Sunday, 28 February 2016

Waterlily Granny Square

My mum is quite keen to learn some more crochet techniques so she can make something a bit different than just standard granny squares. She brought a book up to my house one night in the hopes I could show her how to do some different stuff, but I ended up just having a crochet myself in between the pair of us trying to settle Ivy.

The book was 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton which gives you 200 different crochet blocks you can use to make up blankets. It's great because apparently all the squares work up the same size, so you can mix and match them all to make exactly the blanket you want.

I decided to try making the Waterlily Granny Square because I liked the 3D element of it, and I wanted to prove to my mum that even if something looks quite mental, it's usually still just made up with the same couple of stitches and is actually quite easy! It wasn't overly complicated or anything, but it did me about an hour to finish it as there was quite a few rounds to make up the finished square.

Granny square

I gave it a blocking, but it's still a bit squint! It was hard to try and pull it into the shape I wanted because of the flower part in the middle, which didn't seem to want to stretch!

I just made the one block for the fun of it, and I've added it to the bag of random grannies I have that are all different patterns. I really need to think up something to do with them all, but they're all different sizes!

Yarn Used:

  • Stylecraft Special DK:
    • Apricot.
    • Cloud Blue.
    • Lemon.
Raverly Project Page.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentine's Day Card

Happy Valentine's Day if you are that way inclined! This year I didn't have an idea for something to make Donald that I would actually be able to get done in time, so I decided just to go for a handmade card. It's nice to make something a bit more personal instead of getting a shope bought card, most of which are usually really rubbish (though Donald seems to be able to find me really funny ones!).

I've seen a lot of stitched greetings cards lately that are quite simple to do and a little bit sassy or rude, so I thought that might be a fun way to go.

I went with this lovely Scottish sentiment, which I'm sure you can guess what it means even if it's not an expression you would use yourself! I made the pattern using this cross stitch writing tool which I use all the time, it's amazing!

Valentine's Day card

I popped some cute heart stickers on it to make it a bit more pretty. This was so fast to stitch up, it literally took me about 15 minutes but I love the way it looks!

Friday, 12 February 2016

Crochet Charm Bracelets

In a bid to get rid of the rest of my free kits I always have a root through them when I'm thinking of making a present for someone.

I knew Donald's sister's birthday was coming up, so I had a look and decided to make her a crochet charm bracelets kit I got free in Mollie Makes. Donald's sister tends to make presents for people for their birthdays and Christmas, so I always think she'll really appreciate something handmade.

The bracelets were super easy to make, but I couldn't work out the instructions for the part where you joined the clasp to the bracelet. You're supposed to have a length of twisted thread with the clasp at the end, so it's extended from the main bracelet a little bit. I tried it several times and it still wasn't working, so I just joined the clasp in and kept crocheting as normal, as it still worked, though it has made that last stitch quite a wide loop.

Crochet bracelets and envelope gift

Crochet bracelets and envelope gift

Crochet bracelets and envelope gift

I actually made them all a slightly different length, as I wasn't sure which worked best. For the first I used the suggested 32 stitches, but without the extra length of the clasp section it was actually quite small. It fits my wrist, but I do know I have tiny wrists! I tried 38 stitches for the next bracelet and was worried it was a little big, as the charm drags down to the bottom with the extra length. Finally I did a 36 stitch length which seems just right. I think Donald's sister has wrist about my size, so hopefully they should all fit her anyway.

I also decided to make a wee envelope to gift them in, which I made using the free papers from Mollie Makes and an envelope and label template set I got from HEMA. I then sealed the whole thing up with a wee Hello Kitty sticker.

Crochet bracelets and envelope gift

Crochet bracelets and envelope gift

Crochet bracelets and envelope gift

Now I know how easy these are I think I would definitely take a bash at making some for myself, or more presents. I mean you could use any colour of wool or buy any amazing bead or charm to attach to them, so the possibilities are endless!


This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Cross Stitch Cards Kits

I'm getting really close to actually finishing all the free kits I have sitting in my craft room (after like 3 years of trying to get rid of them all!). I have a lot of Mollie Makes sewing type ones to do, that I never seem to find the time to sit down and do, and a few cross stitch ones that just seem to take forever and get looked over.

