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About lookingglass12

Mum to one little boy, chef, crafter, wife....

Hello again!

I know, I know, I’ve been really bad about posting in here again. It gets hard coming up with new things to post that aren’t only ‘Hey, I have a new item here, buy it!’ type posts.

I’m hoping to start posting more. Life hasn’t been fun the past year; I have struggled with old injuries – my back and right ankle keep acting up. If it’s not one, it’s the other so I haven’t been able to do much yoga, which helps with both – but I can’t do it if I can’t either bend or flex my ankle!

This has also affected my productivity – I can’t sew when my ankle is bothering me as that’s my pedal foot. I am very frustrated that I haven’t made the items I want to for my new Etsy shop, Green Living Co. I have piles of fabrics to recycle into wipes, bags and heat packs – and I need to add in a care/instruction card to those too.

And onto the “Hey, here’s a new product” part to this post… lol

Jute Scrubbies
Both shapes of scrubby

These jute scrubbies have sold fairly well (just not on Etsy!). I plan on a larger ‘mens’ size that hubby has asked for and coloured ones too. I’m hoping the other upcycled, recyclable items do as well!

Oval Jute Scrubber
Oval Jute Scrubber

Once these scrubbies have done their job – they make great alternatives to sponges – you just cut them up and recycle or compost them. Before that, you can pop them in the wash with your towels, or in the dishwasher too, when they get dirty. I’ve been using a pair of these scrubbies for months now.

They are made from Jute twine, which is compostable and recyclable (if you don’t compost) and the plants it’s made from take in more CO2 than trees do and is a quick-growing and sustainable crop.

Rectangular Jute Scrubber
Rectangular Jute Scrubber

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled waffle! I’m glad for all the readers of this blog, and hoped that you have enjoyed reading my posts and possibly have tried out a recipe or 2?

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Cute Little Notions Bags…

I have finally listed these cute notions bags on Etsy and Amazon… and Ebay. (Never have all your eggs in 1 basket!) I have a fair few more to get finished off and listed but they will get done eventually.

They make perfect notions bags for knitters or crocheters with the keyring on the side to clip to a clasp in a larger bag, but could also hold small projects too – like a dishcloth, maybe. I haven’t decided yet which is my favourite, which is yours?

Each one is fully lined too. Of course they would also make great make-up bags too, but that wasn’t the first use I thought of (I don’t wear makeup) – what else would you use them for? Comment below!

You can find this cute pug dog notions bag on Etsy, on Amazon as well as on Ebay.

Pug Bag

Then these blue anchor bags are here on Etsy and here and here on Amazon (they have their own listings) – plus Ebay.

Blue Anchors bag 1
Blue Anchors Bag 2

Do you prefer something brighter to catch your eye? This bright orange dotty notion bag is perfect!

Orange Dotty Bag

Check it out here on Etsy, and on Amazon as well as on Ebay (there are 3 bags available in this listing).

If pugs don’t take your fancy, do bull terriers?

Bull Terrier Bag

Here’s the Etsy link, on Amazon as well as on Ebay.

Lastly, check out this cute animal print bag!

Animal Print Bag

Find it on Etsy, and on Amazon as well as on Ebay.

While some of the bags I haven’t finished yet use the same fabric as these ones, I still have others to show you!

Yup, more Camera Scarf Straps…

I have no idea if anyone’s out there anymore reading this blog, so I guess I’ll just post these camera scarf straps and if you’ve read this, let me know!

I made these 3 new (well, 4 actually, as there are 2 of 1 scarf) scarf camera straps last week. One is a pink scarf,the 2nd a peach and the other 2 are from a turquoise pashmina scarf that’s great for winter outside photo shoots as it’s quite a thick scarf!

Here’s the Pink Scarf Camera Strap – it’s made from a viscose scarf in a pretty baby pink.

Pink Scarf Strap
Attachment for the pink scarf strap

And then the Turquoise Scarf Strap . This one (there are actually 2) I made from a pashmina scarf – a real one, in a goat and silk blend wool. The colour is fabulous!

Turquoise Pashmina Strap
Attachment for Turquoise Strap

This Peach Scarf Camera Strap and the colour is more peach than in the photos.

Peach Scarf Strap
Over 1 shoulder

Which one do you prefer? And if you prefer to buy off Amazon, you can find all these scarf straps here .

Teacher Gifts Tutorial – Decoupage Plant Pots

Is it time to think of teacher’s gifts?

Through The Looking Glass

I’ve neglected you all lately…. I’m going to try to get a bit more active on here for you all.

