Monday, 18 May 2015

Big Blanket - TaDah Moment!

Hello all, I hope you had a good weekend and enjoyed some sunshine. The warm sunny weather was on short supply, but it stayed dry enough for me to get some gardening done yesterday.  The only thing is that I'm finding the gardening takes its toll on me a bit - it seems like a good idea at the time (even if it is a bit like housework but outside....).  But as I realised yesterday evening, after I'd sat down for an hour, when I started to move again it felt like everything was creaking and groaning - even though I think it was probably me doing most of the groaning!  Sigh.

But whilst recuperating on the sofa last night I had chance to finish the edging on my latest big stripy blanket - and thought I'd share it with you

I was a bit unsure about the colours at times, but now it's finished I'm really pleased with it!  And I love the warm, multi-coloured, wavy stripes! 

The pattern is from Lucy at Attic24 - and this is a combination of colours inspired by cottage gardens.  Just right for me when I've been 'playing' in my little garden lol! 
It's a lovely big snuggly size too, about 6' x 4' (a good single bed size), and will be perfect for cuddling into when the nights are a bit chilly. 
Hope you like it - and do have a look at Lucy's blog if you get chance - there are always some lovely colours, photographs and inspiration.
Thank you for looking at my pics - and thank you as always for your lovely comments and support. They mean such a lot, and it's so nice to think that people have taken the time whilst surfing through Blogland to leave a comment! 
Back soon,
Kim x

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Pretty springtime crochet

Hello all and I hope that your week has been going well?  Another busy one here, with youngest now in the middle of his GCSE exams and lots for me to do at work (and home of course!).  Thank goodness for crafting as a form of therapy lol!

I've been busy making a few more things to add to my new Etsy shop and hoping that they will appeal to people browsing for gifts and ideas!

I love flowers in my garden and so naturally enjoy making crochet ones too!  So I thought I'd add a crochet flower brooch.  I've made a couple of these in different variations and they seem to have sold quite well when I've done the odd craft fair, so I'm hoping that they might prove popular on Etsy

I always think these look cute made with 100% cotton yarn as it seems to add definition to the stitches.

I've added a little padding, a felt back and a brooch pin.  They look very cute added to jackets, woollens or bags! 

I've also made another couple of kindle/e-reader cases with some lovely silky-finish yarn and the variegated colours add a gorgeous pattern to the finished case

What do you think?  I'd love to hear your opinions! 
And please pop over to the Etsy shop - HERE - and take a look.  It's always good to get some feedback and learn what works and what needs changing.  I'm never too sure about the wording, etc., so your thoughts would be most welcome! 

Well, I'm going to settle down and carry on with my big blanket - it's nearly finished now and time to start the edging.  Once it's complete I'll do a "Ta Dah" moment with it! 

Hope that the remainder of your week is good - and you have something good to look forward to at the weekend! 

Back soon,
Kim x 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

A 'special friend' card !

Hello all - hope you're having a good weekend?  Not too busy here thankfully!  I've had a busy week and so it's nice to have a more relaxed weekend, chance to 'chill' a little bit and recharge the batteries before I'm back at work on Monday!  My youngest son has now finished school - well, gone onto study leave and going in for exams.  I can't believe that my "baby" is now sitting his GCSE exams and will shortly be going into the Sixth Form at school!  The years just seem to fly by!  I know he thinks he's all grown up, and admittedly he does tower over me a bit (I'm 5'4" on a good day, with a following wind, if I stand up straight, and he's now about 6'1" not to mention the added height from the natty hairdo!) but to me he'll always be the baby of the family lol!  It's quite scary sometimes when we look at our offspring and see them with jobs, homes, etc., - surely that can't be right? I'm still 21 inside!  Lol!

Anyway, as I had chance to have a relax this afternoon, I made a cute card using one of my favourite LOTV stamps (well, I love them all really)

I've coloured the stamp with a mixture of copics, Graphit and promarker pens

The papers are from LOTV, as are the sentiment tags. I've added some die cut flowers using the DooHickey doily flower die, with pearl centres, and finished with some stitching.

And the inside has been decorated to match! 

Hope you like it.  I was quite pleased with the colours, I think they work well together. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you have planned.  And I hope that we all have a little Spring sunshine! 

Back soon,
Kim x

I've added this card to my Etsy shop - HERE

Thursday, 7 May 2015

A stitched card

Hello all and I hope that your week has been going well?  It seems to have been a very busy one for me!  We managed to get some jobs done in the garden last weekend, including taking two walls down - so shovelling rubble and moving pots about left me looking at my most glamorous (i.e.bedraggled and covered in dust!).  But it's looking a bit better now, and will feel even better when I can get the flower pots out of the greenhouse. It still seems a little chilly at night for them, although I might risk a few this weekend!  And work has definitely been on the manic side!  Part of my job includes invigilation for exams and our exam season is getting well and truly underway.  I don't know about the students being stressed during exams, but it's definitely stressful for the exams officers and me!

Anyway, it was nice to do a bit of relaxation therapy with my crafts - and plenty of crocheting going on too.  I made this card and tried to keep it fairly uncomplicated and thought it could be for either a man or woman - what do you think?

