crochet & christmas

Crochet Jar Cover
Aqua & Peach 100% cotton, White & Blues 100% wool.

I whipped this little number up last night whilst watching a video (the video was not much chop!). It didn’t take that long and I just used up my scrappy ends of yarn balls.

I actually have 3 jars full of hooks and needles (you can never have too many can you?) but this one sits on the coffee table in the lounge room as it contains my favourites that are used often. It also includes a little christmas gift, some sweet scented lilac blossom hand cream. Handy to have hand cream on hand don’t you think?
Speaking of Christmas, I do hope yours was lovely? Was it full of delicious food? And family? And friends? And possibly an indulgent drink or two? Mine was… I feel very lucky to have such a gorgeous family to share special occasions like Christmas with. This year was the Dove Cottage Christmas turn. We rotate houses each year amongst my mum, my sister and myself. I thought I’d share a little glimpse of our table with you… well it does include some crochet after all!

The centre piece of the table included some silver birch branches from our garden, sprinkled with little white crochet hearts. Some cotton. Some wool. Some big. Some small. I’ve made a lot of hearts lately. There’s also a little heart garland in the background hanging up.

We don’t have a curved table, this is a panoramic picture from my iPhone and it’s actually 2 tables joined together to fit the whole family. I started with the intentions of a clean silver and white theme but got stumped by the table cloth at the start! Nothing white big enough. Turns out I had just the right size of teal fabric lying around in my fabric stash though… and I can’t help but include a healthy dose of colour in most things I do. There were hydrangea, lollies, paper doilies, reindeer with tea candles in their antlers, and later there were laughs, chats, lame giggles at the lame bon-bon cracker jokes, a generally feeling of love and peace, eating, drinking and merriment. Just like you’d want a christmas to be really.

I made these very simple, quick, easy and cheap name card placements to continue my little reindeer & silver birch theme.

There was also a very christmassy looking vintage punch bowl filled with Mojito.

There was even a Christmas kitten up the Christmas tree (whenever she was quick enough before someone spotted her!).

I hope your christmas was full of peace, love, good cheer and merriment! I hope Santa stuffed something down the chimney that was on your wish list. And I hope you get to see the New Year in just how you’d like to… at home… at a party… watching fireworks… Cheers to you, see you in 2013!

life’s a peach

Life’s a Peach (with random bursts of sunshine) Blanket
Cream & Peach 100% cotton, lemon 99.6% Cotton & 0.4% Lycra
Peach – mouthwateringly delicious! Don’t you just love stone fruit season?

So another heart blanket complete. I know, I’ve done a few now. One here, here and here actually, pattern links here! But I really love the special 3 little random lemon hearts in this one… I don’t know why… maybe because they are unexpected… and I love lemon and peach together – both in colour and food… and I’m not a big one for too much structure and neatness… a bit like my garden really… I like to let it get a little wild around the edges and ramble away a bit on me… I pay for this pleasure when it comes time to maintain it… or rather my and hubby and I pay for it… hard yakka… but I do so love it when it’s almost verging on out of control.
Oh yeah, I really live on the edge don’t I!

I added a bit of a top and bottom border to this heart blanket – a couple of stripes and a little solid section. Just for a little contrast from the all hearts of usual. It’s a super generous cot size blanket – in fact only just fitted on the table to block it.

Yesterday was the first day of my holidays, the sun was shining and I got to wash, block and photograph my blankie all in one day! That doesn’t usually happen. It’s usually a whole weekend kind of thing. I’m looking forward to a relaxing break from work at home with lots of crafty sessions, so you may see me a bit more regularly over the next couple of weeks. Well, that’s the plan anyway!

My peachy good day also included catching up with this little cutiepie! My gorgeous godson Sam, who took great delight in the playing the piano, eating grapes, sharing some peppermint tea and chewing on a few mint leaves. As you do! A peachy goodness sunshiny day for sure.

Christmas preparations on the agenda next… enough craft and peachy relaxation for now… time to get it together… it’s almost here… and I’m almost ready… bit of a tidy up… bit of cleaning… a turkey to pick up… and stuff… the table to set – my favourite part of the preparations… then the joy and fun of family, food, pressies and most likely a mojito or two… or three… tick tick tick… we’re almost there.

Hope you’re almost ready too… and your day is full of peachy goodness and unexpected bursts of sunshine!

time for a makeover

I’ve had a little makeover… do you like? It’s been on my to do list for quite some time. As much as I loved the other colourful theme it was always going to be temporary until I figured out how to make this little place look a bit more clean, white, light and airy. Easier said than done for me. Well, not now… it’s done! It only took me a year! Yep, me the bear and the dove have been around for nearly a whole year now. Further site tweaking to come I’m sure.
Hope you are all well and surviving the Christmas rush. I’ll be back very soon with a sweet little crocheted blanket I’ve just finished. It’s super peachy and full of hearts. I know – I’m just full of surprises aren’t I? Just needs a little wash and block followed by some pretty pictures. Til then.

hearts & stars

Don’t you just love a red heart? I do, and I found this terrific quick easy little crochet heart pattern at Cornflower Blue Studio. And isn’t that the cutest name! Ok, I admit I’m swayed by the blue in it, and even further by the cornflower in it, as that’s one of my favourite shades of blue, but it is cute… don’t you think?

I made a little collection of them with the plan to turn them into a sweet little heart garland. I played around with the process of attaching them, then finally settled on a chain strand and two attachment points – they just looked a bit odd with a single one. I must say Rachel does warn you at the start of the pattern that they can be addictive. I confess they are… consider yourself doubly warned. And friends and family of mine… just pretend to be surprised if you get one under the tree ok?

I was feeling a little Christmasy (hard to escape at the moment really) and wanted to make a little door trim. Now I know my little Star Door Trim picture is not hanging on a door – but that’s because I just couldn’t get the right light/angle etc to make it look pretty. I really need to learn more about how to operate my fab little camera!
Back to the stars…The lovely Pip from Meet Me at Mikes had recently posted a cute pattern on crocheting stars. It looked quick and easy – and that’s an instant winner for me. I also found another pattern by Molly at A Foothill Home Companion and after making one star from each pattern, I decided I liked a bit from each one. I’m picky like that. I used Molly’s pattern for the body and a bit of the points, and Pip’s pattern for the other bit of the points. Pip’s had an extra chain right at the pointy end of the point, and I found this gave my stars a pointier point… if you get my point?

cheats star stiffening
These are super easy little twinkles to whip up in no time, the longest bit was the flattening process. But I cheated a bit here, because I’m a bit lazy like that. I didn’t have any PVA glue to stiffen them up so I just did it with water. As you can see from the first picture, they do curl beyond star recognition when you finish crocheting them. A little spray of water and a pin on each point sorts them out nice and flat. But alas my cheating has come back to bite me as I see that some of the points are starting to curl slightly. So if you are going to have a go at these may I suggest not cheating and doing the stiffening bit properly? Unless of course you like your stars a little on the curly side which is all fine and well too. To each their own I say. As for me, I’m off to get some PVA glue!

Big thanks to the wonderful crafty blogging world for so generously sharing patterns like Rachel, Molly and especially Pip. Meet me at Mikes is a constant source of inspiration and it feels just like I’m chatting with a friend each time I read her friendly posts.