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Little Boy Blue

20 Feb

bobblesI recently finished the blanket I have been making for my cousin’s baby.

I was surprised at how wonderfully it turned out, as while I was making it I was having second thoughts about the square and colours I had chosen and to be honest I really didn’t  like it that much.

However, joining the squares and adding the border really transformed it and I now love it.

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The square I used comes from Edie Eckman it combines bobbles with spike dc to create a peak a boo feel.

I joined them together with dc in the back loop only. This was something I had never done, I had always used both loops. By using back loops only the squares are really enhanced as they seem to get a little border around them.

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I was attempting to do a bit of stash busting when I started the blanket, so this led me in my colour choices. I already had the light and dark blues and the white. I added the gunmetal  for some sophistication and keep it masculine as the baby is a boy. It is all acrylic, the gunmetal is 8 ply, thick , squishy and will be so warm for the coming winter.

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For the border I mimicked the same style from the square, I toyed with a more embellished edge but in the end kept it simple and that was the perfect choice.

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I didn’t block the squares individually nor have I blocked the final product, since the yarn and pattern are quite sturdy I am happy with the way it sits, I may change my  mind on this though before April.

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I am really happy with this blanket, I love the tactile bobbles and I can imagine babies loving them too. I am in love with the colours too, the combination of neutrals and brights has to be my favourite.

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A geometric makeover

6 Nov

Earlier in the year I brought back some things from my mums place, you might remember this post. One of the things that I brought back, with the intentions of gussying it up.image

Well, it sat in the garage for 7 months, until last weekend, when I pulled it out and gave it the make over it deserved.

This is how it originally looked

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My grandfather made this table, I think it was made for me as a child and was originally green. My mum painted it red and covered the top with denim contact for my brother. Now after 10 years in storage it was time to give it a new lease of life for my Minimen.

It is destined for life in the playroom so to match the colour scheme in there I painted it bright, sunny yellow after I had removed the contact and sanded it back.

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To give it a a bit of spunk I taped some stripes randomly on the legs and painted them with the blue that is on the walls in the play room

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I found a cute geometric stencil and using the same blue I applied the design. I love geometric patterns, they are always fresh and modern, and put a smile on my face,

So this is the finished product, I think I will probably put a clear gloss coat of varnish on it to protect the stenciling.

I love how it turned out, although the stenciling could be neater. It is going to fit so perfectly in the play room. I also love that I am able to give the Minimen something that was mine as a child.

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Circles, squares and genes.

4 May

It seems that all those seemingly fruitless years of my Mum trying to teach me crochet has not been in vain.

It appears that all that knowledge has just been storing itself away waiting for my crochet gene to be turned on.

Since picking up a hook several weeks ago my skills and confidence in crochet has soared. Today I did something that I never thought would be possible such a short time ago….I created something  without a pattern!

I saw this blanket on Pinterest recently but was disappointed to find no tutorial when I clicked on the link.

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Like I always do in moments of  confusion, I turned to Google to find the answer. I searched for circle in square motifs but Google had nothing like this.

I had all but given up on being able to make this, until yesterday.

Yesterday,  I successfully completed a solid concentric square pattern,which I found here,

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and over the past few weeks I have mastered crocheting in the round, see here. So  I thought that maybe I could combine the two of these to make my own motif . . And that is exactly what I did, here it is…

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I really like what I came up with, but on closer examination of the original Pinterest inspiration,  I could see how mine differed, so I went back and tried it again, here is my second attempt…

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I think this one is just about perfect, and it turned out to be really easy to make.

I am feeling pretty proud of myself, I have been carrying my square around all afternoon, I just can’t stop looking at it.

I feel there is no stopping me now my crochet gene has been switched on. I can’t wait to choose some delicious yarn to make my spotty blanket a reality.

A string of Bunnies….making a cute Easter garland.

21 Mar

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Today I had planned this fun activity for the Minimen and myself, however, Mr 1 fell asleep and Mr 4 was in a mood, and although Mr 1 did wake up in time to stomp on some bunnies and Mr 4’s curiosity got the better of him, and he did glue some bunny tails on, I did most of the work myself.

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1. Gather your materials

  • coloured paper or cardboard
  • paint
  • scissors
  • pom poms
  • string
  • hole punch

2. Cut out a simple bunny shape

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3. Paint a pattern on your bunnies. I used a skewer to make small spots and stripes and the end of a fat pencil to make large spots.

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4. Glue the pom poms on.

5. Using the hole punch, punch out a hole from each ear.

6. Thread your string through the holes.

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7. String them up somewhere in your home

8. Enjoy them!

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Paint chip update

16 Mar

 As promised, I finally got around to hanging my paint chip art works in the Minimens play room, and here is the finished picture.

I am really happy with how they look on the wall. Mr 4 agrees they look great but realistically I don’t think either he or Mr 1 are going to be spending much time pondering over and apreciating any of the art works that I put into their room.

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Cushions!

14 Mar

ImageI wanted to make some cushions to add some colour to the house. The first ones I made were a pair of  rectangular cushions with a border from a sweet damask pattern in my favourite, yellow and white. These were so simple. I used half a yard of fabric and cut it in half and then each half in half again to give 4 pieces. I pinned 2 pieces together, wrong sides facing and sewed them together, leaving a small gap so that it could be filled later. Then after turning it the right side out, I measured and put guiding dots about 3cm in from the edge and sewed around that to create the border, also leaving a gap. I used polyfill to fill it  and then sewed up the gaps, repeated the process and I had two brand new designer cushions for a fraction of the cost. I was so happy with the way these turned out, I think I will be making these cushions again!

The next cushions I wanted to make were sprocket pillows for the Minimen’s play room.

Image I had some left over fabric from the curtains I  made, to this I added a gorgeous teal geometric print and a white cord.

This is the tutorial I used. It was good but mine definitely didn’t turn out the way they do in the tutorial.

They are not perfectly round and I think this happened because I sewed my wedge pieces together as you would sew a normal straight seam, that is with equal distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch. Doing it this way, I found that the fabric didn’t meet up in the centre the way that it should have and instead of having a semi circle of fabric after sewing 6 wedges together I had a small arc in the centre, which then made it difficult to sew 2 semicircles into a circle. By my fourth semicircle i figured out that I needed to run the seam from the edge of the large side of the wedge to the middle of the small side of the wedge.

I could have unpicked the other semicircles but I decided to persevere and see how they turned out.

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I chose to do the reverse side in a single circle of one of the 3 fabrics, you could also do the reverse in the wedge pattern if you wanted to, and I also used a large self covered button to cover up the fact the wedges don’t meet properly.

Overall, I think I could have done a better job on these, however, I do love the fabric combination, it’s so fresh and bright.

For a first attempt at something that is not super easy, I guess it is not too bad.

Mr 4 proclaimed “I love your cushions, Mum!” so at least I have a happy customer in him.

I will be making these again, as I know where I went wrong with these. Once I have them perfected I will post my own tutorial, so check back for that some time in the future!

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