Friday, 27 February 2015

Draw Once a Month - February

Drawing always freaks me out a little bit. My main style of drawing has always been copying cartoons. I've discovered I'm quite good at drawing things like flowers and insects, but cartoons have definitely been my favourite. While I was doing this month's drawing I was just wondering how you can look at something, and move your hands in a way that makes it look like the thing you're drawing. It's weird how your brain works!

So for this month's drawing, I found a cool drawing of Mike from Monsters, Inc. as a rather scary looking monster, instead of the cutey he usually is. You can see the original image here.

Mike

Mike

He's so cool, I'm very happy. I went back to old faithful with Mike and just used normal colouring pencils.

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

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Granny Tissue Box Cover

Guys! I have a confession to make. Something I just realised today. I think I've been triple crocheting wrong. For how long, I could not tell you. I know I was taught how to do it properly in a class, but somewhere along the way I seem to have gone wrong.

I was watching a tutorial video on Twinkie Chan's blog the other day, and realised that her way of doing it (the complete correct way I might add) had a step less than mine. Of course, now I'm thinking about it so much, I'm not sure how much I've been doing it wrong! Do I do it all the time, or have I just done it recently, and now this way is stuck in my head as the right way? Or have I done it the right way all the time and I'm just being daft?

Basically after you've done yarn over and pulled the wool through your work, I think I've been doing yarn over pull through one, and then yarn over pull through two twice. Obviously you don't need to do the pull through one, as it still leaves you with three loops on the hook, so all you're doing is making your stitch longer.

None of my crochet looks wrong (I don't think), but it perhaps just has longer stitches than it should have. I'm glad I'm not halfway through anything just now, and I can just make sure I start doing it right from now on!

Now on to the thing I made (possibly with the wrong stitches, but I'm honestly having a mind melt about how I ever do a treble!).

Sometimes while browsing Pinterest, I see something so cute that it automatically get added to my "If I had the time" board. This is a private board (because I doubt people are bothered and I delete stuff from it once I've made it) where I keep all the things I eventually want to get around to making.

The other day I stumbled across this cute granny tissue box cover (free to download on Ravelry) and decided to whip it up. We have tissues on our coffee table all the time, and usually buy the square box kind anyway, so this was perfect.

Tissue box cover

Tissue box cover


Tissue box cover

Tissue box cover

Tissue box cover

I chose these nice green and grey colours I used in my Nordic Shawl, but decided to brighten them up a bit buy using this neon orange/pink wool I have for the opening.

I had adapt the pattern slightly as I was worried it was a little baggy on the box I was making it for. I did a couple of rows with row chains in between the treble groups, and then the last few with only two trebles instead of three. Finally I did a row of single crochets in the bright pink I started the first two rounds with, instead of the bow method mentioned in the pattern, as I was worried about it sitting flat. I like that I feel confident enough with crocheting now to just change things up a bit in order to make the finished object work better for me.

I think it turned out super cute, and just brightens up our coffee table a little, which is never a bad thing.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sausage Dog

This month I cracked out my sewing machine to make the little sausage dog plushie kit I got free in Mollie Makes. Two birds one stone eh?

After having a rake through the magazine to find the instruction to make him, I couldn't find any, but I figured that was because it's pretty much just a case of stitching him up (either that or I'm stupid ha ha!).

So here he is, he was super fast to stitch together.

Sausage dog plush

Sausage dog plush

After I stuffed him, I stitched his butt up with the smallest stitch possible so it was neat as I wasn't sure my hand stitching would do it justice.

Sausage dog plush

And here he is, hanging out on the shelf with some other random things I've made!

Sausage dog plush

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

Friday, 20 February 2015

Pretty Glitzy Shoe Clips

I was on a bit of a free kit streak this week and actually did two in the same night. The second of these was the pretty glitzy shoe clips kits which came free in Mollie Makes.

I've wanted to make myself some shoe clips for a little while now, but never had the clip on backing to make them, so I was pretty keen to make this kit.

I sometimes feel I just get a mental block when it comes to some of the Mollie Makes free kit instructions. Like I just cannot get them to work! With this kit I could not get my netting to form a circle like shown in the picture. I tired about 10 times before I settled on the bow shape it was forming natrually.

