Saturday, January 25, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 Progress...

So far so good!  I've been crocheting a square a day and I love seeing this little blanket grow bit by bit...

Twenty-five squares so far.  I love how the colours are coming together...

Joining as I go really has made all the difference. It seems to be so effortless to add a square each day!  I'm sure I'll revert back to my original goal of 1-2 squares a week as other projects and work are added to my to-do list but for now I'm really enjoying it.

Because this is an ongoing project I'm keeping all my yarn and blanket together in this handy basket which makes it super easy to grab and take with me wherever I go...

I'm not sure how big this blanket will end up but I think it'll definitely be the largest I've ever made.  Up until now I've only ever made little lap blankets.  It'll be fun to see how big it turns out to be!

Are you joining in the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 challenge too?  You can find out more in my first post about it HERE along with a link to the pattern I'm using. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sheree  :)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Issue 4 of Jot is here!!!

Issue 4 of Jot Magazine is out now and it's another beautiful issue packed full of papery goodness and inspirational ideas!

If you love scrapbooking, Project Life, cardmaking or just love playing with paper and beautiful things you'll love what Kim and the girls have put together for you in this issue!  Here's a little peek at some of what you'll find inside...

So grab a cuppa and check out Issue 4 of Jot Magazine HERE.  You'll be glad you did! :)

Sheree xx

Monday, January 20, 2014

Amigurumi Cup of Tea Pin Cushion

I've been super busy over the past couple of weeks working on Blythe hats and finished my last order yesterday.  Feels good to be all caught up!  Anyway...late last night instead of making another hat I decided to take a little break from them and make something I've been wanting to have a go at for AGES...a little amigurumi 'cup of tea' pin cushion!

Cute huh?  I've seen so many of these little guys around the place, on pinterest, etc and have wanted to make one since the first time I saw one...adorable!

I didn't use a pattern...just made it up as I went along and it was pretty easy to work out.

He has little plastic pellets in the bottom to help weigh him down a little too.

I think I'll be making more of these little cuties in different colours!  I think they'll make great little gifts for crafty friends and they're so fun to make!

Sheree xx

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Zpagetti Crochet Baskets

Have you heard of Zpagetti yarn?  It's a yarn made from offcuts of new fashion garments.  It's made of high quality cotton just like the t-shirts you might wear every day.

 I had used a similar t-shirt yarn that I found at Spotlight a while ago and made a basket to hold my yarn (which you can see in this post HERE) but I hadn't seen any at Spotlight for ages so I was really happy to find the Zpagetti website selling their yarn in lots of lovely colours.  It's so fun to crochet with! You use a large 10mm or 12mm hook and the item you're making works up so quickly.

Anyway...back in December I decided to make my lovely friend Janelle a basket as one of her Christmas gifts.  Her favourite colour combo is grey and yellow so since I didn't have any yellow t-shirt yarn in my stash I went with grey.  I found this free pattern called Zpagetti Basket Revisto which I found HERE on an overseas Zpagetti website.  The pattern has been translated to English and I found a couple of discrepancies in the translation so in the end I just used it as a guide and made the rest up myself.

Now I have to say that if you're not used to working with t-shirt yarn it really is quite physical compared to crochet with normal yarn.  You're using your whole arms to work the hook and I found my arms ached by then end of the night.  It was worth it though!  I really enjoyed making this basket and hoped that Janelle would like it too.

I added a nice big flower on the side as well just for fun.  

As soon as my Mum saw it she really wanted one too.  She chose the aqua yarn that I had here and I got to work again.  I changed it up a little this time around and used a smaller stitch...mainly just for fun to see how it would look.

And here is the finished basket.  I quite like this pretty!

Madi had been watching me stitching away on the first two baskets and it wasn't long before I was stitching one just for her.  Luckily I already had this lovely pink Zpagetti waiting to be used.  I made this one a little differently again making it smaller, stitching it in the round and I did the handles a little differently too.  She loves her new basket and I find it all around the house full of interesting things! :)

There is SO much more I want to make using this yarn.  I love the texture and look it creates.  Have you knitted or crocheted with t-shirt yarn before and what did you make?

