A Crafty Hibernation

After an Autumn-Winter hiatus, I’m looking forward to catching you up on some makes from what I’ve started to term ‘My Crafty Hibernation’.

I’m slowly finding out that my making has a very seasonal quality – furniture restoration is firmly rooted in warm summer’s eves between sips of a G&T, while knitting snuggled up in front of movie with a hot chocolate is my activity of choice for the winter. No surprises there, really. So, while I’ve only been making at a snail’s pace for the last 3 months, I have been making.

First, I thought I’d share with you the pinnacle of my 2015 making – The Handmade Fair, and boy, what a perfect way to top off a busy Spring/Summer and get the creative juices flowing.

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Ethical consumerism doesn’t have to be an oxymoron

Last Friday marked the 2nd anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse, which with a death toll exceeding 1000 people is considered the deadliest garment factory accident in history. Remembering the lives lost in this disaster has once again brought the issue of fast fashion and the ethical practice, or otherwise, of the garment industry to the forefront. Just some of the blog posts that have caught my eye in recent weeks are Charlotte of english girl at home’s post about a few missed stitches she found in a RTW garment, and how it reminded her that the clothes we don’t make … Continue reading Ethical consumerism doesn’t have to be an oxymoron

I want to quit the gym!

There have been many changes afoot in Chez Rocket over the last two months, including relocation back to the UK after 3 years as an expat in beery Belgium (hic!). By normal standards, I’ve moved house A LOT in the last 10 years, so you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m an old hand at this by now and it’d be a piece of cake…smooth sailing…a doddle, or indeed any other pleasant idiom you’d care to mention. However, while I’m something of a packing demon, the contacting of suppliers  (stopping the old ones/starting the new ones) is, in my experience, always … Continue reading I want to quit the gym!