First things first…. I must apologise for not blogging for ages! And it really has been ages 😦
The reason for this is not because I haven’t been crafting, its because life has got in the way a lot. We are currently in the process of packing all our belongings up ready for the move to our very first house next friday. Very excited about owning our own home but equally stressed out about it – just wish I could click my fingers and it would all be moved over – somehow do not think that will happen 😦
Still yet to pack away the craft supplies – I’m determined to leave it to the last minute (because you never know when you might get a few spare minutes to do a bit more crocheting etc!) 🙂
As well as putting our lives into boxes, we have also been busy with wedding plans. Which are coming along nicely now (was not particularly organised to start with!) Invites have now been sent out – just waiting on RSVP’s so that we can organise the seating plan – which I already know will not be an easy task.
The above picture shows a cross stitch card that I did for my Nan’s birthday – stitched it up at pretty much the last minute (good job I have kept a lot of the free kits that I got with magazines!!). It is a Kate Knight design which I am pretty sure it came free with a Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.
I have also been crocheting (still massively addicted to it :)). However, I forgot to take photos of a couple of things I hooked up before I gave them away – one being a three eyed alien toy and the other being a bunny rabbit complete with a pompom tail (first time I have ever made a pompom – took a while but turned out much better than I expected).
I did, however, remember to take a photo of one of the things I crocheted up which is for a new baby that is due to arrive soon……
I used a pattern that ‘HodgePodge Crochet’ posted a while back – it is called Baby’s First Bunny and you can find the post here. I bookmarked it ages ago because I thought it was so cute but did not have a reason to crochet it…..until now! It was so very easy and quick to crochet – the instructions are very easy to follow, will definitely be making more when the time comes 🙂
I am hoping to blog again before the big move happens (and also before the internet gets turned off – will be a few weeks without it 😦 how will I survive not being able to look at my favourite crochet blogs – oh yeah, I know, I have the wordpress app on my iPhone, no excuse to be moody then 🙂 🙂
Ta Ta For Now…..
Miss C xx
This is the finished design for my mum’s Mother’s Day Card. Think she will really like it as it is quite simple but still has her favourite things – butterflies and flowers. I’ve attached some plain white paper to the back of the stitched design so that no stitching can be seen through the aida but also because I’m mounting it on some backing paper and do not want that to show through either. I love double sided sticky tape – much less mess than glue – although I do sometimes have trouble getting the backing off, that’s the trouble having no nails 😦
This is the backing paper I have used. Got quite a large pack of these for only 99p in a local craft shop – wish I had brought some other designs as well but we are on a tight budget (what with buying a house, getting married, honeymoon etc 🙂 ). I’ve again used double sided tape to stick the paper to the front side of the card. Looks pretty doesn’t it?!
And here’s the finished card! I was going to have a look through my ribbon stash but I have now decided that it does not need any embellishments etc. Think it would look too busy. It looks great for the upcoming spring time don’t you think? I’ve decided I might do the heart design as well – either as an actual heart hanging or maybe just a card for Mum’s Birthday in June – not sure yet.
Oh and during my crafty time, Lillie decided to sit on some of my stuff (good job it wasn’t on any stitched work!). Bless her, she likes to lie down on random pieces of paper, even if the whole table is free from stuff she will still sit on something! She can sit on our gas bill any day of the week 🙂
Having a lazy Sunday today which is perfect – will do so more crochet later – have a mini project on the go at the moment then it is on to a bigger project soon. Seriously need to use up some of my wool – PR isn’t too impressed that it’s overtaken the living room – however the cats love it. Yet again Lillie picked up some of my wool and trailed it all the way through the house – can’t help but laugh at her xxxxxx
Hope you are all having a lovely lazy Sunday too
Miss C xx
Started this Mother’s Day design yesterday afternoon. It’s from Cross Stitch Crazy March 2012, Issue 161. Its not a big design and will not take me much longer – have a few more cross stitches to do then the rest is just backstitch.
I’ve decided to make it into a card and have got some lovely backing paper for it – ooh might raid my ribbon stash too.
I do like the hanging heart design too – might stitch that as well if I get time.
I’m thinking about purchasing cross stitch design software but not entirely sure which to get. Will have to do a bit more research I think. Have any of you used design software? If so, any recommendations? 🙂
Must go, have my hippy cushion to finish now that cushion pad has turned up! Yay!
Miss C xx
I know I am a bit late in saying this but… Happy Valentines Day! Above are the roses my fiancé brought and had delivered today – I love the pot they have come in. The roses are a lovely cerise colour – and hopefully they should last quite a bit longer than normal flowers (just need to not be my usual self with flowers and totally neglect them!).
And here are the designs I cross stitched for his Valentines card – not typical Valentines designs but he is a huge Marvel fan and so thought he would appreciate something more ‘him’. So, photo on the left is my Ironman cross stitch which is actually half the size of the original design – stitched on 28-count evenweave and I have actually only done the whole design in half cross stitches – realised it would take much longer than I had planned if I did full cross stitches. I think, because of the small design and the bold colours, it works quite well in only half stitches.
