spring meadow butterflies

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Spring Meadow Blanket & Butterfly Garland
100% Cotton except the pink is 100% Wool. Crochet.

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Spring Meadow is finally finished! It’s a gorgeous soft, slightly chunky, floppy blanket that’s just perfect for a spring babe.

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It’s mostly a lovely cream colour with a row of Daffodils, Roses & Tulips at the base. It will be going into my Etsy shop soon.

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The Spring Meadow garland wasn’t my original idea for the butterflies… I had this idea of attaching a few butterflies to the blanket but I didn’t like the look of them on the blanket… the proportions were all wrong and it just looked a bit too tizzy. So onto a garland they went. I now think this would make the perfect addition to the blanket in a sweet babes room or pram.

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Forget me not Butterfly Garland.
100% Cotton, crochet.

Crocheting the Butterflies was a little like when I was crocheting the hearts… I kinda couldn’t stop… So I made another garland… as you do!

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It’s such a simple little pattern that’s actually quite easy to remember once you’ve done it couple of times. I’m going to try to move on from the butterflies now as I’m excitedly ready for a whole project. Yay! I love this part and can’t wait till inspiration hits and that moment when you say “That’s it… That’s what I’m making next!” … In meantime you’ll probably find me at my yarn stash squishing lovely skeins of yarn or pondering over the many projects I’ve got lined up on my wish list at Pinterest and Ravelry.

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I’ll leave you with my Spring Tea Party themed picture that I created for an Instagram competition to win a gorgeous Mrs Smiley’s necklace. Have you seen these necklaces? They are so pretty and very unique. I’m lucky enough to have one of their bunny locket necklaces but you really couldn’t have too many of them – they’re gorgeous.

Hope you get to enjoy a nice a nice cuppa in some lovely sunshine today… Near a blossom tree or a pretty golden tree with leaves gently falling… with a tasty macaron or two… birds chirping… bees buzzing… butterflies fluttering by… Mmmm that sounds so nice, I might take my cuppa out to the backyard and do just that… No macarons though… I already ate them. And yes… they were delish!

weaving rainbows and christening fans

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Weaving Rainbows Blanket
100% Pure Australian Wool, Crochet.

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This delightfully cheery little blanket is finally finished and available in my Etsy Shop. And when I was crocheting this blanket, I could say that I was weaving rainbows. Teehee! A bit cheeky, like when I could say I was crocheting intuition.

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I love the way this chunky variegated yarn created its own natural stripe effect in this blanket. Solid bands of colour that graduate to the next shade ever so organically. This is the first time I’ve used weave stitch and it won’t be the last. It’s the same both sides, is easy to remember and relatively fast. A few ticks there!

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It’s got a lovely almost stretchy drape and is the perfect size for a pram or car seat or bassinet. A really cute little pop of colours in the sweetest rainbow shades including indigo blue, aqua, teal, and royal blue. It’s bright but not so bright that you need your sunnies to look at it!

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Christening Fans Blanket.
100% Cotton, Crochet.

Also available in my Etsy Shop!

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This is my first go at making a blanket specifically for a Christening or Baby Naming Day. I think I have much to learn about photographing pure white too! Geez it was tricky to get the right lighting – obviously I didn’t quite succeed either. But that’s OK – it was my first go at it so I forgive me. I’m still learning. Not that stitch though! A big fave of mine, the Vintage Fan Ripple Crochet Pattern pops up yet again.

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The tweak on this pattern is the size of the fans. Or more specifically the height of the fans. I did a row with smaller fans, then a row with medium fans, then a row with large fans. Then I went back down to medium, to small, to medium, to large and so on.

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I think it creates a really lovely subtle detail in the blanket, it has a gentle flow and is also very unique.

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These are the blankets that went off to the real life bricks and mortar shop this week. It’s not open yet, but as soon it does I’ll let you know where it is in case you are near there and would like to see them (and lots of other super sweet goodies) for yourself. These are all unique custom-made blankets in pure cotton. Soft and squishy happiness in a blanket I reckon!

Wishing you lots of soft and squishy happiness this weekend.

crochet wrist warmers in teal

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Teal Bobble Wrist Warmers, Crochet. 100% wool.

You see I had to make another pair. Not long after I finished these lovely crochet wrist warmers, I got myself a new mustard hoody for my winter walks. And not long after I got my mustard hoody I realised that my soft pastel wrist warmers just would not do… pastels and brights together? For some maybe, but not for me… Obviously, I’d just have to make some more… right?

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You see I’m up to weaving the ends in, and washing and blocking the last two blankets I’ve made. And I just love a diversion… not to mention starting another project before I finish the last! It’s a bit of a specialty of mine actually.

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I love the teal and mustard colour combo… I understand I may well be a year or two behind trend… but I love it… now.

I made these wrist warmers up. Using one of my favourite crochet stitches, the blanket stitch. They were quick and easy, and became quite the chunky little warmers. So I finished them off with a chunky little bobble edge to match the chunky bobble-ish stitch. Perfect chunky goodness for a blustery cold day.

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I felt bright and cheery on my winter walk this morning. Everything was quite bleak and grey and overcast… except me, I was a burst of sunshiney colour and I loved it… even my homemade fimo bead necklace matches… Pretty fancypants for a winter walk!

Are you managing to get out for a walk when winter shows you her best? Or are you enjoying some summer sunshine on your walks? Or maybe you don’t walk much? Maybe you need some colourful warm crochet wrist warmers to get you out the door? Would you like a pattern for them? It would be a very short pattern I promise… the only kind I like really!

