Friday, June 25, 2010
So, when I started the crochet project, the plan was to make a couple of blankies for the girls dolls. I figured the toys wouldn’t care about mangled stitches and a not so square finish. And whaddya know, I was right! I finished my first blankie today and it seems to have been a huge success! I have pics to share, but excuse the poor quality – it was very much a snatch and grab effort. The child is smitten with it and really didn’t want to give it up!
Doesn’t bear-bear look so cozy? lol Now I’m under strict orders to make a pink one for Miss Haylee. The purple and green was originally for her but she changed her mind after she saw the pink wool – she’s her mothers girl!
Have you had any crafty endeavours of late? I’d love to see them – link me up and inspire me! I’ll be back soon with some scrapbook craftiness.
Til next time, take care,
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The Envelope Project invites you to (taken from MMAM blog):
"Send us a decorated envelope with a few cute little papery or crafty things inside it. The envelope can be a regular business sized one, or bigger if you like. The things inside should not be expensive. Recycled or handmade or just extra things you have, which you think someone else might like, would be good. Make sure you keep your postage cheap, so don't be all extravagant. Just be cute."
The envelopes themselves will be displayed in the window at MMAM and all the goodies will be bundled together and sent to a random winner! How cool is that?! I sent my envelope in yesterday and can't wait to see it up in the window...and of course I'm realllly hoping I win!
Be sure to check it out and see some of the goodies that have already been submitted. Let me know if you plan on joining in - I'd love to recruit you all!
Til next time, take care,
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
A very clear memory of my childhood is the crochet blanket I use to have on my bed when the weather turned bad. Which, being a Melbourne girl, was something that happened a lot. It's a big, heavy, multi-coloured monster that didn't mean much to me at the time, I must say. But I can remember looking at it and thinking how cool it was that someone had actually made it themselves, and hoping that one day I'd be able to do that myself.
Of course, life happens and little goals like that get swept aside by your first crush, the angst ridden teenage period, those early adult years where you're finding yourself, and now, for me, parenthood. But I have always wanted to learn, it's always been there in the back of my mind. And thanks to a recent post by Jess of Epheriell Designs, my desire to learn was bought back to the surface. Off I went to gather the wool and hook, and begin! Well, I gotta say, it wasn't as easy as Jess & my good friend Donna had made out. I struggled. A LOT. So after a lesson or two with my mum, I tried again. Another epic fail. I cried, I threw the yarn & hook - yes, I had a tantrum, 2year old style lol I just didn't understand why I couldn't do this. So, I gave up for a few days. If in doubt, throw in the towel right? Wrong.
It was still there, niggling and driving me batty. And out of nowhere, Miss Jess posted a link to a tutorial from Meet Me At Mikes. I clicked on it, figuring at the very least it would give me something to do whilst avoiding the house work. Lo and behold - it made sense! Within just a few short minutes, I had completed my first round! And then another, and another! It all just fell into place when I realised each time I had tried, I was leaving out just one step, which threw the entire thing out of whack. Der Lita!
So now, I am on a roll! The girls have put in orders for blankets for their dolls, so that's what I am currently working on. I had planned on taking a picture after every 2 or so rounds, but once I got into the swing of things, I kinda forgot that part! So here is a pic of where I'm at now. It's by no means perfect, but I am ridiculously proud of myself lol A huge shout out to Jess & Donna for encouraging me to keep going, and to Pip for providing the tute that finally made me 'get' it.
Til next time, take care, Lita x
Monday, June 21, 2010
Til next time, take care!
I am getting off the bus