Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The problem with hearts........



is that they are so damn addictive.





There are just so many things you can play around with. I'm a bit in love with hearts at the moment - hence the enormous amount I have produced lately...crochet heart... more crochet hearts with danglies... stiched hearts with crochet flowers... hearts with stiched felt hearts hahahaha..... and the more I play...the more ideas I have... Its bad! :(



Oh well...nothing to be done other than just let all the ideas be brought to life and living with a lot of hearts! I can think of worse things ;)





Wednesday, 21 November 2012

FREE Pattern - Crochet Flower Potstand

I came across this beautiful pattern for a potstand/holder on a Dutch lady's blog - Lindevrouw's Web. She has some awesome work on her blog and it's definitely worth a visit! :)- albeit all in Dutch lol. I took the liberty of translating her pattern into English as well as crocheting one up as I went along - The English pattern is as follows: (the original pattern in Dutch is here: http://lindevrouwsweb.blogspot.com)



Skill Level:   Easy-Intermediate

Materials:  

Colours and Yarns are up to you. As long as you use a hook suitable for the yarn thickness. I used Vinni's Colours - Nikkim 100% Cotton in Lime, Stone and Khaki; 3mm Crochet Hook

Instructions:

MAKE 2

You can make this design in any colour variants of your choice - Start with a magic loop or 5 chains joined with a ss.

Round 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 15dc in ring, join with ss. (16dc)
Round 2:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc in each st around, join with ss. (30dc)
Round 3:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st, *1dc in next stitch, 2dc in next stitch*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss. (45dc)
Round 4:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same stitch, 1ch, 2dc in same stitch, *1ch, skip next 2 stitches, (2dc, 2ch, 2dc) in next stitch*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss. (15 groups)



Round 5:  ss to centre of 1st group,* in each ch1 space at the centre of the grouping make 2dc,1ch, 2dc, ss in the ch1 space between the groupings*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss.
Round 6:  ss to the centre of the 1st group *(work only in the ch1 space in the middle of each group), make 3dc, 1ch, 3dc, 1ch*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss.



Round 7:  Repeat Round 6.
Round 8:  ss to centre of 1st group *(work only in the ch1 space in the middle of each group), make 4dc, 2ch, 4dc, 1ch*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss.


Round 9:   ss to centre of 1st group *(work only in the ch1 space in the middle of each group), make 5dc, 2ch,5dc, 1ch*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss.
Round 10:  1ch, 1sc in same space,* in the ch2 space in the middle of the grouping make 12dc, 1sc in the ch space between the groupings*, repeat from * to * around, join with ss and fasten off.




Work Round 1 - 10 again for second motif.


When you have finished both motifs, work in all loose ends. Place the 2 motifs against each other, right sides facing outward. Join yarn at the centre of two groupings (working through both pieces), make 20ch, ss into same stitch as joining. Work over the 20ch with sc until there are enough sc to make a strong loop. ss again into the same stitch as joining.


Now crochet though both pieces using only ss, going down to the centre using the gaps/holes on the motif. Make sure not to make the ss too tight as this will make the motif scrunch and warp. Once you reach the outer edge of the centre piece, turn around and go back up using the same spaces as you did going down. (Tip: I found it easier to work with the yarn at the bottom of the work, pushing the hook through and just pulling the yarn up through the pieces.)




Once at the top, work around the scallop using each of the 12 stitches. Repeat this all around the motifs until you are back at your hanging loop. Join with a ss and fasten off. Work in loose ends. (Tip: Continuously turn your work around and make sure you place your stitches in the right gap at the back - if your motifs shift on top of one another you might hook the needle through the wrong space at the back making it look untidy at the back).




Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Can you believe it's almost Christmas again!!??

The other day I took my gran to the mall to do some shopping and all the store displays had changed to christmassy stuff - I realized it was November - but somehow the sight of all the christmas lights and decorations and music brought it home ...hard! Where had the time gone!!?? And worst of all - this year it has caught me quite unaware - I have nothing planned yet - no colour combinations, no gifts planned (or made mind you), no sparkly ideas in mind - nothing...nadda...ziltch!

