Yes, I am still here! a crafty catch up …. another one!

I have been slow on the blogging front lately…… so many wips but so little time! The usual story I suppose with us crafters.  Since I opened my Etsy shop, I have been busy there too, trying to keep it up to date and all those listings and tags aahhh!

So this post really is just to pop in and say hello, yes I am still here 🙂 a little catch up if you will.  So here’s a few pictures of work I have been doing lately ….

I was asked by Toni from TL Yarn Crafts to test a pattern for her, she has lovely patterns and her Mega Pom beanie hat pattern is one of my favorites.  Here’s a link to her Etsy shop. This is  a crochet scarf pattern using the moss stitch.  Here’s my take on her pattern.  She is hoping to release this soon, so keep your eyes peeled.

Moss Stitch Crochet Scarf
I did a few custom embroidery hoops, I really had to lock myself away and concentrate on these but I was pretty pleased with the outcome.  I even managed to feed the kids in between!

Custom Name Embroidery Hoop Art

 

I won some lovely goodies from another blogger buddy, Emma from Emma’s Crafty Projects.  These arrived this week, all the way from Australia.  The yarn is gorgeous, I have never used something like this before, so saving it for a special project.  my crafty win

The kids fought over the little plushie (that’s why its not in the picture, I wasn’t allowed !) they are now requesting more to be made.  Hmm I will admit, amigurumi I find is fiddly and takes me forever!  She also gave me some embroidery threads and a lovely cross stitch book marker.  So thank you once again Emma!

my crafty win

 

The Easter holidays are here, I was trying to do some Easter crafts but its not happening.  My computer is being upgraded hopefully next week, so I hope to get more organised with everything.  Normally I am good with organizing stuff but lately I have been all over the place!  I have also been wondering about upgrading the blog, taking the plunge and going self hosting, therefore have more control over the layout.  I am in the middle of working out a new logo/branding, so bare with me.

I did a big tidy up on my boards over on Pinterest, you can find me here and please leave your pinterest name in the comments section below and I will follow back, I need to find more people to follow.  Speaking of social media, anyone on Twitter or Facebook even ? I confess I am not a fan of Facebook but I have been wondering lately if I should start a page over there. What do you think ?

And finally, I am working on an up cycling project, I just need the weather to behave so I can take a decent picture! so hopefully my next post will be that.

Till next time!

Maura

 

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A Crafty Catch Up

Well we are into the beginnings of the new year that is 2017, so wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Like you all, I suppose I ate my way into a sugar coma and drank way too much.  If I see any more turkey sandwiches, i’ll throw up! I don’t do new year resolutions but we did manage to buy a Nurtibullet at the sales, so a major detox & some healthy choices are on the way, once the kids are gone back to school!

In between, I did manage a few projects …………………..

I won this little sticker pack from Happy Stickers on Instagram. You can find them on Etsy here  Really simple and easy to use, just peel and stick to your surface, these ones were personalized to my son’s name. Cute eh? Id love to try more in my craft room. Sorry for the last photo, too many little excited helpers!

Using stickers to update your kids bedroomsUsing stickers to update your kids bedrooms

I managed lots of crochet hats and scarves for some Etsy orders with my shop.  Here’s some.  I used a pattern from TLYarnCrafts, you can find her shop here. Toni has a great range of patterns.

Crochet Hat & Scarf Set made by meCrochet Hat & Scarf Set made by me

This scarf, I did for myself for a new coat, love this yarn so soft.  Its Wendy super chunky, I used some of this yarn before here and its a favorite for scarves.  Its a simple cowl and I must write up a quick pattern.

Crochet Scarf in Mustard

I managed to fit in some Embroidery, this kit is from Tamar Nahir Yanai , you can find her new website here.  I love her work and this little hoop is going on a feature wall I am working on.

Embroidery Kit

My love affair with Embroidery is continuing on, I really love it, I managed to get myself some of these hand dyed embroidery yarns from Jessica of Little Twig Designs.  I just need to figure out a special project for them now.  You can find Jessica’s shop here.

threads

My first 2017 order came through and its a little crochet hat and booties for a newborn, so tiny so cute!  You forgot how small babies are.

Crochet Hat and Booties for Newborn

I have a few plans for my Etsy shop, I have been working on some wooden jewellery designs, I just need the kids to go back to school so I can sit down with no interruptions!  Also I have been working on a big embroidery piece.  Its one of the biggest pieces I have ever done & its causing me a bit of stress! Here’s a peek …

stag

I am also working on a crochet blanket, the spice of life cal from Sandra Cherryheart, just taking my time with this. Love the colours. You can find more about this blanket here.

spiceoflife

Finally, are you still with me? this turned into an epic post ha!

