Giveaway winners

Hey there everyone. Thank you so much to everyone who entered my prize draw for the giveaway. It was so lovely to know there were people out there who wanted to win my handmade items.

So I got my hat (not made by me) and pieces of paper with everyone’s names on ready

 

And (drumroll……) the winners are :

First prize – kate from life tea and everything

Second prize – El from whirlingstone

Third prize – hannah from quiet water craft

 Congratulations to you all. Please let me know your address and I’ll get your prizes in the post to you. 

Sorry to those of you who didn’t win, but I’m sure I’ll do another giveaway sometime in the near future, and i really am grateful that you liked my prizes and took part. 

Hennafest! 

Today I’ve come to stay with Rosie (my goddaughter) and her family for a couple of days (enjoying my summer holidays while poor mark had to go home  to work!). I brought henna with me and we spent ages sat in  the garden this afternoon and evening doing designs on each other. Rosie did a seriously cool elephant on my hand, and a lovely flowery pattern on my ankle. 

I then followed her request to draw an ankle bracelet, which was really hard to do evenly as you have to keep moving to access different parts of the ankle, and try to make sure the lines will join up. I was a bit disappointed with how wobbly the lines are, but Rosie loves it so that’s all that matters! 

Then I did a combination of two designs she likes, which looked pretty cool. 

After that Rosie did a lush little seahorse on her mum, and then her  younger brother got in on the act and rosie went with star wars designs for him. 


It’s been lots of fun as always! 

2 pieces of exciting news

Yippee! I finished the spring fields baby blanket that I was pattern testing for Katie from creating time. I’m so pleased with it and really happy I finished it before the end of July, which was the target. 

Here it is, photographed in the sunshine

And here are a few close ups. I love the colours on it, and the only thing I’m disappointed with is the fact that I have holes in the bottoms of the flowers where I didn’t do the stitches tight enough. They don’t notice a lot in these photos but are more obvious in real life. 

It’s  been a fun pattern to follow, doing lots of front and back post stitches, popcorn stitches and techniques I’ve not used before, and I’m proud of myself for learning so much through making it, improving my skills as I went along, and responding to the challenge of trying something new. I adapted the distance between the leaves and the flowers as I realised I crocheted some rows more than once, and learnt the importance of marking off the rows on the pattern! 

I really enjoyed crocheting the border and seeing how that brought the whole blanket together. 
Thank you to katie for giving me the opportunity to test her pattern… It’s been fun! 

My second piece of exciting news is that I’ve got 50 WordPress followers!! So  that means a giveaway of an exciting prize of things I’ve made! You’ll have to wait a few days though as I’m away visiting my parents and then my God daughter and can’t do a photo of the prize as I don’t have it with me, but hopefully you’ll like it when I show you what you can win! 

First ever piece of crochet

After Tina from kristabellashodgepodge commented that my blanket was likely to be significantly better than any of my first attempts at crochet I was inspired to venture up into the loft to see if I could find my first ever piece of work. 

As I recalled you could see more  strands  of wool than stitches, which is true, but i have to say that having found it out looks an awful lot better than it did in my imagination. Maybe there is a lesson for me here!! 😉

Here it is

Birthday card

This evening I made a birthday card for a lovely man  in our church who has his birthday this week. He has significant learning difficulties and can’t communicate a lot but his mum was telling me today that he’s really excited that he’ll have balloons for his birthday. So, I thought that would be a good subject for his card. 

Having made the card, Mark and i have had a conversation about whether the strings would make it easier or harder for him to identify that they are balloons, but as i have no idea, I’m going with it, and I’m sure he’ll understand if someone  tells him what they are, as he definitely knows the word ‘balloons’. 

Whether he knows what they are or not i hope the card and little present I’ve got him communicate to him now much i think of him. He totally makes my day when his face breaks into the most massive smile you’ve ever seen, and he gives me a huge hug. 

An exciting award! 

I was so excited to be nominated for this award by the lovely Tina from kristabellashodgepodge. I’ve recently started following her blog which chats  about crafts, and baking amongst other things, and i particularly enjoyed her recent tutorial to make a really cute little crochet flower, in her series ‘new stitch sunday’. 

Thank you Tina for your kind nomination, and for your lovely, friendly and encouraging comments on my blog posts. It’s a pleasure to have met you here in blog land! 

