Christmas…..! Thank you so much to Kay at Craft Blog Club for including me!