Hope you get some cheery pops of sunshine in your day.

warning – this may bore you!

Are you an Instagram-er? If so consider yourself warned… this post may just bore you to tears! I felt like sharing a random collection of some of my favourite recent Instagram pictures, so to those of you not on Instagram, feel free to read on – hopefully I won’t bore you!

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A favourite outfit. My homemade ombre yellow fimo beads with orange and a pop of turquoise in the form of a homemade bracelet. I had a lovely crafternoon with my mum, my sis and my daughter jewellery making. It was my first go at it ever!

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On the last day of Autumn I picked a wee posy of flowers from my garden.

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Doing a little roadtrip crochet! Oh and if you’re wondering about all the text and pictures on my photos it’s a new app called ‘A beautiful mess’, from the fab blog ‘A beautiful mess’. Super cute app, super addictive and hard (for me) not to go OTT with it!

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I’ve done a little gluten free baking lately. My sweet sis found this great recipe for a pastry-less frangipani tart. Very delicious, very dangerous to start making them… visit THIS RECIPE at your own risk!

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Like I said, going a bit nuts with the new app!

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Just a bit! Really love these last two blankets off the hook. So cute and soooooo excited to be sending them to a real life bricks and mortar shop!

IMG_8043This is one of the sweetest smelling roses in my garden. It’s such a delicate shade of buttery lemon that deepens a little in Autumn. It’s a David Austin called ‘The Pilgrim’ and my hubby calls it ‘John Wayne’ which I think is a bit cute!

IMG_8050 This photo was taken off a picture from a funeral program. The classic racer is a distant relative and this photo is really really really old. I thought such cool looking dude on his bike deserved sharing.

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The knitted blanket I’ve been knitting forEVER! I discovered a #%$@ hole in it and it was a rather nasty one. So I had a go at salvaging it by threading a long circular needle along every stitch below the hole. The raw chocolate (delicious and good for you!) was my reward for doing it right or my commiseration for stuffing it up. The hope was that I would unravel it to this point then simply continue knitting…

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As I had only seen this method in a picture somewhere, and I didn’t look up how to do it properly, I found out the hard way that it’s pretty important what part of the stitch you thread the needle in. As I unravelled the needle just lifted off the bulk of the knitting! With a massive chunk of blanket still knitted and loose loops where the needle is meant to go, I sat very carefully, and slowly, one by one, picked up every single stitch… all 163 of them! I’ll get back to knitting some more of this blanket at some stage!

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More pretty flowers… have I mentioned just how much I love flowers? I relate to this quote on a favourite blog, Floret – ‘More than anything I must have flowers, always, always.’ Monet.

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I seriously LOVE this tall forest! It’s near where I go walking and never ceases to blow me away!

IMG_8325I’ve also been playing with another new app – Pro HDR. My dear dad told me about this one. He’s a photography wizz! Actually he’s a techno wizz… and a walking talking calculator and encyclopedia. Let’s just say he’s pretty darn clever and he told me about this app only last week. My hubby has since named it the ‘Pain in the arse butt’ app because on our walk last week I just about stopped every few feet to take another photo with this new app.

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I’ll try to explain what’s so special about this app… This photo is a good example…. Normally a picture like this would turn out one of two ways. With a washed out, bleached out sky, and the tree in true colour. Or with the tree silhouetted and the sky in true colour. This app produces a photo where ALL the colours are true and no bits get washed out or silhouetted. It’s pretty cool!

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Ok so are you still there? I haven’t lost you yet? This last one is of my two current projects. A bright colourful woven stitch blanket, and a pure white vintage fan ripple stitch. The white is pure cotton and the blues pure wool.

Hopefully I’ll be back with some finished projects soon… Just gotta slow life down a bit as I’m having trouble keeping up. Life is busy and I’m doing lots, as you can see! But not churning out finished projects at the pace I used to. Tis all good though. life really is sweet…. and in the meantime, there’s always Instagram.

Hope your day is filled with happy pics and pretty views and crafty moments and yummy eats.

I’m off to devour another frangipani tart….ssshhhh… it’s only my 2nd…. this afternoon!

super saturday

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Yarn heaven at Bendigo Woollen Mills shop. I’ve never been to the shop before and this was just one section of one wall of yarn. Not only is there lots of luscious yarn but a little clearance room with bargains and blends to make you need a new yarn storage solution! Sweet as pie service and wall to wall yarn – a pretty good start to the day!
I’ll be back… when I’ve figured out the storage solution!
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New blanket colours…
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More new blanket colours…
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So many delicious colours….
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I just fell in love with the colour blends in this big fat ball of pure wool.
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Bendigo Farmers market complete with crochet seats…
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… and colourful carrots!
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A stop at Kyneton and we found the winner of ‘Best Hat Wear’ at the Kyneton Farmers market.
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My lunch was the best thing I’ve eaten in ages! Pho at St Beans Provedore. Treat yourself and your body to this delicious tasty feast while it’s on the menu, you will be so glad you did!
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The lunch view was pretty cute too!
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We even managed a walk in the afternoon at our favourite gardens. And boy were we rewarded, just check out the amazing pretty colours of this tree! Glorious Autumn glory.

Well that was my Super Saturday.
I’m off to package up an order (yay!), start a new order (yay!), finish eating my freshly made kale chips (have you tried them? so easy and so delicious, not to mention ridiculously healthy. I based mine on this recipe – but tweaked it a bit… of course… can’t help myself) then a walk if I can squeeze it in.
Hope your Saturday was super.
Hope your Sunday is even more super!

fans and fimo

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!)

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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.