The (first) Finished Journal ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ““

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my first journal. ๐Ÿ˜Š

There will be lots of pictures…so you might wanna grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and (hopefully) enjoy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This one is different than the first pages I showed you last week. I took a bound book, and worked on those pages.

The book I chose was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Here it is with a few pages of coffee-stained paper…

The inside cover

On the left is a piece of handmade paper I found in a Thrift Shop. I made envelopes, pockets and tags – you’ll find them, and some original illustrations, throughout the journal…

The back-inside cover

Here are some tags and inserts…

All of them have a decorated front, and a blank back…lots of room for writing and doodling ๐Ÿ˜

In the end I felt that the vintage look of the inside didn’t really match the plastic-y cover. So I gave it a new cover ๐Ÿ˜ What do you think?

This is the end of my ‘ Show and Tell’ ๐Ÿ˜… I hope you enjoyed the little trip into the Wonderland. Did you? A little note in the comments would be greatly appreciated! ๐Ÿ’•

I’ll see you soon! Take care! ๐Ÿค—

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A Collage For A New Mom ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope you’re doing well, and have a happy spring in your step on this lovely Monday!

Today I wanna show you the collage I made for my daughter, a new Mom ๐Ÿ˜Š

You may remember…in January we welcomed little Georgia Mae to the world. I’m happy to report that she’s a very happy, smiley baby ๐Ÿฅฐ

Here she is with her beautiful Mommy

So, since January I’ve been collecting little Mom/Baby related snippets, with the idea of somehow combining it all into a memento. It was just an idea in the back of my mind…until last Thursday. That’s when I came across a canvas hiding in a closet in my craft room. ๐Ÿ˜

That, my hodgepodge of calendar pages, pictures, poems, doilies, a vintage music sheet,tissue paper, and some ModPodge* came together beautifully for this collage.

Here’s a detail – I love these little poems ๐Ÿ’–

I started by covering the canvas with one sheet of tissue paper, arranged and glued down the pictures, then secured and coated everything with ModPodge*. Done! Easy Peasy ๐Ÿ˜…

Did this inspire you to make your own memento-collage? Please let me know…I’d love to hear/read about it! ๐Ÿ’•

Have a fabulous day! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒž

*no affiliation with PLAID

What Do You Do When The Crojo Is Lost?

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope this finds you well! ๐Ÿ˜Š

The question in the title line was one I asked myself many, many times over the last few weeks. And it’s also the reason why I took a timeout from writing for you.

I did try hard to get it back. I searched high and low for inspiration…spent WAY too much time on Pinterest ๐Ÿ™ˆ I dug deep into my creative pool – and my yarn stash ๐Ÿ˜ – and came up empty.

What to do, what to do?

Then it hit me…I don’t HAVE to crochet. There might be other pretty things inside me waiting to be made. ๐Ÿ˜Š

During my hours on Pinterest I saw many gorgeous handmade journals. Beautiful pieces of art, and creativity. I found myself going back to them over and over. I finally felt that little spark of inspiration ๐Ÿ˜

I read about ‘Smash Books’ – it’s like a scrapbook, but not. It’s messy, it’s colorful, it’s awesome! ๐Ÿ˜… You just take a ready-made journal or loose pages (to be bound later on) and start painting, cutting, glueing down any- and everything that strikes your fancy.

It’s completely new territory for me. I’ve never done mixed media, plus it’s an exercise in patience. See, you can’t just sit down and start or go out buy some supplies and begin the creative journey.

There is some legwork involved ๐Ÿคช and, I have to say it again, patience. Not really my thing ๐Ÿ˜… so definitely a learning curve!

I visited our Antique Mall, and numerous thrift stores for old books, magazines, note- and greeting cards etc.

In between collecting these pretty things I coffee-stained paper. This is quite an exciting process. Even though I did it the same way every time, each page comes out differently.

Wanna see?

