Rainbows and Birthdays…

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Two of my favorite things are rainbows and birthdays so what better way to combine them than making a rainbow birthday card? ;)

To make this card I hand drew a cloud and cut out two of them. I then embossed one and edged it with blue stamp ink and covered it in clear glitter. The other one I sponged the same blue ink on then layered them slightly off center using foam dots for that 3D effect I love. I used quilling paper strips to make the rainbow by sticking some double sided tape to my card base then just laying my paper strips onto it. The cloud was attached using double sided tape too.

Now my rainbow was curling at the ends so I solved that problem by stamping my greeting onto the same white card I used for my clouds, which I then glued onto the bottom of my rainbow to hold it down and edged the greeting with Washi tape, because my rainbow wasn’t colorful enough and I though it needed a bit more :) To finish off, I glued sequins onto the card for the raindrops (and added bling) and my little card was done.

Love it! I just hope whomever I give it to doesn’t read my blog first :D

Summer returns… if only for a few days

Basel has had the worst summer ever! Or at least since I’ve been living here, but last weekend it came back :) YAY!

In celebration of the sun coming out the very loosely termed crochet ‘group’ I catch up with occasionally got together at one of our local Starbucks and had a Crochet Cafe afternoon.

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The lady that started this group is a very talented crocheter who runs an online shop for underprivileged kids in the Philippines called Adorn For Hope (you can check out her store here). She’s the one who taught me to crochet and we did the Summer Market together, so it was great to catch up and meet a couple of her friends. What better way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon than sitting outside, drinking coffee, eating cake, chatting and crocheting?

The hubby was working on Saturday day/night so I had the whole day to myself, thankfully it was another sun filled day and joy of joys my local market was on. I wandered down there and treated myself to a beautiful pair of earrings made by a talented local beader named Barbara… how cute are these?

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Barbara also had a stunning collection of bead crochet ropes on display which, of course, inspired me to give it a try… I’ve got to say, it’s harder than it looks!!

After much YouTube-ing I pulled out the thinnest crochet thread I had in my stash and the biggest seed beads I could find and started stringing them..

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Once that was done (which took forever!!) I found my smallest hook and after many, many hours of trial and error and you tube tutorial watching, ended up with this..

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It’s a bit wonky, but if you knew how long it took me to make this you would understand how proud I am of it :D

Of course by Sunday I couldn’t look at it anymore so I put it away for a bit and made the crochet fish I posted, but I think I’ll pick up my bead crochet again today and at least try and get a bracelet out of it.

I’ve learnt a lot from my tiny bead crochet attempt, so I may have to go shopping and get myself some thinner, lighter colored thread, and of course, some more beads for my next attempt. And I must remember to crochet a little looser for the next one!

Anyhoo, that was my weekend. Hope yours was lovely too!

More Cat Toys…

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This time it’s catnip fish…

Cute, colorful, crochet fishies… a whole school of them – well not quite, but I’m working on it!

I’ve stuffed them with fiber fill and catnip so the kitties love them, and I even made them have crinkly tails by stuffing the tail part with a piece of the plastic from a window faced envelope… so they make noise too :)

Love them!

Beaded Earrings…

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So my beading obsession continues…

This time I found a tutorial by the lovely Sara Spoltore on YouTube for these amazing earrings (link to the video is here).

Thankfully I had all the required bits in my stash this time and didn’t need to order anything for them – YAY!

She suggests using tissue paper or sponge to stuff these but that struck me as a little odd… what if it rains while you’re wearing them? I decided to jam a bead in the middle instead. Please don’t ask me what size beads I used for that… it’s either 6 mm or 8 mm – probably 8 mm but I wouldn’t bet my life on that, I just found them in a box of ‘reject’ beads I have.

I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out, and I just love the little triangles to cover the earring posts… I’m thinking of playing with those a little more and making some smaller stud type earrings using this as a base… I’m sure I’ll post them here if I ever get around to making them :D

So many ideas… so little time to make them all!!

Learning Tapestry Crochet…

How I have never come across Tapestry Crochet before is beyond me but on my search of all things cat related I came across this pattern for a tapestry crochet bag – how cute is this??

I decided that I just HAD to give it a try and this is my version of it.

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Now, as much as I love the way it turns out, I’m finding it’s taking me way too long to make this right now – I do have a market I should be preparing for – so I decided to cheat a bit and turn it into a coin purse instead :)

I still need to finish crocheting, line it and figure out how to add a zipper, so bear with me for that bit. You all know how wonderful my sewing skills are :(

I’ll post pics of it once I manage to finish it… assuming it’s not a complete disaster!

Back to beading…

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It’s been a while since I picked up my beads. I think all that prep for the Summer Market I did had me all beaded out… for a while anyway.

Anyhoo, I received my new Sabine Lippert beading book in the mail (Beaded Fantasies – you can get it on Amazon here) and decided it was about time I tried making something from it’s pages. The book is wonderful, and her designs are AMAZING!!!

As my stash is somewhat compromised at the moment – I haven’t refilled it after the beading frenzy I had pre market – I settled on making the RAW Ribs Bracelet. The design calls for 4mm fire polished beads for the base … 360 of them all in the same color – which, of course, I didn’t have on hand but I did have a load of cheapo Chinese bicones that have been waiting for me to find a way to use them so I figured for a practice piece I could use those.

I’m not super excited about the color combination of this bracelet, but considering it was made using whatever I had on hand – and there are A LOT of beads in it – it’s turned out rather well.

On an even happier note, making it has reminded me how much I love beading so I went and ordered enough pretty, matching beads to make two more of them… watch this space :D

Crochet Cat Toy V 1.0 …

If all goes to plan, I’ll be setting up my stall at a fundraising day for a local cat shelter soon. Hopefully all goes to plan, ‘cos then I get to (hopefully) sell some stuff, and play with kitties at the same time :D Not to mention, help them raise some much needed funds to upgrade the shelter.

Anyhoo, in aid of this new development, I’ve decided I should make some cat friendly stuff for my stall. Would kinda make sense, right?

Please allow me to introduce cat toy version 1.0 – it’s supposed to be a cat but looks more like a mouse – which works too, so I’m gonna go with that – it’s a mouse!

It’s just a crochet ball, with some ears and a tail that I stuffed with fiber fill and cat nip. I’m calling it version 1.0 as he need some tweaks – I want him a little bigger, and I need to make the face easier to embroider, as that’s taking me FOREVER to do :( Also, his ears turned out wonky – not that our cat’s mind, but I do, so back to the crocheting couch for me. I’ll be back with version 2.0 soon-ish.

Laters *waves*