Saturday, 31 May 2014

789 - Can I Touch Your Face?

Last week it was my friend Gem's birthday, and I decided to craft her up a little something. Gems is a friendly wee sole, and frequently greets people by stroking their face. And while she very rarely actually asks if she can touch you, I thought she would appreciate this cross stitch nonetheless.

Face cross stitch

Face cross stitch

I made the quote using this cross stitch writing tool and got the border pattern from X Stitch by Sarah Fordham.

Instead of a hoop or a normal frame I decided to go with this magnetic frame I bought a little while ago from Tesco. It basically doubles as a frame or a big fridge magnet.

Face cross stitch

Face cross stitch

This took about two episodes of Made in Chelsea to whip up, which isn't bad going! I do enjoy coming up with my own things to cross stitch!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

787 - Simply Crochet Granny Square App

Have you seen Simply Crochet's new FREE app? It's called Granny Square a Week and I have to say, I'm quite excited about it! I love making granny squares, as you may already know, but I only really know how to make the one "classic" type of granny square. Also, even with the classic granny square, I often forget how many chains go where, so to have it on my phone all the time sounds quite convenient.

I downloaded the app last week, so I thought I would give you a little peek.

The app is set up like a digital edition of a magazine app, where you download each granny square like an issue when it's released. 

Granny square app

Then they get stored in your library so you can view them whenever you want. These are the three patterns that are up for grabs just now.

Granny square app

Granny square app

When you click on a pattern, you get the option to see the UK or the USA instructions, which is pretty snazzy.

Granny square app

You then get the pattern, which includes the materials you'll need, the pattern written out or the pattern chart, whichever tickles your pickle.



Granny square app

Granny square app

Granny square app

Granny square app

I have to say, I love it! And I'm quite excited to see what other granny squares they come out with. It's going to be so handy to just have it on my phone, instead of relying on the internet or having a book to hand.

The only thing I'm worried about is in the past, when Mollie Makes and Simply Crochet have offered you free issues to download, they just randomly disappear from my iPhone, which is a pain. I know these patterns will be free all the time, but I still don't want to have to download them a lot!

The app is only available on iOS just now, but I highly recommend it! And come on, it's free, what have you got to lose?

Saturday, 17 May 2014

785 - Fox Brooches

On Friday I decided to take a break from the many wool based crafts I am partaking in just now and make something quite quick and cute.  I raided through my free kit bag and came out with this cute little fox brooch kit from Mollie Makes.

Fox brooches

I love the patterns from Mollie Makes kits, but sometimes the supplies aren't amazing. With this kit, the needle wasn't sharp enough to actually pierce the felt from the kit, and one of the brooch backs didn't actually have a gap in it, so I couldn't use it. Luckily I have loads of needles and brooch backs, so I wasn't stuck!

These were really quick to whip up, I think it took me about an hour or so to do both!

Fox brooches

They are so cute, and because they aren't exactly the same, I think they would work alone as a brooch or together as collar clips or something. Either way, I'm very excited to wear them!

Monday, 12 May 2014

783 - Bit of a Failure

I think with craft you need to get used to the idea that not everything is going to work out the way you planned/the way the kit shows you. I had this trouble with a cross stitch kit this weekend.

I took the kit to my Mum's, as I was staying there while Donald was off reffing in Oslo, and managed to finish it on Sunday night. It all started off all good, and then I realised I had done one of the common cross stitching errors, counting incorrectly! Doh! Then I ran out of one of the tan shades. Great. Finally, when it came to doing all the back stitch, I just couldn't get the stuff on the flowers to look right! I think it was because my cross stitch wasn't the same as the pattern, so when I tried to just freehand it, it looked awful.

Eventually I just decided to do the back stitch on the teddy bear's face and not the flowers. This was the insert for a card, so I'm hoping whoever gets it will know what it's supposed to be!

Teddy bear cross stitch card

Teddy bear cross stitch card

Does it look like a teddy cuddling in some flowers? If so then I've done not a bad job. Life's too short to spend it doing annoying backstitch!

Saturday, 10 May 2014

782 - Woodland Cross Stitches

I am so glad to have finally finished these cute little woodland hoops. I started them before the wedding and then things went a little mental, so they've been sitting waiting to be finished for quite some time.

These from yet another Enjoy Cross Stitch bumper free kit, and I'm not sure you can see it in the photos,  but the aida is actually glittery! It's amazing!

Woodland cross stitch

Woodland cross stitch

I just loved the colours in these two patterns, and I love how they've turned out. Basically no back stitch too, which was just lovely.

So now literally the only WIP I have going is the huge crochet blanket! I will finish it soon I promise. 

Monday, 5 May 2014

780 - Totoro Cake Toppers

One thing myself and Donald were quite clear about in relation to our wedding was we wanted amazing cake toppers. Trying to find something to fit into our woodland theme that Donald was also down with was quite hard, but I suggest Totoro. It's a movie we both love, and Totoro is a woodland sprite, so it fitted in with our themed.

I contacted a lovely little Etsy shop called LokiCoki to see if she would be able to make some little plush Totoro cake toppers, as I follow her on Tumblr and have seen her make cute cake toppers before. After some back and forth we decided that crochet might be better for such tiny creatures. Now I allowed her to post photos on her blog and Facebook the whole time she was making them, as long as she didn't tell people who they were for, so I go to see a lot of work in progress photos, which made everything so much more exciting, so I'm so happy to be able to finally show them off!

LokiCoki also mentioned she had made us a custom box for our lovely cake toppers, which as you'll see, is also amazingly cute!

Cake toppers

Cake toppers

Cake toppers


Cake toppers




Cake toppers
Look at his wee sporran!

Cake toppers

Cake toppers

Cake toppers

Cake toppers

LOOK AT THEM! Aren't they just amazing! You can see how tiny they are in comparison to my hands! I can't imagine how good at crochet you have to be to pull these little critters off. Here are some pictures from them on our cake on the big day!







 So if you are looking for awesome cake toppers, I highly recommend LokiCoki. She was amazing through the whole process and delivered the perfect product in the end. I couldn't be happier!