Friday, 30 December 2011

New Ami

A few nights ago, I started a new project; a pattern by Lydia Tresselt, who designs gorgeous dolls! I'll post up some wip pictures, when I have something more than half a head!

Check out her designer page on Ravelry!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a fantastic day yesterday! I certainly had one of my best Christmas Day's, in years (certainly an improvement on last year!). So, I thought I would share a few pictures from my Christmas, as a whole. 

Our tree ^.^

Fireplace; stockings and advent calendars made by my Mum!
The yummy hamper I gave my Grandparents
Rainbow Christmas cake!
Merry Christmas! Now all that is over, I can get back to my crochet xD
 

Monday, 19 December 2011

Rainbow Cakes!

Sorry I haven't posted about crochet in a while! I've been really busy working and getting everything ready for Christmas, so haven't really had time to work on anything. I have, however, done this...

Edible rainbow!!

My boyfriend and I ventured into a baking session, and cooked up some rainbow cupcakes! They taste absolutely fantastic, and look awesome! All you need is white cake mix, and food colouring (we used colouring gel, because the colours come up more vibrant...as you can see). 

Christmas and rainbows!

What do you think??
 

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas Begins!

Well, Christmas had already started in the world of Siân, but yesterday I helped my boyfriend decorate his house. Ok, I say helped...I more supervised...and decorated myself...

The great bauble experiment!

It was good fun! I have never seen so many Christmas decorations, and they aren't even finished yet!!

In my house, we only really decorate our lounge. We have a tree, which is always red and gold themed in decor, and then we cover our fireplace in holly and fairylights, which always looks nice. We have decorations that my Mum has made over the years as well, including custom advent calendars for my brother and I, and stockings which come out nearer Christmas Day. No decorating in our house until after the 15th December though - my Dad doesn't like it being Christmas before his birthday haha!

I am going to spend the rest of my afternoon wrapping presents now, and trying to get everything in order and sorted before I go back to work on Thursday night. Hopefully I can get it done! If not, I'll just have to try and fit wrapping in, whenever I'm not sleeping. Not ideal but I can get by xD

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas Wrapping

I have gained a reputation for being extremely picky and obsessive when it comes to wrapping presents. There is something about it that I just love! I can't pinpoint it. I just love creating beautiful gifts for my loved ones and always put in bundles of effort. I've been creating this year's look for a couple of months now; hours of my time, gone into searching for the perfect embellishments, and finishing touches to my presents. 

My Dad's Christmas presents

Each present is wrapping in matte and foil Christmas tree paper, bought from Paperchase (I love this store!!). I sourced the "Merry Christmas" ribbon, wooden heart gift tags, and red jingle bells myself, all via eBay. It's taken a lot of work to piece this look together but I'm really pleased with it!

*jingle jingle*

Overall, I think my presents have a really traditional look to them, this year! I really like it though. Last year my paper was black and had lots of colours on it, but this time I've tried to keep it really simple, and I think I've managed to pull it off! Each gift takes about half an hour to wrap (I'm so meticulous!!).

I'm hoping that people will want to keep their little tags and jingle bells ^^ I am, however, waiting for the age old "they're so pretty, we don't want to unwrap them!" line that gets thrown up every single year. That makes me happy though and shows that people really do appreciate the hard work I put into my gifts! 
 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

More Puddings

I'm back in business. My finger is all healed now...well, pretty much. Tell me this; why is it that when something bleeds a lot, the cut itself always looks measly, and everyone tells you you've made a massive fuss? But yeah, I'm all good again =)

Two woolly puddings!

As you can see; I've only mustered the will to crochet one more pudding since my last post. I don't know why I struggle. The pattern itself is lovely...I think I just get bored easily. With amigurumi animals, you can see it taking shape...it has a personality once you add eyes and embellishments etc. With inanimate objects, like food, I get all "meh" about everything and can't be bothered haha! Regardless, they still look pretty cute, right?
 

Friday, 18 November 2011

Hiatus!

Oh dear...everything was going so well...

I am going to have to excuse myself from my crochet for the next week or so, due to an unforeseen accident at work. 