I've used an LOTV stamp and papers, and added distress inks, stitching, some hessian ribbon, seam binding (coloured with distress inks) and a wooden star

And decorated the inside to match.  And also made a box envelope to go with it!

I think it's quite a simple card, but seems to work well.  

I'm hoping to get some quieter time this weekend to catch up with people's blogs and see what everyone has been doing!  Roll on half term! 

Back soon,
Kim x

I've added this card to my Etsy shop - HERE.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A crafty weekend?

Hello all, and I hope that you've had a good week - and that your weekend has started well?  Here in the UK it's our May Bank Holiday weekend, with our extra day's holiday on Monday.  In my mind, this was earmarked as 'Operation Garden' weekend, and in line with that theme - it has rained nearly all day..... Sigh.  And to add insult to injury, it's also on the chilly side so the heating is back on.  Double Sigh....  But my hubby has reassured me that, whatever the weather, we will get on with some outside jobs tomorrow and Monday (so unless the weather cheers up considerably tomorrow, there will be the delightful vision of me in the garden in the rain - think "drowned rat").  The forecast for Monday is a bit brighter, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

However, due to the garden plans getting rained off today, I spent some time playing with my stamps and alcohol pens - and I'll share the results with you soon!  I also found a card that I hadn't shared with you yet

I used a gorgeous stamp from LOTV, coloured with copics and promarkers
The papers and sentiment are also from LOTV, and the sentiment ticket and die are from Whimsy.  I used quite a simple layout (it was a card for a man so I held back a bit on the flowers and bling lol!).

I also managed to finish my crochet kindle cover - what do you think?

I made up a pattern for this (like the mobile phone case in my earlier post HERE) in an amigurumi style, i.e. a continuous spiral, so no seams.  I love my kindle - even though I thought I could never part with my beloved books!  And I was quite pleased with how the cover turned out so I've made one for me and one for my new ETSY shop!  I'm just hoping someone else sees it on there, likes it - and buys it lol! 

I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you have planned - and I'm hoping I can get on with a bit of gardening!  (I'd better get the wellies and waterproofs out!).

Back soon,
Kim x 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

More crochet!

Hello all, hope that your day has been a good one?  Not sure what's happened to our weather, but it's sunshine and then grey clouds - and definitely a bit on the chilly side this afternoon!  But it is April I suppose - April showers and all that lol!

I've been busy with the crochet hook and yarn again - I do hope you're not getting fed up with the woolly creations?!  When I did the craft fair at the weekend, someone had suggested that she would be interested in a handmade crochet case for her laptop or other 'electronic' gadgets. So I thought I would have a go at making up a mobile phone case and came up with this

I used some gorgeous, silky feel variegated yarn, and made up the pattern in an amigurumi style (i.e. crocheted in a continuous spiral, so no seams)

I added a magnetic catch as I thought that would make for 'easier access' lol! 

And then added a wooden button to finish off the flap.  
I must make a note of the number of stitches I used otherwise if anyone want's me to make one, knowing my memory I'll forget how I did it....

I'd love to hear what you think of it.  I'm currently making a similar one that would fit an e-reader or Kindle, (and I might make one for myself as the case on my Kindle is definitely starting to look a bit shabby!).

I'm adding this to my Etsy store too - the link is HERE

Back soon,
Kim  x

Monday, 27 April 2015

More cute things!

Hello all and I hope that you've had a good week and an enjoyable weekend. We had a busy one here as usual, with a craft fair on Saturday - and plenty of gardening on Sunday!  But we're about to start exam season here at our house now (as in many others across the country!).  My son has his first exam starting tomorrow - a 10-hour art GCSE spread over 2 days!  That should keep him busy!  He enjoys his photography and film-making, so is doing a film for his art, and has been busy doing all the prep work for it, with lots of snippets of film and photos taken. He'll then be busy in the exam editing it all, adding sound effects, etc. I'm hoping I get to see the finished product!  And my daughter has been busy getting ready for going back into school as part of her post-grad teacher training - apparently the next class she's going into and teaching in until the summer has 30 children aged 8 or 9, consisting of 6 boys and 24 chatty girls!  So that should keep her busy too lol!

Anyway, I just thought I'd share a little more of the cute crochet!  This was a hat and bib set, made in a gorgeous variegated pink & lilac yarn. There are lots of patterns around on the internet, so I've sort of used a few ideas from them and made up my own!

I've finished the bib off with some cute spotty ribbon and flower buttons. 
What do you think? 
I'm adding them to my Etsy shop - do have a look if you get chance! 

And a little pic of the "stall preparation" from our stall on Saturday. It was at a little church hall that was having a fund-raising coffee morning and craft fair for the village summer Gala and Rose Queen

I shared a stall with my friend who makes lots of lovely stitched goodies, keepsake bears, cushions, etc.!  It wasn't too busy, but we sold a few things and chatted to some friendly people! Always an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

I'll try and get some Blogland visiting done over the next few days and catch up with what everyone has been up to.
Hope that your week goes well,
Back soon,
Kim x