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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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Hexie Heaven – My top picks

17 Feb

I recently started on the last of my baby blankets. This one is for a friend who is about to have her third little girl. I wanted something simple, a little lacey and definitely a hexagon. This is a round-up of my favourites, they all are delightful and all have free patterns.

1. This is such a gorgeous variation on the African flower motif that is so popular. This one comes from the lovely Crochetbug.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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 2. This little lacey number comes from a Dutch blogger  Catherine from Blij met Draadjes . The instructions are in Dutch, obviously and Google’s attempt at translation is not completely awful so you may just be able to figure it out.

3. I heave recently had a little Pinterest potholder obsession and this climbing trellis from Ali Pyper is just so sweet and could just as easily be used for other larger projects  like blankets by leaving off the darling little scalloped edge.

4. This cute little daisy makes me think og Spring! It  comes from Daniela’s Needle art and she offers a few different variations on it too.

5. This was the inspiration for the hexie blanket I have just started on. This one comes from Scrap yarn Crochet. for mine I have changed the centre of my hexies just a bit to create a flower centre.

Are you in love with hexies now as much as I am? Have you made any hexie projects lately? Come share them on my Facebook page I would love to see them!

On the border – a round up of my favourite crochet borders

13 Feb

With 3 babies due to 3 lovely ladies in my life this April my life has revolved around baby blankets the last few months. I have finished my second blanket this week (post to follow once I can get some photos) and have started on the final blanket, pink hexies for a little bundle of pink. My fingers are stiff and my eyes sore from the amount of googling I have done to find the perfect inspiration for these blankets. I have come across some amazing patterns and ideas and I would like to share some of my faves with you.

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1. Pom Pom edging from Once upon a Pink Moon this is by far my favourite border for a baby blanket. It is tactile, fun and whimsical. I used this in my citrus bobble blanket and I can definitely see myself using it over and over again.

2. Catherderal edge from Halfknits charity knitting. This is such a beautiful border. The simple addition of the picot turns a regular scallop style edge into something really special.

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3. Link stitch with tassles from Poppalina. This edge is just amazing. here it was used on a baby blanket, but I think it would be just fabolous on a floor rug with those huge tassles.

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4. I seem to be drawn to bobbles, that must be why I find this cherry berry bobble border by Hooked on Needles just so adorable

5. Rounding out my top 5 is this simple yet totally devine little border from Hooks and Yarns I think this is works so well with the granny to jazz her up a bit.

I hope you have enjoyed these gorgeous borders as much as I have and I hope they provide you with some inspiration for your next project.

P.S They all have free patterns!

Sneaky peak…

25 Mar

I have recently outsourced a project to my mum, the Crochet Genius, as I don’t have the patience for it, and I received the first pictures yesterday. I am so excited I just had to share this one picture!

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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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An ambitious Easter Bunny…part 1

13 Mar

I found myself at home with no Mini men today so I thought I might start on what could be an overly ambitious idea of filling the dyed eggs I previously made with chocolate and ganache.

I found a how to on the  Martha Stewart  website, I didn’t follow her guide exactly as she tempered her chocolate and I thought that seemed like too much hard work and unnecessary. If you are interested in the whys and hows of tempering chocolate Cadbury explains it well.

All you will need to fill your eggs is some chocolate (whatever type takes your fancy) something to hold your eggs still while being filled and a disposable piping bag, piping tips are optional but it does make it a little easier.

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I broke the chocolate up and put it in the microwave for about 35 seconds.

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You want the chocolate to still be a little lumpy, just stir until it is smooth and completely melted. Then spoon it into your piping bag and you are ready to fill your eggs!

This was the part I was nervous about but I think it turned out much better than I was expecting. First I put some tape on  one of the holes in the eggs and made sure the other hole was large enough for he piping tip to fit into then I just piped the chocolate in swirled it around took the tape off and let the excess chocolate drain out. I then put them in the fridge to set, turning them a few times to make sure the chocolate didn’t pool to one side as it set.

I had envisioned a lot of mess and fiddliness and eggs being broken or thrown across the room in frustration, but it was actually easy, quick and pretty tidy. So far my filled eggs are a success, now I just need to keep them hidden in the fridge so the Minimen don’t find them.

If you want to you can leave it there but I want to also fill mine with ganache, if you are interested to find out how that goes pop back next week some time for part 2 of An ambitious Easter Bunny!

Eggs in cages

8 Mar

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This is a really cute and pretty easy Easter craft activity.

 Although this project would be a great activity to do with kids, I wanted to keep it a secret from my mini men as it will be one of their Easter Bunny gifts.

The things you will need to make your own little egg cages are some wool, craft glue, balloons, eggs or any other little treats you want to put in ( I tried some little fluffy chicks but their wire legs popped the balloon when I blew it up)

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The first, and probably hardest thing to do in this project is getting your treats in to the balloons. After you have managed to do this you can blow up your balloon to what ever size you like, I chose a small eggplant size.

For the wool, I cut a couple of long lengths and let them sit in the craft glue and wrapped them around the balloon and let them dry. Once they were dry I also sprayed a bit of hairspray on them just for some added firmness.

