Tuesday, 26 August 2014

815 - Tumblr-ing Around

Blogging. It's a funny old world eh? I feel weird about it a lot of the time. I either feel like I don't have enough to blog about and I worry about the scheduling, or I have too much to post about (like right now) and I'm dying to post about them but I want to try and only post once a week to keep things regularly. Or I feel like I'm not posting enough, so I try things out, like my Makeshift Monday posts to keep the blog populated.

I read this post the other day by Miss Jojangles (a blog I had sadly only just discovered) and it sort of struck a chord with me.

I want to be able to blog whenever I want to. I want to post lots of progress shots as I go along instead of saving them all for a blog post I'll write in a few weeks. I want to post things up instantly, and not have to be attached to my computer to do it. I really want to delve into the crafty community, and I'm not always sure my blog does that.

So I've decided to take a step back from Blogger and move to Tumblr! It's instant, and more about the pictures than the words, which is really what I'm going for. I'll still be posting on my Facebook page as well, and I may come back to my blogger one day, but I think just now, I definitely want to focus more on just the crafting, and not worry about the rest of it.

So if you would like to still follow me, here's where I'll be most active, which would be lovely, because I love everyone who's ever read a post, commented, or sent me an email!


Peace out!

Monday, 25 August 2014

814 - Makeshift Mondays

A little while ago, I used to do a post called Friday Favs Top 10, and it was basically a collection of all the amazing things I had found on Pinterest that week. I stopped doing it around the time Pinterest changed the way you could embed pins, because they kept breaking, and it was causing a lot of hassle to keep fixing them.

However, recently I was going through all my Friday posts (fixing aforementioned broken photos) and I decided that I missed doing these posts, so I thought I would pick them up again and cheer up my Mondays with lovely craft goodies. Before I used to use whatever cool things I had found on Pinterest, but this time I'll be limiting it to just crafty related things. Honestly Pinterest keeps me so inspired, I don't think I'll ever run out of things to make!

I can't believe how teeny tiny these crochet earrings are. Halloween is coming up and Halloween earrings are just my favourite.

Just look how lovely this stitching is! It looks like a painting!

I love Orange is the New Black, and these perler bead characters are just awesome! I still need to catch up on the second season though.

This amazing cherry necklace is a tutorial on the lovely blog tea and craft. It seems quite easy to make but looks totally amazing!

I do have quite a love for the Bride of Frankenstein, and I love this little cutie! Not sure if my knitting skills would be up to making here though!

Speaking of kickass brides, check out this awesome Kill Bill amigurumi.

Much like the little deer above, I can't get over how lovely this stitching it. So neat, lovely colours, and geektastic.

I've seen the tattoo and the drawing version of this little mermaid, so I was mega excited when I saw there was a cross stitch pattern of it. It's definitely on my to-make list!

If you haven't seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet, why not?! It's just amazing, and Groot is too cute! I may have another Groot related post coming up on the blog later in the week!

Cutie little banana. I love his wee face.

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

813 - Let It Go

Now I have to say, I am a massive Disney fan. I have pretty much all the films, a ton of Disney clothing, and I even have The Little Mermaid tattooed on my thigh, but I have yet to see Frozen. Does this make me a bad Disney fan?

Anyway my friend Tiny is a big Frozen fan, so for her birthday I decided to make her a little Frozen themed gift, and a little something extra.

Pinterest is just FULL of Frozen crafts right now. It's clear it's mega popular. I search for some perler bead patterns, and eventually went with this one because they looked like a good size.

Frozen perler beads

I also decided to make a little felt bird keyring kit from Mollie Makes to go in with the Frozen goodies.

Bird Keyring

He's quite cute huh? And took about the same time as one episode of Made In Chelsea to complete. I do love a nice, quick, crafty project.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

812 - Sketch a Day 2014 Update

August 13th. Arrow. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 13th. Arrow.

August 14th. Tea. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 14th. Tea.

August 15th. Toast. #spoonchallenge #sketchaday
August 15th. Toast.

August 16th. #sketchaday
August 16th.

August 17th. #sketchaday
August 17th.

August 18th. Platypus. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 18th. Platypus.

August 19th. Hedgehog. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 19th. Hedgehog.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

811 - Have You Tried Turning it Off and On Again?

So even though I've been in the midst of trying to finish off a load of projects, I decided I would start another one. Well why not eh? This one only took an evening to complete though, so it's not too bad.

It was my lovely friend Griz's birthday a couple of weeks ago and we all headed out for a night on the town at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to celebrate. I decided it would be nice to craft her something nice, and after having a peek at her Facebook for some inspiration, I decided to go for something IT Crowd related.

Turns out there is loads of IT Crowd crafts on Pinterest, and after pinning a load of them for myself, I found this.

I made Griz some perler bead coasters last year, so I decided to cross stitch the same pattern instead of make it in perler beads.

