Wedding cards

Well I have been neglecting my poor blog again. Not for a lack of doing anything this time but just struggling to find a routine that gets me up to my computer often enough.

Quick catch up, just to get the ball rolling again.

Some wedding cards I put together for 2 sets of beautiful friends who decided to have their ceremonies too close together for us to attend both. These lovely sets are from Hunky Dory and behind the petals are some words in Chinese that I was able to select for each.

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Crochet bags

In about April / May, time while Pinterest scanning I finally came across a crochet pattern I could understand. Crochet pattern diagrams. Admittedly this pattern was for a baby booty but still I had to give it ago and see if I could actually read it or just thought I could. So I made the base section of the pattern satisfyingly easily and had to ask myself did I really want to do the next part and make baby booties. Well, the answer was no so what to do with the oval base? well make it into a bag of course.

Now it wouldn’t have been a fun project without adding another challenge for myself and in this case it was small handles. I am quite happy with the resulting bag.

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My girls had both claimed this bag for themselves while I was creating it but it was fininshed while visiting family, including their toddler cousin Y. R, my eldest was so determined to get a present for her cousin that she decided that this bag had to be given to her.

Since then I have created 3 more bags based on the same design. The 2nd was given away as a birthday gift and finally the girls got their own bags in August. (Will put up another post to show those 2 another day.)

Getting back at it

Well seems like I have taken a bit of a break from the blogging just recently. Lots of reasons mostly due to using my extra energies and free time to try and set up a festival. Unfortunately due to numerous reasons we have had to cancel it last month.

Oh well Festival would have be this Saturday ……..but ……….. means I have my time back for my creating.

I have still been crafting and creating a little over the last few months, so I have a few projects to share over the next few weeks (once I find the photos). In the meanwhile I will work to shift the back log of projects I had ready and waiting for gifts to make that are now well over due now. (perhaps just make Christmas pressies now)

 

 

Crochet hat #2

I am currently making an effort to finish off projects I have already started. Last week I finally finished a hat for my eldest that was requested while I was still working on the hat I made for my youngest back in Novemeber .

I let her pick the yarn from Red Apple Yarn our local lovely wool shop. I also asked what type of hat she wanted and the decision mainly involved her not wanting a hat like her sisters and it needed to have a bobble on the top.

Now I started crocheting this hat a couple of months ago after practising how to do a “magic loop” to start the round. Aiming to make a beanie style but as with my first hat I think I added too many stitches and and I very quickly got a very wobbly circle. Being stubborn I carried on adding layers, while slowly reducing the amount of stitches I was adding in the hope it would some how improve itself, somehow..

Anyway eventually I gave up on the beanie idea but instead of unpicking and starting again I decided to try and make it into a beret style. Amazingly  after several layers even stitching, slowly reducing and then drastically reducing it didn’t look too bad……….. Well that was until I put it on R head.

Sadly I didn’t consider taking any photos of this or the next attempt that look very quickly like a mini sombrero.

After more unpicking I decided that I liked the shape of little cone I had been created at the top half of the mini sombrero and decided maybe a pixie hat would been a good way forward. I created this by adding a stitch every half circle. I’m surprised that it still grew as fast as it did I was expecting the hat to be a bit taller by the time it was the right width for her head.

I added a few extra layers with no added stitches so it held snug to her head and could be folded up (as I had purposely made it to be slightly too big)

Next to add the all important bobble which meant I had to remind myself how to make pompoms I used the template from Homemade gifts made easy because it is much easier and quicker than the traditional method.

Then since I had recently failed to resist the lure of a craft magazine that happened to have a flower loom as it’s free gift it was decided that the hat needed 2! flowers as well.

Anyway the photos of the finished product. Ready just in time for the extended spring heat wave.

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Your not imagining things that flowers are moving about as we were still deciding on where they should be and I was taking photos while I had the chance given the current weather I may not get the opportunity of quite a while.

And finally a lovely photo of my girls hiding in their hats. Maybe they will fit properly by next year.

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Easter prayer flowers

Every so often I’m not the only one in the house that comes up with the crazy crafty plans. J was planning services and a few weeks ago was telling me about a plan to cut out some heart shapes for writing prayer on during one service, so that they could then be made into flowers to add to the cross in the church on Easter day. I foolishly asked the question “and who is going to make these heart prayers into flowers?” Nothing wrong in asking (even if I did have suspicions) but at that point he had not thought that far ahead and it was at that point it thought oohh your good at crafty things like that…..

So, after having cut out about 60 hearts a few weeks earlier, on the Saturday evening before Easter day I was doing some cutting and sticking to complete my man’s crafty plans.

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These first ones were made by folding all the hearts in half and sticking them to a cardboard circle with a shortened section of egg box painted yellow in the centre.

 

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These were a bit more fiddly but sadly this photo doesn’t really show them very well. To make these I first folded the hearts in half and rounded the bottoms. Then I stuck them directly to the egg box cut out. Once I had stuck on about 3 layers of hearts (and the glue was dry enough,) I gently bent the petals outward to make the bloom.