So in an effort to avoid a panic attack, I grabbed my hook and started doing something...ANYTHING christmassy. It didnt work - I realized how long it takes to do these handmade things. But...after a while..the worst of the panic had gone and I realized I can only do what I can do...not sure how long this mindset will prevail - but I'm going to enjoy sanity while it lasts ;)


Monday, 12 November 2012

Knitted Cup Cozy Cuteness

Ok..so to be completely 100% honest - I've never reeeaalllyyy seen the use of a knitted cup cozy. I  mean, what does it really do?? After much thought on this earth shattering topic - I decided I didn't really need to know. Sometimes things are there just to bring joy and look pretty. So unless someone knows the reason and would please take the time to inform me - I've settled on "because it's uber cute and looks gorgeous."
This is a cup I finished the other day - I just randomly went and shopped for different mugs - no planning behind it. This is the first of the random cup cozy cuteness project :)


Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Nasturtium Colour Love





Work in Progress...... I am busy with the african hexagons still and doing some more pillows. But don't you think these colours are just beautiful - it happened quite accidentally. Went to my LYS to buy some more Vinni's Bambi - and unfortunately the stock levels were a bit low. These were the only colours I could find and decided to put them together. Once I had a few hexagons I realized they reminded me so much of the beautiful Nasturtiums that grow wild in my back yard.... Instant Love affair I tell you! :)


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

a Proud Tea Cosy Custodian

I've come to a gradual realization that my youth is now a distant memory... lol... Things I thought were absolutely horrendous as a young adult..has now become..uhhmm.... charming. Things I ABSOLUTELY INSISTED I'd NEVER have in my house... now features centre stage as you enter the door. Colours I thought the bane of any home has found a place in many of my creations. Isn't it strange and amazing how we find appreciation in things as we grow older. Growing older has never been a bad or scary thing in my own mind - instead I've always thought it quite exciting! I often laugh at myself when I find myself rolling my eyes at teenagers or young adults thinking "ooooooo you've still got a lot to learn"..hahahah... and I immediately chastise myself thinking..."honey!! you were ten times worse!!"... lol...

So... bearing this new-found-love-of-the-charming in mind - my newest obession... wait for it..... tea cosies! Yep!!..Tea pots in different shapes and sizes have become a passion of mine... I just think they are so darn cute!!! So just as my grandmother...and hundreds of grandmothers before her, had cupboards filled with different teapots with beautifully handmade tea cosies - I now have the same love of the little pots......

Confessions are always so liberating! This is currently my favourite little pot - unfortunately I made it for the shop - but I'm considering just keeping it (evil grin)!




Monday, 5 November 2012

Hexagon Luv

I am still as in love with these African Hexagons as the day I "met" them! These pillows will feature extensively in the RubyRed Eclectic shop lol....  The different colour combinations make me smile everytime I see them.




Exciting News

Ok...so I haven't posted for a very very long time. It's just been so hectic...moving...and I've been working on my new venture - which I'm very excited about. I have decided to open a little shop - nothing fancy..just real! My passion for all things art and craft inspired me to finally do something about it - so RubyRed Eclectic Handmade Originals was born...:)  Obviously it takes quite a while for me actually MAKE something - so I've been working hard to get some stock ready so I can open the shop.

This raises a bit of a dilemma to be honest -( giggles) - I'm not sure if I'm praying that everything sells on opening day or that things sell veerryyy sloowwllyy so I can have time to replenish stock hahah....!! In the end I realized that this shoppy is not there to mass produce or become commercial in any way. It's my attempt to keep a love of crafts alive, to have a platform and create an environment in which to live out my creativity, to inspire people to re-connect and appreciate things that took time, skill and love to create. Our world has become such a fast-paced, immediate access, mass producing environment - little emphasis remains on the things that take time... but they are so rewarding! And hence the little shop where the old world and the new world meet. A place to make you smile and hopefully a place that inspires!

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