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’… With 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

Back from my sisters wedding

If you’re linked on one of my social network platforms, you’ll have noticed a few photos and comments about my recent travels to South Africa to attend my sisters wedding. I have been rather quiet with blog posts, but I have been equally busy with plans, packing, new temp job, packing, interviews for a permanent job, packing, planning to move house…  travelling, wedding things and did I mention PACKING?

I’m just back from SA and if I don’t write a post now and update you on the works completed I am sure it will be lost amongst the packing plans and be left for a much longer post another time.

It seems an awfully long time since I told you about an order for something “Vintage” in my post Looking at things in a different light. The order was for a lady in South Africa, so it was a good thing I was traveling that way! Finished on time to travel with me and deliver in person.  The purse has been made in “natural” tones and decorated with beads and crochet roses.

I made the below purse for my aunt. She loves daisies and cats. Can you tell? As with all my purses given as a gift, I put a coin inside.  I usually put a “lucky coin” specially sourced in previous years for Christmas gifts but as I didn’t have a spare left, I put an “old” £1 coin (which is currently being replaced by strange new lighter versions with edges that no parking meter in the UK can fit) hopefully the old one will become a relic and with a little luck – become valuable for my aunt! Have you heard of the practice of putting a coin in a gift purse before? It’s a superstition, but I’m quite sentimental that way and always like to wish my friends and family well – and would never begrudge them good luck! Apparently according to the great Google, giving a purse, wallet, piggy bank or anything that is meant to hold cash, it is supposed to bring good luck to the receiver by putting in a coin and some even say so that the purse is never empty. Lovely Sentiment which I plan to continue doing.

I’ve returned home with a bit of a cold. Or it might be flu. Not sure. Its slowly creeping in with waves of feeling fine then feeling miserable. But no time to  stop – I’m working on two new orders (exciting), looking to complete my already out of date WIP’s and whilst in SA – I got myself a whole bunch of yarns (as you do) all with ideas of their own… I hope I can find more time amongst all this packing!

AND.. did I tell you?  I’ve won a prize (hooray!) – but I will tell more about this on the next post – I have some unpacking and then packing to do! ‘Til next time folks 🙂

Thank you for stopping by!

Nina

Forever Spring Garden overview

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who ordered one or two things in my shop over June. The final total raised for Lisa turned out to be £350! Lisa is a rather extraordinary person and sure does deserve as much love and support anyone can give. My sister has had cancer many times from starting with her initial cancer diagnosis at about 2 years old.  After several battles with the big C, she was eventually diagnosed with “LFS” (Li-Fraumeni Syndrome) which resulted from genetic testing. Without going too much into this, very basically it means that Lisa is missing a gene in her DNA which has tumour suppresser tendencies. Unfortunately, without careful monitoring and crucial management, Lisa is more likely to have (certain) cancers at any point. Last year I had done a fund raising to help pay for the genetic testing which worked out wonderfully, but Lisa is very shy and was not happy with the idea of asking for more help.

Cancer has many complications. There are the countless surgeries complex and minor, after surgeries, there’s the chemotherapy and the complications on your body from taking the “essential” poison, there’s the side effects and necessary procedures following treatment of the tumour, the life long testing, the emotional trauma… the list just goes on forever. Unfortunately, the medical world is not a funny place to be dependant on when you have a unique history such as Lisa’s with multiple cancer diagnosis’. Your medical insurances don’t last forever and there are always limitations on the help from the “bank of Mom and Dad”. Over this last month I have concentrated my efforts, despite her shy objections to raise some funds to help her. I’ve been very clear, the funds made in my shop she can choose to help pay medical bills, however I want her to have something to look forward to so, however she decides to use the funds – she will have some pennies available to hopefully take some stress off her and focus on something fun.

Included in the monies raised, I had been contacted for a custom order. Two purses. One a “Rose *Card Purse” and the other a “Forever Spring Garden *Card Purse”.