Shoes clips

Shoes clips

Shoes clips

Bows or circles I think these are super cute. I am in love with those green gems in the middle too. I would love to make myself a pom pom pair of these, so I'll maybe have to track down some more clip on backs.

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

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Scandi Bird Kit

Another free kit and another Christmas kit at that! This time it's the super cute Scandi bird kit by Lucy of Attic 24, which came free with Simply Crochet.

I feel a bit more confident in my crochet skills these days so I was confident I could knock this little guy up in an evening. The wool that came with the kit wasn't the nicest wool (but hey it's free), but the little pattern did knock up super quickly.

Crochet bird

Crochet bird

I love all the little details on this guy, like the running stitch round his body, or the buttons on his wings. I'm sure he'll be super cute on my Christmas tree next year.

I think I did pretty well with this little guy. His tail and his beak are maybe a little squint, but making up the body pieces was very easy and he looks almost exactly like the photo!

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

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day dudes! While I'm not very into the commercial-ness of Valentine's Day, it's always fun to have an excuse to plan something awesome with your other half. Me and Donald enjoy making each other handmade cards, so I made him one inspired by M.I.A.'s song Paper Planes (though I saw the joke on Tumblr, it did not come from my brain.

Valentine's Day presents

While I did buy him a little something, I decided to make him something as well. He loves the TV show Arrested Development, so I embroidered some hankies with quotes from the show. Donald is the only person I know who still uses fabric hankies, and I've had a whole bunch left over from when I first started embroidering and made him a Tom Servo one. I thought it might be a good idea to use them up and destash!

Valentine's Day presents

Valentine's Day presents

Valentine's Day presents

Valentine's Day presents

Valentine's Day presents

I used an air erasable pen, and just free handed (which explains the wonky writing) the text onto the hankies before stitching over them in backstitch. Donald loved them, and I'm happy that I got to make a pressie without buying an extra supplies.

And in case you're interested, here's the card he made me.

My boy knows me well

Friday, 13 February 2015

Pussycat Socks

One of the things I wanted to learn to make this year was socks. I feel my knitting and crochet has come on quite a lot, but socks are still something that seems quite complicated. I want to knit and crochet a pair of socks this year, and as I thought the crochet ones would be easier, I went with them first.

I picked the pussycat socks pattern from Simply Crochet issue 20. They are made using thin cotton yarn (Rico Essentials Cotton DK in silver) and look very cute because they have ears and a face.

I've been making them for a few weeks now (I definitely had a bit of second sock syndrome), but I finished them last weekend and I'm super happy with them!

Pussycat socks

Pussycat socks

Pussycat socks

Pussycat socks

Pussycat socks

It's quite hard to photograph these socks when they're not on and make them look nice. I think the way the cotton yarn works makes them lie quite unevenly. Also when I lie them on their sides, it's looks like the two faces are in different places, even though they look even when they are on.

Mostly these were quite easy to make, and my only issue perhaps was with the sizing. I made the medium pair, but I still felt like I had to stretch them quite a lot to get them on, however again this might be the yarn type. They're a lot softer when they are on than I thought they would be, but I'll still probably just wear them as bed/around the flat socks as opposed to wearing them in shoes.

If you're thinking of making some handmade socks, but the knitted ones give you the fear, I would definitely give some crochet ones a shot. These were really easy, even adding the heel wasn't too stressful.

Now I've completed one set of my socks, that just leaves the knitted ones to go! Let's see how those ones go eh?

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

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Owl Decorations

While I was making my owl keyring kit the other day, I remembered that I had a little owl craft kit which I needed to finish. I made three out of the five owls for my bridesmaids at my wedding, but there were two that still needed made.

You can make them into little keyrings, brooches or decorations, so I decided to make little decorations that I could maybe pop on my Christmas tree.

Owl plushies

Owl plushies

While this wasn't a free kit, I'm happy I finished off making it, as it's been sitting half done since April. And I still have bits of felt, buttons, pom poms, and brooch backs left over to use for other projects, which is pretty cool.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Owl Keyring

It was my sister in-law's birthday on Thursday, so we're off out for a Morrison family lunch today. Donald bought her a lovely crafty kit for her birthday, and I decided to make her a little owl keyring.