We give son’s teachers gifts at Christmas and Year-end. This year we decided on decorating a plant pot and picking out a pretty plant for his teacher and the teacher’s assistant. I try to pick something that he can make or do most of and he likes making gifts and really tries to get them perfect.

It’s an easy and cheap craft that looks wonderful and you can put a lot of thought into the kind of plant and the style of decoupage you want to do when you choose the tissue paper.

The plant pots were 89P each, the saucers were 99p. The pack of tissue paper was £2.20 and a bottle of PVA glue was £1.50. I know we had some around here somewhere but I couldn’t find…

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Green Living Co. is Live!

My newest Etsy shop, Green Living Co. is finally live! I opened it about a week ago and have managed to get a few things listed. My timing wasn’t great as it’s Easter Holidays now, but I knew if I didn’t start listing, it would be another month before I got it going.

I have some more items almost ready to list – the weather here’s been alternately too windy to shoot outside or too dark to shoot inside. I gave up on taking photos on a few days as it just wasn’t working. I have Organic Buckwheat Hulls for sale as well as a couple of finished buckwheat hull heat packs – more to come for those, I think!

I need to adjust the logo a little, I decided I want the writing darker so I’m going to sort that out in the next day or 2.

I have the other 2 Etsy shops still up and running, so need to figure out how to juggle all 3; the Anatomical Knits by LGD shop ticks over and I don’t have any plans on updating items in that one. I have added other body parts in the past but they don’t sell so I’m leaving it as mostly ante-natal teaching aids.

Looking Glass Designs is still going to get new items, product lines and ideas – more high-end accessories and more items knit on my knitting machine as well as knitting bags and hopefully other knitting accessories. I will need to market it differently, so I think I’ll be researching more about that soon.

My Amazon shop will still carry a selection of products from all 3 Etsy shops so not much change there…

Here are a couple of listings from Green Living Co. on Etsy…

Buckwheat Hulls
Bowl of Buckwheat Hulls

You can get the buckwheat hulls in 500g packs here – Buckwheat Hulls These will come in plastic grip seal bags, wrapped in brown paper with recyclable tape.

Buckwheat Heat Pack
Sewn end of Heat Pack

And the Buckwheat Heat Packs here. All heat packs/wraps will be sent tied with twine, in brown paper, and taped with brown paper tape – all packaging is completely recyclable! I plan on moving as much of the packaging for all my items to be as reusable and recyclable as possible.

Keepsake Cushion Patches

I have to admit that I make mistakes when I craft. Usually because I haven’t been paying attention properly. So… I have some keepsake cushion patches that are RTS instead of made to order.

There are currently 5; but I suspect that the number may go up… lol

I priced them a little cheaper than the made-to-order keepsake patches; if you know someone that could use one of them, let them know! They are all available in my Etsy shop in this listing.

If you’d rather have one with a different name, colour, font or quote, you can find them in these listings: Block Font Listing, Small Font Listing, Script Font Listing Each one has the same thread colour options, as well as adding in up to 2 more lines.

“Love, Daddy”
“Love, Grandad”
5 Lines in Khaki
“Sam”
“Love, Bryan”

Photo Prop Sale!

I’ve been making a lot of decisions in the past few months about what I want to make, what I like to make and the materials I have on hand that I need to use up. As part of that, I also have to look at what’s been selling. Photo props are no longer selling well; and that’s not just mine, but a lot of prop sellers are finding that there has been a flood of people thinking that they can make props and make money at it — but they are undercharging. You can’t actually make a profit and stay in business if you are charging £5 for a lace bonnet and the yarn is £3.

So I am putting my photo props on sale in turn. Right now I have all layers in my Etsy shop on sale with Free UK postage until March 22 – that’s lace layers, knit & chunky layers & roving blankets as well.

If you see something you like, check out my Etsy Shop and see if you are able to grab it!

Some Lace Layers

Tatted Lace Layer
Lace Layer
Sunflower Lace Layer
Ecru Lace Layer
Rectangular Lace Layer

Roving Blankets

Pink roving Blanket

Grey Roving Blanket
Blue Roving Blanket

Garter Stitch & Chunky Blankets:

Garter Stitch mini-blankets
Garter stitch mini-blanket

Knit Layers

Bright Rainbow Blanket
Rainbow Blanket
Dove Grey Lace Layer

New Winter Scarves

I managed to get 3 scarves made in January in between orders. 2 were made from yarn I’ve had for quite a while, the other one, from ‘newer’ yarn (is there such a thing?).

Technically 2 are cowls, I suppose, but the term ‘scarf’ is interchangeable to me for something you wear around your neck when it’s cold. These definitely fit that criteria!

