31 July 2014

Some Crochet Things

Good ol' Bunting

I thought I'd just share some of the unfinished business that's going on around here as it seems a have a few loose ends on the hook at the moment.  I have been trying out a few things for a bag idea I had using this lovely Safan yarn, but nothing is coming out just right so I think I'll just make some nice and easy lacy bunting instead.  The mantle needs a bit of summery colour.

Painted Flowers Blanket

This is been one of my favourite things to work on lately and it's almost finished too - yay!
I'm so close to the end of making it that I only have a few ends to weave in and then I think I might block this one, because it's quite diddy.  Hopefully once that's done, I'll find some time to get pictures of the whole thing, so you can see it properly.

Wonky Grannies

I've also been testing out some methods for sorting out those wonky grannies that have been troubling some of you out there.  Skewiff squares seem to be one of the most prolific problems out in crochetland so I'm hoping to put together a post on how to get those grannies straightened out!

Keeping it Together

Just before the holidays I also started work on some joining tutorials to go on the new Crochet Corner site.  Well, I've only taken some pictures so far, so the actual tutorials are probably still a while away but it's a start.  Baby steps, that what they say.

Hopefully next time I'll have something complete to show you but until then, why not make me feel a bit better and let me know how many wips you have in your workbasket?

S x


28 July 2014

Fun in the Sun

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but here we've been having a bit of a heatwave.

And what's the only possible thing you can do when it's getting hot, hot, hot?
Have a water fight with your fully clothed father that's what.

Well, that's what my daughter and hubs decided to do anyway!

I managed to keep out of it and pleaded mercy due to holding the camera.  Not sure if that was a wise decision on my part as it looked like a lot of fun!

How are you beating the heat?

(Or cold, depending on where in the world you are!)

S x


24 July 2014

Colour Collaborative: July

Photo Credit: Anna Strumillo


White and blue and the two colours that are synonymous with this word.  The white of a crisp clean sail and the blue of a crystal clear waters.  For some reason though, as much as sail is a word inextricably linked with water, the first thought I have is of the sky.  Sailing and soaring through an empty blue sky, maybe specked with fluffy white clouds.

Maybe it's because I always used to dream of being able to fly that it comes so readily to mind.  But sailing through the sky like a bird is an appealing thought to me.  Swooping, floating, soaring and gliding through the aire, so peaceful, serene and calm.

Photo Credit: Public Domain Pictures

Of course, attempting the same sort of thing on a sailboat is a slightly more realistic ambition and if I ever get the chance, I'd like to think that it would be similarly soothing, skimming over the waves and taking time to drift along.  Maybe that's why blue and white is such a classic theme and the reason why we find blues generally so calm, cool, tranquil and relaxing.

Photo Credit: Cruising on white sailboat on sunny day 
by Varner Sean, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Grey and green sea and sky blues have been among my favourite to work with for quite a while now and they work so well alone, but they work better (for me) with a little bit of spice added too.

In a way you'd think it wouldn't work, but the cool blues mix well with the warm and hot colours.  In palettes subtle or a little stronger.  In fact, my living room colours are similar to the ones in the middle picture so I suppose I've already been convinced.

Photo Credit: Griffin Keller

Photo Credit: Hans Braxmeier

Photo Credit: The Coke-Bear

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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Gillian at Tales From a Happy House
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River

and our guest poster...

Leanne at Today's Stuff

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.

S x

22 July 2014

Craft Room Sprucing

Well, the summer holidays are finally here.  Phew, I can breathe a sigh of relief at last.  Well, sort of.  The holidays do bring another challenge all of their own of course but a change is as good as a rest and at least there's no rush to get up and out the door in the mornings.

I managed to get one last fun task into the last school week though.  Only about a ten minute job but one of those that makes such a difference.

I got some goodies from the lovely people at dotcomgiftshop the other day you see.  Some cute ribbons and knick knacks and these really pretty little jars, aren't they cute?

But possibly best of all, they sent some absolutely divine little shelves which would be just perfect for the craft room I thought.  I have a small bit of wall space left you see and I'd been wondering about putting a little something there to fill it.  I seem to have so many bits and pieces crammed on the shelves of my crafty space that anything that can ease the strain is immediately welcome.

So, I set about fixing them to the wall.  Always a scary proposition to see me wondering about with a hammer in my hand and I don't have a great track record with these sorts of jobs.  But, the DIY Gods must have been smiling on me that day because I managed it without too much difficulty and I even got them hanging pretty straight too.  Woo hoo!

It took me twice as long to arrange some bits and pieces inside it in a way that pleased me of course, but now I have, aren't they cute?  Just perfect for all those small bits that haven't got anywhere else to go.  I love how the ribbon spools look all lined up in a row and I'm so glad I decided to empty out my jar of washi tapes and put them on these shelves.  So much easier to see what I've got now and so much easier to get to it too.  I'll be using them a lot more now I'm sure.  I also can't wait to try out the fabric tape that they sent me too, I hadn't seen that before, it does look very pretty though.

The jars were a little too large for the shelves so I'm sitting them on my sewing desk for now, but that's fine because I'm happy to have them nicely out in the open where I can see them.  I decided on storing buttons and beads for the time being but the labels on the front can be written on in chalk and then updated whenever you like.  Perfect for a changeable soul like myself.  

I may even have to get some more of these, they'd work well in the kitchen too.  I love them so much and they came in different sizes and colours I seem to remember...

Links:  Small Ceramic Jar (Red)Small Ceramic Jar (Pink)

Links:  Sweetheart Mini Shelves, Pink Ribbon on a spool, Blue/White ribbon on spool, Red Gingham ribbon, Flowery Fabric Tape, Flower Pin Wheel

So, all in all I think it was ten minutes well spent in sprucing up my crafty spot.  Thank you dotcomgift shop, storage that is pretty and practical, it just doesn't get better than that does it?

S x

This is not a sponsored post and does not use affiliate links.
I did receive some of the items shown free of charge.
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