The photo on the left is my own version of Red Letter Paper Company’s Valentines day card – get original here. I put this design on the inside of the card and Ironman on the front.
And finally this little fellow is what I crocheted the other day. It’s my little Love Dude for PR. Took me about an afternoon to hook this up as it is quite small and is made up in sections. I think its really cute – reminds me of the Orange Mobile advert ages ago with those white wind up toys in it :
So that’s Valentines Day over for another year – had a lovely meal this evening. I have been thoroughly spoilt by my wonderful husband-to-be! Hopefully I will be able to give him a lovely birthday this weekend 🙂
Miss C xx
Here is the progress of the second side of my crochet hippy cushion. Have not managed to do as much as I had wanted to but I do try and do a bit each day. Each round is just treble crochet stitches with some increasing in certain areas. Have managed to find a decent round cushion pad for it – think I may put it on our bed when finished.
Have just received some beautiful roses from my wonderful fiancé! They are in a lovely oval pot with butterflies sketched on the side – will upload a photo later.
After finishing my hippy cushion, I shall be making a start on a Mothers Day design for a card for my Mum; have also found a cool Formula One design from The World Of Cross Stitching magazine for my Dad. Is nice to see some designs for men as it is very hard to find decent ones that my Dad would like and he always takes an interest in my stitched designs. Have also had another order for the red Poppy cushion I made for my Nan – she wants another one to go on her other chair in her lounge – think they will look lovely as a pair.
This is the Poppy Cushion that I need to duplicate for my Nan.
Oh and my little 2 year old nephew loved his Thomas the Tank Engine cross stitch card – and the Fireman Sam top we brought him! He gets so excited at the sight of Thomas and Sam 🙂
Miss C xx
Finished off my crochet bunting yesterday. Just had lots of tails to weave in and also make the chain to attach each flag to. It’s currently hanging in our open fireplace in the lounge – brightens up quite a dark area I have to say 🙂
The pattern is again from Nicki Trench’s Cute and Easy Crochet. However, I have changed the colours as they were pale pastel colours like pink and lilac – it is called ‘Knickerbocker Glory Bunting’ after all! The original colours didn’t really go with my living room so decided to do them mainly in red with white and petrol blue.
They are rated at beginner level because they really are quite simple to make. All it uses is chains, slip stitch, double and treble crochet, and decreasing two double crochets together to get the triangle shape. Only took about two evenings work in total. I can see me making these in the original colours for my sister in law who would love these – especially in pink!
So what do you think of my not-so knickerbocker glory bunting??!! 🙂
From my previous post called ‘What To Do Next’, I have been debating what to start – in all honestly I know I will end up doing them all as I love everything about each project. But…….I have chosen. Last night I started making the cushion – partly because that was the project PR said he liked the most (he never gets THAT interested in what I make! 🙂 ), but also because I loved the different colours in the circle effect (oh and because you can never have too many cushions)! Managed to do 6 rounds last night whilst watching a bit of TV and have no real plans today so I am hoping to get a lot more rounds done – maybe even finish one side of the cushion; hmmm fingers crossed.
Still have another Thomas the Tank Engine Cross Stitch to do for PR’s nephew, and I also have to finish my secret project in the next week – eek! Lots to do, so little time.
Now that I have realised how much I have to do, I had better dash
See you very soon
Miss C xx
Managed to finish one of these Thomas birthday cards today. Just need to iron the design and then tape inside the card. Part of me thinks the card is a bit too plain around the outside of the design but then I don’t want to add too much to take focus away from Thomas! 🙂 Seeing as he is the most important character in the two little boys lives at the moment.
Photos do not do the sparkly aida justice – it definitely adds a little special extra to the design and card 🙂
So one down, one more to go!
Miss C xx
‘Cinders and Ashes, Thomas 🙂 ‘
This is what I have done so far. Was up quite late last night stitching and doing more today too. Its not a very big design – measures 6.5 x 8cm, so should be fairly quick to produce two in time for the birthdays. Think I might do Thomas’ mouth a bit different – not too keen on how it looks in the design.
Have you noticed the sparkly aida? I love it – have some of this one which is pale blue but also have pale green with sparkles – perfect for adding that little bit extra to a design. 🙂
I think Thomas is coming along nicely don’t you think?
Miss C xx
Been looking through this lovely Thomas the Tank Engine Cross Stitch book today. It’s quite an old book but picked it up off eBay quite cheaply. Seeing as both me and PR have each a nephew that love Thomas, I just couldn’t resist this book.
Both nephews will be 2 next month so have been looking through this book for inspiration. They both already have quite a lot of Thomas related things, so I have decided on a smallish design that I shall cross stitch and probably make into a birthday card.
