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

Looking at things in a different light

The long Summer days have unfortunately distracted me from my crochet. My handmade projects have taken the backseat to sunny adventures. My sister is getting married in August, so I have been preparing a speech for the day; I've sourced an outfit (I'm very pleased with the second hand shoes purchased on Ebay); we've had family visiting which of course meant dinners out in town and about; we've been sipping Pimms and eating Summer dinners outside in the garden and of course I've been enjoying the half hour running activities in the park every other day.

One project I have been working on and am nearly finished with is this "Vintage" Rose *Coin purse. A lovely lady contacted me with photos of her bedroom and explained that she was very keen to own a Rose *Coin Purse to fit in with her bedroom's colour scheme and "vintage theme". She wants to home her pearls in the purse and wondered if I would be able to create a purse in "natural" or "vintage" tones.

I started out by applying a filter on the photo of the Rose *Card Purse I recently completed to try get an idea of what this purse should look like.  I was pleased with the result of this method:- looking at things in a different way.

After taking the photo I had to decide on the yarn colours best for this job, initially looking at grey tones, however I eventually decided on a softer "sepia" approach. I'm nearly finished with the purse, just needing to add a lining and the clasp. Here are a few snaps of the progress so far:

Hope your Summer days are going well and you've been lucky enough to be distracted from projects to spend some happy sunny days with your friends and family.

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

 

 

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!

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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 💕

 

Pink with White Rose *Coin Purse – WIP

Following all the Christmas creations I feel less pressured to complete works to a deadline and have started getting back to all those “ideas” I had. One of which is a light pink purse, with a spray of White Roses. I will be doing some bead work on this one and looking forward to see the finished product (so that I can get onto the next one)…

Pink with White Rose *Coin purse - WIP

Rose *Coin Purse

The recipient of this *coin purse is very much loved and I know she will be reading this blog  post. I want her to know that I think of her often and am too very grateful to have you in my life. Faced with some pretty ‘bad luck’ this year, I wanted to send a little pouch of good wishes,  filled to the brim with big hugs and many hopes that 2017 has a turn around for the better.

Much love to you Fran xx