Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Buttons!



I found these buttons on eBay last night, while hunting down something simpler for another project, and fell in love with them! Problem is, I can't think what I could use them for! At £2.99 for 10, they're a bargain though, and they come in five different designs. I personally think these would look stunning on a cushion cover...maybe I'll embark on a project sometime!

Sweet and Simple

This week's treasury is a gorgeous selection of scarves and lariats!


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Yum Yum!

Just thought I'd share a picture of my pancakes!


I always have lemon and sugar inside, and then a drizzle of maple syrup on the top. It's a strange combination but is absolutely delicious! We promise ourselves every year that we will make pancakes more often than on this single day, but never actually do it. I suppose it's a good thing; makes you enjoy them even more when you do have them!

Pancakes

It's that time of the week again, and time to feature a lovely treasury from sellers on Etsy!


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Monday, 20 February 2012

New Book

I bought that book that I mentioned back on the 10th February!

I've not been well...please excuse me looking a little sickly and diseased!

I had a chance to flick through it earlier and I'm in love with a couple of the patterns! Aside from the one on the front cover, which I am even more in love with now, I have decided that I'd really like to try my hand at the Crazy Patchwork Throw and also the Aran Style Throw (which actually looks like a giant wooly jumper!). There are loads of ideas inside though, so I'm definitely going to have a go when I get through my ever growing list of amigurumi presents!

Any tips on blanket/afghan making would be much appreciated! I've not done it for years, and even then it was never anything technical...just spirals haha!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Snowdrops

I love it when flowers start coming out; Spring is my favourite time of year, not that you could really class it as Spring yet...or could you? It's March soon...I'm going to say it's Spring, mainly because it gives me an excuse to start photographing flowers again!

© Siân Lister Photography

I really love Snowdrops. We have a gorgeous patch that has sprung up in our back garden, and I couldn't resist taking a few photos for my portfolio!

© Siân Lister Photography

I hope that little insight into my slowly reviving garden is enough to start getting you into the spirit of Spring!

Friday, 17 February 2012

New Baby!

My neighbour has just had a baby girl, and I want to make a couple of things for her (when I will have time, I have no idea, but I want to at least give them something!).

I've just been drooling over some of the adorable baby patterns on Ravelry and came across this little gem!!

© Vendula Maderska

I am absolutely in love! She's got some other colours and styles on the pattern page, but I really fell for this one. The combination of colours is divine, and the flower appliques are a lovely addition. I then had to look up some of Vendula's other patterns, and was wow-ed by them all! Such a wonderful selection, brimming with variety and colour. Exactly the kind of patterns I enjoy working on!

© Vendula Maderska

I love her use of buttons, stitching and other embellishments. For example, her beading and even the little ribbon have really brought this applique to life! And you could make it in so many different colours...the possibilities are endless! I definitely think she will become a firm favourite of mine, in the future!

I also found these really cute Mary Janes, which I thought would compliment the cardigan nicely...

© Elizabeth Alan

I found these on Elizabeth Alan's Ravelry page, and again, fell in love. They'd be super quick to make as well, which is an added bonus! Check out her page for a huge selection of baby booties, and other goodies!

Something else, for a bit of fun, by Olesya Pronyaeva!

© Olesya Pronyaeva

I'm addicted to owls; I absolutely love them! I simply have to make something owl themed for baby, whether it matches anything else or not!

And finally, continuing the owl theme...

© Tamara Gaal

How amazing are these! Tamara has some wicked owl patterns on her page! Again, I fell for all of it; I'm a complete sucker for anything cute!

So basically, I'm spoilt for choice. I would definitely suggest checking out all of the designers I've mentioned, because they're all extremely talented, and I'm more than a bit jealous of their awesome skills! I'm really looking forward to making the cardigan; mainly because I've never made any item of clothing before. So I'm a mixture of excited and apprehensive about how that one may turn out! It could go either way!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Amethyst

It's Treasury Tuesday! A few days ago, it was my Mum's birthday. So here are a selection of Etsy pieces, themed to February's birthstone; Amethyst.


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are a Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Muffins ♥

I've had a pretty cool day today. I went into town this morning, mainly because I needed to get some new tyres for my car, and had an hour and a half to kill while I was waiting for them to be fitted.

I wandered around Dorchester for about 15mins, got bored, and called my Dad to see if he would come and join me, which he thankfully did! We decided to go for a drink, and went to Starbucks...

£2.95 of absolute bliss!

I bought my Dad a tea, and I indulged in a caramel hot chocolate, which was absolutely delicious! Hadn't had one since I worked for M&Co, so it was a nice treat.

Got home, and this afternoon, I have done some baking. Now, I will openly admit to not being the most confident cake baker in the world. For some reason, everything I make looks awesome until I take it out of the oven, and then it sinks and goes all rubbish. However, I have discovered that I make pretty fantastic white chocolate, lemon, and raspberry muffins.


I bought Muffins Galore last year and love the recipes in it! The instructions are fantastic for an idiot like me as well, so that's an added bonus!

Raspberries, white chocolate and lemon zest

There is something about seeing raw ingredients in a bowl, that is so appealing. I'm the biggest raspberry addict ever, so I used 150g instead of the 100g required in the recipe. Just 20mins later, I was left with...

Beautiful juicy muffins!

Managed to get about 20 out of the mixture, which is good. Bearing in mind the mixture was supposed to make 12...although I was using cupcake cases instead of muffin ones, so that probably had something to do with it!

