Sunday, 6 December 2015

Christmas Stockings

When we found out we were going to have a little Christmas time baby, I decided I wanted to make some Christmas stockings for me, Donald, and the baby. I thought it would be a nice tradition to start, and then I can always make more if we decide to add any more little people to the family in the future.

There are absolutely loads of free stocking tutorials on Pinterest, but I chose this one from Sew Like My Mom but someone had pinned it as the easiest tutorial they had ever used. I'm not super skilled with my sewing machine, so I like to make it as easy as possible.

These can be made out of fat quarters of fabric, so I bought a job-lot of Christmas fat quarters from eBay, as well as some Christmas ribbon, and got going.

First up we have Donald's stocking.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Next up we have the baby's.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

And finally, we have mine.

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Christmas stockings

Now you may notice right away that the ribbon for mine and Donald's is on the wrong side! Whoops! I made the stockings assembly line style, as that's what the pattern suggested, but of course this meant I didn't realise I had done two of the ribbons wrong until I turned it all inside out and arranged it in the stocking shape. I was worried I would ruin some of the neatness if I tried to pull out that much stitching, so I just decided to leave it. To be honest, I'm not sure we have anywhere to actually hang the stockings, so it's not the end of the world with the ribbon on the wrong side. At least I got the baby's one right!

The only other problem I had with the pattern was getting the lining to fit. The pattern suggested moving from quite a big seam allowance on the lining to a tighter one on the cuff and body to make sure the lining didn't bulge on the inside. So while my lining doesn't bulge, it's a bit smaller in some places than it maybe should be, as you can see the toes look a bit empty!

But overall I'm really happy with them. My stitches are neat, they've all got ribbon, they're all lined, and when I turned them out the right way the cuff sits in a really lovely way. I can't wait to get them up when we decorate, even if we don't have a fireplace to hang them on!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here

Friday, 4 December 2015

Crochet Mandala

This is definitely one of those projects that I had no real need to make, but I've thinking about for quite a while. We have a big jug on one of our side units, which I've been using to hold flowers since we moved into our new house. Even though I put a cork mat under it when the flowers are actually in there, and make sure I dry it properly when it's empty, it still seems to be leaving a ring on the top of the unit.

I've seen loads of lovely patterns for crochet mandala's on Instagram and Pinterest, so I decided to make one to try and save the sideboard.

I found this lovely selection of Abstract Flower Motifs for free on Etsy, and decided to make the biggest one, which is number 8. I used leftover wool I had from making Captain Toad, so I used a 3.5mm hook to match the yarn.

Crochet mandala

Crochet mandala

Crochet mandala

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, as it's just the right size to fit under the jug. I blocked it lightly to make sure it lay flat, but I love how neat it looks. I would love to make a huge one for use on a big table or something. I just love how all the different stitch combos make sure a cute pattern.

Yarn Used:

  • Scheepjes Catona:
    • 100 Lemon Chiffon.
    • 172 Light Silver.
    • 179 Topaz.
    • 384 Powder Blue.
Raverly Project Page.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Crochet Cat Travel Pillow

Way back in February, I made a pair of cat socks from Simply Crochet which was part of a travel set they had. At the time I bought the wool to make the socks, a cat travel pillow, and some headphone covers.

I've since decided not to make the headphone covers, as I now use those headphones for work, and would probably get annoying having them on all day, instead of just wearing them for about 20 minutes on the bus. However, I realised I had used the wrong wool for the socks. I wanted to make them in rose, but the picture in the magazine was in silver, which confused me!

I bought 5 balls of silver wool (4 for the pillow and 1 for the headphones) and then two balls of rose wool (for the socks) but as I used the silver for the socks by mistake, it meant I didn't have the full 4 balls of silver for the travel pillow. So mine is a bit more multicoloured than it should be, and it's rose and silver!

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

Crochet cat travel pillow

How cute is it? I actually love how it looks with the rose and silver combo. I decided to double crochet the whole thing together instead of sew it, as I thought it would be neater, though it does mean you can see the stitches on the silver sections, but at least they're neat and visible! Sometimes my sewing together isn't the best, so I'm glad I went with the double crochet.

The pattern was really easy to follow, though there were a couple of number mistakes, though Simply Crochet seem to have a lot of issues with pattern mistakes! However, it was nothing too drastic, and I was able to keep on track.

I just bought a cheap travel pillow from Amazon and popped it inside, so now she's ready for the next time I need a nap on the go!

Yarn Used:

  • Rico Essentials Cotton DK:
    • Rose.
    • Silver.
Raverly Project Page.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Pokemon Cross Stitch

I'm less than a week away from my due date now, and I've been trying to finish all the baby related crafts I've had in my head for a while but never got around to making them.

One of these was some cross stitch action for the baby's room. The baby room is ocean themed, and I knew I wanted to make something geeky for them, so I decided to water themed Pokemon. I thought this fitted in with the water theme and the geeky-ness. It also helps that Pokemon are super cute!

After a look on Pinterest, I got all the patterns for the 6 Pokemon I made from Birdie Stitching. If you're looking for any Pokemon cross stitch patterns, I highly recommend this site! It literally had every Pokemon I was looking for, as well as being able to find the quite small sized patterns I was looking for.

There's a full colour key with every pattern, but I just picked similar thread for each project so I didn't have to go out and buy loads of thread, and I think I made them look as similar as possible and I love how they look.

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Here's the links to all six patterns I used:
I did three on blue aida and three on green aida, as well as doing 4 blue Pokemon and 2 orange Pokemon so I could arrange them neatly in the frames we bought. We got these cool ones from Ikea that are made for three photos each, which I thought was an awesome way to display them. I debated over individual frames or embroidery hoops, but I'm really happy with these frames, and being Ikea they were super cheap too.

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Pokemon cross stitches

Please excuse the awful photo, it's really hard to not get a super reflection going on! So that's the baby's room officially finished now! Thank goodness!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Smashbook Update

So I haven't looked at my Smashbook since March apparently, but I noticed my folder was really full the other day, so I thought I would have a massive scrapbooking session. It turns out I had enough to fill it! So that's my Smashbook officially done!

I still have my wedding Smashbook to finish, which I printed off a whole bunch of photos for recently, so I'm hoping to tick that off too.

In terms of normal scrapbooking, I have two options to go with. I have a notebook which I've been trying to more casually journal with, but with spending so much time Smashbooking, I've not added to that since June last year. So I'm hoping to get back into that more, and do it more often rather than saving up huge amount for it. That was the way I used to scrapbook; writing bits and pieces, drawing, snipping things out of magazines, writing lists, etc, but I wanted something more formal. Well now I've tried something more formal I think it will be fun to go back to a more casual approach, and I have loads of other notebooks to use up!

My other option is Project Life, which my mum bought me loads of awesome supplies for last Christmas, but I didn't want to start until my Smashbook was done. I think I'll use Project Life to track Mini Morrison, as I'll probably have loads of stuff related to them I want to save. I did buy a baby book for them, but I think a cute scrapbook would be awesome too, and I can keep it going until they're older.

So, here's the final chunk of my Smashbook updates! There are quite a lot of photos, as I had loads of stuff saved up.

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook

Smashbook

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

Smashbook snaps

So that's it done! Look how huge it is!

Smashbook

Whoops! And I've finish my title page, so my Smashbook spans about 3.5 years! Holy cow!

Smashbook

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List for 2015. You can check out my progress here.