The first one is a red/ombre grey/black combo in a slip stitch design that’s all in 1 piece – there is a seam simply because of the slip stitches. The grey/black ombre yarn gives it a shadowed effect that you can see in the photos. You can find it on Etsy and on Amazon.

Red/Ombre Cowl
Seam for Cowl

The next is definitely a scarf – long and doesn’t have a loop. It’s made from just the grey/black ombre yarn – and the tweedy effect of this yarn is more prominent as there isn’t the red to distract you from it. The teardrop shapes are made by looping the yarn over the needle then dropping the extra loops on the next row. Which is your favourite of these 2? You can get this one here on Etsy and on on Amazon.

Drop Stitch Scarf
Close up of scarf

The last one is made from a completely different yarn – Malabrigo Rios, a hand-dyed 100% wool yarn from Peru – I can’t remember what this colourway is called but I kept the sister cowl to this one as it’s so incredibly soft. The basketweave is perfect for this short-change colourway of pinks, purples, greys, browns and greens. It doesn’t sound like these colours should work together, but they do, gloriously. My photos don’t really do it justice. You can get this one on Etsy here and on Amazon here.

Basketweave Cowl
Close up of Basketweave Cowl

I hope you like these cowls and scarves as much as I do.

A little update…

Hello all 3 of you that are still reading my blog! I kinda got lost with it last year and stopped blogging regularly. It’s harder to do than it looks! I’ve had this blog since I started Looking Glass Designs over 7 years ago and it’s never really taken off. But that’s OK. I don’t want to be known as a blogger.

I have been busy in many ways both personally and professionally in the past year. My son is getting older – he’s 10 now (not sure where that time went) and he’s getting so grown up (sometimes). I knit a shawl for his housemaster who left in December, she decided to move on after almost 22 years at the school as a parent, chorister parent, staff and housemaster. The photos in this post are of that shawl. (and yes,the pronouns are correct!)

Business was OK last year; it didn’t grow as it has for the previous 6 years — but I think that’s down to outside influences like Brexit and a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. It was steady and while I’d have liked my Christmas Rush to have started before Dec 1 I managed even with going away to York for 4 days before Christmas.

I will be starting up another Etsy shop in the next few weeks (see, now that I’ve told you I’ll have to, won’t I?) for reusable, recycled, and upcycled products. I am setting up a new Facebook page for it as well but will still use this blog to show you those items.

Personally, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I am very good at procrastinating – it sometimes feels like it’s my one true talent. I always hesitate to offer new items because I don’t know how well they will do and I don’t like going out of my comfort zone. However I decided to start this new Etsy shop as I have fabric and supplies coming out of my ears and need to use them! I have been looking for testers and have found a couple while making new items for them to test out for me; some will be redundant as they are items others sell, others will be slightly different so I want to get them tested by others as well as me. I plan on having 10 products ready to go when I open up – so keep an eye out as I’ll be running an opening sale!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

I hope you have had – or are having – a wonderful Christmas. We had our usual Christmas morning – waiting for son to wake up and then doing stockings and presents before breakfast.

I haven’t been blogging recently; I haven’t had much to say, I guess. I have had a slower year than usual in my online shops; I think people are being more careful with their money and aren’t buying as many ‘wants’ as before. I have had some issues with my arms, shoulders and wrists at times through the year with spending a lot of time knitting and crocheting for orders; I need to increase the time I spend sewing and doing other things or I will have to cut back permanently on the time I spend playing with yarn…

I am opening up a new Etsy shop in the new year, and will be putting one or both of my current Etsy shops on vacation mode to get the new one up and running – I’ll let you know what’s happening soon! Anatomical Knits, Looking Glass Designs ,
Amazon

I do appreciate each and every one of my customers – some will never know how much their reviews, emails and happy comments have uplifted me. This isn’t something I do as a ‘side hustle’, a hobby or to keep me occupied while my husband brings in a paycheque. I craft for many reasons, one of which is my mental health. The joke is ‘I knit so I don’t stab people’ but for many people, crafting helps them with managing their well-being.

Some of the most popular items I sold this year have been my ante-natal teaching aids, camera scarf straps, camera buddies and photo props. Do keep an eye out for more styles and patterns of scarf straps!

Green Daisies Camera Scarf Strap
Blackcurrant dyed Wrap (sold out)
Wrap showing the variations in colour
Tied up as a scarf
Alpaca Chunky Blankets
Tweed Chunky Mini-blanket
Standard Sharp 5″ Interchangeable Gift Set
Pastel Rainbow Breast
Green Stripes

All 3 colours
Rainbow 1
Rocky the Penguin Camera Buddy
Boobs – each one is different….
Happy Caterpillar Camera Buddy
Large Octopus Camera Buddy