Button *Card Purse

A Surprise Gift

Don’t you just love pink? There are so many shades of pink, (even in yarn) sometimes its just hard to decide on one single colour. I wanted to make a pink striped purse and use a big ‘ol button – just for something a little different and fun. I was thinking about candy floss and pockets full of the sweet pink fluffy stuff.

Making the purse, I had a little admirer watching me at home. She fell in love with the stripes. (She loves Strawberries and ice cream she said and this reminded her of her favourite desert). Every other day I would show her my progress and she would look close to see the stitches and was fascinated to see how it was being built up into a finished purse. She was so delighted once the button had gone on. She said that it was “just perfect” and “so her”. She loved it so much and was nearly in tears with “aw’s” and “beautiful’s”. I immediately felt this purse was meant for her, she couldn’t stop staring at it and so, I gave to her as a gift. She was a very grateful recipient and I’ve not had such a big hug and kiss in a very long time ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s nice to know you’ve had a positive impact on someone’s day (you never know what they’re going through) and that what you’ve made is appreciated and loved. It’s such a warm fuzzy feeling to watch as someone’s face lights up with surprise and gratitude. Giving sure is a rewarding experience, which we should all try do a little more often!

 

Oh yes, I nearly forgot to show you – I’ve also made a little *Card pouch in shades of pink. I’m using one of these at the moment and they sure do come in handy!

Peach Rose *Card Purse

Summer has decided to exit early it seems. The glorious hot days have slowly dwindled into wet grey skies and sadly, I’m not entirely sure it will recover in time for Autumn to wave it’s hello’s.

Running has taken up a lot of my time. No doubt those who follow me on Instagram, Facebook and the running apps such as Garmin Connect or Strava have seen the streams of photos. The beautiful views that I have found all over this island (accompanied by glorious weather) has distracted me from crochet quite a lot keeping me outside and in the fresh air.

I’ve been training to do a 10km run which I am hugely excited about, especially given that a little over a year ago I wasn’t sure I could do a single mile having both feet in ‘recovery’ from the pretty drastic surgeries I’d had. In January I managed to run my first ever 5km park run! I’ve been doing regular runs since. A little while ago, I signed up to do the Guernsey Mind 10Km race in September. Guernsey Mind is a mental health charity that works to raise awareness of mental health issues on the island and I really wanted to take part to help raise funds, highlight the importance of exercise in combatting things like depression/anxiety (both of which I suffer) and prove to myself that nothing is impossible when you do something you love and are passionate about. Never let anyone tell you ‘no’ or ‘you can’t’… Withย some hard work, a dash of perseverance and of course the much needed support from my coach, Louise, you can accomplish impossible things.

Not that I mind running in the rain (it’s actually quite fun) (I just don’t like strong winds that stop you in your tracks) but, I was injured a couple of weeks ago and so have been forced to stay indoors. And so, getting back to the other passion in my life to keep my misery of not being able to run at bay, I’ve had the opportunity to finish the Peach Rose *Card purse. (I’ve also made a few other things – but that is for another blog post).

For this purse, I used a rose which I’ve recycled from an old hair pin. It’s more of a pink colour than a peach, but tones in beautifully with the soft pinks and peach stripes. I’m not sure where I’d source any more roses of this quality or size, so if you have any ideas, please, I’d love to hear from you as I just love how this rose looks on the crochet purse and am inspired to do more! Peach Rose *Card purse will be in my Etsy shop from tonight.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Nina

Forever Spring Garden *Card Purse VI

I was sure this was no.5, but thankfully I had written aย Forever Spring Garden overview post which means this is no.6! I spent SO much time on this one! I doubt very much I’d be able to part with it… unless I made another that was even more work ๐Ÿ˜‹.

My friends encouraged me to enter into the Guernsey 2018 Eisteddfod. At first a bit shy to do so, after some mulling over the idea it didn’t seem so bad after all and I thought, why not? I’d worked hard on this purse and it is all my own design. I contacted the Eisteddfod organiser to see if I still had chance to enter. Sadly, I had missed the entry deadline ๐Ÿ˜ข. Oh well… there’s always next year, this one may still be around for it…. or will it ๐Ÿ˜.

Forever Spring Garden – my kind of heaven – Spring all year long! If only!

Nina

Evie’s *Bunny

I was so happy to receive a custom order for a *bunny. I haven’t made one in a while and it was the perfect time to try follow the pattern I wrote for myself again. I’m not sure if you have tried writing your own patterns in the hopes that you’ll know exactly what you did the first time you made something new, but I have found that it is not such a simple process and I take my hat off to those pattern writers out there! Each time I follow the scribblings in my notepad, I find myself changing something here or there, rubbing out the pencil scratchings and overwriting with new stitch commands whilst whispering to myself “What do you mean 2dc there?, its not gonna work that way”. I’m pretty positive I’ve written down exactly what I’ve done the time before but, obviously crocheting and writing down the stitches made is one too many tasks for my brain to cope with :).ย  Mind you, I must admit that some of my scribbles have been vague to say the least. Obviously bored of stopping to write down the stitches made, I simply wrote “continue as before”. Not very helpful, Nina! Hopefully it’ll get easier and eventually I’ll be able to settle, knowing that the pattern is “perfect”.

