Something different

I wanted to try something a little more “arty”, after all crochet is an art form. A “Let the creative energy flow and see what I could come up with” idea.

I started, unlike with the other purses, with the fabric! I loved this fabric – grey with little specs of reds / yellows / peaches here and there.

Grey Speckle *Card Purse (Fabric lining)

I happened to have two tones of grey yarn and so I set out on an adventure. The grey cauldron had gone through several frogging. First I tried crocheting one stitch dark, next stitch light grey. Then I tried one row dark, next row light grey. I even tried dark bottom, light top. In the end I preferred the four bands of contrasting greys.

I had in mind an image of the grey purse with splashes of red (to compliment the fabric) scattered over the one section of grey. It worked! It looked fab, however, something was missing. I thought – “why not try adding another colour?”, after all the fabric didn’t only use red dots. Once the second colour splashes were filled in, I was ready for another and so it kept evolving. AND it was such fun!

There seems to be a fine line between  something that’s been made “elegantly simple” and something which looks to be “over worked”. It’s knowing when to stop working on something before it becomes hideous that is tricky. I think I’ve achieved that in this purse and I’m really quite impressed with this little “arty” purse (even if I say so myself) 🙂

If you think you’d like this purse or want to get someone a little something special, you can find it in my shop. As mentioned in my previous post, any sales until 1 July 2017 will be going to help brighten my sisters day.

A special occasion

As you may know, my sister is in hospital following her umpteenth operation. She has a fever but otherwise is doing well. Thanks for all the encouraging messages and the offers of sending flowers – contact me for details if you still want to do that.

I’m running an event in my shop from now until 1 July 2017:- All proceeds made in this time I will be giving to Lisa whether that’s to help out with medical bills or if she wants to use her time in hospital to plan something nice to look forward to or even if it’s just to have some spare cash to buy herself anything her heart desires.

If you haven’t visited my shop yet, please do take a look at what’s on offer, you may just have bought your first Christmas gift of the year! 😊

For South Africa deliveries: I’ve updated SA post to £0.00, provided you can wait for delivery when I visit Pretoria in August please.

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Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Nina

Red Daisy *Card Purse

So the Red Daisy *Card Purse didn’t start out as a daisy purse. I had an email from an old school friend asking if I would be able to make a purse with a dancer on it. She had in mind a red purse with a couple or a girl jiving on the side as a gift for a close friend.

Not usually shy to try new things I had to have a think about this – a LONG time… I researched the http://www.google.uk images, web search and even shopping page for any ideas on how to crochet motifs of dancers till my fingers were blue.

I found an image of a jewelled “stick on motif” but the motif was too large for the purse and only available for purchase in USA , but I thought Id be able to reproduce the image using beads. I tried. I really tried hard! The problem with this was that adding beads to a crocheted surface is not conducive for fine lines and fine details. The dancers landed up looking like a mass of beads when the fabric moved, the crochet surface just too uneven for little beads.

Jive dancing couple

Feeling defeated I asked my friend about some other design, perhaps her friend had other interests that would suite? She asked me for a flower. The daisy was first on my mind when I saw a photo of her friend. She loved the daisy when I showed her the WIP and felt it would be perfect for her friend.

And so here it is – the finished article:-

Thanks for popping by!

Nina

Bianca’s Birthday *Card Purse

One of my biggest fans, fellow scooter enthusiast and good friend had her birthday recently. She arranged a birthday brunch but unfortunately I was really unwell at the time and couldn’t go. Disappointingly, I apparently missed a fabulous day and fabulous food & prosecco “elevensies”. I’m not too sure which I was more disappointed about though, missing the brunch or missing the opportunity to give her the purse (I love giving gifts). However, eventually we’ve been able to catch up and birthday gift safely delivered to a very happy friend.

Bianca’s favourite colours (in her words) are “Oooh laaa laaaaaa. I Love colours. Too many to choose from. Orange is up there or lime green. Got me wondering now – haha”.

Bianca has loved the purses I’ve been making and I just had to make her one. So here it is, created just for her using the ‘up there’ colours 🙂

Happy Birthday Sweet friend x

 

 

Navy Teddy Bear

A soft toy which I really enjoy making is the little Teddy Bear. I was asked for a Teddy in a bright bold colour (like Red, Green or Blue) rather than the softer colours I used before. The bear would be going to a little boy.

I loved the Navy I found in the bottom of my yarn stash and decided to give it a go. Once he was started, I just knew that this was the perfect colour for this bear. 

I tried making a white nozzle, which I felt was too bright. I also made and tried a lighter blue, but in the end an “all Navy” bear seemed the best. 

I made a contrasting  removable bow tie (secured with a little blue button) and used a little red heart shaped button next to his tail.

I hope he will bring lots of love to the little boy he’s destined for.

Charlotte’s Bunny

I do love making soft toys. I find such pleasure in making them:  watching personalities appear and once the final stitch is made – the joy of seeing the completed toy come to life.

I made this *Bunny for baby Charlotte who recently found her way to this world and brought her parents so many wonderful smiles. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and can confirm that she is gorgeous. Quietly drinking in the world with big baby eyes. Long pink fingers curling around soft baby blankets and the gorgeous ‘new baby’ aromas wafting in the prams wake. Nothing compares to new babies. She has her mums eyes and ever so slightly her dads ears. Baby features change so often from mum to dad and then back again.  Luckily for Charlotte as she grows older either parents features would see her through as a beautiful girl.

I hope her *Bunny brings her plenty of imaginative escapes and a friend to hold onto through thick and thin.

Charlottes *Bunny was made with Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter 100% cotton yarn.

Keeping it simple

 

Sweet ‘n Simple

Apologies to my fellow bloggers for the quietness on the WordPress news feed lately. I have been rather unwell with sinusitis and not had much of a chance to do anything except being cemented to my pillow. Prior to the sinusitis, I had made a couple of purses which I have not been able to share with you as yet. I was aiming for a “simplified” approach to add a less expensive line to my current offers for my buyers.

First the Strawberry ‘n Cream *Card purse using two shades of pink, a strawberry fabric lining (which if I took out could also reduce costs even more I suppose) and a simple crocheted strawberry motif.

The second, also using two shades of a colour, the Blue Cherry *Card Purse also with a pretty hand sewn inner lining and crocheted Cherry motif.

Both, of course will hold coins and the all important credit cards.

Both perfectly simple ‘n sweet and a little bit Summery. ☀️🍒🍓

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for visiting 🙂

Nina