January 30, 2018

30 stitches

Hello friends!

Glad you are here to find out about the cute little project I managed to finish today! It's my second, actually, the first one was done last night! - my oldest daughter owns it already! I started a small green owl from soft, silky cotton yarn, and I had to suddenly put down my work and shot the first picture cuz the morning light was way too good on it. They were at that time, 30 stitches on the round.


I was fascinated about crochet for a long time and also always amazed with those teeny tiny toys, or as they are called "amigurumi". Some helpful tips and "hacks" one can find on a simple search around the web, lots of  wonderful, captivating blogs generously giving their easy to follow step by step tutorials along with beautiful pictures or videos.

Last night I searched images for "crochet key chain owl " ...wow!
An explosion of wonderful work around the world, many people happily making all kinds of colorful, joyful, some dancing owlies, from everywhere!! I must be honest, being tempted to have one myself, I put together few ideas, so my version now is this little one!

For the body, I liked the start from here , somehow the shape and the different color idea for the head from this blog, and the wings from this collage. Just to see how it's suppose to look like, and then find the right stitches to do it...

Here's the left wing attached
and ready to be put on the right wing...

The eyes inside has the plastic well fixed with those metalic claws.
the eyes waiting to be fixed all around with a light stitch. They look so real!

Finally, my owl has legs, each are a three in a row picots finished in the start stitch.
I sewed a swivel trigger snap hook and I had a charm for my purse!(but only for the time I took the pictures, right after that, it "flew" to my youngest's!! and is hanging now on her backpack!)


I am sure I'll make more of these, and that each will be slightly different from one to another.
But today, after I finished this guy I could finally start the hot cup cozies for Valentine's Day.
For those, I began to get ready days earlier, doing a few small pieces of cross stitch hearts. I had the diagrams and charts for these from old books like  "The ultimate cross stitch companion", "500 Flowers and Animals Cross Stitch Design" and a few old Romanian designs, completed for sure with some images from Internet and at the end, getting inspired by the nicely packaged candy hearts already on the stores. 






Crafting time finalized with this:

I'll keep working on these cozies so that they're done before Valentine's Day.
I found them a thoughtful gift for the loved ones. Wish me luck!

Happy sewing, happy crafting!

January 19, 2018

Happy New Year, 2018!

My dear friends, 
I sincerely wish you all, happiness, good health and well being for 2018!

Feels good to be back! I hope I find all of you just fine, after this break from blogging. It seams so long and yet, went so fast!
For me, spending precious time with my family comes first, but then is my second nature, crafting, looking for new ideas, finding inspiration in everything around me, trying to "see" the "how to" my next project can be done. It is simply the reason why every day along this past 12 (or more) months, I felt first that eagerness to think, create and make something or taking pictures, than posting. I was active on Flickr, for fast uploading one or two images and "run" for the next project. Then comes cooking and eventually traveling. We had the chance to go many wonderful places including Cuba.
I'll try  to illustrate the gap with some pictures.

 Messy Bun Hats (Interesting and useful)


Started Mandala Mania...with this lovely pattern

Made a Pokemon Ball Holder for my yarn needles, hooks and scissors




Trip Around The World Blanket - Tunisian Crochet


Magnolia Mandala Crochet pattern 
(started with one to try the pattern and finished a blanket)
(this one is a beauty! a dishcloth from cotton yarn)

This lovely lacy border, 75, 
 from "Around the Corner" - Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman
        

I must say, I had fun making patterns for a square, a corner and a side to fill the space between circles.


I was fascinated about 3D crochet, an easy to follow pattern for a little hat


 Willow Block Crochet - INSTANT LOVE!
Easy to follow, crochet "Willow Square", all 4 videos from here
I "tried" all my colored yarns, ended a 7 x 9 squares blanket!
More pictures here
Some soft and cozy Baby Blankets




From Cuba, amazing memories!
No need for more!

SUNRISE ON THE ATLANTIC SHORE
Best Birthday present ever, unique moment on the Atlantic shore.


Garden, lakes and some more stuff  here:


I can't miss the beautiful  flowers

 
 and finally waiting for Santa!!


Once again, my friends, I wish you all the best for 2018! and I must thank you so much for keep visiting my site! 

 It will be more to share, from my latest projects I'm working on right now, another Baby Blanket, some lip balm holders, few hot cup cozies - to be ready for Valentine's Day ... but for my next posts.
Until then,
Happy crafting! everyone!

October 28, 2016

Ideas

Hello everyone,
I tried to "see", virtually, some colorful ideas with EQ5 software and I used only "Fans" for the firs row alternating with simple squares on the second row. The "Fans" here can be a Drunkards Path block.
On this setting I find scraps working well, I can use different prints for "Fans", but for now, this looks more consistent:

...and more consistent with the leafs on the same print:

 Also, I changed the Drunkards Path quilt block from a square in to a rectangle now 6"x8", (the long side can be more than 8" and will be more "pointy" look) rotating them and using different fabrics to have the contrast. I like it!
 Or this one...looks cute!

Well, until I'll start the real sewing, all the best for you my friends! 
Happy sewing!

October 15, 2016

A late rose

Lovely weather these days!
I was on my garden and discover a late shy, purple-red rose, so healthy, so pretty! I love it!
Went to a farm here around, spending precious time there on Thanksgiving Day with my old daughter.


Also having these thoughts about starting to quilt again!
After more than 3 years break, I feel it's time to start all over because I see a future quilt in every image and I see quilt blocks everywhere!
But I am thinking about some new ones...like how to combine the old and well known 9 Patch with Churn Dash - both of them endless possibilities and beautiful quilt blocks, using Drunkards Path block, in a big one, image new...



 It looks like this on EQ5!
I'll be back soon with a real block made from some...fabric! maybe a quilt...
Be happy and healthy, my friends!!
Happy sewing!

March 28, 2016

Whaaat? How to...BB8?

Hello friends,
Good to be here again, and I hope you are all fine!
First to say, I'm sure not everyone is SO crazy about this last movie! I'm not!! actually I feel disappointed, but hey, no comments no debates!
My old daughter, she's a big fun, she asked me if I can do a...crochet for her, and to be honest, I was just impressed about the way that cute...thingy was moving! So I'm here because I want to share with you a picture of my last work. It's something that tries really hard to get finished but I always find many other a lot of maybe not-so-important activities to do, so the poor little one is trying and waiting and trying and waiting to...BB8!! (let's hope it doesn't start rolling! toward me)

To make the perfect sphere, I used a nice pattern from this link.
Amazing result, as you can see.
From all 4 sizes there, I choose for the body the Large Ball size - Finished Circumference: 12 1/2 inches and for the head I made half of a sphere of a Medium Ball.
Hm...let me say that: after I finished the increasing for the head, I cut a piece of round cardboard to flat it and then I change the yarn to gray for one row, changed again to white and continue the full pattern for the ball. There is a little secret of mine to make the head turning free, all ways around, but I'll share it later, with more details and pictures.
One day will be done. (I studied too hard the design, everywhere and every image online, the colors, the shape, distribution, discs... and all about, to get my toy perfect...and yes, one day will bb8!)

This is it for now, until next time, keep yourself healthy and safe.

Happy sewing, happy crocheting!