fans and fimo

Mint Fans Pram Snuggle Blanket with matching Heart Garland.
100% Pure Merino Wool, Crochet.

Yep – made another blanket with this lovely Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch. I just love it – in case you haven’t noticed! I’ve done a couple of different blankets using this stitch here and here, even a scarf here. And I found the pattern via the lovely blog Meet me at Mikes.

It’s a lovely super soft squishy little blankie that would be perfect for the pram or car seat as it’s not too big to lug around. It’s very light and has the softest drape too. And then there’s the luscious mint green colour… I do so love a delicate mint green.

The pattern is actually pretty easy to remember, and not as tricky as it may look. I thought it might be nice to hang the little garland from the pram, or car window or something and it makes it such a sweet little gift set. I’ve popped it in the Etsy shop already so you can see some more pictures there if you like.

I’ve also caught the Fimo craze. I love, and I mean REALLY love, making up the colours. More love creating the colours rather than the actual physical mixing of the fimo together, as I did have a little sook occasionally when my hands & fingers got tired. That stuff is SO hard to begin with.

But the colours… oh my I just loved making different shades. Adding a bit more, taking a bit out, working in another bit of white… All in the name of the perfect shade. Or the near enough is good enough shade. No room for perfection around here, life really is too short. The beads are meant to be a little rustic and earthy in their shape and colour. You can even see my fingerprint in some of them! I kinda like that some have my fingerprint – doesn’t get anymore hand-made than that now does it?

It’s not just about the colour though. It is also about the beads… I hope to turn these coloured sets into necklaces, plus I have a little plan for some more… Not quite sure how it will all work but will let you know if it does. (I like to ignore the crafting disasters!)

Brights! I’m not usually a super bright colour person, maybe a pop of it here or there, I like softer tones usually. But then sometimes you just need a big punch of colour I reckon. So that’s this necklace. In your face bright colours, probably for the dull grey winter days I’m thinking.

If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen my Mint Fan Blankie in progress and the Fimo beads. It was a Family Fimo Friday Crafternoon – that was my Good Friday. Pretty darn good really. What’s better than a Crafternoon? And one with your crafty talented lovely girly family members? My daughter, my mum, my sis and my niece. Sweet huh? There was also chocolate eggs, homemade peanut brittle (thanks sis) and homemade Ginger Syrup drinks (thanks mum). A very good Good Friday indeed.

Hope your Good Friday was good?
And the Easter Bunny hops by with some cute fluffy goodness… and chocolate! Of course. Always chocolate.

a ‘b’ kind of holiday.

Beechworth – Our holiday destination. Such a picturesque town that hasn’t changed much at all in the last 100 years or so! I know this as we went to the local museum as saw footage of a film made in 1903 and the main street looked the same except there were horse and buggies going up and down it! It’s a town rich in history, think gold and Ned Kelly, and close to my heart with family roots going way back.

Bikes – Our mode of transport. This picture was taken somewhere between Mitta Mitta and Omeo where the country is reasonably remote and so very pretty. We were on a day trip from our holiday base here so the bikes were not loaded up with everything. Imagine all your clothes, toiletries, food, tent, chairs, cooking equipment, even the cooker getting packed into spaces that fit on two bikes? We have large packs on our bikes and we carry backpacks too, but it’s always a squeeze!

Basic – The cooking is really back to basics when we camp. There’s not a lot of room for condiments and seasonings and even ingredients for that matter. It’s basic foods cooked very simply.

Bodyguards – This little Kookaburra seemed to enjoy watching over our bikes. I think it was also the prime position for stalking his next meal from the creek below, which he’s obviously quite good at by the looks of his pudgy little tum!

Burning – Is there anything better than a campfire I ask you? I like that the nights get so chilly that one must do the rotation dance in front of the fire to keep the back from getting too cold.

Beautiful – The sunsets are so spectacular! This lake is home to so much bird life that it’s like a musical symphony walking around it at dusk, listening to all the ducks and birds settle into their beds for the night. In fact we’re pretty sure Donald Duck holidays out there as we can hear him laughing most nights!

Breathtaking – Almost at the peak of Falls Creek and the vista was breathtaking. The most pure clean air and mountain tops as far as you can see. So very pretty.

Bliss – This is one of my all time favourite things to do. We take our camp chairs and place them in the little shallow creek, so they are at the perfect angle to the sun and the current. The sun is on our backs and the current flows down the creek, hitting our toes and leaving our heels. The creeks gentle current ripples over the rocks that were once rich with gold but are now rich with peace. We get our crafts, drinks, chips, nuts and plant ourselves there for the afternoon. Our bodyguard Kookaburra watched over us, and we over him when decided to swoop in for a snack. The Maggies warbled and the Currawongs sang. The water trickled gently. I swear the flow of water simply washes away any troubles or worries. I feel so blissed out when we do this, it’s totally divine and the thing I long to get back to the most. Whenever I feel like I’m stressed or need a break, I mentally go back to that creek and relive the ‘crafting in the creek’ moments. Pure. Divine. Bliss.