There are lots of designs for each character but I just had to choose a Thomas one! Obviously 🙂
Might find a nice alphabet design so that I can cross stitch their names etc on the design too.
Started cross stitching one last night. Will post photos soon 🙂
Choo Choo Thomas!
Miss C xx
I have literally just finished my first ever crocheted bag. What do you think? I’m fairly pleased with it – although if I did it again think I would make the strap a little longer.
I have lined the inside of the bag and sewn a little pocket on the lining too. The strap is also lined with interfaced fabric.
Had a tricky time attaching the strap to the sides of the bag but managed to sew them on with matching wool with fairly good result.
I have decided to start my cross stitch project next and because it is a large piece, in between I think I will crochet a little purse to match! *must stop adding to my to-do list* 🙂 My to-do list is growing by the day however I am quite pleased that I tend to finish projects before starting another. Unless they are huge then I might have more than one UFO on the go! 😀 How many UFO’s do you have on the go???
Miss C xx
Today I thought I would take a look at my next cross stitch project – have already got the fabric and threads needed so want to start it as soon as I finish my crochet project (hopefully wont be too long and I can show you a photo 🙂 )
Love the design of the project – last year I was into oriental style designs but now I seem to be looking more at african ones.
This one is 250 x 157 stitches and will measure 45 x 28cm. EEEKKK! Surprisingly though it only uses 40 different threads (which was a lot less than I thought).
Am slightly scared at the look of the chart when put together :S
Have never done a project this large before – not entirely sure how I will even start to tackle it!
Oh well, nothing like a challenge to keep the brain going (she says :S)
Will definitely post photos of this project as I think it will be good to actually see a timeline of progress – otherwise it could be quite disheartening when you think you aren’t getting anywhere with it!
Anyway, must dash, have a crochet project itching to be finished!
Miss C xx
Wow! It has been a while since I have blogged hasn’t it?!
Now that it is a new year, time for new projects I think. My crochet bag is coming along quite well now ( had a minor mishap with some lost stitches so did have to unravel quite a bit – will upload a more recent photo soon of my progress!).
Also I want to start a very big cross stitch project which is of an African theme – surprisingly it is going to be for me for a change! Although I do have some ideas for gifts for people this year too. 🙂
Will try and upload another tutorial soon – a slightly different project that is good for the environment yet useful and quirky at the same time – so keep checking back!
Now that Christmas is done and dusted, I can upload some pictures of the gifts I made, have a look and do let me know what you think 😀
Today has been a full day of cross stitching…. have major stitcher’s thumb right now!
Finished off the rest of my gift tags ready for wrapping presents. Have done no wrapping whatsoever yet so need to get cracking pretty soon.
Currently have one Christmas present yet to finish as I’m waiting on fabric coming from the US (thought I had enough fabric but clearly underestimated it and the only place I could find it was in the States 😦 ). Talk about cutting it fine eh?
So what do you think of my gift tags? Pretty cute I think. Glad they are finished though – the amount of fractionals and backstitch was starting to get to me and my thumb!
Found Dottie lying in the most peculiar place earlier – right in the middle of the kitchen diner completely sprawled out. She’s so funny:) Both Dottie and Lillie are going completely mental at the moment because other half has got the laser pointer out which they love trying to catch. Isn’t she cute……
Apologies for blurry photo ( I may be good at crafty stuff, but photography definitely not!) 😀
This morning I have managed to finally finish off these little cross stitch houses. They came free with another one of my cross stitch magazines, CrossStitcher. Have had them nearly finished for ages, just needed to slip stitch the gap closed after stuffing them. What do you think?
Trying to start making more of the free gifts I get as they are beginning to pile up now, what with all the other projects I want to do! 🙂
Not quite sure where I am going to hang them…. but I’m sure I will find a place!
My supply of new wool came this morning, which has made me very happy…. shh! don’t tell my other half but I am actually waiting on another lot! Ooops hehe 😀
Seriously need to make myself that craft bag I was telling you, I am going to have no space in my plastic bag(!) for my new wool! Must go, have more things to make 😛 Miss C xx
Yesterday wasn’t a day full of craftiness sadly :(, but I did manage to make another
one of my padded baubles with an added edge. What do you think?
I also attempted to crochet a little mouse for our two cats, Dottie and Lillie, to play with but it looked nothing like a mouse! However, the cats enjoy batting it about so that makes me happy. 🙂
I’m awaiting new supplies of some wool as my crochet to-do list gets bigger and bigger by the hour. Also have some cross stitch decorations I want to start – but they shouldn’t take too long to do.
In the next few days I will upload another tutorial – how to make a craft bag for all your wool, threads, fabric or whatever you fancy keeping organised! I’m in desperate need of one, what with my growing stock of wool now!
Which reminds me, I have found a really good app for the iPhone which stocks loads of free crochet/knitting patterns for pretty much everything. Check the ‘Out There’ section for more details.