Epic Giveaway Winner! And a big thank you!

The winners are in!

We can proudly announce that Cat T. via Facebook is our lucky winner of our crochet and craft goodies prize pool.

In the end we had over 120 entries! This is a massive step from the 5 followers I had by the start of the year!

I would like to take this opportunity again to thank every single follower (YOU, yes YOU!), liker, sharer, reblogger, retweeter, favoriter… you all know who you are. Without you guys this all wouldn’t have happened. I’m feel so very blessed to have been given the strength and drive to keep going with the blog. I love it. I can’t imagine my days without ThreadCetera!

We will be running another competition with a different twist in October time, stay tuned!

Thanks for all joining in!
Emma @ ThreadCerera

ThreadCetera HQ; a little personal post about how I’m kicking depression one stitch at a time.

This week has been BUUUUUSSSSSYYY. With orders coming in for custom gloves, the etsy store doing well and official ThreadCetera stall stuffs (as modeled below so elegantly!) we’ve started to feel like a proper business!

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I’ve been squeezing in orders, new stock ideas for upcoming fairs, blogging, my own personal projects and a new job! It’s been hectic but I’m loving it. I’m a far cry away from the sad girl of the summer. The changes I’ve made in my life have been good.

I’ve a new job, new environment, which has made me really look forward to getting up to go to work instead of dreading it. Some people thrive on the challenge of complaint, it was making me crumble.

I’m much more open these days about what is going on, I actually tell people when I have one of those days I can’t leave my bed… AND THATS OK. My friends and family are amazing. They say ‘ok, get well soon, I’ll be there on the other side’. I couldn’t ask for better people around me. Not only do they put up with my inane crochet chat, they make me tea, cake and help me through the bad times so we can enjoy the good ones together. I love them.
This is not even mentioning my brilliant boyfriend who has seen me at my worst; crying in a small ball while my head wanders in the rabbit hole. It’s a dark place to be, and I become someone unrecognisable and scary, but he has been there through good and bad. He has seen me through it all and forced crochet upon me to make me feel better in my darker moments. All of this blog stuff his fault and I love him for it.

I called it ‘the hole’ when I got proper upset. It’s a bit like retreating back into yourself in a place you don’t want to be nor can you see the end of. Because it’s unhappy and sad there seems to be no light. My immediate reaction when it happens is to try and ride it out by sleeping through it. This was never going to work.

Crafting and blogging has helped. It might not be the perfect answer to depression but it’s working for me. By setting myself goals of Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday it gives me something to do, a goal to work towards each week and channels my energy into thinking of something to do. And do you know what? If I miss a post because I haven’t been at a computer, I don’t kick myself to bits like I would have in the summer, I say ‘oops, I’ll do one asap, and I’ll be really proud of that post’. I can look back on all my work and say ‘I’m proud of what I have done’.

Blogging has helped me learn new skills, try new things, reach out to new people and it’s now making me a little bit of money! I’m over the moon. I remember the first few posts and how proud I was when I got 1 view a day, or 1 more follower. I still feel that way. I’m so surprised at how well ThreadCetera is doing and I want to keep going as long as I can.

Today I’m going back to the doctors to tell them I can see the end but I need help getting there in case the bad times strike, and they do strike from time to time.

I will never forget the dark places I was in, and I pray that no one ever has to go through it, but if you ever do remember that you are not alone down there in the rabbit hole. In the moments you are strong enough to stick your head up the best thing you can do is tell someone, chances are they have noticed and they will want to help. The help will seem strange and you might not understand why they are giving you these words that might not help just now, but think it over. Everyone who tells you something is doing it cause they care. Consider it making toast for you, not really getting the right level of crisp you like but in the end they are still giving you toast. The toast is the fact you needed someone to care.

From what I’ve learned sometimes it’s really good to listen, sometimes it’s good to talk. A little from both columns can go a long way.

Well, that and a whole lot of crochet!

Love youse,
~Emma @ThreadCetera

Sweet-Heart Crochet Bunting

On Saturday afternoon I found myself alone in the house and at a loss of what to do. All my normal tasks were done, I didn’t really want to go out… so I made bunting! (while watching Dave, top gear is oddly therapeutic)

Using a fairly standard pattern (many patterns start from the bottom and work up into the point like this one, others work into the ring) I have made 6 hearts in varying colours to match a pink sweetheart theme and teamed them with a white crochet rope. They would look beautiful in a little girls bedroom!

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As per ThreadCetera ways, I found this project a really good way of using wool ends of various colours I appear to have been hogging. I’ve used various baby knitting wools, chunky and double knits in order to add to the shabby chic effect.

This item is now available on the etsy store to ship immediately!

#SupportCrafting Campaign!

Hello Fellow Crafters!

I love sticking things together and making things to show mum. You too?

I’ve having a look round the crafting community on my front door and realized just how many fantastic crafters there are. It’s amazing to see so many lovingly made products, originally designed and handmade.

From my home town in Glasgow, I love to wander round craft fairs, vintage fairs, boot fairs that I find. From the people who hang pictures on the botanic gardens on weekends to the people who sell vintage wares in Vespa Bar, I love it all. it puts seriously holes in my purse!