I am loving this fabric and planning on making more hoops using it,  this one was for my niece.

Embroidery Name Hoop

So what are you working on? anything interesting ? Any plans for projects in the new year?

Till next time !

Maura

Vintage Rainbow Crochet Blanket

This post on my crochet rainbow blanket has proven to be very popular on my Instagram.

Vintage Crochet Rainbow BlanketI have been asked for details on it, so here they are ….

I found the pattern from this blog called Happy In Red.  She calls it  the Diamond Stitch Blanket as it looks like little diamonds.  It’s basically crocheting  groups of 2 trebles across your row, You can find the Diamond Stitch Pattern here which she kindly has given for free.  Its a great pattern for beginners and great to just sit down and crochet whilst watching telly as you don’t need to watch your stitches too much.

Vintage Rainbow Blanket

I did chose different colours as I wanted it to look more vintage.  I used good old stylecraft DK which is an acrylic yarn and comes in the most glorious colours.  These are the colours I used, I have listed them as I did them in the blanket.  The colour in between each row is parchment which sets off the other colours perfectly.  I chained 200 for my blanket and did 5 sets of rows using these colours.

Spice
Gold
Lime
Meadow
Khaki
Teal
Petrol
Denim
Violet
Grape
Raspberry
Plum
Burgundy
Claret
Copper

I have yet to decide on the border, I have all the ends sewed in and no, I didn’t do this as I went along which was a pain!

Vintage Rainbow Blanket

I will post an update on the border when I have it done, another thing to add to my list !

Vintage Rainbow Blanket

Till next time !

Maura x

 

 

 

 

My Meet The Maker Interview

Well its all happening over at the Messy Brunette Blog at the minute! I did a guest post on upcycling bedroom furniture using General Finishes Milk Paint and Java Gel over on Adventures and Tea Parties Blog, you can read about it here. Thanks Joanna!

Upcycled Bedside Lockers & Chest of Drawers using General Finishes Milk Paint & Java Gel Stain

And now an interview I did for Annie from Mrs Crafty B blog has been published.  She does a series called Meet the Maker and asked me to participate so you can have a read here.  She has a lovely feature on this and you can read about other makers.  This blanket was featured.

Vintage Rainbow Blanket

I am working on a few projects at the minute, just trying to find the time to get them done! I cannot wait for September as the kids will be back at school and we will be in some sort of a routine.  Anyone else like this ?

Here’s a peek at the project that will be coming soon ….

Brooch Making

Till next time

Maura x

 

Book Review ‘Mandalas to Crochet, 30 great patterns’ by Haafner Linssen

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

I recently got my hands on this book ‘Mandalas to Crochet 30 great patterns’ by Haafner Linssen.  Published by Search Press.

Book Review

I love crocheting mandalas, there’s just something very soothing and relaxing about doing these.  Plus they are normally quick to make up, so you have a finished project in no time, which is a bonus as I always seem to have unfinished wips lying around! but then again doesn’t every crafter?!

Back to the book ….. The author starts off by giving you information on yarns and selecting colours. Also she gives tips on crocheting the perfect mandala and by using certain techniques how you can achieve a more finished polished look to your work.  If you are a beginner some of this information might go over your head for example, she uses standing stitches to begin rounds but you can still do them using the starting chain.  I found this section very informative as she gives you information on starting rounds, joining a round, reading charts and how to do invisible joins, which I have always been lazy about doing but hey it does look better!

She breaks the mandalas down into these sections …

Basic: which as the name suggests is a good place to start off if you are a beginner. The mandalas here are basic patterns just increasing and using different colours.  A good place to start.

Classic:  these patterns are a little more challenging but still doable, more advanced stitches are used like popcorns and front post trebles.  I crocheted the Lovely Lace Mandala & the Make it Pop Mandala from this section.

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

Flowers: these patterns had a flower like theme and all so beautiful.  I did the mandala “Oriental Lily” from this section and its my favourite from the book.

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'


Something Special:
the last section of the book, again more beautiful mandalas with great colour combinations.  All the mandalas in the book have a chart included too.

The next section deals with borders and how you can finish off your work with a pretty border.  She gives examples.

The final section is all about projects and how you can incorporate the mandalas into projects.  She lists the following:  boho bag, hotpad, tablemat, summer scarf, lap blanket, rug and finally leaves and lace blanket, which is stunning.

If you enjoy crocheting mandalas then this is the book for you, she gives 30 patterns which you crochet in no time and make them your own, simply by changing the colours or adding a different border.

If you want to find out more about the author Haafner Linsseen, she blogs here and you can find her on instagram which is where I came  across her lovely patterns.

Thank you to Search Press for giving me the book to review.  Please note, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Book Review on Haafner Linssen 'Mandalas to Crochet'

Till next time !

