Square Stitch…

 

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I’ve been drooling over bead loomed bracelets for a while now but refuse to go buy myself a loom (lets see how long that lasts), so I learnt how to square stitch.

This pattern was inspired by some art deco, beaded earrings I saw online, which I liked the idea of, but not so much the earrings themselves. After thinking about it for a while, I got out my grid paper and colored pencils and came up with this.

It’s made with cheap 11/0 seeds and good old Nymo thread and the closure is simple loop and a flat gold-ish bead that I found in my stash, but have no idea where it came from.

I think that if I have another go at making one of these I’ll try Delicas for a more even look.

Even with all that unevenness, this has turned out to be one of my favorite cuffs and I wear it constantly, thank the universe for that ‘cos it took me FOREVER to bead this!

If you want to try making one of these there are square stitch tutorials all over YouTube like this one from The Potomac Bead Company.

Have fun!

 

 

Creamy Salmon Pasta

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Smoked salmon was on special at the supermarket today, YAY! I’m quite partial to a bit of smoked salmon, don’t like fish, but love smoked salmon. I’m weird, I know ūüėÄ

Anyhoo, Due to that delicious fact creamy¬†salmon pasta was on the menu for dinner tonight so I thought I’d share my recipe with you, it’s scrummy!

Ingredients

500g     Pasta ( I normally make this with fettuccine but all I had in the cupboard was orecchiette)

300g     Smoked Salmon, cut into small pieces

2 tubs   Creme Faiche or Sour Cream

2 tbs      Fresh Chives, chopped

2 tsp      Dill, fresh or dried, whatever you have on hand

40g       Parmesan Cheese, grated

salt and pepper to taste

 

1. Cook pasta in a big pot of boiling, salted water according to instructions. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water before draining pasta and putting aside for a minute.

2. In the same pot, add 1/2  the reserved pasta water, creme fraiche, herbs, cheese and salmon, stir well to combine and bring to a slow simmer. Season to taste. If it still looks too thick for you, you can add more pasta water.

3. Stir pasta back into the sauce.

4.  EAT!

Hope you enjoy it!

Kiddie paint sets and cameras…

So I found this kid’s gouache paint set on sale last year so I picked it up and stashed it in my craft room for a rainy day. It’s one of those sets with 12 little cakes of paint and a cheap paintbrush in a plastic case, I used to have these as a kid but I’m pretty sure mine were water-color paints back then, and these say gouache on them – whatever that is. As much as I like painting, and I know the difference between acrylics, oils and water colors, I have never known what gouache paint was, and still don’t. Ah well, here may be a google search in my future ūüôā

Anyhoo, as with any good craft room, that paint set got put away and I forgot about it… untill I did a clean up and came across it, hidden under a pile of ribbons. Damn ribbons are everywhere! I’m a sucker for a pretty ribbon but I must figure out what to do with them all…

I digress, yet again :/

I found the paint set and that was the end of my clean up session and the beginning of my painting afternoon. The hubby wants me to paint him something to do with cameras, so I figured I could practice with this paint set on my mini sketch pad and see what happens. Now, I can generally sketch and paint most things, but my cameras usually turn out a bit strange so I googled paintings and drawing of cameras and got to work.

These two were my best efforts of the day… They are not original, I basically just copied them from my google picture search, but I figure it’s not a bad start to my ‘something to do with cameras’ painting odyssey. Wish me luck!

A holder of pots…

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I wandered into my favorite department store last week and picked up these rainbow-y yarns.¬†They are specifically called pot holder yarn so i thought, why not? I’ve never crocheted a pot holder, why not start now? And as a bonus, if there’s any yarn left I can make more mini owls ūüôā I used the one on the left for this project.

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I didn’t have a pattern for this, I just went for it. I figured I wanted a round pot holder with a hanging loop, which couldn’t¬†be that hard to make without a pattern, right? Well it wasn’t, but I should have counted my stitches better (I’m not great at that unless I’m following a pattern).

Starting with a magic circle, I made 7 rows (rounds?) of double crochet, increasing in each row (round?). I just started making rows and stopped when the circle was bigger than my hand. This is what I ended up with.

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As I mentioned before, I really should have counted my stitches because when it came time to join the circles together one had slightly more stitches than the other (oops), so I fudged it ūüôā

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You can’t tell unless you look really closely, but it’s a lesson learned for next time.

Anyhoo, I ended up with a lovely, thick, cotton pot holder, that can double as a heat pad or trivot or whatever you call those things you put under hot dishes¬†on the dining table. Not too sure I’m loving the colors in this yarn but it will brighten up my kitchen if nothing else.