Pretty cool, huh? ๐Ÿ˜

After a week of successful hunting and gathering the journal making began.

Here are my first attempts…

What I did, but will do differently from now on – I picked a theme for each signature.

What’s a signature you ask…I know I did ๐Ÿ˜Š A signature is a stack of loose papers (usually 5 or 6 sheets) that will be bound together to be combined into a book.

Anyway – I find that making themed signatures is a bit stifling…and time consuming. I’ll let you know, but I have a feeling that going with the inspiration, and combining snippets as you come across them, will be more fun. We’ll see ๐Ÿ˜Š

So… I think it’s safe to say I found something I love to do ๐Ÿ˜

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

A Creative Weekend

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

After the hectic holidays I treated myself to a wonderful creative weekend.

I had a few things to finish…like this Pixie ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Scoodie

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I had a few rows to crochet on the scarf part, and then I made the PomPoms.
Now, I have to say, even if you’re not a fan of the LionBrand Homespun Yarn, you have to admit that it makes awesome PomPoms ๐Ÿ˜Š

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If you wanna love the yarn, but are struggling with it, check out Robin’s post on her blog Imperial Crochet.  She made a beautiful hat/scarf set out of said yarn, and has a few tips on how to work with it.

Next was my Boho Vest (yes, my Christmas Decorations are still up  ๐Ÿ˜)

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Fun fact: Since I splurged on some handspun yarn from the ‘Lake of the Ozarks’ region  (4 skeins to be exact) this vest may very well be now the most expensive piece of clothing in my closet ๐Ÿ™ˆ Who’d a thunk it?
I really, really like it though – so it was worth it.

Since I started wearing more vests to spruce up some boring sweaters, I decided to make another (more economic ๐Ÿ˜† ) one.
If you look closer, the bottom part (the Ozark yarn) is knitted, and the rows are vertical.
I basically knitted 3 panels, and picked up stitches on the longer side.
I actually like to do it this way…no more math to figure out the stitch count. I just knit/crochet up until it’s the right length, or width in that case.
I hope this makes sense!

And that’s exactly what I’m doing for the new one, except I will make the strip long enough for the back and both front panels…no seams to close ๐Ÿ˜Ž
This time I’m doing the ‘Basketweave Stitch’ – my first time! And I love it…I can’t believe it took me this long to try it.

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Have you done anything in this stitch? If you haven’t and would like to know more, please let me know – I always love to help ๐Ÿ˜

And – since I feel my String Painting definitely needs improving, I dabbled a bit in paint.
My hat’s off to the kids that did this in Elementary School! There is – at least for me – a steep learning curve. Like making sure that all the excess paint is stripped off the string, and ‘don’t apply to much pressure’!

If you like to see more…don’t go anywhere ๐Ÿ˜ I took a few pictures of the process

Squirt some paint in a glass dish or on a plate, and dip your string in the paint until it’s covered all around. Take of the excess paint (I held up the doubled up string, and with thumb and forefinger of the other hand grabbed it, squeezed, and pulled up)

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Lay out the strings

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Cover it – I like to cover it with another piece of drawing paper (that way you’ll have two images ๐Ÿ˜ƒ) and a book. Apply some pressure, gather the strings at the bottom, and voilรก

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Not bad…but I will keep practicing ๐Ÿ˜Š

Well, that was it for me ๐Ÿค“ Did you have a wonderful weekend, doing things you love?
I sure hope so!

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

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‘Georgia Mae’s Flower Patch’ ~ Crochet Along – Part II

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Did you finish your Carnation Square from Part I of this Crochet Along?

Yes? Great!  ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Now let’s build on that, and see the ‘Flower Patch’ grow.

Get out your carnation, and yarn, and let’s do the next 5 rounds! Happy Crocheting! ๐Ÿ˜

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Pattern Notes:

Bobble Stitch: *Yarn over. Insert hook in next stitch/space, pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the previous dc. Repeat twice from *. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.

