Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Great destash

 Today I've set to and decided to sort out some of my crafty stuff, I think if your a seasoned crafter horder like me you will understand that this task is somewhat momentus, and not to be taken lightly! The reason why I've decided to sort through my stuff is so that I could sell the things that I definately wont ever use in my crafts because they're just not 'me' (but hopefully they are 'someone') which gives me space and all important funds for new materials that I actually would like to craft with.  Now you must understand that I didn't purposefully buy these unwanted craft items and then banish them to the depths of my craft cupboard, never to see the light of day..........I'm not that harsh, they just happen to be the result of 'bulk' buys where I loved some of the things, but others just aren't me, mainly the big chunky types of beads......I'm not a big fan, and they don't suit me at all.  So, I've managed to sort through and destash 2 bags of unwanted items so far, I'm sure there will be more, many more but little fingers invaded the bead stash, so I thought it more prudent to wait until little fingers were in bed and safely out the way.  :)
Sometimes, I have to remind myself not to get too annoyed by little fingers........
And so I have spent a leisurely afternoon pludering the depths of etsy and ebay looking for craft spoils that might like to find a home in my craft cupboard which was a happy way to spend the afternoon, which has been dark, cold, rainy and just downright miserable to the core.
The other thing I spent researching this afternoon was quilt tutorials.
Yes, you may find it strange (as do I) that I have a sudden longing for a quilt in my life, after all, I am more of a knitty and crochet gal, but I have a real longing to get a bit more friendly with my sewing machine and make something like this ::

I reallllllllly, realllllllllly want to make prettyful things like this for my home and for my etsy shop.  My fear of sewing stems back from when I took my GCSE textiles course, my teacher was a senile battleaxe who interefeared with my gorgeous silky chinese top that I was making and messed up the back (she thought she would be helpful by sewing my darts up for me) resulting in a lecture about not getting the right sized zip for the back, and not following the instructions on the pattern.  This resulted in a not too good exam result (I eventually got a C but was estimated much higher) and a life long phobia of sewing has resulted ever since.  I can't even sew in a straight line these days :(

I'm hoping to conquer my fear though, there are soooooo many projects of the sewing type that I'd like to try.  I think I will set some time aside when I dont have the small people and devote this time to conquering my phobia of the sewing machine! Hopefully, lots of sewing goodness will be the result.
Thankfully in blogland there are a great many people who posess fantastic sewing skills, who also blog about their sewing, and who are also delightful enough to provide tutorials about said sewing.  Happy, Happy times!

I have also got a cute little hooky project that I'm working on I can't wait to show you, it got the seal of approval from my mum when she visited yesterday, and she's even requsted one for her birthday......which is good because it was originally intended for her anyway, along with another gift of the hooky kind.  Not sure I can wait until her birthday though, thats in October!!!!

Hoping that you all have a good rest-of-the-week,
Much love,
Danielle xx

Friday, 20 April 2012

Bugs and bunting ::

 These past few weeks have been verrrrrry heavy going and challenging for me.  Not only has it just been the school holidays and we've had nought but horrid weather, but my oldest little boy came down with a bad case of chicken pox, so he's been all poorly sick and miserable, making mummy miserable because there was nothing that I could do to make it better for him.  Thank-fully he's now on the mend and should by Monday no longer be contagious.  I've got a few little crafty projects to share with you, that I've been quietly working away on.  As you can probably see I've found myself getting increasingly obsessed with shabby chic and bunting and the idea of having a quaint afternoon tea party is massively appealing to me right now!  So, here we have ten flags in dreamy pastel shades - left over yarns from a custom cushion that I made, a bit of crochet trim and the odd rose thrown into the mix.  Romantic. Vintage. Shabby chic, call it what you like...........heavily (very!) influenced by snippets of things I've come to covet on pinterest ::

Here's a close up of the trim, nothing too dramatic just little lacey loops::

 And a close up of the rose, I think the pattern is called an irish rose?! Maybe some of you more seasoned crochet types will know ;) ::

 Aaaaagh, sweet bunting, how lovely you look spread out on the floor. It's very much a case a feminine eye cady here, I think I may of mentioned before but our house is most definately team boy, no girly things aloud here, nope! So, being quite a girly girl myself, naturally I try and smuggle it in where I can.
 hhhm, my photography skills dont seem to be making much headway......good job I'm not an interior stylist I think I would have been fired for this wonky, slapdash hanging ::

 I also thought I'd show you this, after last post where I blogged about the patchwork granny cushion, I found some forgotten crochet flower garland goodness squirelled away that because of moving and the whatnot, I never got a chance to photograph and show it to you.
 Very similar to the patchwork cushion in terms of the colours I used.  Maybe that means I'm a spring gardeny colour type?
The motifs were a mish mash collaboration of my various crochet books, some from japanese, some from edie eckman's beyond the square..........if you're a newbie to crochet I can highly recommned this book, along with heaps of different motifs, there is a really good picture glossary of crochet stitches, which I find helpful when trying to follow crochet diagrams :) I got mine through amazon (which to be honest is where I buy most of my books from).  Worth a punt at any rate :)))

Buntings a really great project to undertake if you only have small little snippets of time to do your crochet, like in- between fitful chicken pox induced naps when your children are ill, enough to satisfy that crochet urge, portable and easy to pick up and put down, and definately easy enough to be good tv crochet activities, I like to do mine when I watch eastenders ;)

Happy weekend everyone xxxxx

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Spring seems to have finally come tip-toeing into our lives, this year March and April have certainly seen their fair share of sunshine and showers! This spring is extra special to me, I seem to have really found my groove again, I think it's because family life has become so much more happier since we moved at the beginning of March :)

Ok, So, do you remember a while ago I posted the above picture and colour scheme from design seeds that I found via pintrest? And remember how I said I absolutely MUST make something using the above colours????
Well, I finished this little lovely a few weeks back now ::

A patchwork style cushion cover made up of teeny tiny granny squares...........I even found buttons to match in my stash :)
I love it! It's soooo spring and soooooo happy and country cottagey.  You can see in the above photo that baby G had to get in on the photo action, that boy just love,love,loves having his picture taken, and I had to quite literally bat him away to get a clearer shot of the back of the cushion! He's really growing up now, very nearly big two! He loves the open planness of the new house, and his favourite thing to do at the moment is charge about downstairs shouting boo. I love how simple and sweet his games are and how they make him the most happy.
Back to the cushion then,
I made it using some leftover stylecraft special dk yarn that I had in my stash and the palin white is some baby yarn, I liked using the two because they're very soft and squoosy and have definately passed the cuddle test.  I think thats quite important when you make things for your home, I like them to look good and be quite tactile too.  I didn't follow any particular pattern for the cushion, just one of those make it up as you go along type jobbies.  This style seems to be very popular at the minute though, I've seen quite alot of good examples out in blogland, pintrest and etsy.  My favourite is the one done by Emma Lamb! She seems to be the queen of making vintage crochet cool :)

Did you all have a lovely Easter then? I must admit the boys were very excited to see all their yummy scrummy chocolate treats that the easter bunny left for them.  They are both extremely good when it comes to treats of the sweet nature, neither have gone overboard and there is still almost all of their chocolately goodness left to enjoy.  They did think it was fun that they got to eat chocolate for breakfast though :)  Other than that our Easter weekend has been quite humdrum, we visited family on Saturday but the weather has been so miserable we haven't been able to venture out anywhere nice, and have had to content ourselves watching films :)  I'm just hoping that we will be able to get out and about somewhere before the end of the half term holidays.

Have a great week xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx