Sunday, 16 November 2014

Granny Square a Week 13-24

Whoops, it's been quite a while since I did a granny square update. I've been trying to make all the squares from the Simply Crochet Granny Square a Week app, and so far I've made 24 of them! Phew! Who knew there were so many different types?!

So here are weeks 13 to 24 in all their granny glory (though perhaps not in the same order as the app dished them out!).

Granny Square a Week app granny squares
  1. Granny Violet.
  2. Granny Pat.
  3. Granny Emily.
  4. Granny Betty.
Granny Square a Week app granny squares
  1. Granny Maudie.
  2. Granny Audrey.
  3. Granny Aisla.
  4. Granny Joan.
Granny Square a Week app granny squares
  1. Granny Joyce.
  2. Granny Irene.
  3. Granny Myrtle.
  4. Granny Bessie.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Actual Amigurumi!

I love crochet, and granny squares are sort of my go to crochet make, but I've always wanted to be able to do amigurumi. Well recently I gave it a shot, and low and behold I actually managed it! I can't even cope with the fact I've managed to make little crochet creations. It's just opened up a whole new world of Pinterest pins to me!

So my very first amigurumi make is the amazingly cute Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. You can get the free pattern from him from the lovely Twinkie Chan's blog. He's super easy to make (from someone who literally hadn't made any amigurumi before), so I would suggest giving him ago!

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

Groot amigurumi

I mean look how cute he is! He even has pipe cleaners in his arms so you can re-position him. I am in love.

My second shot was this cute little dumpling and soy sauce couple I've had pinned for ages. You can get the free pattern for them here. Love a free pattern.

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

Crochet dumpling and soya sauce

I am really happy with how these turned out too, though I feel I could have done the soy sauce bottle's lid a little better, and instead of a lip, there's a line of brown stitches which should be hidden. I also decided not to stitch soy on the bottle, as I liked him better plain. They fit in very nicely with my lovely knitted milk carton!

So basically, amigurumi isn't as hard as you think it is, and it introduced me to how important using a stitch marker is! Give it a go if you've been thinking about it, it's super fun!

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sketch a Day 2014 Update (August, September and October)

Man it's been a while since I've done one of these posts! I've still been going strong and drawing every day. I thought the weekly posts were maybe a bit boring, so I'm going to do them monthly for the last chunk of the year. Since the last post I did was in the middle of August, here is the rest of August, September and October for you! Any pictures I copied, I will include the links below! Also I was still finishing off the Spoonflower A Month of Drawing Spoon Challege in the beginning of these photos, so I'll list the topics for those too if you're interested!

August.

August sketch a day update

  • August 20th - Beetle.
  • August 21st - Cat.
  • August 22nd - Fish.
  • August 25th - Skyline.
  • August 26th - Taxi.
  • August 27th - Map Legend.
  • August 28th - Landmark.
  • August 29th - Selfie.

September.

September sketch a day update

September sketch a day update

October.

October sketch a day update

October sketch a day update

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mollie Makes Pretty Rose Cross Stitch

As you may know, I have far too many free kits. Like it's insane. I have stopped buying craft magazines (apart from the odd one now and then) so the collection isn't really growing, but I would love to try and make as many of them as possible.

One of such free kits was this lovely pretty rose cross stitch from Mollie Makes.

Rose cross stitch

Rose cross stitch

Rose cross stitch

Rose cross stitch

I love the technique of laying the ribbon across the stitching and trapping it between the hoops. It's such a lovely effect. The directions for the kit did suggest wrapping the hoop in ribbon too, but I liked the way it looked plain, so I just left it.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Guess Who's Back?

Seems I can't stay away for too long eh? I've not blogged properly since August, and while I'm not going to lie and say Tumblr isn't faster to use, I sort of miss planning out what to write in posts that aren't just a photo of my crafting. Tumblr is very visual, and I always felt bad writing more than a few sentences. I was looking through my blog over the past week or so and I realised I missed it. It's a great record of my crafting and how far I've come, and it's so cool to look back on it all. Especially things like my New Year's Resolutions, which is the reason I started blogging in the first place. I guess as the end of the year creeps up on us, my mind is thinking about my crafty goals for the next year.

So I'm back, and hopefully people will be happy about that!

I thought I would recap some of things I crafted while I was absent from blogger so they're not missing from the lovely collection that is my blog.

I thought the best thing to cover first was Halloween, before we slip too far into November! Halloween was awesome this year, as this year we had two parties to go to, which meant two costumes! I won't lie, one costume definitely had more effort than the other one, but I had to go all out on actual Halloween night.

At the first party, I dressed as Chucky from the Child's Play movies and Donald dressed as Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies.

Chucky! #halloween

Chucky face #halloween

Donald's Leatherface mask

Donald's Leatherface mask

You can find the tutorial I used for my Chucky makeup here. There are a lot of them on YouTube, but after watching a few I liked this one the best.

After discovering that Leatherface masks were expensive, I offered to make one for Donald instead. He bought a mask from the pound shop, and I sewed lots of layers of felt on to it with thick stitches using embroidery thread. I think it turned out really well, and we got lots of compliments on it on the night.

For the second night, I dressed as Fry from Futurama (complete with brain slug) and Donald went as Jason from the Friday the 13th movies.

Brain slug

Brain slug


Donald as Jason

I crocheted the brain slug the morning of the party, which perhaps wasn't the best idea I've ever had. I used this pattern to make the slug, and this pattern for the antenna, as I found the original ones far too fiddly consider how small the crochet hook was!

Brain slug

Brain slug

And finally, here is my pumpkin this year. A Teenage Mutant Ninja pumpkin (inspiration for this found here)! I've very happy with how he turned out, and it was quite quick to do as he was mainly painting and very little actual carving.

My teenage mutant ninja pumpkin this year! #halloween

So stay tuned for more crafty posts of what I've been up to over the past couple of months, and all the new stuff I'm making right now (I seriously have about 12 things on the go! Stupid Christmas!).

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

815 - Tumblr-ing Around

Blogging. It's a funny old world eh? I feel weird about it a lot of the time. I either feel like I don't have enough to blog about and I worry about the scheduling, or I have too much to post about (like right now) and I'm dying to post about them but I want to try and only post once a week to keep things regularly. Or I feel like I'm not posting enough, so I try things out, like my Makeshift Monday posts to keep the blog populated.

I read this post the other day by Miss Jojangles (a blog I had sadly only just discovered) and it sort of struck a chord with me.

I want to be able to blog whenever I want to. I want to post lots of progress shots as I go along instead of saving them all for a blog post I'll write in a few weeks. I want to post things up instantly, and not have to be attached to my computer to do it. I really want to delve into the crafty community, and I'm not always sure my blog does that.

So I've decided to take a step back from Blogger and move to Tumblr! It's instant, and more about the pictures than the words, which is really what I'm going for. I'll still be posting on my Facebook page as well, and I may come back to my blogger one day, but I think just now, I definitely want to focus more on just the crafting, and not worry about the rest of it.

So if you would like to still follow me, here's where I'll be most active, which would be lovely, because I love everyone who's ever read a post, commented, or sent me an email!

Tumblr.
Facebook.
Pinterest.
Instagram.

Peace out!

Monday, 25 August 2014

814 - Makeshift Mondays

A little while ago, I used to do a post called Friday Favs Top 10, and it was basically a collection of all the amazing things I had found on Pinterest that week. I stopped doing it around the time Pinterest changed the way you could embed pins, because they kept breaking, and it was causing a lot of hassle to keep fixing them.

However, recently I was going through all my Friday posts (fixing aforementioned broken photos) and I decided that I missed doing these posts, so I thought I would pick them up again and cheer up my Mondays with lovely craft goodies. Before I used to use whatever cool things I had found on Pinterest, but this time I'll be limiting it to just crafty related things. Honestly Pinterest keeps me so inspired, I don't think I'll ever run out of things to make!

I can't believe how teeny tiny these crochet earrings are. Halloween is coming up and Halloween earrings are just my favourite.



Just look how lovely this stitching is! It looks like a painting!



I love Orange is the New Black, and these perler bead characters are just awesome! I still need to catch up on the second season though.



This amazing cherry necklace is a tutorial on the lovely blog tea and craft. It seems quite easy to make but looks totally amazing!



I do have quite a love for the Bride of Frankenstein, and I love this little cutie! Not sure if my knitting skills would be up to making here though!



Speaking of kickass brides, check out this awesome Kill Bill amigurumi.



Much like the little deer above, I can't get over how lovely this stitching it. So neat, lovely colours, and geektastic.



I've seen the tattoo and the drawing version of this little mermaid, so I was mega excited when I saw there was a cross stitch pattern of it. It's definitely on my to-make list!



If you haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, why not?! It's just amazing, and Groot is too cute! I may have another Groot related post coming up on the blog later in the week!



Cutie little banana. I love his wee face.



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