Sheree xx

Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Where The Wild Things Are" Hat for Blythe...

A while ago a friend asked if I could I could try making a hat for Blythe inspired by the children's book 'Where The Wild Things Are'.  I remember the book from when I was growing up and my kids now have it on their bookshelf too.  (We haven't seen the movie yet but must put it on our to do list!)

I loved creating this hat! It didn't take me long to create the white hat with ears and whiskers but I wanted to do something a bit different for the crown...then I remembered I had some feltable wool that I wanted to try.  After some research on in the internet about felting wool I crocheted a little crown making sure the size was slightly bigger than I wanted to finished piece to be since the felting process shrinks it down.  Then with a sink of hot water and a little detergent I got to work...and after a few minutes the crown turned from this...

into this!!! This is the first time I've ever tried felting wool and to my surprise it actually turned out to be just the right size!  So lucky!

 It took a day or so to dry properly and then it was done.

 I kept the crown separate from the white hat so it can be worn either with or without the crown.

Now I need to get myself some more feltable wool to make one for my Blythes too!  I'd also like to try felting baskets and other things as well.  Not sure why I haven't tried it fun!  Have you tried felting before? 

Sheree xx

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 Progress ...

My crochet mood blanket is growing!  I'm still aiming for two squares a week but have done one a day so far and I really like how the colours are coming together.

Just a little crochet each day and joining as I go.  (You can find the link to the pretty pattern I'm using and more info about the challenge in my previous post if you'd like to join in too!)

I love that more and more people are joining in with this challenge!  There are so many different types of squares being made and colours being used around the world.  So fun to see!

Sheree xx

Friday, January 3, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

I'm excited to be starting the year joining in with a fun new project started up by mummy_stacey on instagram... a crochet mood blanket!
The idea is that you crochet a square a day using a colour that represents your mood on that day.  Some people are crocheting a square a day giving a total of 365 squares for the year...while others are committing to a square a week giving them 52 squares for their blankets. You can crochet granny squares or whichever pattern you like...or maybe even work in stripes!  It's up to you.

I've decided to aim for two squares a week (sometimes more if I feel the urge) which I'm confident I'll be able to squeeze in amongst all my other crafty projects throughout the year.  The colours I've chosen to use are in the in the photo below so I'll just reach for whatever colour I'm in the mood for on the day.
I've finished my first two squares (using this lovely Happy Flower pattern HERE) and I'm joining as I go making it very quick and easy!  Working this way means I won't have hundreds of little ends to weave in at the end of the year and every square will already be joined together too...gotta love that!  I'm hoping for a fun, colourful blanket to enjoy at the end of the year! (If you'd like to learn how to join as you go the very talented Lucy of Attic24 has a great tutorial on her blog HERE.)

It's not too late for you to join in too!  You can find all the info in mummy_stacey's instagram feed or you can head over to the crochetmoodblanket2014 facebook page too. There are literally hundreds of people from all around the world already joining in the fun!  If you have any problems finding the info just let me know. :)

I'll be sharing updates of my blanket progress on both instagram and here on my blog throughout the year. Are you going to create your own crochet mood blanket?  I'd love to know if you are!

Sheree xx

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Hello 2014!

Happy New Year everyone!  I'm always excited to start a new year aren't you? We've been enjoying a lovely Christmas/New Year break with family and it's been so nice to just hang out together and relax.  I hope you've enjoyed your Christmas and New Year festivities too!

My etsy store has been on a little Christmas break too but I've still been creating behind the scenes.  Poppy Tree Lane is open again from today and these little cuties are available right now...

I'm looking forward to loads of creating this year with new ideas and projects I'd like get into.  Do you have any crafty plans for 2014?

Sheree xx