IT crowd cross stitch

I decided to frame it in the other fridge magnet frame I had hanging around, though it was a bit of a squeeze, and Moss lost the bottom of his chin. Whoops! But I'm still very happy with how it looks and I'm happy I managed to get it to (mostly) fit.

IT crowd cross stitch

In case you don't watch the IT Crowd and have no idea what this is all about, here's a clip that should explain it.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

810 - Sketch a Day 2014 Update

August 6th. Tree. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 6th. Tree.

August 7th. Landscape. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 7th. Landscape.

August 8th. River. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 8th. River.

August 9th #sketchaday
August 9th.

August 10th #sketchaday
August 10th.

August 11th. Lemon. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 11th. Lemon.

August 12th. Book. #sketchaday #spoonchallenge
August 12th. Book.
So it turns out that Spoonflower don't send prompts at the weekend, which is why a couple in the middle are missing prompts. I decided to try and draw things from my brain instead of copying things for the weekend drawings, as I'm getting a free pass the other 5 days of the week!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

809 - Granny Square a Week 9-12

Granny square a week

Happy Saturday everyone! Hopefully you enjoy another update of my latest batch of squares from the Simply Crochet Granny Square a Week app. They are definitely getting more challenging as the weeks go on, so it's totally challenging my crocheting ability. But it's nice to see I'm still able to finish them all! I guess I'm better at crochet than I thought I was!

Granny Square 1 - Granny June.
Granny square a week

I'm not too sure about the middle of this one if I'm honest, but overall I think it's quite nice. I like the circle part of the second round, so that probably makes up for the middle bit being a bit wonky.

Granny Square 2 - Granny Florence.
Granny square a week

I really like this one. It's quite simple but the thinner edging makes it look quite fancy.

Granny Square 3 - Granny Margot.
Granny square a week

I love this one, mainly due to the colours that I picked. Though I'm not sure how you would use this one in a blanket or such, with the edging being so thin, but I really like it.

Granny Square 4 - Granny Marjorie.

Granny square a week

I'm not too sure about this one. It looks accurate to the photo, but I just don't really like the style. It looks a bit too open and loose for my liking, and I'm not sure about the little bumps on the outside. Still, it's nice to try something different every once in a while.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

808 - Sketch a Day 2014 Update

Hello all, and welcome to my normal mid-week sketch a day update, but this time, with a difference.

While I'm already doing the sketch a day challenge, I was reading some crafty blogs the other day and came across the 30 Day Spoon Challenge: A Month of Drawing on Spoonflower.

Basically they are encouraging people to sign up for the challenge, and every day they will email you a prompt for inspiration on what to draw that day. I was quite excited when I saw this, because while I'll be drawing every day anyway, it will be fun to get prompts for 30 days and not have to worry about thinking up something to draw.

The challenge started on August 4th, so my last two drawings from this week are the start of the challenge. I'll post the prompt under the photo too so you know what I was meant to draw.

It's not too late to sign up! You can sign up here or see the prompts on Spoonflower's Instagram account. Each week of prompts has a theme, and Spoonflower have handily created blog posts and Pinterest boards for each prompt/weekly theme if you're a bit stuck for inspiration.

And don't forget to tag all your images with #SpoonChallenge so everyone can check out your work!

July 30th #sketchaday
July 30th. Original image.

July 31st #sketchaday
July 31st. Original image.

August 1st #sketchaday
August 1st.

August 2nd #sketchaday
August 2nd. Original image.

August 3rd #sketchaday
August 3rd. Original image.

August 4th. Cactus. #sketchaday #SpoonChallenge
August 4th. Cactus.

August 5th. Mountain. #spoonchallenge #sketchaday
August 5th. Mountain.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

807 - Giant Crochet Blanket

I started making this blanket about 10 months ago! What! I decided I was going to start making a stash buster blanket to get rid of lots of the spare wool I have hanging around, but I keep flitting between things and it has taken forever to make. But it's finally finished and is definitely the biggest thing I have ever crocheted!

I wasn't sure how to take photos of it, so I took it out to my Mum's and hung it over the washing line because it's massive! 

Crochet blanket

Here's me next to it for scale! Holy moly!

Crochet blanket

I made it to go on our bed because I am the coldest person alive in the winter, and I always appreciate an extra layer.

Crochet blanket

Crochet blanket

I went with a combo of different coloured granny squares and plain coloured ones to mix it up a bit. I really didn't like doing the plain coloured ones as much as the different coloured one. I just don't think they look as neat or as pretty as the coloured ones. I also don't like the way of moving from one round to the next, but I'm glad I powered through and alternated the rows.

Crochet blanket

Crochet blanket

I also used a granny joining, which I've used before and I really like it because it means no sewing! I used all white for the joining because I wanted to contrast all the colours in the squares and also I had loads of white left over to use.

Crochet blanket

Finally for the edging I did a round of double crochet and then a round of scallop edging. I had bought this cute multicoloured wool, which I thought would be a nice contrast to all the white in the middle.

Crochet blanket

Phew! I'm so glad it's finally done! And I'm happy I actually managed it in time for winter!