Sunday, 30 June 2013

June Round-up

This month has been an exciting one for me.  I've loved launching this blog and watching it begin to grow.  Blogging has also meant that I've found more and more wonderful craft blogs to keep me feeling creative and inspired.

Last Friday I also posted on Simi and Sian's wonderful blog Buttons and Paint.  I put together a tutorial for fabric pom poms so please hop over there to have a read.

What projects are you proud of from June?

Friday, 28 June 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Wedding Pom Poms

This is a scheduled post as I'm actually dashing off to my sister's graduation today.  I'm so excited for a Glasgow visit and can't wait to see my parents and sisters.

With just six weeks to THE wedding, I'm beginning to get more than a little excited for it.  Here's just one small aspect of the handmade wedding things I've been finding on the good old internet.

Pom poms are completely versatile both in terms of how they can be used to decorate your venue and in terms of what materials they can be made from... a wealth of creative possibilities to be tapped into!

Have you had a go at making pom poms?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

What's On My Work-desk? 26/6

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Today I'm linking up with Stamping Ground for "What's on your work-desk? Wednesday" so that I can see what projects all you guys have on the go at the moment.

This week on my desk:

- my finished crochet sun hat

- my new ribbed crochet phone cover

- two blue mice I am making for the Alzheimer's Society

- magazine cuttings of honeymoon outfits I love

- my wedding planning book

What projects have you got on the go at the moment?

Monday, 24 June 2013

Recently... 24/6

The last couple of weeks has been slightly dominated with school report writing but I have had time for a few other bits and pieces.  Unfortunately many of these have not been particularly photo worthy and the rain has kept me and Mousey indoors a fair bit.

summer fruit and nectarine crumble for dinner with neighbours // report writing

Over the last couple of weeks I have also been...

barbecuing // tweeting // visiting Oxford in the rain // playing tennis

I should also mention that after much deliberation about a name, I realised that I'd already started referring to my little mouse as "Mousey" and it had kind of stuck. Thanks anyway for the suggestions, I've saved them up for naming any cousins that appear on the scene!

What have you been up to recently?

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Tutorial: How to Customise a Jumper Using Elbow Patches

Last week I was loving elbow patches on Pinterest. I decided to have a go at adding elbow patches to a £4 jumper I bought a few weeks ago. I also tried to have another practise at blanket stitch which I learnt here.

1.  Cut out two elbow patch shapes from baking paper.
2.  Pin the baking paper templates to your choice of fabric.
3. Cut around the templates.
4.  Add a design in pencil and stitch over with back stitch.
5. Pin on your elbow patches. I did this in front of a mirror so I was happy with the positioning.
6. Blanket stitch on your elbow patches in a contrasting colour and pull off the baking paper.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  As always, please do get in touch if you could spot anything that could be clearer.  Enjoy!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Door Hangers

Living in rented accommodation, you have to look for slightly creative ways of making the place feel like home.  Recently I've been feeling inspired by gorgeous door hangers used to inject a bit of personality into a room.

Simply beautiful - I love the colour and pattern // Lovely use of lace layering by Rose Dune

A gorgeous custom heart by Mippoos // Another wonderful tutorial by Wendy at Handmade Harbour

Beautiful beaded snowflake by my mum with beads from this lovely place // Engagement present by all my family.  The buttons are from my grandma's button tin and even my dad did a few stitches.

You can find more elbow patches on this Pinterest board.

What's inspiring you this weekend?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Crochet Tips: How To Rib

Over the coming weeks I plan to share some of the crochet tips and techniques I've picked up over the last year or so.

I shyed away from ribbing for a while as I got put off when I tried it with knitting, but honestly crochet ribbing is such a simple but effective technique.

It's also amazingly useful when you want to crochet something a little stretch and texture such as a cuff or trim for a hat.

Abbreviations (UK)

dc - double crochet
ch - chain
st - stitch
hk - hook
fo - fasten off

How to Rib

1. Make your slip knot, then make your foundation chain.

2. Dc into 2nd ch from hk, then dc in each ch across.

3. Turn, then ch1.

4. Dc into back of 2nd st from hk, then dc in back of each st across.

5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the rectangle is the desired length.

6. Fo, then darn in ends as usual.

As this is my first tutorial, I'd love some feedback as to how clear these instructions are.  I hope it helps someone out there!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Handmade Monday: Crocheted Sun Hat

Having not been on a summer holiday for a few years, I am beginning to start thinking about what I'm going to take honeymooning.  I haven't got a sunhat and have been falling in love with the big wide-brimmed romantic looking ones on Pinterest. That's when I saw this beauty of a pattern from Stitchy Kits.

I cannot recommend this pattern enough. It's really clearly presented and I'm really chuffed  with the finished product.

It's made from just one 100g ball of 4-ply cotton yarn and I used a 3mm crochet hook as I learnt from my Attic24 granny bunting that my tension is a wee bit loose.  It's washable, travellable and I think it's pretty good-looking.

Happy Handmade Monday to all those who have hopped over from Handmade Harbour.  I can't wait to see what you've all been making this week.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Review: Dimensions Coaster Cosy Leaf Embroidery Kit

Recently I finally got round to making up this gorgeous cup cosy and coaster that I got given from my work Secret Santa. I never usually work from a kit but it was kind of nice to have all the pieces cut and ready to assemble.  The instructions were really clear too and even taught me how to do blanket stitch!

****4 Stars - an absolutely perfect gift for someone just getting into crafting.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Elbow Patches

The sun is shining and it's the start of a new weekend.  After a busy week at work,  I could not be happier that it's Friday!