Not quite sure what my hair is doing...but a proud chef, all the same!

I'm really pleased with my creations! I'm taking them to work with me tonight, as I am working on a double up shift with one of my dear friends, and we are going to have a "picnic". My other contribution is a giant bag of cheese Doritos, which I did not make myself.

Anyone interested in baking muffins, definitely check out that book though. There is everything from sweet to savoury. I'm particularly intrigued by the sound of Pizza Muffins. Maybe I'll experiment next time I have a few days off.

Amigurumi Barmy

I received a message on my Facebook page this morning, from Amigurumi Barmy, so I thought I would give them a mention! They have some really awesome pieces in their blog! Everything from crochet through to plants, which is cool.


Some seriously cool crochet going on here! I love the embellishments, including the flame effect around the eyes. The colours are fantastic as well! I must admit, I've never worked with coloured eyes, but after seeing some of the pieces in Amigurumi Barmy, I'm really tempted! They have lots of character!

You can check out Amigurumi Barmy on blogspot, or on their Facebook page! Definitely worth a look!

Friday, 10 February 2012

Blankets

I've been wanting to try my hand at granny square blankets for a while now, but always get started and then find myself getting bored. I don't really know why!

The first thing I ever learnt to crochet was a giant blanket, just going round and round in different colours. It came out really nicely and I was working on it for a good couple of years...then I discovered amigurumi!

After having a very quick browse online, I have come across a book called Crocheted Throws and Wraps, by Melody Griffiths.


I was most drawn by the colours on the front of this book, and I am particularly in love with the green and pink floral squares in the top right.

Has anyone tried any of the patterns from this book? I'm really tempted, and would love to see some of the things you've maybe created using this! Any pointers much appreciated!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Let It Snow

It's Treasury Tuesday! Today I am featuring a beautiful collection of snow themed creations, from Etsy.


Check out the selection and all of their corresponding links by clicking here!

Little Red Cloud

I never got round to writing about this when it happened, but I stumbled across this in my crochet bag last night, before I left for work...

Little red cloud?

I take my crochet with me to work sometimes, depending on the light conditions of the shift that I am working that night. It was the first time I'd taken it to this particular shift, and the little boy, who is 5 years old, was fascinated by it! He decided to call it my "knitting", because he couldn't say crochet!

Anyway, he was so intrigued that he asked to have a go. I set up some yarn for him, on an 8mm hook and showed him a couple of stitches, then left him to his own devices. About 15mins later, this is what he had come up with. I'm not quite sure what it is, but it reminds me of a fluffy red cloud, floating on a string. He was so proud of it, that we had to show his Grandma, and then his Mother in the morning.

Just something I wanted to share with you all!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Very Pink

I've done some more work on the Janice Cyr "Zeb the Zebra" pattern this afternoon, and finished off the head of my one, which I'm pleased with.

"Hello!"

As you all know, I am using Sirdar Snowflake Chunky yarn to work this ami, and it looks so cute so far! She is lovely and snuggly, so perfect for the baby that I am crocheting this for, and I can't wait to see the finished product.

I always find, with any of my amigurumi creations, that once you've finished the head, things start to get exciting. You can see the personality of the piece. With this one, I can already see that she's going to be adorable. I intend to try and do a lot more work on her tomorrow night, when I'm on a better lit shift. Until then, she will have to wait...

Friday, 3 February 2012

Find Me On Facebook!

Today, I have finally had a day off, which has finally given me some time to work on getting this place together, and looking fabulous! I think I've succeeded, with the help of a fantastic website; Shabby Blogs.

So now we are looking awesome, it is time to branch out a little further and introduce you to my new Facebook Page, which I have created to compliment this place a little! If you could invite your friends to join, it'd be amazing. I'd really appreciate the support, so that I can start organising swaps and contests etc, which is the main reason i put together this blog in the first place!

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Just click on the icon above, or on the left bar of my page to redirect to my Facebook page! Alternatively, click the Twitter icon, and you will find yourself plunged into my bizarre world of night shifts and rambling. Whatever floats your boat, really!

Obviously, the page on Facebook is still in it's early stages. I am going to add as much as I can tonight, but it'll be a case of checking back for a little while. Thanks for your patience!

Exciting Stuff

There are so many patterns I am looking forward to working on at the moment! I've definitely got the crochet bug niggling at me, right now, which is really fantastic! 

I've just started work on an adorable zebra ami, which I'm making for a friend's baby. It's really cute and I can't wait to see the finished product!

© Janice Cyr

My zebra is going to be pink and white, and I am using the Sirdar Snowflake yarn that I mentioned in a previous entry. I think "Zeb" is so cute though; if you're interested in making your own, you can find the pattern on Etsy.

I'm going to make a cow for the baby's brother, so he doesn't feel left out! He loves farm animals, because his Daddy works on a farm, so hopefully a cow will be a good choice!

Also in the running for future projects, are an octopus for my best friend, a turtle for another friend, an adorable rabbit pattern that I found (I rarely make anything for myself!), and loads more. I'd also love to make another ami by both Dawn Toussaint and Lydia Tresselt! Watch this space, I suppose!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Valentine's Treasury!

I've just put together an adorable Treasury on Etsy, especially for Valentine's Day!

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A collection of beautiful crocheted goods; everything from greetings cards to banners and garlands! You'll be sure to find something special to suit anyone =)