Tampon finger!

I was cutting medical tape for a probe at work, and slipped with the scissors. Oopsie (I'll admit, I said something slightly more hardcore than "oopsie" at the time, but this is a family friendly blog!). Anyway after 40mins of bleeding, and frantic texts to my fantastic colleague Jo, who very kindly did some long distance first aiding for me and prevented me from bleeding to death, I finally managed to get a makeshift dressing on it, and continue my shift. The above, is dressing #3. I must admit, I am not enjoying walking around with what looks like a giant tampon on my finger, but hey!

So unfortunately, I am out of action for a little while, until my finger decides it wants to play along!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Finished Unicorn

I finally found the time to sit down and finish off my mane and tail for the unicorn I've made my friend, Kirsty! So unbelievably pleased with how she's turned out! The mane is super wacky and took me about 4hrs in total (two films; Human Centipede 2, and Paranormal Activity 3 haha).

Funky blue streaks!

I'm really pleased with how the colours have all blended together, so nicely! Even the electric blue, which is part of a gradient yarn I found in my stash, works really well and brings out the other colours. Definitely complimentary! 

Front view
I, personally, think this project looks much nicer from a side angle. The full frontal shot is not particularly flattering to how cute she is, but I wanted to include one so you could see the shell stitches on her hooves, and also how her mane frames her face (which I'm really pleased with).

More pink, this side!

I added a little bow to her head, as an extra embellishment. The pattern itself gave the option of surface stitching around the horn and neck, but I thought my piece would look too busy with that as well, so kept her a little more simple with just the bow. It also worked well to hide the place I'd stitched the nostrils from!

Close-up, to show the bead detail on her eyes

Some of the wacky yarns in her mane!

Other side

Hoof close-up; I've always loved the shell stitch detailing here!

As you can tell by the abundance of photographs, I am really happy with the outcome!! I am yet to come up with a name, so if anyone would like to help out, all suggestions will be very welcome!

Thought I'd show my face, for scale purposes xD
 

If anyone would like to make this specific pattern, it is by the very talented Dawn Toussaint, and can be found here on Ravelry. As always, her designs are an absolute joy to make and always have such fantastic outcomes!

If you'd like any additional photographs or have any questions, please feel free to ask! I'm now going to go back to Christmas puddings *yawn*

Thursday, 10 November 2011

I Am A Photographer

For those still relatively new to the world of me, you may be unaware that I am also a part time photographer. Yes, aside from working 40+ hours a week (nights) and socialising when I get the chance, I also find time to indulge in my true passion of photography.

I have just relaunched my eBay shop; selling my current selection of greetings cards. I would really appreciate it if you guys could take a look, and maybe pass on the link to people, where possible. Am still adding designs to it, but at the moment there is a nice selection. For very good prices too! And I will happily post internationally. Tempted?

Please follow this link, and have a look!

Christmas

It's that wonderful time of year again; the lead up to Christmas! 

I am a proper Christmas junkie; I love everything about it, and making gifts for others is one of my favourite aspects. Ever since I've been able to crochet, I've liked to try and make little crochet gifts for my friends, for Christmas and birthdays, and they always really appreciate them. It's the handmade thing; people enjoy being given presents that people have made the effort to put together themselves. I certainly do anyway!

This year, aside from the unicorn I've been making, I have been asked to crochet some little Christmas puddings, for my best friend's Mum to put in hampers she's making. 

Good enough to eat!

The pattern I'm using was written by June Gilbank, and can be found here on Ravelry. It's really easy to work, and turns out really nicely! I'm still going to add some beading to the icing, but overall this is how it will look. Got two more to make, and then I can get back to adding the mane to my unicorn...

Monday, 7 November 2011

The Art Of Escapism

I've spent the weekend with one of my best friends, Kirsty, (the one I'm making the unicorn for) in rural Wales, and have some pictures to share!

It's been completely spur of the moment. A few weeks ago, I was feeling a bit low and needed to get away, so my friend chose the cottage and location, and we decided to head off for the weekend and escape from the world! And we definitely did that!!