The kit I used was one I got free in Cross Stitcher but it was a total pain in the butt. You had to make it using soluble canvas on the felt, but the felt was super stiff and after I had stitched the eyes, I was quite bored to be honest. I decided rather than stitching the big belly, I would embroider my sister in-law's name instead, as it would look nicer and I wouldn't go insane/lose a finger!

Owl plushies

Owl plushies

I also tried doing the backstitch on the eyes, and really didn't like how it looked, so I just left it plain. AND my kit was missing the ribbon for the keyring! Ugh some free kits are just awful sometimes.

I do like how it turned out in the end though, as it does look quite cute, so I guess it all worked out.

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

Friday, 6 February 2015

Instagram Phone Case

I love Instagram. It was one of the apps I was most excited about being able to use back when I got my first iPhone, and it's definitely one I use the most right now. My account is a mix of crafting and selfies, and I love seeing all the other amazing creative things that people I follow on there make.

I saw this amazing (and free) pattern for an little Instagram inspired phone case a while back, and it's been waiting on my Pinterest account for the right time to make it. I had all the right colours of wool so it was just a matter of making the time. I made it one evening last month, and was pretty over the moon about the results.

Instagram phone case


Instagram phone case

Instagram phone case

I used slightly chunkier wool than the suggested which I had left over from making Ewok hoods, but I used the same hooks sizes as the pattern. Because my wool was a big bigger, it meant I didn't need to do as many rows as the pattern, so I just judged by eye as to when I would swap to the darker brown and when I would finish it.

I don't know if I was being totally dense, but I couldn't see instructions for adding the brown edging around the lens frame, so I just did a row of double crochets and hoped it was right. I'm really happy it fits my phone. I actually have a rubber owl shaped case on my iPhone to protect the back, and it fits even over that. Definitely feel safer with it rolling around in my handbag now.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Recent Crafty Books

If you read my recent Christmas pressies post, you'll know I got some lovely crafty books gifted to me! I didn't get a chance to show them off in the last post, so I thought I would pick some of my favourite projects from each of the books so you can have a little peek at them!

First up we have Crochet with One Sheepish Girl by Meredith Crawford.

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I've followed Meredith's blog One Sheepish Girl for quite some time now, and I just love her style so I was pretty excited for her book to come out. Her taste in fashion and homewares is just perfect, as is the colour scheme for a lot of her projects. Now I feel quite comfertable crocheting, I'm quite hopefully I can make all the amazing things in this book.

My three favourite projects from this book are:

Granny Square Infinity Cowl.

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Heart Pocket Apron.

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Diana Camera Purse.

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Ugh everything is so pretty. I definitely need that camera case like yesterday. My Diana would look amazing in it.

My next book is Adventure Time Crafts by Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum and Chelsea Bloxsom.

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I can't explain how happy I am to see two of my favourite things smooshed together, and this book is just fantastic. If you don't know who Chelsea Bloxsom is, she's the amazing lady behind Love & A Sandwich. She makes amazing plushie monsters and the coolest felt hoops I have ever seen, so I would highly suggest you go and follow her right now. I literally want to make everything in this book, if you love Adventure Time you need this book!

My three favourite projects from this book are:

Jake's Bacon Pancakes Wall Art.

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Wildberry Princess Fascinator.

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Lumpy Space Princess Pom-Pom Mobile.

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My last Christmas pressie book was Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker.

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I saw pictures of projects from this book on Pinterest and loved it so much. I love plushie animals and things shaped like animals, so it was right up my street. I'm not sure if the projects will be too complicated for me but we shall see.

My three favourite projects from this book are:

Pheasant.

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Moose Head.

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Mink Wrap.

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And finally, my last book is one I treated myself after Christmas with some Christmas money. It's the amazing (and possible aimed at children) Make Clay Charms by Kaitlyn Nichols. Not only does it come with an amazing instruction book, it also comes with a little kit to make your own charm bracelet.

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The instructions are split into four section, two of which are food based. I love food with faces, so I'm pretty sure my bracelet is going to be entirely food based. Check out these little cuties!

My three favourite projects from this book are:

Cheeseburger and Fries.

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Carrots.

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Taco.

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SO CUTE! I really hope I can make them and do them justice!

I've not bought too many craft books in recent times, so it's nice to get so many amazingly cute ones at ones. Full of inspiration!