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Confessions of a Late-night Stitch Witch

Updated on October 30, 2016

Welcome to my Creative World

Are you a person who appreciates designs that are 'one-off' - unique - created and handmade in Australia?

Do you care passionately, as I do, about quality, individuality and attention to detail?

Is it important to you that my 'treasures' are produced in a smoke-free and animal-free environment?

You've come to the right place.

As a designer, artisan and marketer of original crafts, I feel extremely proud of the uniqueness of each of my creations.

From scarves to shawls; beanies to aviator helmets; ponchos to shrugs - every item is exclusive - and handcrafted with much love and care. The following is a glimpse of my development up to this day. To view just some of my range of accessories, follow the links below - and enjoy!

My Crafty History

It actually all began before our children were born (some 35+ years ago) when I passionately knitted and taught myself crocheting to make a huge variety of baby clothes, accessories and shawls, etc.

Many garments (and increasing sizes) later, I added tapestry to my skills-base, and created some beautiful 'stitched' reproductions of some famous paintings.

I made ceramic ornaments and figurines for some years, and have variously tried china painting and patchwork quilting (neither of these my 'thing', it turned out)...however I did love appliqué work and creating stitched wall hangings with meaningful messages. If you want to see if they are meaningful to you, too, have a look at my hub - 'Hanging Out' with my Wall Hangings

Never-ending Herstory

But knitting & crocheting have remained my main passion - always weaving themselves throughout the fabric of my life. A sidestep into the world of jewellery-making lead me to start adding beading to my handknits....

I opened an Etsy shop - CdCraftee's Cosmos with high hopes, but alas, I'm not a marketer's armpit, and it really went nowhere. I've continued to work on a range of beaded knit/crochet items that should appeal to a broad range of people. It includes such diverse products as specialty brooches and amulet necklaces in fine beaded knitting, through to beaded keyrings, USB identifiers, spectacle chain holders - and the more casual beaded knit sunglasses cases, mobile phone/ipod covers, and matching keyrings.

The trouble is that now I write, and write... and edit, and edit. Will fame and fortune follow? Unlikely, and I can't say I care too much at this stage of my life. It's enough that I'm enjoying myself... mostly... I think.

...perchance to Dream?

I haven't mentioned that I am an incurable insomniac - BUT - the good news about this is that I find the wee small hours a delightfully quiet and calm time to explore difficult patterns, or to weave my dreams together into a tangible object.....somehow, little seems impossible in this precious time.

And the bonus is that I get to listen to the BBC from all over the world via my trusty pocket radio and a pair of earphones.....sometimes glorious classical music, also.

And when I've dreamed my daydream(?) through its potential and into reality, I can go back to bed with a feeling of deep satisfaction and achievement.

Now....how good is that? You wouldn't be asleep for quids!

Craftaholics Anonymous

13 Step Recovery Plan

1. I will not stuff craft supplies into every corner of my home.

**NB, I said NOT EVERY...(just most)

2. I will not have nine (or more) projects 'on the go' at one time.

3. I will not buy more yarn, beads, needles....I have a ton at home.

4. I will not let my craft area look like a condemned place.

5. I will not invade my kitchen & dining table and Lounge and the Office and my bookshelves with my craftwork.

6. I will not attend craft shows & markets to pick up more ideas and talk interminably with other crafters.

7. I will not stock up on more craft supplies just because they are on sale - or because 'they may come in handy one day'.

8. I will not get hysterical when I hear the words 'imported crafts' - just a little 'wobbly'.

9. I will not let my current project distract me from fixing dinner, or getting dressed, or talking (as opposed to mindless 'grunting'.

10. I will not stay up all night working on a brainstorm about one of my current projects.

11. I will not save empty cereal boxes, detergent scoops, small jars with lids, scraps of everything, little lengths of yarn, etc., etc.

12. I will not buy every craft magazine I see - just most of them.

13. I reserve the right to remove the word 'not' from all of the above.

Original Version? Unknown

And how did it come to me? Unknown

Revised © 2001 by Shirley Thomas

Revised again © 2003 by Christine Larsen

Revised yet again © 2011 by Christine Larsen for this lens

All good things come.......

I feel SO blessed to possess the skills I do.......to be me.....right now, right here! (And I should mention that - "here" - is our dear old stone farmhouse, built in 1878 - inhabited by antiques and inherited 'treasures' - and we two 'delightful dinosaurs') Please keep an eye on my corner of the world......I have many charming and interesting tales to tell.

Come and be my welcome guest.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      LOL, you have a great sense of humor. I am a craftaholic.

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      Helene-Malmsio 6 years ago

      Hi again Christine, been enjoying your new batch of lenses, congratulations on Giant Squid! I'm about to take 6 months off IM and web building so that I can take up crafting again... the list above used to really relate to me.. until it became my list for web building! I'm sooo looking forward to a few months of digging out craft supplies and getting cracking on them!

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      Sheila 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Hi Christine! Saw your bio on the new Giant Squids (congrats!) and that you were a crocheter, had to stop by a couple of your lenses! I really admire your creations, they are quite lovely! Happy crocheting and good luck with your Etsy store! (I'm on there too!)

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      loved your humour - well done

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Christine, your 'corner of the world' is special because YOU are in it. What a delightful, talented, crafty lady you are!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I have crippled my hand doing a needlepoint for my parents and a blanket for my granddaughter. Literally couldn't move it for a long time. Then, when I got better, I picked up the work and finished it. Twice with the blanket.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      love them :) nice lens

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @SusannaDuffy: Oh Susanna (do you feel a song coming on? - & wonder how many times in your life that has been said??) - SO grateful for your comments and blessing - deeply impressed and humbled. Keep watching, when you have time - there are a few chuckles to come - and maybe the odd tear!

      Christine

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @LizMac60: Kind thoughts and wishes Liz. Keep watching this spot - you won't be disappointed. And I see you are on Senior Squids, too...enjoy!

      Christine

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Beautiful craft, Christine. I'll look for you on Oztion and will certainly be keeping an eye on your corner of the world, stone farmhouse and all. Blessed by an angel today( /one-hundred-lens-blessings)

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Hi Christine

      I found your note on Senior Squids and decided to check out your lenses. Love your writing. Looking forward to reading more here and at Senior Squids.

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      You have made a good start. Look forward to seeing more of your stuff

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @grannysage: Thank you grannysage - always loving to be a 'mother' or 'granny' figure to others who also love handmades passionately. I do plan to write many and varied lenses - hope you continue to enjoy!

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @delia-delia: How blessed to have the fingers and the thoughts for these 'treasures'. I love that others love them too.

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      Christine Larsen 7 years ago from South Australia

      @anonymous: Thanks aj2008 - if you loved these colours, have a look at my fabulous footy gear in the next lens - stitch-journey - and my comments about the range of colours and textures today. They are such a delight to work with.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      Wow, you so remind me of my mother. She did all those things you mention (well substitute copper enameling for the ceramics). She too had passion for her art. A delightful lens. Lensrolling to the Art of Copper Enameling Lens which is dedicated to my mother.

      I'm looking forward to seeing more lenses from you. Thumbs up!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      great lens Christine...well have a lot in common...love you creativity

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo Christine - I love the colours in the knitting pics!

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      easyforyouebooks 7 years ago

      Hi Christine, Well done you have created a fantastic lens here and I can just tell it is you by reading between the lines. Congratulation!!!