The reason I seem to avoid a lot of the free cross stitch kits is usually because the pattern doesn't interest me and I'm not too keen on spending that much time on something I don't love!

Last year I cross stitched some Christmas cards I had the kit for, but I just used whatever patterns I felt like instead of the suggested ones, and it worked so much better! I got the cards done in no time because I was super excited about making them, and it meant the supplies actually got used instead of sitting there forever.

I had two similar greetings cards kits from Cross Stitcher which I pretty much decided I was just never going to do with the provided patterns. I decided to look through X Stitch by Sarah Fordham for some awesome patterns instead and finally get those cards made.

X Stitch is one of my favourite cross stitch books as not only does it have amazing, quirky little patterns, it also features a lot of really small patterns, which are obviously super fast to stitch. And, there is very rarely any backstitch!

I managed to use a lot of the free thread I got with both the card kits, and also used a little of my own stash, and one stitching sessions later I had 7 lovely cards!

Excuse the fact the cards aren't folded in the pictures, but I couldn't get a good photo as they kept popping open!

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

Cross stitch cards

They are super cute, worked up really fast, and I managed to get rid of two free kits in one session, which made me super happy!

I still have a couple of cross stitch cards kits left, two of which I actually like the provided patterns, and I'm not sure about the other ones yet! I may end up dipping into X Stitch again to get those bad boys finished!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.
  • Make things from my huge collection of craft books.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Tim Burton Adventure Time

It's been ages since I've drawn something. In fact, according to my sketch book, it's been since July! What! I love drawing but making the time for it can be a bit of a challenge. However, the other night I just got a massive urge and went for it once the little one was in bed.

Tim Burton Adventure Time

Tim Burton and Adventure Time! What a lovely mix of two of my favourite things! I found this image on Pinterest and you can see the original here.

I pinned a whole lot of other pictures I would like to have a bash at while I was on Pinterest, so I'm definitely feeling like I want to draw a lot now! Hopefully I can make a little time for it so it's not another six months before I draw something else.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Mollie Makes Envelopes

So when I finished making the wool cards I talked about in my last post, I knew I would have to make some envelopes for them so I could actually use them.

I also have two Christmas cards I made that also that never had envelopes due to their strange shape (a stocking and a Christmas tree), so they also needed something.

I've had an idea for ages to use the free papers you've been getting in the most recent issues of Mollie Makes to make paper envelopes, so I decided to give it a bash.

I did have a look for a tutorial on how to make envelopes but in the end I just winged it and basically made little paper pouches to fit each card. I taped the edges together with washi tape to make them look a bit prettier, and popped a pink label on the front of each so I could write on them no matter how busy the paper's pattern was.

When it comes time to seal them I think I'll stick down the final flap with either some more washi tape or a nice sticker!

Here's the front and back of all the envelopes!

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Mollie Makes envelopes

Yay, all my cards are usable now, so I can start dishing them out to people, though obviously the Christmas cards will have to wait a while!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Wool Cards

Ages ago I bought a little crafty kit from Tiger which contained cards with pre-punched holes in them which you could then stitch wool through.

I thought these would be great as little birthday or thank you cards, as I always have a stash of them in the house for popping in with people's presents.

However, when I sat down to make them I realised that by cards they literally meant squares of card and not actually greetings cards! Doh! However, I still wanted to make them into greetings cards, otherwise they were going to be pretty useless!

It only took me an hour or so to stitch up the four cards in the box, but it took me a while to actually sit down and finish them as I had to run out and get a pack of A4 card so I could transform them into greetings cards.

I folded four pieces of card in half, attached the stitched cards with double-sided tape, and then decorated them with some happy washi tape, and woo hoo, I actually have some usable cards!

String cards

String cards

String cards

String cards

I'm sad this kit wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be, but happy I was able to make them into cards in the end! And I do think they look rather cute!

This project is a step towards completing my New Year's List. You can check out my progress here.
  • Clear as many free and purchased craft kits as possible.