Driving above the clouds, in the Brecon Beacons

We were staying in a house, just outside a TINY village called Crugybar, which is in Carmarthenshire. Decided to drive through the Brecon Beacons on our way through, just so that Kirsty could see some mountains. The weather wasn't great, and it rained heavily on and off, but hey...it is Wales!

Rhos Barn, and Rosie the Micra

We were staying in a beautiful barn conversion, called Rhos Barn, on a farm previously owned by musician Billy Fury. It was absolutely stunning and we were cut off from everything! About 11 miles from any form of proper civilisation, unless you count sheep and farms, with absolutely no internet connection and very minimal phone signal (you could only pick up signal on my bedside cabinet). 


After the journey, all we really wanted to do was veg out and watch films, so we had a pretty quiet evening. Getting into bed that night, was absolute bliss!

I loved waking up to this in the morning! Best view ever!

On Saturday, our only full day in Wales, we decided to drive out to Carmarthen, to visit the market and also just to see the area a bit. We spent two hours in the town, grabbed some lunch, and then set out to try and find Cardigan Bay. However, my satnav decided that she was going to send us in multiple directions and we got very lost. Gave up after a few hours and went back to the cottage to chill out haha!

Kirsty working on her cross stitch

After another night in my amazing, comfy bed, it was time to leave and start heading home. Had a leisurely morning, packing our things away and making sure the house looked ok and the owners wouldn't have to clean much. I went out in the frost with my professional camera and took some photos, to pass some time while Kirsty got her things together...

"You came all the way to Wales, to take pictures of moss?!"

We decided from the very beginning, that we wanted to make a whole day of the journey home. So we set off late and drove back via the Brecon Beacons again, although on a different road this time.

The travellers finally show their faces; Kirsty and I just prior to driving home

After getting lost, yet again (who gets lost with a satnav???) we finally managed to find our way to see Pen Y Fan, which is the highest point in South Wales, and is absolutely stunning. We spent a little while at the information centre, admiring the view, before setting off through the mountains again.

Pen Y Fan

Our journey eventually ended after about 6hrs, because we got diverted through Bristol and then villages, due to a massive accident on the M5 on Friday evening. Dropped Kirsty home, and then came home to collapse myself!

And here I am, now reminiscing on a fantastic weekend away with one of my top ladies, waiting for 21:00, when I start work. Oh I am so tired, but so happy haha!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Nearly There

Last night at work, I managed to finish piecing together the unicorn I've been making! Am really pleased with how she's turned out!!

Crumby phone pic, sorry

I still have to add the mane and tail, and some little embellishments but that's the overall lump finished! 

I intend to give her a purple/pink mane and tail. She's also going to have pink "freckles" on her face, and also (hopefully) tiny pearl beads around her feet on the shell stitches. I need to check and see how many beads I have before I do that though.

Will take a decent picture when she's all finished and looking fabulous with her new hair do! 

Would anyone like to suggest a name?

Friday, 28 October 2011

Progress!

Hello world! 

It's almost 3am here in the UK at the moment, and I'm currently at work (hence the reason this entry will be short and sweet). 

Just wanted to update and say that I've just finished the head piece for my unicorn! It still needs it's finishing touches, but it looks so cute! Really pleased with how she is turning out so far.

I've taken some photos, which I'll do my best to upload in the next day or so...depending on when I'm asleep and what I'm up to. Can't wait til she's finished!

What projects are you all working on at the moment?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Stitching Away

I've had a really chilled afternoon, working on my unicorn again. We had a bit of a heavy night in my house last night, so it as nice to relax this afternoon and do some more on this pattern. Currently working on the head, and am about to attach the horn now! Slowly piecing her together...on the home straight, I suppose. Once the repetition of making limbs is out of the way, it always becomes a million times more exciting! 

Crochet and pyjamas? Match made in heaven!

Nothing beats being in your pyjamas and chilling out; it's the best feeling ever! Also, check out my socks. I totally fell in love when I saw them!

