Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Folksy Friday Stars

This week's Folksy Friday is all about stars. I love star shapes all year round but at Christmas time I think they are particularly apt!

Hammered silver necklace by Dream of Silver
I love this simple, pretty necklace. I don't wear a lot of jewellery (although I do own quite a lot) but when I put a necklace on it tends to stay on for quite a long time. This is the kind I really like; it will go with anything and become a real signature piece.

Glass by Poulsom Glass Painting
Oh I think this glass is beautiful! I have looked through this shop so often! How I would LOVE to drink my Christmas tipple from one of these!

Glass bowl by Lazy Daisy
This is so pretty and there are coasters available too! I think it would look lovely piled high with mince pies! (And I don't even like mince pies!)

You're A Star Birthstone necklace by Poppy Sparkles
This is a lovely gift and it can be personalised with the recipient's birthstone. Poppy Sparkles also has a gorgeous snowflake necklace in the same style, but this week I am posting stars!

Little Ninja Companion by Lilley's
These little Ninjas are so cool and this one's holding a star! I can imagine that once you start buying these they will become quite collectable.

I know it's a bit gauche including my own items here... but I'm quite proud of these and I just noticed that they fit the theme so I'm risking it!

Yin Yang Star Mitts by Badschnoodles

So that's it for this Folksy Friday. I hope you see something you like! :)

In other news, I have a few lovely fellow Ravellers very kindly testing a shawl pattern that I wrote! They are from as far afield as USA, Sweden and Australia! It makes me feel quite cosmopolitan! (Or is that 'feel like having a cosmopolitan!?)
When it's finalised I will be posting it here so watch this space... ;)

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Friday, 5 November 2010

Super-quick Folksy Friday - Stationery!

I didn't think I would have the time for this, and to be honest I probably don't but I though hey - just do it anyway!
Without further ado -
I <3 stationery.

List maker's notebook by gooseberrymoon

Green Dinosaur notebook by She Draws

Print your own Stationery set - Kawaii Poo by Papercake make and print

Gorgeous postcard by Hide n Seek

Vegan mini journal by Susan Green Books

So - that's the fastest blog I've ever done. (Sorry for any spelling or grammatical errors!) I had found the items before this morning but even so - if I can post this fast all the time I could blog every day - or at least every week!

Have good weekends!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

End Year Resolution and Photography

It's been a while *hangs head in shame* but I've made an end-year resolution to be better organised. The main problems I had were time and over-ambition. I don't have enough time in the evenings to research, compose and post as well as wind-down, crochet and occasionally cook! But I realised that I don't have to do it all in one evening.
I've downloaded the Blog Booster app for my iPhone so I can make drafts anywhere. I can research items one night and post them another. So hopefully I will be able to post more regularly in the future.

Speaking of apps... I've been getting back into photography recently thanks to my new iPhone and two fantastic apps.

Hipstamatic is a brilliant camera app where you can choose different lenses, films and flashes to produce some amazing retro shots.

Like these ...

The other app I've been using a lot is Instagram. It's a social networking site using photographs instead of statuses. A bit like twitter for photos I guess. It's free too!
With Instagram you take a photo or choose one from the camera roll and crop it square with the ability to zoom in as well. You then have the option of sharing it as is, or choosing a filter to overlay it. Depending on the filter you choose, the effects can be quite dramatic.

Here's a picture of the sky behind my flat.

And here's the same photograph with the 'Gotham' filter over it.

All the photos go into your feed, which other users can follow. You can follow users, 'like' photos and comment on photos. Popular shots go onto the 'popular' pages. There are some amazing photographs out there!

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This was taken on my way to work one morning. It's in Mistley.

This bee was on the wall of my office one day when I cam back from lunch. I managed to get pretty close to it and then enlarged it using Instagram when I posted it.

I took this one morning while walking the dogs. It's a school fence round the corner from me.

This map is on my desk at work. I got it from a charity shop.

Aloe Vera on my kitchen windowsill.

So, I hope you like them. If you want to follow me on Instagram my userame is Badschnoodles there too!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Soya Pineapples

Gosh, I am completely shamefaced by how long it has been since I have updated. I have lots of draft posts but none of them have made it here.
There's a couple of things that I've been working on.

