Sunday, 26 June 2016

Wedding Smashbook

I am totally ashamed at how long this has taken me to finish, but I have finally completed my wedding Smashbook.

It was all going quite well before the wedding happened. I managed pages on the hen night and the engagement party no problem, but once the wedding hit, I had so many bits and pieces to stick into it, it got a bit overwhelming and I just sort of...didn't do it!

I think being at a wedding last weekend spurred me to get my ass in gear and actually finish it. I mean I even had all the photos I wanted to use printed off and everything, I had no excuse!

So if you don't want to see about 40 pictures of my Smashbook, turn back now, because here it goes!

I actually left a lot of the pages blank or left little bits of them blank at least, because Smashbooks always have lovely patterned paper underneath (which I usually don't mind covering up) but there were so many lovely designs, I decided to keep a few of them peeking through. 

Apologies if you can't read a lot of the stuff I've written too! I thought double page photos were better (so there weren't double) and also my writing is tiny! 

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Wedding scrapbook

Friday, 24 June 2016

Crochet Cactus

Our window ledge in the kitchen is pretty plant heavy, and while the cactus and the succulents we have are doing really well (as well as our lovely chilli plant), the herbs I had planted in a little planter weren't getting used and were looking a bit dead.

After looking at several different cactus in shops, and deciding they were all boring because they were exactly the same as the ones we already had in the livingroom, I decided to crochet some cactus instead.

I've seen loads of different patterns for crochet cactus on Pinterest over the years, so I knew it would be super easy to find some that I liked, so I got to work.

I decided to go for two of the patterns by Yarnplaza.com (there are four to choose from) and then thought it would be a nice idea to fill the middle pot with my crochet Groot which I made ages ago. Our kitchen is filled with things with cute faces, so he would fit right in!

I just used whatever wool I had on hand, and followed the hook sizes from the pattern as suggest, apart from the little pink flowers, as I used a 2.5mm hook instead, as the 2mm hook was too bendy!

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

After I was finished making the cactus, I filled the bottom of the pots with fishtank gravel to weigh them down, and also surrounded baby Groot with more gravel to keep him in place and fill the pot up so it looked nicer.

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

Crochet cactus

So our kitchen window ledge is actually full again, and I won't have to worry about replacing these guys for a while!

Crochet cactus

Yarn Used:
  • Stylecraft Special Aran:
    • Teal.
  • Rico Basic Acrylic:
    • Neon Orange.
  • Free wool from Let's Get Crafting:
    • Pink.
    • Yellow.
  • Vanna's Choice Lion Brand:
    • Chocolate.
  • Caron Simply Soft:
    • Kelly green.
Raverly project page.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Mystic Mermaid Cocoon

Whoops I've not blogged for about a month! But don't worry, I have still been crafting, I just seem to be working on several big things which means a lot of making, but no actual finishing! As well as starting a pretty big cross stitch project, I've also been working on this little pressie for Ivy.

I'm pretty big on mermaid, and ever since knitted and crocheted mermaid tails became the in thing, people have been saying I should make one for myself or for Ivy. I finally decided to actually make one for Ivy and see how it turned out.

Obviously one for Ivy would be a lot smaller, so I could use leftover yarn for it, and when it doesn't fit her any more, she can always use it for her soft toys or something!

There are loads of patterns out there, but I decided to go with this lovely free one from b.hooked crochet, as it just looked much prettier than a lot of the other ones I came across.

The pattern was really easy to follow until I got to the frills. It involves a lot of turning back and forth to get the frills right. I did it through once and while it didn't make much sense in my head, it actually seemed to be working! I decided to just keep doing what made it look right, even if I don't think it was exactly the way the pattern was telling me to do it. But never mind, we have frills, so I'm happy!

Crochet mermaid tail

Crochet mermaid tail

Crochet mermaid tail

Crochet mermaid tail

The pattern was made for a cocoon on a newborn, but I more on the waist mermaid tail for older babies, which is what I was aiming for with Ivy. Though she's so long I don't think she'll be in it for a very long time. I'm not even sure how much she'll actually use it, it would be nice to keep her cozy for naps, but it was fun to make, and she looks cute in the photos! Though have you any idea how hard it is to get a baby to lie still in a mermaid tail! So there's a couple where she's mainly tucked up in a little ball.

Crochet mermaid tail


Crochet mermaid tail

Crochet mermaid tail

Crochet mermaid tail

Sometimes it's fun to challenge yourself to make something that looks a bit difficult but isn't completely practical! It's all practise in the end! 

Now I've finished this though, I have other exciting crochet projects to move on to, so stay tuned!

Yarn Used:
  • Lion Brand Vanna's Choice:
    • Aqua.
  • Stylecraft Special Aran:
    • Plum.
    • Magenta.
Raverly Project Page.

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Craft for Ivy.