I’m still working on the Rose purse, but I have finished the Garden purse. This design has been quite popular. I think each one made may be ever so slightly different from the one before, however, all have the same concept. a garden frozen in time, forever in Spring.

Here is the latest one which also fits credit cards:

I thought I might show you the timeline – the evolution of this purse from the first one made:

Quite a difference when you see them together like that 🙂

I’ll show you the Rose Purse once I’ve managed to complete it.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Nina

Summers here! Hooray!

We’ve had a bit of a heat wave this week. It has been GLORIOUS!

For me, nothing says “Summer” more like a watermelon. It brings back childhood memories of watermelons floating in the pool whilst we were all playing a game of seeing who could get to the pool in the shortest amount of hops from one shade spot to the next – so that we didn’t burn our feet. The bobbing about and spinning the watermelon in the pool. Mind you… thinking back to those days in this crazy health and safety world we live in now – I’m not entirely sure if when we ate the watermelon how much of it had absorbed chlorine in it… mmm.. best not try this at home kids 🙂

I was busy making Watermelon *Card Purse, when I was contacted for a custom order. “Not a purse with a clasp please. I want something that will fit my credit card(s) in, but flat enough to go in my evening purse when I’m out. I usually carry my cards loose in my bag. I want two – one that is “Summery” and another a Winter version.”

In steps Watermelon *Card Pouch. I’ve thanked Jo for the idea and am busy making a wintery version for her. I may just make a whole line of these. They’re very convenient! Holds more than one card, I’m sure it will also fit in a few notes with it too. Like the purses, I’ve also lined the pouch.

Now to bring out the Pimms, grab a towel finish my ice cream and go for a swim – its not usually as lovely as this! Make the most of it!

Here’s a couple of photos I took on the beach to get you feeling a little warmer if you’re stuck in Winter whilst reading this 🙂

 

Two favourites

Following my last blog post Rainbow Cloud *Card Purse I’d put the purse on my shop listings and within minutes of the post being published, the purse was sold! Thank you – the proceeds of this will also be going to my sister. I’ve had requests for more another. So you can see what I’ve been busy with this weekend – making a second Rainbow Cloud *Card Purse and can see that this sweetheart purse is going to be quite popular!

Another popular design – the Cherry Blossom *Card purse has also been finished off and added to my shop listings.

Happy Sunday – and a HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the Dad’s out there.

Nina

Rainbow Cloud *Card Purse

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou

So I’ve come to an end of a stressful situation. It’s not often I make a stand for myself, but when I do, I find it incredibly hard and believe me – it has to be a particularly hard push to get me to that point of just saying ‘enough’. Its so much easier to let things go by to “save the peace”.  On review, lessons learnt are that if the things you’ve tried to change are not working out or won’t change and when things are not right, its ‘ok’ to just let go and move on in the best way you can.

Amidst it all, I came across the above quote. It was beautiful. I wanted to be that rainbow in someone’s cloud.  I want to be remembered for the positive things I’ve done. I want to be recognised for my achievements. I had tried hard and really thought I was that rainbow. Doubt crept in.  

Out of the blue it hit me. Like a ton of bricks… I am! I am a rainbow in many other clouds. 

I’ve come to realise that actually, I am a big ‘ol shinning glittery and sparkly full HD rainbow deluxe! Especially to the relationships that matter most to me. And it feels great!

This purse design is dedicated to all my friends and family who have helped me through this time by reminding me that even faded rainbows in dark clouds can brighten up with a little sunlight and for some magical reason, shine best in clouds you love.

Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Always.

 

 

Something bright for the light in your life ☀️

Looking for a little Summer fun? Look no further than the Candy Stripe *Card Purse. This sweet purse will suit any age. Sweet and simple.

Another purse inspired by a beautiful find on a jog – a whole hedge covered in hues of pinks, oranges, purples and yellows. I just had to try replicate the display. Isn’t it pretty?

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From the brightness of the flowers, comes the brightness of the purse…

I’m really enjoying finding inspiration in the sights and views on a jog… I wonder what I’ll find next time 🙂

 

 

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.

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