Wednesday, 31 July 2013

What's On My Work-Desk? 31/7

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.

Despite having LESS THAN TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE BIG DAY, I've still managed to squeeze in some crafts and I've had a wee tidy up of my desk too.

In the picture you can see:

- crocheted mice for the Alzheimers' Society which I'm tempted to re-work according to this pattern.

- the crochet hook holder I've been working on.

- a new top secret crochet project.

What projects are you working on?

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

July Round Up

I can't believe it's almost August! With my second month of blogging under my belt, here's a recap on my projects this month.

T-Shirt to Cardigan Tutorial // End of term crocheted cards // Happy Hooker Prepster Jacket // Crocheted Flowers (pattern to follow) // Easy Dress // Ribbed Crochet Phone Cover // Lanyards made by my sister for my hen do

August is probably going to be a bit of a slow craft month for me, but the blog will have lots of material about all the wedding craft projects that my mum, sisters and I have been squirrelling away for the last year and four months.

What have been some of your recent craft projects?

Monday, 29 July 2013

Recently 29/7

As previously mentioned I've had a really busy week or so.  I've now got a couple of days of chilling out, catching up and just generally giving my self a bit of well-deserved TLC.

After a busy end of term, I went up to Scotland where I went to a lovely wedding and finished some last minute wedding crafting (to be revealed on the blog after the wedding!).  Here are some of my end of term pics...

more coffee please // boating on the Thames on a lovely sunny evening // Apprentice final and crocheting lots of little cotton flowers

Thank you cards for colleagues and presents from children // lots of celebratory cava on and off the river // Good luck card for a colleague who is leaving

Hen-do pics!!

Hope you all have a great week.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Crochet Motiffs

Did I mention that I've been crazy-busy over the last couple of weeks... With life so jam-packed I'm finding myself inspired by mini projects that are not too much of a time commitment.

Aren't these crochet motiffs from Pinterest gorgeous?

What keeps you inspired when time is tight?

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Liebster Award

I have had an incredibly busy week or so, hence my unintentional blogging absence.  I've got lots of news which I'll catch you all up on over the next couple of days.

In the meantime, I am absolutely delighted to accept a Leibster Award from Emma over at Life is Peachy.

As Emma explained: "The Liebster award, though information on its origins are fuzzy, is an award for bloggers with less than 200 followers who are nominated in light of deserving recognition and encouragement for their blogging work and talent.  Liebster, the sweetest German word you ever did hear".

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

I started EmmaMade after being inspired by beautiful craft blogs such as Forty Percent Fringe: Sixty Percent Face, Attic24 and One Sheepish Girl which I found when searching the internet for funky crochet patterns.  I wanted my own blog to share my projects and start online mingling with other crafters.

2. Stand out moment of 2013 so far?

My sister's proud.

3. What is your horoscope sign and do you think it relates to your character?

I'm Virgo but I've no idea what that means in terms of my character.

4. Do you have a geek-girl passion?  If so, what is it?

I wouldn't say it's a passion but I love a good Excel Spreadsheet.  

5. What has been your favourite blog post so far?

Oooh, good question...I got some wonderful feedback about my first tutorial: How to customise a jumper using elbow patches - so I'm pretty proud of that.

6. The Beatles or Rolling Stones?

The Beatles.

7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Back to bed.

8. Baz Luhrmann - love him or hate him?

Love, love, love.

9. What is your life's motto?

Don't worry, be happy.

10. What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Stop stressing!

And now I'm going to pass this award onto some other up and coming bloggers, whose blogs I have totally fallen in love with overt the past month and a half.

Bluebird Vintage
After Hours
Adventures and Tea Parties
Floral and Feather
Buttons and Paint

If you'd like to take part, please share 10 interesting facts about yourselves.  Happy blogging everyone! 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Handmade Monday: Easy Dress

This week for Handmade Monday, I'm showing you my "Easy Dress".  It's the first dress that I've made from scratch and it has received lots of compliments, to which I am smugly able to reply, "Ooh, thank you, I made it!".

I even got wolf-whistled wearing's official...lorry drivers love handmade clothes!

It's made of stretch jersey fabric, so really comfy and easy to wear and it was incredibly easy to make.  I used rectangle of fabric and just a wee bit of zig zag machine sewing.  I adapted the idea from this tutorial for a maxi dress.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  It's lovely to be able to share my craft projects and Handmade Monday is just perfect for this.  I'm now popping across to Handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been crafting.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Review: The Happy Hooker

Last Christmas I got bought Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller not once, not twice, but three times over!  I think people thought I might like it!

It's a great, fun introduction to crochet, divided into two parts.  The first is a complete introduction to crochet with clear, informative diagrams and instructions for all kinds of techniques and stitches.