Do you write your own patterns down? How have you found it?

So this is Evie’s *Bunny. She is going to America and should be with her new Mommy just in time for Easter!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Nina

Spring Honey Pot

I’m hooked… I just love going toย Iris and Dora for a little afternoon “me time”. Painting pottery is quite therapeutic! This time I had gone with my step-daughter to a ladies evening social painting session. She painted a bowl and I chose this little honey pot. Of course, I love rainbows, this honeypot had to be full of colour๐ŸŒˆ

3 hours goes by in a flash once you lift your head from the relaxing zone you seem to find yourself in. Leaving behind the painted WIP’s the excitement builds to see the finished product – you have absolutely no idea what the glaze and burning process will reveal…

A week or so later, your number shows up on their Facebook page and its ready for collection. And voila, here it is ready to be used – they even gave me a honey spoon – how sweet! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy Saturday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Nina

Winter Ellie

It hardly ever snows in Guernsey. I think we’re usually protected from the snow ’cause our island is so small and right in the middle of the English Channel. Mind you, we’re also closer to France which is usually warmer than the UK. I just like to think the combination of position and the large salty expanse around us has ‘protected’ us from snowy falls. In the many years I’ve lived here, I think it has snowed a few times… and strangely, always when the daffodils have just come up with the hope of Spring around the corner.

It doesn’t help that we aren’t prepared for snowy climates having so little snow compared to the UK. From the practical things like grit/salt on our roads: we don’t have that, to the non-practical frenzy that seems to take hold of the people.ย  Our islands people become obsessed worry pots when the weatherman dares mention the words “snow”, “ice”, “Beast-from-the-East” and shops are emptied from all and any edible and any “we-might-need-this-in-a-few-days-if-we-are-snowed-in”. It’s great fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Growing up in the ‘deep dark Africa’, I have very rarely seen snow and when I do come in contact with the fluffy cold stuff – I feel it’s fair to say that I become the largest kid out there, bursting with excitement and wonder. While everyone else is wondering and wishing for the snow to stop, I’m wishing for it to last longer, frustrated sitting at work wasting the opportunity, aching to go outside to catch the snow on my tongue… I’ve never made a snow angel and dying to! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a few snaps taken on my walks to work and back:

I had an order for an elephant. A new baby boy was due. He happened to arrive in the “Beast from the East” storm which hit us and the UK last week. With no post or planes coming on or off the island, I had some extra hours with this new baby Ellie before I could post him off to meet the new boy. Cold and wrapped up with scarves and gloves myself, I thought it might be a good idea to keep the Ellie warm too and made him a little scarf. I think he appreciated it ๐Ÿ™‚ his face seemed to light up! I also think in years to come, the Winter Ellie will remind little Killian of his snowy welcoming. Welcome little one!

Have fun if you’ve still got snow with you, there are some jealous souls (like me) wishing I was you! Stay safe.

Nina

 

Matching *Phone and *Card pouch

I’ve completed 3 custom orders this weekend. Very pleased to be able to share with you at least one of them (the other orders are top secret so you’ll have to wait to read about those later on ๐Ÿ˜Š)

This order was from my very good friend, Jo. She’s been one of my biggest supporters and has already purchased several crochet things from me. She loves her card pouches and wanted a third ‘summery one’, also a matching *Phone pouch, please.

Jo didn’t have any special requests – she said she trusted my judgement and thought whatever I made would be good enough. (High praise in deed!) Thinking about it – I know Jo loves blue. It’s her favourite colour. I thought about doing a *Blue Cherry Blossom design but also wanted to do something a little different.

After settling on the stripes of blue I went about making them. I then had the “hard job” of settling on buttons. I had several (in fact a WHOLE jar full) of quirky buttons left over from the making of theย *Earphone cable tidies. I quite liked the blue shells, the blue flowers and even the blue stars, but when I put the silver flower against the blue striped fabric – I just knew it had to be this or no other. Elegant and fun. Everyday use or special occasions.

I added a cotton floral lining and that was it – “a ta-dah” moment ๐Ÿ™‚ I quite like this myself – but what do you think – will she like it?

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Matching *Phone and *Card pouch

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Matching *Phone and *Card pouch (inside)

Blue stripe duo - *phone and *card holders

Matching *Phone and *Card pouch

Pottery Painting for Christmas

Not so long ago I was invited to an evening pottery at a local pottery business called Iris and Dora. Iris and Dora host parties for kids (or adults) where you get to choose from over 100 bisque pieces ranging from mugs to egg cups, tea candles to Christmas ornaments and get to decorate with paint to your hearts content. The parties are great fun, especially for creative souls like me – you can bring your own wine and snacks, or have a coffee or tea and the shop is always filled with like-minded friendly creative people. I’ve met a few new people and glad to say a few new friends and always feel welcome.

