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.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Captain Toad Amigurumi

A while ago, I made my friend Kirk a Yoshi amigurumi, which turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself. After I handed it over, he requested a Toad amigurumi to go with him. He had a look at patterns and came up with this one from Sabrina Somers, which I fell in love with. I usually have a dig around for some free patterns, but this one was just so much nicer than any of the free ones out there, I couldn't say no.

This pattern also used cotton sport weight yarn, which isn't something I have in my stash, so it meant a little yarn shopping too. I tried to match all the colours using Scheepjes Catona yarn, as it came in little 25g balls, which was perfect for a small project like this. I bought 10 different colours, though I only ended up using 9. I bought 263 Petal Peach for the light beige asked from by the pattern, and 255 Nude for the skin colour, but they were basically the same colour when they arrived, and as the colours were used next to each other, I needed them to have a contrast! I ended up using the dark beige colour I bought (179 Topaz) for both dark and light beige in the pattern, as the colours were never used together, so it didn't make any difference!

Anyway, enough words, here's so lovely photos of the little guy.

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

Toad crochet

I mean how cute is he? I'm super impressed with how he turned out, and it took me like a whole afternoon to sew together as there were so many little bits, but it was so worth it. I'm super proud of him, and he's definitely the most complex amigurumi I've ever attempted.

The pattern is super easy to follow, and I can't recommend it enough! Most of the basic shapes were the same, so it was really easy to get the hang off, there was just a lot of different pieces to make up! Check out this photo of him waiting to be assembled!

Toad crochet

Yarn Used:

  • Scheepjes Catona:
    • 100 Lemon Chiffon.
    • 172 Light Silver.
    • 179 Topaz.
    • 157 Root Beer.
    • 106 Snow White.
    • 115 Hot Red.
    • 255 Nude.
    • 384 Powder Blue.
    • 208 Yellow Gold.
Raverly Project Page.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Baby Embroidered Pouch

A little while ago when I was buying some craft supplies, I bought this little fabric pouch. I wanted to keep my tarot cards in it, and embroider it with something cool. However, when it came, I clearly didn't pay attention to the size, because it was pretty tiny. So I stashed it in my fabric box, waiting for another purpose.

I've been getting things ready for the baby, and while I was making up a basket my mum bought us with all their toiletries and stuff, I realised how tiny the little nail clippers and scissors I bought for them were, and how I should keep them in something. That's when I remembered the pouch!

Our nursery is ocean themed, so I thought I could stitch some water-based cuties on the pouch. I turned to Stitch Love by Mollie Johanson as I knew the patterns were split into different themes, and there was a water themed one.

I went with a wee Nessie and a mermaid, as I love a mythical creature (though I fully believe in Nessie) and they went with the ocean theme.

Baby pouch

Baby pouch

Baby pouch

Baby pouch

Baby pouch

Baby pouch

How cute is it? I love adding little handmade things for the baby, though I'm in the middle of a big project for the nursery walls right now, which I'm hoping I can finish before they appear!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Baby Cardigan and Hat

I know this blog is usually just me showing off things I've made, but today I'm going to show off something my mum made for our baby, whose arrival is fast approaching!

My mum is also very crafty, though perhaps doesn't do it quite as much as I do, but she sews, cross stitches, knits, and crochets, so a little handmade gift for the baby was pretty much a given.

She decided to knit them a cute little baby cardigan and hat set. She knew I was doing a lot of crocheting for the baby with my blankets, and also I'm definitely not skilled enough to be knitting up little garments just yet (see my The Shining hat post for proof of that one!).

This was knitting in newborn size, so hopefully our baby doesn't end up giant! I'll just let you marvel at how neat it is with lots of photos now!

Baby knitting

Baby knitting

Baby knitting

Baby knitting

Baby knitting

I'm very jealous of how beautiful this turned out, and it will definitely be going into my hospital bag so our baby can wear it home, and hopefully catch the crafting bug early!