The second part is made up of 40 lovely looking patterns, which range from the prepster jacket below to a wonderful Violet Beauregarde skirt which I can't wait to make next winter.

I recently had a go at this prepster jacket.  It was quite an ambitious project for me so I was really proud with the outcome.

I used Artisan Razzle Dazzle wool by Wool Craft which comes out with a lovely tweedy effect.  I am so pleased with how it came out and would very much recommend this book.  Just a wee warning: all patterns use US terminology.

Have you tried this book?  What did you think?

*NB Links for book link to my Amazon Associates account.*

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Handmade Wedding

With less than a month to go until the big day I'm started to get extremely excited.  I just got a memo at work today about next academic year and it had my new name on it - felt very strange but very exciting!

This weekend I'm sharing with you some lovely DIY wedding ideas that I've found on Pinterest.

 Cutlery rolled in paper doillies from here // Lovely vintage padded hearts from here

Beautiful crocheted evening bag from here // Gorgeous paper gift bag from here

Gorgeous pearl and fabric pom pom bouquet found here // Crochet and fabric flowers with vintage buttons bouquet by Helen Limbrick

The second image was one that really inspired me to work with my mum and sisters to make as much as I could for our wedding.  It was made by the lovely Helen Limbrick, whose blog I cannot recommend enough.  For this project she combined crochet and fabric flowers with vintage buttons to create a set of lovely bridesmaids bouquets.  The tutorial is here.

What's inspiring you this weekend?

Monday, 8 July 2013

Recently... 8/7

Wow...I really have had a manic couple of weeks.  With just nine teaching days left, I absolutely cannot wait until the holidays.  Recently I've been wondering how I actually find time to go to work!

high-tailing it up to Glasgow for Cat's graduation - I was so unbelievably proud // finishing sewing felt puppets with my class // weekend away with friends in a lovely holiday house with a pool and view of a mill-pond from the window // lots of coffee

What have you been up to recently?

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Tutorial: How to Turn a Long-sleeved T-Shirt to a Cardigan

I stopped wearing this long-sleeved t-shirt because the stretch round the tummy had kind of gone and it started to make me feel like a sack of potatoes.  You know that feeling, right?  I took my scissors and needle and thread to it and turned it into a cardigan.

I'm so pleased with the finished product.  Absolutely perfect for work!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Weekend Inspiration: Crochet Hook Rolls

Well, hello and welcome to the weekend!

I'm busy completing a to-do list of about one hundred items before making an escape to enjoy the sunshine.  I've had a crazy bit of time at work but with ten teaching days left I am now officially going into "pretend-it's-already-the-summer-holidays mode".

A few weeks back, I won a giveaway from Emma's beautiful blog Lulu Loves for Girls' Night In: Crafts, Cakes and Cocktails for the Ultimate Party by Hannah Read-Baldrey.  One of the projects that particularly took my fancy was the make-up brush roll.  How perfect would it be for storing crochet hooks?

Then inevitably I found myself on Pinterest looking out some other amazing designs and DIYs.  Here are a selection to get your creative juices flowing this weekend.

Beautiful crochet hook roll from Sew, Ray, Me // Another one from Today We Made

Lovely Etsy find incorporating a crocheted doily // Crocheted hook holder

You can find more crochet hooks on my Pinterest board.

Have a wonderful weekend craftees!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Handmade Monday: Three Blue Mice

Today for Handmade Monday (a little late I know!) I wanted to share my latest crochet project.  I've been crocheting these mice for the "Mile of Mice" challenge.  Knitters and crocheters all over the UK are trying to make 7000 mice by October 2013 in order to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

I found out about this through Rachell's lovely blog and just couldn't resist getting involved.  All the information you need is on the Mile of Mice facebook page or on the KAL Mile of Mice group on Ravelry.

Looking forward to a lovely cup of tea and hopping over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone else has been making.

Happy Handmade Monday!

Featured Seller: JK Knits and Bits

On Friday I toddled up to Glasgow to celebrate my sister, Cat's, graduation.  She's a keen knitter who fairly recently completed a 26 knitting projects in 26 days in aid of Alzheimer's Scotland.

When I saw this card in Karen and Judith's Folksy shop, I just couldn't resist.  It arrived and I couldn't have been more pleased with the quality....and Cat loved it.

Karen and Judith's Folksy shop, JK Knits and Bits, has a lovely ethos.  They believe that handmade gifts can be cool - naturally I couldn't agree more.

They have a range of different products from lovely cards to beautiful gillets.  According to Karen, they're constantly adding new designs to their shop and are simply inspired by whatever they fancy making at the time.

Karen describes herself as a "hobby crafter" who usually has about 4 to 5 projects on the go.  I know what that's like!

Thank you Karen for your time!  You can find JK Knits and Bits on Twitter and Folksy.
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