This week in celebration of my love of craft (and the fact I’m super busy with custom gloves at the moment, want a pair? Let me know!) I am featuring some of Glasgow’s local talent! ThreadCetera has been growing more popular recently (I’m looking at you Cult of Yarn) and I want to be able to share this love.

Everyday I will be posting local talent who knit, jeweler, play with wool, love sticking things etc. If you know someone you’d love to see blogged let me know by emailing threadcetera@gmail.com

We will be tweeting it all week @ThreadCetera (follow us!) using the hashtag #SupportingCrafting!

Let’s get this train going! See you this week!

~ThreadCetera Xx

Makers Markets Byres Road Confirmed

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ThreadCetera has a stall confirmed at the Makers Market in the Hillhead Library on the 28th September 2013 11am- 2pm!

The market is a great gathering of crafters selling all sorts of beautiful hand made craft. Everything you see is handmade.

ThreadCetera will be bringing our wares; our plastic necklaces, our charm necklaces, crochet bunting, crochet mug cosies, our ever popular crochet gloves and BRAND NEW fabric make up bags!

We are very excited. More details soon! Watch this space!

See more information on Makers Markets here!

Geeky Tuesday #4 Avatar Blanket

Now I haven’t watched a lot of Avatar. However my manpal is a fan, he watched quite a bit of the season with Korra in it with me. He likes to think about what sort of bender he is, he settled on earth- big, strong, calm, forceful. He decided I was fire- passionate, quick to emotion, angry.

Thanks? =S

I love this crochet blanket pattern on Rav by designer Kimby77. It’s geeky yet beautiful and could work in any home. And it’s free!

Mid Week Etsy Finds #4 Upcycled Storage

This week I’ve been organising my room, my manpals room, my diary, my life!

So my mid week inspiration for etsy has been the world of storage. But not nasty plastic boxes or run of the mill ikea magazine holders, no I mean awesome reused and recycled storage… etsy style.

I present to you, the etsy best of upcycled storage treats!

Links!
  1. Coffee Sack Bag
  2. Vintage Book Storage Box
  3. Vinyl Record Album Storage
  4. Wine box Ottoman
  5. Suitcase Cupboard

Mid Week Etsy Finds #3 Garden Gal

Summer is in full swing and I’ve been attempting to garden… Ok, I bought a pack of herb seed and a pack of pansies and feel all outdoorsy. XD

As well as giving all the happiness benefits of being outside (something like 20 mins of natural sunlight a day can combat S.A.D) I find it a good excuse to trawl etsy to find some garden inspiration from the crafty community.

Here’s what I’m loving this week.

Links!

  1. Decorative green & white tone pillow case
  2. Garden Plant Pot Cover
  3. 3 buddha head candles 
  4. Multicolour Hammock
  5. Vegetable Garden Typographic Print

Yarn Wrapped Bottle Ornaments

002I have a habit of ‘holding onto things’, looking at things I’m throwing out and saying ‘I could probably use you for something’. I also have a habit of sitting on Pintrest for hours. The two go together marvellously.

I’ve seen lots of these sort of crafts involving bottles and yarn so I thought I’d give it a go!

It really is as easy as cleaning out your bottle, taking the labels off, picking a yarn and wrapping… with a few tips along the way.

To help make it super easy here are the ThreadCetera tips to bottle yarn craft:

  1. PVA- It’s the best choice. UHU dries very hard and shiny whereas PVA goes clear and if you do the wrong part it’s easy to wash off. Also, this craft can get very messy very fast, PVA is just much easier to get off your skin after.
  2. Start from the bottle neck- Starting up the top is logical because of the bumb in the middle. If you were to start bottom, the wool slides up when you hit the curve bumb without anything to hit against. Doing this top down eliminates this and the wool goes round much easier.
  3. Double Wrap- Depending on what colour of bottle you use this varies in importance. Clear glass allows the wool to dictate the colour overall but if, like me, you have used coloured glass make sure to double wrap otherwise the tiny baby gaps show an awful lot of colour of the bottle underneath. D=
  4. Turn the bottle as you go- If you keep the bottle stationary and just wrap, although the side you are looking at looks marvelous as straight, the other side will end up with a lot of gaps. Turning the bottle means you can keep an eye on the wool all the way round.

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I’m currently working on a few of these in various heights to sit together on the windowsill.

I find the whole process really calming, I would recommend spending some time on it.

See you soon!
~Threadcetera

Day 4- Bunting: the crochet staple.

DSCF1917Every crochet magazine worth it’s weight in salt has some form of bunting pattern, triangle art etc. It’s so very easy and instantly gratifying! Bunting is one of these glorious things that can be done in any colour, size and for any room. I’ve used a dark green, blue and grey I found in my beloved pound shop.

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This bunting was finished when I was at the Student Gaming Nationals in Sheffield. (It kept me calm and I avoided shouting at the geeky idiots). I find about 6 triangles makes a decent length of bunting. With this one I have outlined each trianle. I’m not sure about it, It might have looked darker and manlier if I hadn’t bothered. What do you think?

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