Oh and if you want a read on an earlier post of mine, click on the image below.

Mandala Crochet Wall Art

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Crochet Summer Wreath

Is summer here?! finally ….. so I made a little crochet wreath with some flowers and I even added a little butterfly …..

Crochet your own flower wreath

If you want to make one, it’s pretty simple. All you need is a one of those white polystyrene rings and some yarn.   I wrapped my yarn around the wreath a couple of times, now you could also crochet it on, whatever suits. Then I crocheted a mix of flowers and leaves.  I placed them on the wreath with some pins, stuck them down well, you could glue but I find the pins easier.  I added a ribbon and a little felt ball and hung.

The patterns I used are as follows:-

Rose Pattern :
I used this pattern from bhooked, it’s a really simple pattern.  I changed up my hook size and sometimes I chained less or more to make the flower bigger or smaller.  I also used this pattern from Mama in a Stitch, a nice simple little deco rose pattern.

Crochet your own flower wreath

Butterfly Pattern :
I used this one from Planet Penny Gives a nice 3D effect to the butterfly

Crochet your own flower wreath

For the Floppy Daisy flowers on top, at least I think they are daisies, I used a pattern from Emma Lambs Crochet Home Book, which I reviewed hereAnd for the smaller flowers, I used another pattern from her book.

Crochet your own flower wreath

Leaves:
I always use this pattern I don’t know where I got it from, I think it was from my old crochet class.  It’s simple enough.

Chain 8, dc, *htr, 3 tr, htr, dc, chain 3 & ss to 3rd chain, then along the other side repeat from *

I added in some felt balls too along the way too.

Crochet your own flower wreath

Thats it, have you done any wreaths?

I think they give a nice touch in a room.  I want to try another one out, but this time using some felt.

Till next time !

 

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – here’s a crochet pin to wear

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day is a big day, here in Ireland and for the occasion I made a little crochet shamrock pin to wear on the day.

Crochet Shamrock Pin

If you want to make one, here’s how …..

I used Sidar Cotton DK and & 4mm Hook ( UK Terms)

Work a magic ring and chain 4 (counts as dtr), 3dtr into the ring, chain 2, dc into the ring. Repeat 2 more times – total of 3 shamrock petals. Continue on to make the stem
Stem: Chain 5, 1dc into 2nd chain from hook, 3 dc in the next 3 chains & join into ring

Sew on your pin to the back and pin to your coat.

We are planning on taking the kids and heading to see one of the local parades.  We have not done this in a long time and the kids are looking forward to it.

Have you any connections to Ireland? Are you going to be celebrating it?

Till next time !

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Knit Look Crochet Cowl – a simple quick project!

Knit Look Crochet Cowl - quick & simple pattern

I mentioned starting this little project in one my last posts and you can read about it here.  (I am still working on those projects by the way ! )

I discovered this stitch, which is sometimes referred to the knit stitch or the camel stitch from reading the All About Ami blog. She has a great tutorial on how to do this stitch. It’s basically working the htr / hdc stitch in the 3rd loop, sounds complicated ? Have a look at her blog here, where she explains it in great detail.  Its not that hard once, you know where to put your hook.

Here’s a close up of the stitch, looks like knit doesn’t it?

Crochet - the camel stitch or knit stitch

So I decided to try it with some Wendy Serenity Super Chunky yarn I bought recently and here’s my result.

Knit Look Cowl Crochet Project

 

 

Loving this yarn, it’s so soft and snuggly, definitely a favourite. There’s a mixture of wool, alpaca and acrylic.  If you want to hook one up, here’s a quick reference to what I did.

Yarn:  2 balls of  Wendy Serenity Super Chunky.  Shade 1727, it’s a lovely deep winey red colour. I used about 1 1/2 balls altogether to get the height I wanted.
Hook:  10mm

UK Terms and you are working in the round.
Chain 45
Row 1:  Htr across & join with a sl stitch to beginning chain, chain 1
Row 2:  Htr in the 3rd loop across and join
Repeat Row 2 until you get the desired height

I was able to hook 11 & 1/2 rows using 1 ball, and I then crocheted a total of 15 rows and stopped. It was 12″ across and 10″ in height.  You could do more chains if you want a longer cowl.

A nice simple project with a gorgeous result!  .  You will have one whipped up in an hour! Have you used this stitch before ? What do you think?

 

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#WIP-Work in Progress (a crafty link up!)

When Catherine of Saint Cardigan put the call out for some crafty wips, I was only too delighted to join in.  Well I mean, what crafter doesn’t have numerous projects lying around!  I currently have 4 crochet projects on the go, yes 4.  I am leaving the painting projects on the long finger, as they say, until the weather gets better but I have been working on a small up-cycling project on and off when the mood strikes me, so here’s a look at mine.

