Thursday, September 18, 2014

Japanese Flower Brooches and Buttton Rings

 


It's been ages since I listed physical items in my shop and I wanted to replenish it a bit, so yesterday, I took out "the box" and using this flower and that button, I made some rings and a couple of brooches. 

I was dead tired to be honest, but this playful game of matching was just what I needed. 

Hope you are having a good week so far. Another day and it's the weekend. Can't wait!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Instagram


Almost a month ago, my husband got me a new phone for my birthday. The one I had earlier was an Android too but this one is the tops.  I mean the camera I have now on my phone makes me throw away my other cameras I have. {Just kidding ;} 

That means I can enjoy a whole new world that was hard to have access to earlier. One of those is Instagram. I don't know about you, but Instagram is the absolute heaven for photography crazies like me. I am thoroughly and beyond recovery addicted to it. 


 



I am already following a ton of amazing people and I am going to share my faves soon. If you have IG please write your name in the comments. I'd love to follow you. Mine is mayakuzman. See you there. 

P.S. All the photos here were made yesterday while we visited (again!) the Monastery of St.Naum and the nearby island with the springs that flow into Lake Ohrid. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mini Squares - free tutorial



After these round mini doilies, I thought it would be nice if some squares showed up, and here they are :)  

To make these you need some leftover yarn and adequate hook. I used sport yarn and 1.9mm  (B1-E4) hook.


Pattern:

Chain 4 and join to make ring
Row 1: sc 8 in ring.



 Row 2: sc1, sc2 in the same stitch; repeat this pattern 3 more times (12)

  
Row 3: sc1 in first stitch, sc1 in the next, sc2 in the same (third) stitch; repeat this pattern 3 more times (16)

 

Row 4: sc1 in the first 3 stitches, then sc2 in the next stitch; repeat this pattern 3 more times (20)

 

Border: Insert thread, chain 3 and sc in the next stitch. Increase the pattern for one sc more than row 4 (sc1 in the first 4 stitches, then sc2 in the next stitch; repeat this pattern 3 more times)


You can make the squares in different sizes. The intro photo shows squares of different sizes. The best for earrings and necklaces (if you ask me) is to crochet the square up to (including) row 3. For bracelets I would suggest including 5 rows (see my bracelet below).

Hope you like them!



You can download this pattern for free from Ravelry or Craftsy.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The National Park Galichica


Yesterday, the weather was overcast so we decided to spend time at the National Park Galichica. It is on the Mt Galichica whose location is between the two lakes - Ohrid and Prespa Lake. It has a well branched orography and interesting geo-morphological form. Its special treasure are the flora and the fauna with numerous protected endemic species.


If you want to read more, here's a link




Have a lovely Sunday!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Triangle Scarf Pattern



A long time ago I started preparing photo tutorials for crocheting eye-catching scarves, shawls and headbands by using simple crochet stitches and you are looking at the first one. I get distracted by juggling with numerous projects at a time, so it does take a bit to finish everything I started. 

This one is perfect to be worn through all the seasons. Over some tees and jeans for a casual wear or to spice up your looks for a night out. You can also use it as a head scarf (headband).

Need a unique bunting? This is it. Make it in different colors and hang it on the fireplace to add a bit of glam in festive seasons.



Find it here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September

Well, September is here.
And to mark it, we have had a mild storm with drizzles here and there.  I don't know about you, but to be honest, I am still not ready for cold weather. 

September is always associated with full and colorful farmer's markets and preparing winter supplies. We are going to make sure to have a lot of vegetables to preserve but since I do not have any pictures yet, I thought I might share these taken on our trip in Italy.





 
Fresh mushrooms, red peppers left to dry and garlic wreaths. Makes you want to put the pan on the stove...

Happy September!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Stacked Bracelets Pattern

 
 

 


Hi guys! 
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
We are enjoying the last days of August by the Ohrid lake in a laid-back setting, filling our batteries for all the mayhem September may bring :) 

I finally got my stacked bracelets pattern ready. I used plastic bangles to make these and simply have to admit I love them. Not only can these be used as bracelets - look at how lovely they are used as wreaths! Adorable, aren't they? Then I just couldn't stop right there and I tried to see what they will look like frames and finally a decor. Amazing, right?




Now, just to find some more plastic bangles...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shop notification: Bracelet Discount Pattern Pack

Just a quick note that there is a brand new pattern pack available at a discounted price for 4 of my bracelets.


