Sunday, 29 December 2013

729 - Crochet Cushions

Last year I made Donald's mum and sisters some Christmas baking sets. It's so much fun making a gift for people, I decide to craft them something again this year. This year, I decided to crochet some giant cushions. And I mean giant! I didn't know quite how big my granny squares were going to have to be to cover the cushions I had, but it turned out quite huge!

I used up a lot of chunky wool I had left over from other projects, but I did end up having to buy another few balls to finish the project off.

Because I was using so many different odds and ends of wool, all the cushions are different, so here's a picture of both sides.

Crochet cushions

Crochet cushions

Crochet cushions

Crochet cushions

Crochet cushions

To prove how huge they are, here's a picture of me holding one.

Crochet cushions

They are so super squishy and soft, I wish I had made one for myself now, but I really don't think we need any more cushions on our couch!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

728 - Christmas Pressies

So know that Christmas has sadly passed, I can finally start posting about the Christmas presents I made for friends and family.

First up are the little presents I made for our friends Sven and Stacey. I decided to craft them a little something each for their house. So for Sven I made some Portal perler bead fridge magnets.

Portal magnets

It meant I finally got to use the glow in the dark perler beads I have. I got the pattern from here if you want to make them yourself.

Next up I made some dinosaur felt coasters for Stacey as she loves dinosaurs. I used some spotty felt I had and cut out some cute dinosaur shapes I found on this blog. They were quite easy to make but I really liked how they turned out.

Dinosaur coasters

In return I was gifted with these lovelies!

First Xmas pressies #totalchild

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

727 - A Sketch a Day

Sorry I've not posted in so long. It's not that I'm not crafting, because I am. It's just that all the things I'm making are for Christmas so I can't show them to anyone yet! How annoying! Hopefully after Christmas a more normal posting schedule will resume.

Anyway, today's post is about an idea I've seen in a couple of different places, and that is a sketch a day. It's basically exactly what it sounds like. You draw something everyday, for a certain time period. I've decided to try and do it every day next year.

I love drawing and I definitely don't do it enough, because I always think I have to make this huge amount of time for it. I have so many arty supplies that sit unloved. Well in addition to them getting used a lot more next year, (more on that later) I also want to do this daily sketch challenge. I think it'll be a great way to practise drawing things I maybe wouldn't always draw and create something new everyday, without it being a huge piece. They can just be pen or pencil sketches, or something totally coloured in, we'll see!

So I bought myself a new diary, with a page per day, so I can draw something every day and have them all in the one place.

Sketch a day 2014

Sketch a day 2014

Sketch a day 2014

I made a nice cover page for it and ripped out all the normal pages diaries have that I didn't need for drawing. I'm so excited to start!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

726 - Rainbow Road Hot Mug Cozy

As is the tale with a lot of things I make, I have had this pinned for ages. Since March in fact. Phew! But in the spirit of making myself things that were useful for starting a new job, I decided to make this lovely Rainbow Road coffee mug cozy from Wild Olive. This was part of Wild Olive's Mario Week series, and is based on a level from Mario Kart.

I decided to change to colours up a bit and just use colours I liked the look of, so the main colour isn't a road colour, it's a lovely green.

I also had to change the shape of template as for some reason the curved version from the template just wasn't working. I think this meant that my road shapes are maybe a little more spaced out than they should be, but I still think it looks very pretty. 

Hot mug cozy

Hot mug cozy

Hot mug cozy

Hot mug cozy

I love the colours combos, and the wee star on the front is so cute. So hopefully when I'm drinking tea on a cold morning, this will stop my hands getting too toastie. It's a little bit more squint than Mollie's, but I definitely don't have her tidy skills.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

725 - Everything's Coming Up Milhouse!

Guess what guys?! I got a job! I am so happy! It's a three month contract just now but I'm crossing my fingers that it could lead to something more permanent. If not, at least it's more experience for the CV.

To celebrate this fact I decided to embroider a blank tote bag I've had for a while to be my new work bag. I usually have to take another bag to work to carry my lunch box and book in. I had been planning to embroider an Aimee Ray pattern on my bag, as I bought it probably over a year ago, but decided to change it up a bit.

I went for the quote from The Simpsons, "Everything's coming up Milhouse". If you don't know the quote, you can see it below.

It's one of my favourite quotes and I thought it summed up my mood of things are looking up!

Milhouse bag

Milhouse bag

I'm very happy with how it turned out, and the photos I was popping up on Instagram as I was making it were getting bucket loads of likes, so I guess other people are Milhouse fans too!

I also really liked this tote bag, which I got from Hobbycraft the same as all my other ones, but this one was nice and thick, as opposed to the quite thin ones I'm used to. So I'm hoping this can handle all the crap I lug around with me.