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.

Raspberry Ripple *Card Purse

As mentioned in my recent post Sally’s Birthday *Coin Purse and Raspberry Ripple *Coin Purse I had received quite a lot of interest from the ladies at the party about the *Coin purse I made for my friend her for her birthday. Following the trend, I’ve also now made a *card purse version of this.

I’ve left it fairly plain as I felt the pattern created by this yarn was quite interesting but if you were interested in the purse and wanted additional beads/ embellishments – I’m very happy to accommodate 🙂

This purse is small enough to fit in your hand, has ample room for coins, lipsticks and plenty credit cards.

Here’s what the card and coin purses look like side by side so that you can see the differences:-

Forever Spring Garden III *Coin Purse

I know I’ve been posting a LOT of coin purses recently. I promise this will be the last for a short while as I am quite busy on a new blanket (excited) and I also have a couple of other projects in the waiting… oh AND a custom order which is non-purse related. I wouldn’t want you to run away due to boredom ‘oh joy… another purse post’. 😝

The ‘Forever Spring Garden *Coin Purse’ design proved quite popular and I have had several requests for one. I haven’t had a confirmed order mind you, but I just thought I’d make one, (I  actually quite like making them) put it on my Etsy Shop and whoever is first to buy – all the luck to them 🍀. It will make a lovely Mothers Day gift however, so would any of the other purses if you’re still stuck for ideas. (Don’t forget to make use of the discount code!)

PS. Don’t you just love the ladybug? 🐞 

 

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.

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…

 

 

 

Rika’s Rose *Bunny

I’m always amazed that despite using the pattern I wrote down for myself to reproduce another, every bunny I’ve made is completely different when compared to the one before. Then again, why shouldn’t they be different? They’ve all had different start dates; have been made with a different purpose; invariably all have different colouring and even different fabric patterns. Then there’s the personalities. I’m not sure everyone sees the human qualities I see in the soft toys, but perhaps it’s something to do with where I’ve placed the eyes, the ears or the nose… no matter how I try, I just cannot get an exact match to a previous toy. They all have a different ‘look’ about them, some more cheeky than others. I shouldn’t really fret about it though,  that’s what makes handmade things ‘unique’, ‘individual, ‘special’.

My aunt Rika loved the bunnies I’ve been making and wanted a bunny the same as the first bunny I’d made (see the bunny pictured on top of the Soft Toys page).  As luck would have it I’d run out of the pink yarn I used before and that specific pink had been discontinued so I’ve had to try a same brand, different pink for the nose and toe pads. The pink is a deep Rose colour, and would not have worked with the the soft pink and blue fabric of the first. I chose the pink fabric with deeper pink tones to it which I felt worked well with the deeper pink nose. I will no doubt experiment with pink yarns but, with my departure date to visit family I had to go with what I had.

Since the first *Bunny, I have too, gained a proper ‘pompom maker’ – a free gift with a crafty magazine I was given over the time I was off with my foot op.  Four plastic half circle shapes that fit together. The yarn is wound around the shapes, snips made along the center, yarn tied around the middle and voila, a super fluffy ball is born which for some reason, beats my hand made card board pompom maker hands down on fluffy appeal! ☺️

How do you like her? Can you spot the differences?