Ava’s very special *Bunny

I really do LOVE love LOVE this little Bunny. She was made as a custom order for a very special little girl. Her Mum and Dad haven’t yet met her and are making preparations for her arrival from India. I’m so touched with their story of the adoption of Ava. They’ve set up a dedicated email account filled with diary entries, photos and special events so that one day when she’s older she can see all the loving preparation and consideration put into her arrival.

They wanted a handmade bunny companion for Ava to treasure that would also embrace her heritage and remind her of how much she is loved.

The ears are lined with fabric with an “Indian” feel. I went to an Indian haberdashery in South Africa to source something special. There were so many fabrics  to choose from and so many helpers who offered their advice once they’d heard the story in finding the “perfect fabric” but when I saw this (which is actually a wide ribbon) I knew this was the one and went with my gut.

Ava’s *Bunny is also special in two other ways.  I adapted the pattern to make the foot and leg all in one rather than the foot and leg sections separately. The other is the addition of eyelashes! I had several attempts to get them just right – but I think they are gorgeous!

Ava, if you’re reading this (in years to come) – thank you very much for the inspiration to make something so incredibly special and I really do hope your bunny has been an exceptionally special companion for you.

Nina

 

Rose *Card Purse

The two purses are now on their way to their new home. It took a lot of time, but I really enjoyed making these. The Forever Spring Garden and Rose purses’ were ordered in time to be part of the funds I’ve donated to Lisa. It almost spurred me on to make the very best purses I could, thinking of Lisa with every bead sewn every flower and rose created.

I haven’t been updating my blog much recently and I apologise for not being around much to read my fellow bloggers posts, but I plan on doing a mass catch up over the next few days. It has been an emotional journey – the #MakeHerDay event I ran on Facebook created a huge response. Messages from people all over the world sending well wishes and praises for my work. I had an emotional cry nearly every day of the whole of June.

I learned only once the custom order was about to set sail, that my customer too is fighting her very own battle with Cancer. Not only that, she also knows what I am going through with a sister going through the same. I was so moved. Here she was, helping me support Lisa with her order, when she too deserves the very best support and love too. She doesn’t yet know (but probably will do once she reads this post) I have included a little something extra in the parcel just for her as a gift from me to say thanks and wish her and her sister all the best in their battle too.

Here is the completed Rose *Card Purse

All my love to you

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

Seahorse *Card Purse

I was contacted last week with a request for a card purse. If it could please have a seahorse on it and the preferred colour would be green.

I’ve never crocheted a seahorse but immediately my crafty senses were zinging with ideas. Challenge accepted ✔️ At first I was going to make the seahorse using a colorful beadwork assortment. Although it looked great on paper it just didn’t look the part on the crocheted purse. I decided the purse needed a crocheted seahorse and so I searched the world wide web for patterns:- I found this one. Whilst it is in graph form only which I’m not really too keen on (especially when working on projects after a days work – who wants to figure out what to do on a graph pattern?), I pushed on and finished the seahorse. I actually finished several. But no matter which yarn or hook I used the seahorse was way too big for the side of a *card purse. With perseverance and a little tweaking I fortunately, eventually managed to make a seahorse the perfect size! It was a tough challenge, but I am now so pleased how it turned out. 😍

Finished off with water bubbles and soft contrasting beading on the seahorse and a few seashell buttons on the back, makes this a rather special handbag accessory. I managed to also source some seahorse fabric for the inside lining -the icing on the cake for this sweet aquatic purse. 🙂