Monthly Archives: May 2017

WIP Wednesday – May Joyful World

Happy Wednesday crafters!

I hope you’re all having a great week! I have made more progress this month on my Joyful World from the Snowflower Diaries.

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I have pretty much done all the greenery and I need to add the critters for this month, a couple of cats in the middle and a dove on one the branches.

This is what the rest looks like as a reminder 😊

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Have a great rest of the week (and no, my yarn still hasn’t arrived 😢)

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New stitches and yarn order

Happy Monday readers!

First, I’d like to thank everyone for your lovely comments and suggestions on buying yarn online. I’ve followed the advice that a few of you gave me and placed an order with Wool Warehouse, and I got Scheepjes Catona in a few different colours (I will post a picture when my squishy parcel arrives).

Like I said last week, I’ve got this shawl idea stuck in my head for a little while now and I have finally started on making some swatches for the different stitches I want to use.

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The top picture is the star stitch, it took me a little while to figure it out but I ended up getting it after watching this tutorial from the Crochet Crowd. On the bottom right is some kind of net stitch worked up in triangles (I’m still a bit unsure about this one) and on the bottom left is a shell stitch. I had to try this one a few times as I wanted to include a decrease in the pattern with the same slope as decreasing the net or the star stitches. I have also re-done a starfish in filet crochet and I really like this version so it will be the one I keep. And last but not least I have made this little fishy using tapestry crochet.

I’m really liking how all the elements are turning out, now I just hope that when my yarn arrives and I start crocheting, everything comes together well, but only time will tell 😊

I wish you all a great week!

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Pokemon embroidery

Hello lovely readers!

Making a bag for my hubby earlier this week made me want to start a bag for myself, probably a project bag actually. I was rummaging through my fabric bag and found this piece, which had been abandonned for at least 2 years!

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It was time to add some friends and I will turn it into the front pannel of my new bag once I finish embroidering them all!

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On the top right corner, I added the japanese symbol for water. I’m going with a water pokemon theme too (they’re my favourite!) Have a great weekend!

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FO Wednesday? Calico bag

Happy Wednesday!

Yes I know this is unusual, but today I’m showing you a finished object! It’s not often that my husband asks for something handmade but recently he’s been asking me to make him a bag. More specifically a bag with 2 inside pockets. Big enough to carry his warhammer books. With only one handle. He knew what he wanted!

Now, I don’t have a huge amount of experience sewing bags, I’ve been sewing only for a couple of years and very irregularly. I have mostly made a few pieces of clothing and one bag, which I use to bring lunch with me at work. The inside part with two pockets was a bit of a nightmare to figure out but I did it!

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It’s not perfect but it works so I’m happy 😂

And look, it would fit a few of those books! Husband was happy and that’s what matters 😊 I’m probably going to decorate it as well with some of the logos from the Games Workshop company, we will see if it works! I do need to iron it first though.

Have a great end of the week!

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Camera play and yarn advice

Happy Monday readers!

Over the weekend I’ve dug out my camera and tried taking pictures using a few settings. I used my reef fish amigurumi (the one I tested for Starbeamer Patterns) and a few different backgrounds.

Which one do you prefer?

I also have some questions to ask you about buying yarn online. I have had an idea lately to design a shawl, but I can’t really find any yarn that would be good for it in local stores. So I wanted to order yarn online but I’m a bit afraid that I won’t like it once it arrives (I really like to squish and pat yarn before buying it). Do you guys have any suggestion of yarn that would be good for a shawl and that you have tested? I was thinking sports weight or 4ply, maybe cotton blend for a better stitch resolution?

I’d love to hear from you! Have a great week 😊

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Finished object – Ripple blanket

Hello beautiful readers!

I have finished it, my ripple blanket is all done! And it was delivered yesterday night too and my friend loved it 🙂

The fish appliqué I used was the Angel fish from this website and the starfish was from here. The shark and the turtle were freehanded. I did also manage to attach them all without the yarn showing through to the other side, which I was quite proud of.

And here it is! It is actually quite big, probably around 1.2m x 1.5m.

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I hope you guys have a great weekend, I know I will as it’s our first wedding anniversary on Sunday and we have planned to go out 🙂

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WIP Wednesday – Gandalf’s pipe and madeleines

Happy Wednesday readers!

I have taken back to my LOTR crochet along now that my ripple blanket is almost done (2 rows left, yay!). I have made a start on Gandalf’s pipe, and here is what it looks like so far.

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I’ve also been baking today, I made a fresh batch of madeleines using my nana’s recipe and they were delicious!

It was actually quite funny because I was using fresh eggs that a friend brought over and the madeleines turned out so bright compared to usual! I even though something was wrong before I realised what was happening 😂

If you are interested with the recipe, I’ll post it next week, just let me know in the comments 😊

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April SAL with Helene

Hello readers!

I am very late this month for the SAL I participate in, over at Helene et Mahalia. But I finally finished! yay! I’m probably going to get straight onto May and finally catch up by the end of the month (it should be easier too once the ripple blanket is finished).

Anyway, here it is! It’s super cute as usual, and this last month was a mama bear and her cub 🙂 so lovely!

I will turn this into another ornament for my collection 🙂

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Fantastic Bake Along – Double Dipped Fried Chicken

Hello readers!

Once every three weeks, I will now be participating in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted by Tami @tanglewoodknots and Tracy @itsatsweetday. This time, Tracy chose the recipe, a double dipped fried chicken. You can find the recipe on her post here.

So I set out to make this delicious looking chicken for dinner, first I had to mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients together. I used moroccan spice mix instead of paprika as this is what I had already in my cupboard.

Then the coating began. I used cut chicken breast, as I thought it would be easier to eat with the meal I had in mind. The I gently fried my chicken until lightly golden.

And hop! In the oven! Because my pieces were smaller, I baked them for 40 minutes, and they were perfectly cooked through. But in the mean time, I also set out to make the other part of our dinner: a udon noodle soup. It was the first time I made one but it was super easy and I’ll probably make it again. I prepared a broth using garlic salt, chicken stock and ginger. I brought it to a boil and then reduced the heat immediately to infuse the flavours. Then, I added pieces of scrambled egg, buk choy and udon noodles and cooked them in the broth for 5 minutes.

And there is was! Delicious fried chicken and udon noodle soup!

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If you are interested in participating, contact Tami or Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks participating in the Fantastic BAL (I’ll edit this as the posts are released).

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Filet crochet and appliqué

Happy Wednesday!

I have finally made trials for a shark appliqué, and I’m really happy with the results! What do you guys think?

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I’ve also been trying filet crochet, and I have to say that it’s such a cool technique! I’ve done some starfish and I’ve tried either having the starfish in ‘solid’ or in ‘filet’. I’m not sure which one I prefer, the idea would be to turn one of those into a shawl. I think that I will use the design on the left regardless, I like that starfish better than the other one. Which one do you prefer?

I’m also hoping to get some cross stitch finished by Friday, but we’ll see, this week has been crazy!

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