So the above picture is basically my set up when I crochet. I like to lean on a cushion when I work, and end up taking over the whole sofa, in my house! Giant bag of toy stuffing on the left, next to my bag of tricks - loads of yarn, hooks, embellishments....all kinds of things that I acquire along the way! Also; I'm not sure if you can see from the image, but I crochet with two hooks. Those who used to check in to my old blog, will have seen a video tutorial for this, and I promise I'll make another one in the next couple of days, so that new readers can see what a freak of crochet I actually am! I just find it easier with two hooks haha!

Anyway, only a quick check in from me today, as I am about to head out for bowling and pizza with workmates!
 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Around Midnight...

Late last night, while at work, I managed to get my crochet out for a couple of hours and finish a little bit more of my unicorn's final leg!

The hoof, and some of the gorgeous shell stitching I've mentioned previously!

Also, as promised in my last entry; the gorgeous yarn I am using for the hooves on this particular piece is SIRDAR Crofter DK, in shade 0052 "Thistle". It's a Fairisle effect double knit yarn, and it's so soft and easy to work with! Lovely gradient shades of pink, purple, cream and slate.

As for the main body of my unicorn; I'm using SIRDAR Snuggly, in shade 0303 "Cream". I'm yet to decide what the other colouring for her will be; we'll see where the mood takes me.

More pictures soon!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New Project

Hi all, been a bit longer than I intended, but I've been busy at work!

I started a new project today. It's another Dawn Toussaint pattern; Hermione The Unicorn. I've already finished her arms and have started on a leg. Absolutely love the shell stitch edging on her ankles! It's such an adorable touch!

Anyway, I bought some really lovely yarn to use on her hooves, which I will post a picture of tomorrow when I remember what it's called (am useless sorry...in bed!).
Just wanted to let you all know that I'm still alive and haven't forgotten about this place already.

To make up for it, here is one of my latest photographs...
 
Weymouth Bay - 11/10/11
 
Enjoy!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Poppy

A Dawn Toussaint pattern
I would like to introduce you all to Poppy; my latest finished project! I started Poppy back in about April, but because of work and social commitments, I haven't had the time to work on her solidly and get her finished...much to my frustration. 

Poppy was requested by my neighbour, who saw another version of this pattern that I had made; Fleur. She fell in love with it, and said that she would love for me to make a version for her friend's daughter, Poppy. I really loved making Fleur, and Dawn's patterns are such a joy to work with, so I was looking forward to working on this one! So glad it's finished though; does anyone else get those really stale periods where they can't focus on anything? Nightmare!


Poppy is yellow in colour, with big green eyes and red shoes. She has a handmade red dress, with a button embellishment on the front. She also has cute red freckles on her cheeks.

I'm pleased with how she turned out. I must admit, it's not been my favourite piece to work on, because it's taken me so long, but I'm so glad she's finished and looks as pretty as she does! I really hope her new owner enjoys her, and appreciates her as much as I do. 

Huge thankful shout out to Dawn Toussaint, for her beautiful patterns by the way. You are a complete genius; I'm in awe!

Hello and Welcome

I suppose an introduction is necessary! My name is Siân, although some people refer to me as Shaz; hence the blog name. I am 22 years old, and work as a clinical support worker, with children that have longterm health complications. I'm also a part-time photographer - that's my true passion. Anyway, I suppose I should put a face to the name!

Red hair, brown eyes...that's me!

I've been crocheting for many years, but only really started getting into it in about 2007, when I discovered amigurumi! I can safely say that this is now my favourite style of crochet, and it's so flexible to what you want to achieve from a piece. Also really easy to get the hang of! Prior to that, I mostly made granny blankets...I don't have the patience anymore!

You may have seen me lurking on Ravelry; if you use the site, please feel free to check out my profile and add me as a friend! 

What am I hoping to use this blog for? Well, I used to have a blog on Livejournal, of the same name, but until today hadn't posted since 2009! I used to upload my own patterns, along with tips, tutorials and opinions and various stuff. Really miss blogging, so thought I'd start fresh on a new website, with new people, and see what happened!
So that's about all there is to know about me. It'd be great to get to know anyone that decides to follow me and my ramblings!