Belts & Beanies – I mentioned before how tight space is on the bikes but we did manage to pack our crafts on this holiday (who needs a spare change of clothes?). We opted for a little luxury on the last couple of days as the rain and tents don’t go so well together. The cabin porch was a great anchor for my hubby’s belt plaiting session.

Bircher – My hubby had this one a few times because it was so darn delish! Topped with local fresh apples, dried dates & cranberries, almonds and local honey – how good does it look? Sadly, me and my allergies could only look on and take photos.

Breakfast – Till we got to the next stop, then me and my allergies could dive into a delicious spiced poached pear with a fig and prune compote all drizzled with the same local honey. And it was in the prettiest old converted Nunnery that boasts a front entrance like this!

Bargains – I managed to find the clearance basket and pick up this gorgeous yellow baby alpaca yarn. We left some food behind so we had room to take 6 balls of this home in our packing – Priorities!

Burke Museum – These last two pictures were taken with my iphone through a glass window so excuse the quality… But how gorgeous is the vintage knitting and crochet? Have you ever thought about knitting curtains in your entire life? I know I haven’t but love the idea! Not that I think I will, it must have taking so long to make them. Aren’t they pretty though.

Brilliant Walks – Who wouldn’t want to go for a walk down a brilliant Oak tree lined path like this? It’s a beautifully shaded walk but can you imagine how pretty this will look when it’s in full Autumn glory?

Well that was my ‘B’ holiday. It was lovely, I feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle the next things on my ever growing to do list.

Hope you get some blissful beautiful brilliant breathtaking moments in your day today!

sprinkling hearts

Aqua Splice Heart Garland
100% Organic Cotton (Aqua), 100% Cotton (White). Crochet.

Did I mention I can’t stop making hearts?

Blue Willow Heart Garland
40% Alpaca, 40% Merino Wool, 20% Silk. Crochet.

I’ve made peace with my heart making… literally… making hearts is a happy, satisfying, low commitment, crafty little project that I can pick up anytime I have a spare moment. The hearts themselves don’t take too long at all… Stringing them together doesn’t take too long either. Blocking them so they sit flat takes a little time and a lot of pins. Photographing them takes a little time… So a garland takes some time… But a Heart? It only takes a moment.

Did I mention that I made my very first sale in my Etsy Shop? Probably rather uncool to be as excited as I am about it… but I am… very excited! I couldn’t think of a sweeter more deserving first customer too… So I hooked up a Teeny Heart Garland to gift with the blanket… in celebration of this exciting occasion.

The shop has a few little heart garlands in it now… in case you’d like to take a look… or not… ’tis fine… maybe hearts aren’t your thing? They are my thing… Just in case you didn’t know… but I’m sure you do. Hearts are precious, delicate and robust all at once… fragile yet tough… to be treasured… honoured… respected… guided… followed… protected… and strung together on a garland and sprinkled around the home… At least that’s what my heart says!

Hope your heart sprinkles a little happiness in your day today.

have a heart!

Hello, my name is Little White Dove and I am addicted to crocheting hearts!

I thought I best do something with all the hearts I’m crocheting…

pink and green heart garland
Pink, Lemon & Green Heart Garland.
100% Suri Alpaca (Lemon), 100% Cotton (Pink, Cream), 100% Wool (Green).

pink & lemon heart garland
Pink & Lemon Heart Garland
100% Cotton (Cream, Pale Pink), 100% Suri Alpaca (Lemon), Wool/Silk/Tencel (Dark Pink)

pastel love heart garland 3
Pastel Love Heart Garland
100% Wool (Pale Green), 100% Cotton (all other colours)

grey aqua heart garland
Aqua Grey Heart Garland
100% Suri Alpaca (Cream), 100% Cotton (Cream, Aqua), 100% Wool (Teal, Grey).

teal & aqua heart garland
Teal Heart Garland
100% Cotton (White), 100% Wool (Light Teal, Dark Teal).

Do you ever get ‘stuck’ on making the same thing? Over and over?
There’s something satisfying about these sweet hearts.
In fact it fills my heart to make these hearts.

Even the bird got a little mini heart garland on his cage!
Nothing’s safe from a-crochet-attack around here.

In order to stop myself hanging a heart garland from anything I can attach one to, I think I’m going to pop these little sweeties into my Etsy Shop… as soon as I get a chance… before I find another spot for one…

Hope your day has had a good sprinkling of hearts of in it today!