Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Springtime projects part two

Hello there & welcome!
Today I have some more Springtime projects to share with you. Firstly something I had hoped to make for our Easter decorations last year but I ran out of time (that happens a lot round here!). It's a great project for using up some pretty fabric scraps & it really doesn't take long so if you want to make some for this Easter there's still plenty of time. There are probably a few patterns out there for fabric eggs but I used the one by Kim from Retro Mama which you can find here. She has some lovely patterns! In a few hours I had three made up which was just what I needed to fill this little nest which I spied in Hobbycraft a few weeks back...

In the background you can see a new mini pillow, one of three I stitched for this Easter. They are all free patterns available online & I decided to play with some colored aida & variegated threads I had in my stash to stitch them up. This wasn't a raging success - although everything looked good close up the colors are hard to see from across the room & look very washed out in photos... oh well, another one to chalk up to experience...
You can find the free pattern for this one here
The pattern for this one can be found here...
... and the pattern for this one can be found here. They really are lovely little patterns and I might stitch them in different colors to show them to their best another time...
Lastly I made a little ami chick for my grandson to give him with his chocolate egg for Easter. He's almost two now (how time flies!) & seemed very taken with the fabric eggs when I was making them. This little chick is pretty much the same size & shape, just right for little hands...
He is also from a free pattern which you can find here, I have made quite a few of these over the last few years & they work up in only a few hours. The only change I made this time around was to embroider his beak instead of gluing on a felt one given the age of his new owner!
Well I hope this finds you enjoying a lovely sunny Easter week, thank you for visiting here today & for all your sweet comments - I really love hearing from you all! 




Thursday, 10 April 2014

Springtime projects part one...

Hello there!
Today I have a few springtime projects to share with you. Spending a week further south in the Lake District at the beginning of March combined with the increased daylight hours really gave me a strong sense of the turning seasons. So although when we arrived home it was not especially springlike up here yet, I came with a burning desire to crochet daffodils. As you do ;-) There are a variety of free patterns available online but I chose this one from Lucy at Attic 24. It's a lovely pattern, not too fiddly, & I used cotton yarns to work these up as I like the stitch definition you get with them as opposed to fluffier acrylic or woollen yarns.
 Once I had a couple of them I decided that I would go ahead and make a crocheted spring wreath, I've seen a lot of different ones around online & have often thought it would be fun to make my own. Last time I made a crocheted wreath I simply wrapped the polystyrene ring in yarn, but this time around I wanted to crochet a cover so I abandoned making flowers for a few days & set to working on that instead. I based mine on the instructions here but decided against the stripes in the end, I used just two colors in my cover (and discovered when sewing it up how much easier that step would have been if I'd kept the stripes! You live and learn...)    
In addition to the daffodils I made some of these flowers and some of these flowers which both have buttons in the centers, some quince flowers (pattern here), and some leaves to go with the daffodils (pattern with the daffodil pattern). I borrowed Lucy's idea in this post of pinning everything in place instead of sewing it - it worked a treat! I could play with the positioning to my hearts' content and then I was done! (I used two pins in each daffodil so they are really secure.) So here's my finished wreath...
What do you think?
It really brightens up the hall and I'm thinking I will make some summer flowers to replace these for a summer wreath a little later in the year...
Issue 214 of WOCS magazine had a really cute lamb alphabet in which was absolutely perfect for my mother's day card this year (my mothers' initial is M & she likes sheep)...

I also came across a couple of cute embroidery projects online last month which I had to make. Firstly this cute design (available here) which I stitched up for my daughter to hang on her wall...
...and secondly these little treat bags (free pattern and instructions here) which I will be filling with chocolate eggs for two of my nieces for Easter...
I really enjoyed stitching these projects and am hoping to do some more embroidery in the not too distant future :-) Oh and Amy added two more free designs to go with the wee brown bunnies which you can find here - thank you Amy!
I hope you enjoyed visiting here today, I'll be back soon to share some more Springtime projects with you :-)



Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Assorted Craftiness....

Hello there!
It really is about time I updated you on some of the crafty goings on around here... I have been busy since we got back from our travels but before I can share these newer makes with you I need to tell you about what I did before we left! It seems a long time ago now - well I suppose mid-February is! I think it also has to do with the change in seasons, the increased daylight each day brings, the feeling that the year has moved on from the raggedy dead end of winter to the newly budding life of Spring, even if it is still windy & wet outside! So what was I working on way back then??? Well I had two stitchy projects on the go, the main one being the Spring Fairy and the other being a Popcorn kit. This is how far I got with them before we went away...

I also managed to squeeze in stitching a Somebunny to Love for Hubbie for Valentine's Day... 
On the yarny front I started work on a new crochet blanket. Inspired mainly by this blanket & this blanket I chose a mixed stitch blanket. I am working with my trusty 4mm hook & thirteen different colors of DK yarn, many of which appeared in my giant granny stripe blanket of last summer. Here is where I'm up to so far...
While I was restocking on yarn for the blanket I bought another ball of the Patons Big Fab Color I used to make my snuggly cowl earlier in the year. With the cold winds the early months of this year have brought I have been living in this when out and about walking the dog! I decided I needed to make a hat to accompany it...
Nothing fancy, I used the Big Chunky Comfy Hat pattern available for free on Ravelry, it worked up in an afternoon & has been keeping me toasty ever since! I am totally in love with this yarn - it is so soft, snuggly, & warm! It comes in fifteen variegated shades and seventeen solid colors all available here - I'm rather tempted to knit myself a onesie so I can wrap myself in it from head to toe & hibernate from October onwards! ;-)
I also started a new jumper which I took away with us to work on in the evenings at the cottage. Much simpler than the Fair Isle cardigan, this will be a basic raglan sleeved sweater based on a pattern I found in a magazine and using some lovely variegated yarn I bought way back here. In this project it's the yarn that does all the hard work, there's no color changing involved I'm just happily knitting back & forth :-) This is the back (which is now finished)...
I wanted to try & hit my goal of two Christmassy projects for February, so I picked a quilted table runner which I hoped would work up pretty quickly on my sewing machine & a small cross stitch kit. I first came across the Peppermint Candy table runner on Pintrest and discovered it's from a book called "Deck the Halls - Quilts to Celebrate Christmas". Then I found that this particular pattern is available as a freebie on the publishers' website here, along with a whole bunch of other quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting freebies :-) It came together over a couple of afternoons and I'm really looking forward to having it out on my wee side table come December! Isn't it great when a pattern just fits perfectly somewhere? 


This was also the case with this months' Christmas cross stitch project. I have a narrow wall space in my hall between two doors and as soon as I saw the cover gift on issue 185 of Crazy magazine I knew it would be just perfect there! Unfortunately this issue arrived too close to Christmas for me to contemplate stitching it in time, there was just too much else going on, but it was the perfect wee project to take away with me on our trip to the Lakes. In the magazine there was the option to download an alternative chart so I printed this out & then I changed the colors to match the decorations we put up in the hall each year. I used some red ribbon from my stash to link the hearts together...

 Made to measure right?!!
Here it is with some of the little baubles which go in the hall...
So despite February being a short month & us also going away for part of it I got quite a lot done! Thank you for visiting here today, I hope to be back soon to share some of what I got up to in March...