Round 11:
Attach yarn to any corner of your carnation square. Ch2. Yarn over. Pull through and up so the loop is as tall as the chain. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Insert hook in same space. Pull through and up. Yarn over. Pull through all loops at once.
Ch 3. Work one Bobble Stitch in same corner space. Ch 1.
Work one Bobble Stitch/each in every following [Ch1] space and between the Dcs of the previous row.
Work [1 Bobble, ch 3, 1 Bobble] in every corner space.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 12:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch3. Dc 2 in same space.
Dc 1 in each space and on top of each Bobble.
Work [dc 2, ch 3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slip stitch to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 13:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc in same space. Ch 3. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc 1 on top of the next 2 dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles of Row 11.
*Sc 1 on top of the next dc. Dc in the space between two bobbles.
Repeat from * , working [2sc, ch 3, 2sc] in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

Round 14:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch2. Dc 1 in same space. Ch 3. Dc 2 in same space.
*Skip on sc of previous row. Dc 1 in next stitch. Dc 1 in stitch skipped.
Repeat from *, working [dc 2, ch3, dc 2] in every corner.
Slipstitch to top of beginning ch.

Round 15:
Attach yarn to any corner. Ch 1. Sc 2 in same space.
Sc in every space between dcs in previous row.
Work 3 sc in every corner.
Slipstitch in beginning ch1.

That’s it for Part II. At this point you might wanna consider weaving in your ends.
I know, I know….ugh  ๐Ÿ˜ But you will thank me later! ๐Ÿ˜Š

I hope you’re enjoying your growing blanket. Part III and IV will bring you more Flower-Squares. ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

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Amigurumi – Galore ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ„

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Amigurumi is something I’m very intrigued by, but also find a bit intimidating – so I haven’t tried it yet. ๐Ÿค“ I do enjoy looking at the creations though ๐Ÿ˜Š and today I wanna share the cuties of the ‘Crochet Creature World’ ๐Ÿ˜

~ This one caught my eye on Pinterest

It took some digging, but I finally found the pattern here (Link to Etsy; paid pattern)

~ The ‘Fish in a Jar’ is perfect for a kid’s room ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern is free on Ravelry – you can find it Here ๐Ÿ˜

~ ‘Wiley the Wisp‘ from Emma Crafts Design <—– Link to the Free Pattern on Emma’s wonderful and inspiring blog ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Isn’t he cute? ๐Ÿ˜

~ This little Army of Hedgehogs is so adorable ๐Ÿ˜

You will find the pattern (written and video) right Here

~ The Sleepy Fox will be loved by everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š

Awwww ๐Ÿ˜ I learned that he can be woken up with a kiss ๐Ÿ˜

Learn how to make your own right Here (Free Pattern)

~ Melman, the cuddly Hippo stole my heart ๐Ÿ’œ The longer you look at him the more you love him! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Bring him to life by following this Link ๐Ÿ˜ (free pattern)

A few weeks ago I found this Amigurumi kit at our Aldi store

My ultimate (Amigurumi) goal is a large dragon ๐Ÿ˜ so I will start with the iddy biddy one from this kit, and work my way up ๐Ÿค“

Do you crochet little critters? I’d love to hear about your experience, and, of course, see the final cutie

Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ’• I hope you enjoyed this post and found a new project right here!

Just a quick note ๐Ÿค“

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Me again… I just wanna share the most cutest pattern with you ๐Ÿ˜

I usually don’t buy patterns – Most of the time I can figure out something buy looking at it, and trial and error. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But this here I saw, went to Etsy, and clicked on ‘Add to cart’ ๐Ÿ˜Š

How adorable are these?! ๐Ÿ˜

If you’re as taken with them as I am…The Etsy store is ‘Inventorium’ —–> here’s the Link
(
liation – I just love them ๐Ÿ˜)

Have a beautiful rest of your day ๐Ÿ’•

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