Crochet Wedding Blanket

I’ve started work on another crochet wedding blanket for a wedding in June and I am beginning to panic about it so I need some honest opinions! I am worrying that the colours I have chosen are going to be too garish. I’ve picked bring sunny colours for a couple of reasons, the bride and groom are bright, sunny people so I thought it would be nice to try and incorporate their personalities in the blanket. I also selcted the red and yellow for luck and fortune (in Chinese culture, they are traditional wedding colours) and the orange to incorporate the groom’s favourite football team. Looking at all the balls of wool together I thought they were a lovely warm, bright combination;

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New Crochet Collars

Finally, I have managed to photograph and list some of the collars I’ve been making recently. They are in a range of colours, designs and yarns so hopefully there is something to suit everyone (who wants a crochet collar). I am more than happy to make custom orders so if you have a style, colour, yarn not listed just get in touch and I will see what I can do.

Don’t forget that until the end of January all items in my etsy shop are 20% off with the discount code JAN2013.

Here’s a sneak preview but visit the shop for the full range.

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Pinterest Picks #9

My first Pinterest Picks of 2013. There is no real theme to these picks, other than they are things I’ve made/taken inspiration from recently.

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This cranberry curd featured among the gifts I gave away this Christmas, although I did change the recipe a wee bit to make the curd set a bit more solid it tasted delicious and I’ve had some lovely comments about it.

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Taking inspiration from these wee jar cosies I made some of my own tealight cosies. I’ll get some pictures and the crochet pattern up on here soon.

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And this year I have another wedding to go to and so another crochet blanket to make. I’m currently trying to decide on a design but I love the edging on this one so I think no matter what design I go for this edging will feature.

And there we have my first picks of 2013!

 

Santa is Coming!

People, Christmas is on Tuesday!! Why did nobody warn me? How on earth did it sneak up on me so quickly? Oh wait I know, it’s because despite my earlier declarations of getting an early start I actually only started one thing and then completely ignored the jingle bells until December. Now, I know many of you will be aware of this already but that is far too late to begin making Christmas presents for your friends and family! My grand handmade Christmas presents plan had to be rapidly downscaled. Instead of making handmade cards I bought some charity ones to give to friends and family and focussed solely on ensuring that everyone gets at least one handmade thing in their gift. For my Mum & her partner it was this crochet throw blanket,

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For my sister it was a very cute hat and mitten set (which I forgot to photograph before wrapping-raging!) and I’ll be forwarding her bike pannier bags once I actually finish them in the New Year. For my Dad and his wife, and all the inlaws I am making up Christmas hampers with lots of goodies in them including Cranberry Curd, Lemon Curd, Scottish Tablet, Peppermint Creams, Turkish Delight, Treacle Toffee, Honeycomb and Chocolate Truffles. These hampers ensure that my kitchen becomes a sweet smelling wee factory for a few days but they are always so well received I can’t not give them as gifts. This is the last of my Christmas making and I am happy to see that wee light at the end of the tunnel!

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Now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will be better next year and that I’ll start making Christmas presents in October but we all know what happens to the best laid schemes! 
What did you guys do for your handmade Christmas gifts? I’m sure you were all much more organised than I was!

Festive Discounting!

So, for Take a Look Tuesday this week I decided to have a wee pre Christmas sale and for one week only, everything in my shop on Etsy will have 15% discount with code TALKT15. Don’t forget that as all of my items have free UK & Ireland postage this means there are some real bargains to be had!
I’ve also got some lovely items left over from the market at the weekend to add tonight.

 

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Sneak Peek

Here’s a quick sneak peek at some of the things I’ve been making for my first stall at a craft fair. I’ve made lots of collars but I thought that I should also make some lower priced items to add variation and choice for buyers so I decided to make some jewellery.
First up, sticking with the crochet I made some crochet rose rings and brooches.

 

I also have a hefty supply of fabric and some of it has been sitting in my stash for ages, too big to throw away and too small to really make anything with. However, they are ideal for these button ear rings and rings.

 

After the market I will list anything that hasn’t sold onto my Etsy Shop.

Pinterest Picks #4

So this week I’ve been starting to think about what I’m going to make for people for Christmas and how best to present it, I guess that’s influenced this weeks Pinterest Picks. 

 

First up is this beautiful wrapping, I love music and so do my friends so I think this could be a great way to wrap this years presents!

 

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Next up, I’ve been making lots of tree decorations and I though that they could double as gift tags, this selection could be used for either and are very sweet! 

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Another great use of my tree ornaments could be this lovely chain. 

Clay ornaments chain.