Bracelet bling…

A couple of the girls from my art class asked me to make them these bracelets after they saw me wearing mine.

These are embellished right angle weave and look fantastic! So bling-y, and what girl doesn’t like a little bit of bling every now and then?

They are made using 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads and 4mm bicones or 4mm fire polished beads. I used magnetic clasps as closures and Fireline thread to weave them with.

Here is the purple one,

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and here is the same bracelet in black and gold…

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and matching earings!

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Sorry about the photo quality, the last two were taken in class in a bit of a rush, but you get the idea.

I love these bracelets, and I hope you like them too!!

If you want to make your own, there’s a video tutorial for them here, from the wonderful Potomac Bead Company.

Walking through life….

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Here’s a little card I made, I think it’s kinda sweet.

The path and tree were hand cut and inked with stamp pads and the greeting is hand-lettered by moi, so it’s a bit more personal than my usual cards.

The hiking couple is a stamp by Paper Nation and was hand colored using¬†Letraset ProMarkers. Not the best coloring job I’ve ever done, must invest in some more ProMarkers :/

Just wanted to share.

Hope you all have a great day!

Pretty pendants…

I was messing about on YouTube the other day, actually looking for crochet ideas, when I came across beaded pendants. I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours of my life on YouTube… one thing always seems to lead to another and before I know it the day is gone and I’m looking at things I hadn’t even thought of when I started my search.

In a happy turn of events, that day’s massive YouTube session turned up this video tutorial by TheHeartBeading for this gorgeous Elda Pendant on here¬†(part 1) and here (part 2) and had to try it out. It’s my first attempt at a ‘proper’ beaded pendant and to be honest, I loved the result so much I made two!

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These are stunning and not as difficult as they look. In fact, the hardest part for me was raiding my bead stash to find beads that were the right size and colour combo for these to work.

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I used Wildfire to weave these, I prefer it to Fireline for making pendants. They seem to end up a little stiffer and more solid with Wildfire but each to their own. Every beader has their own favorite thread and I don’t want to start a thread war here ūüôā

I made a simple RAW necklace for the lighter, peachy, pendant and want to make something for the blue one too but I’m still messing about with¬†necklace ideas to compliment it. I want something different to the RAW chain I already made, which I like, but variety is the spice of life! Or so they say… whomever they are.

Let me know if you have a go at these, would love to see how yours turn out!

 

Late night shenanigans…

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Ok so I couldn’t sleep last night, as you can see from the kitten post that happened at stupid o’clock in the morning… Well, I didn’t sleep after that either. I found this online and it inspired me to have a go making my own headband / ear warmer thingie.

I changed it up a bit, mostly because I find chain stitches don’t stretch enough for my liking, so I flipped it around and made it as follows;

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5mm hook and chunky yarn (I don’t know what yarn it is, I found it in my stash)

Ch 14

DC into 3rd chain from hook and DC to the end of the row.

*CH2, DC in the same stitch, DC to the end of the row*

repeat between * until your headband is just short of making it around your head (you want it to stretch a bit to fit snugly)

Slip stich or whip stitch the ends together to form a loop.

Weave some thread between your stitches (along the width of your band) at the join so that when you pull the thread it gathers your headband just at the join and tie this thread to your starting thread / tail.

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Make a separate matching bit of crochet (mine was Ch10 then the same as the headband for 8 rows).

Attach the smaller piece of crochet around the join, again use slip stitch or whip stitch to join the piece together to form a loop.

Do an additional couple of stitches to ¬†join the small bit to the main band so it doesn’t move, and you’re done.

Obviously, depending on the yarn and hook combo you use, the width will change, that’s ok. As long as you’re happy with it that’s all that matters!

Not bad! And I managed to finish this in under an hour, while I was dead tired! Seeing as the weather here has turned a bit icky again, I may get some wear out of this sooner than expected :/

I may have another go at making this but with my DC in the back loops only so I can get more of a stripe pattern happening… we’ll see what happens if I can’t sleep tonight!

 

A day in the life of…..

Grace and Genevieve (Crazie and Nennie), our funny, sweet, beautiful and crazy kitties…

Wake up slowly…

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Play in the garden…

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Nap in our ‘bucket’..

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Help mum with her crochet…

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Nap on the couch…

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See what mum got at the shop…

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Watch TV with mum and dad (and nap)…

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Go to bed…

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It’s a tough life being a kitty here…