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30 October 2013

Halloween Nails

Who doesn't love Halloween? Any excuse to dress up, eat 'themed' food and sweets and of course design new crazy nail art.
 
It's great having such a vast collection of nail varnish colours, turns out I already own suitable Halloween shades! These are all Barry M of course (THE best range of colours).
 
I don't really love drawing faces or things on my nails, I prefer either plain nails or patterns, so didn't go down the route of attempting ghosts and spiders and pumpkins.  Instead I went for Halloween colours and my very first go at drippy scary nails! What do you think?
 
I'm quite happy with them actually, I love the bright colours.
 
Happy Halloween for tomorrow! I'm having a little pumpkin carving and horror movie party, cant wait! What are you up to?

16 October 2013

A Babygro Monkey

A little while ago my Brother told me that he had heard about an idea to make little toys and mementos out of little babygros that your baby has grown out of.  I thought it sounded like a really nice idea, and suddenly I am roped into making a little toy from my Newphew's little clothes he is now too big for (he is only 2 months old how can he have grown out of things already!!!).

One of the little suits that my Brother gave me had a large applique monkey motif on the front, and knowing that my Brother and Sister in Law are obsessed with monkeys I thought perfect, I will use that as its head.  The rest I just sort of made up as I went along.
 
I wanted the monkey to have sort of a scrappy look to it, so it is obvious what it is made out of, so I added some little details.  I cut out the above little tag from inside one of the little suits and thought it would be a nice detail to stitch this onto the monkey.

The limbs were just based on the same basic pattern and I used the actual sleeves from one of the babygros complete with the cuff detail which was perfect for the little paws. 

I even cut off the edging trim with the press studs from one of the suits and sewed it down the middle so it looks like the monkey is wearing a babygro!

On his bottom another little detail cut off one of the babygros, I couldn't figure out a tail so thought a detail here would do instead.

Ta da! Finished little scrappy babygro monkey.  The material is soooo soft and smells like babies! aw! I didn't want to cut up my Nephew's little clothes at first, but he has sooo many and I think this little monkey will be a nice keepsake.  My Brother and Sister in Law seemed happy with him anyway. Phew!  
 

9 October 2013

Life Lately

I've been spending my days at work sewing! Living the dream! haha.  I don't know how or when we decided to make Alumni Association bunting but it's suddenly a reality.  Best part we got to hang out in the textiles classrooms for an afternoon, love it there.  I want to be a student again.
 
This photo of Meg is my absolute fave ever! Look at that little face. She is sooo cuddly lately, literally every time I sit down she curls up on me, I wake up with her sleeping on my back (I don't even notice anymore she is just always there) she is asleep on my legs now as I write this. I always feel so guilty having to move her.

I'm becoming obsessed with beauty products and make-up! I'm buying loads of things every time I go into town or to the supermarket.  Superdrug is fast becoming my favourite shop! I blame you beauty bloggers, yes you know who you are!  With their convincing product reviews and flawless complexions it really is not good for the bank balance.
 
So happy it is Autumn and I can get this little Tatty Devine beauty out! Oh I have missed you most perfect oak leaf acorn necklace, oh could there be a more perfect or prettier item of jewellery, I don't think so!
 
 Light green nails?  Kind of snot coloured aren't they!? Not so sure yet...

It was my birthday recently, wuhu! Mummy made me a cake, yum yum! Within my little group of school friends 4 of us have birthdays within a week or so of each other, we all turn the same age, so we picked a date sort of in the middle ish and got dressed up and went for dinner, was a nice change.  We were all home by 10.30! haha. Oh times have changed, we are old now!
 

7 October 2013

A crochet mustard snood for me!

I treated myself to a little crochet make.  Looking at all my crafty things recently they have been for other people, so it is nice to make myself a little something for a change.  I seem to have developed a little tradition for making these, I made one last year, you can see it here and the year before I kitted one! I do love a snood!
 
I have got a little obsessed with this mustard colour at the moment.  I really want a cardigan in this colour but can't seem to find a decent one.  I have thought about making one, but that it maybe a challenge for another time, so a snood will do for now.  The wool I have used is Jarrol Sweet Briar Chunky in Mustard and I purchased it here.  I bought two balls and have about 75% of one of them leftover.
 
I wanted a looser sort of pattern for this year's snood and I just made this pattern up as I went along.  It is so simple and worked up really quickly, which is great for such an impatient person as me.  But of course when I finished it the weather got warmer so I have not actually worn it yet! humph!
 
So onto the pattern:
 
  • Start with a chain and just keep chaining until the desired size.  I measure it against last year's and other scarves I have to get an idea of how I wanted it.
  • Join your chains with a ss to the starting ch once it is desired length.
  • To start your first row, ch4 then make a tr into the second ch from hook.  (The ch4 counts as the first tr plus ch1).
  • Ch1, then miss a st on the ch and make a tr into the next ch along.
  • Simply repeat the ch1, miss a st, tr into next st until you use up all your chains.
  • Join your last tr with a ss to your first ch4.
  • Now ch4 again to get the height for next row.
  • You are now going to be working your tr into the spaces from the previous row.  keep going along exactly as before.
  • Keep going with rows working trs into the previous rows spaces until you get the desired height for your snood.  Keep trying it on to check! Mine is 20 rows high.
 
 
The pattern makes a sort of lattice effect and is super quick to work, with the chunky wool you will have your completed snood in no time!

Me in my finished snood, of course it goes with everything! wuhu!
 
Have you got any good snood and scarf crochet patterns? Of course I will have to attempt a new one for next year. 

2 October 2013

A Crochet Bunny

A friend's little boy had his first birthday a week or so ago (on the same day as mine!) so of course I decided to make him a little crochet something.  My Amineko Cat got a lot of compliments so I though maybe baby Jude would like one too.  But this time I wanted to make the pattern a little different.
 
For the body and limbs I just followed the exact same pattern as last time.  You can find it here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amineko-crocheted-cat 
 
So I decided to make him into a bunny instead of a cat.  For the ears I just made them up, just rows of dc with increases and decreases to form the shape.  I made one ear shape in blue and then a second ear shape in green and sewed them together in green with a dc edging.
 
I just embroidered his little face straight onto the head after I had joined him all together.
 
Close up detail of his feet. The wool is Peter Pan Wendy in Pistachio for the main green colour then blue jeans for the paws.  I love this wool it is sooo soft, perfect for baby presents.
 
Little front paws!
 
 
And of course a little round bunny tail.  Again for the tail I just made it up.  Just a continuous spiral, working increases and decreases to get the desired shape.
 
What do you think of the Amineko Bunny? I'm quite pleased with him.  I like how the basic pattern can be adapted to make lots of different animals, what should I try next?