Thursday, 10 January 2008

Throwing down the gauntlet!

Hello there crafty people and welcome to a new joint venture between Lucy Locket and Moogsmum !!

Here's a little background to help explain what on earth is going on!

Why 'Loo-sley Crafting' - a very clever amalgamation of Lucy and Lesley (her and me) - impressed? Good.

Lucy and I both started blogging our crafty doings last year and 'met' through blogland. We both live in the UK - in the England bit - Lucy in the North East and me in the South. Somehow we 'connected' and have struck up a very real imaginary friendship that involves filling each other's email inboxes with more mail than is healthy!!

Before Christmas we were both sewing like mad things making all manner of things for school fairs, orders and gifts. Once all that was done and dusted we started discussing ways to help keep up the creativity in the New Year.

We decided a Craft Challenge was in order. The Challenge will involve us setting projects for ourselves to make something new or to remake an old favourite. The timespan of each challenge will take into account the fact that we do (despite outward appearances) both have lives outside of blogging. Hopefully this will stop us cracking under the pressure of deadlines!!

In a very roundabout way that has led us to set up another blog to record our progress.

Our first Challenge, this week, happened entirely by coincidence when we realised we'd both made the sock monkeys we'd been wanting to make for ages - on the same day and at the same time! Spooky!

Mrs Locket produced the gorgeous Freddy using the best Primarni (Primark) socks:

Whilst I churned out Minnie Mabel and Peter Parker again using quality sockage - this time courtesy of Peacocks:

The pattern for these guys was obtained by following this link on the marvellous Monkee Maker's blog. Be ready with a goodly amount of stuffing if you plan to make one - and do at least double stitching on all the seams to avoid embarassing inner thigh burstage - on the monkey!?!

Crafty Challenge No.2 has been set for the coming week. Being girlies we both feel we need a new handbag. With this in mind we will both produce a messenger bag in which to transport all those little essentials (like Lucy's knitting and my 147 tissues!)

Watch this space.....

If you want to join in and send us your pictures then please feel free.

Here's to a Crafty New Year!

love Lucy Locket and Moogsmum xxx


Gina said...

Congratulations you two on the birth of your new blog! Gosh... even more to read now!
Good luck with your challenges.


Thimbleanna said...

You Go Girls! Looks like lots of fun!

Leanne said...

Do you two ever sleep!!!

Lina said...

Oh you girls, you're too funny. Looking forward to popping in!

Julie said...

Good luck with the challenges girls! I'm impressed with your energies! A great way to start the new year.

trashalou said...

Dear Moosley, Y'all are so clever and fantastic and I shall watch with great interest.

Just off now to put this blog addy into my quick read file.

I'll be back! (Can you tell 'Terminator' is on while Itype?)

Monkee Maker said...

Good luck with this new venture you two .... but talk about putting yourselves under pressure - a new bag each by when??

I love the new blog picture .... it really looks like your sock monkeys got together for it!

Happy Crafting


Leigh said...

This looks like great fun! Enjoy your challenges!

Bethany Hissong said...

Yeah!!! I get to read MORE of you two!!! I can't wait to see the messenger bags! (now I have to add another link to my favorites!)

Kari & Kijsa said...

More fun! loved both of them!!

kari & kijsa

Jane said...

Brilliant, hope you have good fun and lots of laughter with it too. will add you to my favourites

Ally said...


Well, at least i can now talk to you both at the same time. Glad you to imaginary friends are doing something fun over blogland.

Have fun with your next challenge. Em and I are going to have a go at making a sock monkey this weekend so are off to Primarni to get said socks tomorrow.

Mrs Locket's big sister Ally (she always calls me her big sister but really I'm her older and taller sister - just thought I would clarify that)

Patti said...

Wow. Sounds like a great idea. Have fun folks

Do you guys have more hours in the day than I do? I am seriously impressed with the amount you do

Kitty said...

Oooh a joint venture - tis like a wedding - can we throw rice? Should we have got a posh frock before reading?

I wish you both the very best of luck with your crafting, and will watch with interest. xx

PS Word verification = caogum - sounds like a product. x

lucykate crafts... said...

what a fab idea for a project, i may have to pinch your 'time to get crafty' clock idea, love that scribbled clock!

Katy said...

better add this one to the faves list too then :)
Can't wait to see what you get up to!

corry said...

Good luck with your challenge, can't wait to see two new bags!

Monkee Maker said...

Hi Lucy,

I can't comment on your blog as then you'd count me in on your swap!

Thanks for the kind invite but I'm horribly unsociable and even more horribly lazy, plus I've already said no to someone who wanted me to be involved in a swap.

Good luck with it though, I look forward to seeing what everyone makes and gets.

Have a happy weekend.


Working Mom Knits said...

Hey Ladies! Crafty Colaboration - what a very cool idea : )

re the totebag goal: are there any specifications?

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Hi Moogsmum

Have you seen how many visitors we've had? Silly me, of course you have!!!!

Lucy Locket x

the vicious chicken said...

Oh goodness, I haven't left a comment yet on this fab new blog you ladies have created! I thought I had... sorry. Must've read your post at work (please don't tell my boss) and not wanted to comment then.

ANYWAY, may I just say that I am very impressed with your new venture, and will watch closely to see what lovely things you both make. And then probably go green with talent envy - but I think it'll be worth it :o)

dottycookie said...

Ha, what a good idea! I'm impressed you find the time for it all - good luck with the bags.