Monday, 4 November 2013

Craft Crush - Julie From Tillyflop designs

This year while exhibiting at Yarndale, I got to meet the very lovely Julie Nelson Rhodes, luckily for me her stand was next door to mine, so I managed to talk her into doing a quick five question interview with me!

As a geeky fibre enthusiast , I am always on the look out for awesome merchandise  to do with my obsession  love of  knitting and yarn, and I really love Julie's fresh and contemporary designs so I  am really excited to share them with you. 

Julie sales her awesomeness via Etsy  and has kindly offered my readers FREE POSTAGE on all orders over £5 during November all you need to do is use the code ASTASHADDICT

I for one will be buying some cards to give out to my crafty friends this Christmas! And have put a few of Julies framed prints on my Christmas wish list, I think they will look fabulous in my workshop.  

Tillyflop Designs
Tillyflop Designs
Tillyflop designs
Tillyflop Design
On to the questions..

1.       What’s the story behind your business name?
My dad nicknamed me TillyFlop as a child ... I was quite accident prone! I did think about shortening it to Flop but thought that might not be the best name for a business. My dad died a year or so before I started it so I thought it would also be a bit of a homage to him as well. Though he couldn't knit!

2.       How long have you been knitting for?
I started at primary school in Juniors - I remember Mrs Newton giving me a tiny pair of needles and some brown and green bobbly yarn ... not the best for a beginner. And like many a new knitter I didn't quite get the hang of it and ended up having to move onto longer needles as I seemed to have rather more stitches than I started with! So - to answer your question - 30+ years ... [and some *ahem*]

3.       Do you do any other crafts?
I love sewing - I collect fabric as well as yarn - and love old barkcloth and Japanese prints. I make cushions to sell and also as gifts for friends. If I had more time and space I'd get back into making clothes - I've collected enough vintage and new patterns, so I really should use them! But I find that the yarn and fabric are great insulation ... and sound proofing ...

4.       What’s on your Christmas list this year?
I always have a never-ending book wish list on Amazon though I'm thinking a kindle might be the way forward - our house is full of books and we're fast running out of room as I can't bear to give them away. I've also got my eye on some neon candlesticks from a favourite of mine, Northlight Homestore; and I'd love a milk glass cakestand from another friend's shop Baker and Maker - can't decide between white and buttercream! Though cake doesn't last long around here. Which leads nicely to the next question ...

5.       Sweet or savoury?
Before children I would have said savoury without a blink of an eye. But as my middle grew, so did my sweet tooth ... and it hasn't subsided even though they're now 10 and 6. But I'd be happy with an equal portion of both ... if that's ok?

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I think your agree Julie is one awesome crafty lady, If you would like to know more about her, you can also stalk follow her on Facebook  and Twitter

Thank you so much Julie for taking part! I look forward to seeing you at Unravel in February 2014

Danielle x

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Work in progress - Rainbow Mittens

The children are on half term this week, and things around here are super busy, so can only manage a quick update!

I apologise for the awful picture, but it gives you an idea on some cable mitts I am designing for my daughter. 

Tomorrow is Halloween and I will be back with some awesome pictures to redeemn myself ;) 

Danielle x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

WIP and Books - Yarn porn

Since last week I have not knitted a single stitch! Have been so busy sorting and photographing for my next shop update which is due at the end of this week, I really need to get my 11 strand scarf finished its getting really chilly out there!!

I did however manage to prep 18 meals to freeze and then cook in my slow cooker for the next couple of weeks!

Does flicking through book keeping for dummies book count as reading? Lol it’s so boring I am actually yawning thinking about it!

If you actually want to see some knitting and read decent book reviews have a visit to Tamis and Ginnys.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Autumn kitchen challange - Nutella cupcakes

I found this recipe floating around Facebook a few weeks ago and had to give it a go! My children absolute love Nutella.

 One of our favorites is smashing up  some original Ryvita into a bowl with a couple of spoonful’s of Nutella to make a healthy “ferrero rocher”  - But I am always looking for an easy,healthier   “chocolate fix” next time I will use gluten free flour.

To make these cup cakes you only need three ingredients!! - Always a winner in my book!

All you need for these cupcakes is 1 cup of Nutella, 2 eggs and 10 tbs of flour! Mix them all together in a bowl till smooth, then transfer to a cupcake tray. Cook in an oven at a medium heat for around 25mins. (I added chopped hazelnuts on top of mine which roasted in the oven nom nom)

I dressed mine with squirty cream and cold custard, we ate the cupcakes warm because we couldn't wait hehe and they were delicious! (I managed to get six medium size cup cakes out of the mixture.)


Danielle xx

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

WIP Wednesday - Coincidence

I have been so occupied with getting my new website ready for domain transfer that I have not really made a lot of progress from last week, I have managed to knit about ten rows on my 11 strand 4ply scarf while catching up with X Factor and that’s it!

I was moving some stuff around in my workshop and come across a book that a dear friend gifted to me a couple of years ago, I had a quick flick through the first few pages and found myself finishing the first chapter . The Celestine Prophecy gets some mixed reviews on amazon, my impression is that it’s a fiction story with a deep rooted spiritual message or teaching. The insights mentioned so far in this book seem to resonate with me at this particular time in my life.

  So what’s it about?

 Well the main character of the book embarks on a journey to find and understand a series of nine spiritual insights on an ancient manuscript that was discovered in Peru. The main character is also in a transitional period of his life, and begins to notice instances of synchronicity, which is the belief that coincidences have a meaning personal to those who experience them. The journey of course isn’t an easy one and the main character meet some very interesting people along the way.

 So far it’s been a very enjoyable and thought provoking read J

Monday, 14 October 2013

Moments captured ...

This weekend I had my three gorgeous nieces, we headed to Petworth park so see the  herd of deer that have been living within it 700 acres for the last 500 years.

Betty and I go walking here a lot, its only 15 mins from my house and the views are breath taking! If you live in West Sussex I definitely recommend a visit!

Danielle xx


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