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A couple of months ago I saw my sister's beautiful hand-knitted aran cardigan.  I fell in love.  She'd added floral elbow patches which just set it off beautifully.

Ever since I've been peeking for elbow patches on Pinterest and I've not been disappointed with the finds.

What's inspiring you this weekend?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

What's On My Work-desk? 12/6

Thanks again for stopping by my blog.  Today I'm linking up with Stamping Ground for "What's on your work-desk? Wednesday".

I'm having a really busy week at work at the moment, but I did find some time for my class to make felt puppets which made me insanely happy.  They are currently hanging around my classroom infecting all the children with crafty-goodness.

This week on my desk:

- crochet ballet slippers - you can find the pattern here.

- wedding planning book - only a couple of months to go!

- blog ideas notebook - lots of exciting projects in the pipeline!

- crochet bunting for my classroom - crochet always works to brighten up my day.

- crochet sun hat (work in progress) - I'll let you know!

- granny triangles for Attic24's bunting for Yarndale

- felt embroidered cup holder and coaster

- crocheted mouse

What projects have you got on the go at the moment?


Sunday, 9 June 2013

Crochet Pattern: Ballet Slippers

After finding inspiration here, I created this pattern...

Shoe size UK sizes 4-6
Wool: DK  Ribbon: Approximately 2 x 1metre lengths
Hook Size: 4mm
*Please note this pattern uses UK crochet terms*

Rnd 1: 2tr in third ch from hook (counts as 3sts), 1tr in each of next 4ch, 3tr in last ch.  Working into other side of ch: 1tr in each of next 4ch. Join with sl st into top of first st.  (14sts).
Rnd 2: Ch3, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 6sts, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 5sts.  Join with sl st into top of first st. (18sts).
Rnd 3: Ch3, tr in first st, 3tr in second st, 1tr in each of next 8sts, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 6sts.  Join with sl st into top of first st. (22sts).
Rnd 4: Ch 3, 1tr each of next 2sts, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 10sts, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 7sts.  Join with sl st into top of first st. (26sts).
Rnd 5: Ch 3, 1tr in each of next 3sts, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 12sts, 3tr in next st, 1tr in each of next 8sts.  Join with sl st into top of first st. (30sts).
Rnd 6: Ch1, 1dc in next st, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 20sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in next st, 1sc in each of next 5sts. Join with sl st. Do not fasten off.

Foot and heel
Turn. Row 1: 1dc in next 4sts, 1htr in next st, 1tr in next 18sts, 1htr in next st, 1dc in next st, sl st in next st. Turn.
Row 2: Sl st in next 2sts, ch3, 1tr in next 17sts.  Turn.
Rows 3-8: Ch 3, 1tr in each of next 17 sts. Turn.
Row 9: Ch3, 1tr in each of next 7sts, tr2tog, 1tr in each of next 8sts. Turn.
Row 10-13: Ch 3, 1tr in each of next 16sts.
Row 14: Ch 3, 1tr in each of the next 5sts, tr2tog, 1tr in next st, tr2tog, 1tr in each of next 6sts. Turn.
Row 15: Ch3, 1tr in same st (1inc), 1tr in each of next 13sts, 2tr in last st.
Row 16: Ch3, 1tr in same st (1inc), 1tr in each of next 15sts, 2tr in last st. Do not fasten off.

Finishing off

Fold last row in half and dc 2 layers together.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  
Use contrasting colour to dc round opening as shown below.  Sew on 50cm of ribbon to inside of each side of foot.  This video is useful to find out where exactly.

If you do give my pattern a go, I'd love some feedback about how you got on, so please to get in touch.


Friday, 7 June 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Crocheted Ballet Slippers

As a wee girl I took part in ballet lessons right up until I went off to secondary school. As well as great posture, those hours spend twirling round and pointing my toes have left me with dreams of pastel colours, floaty tutus and cosy ballet cardigans.

Recently I've seen the most gorgeous designs for crochet ballet slippers that are making me want a pair to twirl around my flat in.  Aren't they absolutely lovely?

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What's inspiring you this weekend?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Attic 24's Granny Bunting Drive

It may seem a little strange just in my second post to be referring you to another blog and I promise that there's more of my own content on it's way!  Having been an avid reader of Lucy's gorgeous, inspiring blog at Attic24 for more than a year now, I couldn't resist mentioning one of her recent posts which got me totally inspired.

As part of her role in organising Yarndale, Lucy volunteered herself to make lots and lots of Granny Bunting.  Her latest post is plea to all the "wonderful hookers of the world" to consider contributing to her big bunting project.

I was sold.  No seriously.  I want to be one of the "wonderful hookers of the world".  I had to be involved in this project.

My contribution

Look at all this lovely, crochet colourful goodness.  I've so enjoyed hooking these up over the last couple of evenings. Like Bunny Mummy Jacquie, I do wonder if I'd spot any of my triangles in any pictures.

Is anyone else having a go at this? 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Handmade Monday: Crocheted Mouse

Thank you so much for stopping by my brand new blog.  I hope you pop back sometime to see what other lovely, crafty content I've got lined up for you.

I've been enjoying Handmade Monday from afar for sometime now and am really glad to be involved in such a friendly link party.

I've also been so excited about introducing you to this little one...

'Mousey' was made using this amazing pattern from Lulu Loves.  The pattern's been available for a while now but it is great.  As Em's post mentions, there are rather a lot of crocheted mouse patterns scurrying around the internet, but this pattern makes an awfully cute wee size.

I decided to stuff mousy with bright pink and blue wool to give it a wee bit of personality.  I also sewed on tiny circles of fabric to the ears. Now all it needs is a name: I'd love some suggestions!



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