I hope you’ve all had a great week, my friend left yesterday and I’m a bit sad the she’s gone but on the bright side I’m back full time with blogging! (still the usual 3 x a week , but you know I’ll be able to actually read more and hopefully respond slightly faster, so that’s a win!)
I know I’ve said that I wouldn’t really make any Christmas gifts, but then I actually thought of some really good and fast gifts to make for my nana and my aunty, as them and my grandpa are visiting for Christmas. So, I have decided to hand stitch them some gifts!
You probably remember (if you were following me at the time) that I went to a craft fair in Brisbane in September? When I was there, I bought some really cute buttons and a cool diy ornament kit from Krazy Kreations.
Isn’t that going to be super cute? This will be for my nana, but today I want to share with you the finished I made for my aunty.
I spend a good while looking for the perfect fabric for this, as I had a pretty clear idea in mind. This is what I ended with (excuse the poor lighting on the left fabric, it’s meant to be blue!).
I then hand drew the motifs I wanted and used my rusty appliqué skills. I’m super happy with how it turned out, and all that was left to do was to write a cute sentence at the top (it means “hop with happiness” in French, pun intended) and sew on the buttons.
Did I mention my aunty loves frogs? I think it’s a very effective gift, and I know that she will love it because it has frogs! I can’t wait for her to see it 🙂
How is your Christmas gift making going? I’d love to hear about your more ambitious projects!
TGIF! And I am on mini holidays too for a week 😊
My hubby and I are going to spend a week in Melbourne (in Australia, not the US!) where he will start working towards the end of the year. I’ve never been there but I’m really excited as I got told that the food and coffee down there is amazing! I’m also pretty excited because they have real winters and I will be able to crochet and knit heaps of wearable things once we move there. If you have been to Melbourne or live there, do you guys have any suggestions for good yarn shops? I might as well go and visit a few!
Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick recap for May. I actually did not finish many things in May but the ones I finished were pretty big (except for Yoda, he is tiny)!
I think that starting and finishing a blanket in a month (actually more like 3 weeks) is a record for me, I’ve never done a blanket that fast! The cross stitch was also the longest of the year, look at all this beigy/brown! And I even got some sewing done, talk about multi crafting 😂 I also tested a great bikini top pattern from Oceans Originals but I can’t show you anything yet, patience!
I also dug out a few projects and I am working hard to get those finished in June!
I’m actually not sure why I’m doing so much needlework considering it’s winter! What I am thinking, I wonder?
I also did some baking in May, and I participated in my first Fantastic Bake Along! It was great and I can’t wait for the June one.
So, my plan for June is to finish knitting my socks, hopefully find some time to read more (maybe on the plane) and get back on track for my LOTR blanket.
What have you been up to during May? Do you also have a huge list of projects you’d like to start/continue/finish in June?
Have a great weekend!
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!
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!
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!
Happy Friday lovely readers!
I will soon be visiting the UK and while we are there we have planned a visit of the Harry Potter theme park. As you may know, I’m a HUGE Hp fan, so, in the spirit of my upcoming trip, I have made a few preparations.
First off, I finished my Hogwarts robes, which I made for our Harry Potter Halloween party last year. I took this test to know which house I belonged to, and I got Ravenclaw!
The robes were wearable for Halloween but I wanted to improve them a bit, so I put binding on the sleeves and I added a button and some elastic band to close it off. I also needed my house crest so I started stitching it on 14 count aida, using this graph found on Pinterest.
I changed up the colours a bit and this is where I’m at.
I also acquired some Hogwarts book as you can see, just to be ready for when I finally go there (after all, I’m a Ravenclaw and we like to read ahead!).
I also made up this layout for an embroidery project I have in mind.
I used a bunch of HP related symbols and phrases and put them all in a heart. Oh, and did I mention I LOVE Harry Potter yet?
Now, back to stitching, I haven’t yet found a way to enchant my needle to work on its own.
I was pretty sick yesterday, which means I stayed at home and had the day crafting! The only issue is that I was too tired to focus on cross stitching so I actually only finished the 18th letter now!
R is for Relicanth! Probably one of my favourite Pokemon, I would always have him on my team if I could! I really like how he turned up 🙂
And with him the 3rd row is finished!
I also baked some Japanese rice cakes (daifuku) and I finally achieved the perfect consistency. Just the right amount of chewy and not sticky. Event got compliments from my Japanese colleague, although she said I managed to bring a French twist to them (not sure how but I’ll take the compliments!) oh and the inside is a dark chocolate truffle! Yum yum!
I wish you all a terrific weekend!
I am now allowed to reveal the first 3 steps of the January SAL from Helene. This whole year, Helene will base her patterns on stained glass windows. I am planning on mounting each design on different fabric and try to make a quilt at the end of the year, so this will be a very big work in progress over the year.
Now, without further ado, here are my first 3 steps, nicely put together by Helene 🙂
This week has been so full-on but I am glad to say that I have made some good progress.
First on is my poke-alphabet, I’ve finished I and J and I’ve stitched the outline for K.
J is for Joltik
I is for Inkay
the poke-alphabet so far
I have also been following the lovely Hélène’s SAL on her website (which you can find here
– btw it’s mostly in French!). I can’t show you January yet (release for the first 3 steps is tomorrow) but I can show you the very cute snow cone from December.
I turned him into a perfumed pillow (with cloves inside). It was my first try ever at a pillow and I think it turned out good.
What have you guys been up to this week?
Only 1 week until Christmas!!!!! I haven’t made much progress on my Pokemon alphabet but at least I have done a little!
I’m pretty excited though because today I dropped my first yarnified love bomb at my uni and I really hope it makes someone’s day 😊
I will also try over the weekend to dye some evenweave fabric I bought today, using natural ingredients (probably some spices). I’ll keep you guys posted if it works (and probably if it fails as well!).
some plain fabric ready to get a makeover
Oh and don’t think I have forgotten about the bulbasaur plush pattern, I’m just trying to make it look as nice and easy to cut out as possible 😉
In the mean time, have a great day/ evening/ night and happy crafting 😊
Almost quite literally this time!
I don’t know if you have that at home, but in Australia, some people have mad skills at decorating their homes for Christmas. Tonight we went to see the runner up and the winner of our area for best light display and it was quite amazing!
I’m afraid that the pics don’t really do the lights any justice, it was truly magical!
And I have finished my Christmas presents at last!
Bulbasaur is ready to be gifted on Saturday!
And this is part of my secret Santa, for a fishing lover 🙂
Hope you guys are finished or almost there with all your amazing gifts!
I might have slightly missed Friday’s post 😁 I got very excited because I finished all my Christmas cards and all my bookmarks and I forgot to post before going to bed.
So here is my “petit prince” finished 😊 I’m sure my mum will love it, this book is one of her all time favourites and it’s not hard to understand why!
From now on I will also be following the lovely Hélène’s mystery SALs.
I’ve already started the Christmas one, and I was a bit late so I’m allowed to post the first step already.
From next year onwards, a small fee will be asked to join the SAL (10€ for 24 grids) but if you ask me it’s well worth it. Hélène’s designs are just amazing. The theme for next year is stained glass windows and I can’t wait!
This weekend will be very busy, it’s my other half’s birthday on Monday and we have a weekend of fun planned (another birthday party tonight, restaurant and games day tomorrow). I doubt I’ll get too much craft done but hopefully I’ll have some party pics to show you on Monday!
Have a great weekend