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Once dry I popped the balloon, in hindsight a layer of vaseline or something similar on the balloon before putting the wool on might have been a good idea, as the wool was stuck to the balloon and as the air came out of the balloon the little cages went out of shape. I was able to push them back into shape though.

If there are any little spots where the eggs can escape it is really easy just to add a little piece of wool to make the gap smaller and the cage more secure, and pick out any little pieces of dried glue with tweezers to tidy them up.

I am excited for he Mini Men to receive these, I know they are going to love them they are just too cute not to love!

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Chevron Love

5 Mar

I have often been put off sewing because of the high cost of fabric in Australia, but I recently took the plunge and bought fabric from America, one of which was this wonderful yellow and white chevron fabric that I had been eyeing off over here at $22/m and I got it for the bargain price of  $8.79/yd.

I don’t know when the humble zig zag grew up and became the much fancier chevron, but whatever the name I love them for home decor, that is why I decided to use this fabric to create some curtains for the mini mens playroom. I also decided to use an eyelet design as it is simple yet stylish.

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After cutting my fabric to size I ran a small hem around all Four sides.

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I used eyelet tape, which is readily available from the fabric shop and it comes with the grommits to finish your curtains with. When using eyelet tape you need to make sure that you have an even amount of rings for a perfect finish when hanging.

I measured and cut my tape and pinned it to my fabric.

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Using a zipper foot, to make it easier to sew beside the rings, I stitched along all edges of the tape with a straight stitch.

Once the tape was secured to the fabric I was able to cut out the fabric from inside the rings. This was the most time consuming part of the whole project, but once I had a cutting system, I got through I quite quickly.

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It was then time to fit the grommits over the  rings for a clean finish. These easily just click on and voila!..brand new gorgeous curtains. Image

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I am so in love with these curtains, I can’t wait to hang them! (photos will follow once they are hung) I will definitely be using this technique again when I do the curtains for the mini mens bedroom, it was so easy and quick (I ran up two curtains on a Sunday morning)

Under whelmed by eggs

2 Mar

The Easter bunny has ambitious plans this year. After seeing so many beautiful ideas for dying, painting and decorating eggs, I decided that I would try a few, but then I thought “What kid wants a bunch of hard boiled eggs for Easter?”the answer of course is none. So then, thanks to Martha Stewart, I have found a recipe for filling egg shells with chocolate. So this is my ambitious plan, and Mr 4, who helped me decorate some eggs thinks the Easter Bunny is coming to pick them up and will return them to us filled with goodness, so lets hope that I can pull it off. I chose two different styles of decorating the eggs, a marbled style and a stripey dyed style. You could choose to to this to boiled eggs, but due to my future plans for these eggs I blew out the insides of them. To do this you just pierce the top and bottom and blow. I also then boiled them in vinegar and water to sterilise them which also took of the brown layer of egg shell to reveal a lighter colour.

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We started with 6 eggs, 3 for each style. for the marbled ones we used food colour and shaving cream.

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We spread the shaving cream over a plastic plate and dropped some food colouring onto it, then Mr 4 swirled the colours around with a skewer to create the marbled pattern.

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Then we rolled the eggs around in the shaving cream to transfer the pattern onto the shell, we then placed them on a clean plastic plate to dry, you need to leave the foam on the egg to give the shell a chance to soak in the dye.

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For the stripey ones we used food colouring and plastic cups.

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We put some dye in the bottom of the cups and at several intervals we added water to the cups until the eggs were covered. This, apparently is meant to give a stripey, graduated colour effect.

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I added these eggs to the plastic plate with the others to dry out. During the drying two eggs were blown off the bench by a gust of wind and met their demise.

Here is the final product

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To be honest I Cant tell the difference between the two styles, the stripey eggs did not turn out the way I had envisioned. Although I am a little less than pleased with the way they turned out, Mr 4 was more than happy with them and I guess that is what is important, maybe it will just take some more practice to perfect them.

Now the Easter bunny just has to come to collect them, lets hope she has success carrying out her ambitious plans.

Pop art with paint chips

25 Feb

When I first saw paint chip art my initial thought was “how tacky” but then I found the3rsblog.wordpress.com. She has some really great graphic pictures made with paint chips, so that inspired my latest project, that and the fact that it cost me nothing. I really like thrifty craft, the cost involved in making things often has put me off in the past.

My mini men have a playroom, which I am slowly decorating for them, my goal today was to make some cute and inexpensive art for the wall.

We took a trip to our local Bunnings to get some paint chips in the colour pallette I am using for the room (blue, yellow and white), while there I also picked up a can of white enamel spray paint, then from home I found some old unused frames.

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The first thing I did was to spray paint my frames so that they would be dry by the time I had finished my art.

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I then cut out the shapes I would be using, I chose to use circles, triangles and squares to create some graphic, pop art style pictures. I used scissors to cut the shapes, but if you had paper punches in a variety of shapes and sizes that would be much easier.

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Using craft glue I glued my shapes onto some paper, trying to arrange them in some interesting and eye catching patterns.

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When I placed my pictures in the frames I was  bit disappointed that the edge of the frame obscured the edge of the pictures but over all I am happy with the final result. They are bright and cheery, the perfect addition to the mini men’s playroom.

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I haven’t hung them up yet, as soon as I do I will post a picture.

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