This is a shawl I made from sirdar just soya dk. It's the Aphrodite Shawl pattern. It took me about two weeks to finish it.

It's the first time I've tried pineapples. I love the way they look but always thought they'd be really complicated. It was actually quite an easy pattern to follow.That's the beauty of crochet for me - it's all stitch by stitch, row by row so as long as the pattern is clearly written you can follow it and create something beautiful!

The other thing I've been making on and off for the last couple of months is two pairs of day gloves for my friend's bridesmaids.The original pattern was from The Art of Crochet (issue 23 I think.) I just happened to see it when I was thinking about patterns for the gloves and it turned out to be exactly what my friend was after. The pattern came up really small so I had to increase the number of stitches and use a larger hook than stated. I also increased the size of the fingers individually.

Basically the process was that I made one glove and sent it to my friend. I then worked on other things while she tried it on the bridesmaids and sent it back for editing. I was really pleased with how they turned out. And apparently they got a lot of compliments on the day, which is always nice! ;)

At the moment I am working on a new fingerless glove design. I've made several pairs and I think they are nearly ready... I am also looking at baby patterns on Ravelry because another friend just had a baby girl!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


I know I’ve been quiet recently and have missed a couple of Monday and Friday postings... *hangs head in shame*

I thought I’d share some pictures of what I have been filling my time with…

But first – here’s the 2nd attempt at purse making, which turned out a LOT better than the first. I made a glasses case for my Dad for his birthday out of tie silk.

Okay, here are some skirts that I made following an on-line tutorial. Well, I say ‘following’ – the first one proved that the tutorial wasn’t right for me so I hacked bits off it here and there and then used it to make a better pattern for the other two.

Originally I was going to make a dress with this fabric, but I think the pattern is a little much for that.

How gorgeous is this fabric? I’ve had it stashed for years but I always knew it wanted to be a skirt. It’s called “Erte revisited” I think.

This pink seersucker I’ve also had for years. I was going to make a bias cut wrap skirt from it, but didn’t have enough.

This is a cover for our patio table that I made with some cute Russian Doll print PVC. It came in the day before I went to the shop – fate!

I’ve got a bit left over – the long strip cut off the bottom to make it the right length so about 3 metres by 30cm – any suggestions? It’s fairly light-weight.

I just love this Ikea fabric. I bought it last year to make a throw-over for our footstool and made sure I got some extra as well. I know most people would say that purple and orange clash, but I don’t see that as a bad thing! I might have enough of this fabric left to make a couple of little cushions, too.

And also, in true make do and mend fashion, these cushion covers were made for a friend out of one of her favourite duvet covers. She’s having a garden party and wanted some cushions to be strewn around the lawn. She asked me to make 2 small and 2 large and anything else I could get out of it. I think I did a pretty good job of maximising the fabric – I used the snap closures already on the duvet for two of the cushions and then managed to squeeze another two large cushions out of the duvet. Each pillowcase made one small cushion. The remnants won’t go to waste either, as I’m going to stuff them with polyfill and make some little random shaped cushions, too.

Sewing was always my first love – in fact, I only took up crochet because I didn’t have the room for my sewing machine! – But although I have slowed down on the crochet front, I haven’t quite ground to a standstill. Look at these cutey booties I was practising this weekend – I do love tiny shoes!

...And before you ask, no I am not pregnant! I just know several ladies who are. :)

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Folksy Friday - Holidays!

I know it's early this week but as I am now on holiday from work for 10 whole days I'm a bit excited. So I have been looking at holiday-themed items on Folksy and I decided to have that as my theme for this week.

First up is this groovy holiday themed bunting by Cottoncabin. I love the stamp print.

Next I've chosen these cute gift tags made from maps by Little Silverleaf. Whenever I'm going anywhere I love having the map and looking at it over and over! I can spend hours looking through an atlas.
Next I've chosen this linen fishing boat cushion cover by Jo Fulham because it reminds me of my holiday to Cornwall last year.

How cute is this suitcase necklace by She Draws?!

Whenever I go away I like to make lists of everything I'm taking and check things off as I pack it in my case. And what a lovely case this is! I love red and white together in the summer. It's made by MamaRuby.
So, I shall definitely be enjoying my holiday next week - even though I'm not going anywhere, I will have plenty of time to craft!