No. 1 – This is one of my favourite blankets, that I have worked on so far.  I first posted about it here.  

I am trying to get a few rows done each night …… hmmmm well I am trying! I am using Stylecraft DK yarn and using a combination of colours to give it  a vintage look. Have I succeeded ?  If you want to give it a try, have a look the Happyinred blog, she calls it the Diamond Stitch Blanket

Vintage Rainbow Blanket

Vintage Crochet Rainbow Blanket

No. 2  Next on my list are these cute little Maybelle flowers. I made some back in December for a quick present and decided to try and use the tutorial over on My Rose Valley Blog for squaring them up and then magically joining them to make some cushion covers.  I have gotten this far …. what do you think ?

Maybell Flower Squares

Maybelle Flower Squares

No. 3   Working on some cowls using this stitch.  It’s sometimes referred to as the Camel Stitch or the Knit Stitch.  Loving it, whatever it is, and love using this super chunky yarn.  I am not sticking to a pattern, as such, just working in the round and seeing how it takes. Hope to post more on this project soon.

Crochet - the camel stitch or knit stitch

No. 4  This has been a wip for sooooooo long, I keep looking at it and saying ‘I must finish it now’ then I forget about it.  I am using some t-shirt yarn and I find it hard on my hands, so that’s my excuse!!

Crochet t-shirt rug

No. 5 Last on the list is this little up-cycling project.  I have loads of these plate chargers.  I love messing around with different mediums to create effects. This was the plate before ….

Upcycling - plate chargers to vintage plates

and this is the plate after ………..  I was trying to make it look old and vintage looking.  What do you think ? I used some scrap book paper, acrylic paint, bitumen, and gold leaf.  I started with the paper and worked from there.  I love aging things and this was my first time using gold leaf.  Maybe I was a little heavy handed with it but I love the effect.

Upcycling - plate chargers to vintage plates

 

So that’s it from me, hope you enjoyed looking at my wips.  I usually post these on Instagram and you can find me here if you want see more. So come over and say hi!

If you want to head over to Catherine’s blog and join in or maybe you just want to look and drool over other people’s work …….. well just click here.

Catherine is a fellow crafter and does weaving and crochet and has fabulous nails!  After seeing shots of her pretty nails, well let’s just say mine are a disgrace.. I especially love this little DIY tutorial she did on making a little terrarium, you can read more about it here.  

Thank you Catherine for letting me join in. X

 

 

One Skein Cowl – FREE Pattern!

1 Skein Cowl - Free Pattern

What do you do when you only have one yummy skein of yarn? Well you make a cowl of course.

I had this ball of Drops Big Delight and another ball of Rico Free Style Chunky, and of course, living in Ireland, the weather at the minute is pretty crap, so making up some quick cowls was a no brainer.

I was going to just use the puff stitch and make one similar to the one over here.  So I started, but instead of using the puff stitch along the way, I was doing a cluster stitch hmmmm. I didn’t want to frog it back, I hate doing that, so I just kept going with the round and decided to double crochet for the next round but in the back loops to give it a nice little ridge effect. So it turned out well in the end.

Here it is …..

Quick & Simple Free Patter for 1 Skein Cowl

I am Loving this yarn and need to get more, This colour is called Raspberry Cake and the colour effect is just lovely.

I have written down the pattern if you want to try, so here it is ….

Materials:
100g of Drops Big Delight – this was an aran weight yarn. 100% Wool and the colour I used was called Raspberry Cake
Hook: 5mm

Stitches:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dcblo – double crochet in black loop
Cl – Cluster stitch ( Yarn round hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn around hook and pull through, you will have 3 loops, yarn around hook and insert in same space, yarn around and pull through loop, you will have 5 loops.  Yarn around hook and pull through all 5 loops )

Start: Chain 85 & slip stitch to the beginning chain to form a loop.   I don’t like cowls too loose around my neck, I like them to sit up high so this was enough for me.
Row 1: ch1, 1dc all around (85 sts) join with sl st
Row 2: ch3, 1cl stitch in same stitch, then 1cl stitch in each stitch around, join with sl st
Row 3: Ch1, 1dc blo in each stitch around, join with sl st
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Repeat row 3 and keep repeating these rows.

I continued until I ran out of yarn.  I did 9 rows in total with the cluster stitch, 1 row of double crochet and 12 rows of double crochet in the back loop, I ended the cowl with 3 rows of double crochet in the back loop.

1SkeinCowl

The double crochet in the back loop gives a nice effect

See nice and quick and just in time for the cold snap we are having at the minute.

1 Skein Cowl - Free Pattern

I have started another one in the Rico yarn.

1 Skein Cowl

What quick projects are you doing ? Love to see

 

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