Red Love *Coin Purse

Love, love me do…

I decided to be a little brave and have a go at trying a new yarn. I loved the colour pallet of the Paintbox yarns. Vibrant, young bold and modern? I’ve bought a small rainbow of selected colours and will be trying them out over the next few purses. I loved the red as soon as I saw it. A much deeper than and I think I prefer this shade to the more yellow version I already have.

The colours are bolder but I find the ‘Feel’ a lot different, even though they’re both cotton. My usual Sirdar cotton has a shiny glow to it (which probably adds to its softness whilst working with it) whereas the Paintbox yarn seems to absorb the colour, but not drain it. A little tougher on the fingers to work with, but quite an acceptable sacrifice if you’re after a larger pallet of colours. There is no difference however between finished products.

Red Love *Coin Purse available now in my shop, here.

Raspberry Ripple *Coin Purse

Happy Friday everyone!

As mentioned before, I went to Sally’s birthday party not so long ago. Sally’s purse was a huge success at the party and I had all the ladies asking me for purses. I spent a lot of time scribbling down contact info for them to get hold of me and (lesson learnt) I have since designed myself a proper business card for future occasions such as this 😊 (Feeling quite grown up re the cards I must add).

The ladies wanted an exact replica of Sally’s purse. However, as you will know if you’re into hand crafts, it’s not always so easy to make exact replicas, besides the purses all demand their own personalities and are often made with an individual in mind (especially the gifted items) so cannot be the same.

The yarn I used for example, on Sally’s purse was bought in South Africa. I do not have enough of it left over to make another purse, so it has been made with another brand I bought locally. This is the result:-

A little more on the raspberry ripple side, with the emphasis on raspberry, but still very pretty and would make a wonderful and fun  gift.

PS. Don’t forget about the discount code from my previous post when you visit my shop!

Find my shop here or contact me here for custom orders.

 

Green Daisy *Coin Purse

A crochet coin purse – perfect Mother’s Day gift

“Daisy.. Daisy give me your answer true… I’m half crazy all for the love of you” 🌼 … bet you all sang along with that too.

The Daisy is such a huge part of my life. I doodle Daisies all day, often without even thinking about it. There’s something in their shape that’s so pleasing. They are such a wonderful advocate for a flower. Not that flowers need advocated – I mean, who doesn’t love flowers? However, ask 10 random people, anywhere to draw a flower and what do they do? They draw a Daisy.

Remember  May’s Daisy Blanket I made for my MIL for Christmas? Daisies appear all over the show. Daisies are just simply beautiful, comforting, pleasing and frankly the epitome of pretty. I was thinking of a colorful Daisy chain for this purse, bring out those mothers who wore Daisy chains, colorful caftans and no shoes, but as I was getting into it’s creation, the purse was changing into something more sophisticated. More elegant. Thinking about it, those women are no longer the flower-power-hippies they were (well most of them anyway) the 60’s are long gone and fashions and tastes have moved on. The Daisy *Coin Purse was demanding to be something current, beautiful, special. Sometimes, you just have to go with the flow and let your creations make a life for themselves.

I hope this purse goes to a lovely home, and brings a smile to its recipients face. It will be missed dearly.

Doily *Coin Purse

So pleased to introduce you to this new little beauty. The Doily *Coin Purse has turned out beyond my expectations. I am really pleased with this one. A lot of work has been done on this purse:- the adaptation of the pattern  I used for a doily took longer than I expected. I’ve also sewn 2 linings inside – a calico in the middle and a soft floral on the inside. As you will know I hand sew the linings on all the purses which takes up a lot of time.

This purse will be a great gift for a person with elegance and appreciation for the finer things. It has a romantic lace’y feel about it. I would personally use it for jewellery or small trinkets & keep sake’s rather than a coin purse, but whatever the use I wouldn’t mind this one not selling so that I can keep it  for myself.😋

If you would like to purchase it, (hurry) it is available now in my Etsy Shop

Blue and Yellow Cherry Blossom *Coin Purses

I’m so glad that the Cherry Blossom design has worked out so well in yellow. And just the day for it to be finished too:- a strange yellow ball appeared in the sky today… we haven’t seen it in these parts of the world for quite some time. I tried hard not to stare at it in case I scared it off. It’s been a wonderful day with actual yellow light from the sun, none of the grey overcast malarkey. I am convinced the sun came out in some  sort of approval and to welcome the yellow purse being born ☀️

Of course I had to make a second Blue Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse, in case one of you were thinking of gift ideas. I’ve decided to keep the first Blue Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse (well, that’s if the Doily *Coin Purse doesn’t sell and I change my mind … for now…

If you’d like to purchase either purses (Don’t forget about upcoming Mother’s Day) please visit my Etsy Shop.

Another Watermelon *Coin Purse

I decided to have another go at making a Watermelon *Coin Purse. You may recall the previous Watermelon *Coin Purse 🍉  which I gave away to my friend Mandy whilst on holiday in SA.