If you wish to make a pack of your patterns, e-mail me with the ones you desire for a custom listing at mayakuzman(at)hotmail dot com.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Skopje - a city guide from a crafter's perspective

Wonderful Cat from Cut Out + Keep invited me to write about my city from a crafter's perspective and I was thrilled to participate. If you want to read the abridged version go to the site. If you want to read and see the whole thing, just proceed below. 

 


Skopje is one of the most entertaining and eclectic cities in Europe. It breaths with an interesting mix of ancient history with a modern vibe to it. It is quite unique and will make a strong imprint on any traveler. You don’t want to miss experiencing it!  More here

Shop
- Where are the top places for buying craft supplies? I always buy my yarn from Teteks’ shop which is in the center of the city and all other craft supplies from the shops at the Old Bazaar. There you can find small but well stocked shops with all kinds of craft supplies. Especially haberdashery. 


- Is there anywhere crafters can sell their handmade items? Of course. There are many craft shows organized throughout the year at the Skopje Fair. There’s the MKC (Youth Center) which organizes exhibiting and selling craft events, craft bazaars organized by various organizers and the city of Skopje.

Be Inspired
- Where do you go for inspiration? (museums, shops, architecture, etc.) Nature is an everlasting and unfaltering inspiration. I love getting out with my family and enjoy the change of seasons, so the nearest spot is the mountain Vodno and the Church of St. Pantelejmon (dating from 1164 A.D). The Old Bazaar was the hub of trade and merchants as early as the 12th century, and nowadays it represents an iconic heritage site for the city. It is a vivid representation of the country's past and its inheritance from the Ottoman empire. There are many authentic shops for jewelry and handcrafted products and it can be a paradise for collectors of original arts and products, so I often seek inspiration there.  




- What are your top non-craft related attractions? Going to the Millennium Cross by a cable car on the nearby mountain Vodno, sipping a cup of coffee at the bosom of Canyon Matka enjoying the breath-taking nature surrounding it, or strolling through the streets and alleys of the Old Bazaar. My family and I love (re)visiting historic places around Skopje, so I must mention the Aqueduct, the Fortress, The Feudal Tower, the Memorial House of Mother Teresa (Skopje being her birthplace), the city square, the Daut Pasha’s Amam, just to name a few. 



(The Old Bazaar)



(The Memorial House of Mother Teresa)

 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

 (The Archeological Museum)

 (The Museum of National Revolution)

(The Theatre)

- Are there any great places to take photos or things we must get a photo taken with? Any of the aforementioned places would be great for a memorable and one of a kind photo shoot. 


Eat and Drink
- Where are your favorite places for lunch and dinner?

Macedonian food is a feast for even the choosiest of the palates.

For breakfast I recommend you visit Мекиците од Стража (Mekicite od Straza) where you can grab a traditional and delicious fried pastry called mekica with a glass of yoghurt or one of their amazing pitas with spinach and cheese.


 

Have lunch in the restaurant Pivnica An situated in the captivating atmosphere of the Kapan An (pictures below), while you can spend the evening at the "Lira" restaurant where you can try one of Macedonian traditional dishes and enjoy in the fabulous atmosphere created by their live bands.

 
 

- Is there anywhere special for grabbing a sweet treat? Many sweet-shops offer great cakes and cookies. My personal favourite is the sweets and ice cream shop Eskimo – they absolutely have the best ice-cream in the country  and even wider if you ask me, and you may want to tickle your palate with some of the cakes at the Oh la la’s (http://www.olala.mk).

- What are your favorite bars to hang out in or grab a drink? My husband and I love going for drinks and great live music at the New Orleans café, or the Brewery (both located in the Old Bazaar).

- Craft: Where are the best places to sit and craft (parks, cafes, bars etc)? The City Park is the perfect place for this and there are also coffee shops at the Old Bazaar where people can sit, chat and craft together. 



- Are there any awesome craft clubs, groups or organizations based in your city? That would be MATA Craft and the Trade Association.

- Finally, what souvenirs should we take home with us? 
There are many souvenir shops strewn around the city center and the city square (not exclusively though) and at the City Malls (Ramstore, GTC and City Mall). Miniature versions of opinci, old type of leather footwear, is an interesting and eye-catching souvenir for tourists as well as pottery and kitchenware, clothing and jewelry depicting characteristic Macedonian motifs and colors.