My blog started because :

My husband Mark had been encouraging me to start writing a blog about crochet, but i didn’t feel I’d have enough to write about. But in the new year we talk about things we’d like to achieve in the coming year, and i thought I’d like to start writing a blog about different creative things i did. I hoped the blog would motivate me to do more creative things, and give me an excuse to book on  some interesting courses (stone carving coming up in the summer holidays, and blacksmith skills in the autumn!), and then write about them. I wanted to write about it in order to keep a record of all the things I was doing, but it’s turned into a way of meeting  like-minded people, sharing my creations with interested people, exploring the lessons I’m learning through craft and prompting  me to do more craft than I’ve ever done before (and as a by-product, filling  up a corner of our living room with boxes of stuff I might just want to use)! 

First piece of advice :

Blog because you want to. I’ve been blogging for 7 months, and if I was blogging in order to gain a huge following I’d be disappointed and might have given up by now. Looking at other blogs there are people with hundreds, and even thousands of followers, and as someone who compares myself (usually unfavourably) with others, that can be disheartening.  But having a smaller group of followers means I am getting to know some of the people through the comments  they leave for me and their blog posts. Blogging has an important role in giving me a way to reflect on the crafts I am doing, and the life lessons I am learning through them! Writing it down helps me to consolidate those lessons and also gives me an easy way to look back over all the things I have made in the first half of this year. Blogging is so much more than writing for an audience. 

Second piece of advice: 

Connect with the blogging world. Start by doing general searches of the areas you are interested in and have a look through some of the blogs that come up to see if you like what they are blogging about and if you like their style. Then comment on their posts. They may or may not respond to your comment but they will appreciate someone engaging with their post. Have a look at the other people who also comment on their posts as chances are their blogs may have similar themes that you would also be interested in. And, when people comment on your blog posts, make sure you engage with them and let them know you appreciate their comments. In my experience the people who have taken the time to comment on my posts have been really encouraging, kind and helpful and I’m motivated to keep going. All of this has resulted in feeling part of an ever expanding international community of people who are enjoying what they do, and who inspire me to make new and different  things, and who help me to see the good things in my creations even when they haven’t turned out how I expected. 

My nominees:

I know some people prefer to have award free blogs, and if I’ve managed not to notice that you are one of them then please do not be upset. Please just see my nomination as a recognition that I appreciate you and your blog, and don’t feel you have to write a post with your award. 

Jan at Jan made it, who blogs about gorgeous projects that I want to try

Pam at hooks and hills who inspires me to want to start way more projects than I have time for! And who introduced me to the idea of sexy crazy love notes 

Rose of my whimsical fancy partly because she has the word whimsical in her blog name but mainly because I enjoy reading her  blog and very much appreciate her becoming my pen pal

Tami of tanglewoodknots who makes beautiful things, gives good advice and inspires me to try new things

And Eleanor from coastal crochet who has helped me understand something about the links between crochet /craft and improving mental health, who makes beautiful things and then takes photos of them in beautiful locations including on the beach. 
Award rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Write a post to show your award
  • Give a brief summary of how your blog started and give two pieces of blogging advice
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award
  • Content on each blog to let them know that they are nominated and provide a link to your post announcing the award nomination

Spring fields blanket

This evening I carried on with the blanket I am pattern testing for Katie who has  now also designed a gorgeous summer themed blanket with sunflowers on it. 

I was nervous and excited about making the first buds as I’d never done reverse popcorn stitch before. But her instructions and photos were easy to follow and I produced these


I also realised I’d forgotten to link up to the stem two rows previously, so had to do an extra long one so I didn’t have to frog it! 

Then I just kept crocheting, and the blanket grew rather a lot. It’s cool when you decide you’ll just do a couple of rows but end up getting caught up in it and doing loads. It’s not so cool that I keep feeling really tired at the wrong times of day and then in the evening when I could go to bed I end up feeling really awake. But anyway, it meant the blanket grew more than I’d expected! 

Oh… My view wasn’t necessarily quite as pretty as the canal, but it was exciting as it was peppa, my guinea pig who was so poorly over the last month I was having to syringe feed her pellets, keep her quarantined from rosie due  to her diarrhoea, and not feed her vegetables. This evening I let her run around the room and she was hopping in and out of the cage several times. She’s eating veg again, and her stomach seems to be coping. It was lovely to watch her running around.