I then punctured a hole through the centre of each flower big enough of garden wire to make a stem of sorts so they could be attached.

And below the flowers in situ the our churches Easter cross.

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Napkins

In my never ending quest to attempt to better ourselves and limit are impact of the environment it is nearly always better to find reusable options. In this case kitchen roll.

As with most project these days, the first came across the idea on Pinterest. Find an example here

Seems simple enough.

The ones made in the link are made with ‘birds-eye cotton’ which is suppose to be very absorbent but I couldn’t’ find any locally so when I saw some microfibre tea towels (for less than £1.50) I figure they would probably do just as well.

So I had my first proper craft day to my self in a while and got to work on these (I’m not avoiding all the other projects I’m part way through or waiting for me).

First I worked out how big the towels would be when cut into quarters then cut the towels and some cotton fabric I have in the stash to the same size.

Note to self: Microfibre cloth sheds/frays something rotten at raw edges (got bits everywhere)

I sewed them together pattern side in (leaving a gap) then inverted it so the pattern was on the outside.

I then turned it inside out again to trim the seam and corners (only with the first one as I remembered to do this before turning the right way round with the rest)

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Once turned the right way out I use the machine to sew another seam to close the gap and hold the edges together neatly.

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I made 8 in all at the moment, out of 2 tea towels. I need to wash them before we use them to get rid of the excess fluff that came off the raw edges of the microfibre cloth.

Many of the tutorials for these include tabs to hold them together in the same way as a kitchen roll or in the link I have included she has made button holes to hang them on a hook. Me, I’m just going to put them in a little plastic basket I have, it seems so much simpler.

 

All jobs done eventually

When my littlest moved out of our bedroom and into what was the guest bedroom, I told myself and my eldest that we would decorate it for her. I had this wonderful idea (probably originating from Pinterest browsing) to make a feature or paper butterflies across one wall. I just had to cut some out and stick them on… not a big job.

So anyway nearly 2 years later I offered to put my die cutting machine to good use and cut out 100 or so circles to save someone else having to do it by hand. As it happens the Bigz die I was using for this job was also the die with the butterflies I was planning on using for E’s bedroom wall. So having made a selection of the paper I prepared for cutting big enough to cover both areas of the of this dies I finnally had my butterflies. I just had to get round to actually sticking them on the wall. This, thankfully, only took a further 3 weeks (because I wanted to do it while E was out of house).

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Some of you with keen eyes may also spot some small (glow in the dark) stars peppered in there. These were also waiting for me to put them up (after buying them during half term, so not so long ago) so I thought it would be nice to incorporate some of them into the feature.

I’m quite please with the final result and most importantly she likes them.

Posting blip

Eekk! it has been over a month since I last posted. Oops

My crafting adventures have had to go on the back burner for a few weeks so I could catch up with myself  (and the house), post sewing course (which took up my main crafting day) and half term holiday. I didn’t manage to complete the project I had planned for my sewing course so I’m afraid you will have to wait a little longer for that to be revealed

I have done a few little things that I will share in the next few posts then hopefully back to normal  … but then again Easter holidays are coming.

Over the half term we had the wonderful pleasure of staying with friends which makes holidays with young children sooo much easier. One evening I remembered to get my pencils and paper out the room before putting the youngest to bed so had some sketching time.

Note to self: water pencils that need sharpening are not great for sketching with. Also apologies for the poor photo quality.

Who doesn’t like drawing flowers

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I used to love doodling humming birds

 

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Please someone tell me they can see what the below is. I am honestly useless at drawing from real life but having done several sketched from my head I thought , hey why not try. My subject was not the easiest or still and although I can see it I’m not convinced anyone else will.

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Right that was enough of complicated real life, lets do a simple star.

Then a scribble sketch that turned into a dragon.

 

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Sewing course – Little lessons

A selection of little bits and bobs I have created while on my current sewing course.

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Appliqué

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Doodle stitching (there might be a more technical term but I don’t know it at this moment)

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Playing with Free motion

 

Currently working on my main project for the course and will hopefully update with success or failure in the next few weeks.

Making skirts

Hannah, the lovely lady who running my sewing course, ran a one off session a few Saturdays ago on how to make a simple skirt of the kids.

I had brought along an old dress that I had used while I was pregnant to make the skirt but upon closer inspection it was decided it would be wiser to start using a normal cotton fabric, so used some of the lovely purple fabric Hannah had brought along.

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Skirt 1: Using some of Hannah’s fabric stash.

After successfully making skirt one there was time to make another one, so I thought i would use the dress I had brought with me.

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Skirt 2: Before

I thought it was not a stretchy fabric and hadn’t realised it was cut on a bias. These 2 factors made sewing the second skirt rather more interesting as it stretched as I ironed it and then even more as I was sewing the top. Still once the elastic was in it seems to have turned out rather nicely. This one is also longer than the first skirt… I had actually planned it that way.

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Skirt 2: After

Upon bringing them home R (whom they were both made for) decided to wear both, one on top of the other, for the rest of the day. If that isn’t appreciation I’m not sure what is.

 

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