I wanted to make Jeremy a Christmas present.ย  I had in mind a bowl for him to store his ever growing amount of chillies – he loves them but usually has them scattered about all over the place and cant find them.

I started out painting one ‘abstract’ chilli on the side and although it looked ok, I had this creative spark and felt I just had to fillย  the whole bowl with chillies ๐Ÿ™‚

I had to return a few times after the initial 3 hour party and landed up spending 13hours in total painting (and that’s not a complaint) I landed up having a great time with my new friends at the same time. Once sat down to paint, amazingly the hours would fly by and I was reluctant to go home!

Once finished with the painting, the bowl was taken away to be dipped in glaze and fired in the kiln. While waiting for the potters to fire the bowl ready to collect, I was trying to source a collection of fresh chillies to put in the bowl to wrap up for Christmas. One hot Christmas present I’d say ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m really pleased with the outcome (have you noticed its even in Christmas colours!) and think I may have discovered another creative avenue which I could really get into!

J's chilli bowl glazed and fired ready for Christmas

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and are preparing for celebrating the close of 2017 and welcoming in of a fantastic New Year with style!

Nina

Catch up – Shilo’s Seahorse purse

When I said we were moving house, I didn’t quite expect the move to impact my creative work so much as it has. I’ve hardly had any time for much, except for a few stolen hours for a much needed head space in the form of a run. We’ve moved house and that’s only half the story. We’ve actually moved in with my 91 year old mother in law. A lovely lady and now that we’re here, I can see exactly why this move was much needed as she is very hard of hearing, getting tinier by the day and generally not been up to much in regards to house maintenance (which you can forgive her for – as much as she doesn’t want to admit it, she is no spring chicken)! I’ve been kept busy with cleaning mostly as her failing eyesight has clearly missed more than a few spots here and there and trying to clear out what I can and trying really hard not to step on her toes. 50 (plus) years my senior, I’m finding trying to change her old habits a little tough, she is ever so independent, so have to tread lightly and coax my way of thinking to get things done. For example, she’s so used to being on her own trying to do everything herself, I have to really bite my tongue when the little old lady tries to bring out the Hoover (which I might add is roughly the same size as her) and then gets annoyed with me for trying to carry it for her. I was caught red handed moving the sofas and tv to give the sitting room a good ol once over and I can tell you this upset her so badly, I think I may never attempt that one again. The invisible power struggle is a little tough at times, but I think we’ll get there.

Not quite the end of 2017 I was hoping for last year. I was sure I’d be knee deep in Christmas crafts. I’ve seen so many wonderful things and had so many ideas, I’ve had to jot them down but who knows where those papers are now! But it has been an important task, I know my mother in law, as much as she protests, really does need all the love and attention she can get now and any little bit I’m doing for her is greatly appreciated.

So to catch up on some of the things I have managed to do in between all the household changes (there have only been a handful), I thought I’d start with a post about Shilo’s purse, which I completed prior to our move.

A friend contacted me. Apparently Shilo loves handmade things and would appreciate a purse. My friend already picked out the design she wanted months ago we’d discussed it long before and I knew it was coming. But then suddenly, ย it was getting close to her birthday and so I set off to make a *seahorse purse ๐Ÿ˜Š

I’d sent the photos off and was asked if I could personalize it and add her name? I probably tried about a dozen different ways but eventually settled for her name to be embroidered in the water bubbles. This seahorse, for some reason (even though I followed the same pattern as before, turned out a little larger than the first, but I actually love how his tail curls around the bottom.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday Shilo! Our friend loves you very much โค๏ธ

I’ll be back soon with some more catch up stories.

Nina

Revisiting helpful items

You may remember the post I wrote about something I call a *Toe cosy . I made the “cosy” for myself following foot surgery because I found my toes to be quite cold being open to the cold winter nights and basically, being a crochet addict, found both the usefulness and attractiveness of the *Toe cosyย  very pleasing bonuses.

Since the post, I’ve made and sold 4 of them and the feedback I’ve had has been really positive. I don’t think there are a lot of people out there with casts, but when someone is in need of one they sure do appreciate this little helpful item and I’m very happy to be able to help brighten someone’s day.

People have bought them for themselves or as a “get well soon” token for a loved one. I’ve just finished making 3 more to add to myย Shop and busy working on even more. No one with a cast should be without a *Toe Cosy and I’m really hoping they (or their friends) will find me and get those piggy’s pretty and warm ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you missed the post before, Not forgetting the *Toe cosy’s who have already been their helpful selves…