The watermelon reminds me so of hot summer days, relaxing in the shade by the pool with friends and family. Just under 2 weeks back, with an arm full of projects and WIP’s I couldn’t help myself returning to the summery glow of this sweet purse.

I’ve used the same colours on this one, except for adding a row of a darker green. Sparkly clear seed beads along the white fleshy strip providing a hint of water droplets.

Missing the sun ☀️ But so glad to have a bit of sunny inspiration still shining through.

Blue Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse

Inspired by beautiful oriental fabrics seen on my visit to NewYork (of all places) at the annual Japanese ‘Sakura Matsuri 2016’ in Brooklyn botanical gardens last year, I decided to make the Cherry Blossom purses. Firstly in pink as you will have seen in previous posts Pink Cherry Blossom *Coin Purse and also *Coin Purses galore….

I’ve had a few people ask “So what purse have you made for yourself then?” to which I can honestly say “Every single one”… every time I make a new purse I promise myself  “this one is for you Nina” but then I discover the next project is quite gorgeous and I’d probably keep that one instead. This instance is no different.

I started the blue purse whilst on holiday and finished it during this last week. I’m in love with it… even more so than the pink one I made before… but, I also have two other purse WIP’s that are coming along just beautifully too…

And so my dilemma continues…

 

 

 

Mom’s Rose 🌹 *Coin purse

As you may have noticed on my Bits ‘n bobs page, my mom loves roses. So it didn’t take much to know what sort of design details would need to be included in a purse for her when my sister contacted me to request a custom purse which she and Lae would give to my mom as a gift.

I made the purse whilst recovering from my foot op. The first of the rose purses made, using 100% cotton Sirdar yarn using soft pinks for the roses and an off white/beige for the purse base. Made and given with l❤️ve 💕

 

See you later alligator…

In a while crocodile… Eeeek 😊 We are off on a holiday to South Africa and super excited to see family and spend some time in the sun. It’s been a long 4 years since our last visit and I cannot wait.

My bags have been (mostly) packed for over a week already and most likely overweight on the baggage allowance but yet I’m still adding things to the case in the hopes my case weight judgements are better than my body weight judgements (go figure). I’m also struggling to find the “safe” hiding places of things I mentioned months ago I’d be bringing with (and to ensure I didn’t leave it behind, stored in the  said “safe” place). The more frustrated I get at the glaring un-ticked packing list items the deeper the crevices of the elusive safe places become. I’m destined to be consumed by massive black holes the night before I fly. 😋

My case is filled mostly with gifts for the family and of course crochet & craft supplies. I plan to catch up on some crafts with my Mom (of course). I’ll be putting my Etsy Shop on holiday for the time I’m out and am looking forward to updating you with some African crafty adventures, if not during the stay definitely on my return. If you do need to get in touch, please do message me on the Contact page and I will reply to you as soon as I can (or as soon as I’m able to drag myself out of the pool) 🏖.

If only I can work out how to travel with ALL my craft supplies and ALL my yarn, because leaving someone behind is always so hard. (Especially when you’re a me and imagine discovering thousands of miles away – “No, I need that ‘thingy-ma-bob’ so decide it’s gotta go too, despite the weight)

I’ve included a photo of my case as this just has to go down as a form of art (which I’ve made all by myself by the way) considering all the arguments I’ve had with it and it’s contents to conform with its rigid shape and weight restrictions.

The other photo is of a purse idea I’ve started making and will most likely be working on in the plane. The Pattern I used is for a doily (flat) I’m not too sure I can work this into a purse shape but I’ll have plenty of time to try figure it out whilst flying over UK’s miserable weather.

See you soon and thanks for stopping by!

Pink ‘n Black *Coin Purse with Bow

A custom order for a young lady who loves pink ‘n black. I don’t always have a clear image of what a purse will look like when it’s done. Especially when I’ve been commisssioned to do something I’ve not done before. I usually have about 4/5 ideas in mind at the same time and people often ask for something the same as I’ve made before,  so I love receiving a project which makes me think outside the box… a challenge! My brief was a ‘A pink purse with black accents please‘.

I had a think about it, kept having images of black beads over the pink crocheted fabric, went to local craft shops to source the beads – make sure they looked pretty against the yarn. Tried black crystal beads, tiny seed beads, shaped angular beads, but eventually settled on these. I played about with a couple of versions, one pink with a black butterfly (as seen in the previous Pink ‘n Black *Coin Purse post) and this one with a bow, but my client preferred the bow. Originally I used a pink floral with a white background fabric on each but it was just not working for me. So I got some black florals in a few days later and was so pleased the fabrics matched! It all came together in the end and made me realize that sometimes it pays off to fret over the smaller details. 😌 I think these purses have turned out to be pretty classy purses for pretty classy ladies and I hope Saskia enjoyed her Christmas gift!