Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021
Happy Monday dear friends!
I don't know about your part of the world, but here we are literally melting from the heat! Even our one week escapade to Ohrid did not help.
We've been trying to alleviate the abnormal temperatures with lots of water and natural juices, and this watermelon & lemon juice has been a real saviour.
To make the juice you need 2 kilos of watermelon, 4 lemons and basil leaves.
Watermelon is extremely beneficial. This is an amazing fruit that has 92% water, so it keeps you hydrated. It is rich in vitamins and minerals: Vitamins C, A, B1,B5 and B6, Potassium and Magnesium.
Watermelon is also high in antioxidants: carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.
It is good for the heart, muscles, hair and skin.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Today I released my first top pattern from the Nymph collection. It's for a mesh / fishnet top that can be worn both at the beach (without the fringes) and for a night out (with the fringes).
It has a bare back and the sides peek just a little bit at the back. The long ties make it possible for it to be tied at the back, or up front, which I must say is my (and the girls') favourite way to wear this top.
I used Alize's Diva yarn with a silk effect, and the top is just dreamy when touched and / or worn.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
I am a fervent beach-comber! I love walking the beach and collecting little treasures from the sea. They are an immense source of inspiration. So, when I saw these amazing sailboats published in Stampington's GreenCraft (click here for the free tutorial), I got really excited because I have a whole bag of driftwood just waiting to be used for something interesting. For a summer filled with fresh and rewarding crafts, save on Stampington's Instant Downloads Sale. This ensued a search on the internet for more beach inspired crafts. I hope you enjoy my selection.
Monday, July 26, 2021
The Charlotte's pouch (drawstring bag) is the first I am going to show you from my Nymph collection. While I designed it had an interesting title - "Something Blue" because I kept thinking how lovely this would be for a bride.
It is made with a mercerized cotton that gives it a lovely shine. The pattern makes it look even more romantic and vintage.
I used less than 40 grams of yarn and a 3mm hook.
It measures 20.5 cm / 8.07” across and 21 cm / 8.26” down and the handle is 15 cm (5.90”). Draws close by a flowered string.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
A labour of love finally done. I've named this collection the "Nymph". It consists of beautiful and romantic lace crochet pieces with elaborate, mesmerizing patterns.
The patterns from the collection will be released in the course of the next couple of weeks.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Another peculiar thing is that I have NEVER used the back of my crochet work as the front, but it happened with this piece. Namely, the picots were more prominent and protruding at the back, rather than the front, so I decided to go with the back as the face of the case. Looking at the pattern though, it itches me to try it with a bigger hook and yarn size, because - PICOTS dear friends! I love them and cannot help myself.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Happy Monday friends!
Today I am sharing a practical and effective idea how to organize your crochet / knitting / DIY patterns.
File binders usually have an inside cover pocket, so print out (or write) the content of your folder. I have divided mine into 4 generic categories: jewelry, accessories, clothes and home decor. You can add sub-categories like (for jewelry): necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc.
Stick different colour sticker next to each category.
Put your patterns into the cases and stick the sticker that matches the relevant category. I have my patterns printed on both sides of the paper for easier handling and usage.
Now this is optional, but I find it quite useful.
Use the highlighters to underline the row that you are at in case you have to leave your work, or tick the rows that you've finished. You can also write down your own notes. Once you get back to work on your project, you can easily erase these markings with paper napkins (or a whiteboard / bath sponge).
I hope you find this idea practical and useful.
Do please share in the comments how you store your patterns.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Well. It's been a while since I last posted my favourite pins, and I've been pinning like crazy. There are so many gorgeous things from talented people out there, I fall into a rabbit hole every time I am on Pinterest.
I love the self-striping yarn in the above set, and though it is quite simple (both top and shorts), the colorful yarn makes it stand out.
A belt I would love to have. Amazing embroidery with a rustic / vintage feel.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
You don't have one of those fancy yarn bowls you see around?
Well, honestly you don't need to throw money on one when you can use items you have at home.
Before I made my yarn holding bag, I had made myself a clay bowl that served more to store small jewelry inside than a yarn bowl, and these two below replaced it on numerous occasions.
For the first one you need a (soup) bowl and a bulldog clip. Attach it on your bowl and pull yarn through the handles. Big cups, as you can see in the second photo, also serve the purpose.
Here in this picture above, I have small plastic crates that I use to store small yarn cakes and they also come handy, especially if I work on projects where I have to double the yarn so that handle gap enables me to have two/three skeins inside and hold my yarn.
The fancy tea-light holder has tiny holes and I use it when I work with crochet thread.
Instead of these you can also put to use wire baskets, cut-in-half plastic bottles with a drilled hole, or one of those drinking jars that have a holed cap.
Can you fill up the list with something else?
Monday, July 12, 2021
My first encounter with Chasing Unicorns was quite unexpected when their divine crochet blouse (above) jumped up in my feed, catching me unprepared for the amazing things I was about to discover.
I love following, featuring and promoting small business owners / designers that produce slow, ethically made fashion and Chasing Unicorns is such a brand. The owner of the brand is Sarah Humphrey (Byron Bay, Australia).
Here's what the brand is about: "Chasing Unicorns grew from a life long love of vintage, a decade of global roaming, and the desire to create beautiful, timeless, quality pieces that are made to last. We adore the idea of lasting fashion as opposed to ephemeral trends and have endeavoured to give each piece a special hand-finish that will make the wearer want to treasure it forever. These are clothes intended to be passed on from mother to daughter, from one sibling to the next and then on to your children's children. Standing the test of time, just like the beautiful vintage they are inspired from.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
When I got bitten by the Kanzashi bug, I knew there was no way back :)
I am happy to show you my newest hair comb ornament exploring the traditional Japanese Kanzashi in crochet.
The flower set consists of a big flower with three types of vines. I imagined it as a classical Kanzashi hair ornament (using it to attach to a comb), however, playing with this set offers numerous possibilities to easily make other accessories like turning it into a statement brooch or a hanging decoration.
Another thing! July being my birth month I wanted to make it special for my subscribers as well, so they were given a choice to vote for this pattern or a market bag that will come later this month as a gift pattern that will come at the last Friday of July. So if you are a subscriber, check your inbox for my mail (sent out yesterday) and vote for your next gift pattern!
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Recently I joined Payhip, after seeing many designers sign up for the program. So let's start first with what it is about.
Payhip is an e-commerce platform founded by Abs and Kahin Farah and it is based in London, UK. Currently, there are 130,000 sellers worldwide. The platform enables anyone to sell digital products (not only patterns and tutorials, but also music, software, videos, images, etc), physical products and memberships directly to their fans and followers.
Payhip has a simple and basic interface that gives you the tools to not only build your online store, but also to help increase sales with a feature-heavy marketing and promotions suite.
I will have yet to see how everything works because I just created my shop this week, so far these are the things I love the most:
1) The store was easy to set up, files and picture upload is fast and since I already have the descriptions of my products laid out in other platforms, it was just copy and paste into the description field. Everything is at a click of the mouse.
2) Files are delivered instantly to buyers.
3) If you are selling digital patterns, they can stamp the buyers purchase details on every page of the PDF document to discourage customers from illegally sharing.
4) They take care of the VAT which is immeasurably beneficial, because I don't have the knowledge nor the time and energy to set that up for individual EU countries.
5) It's cost-effective - they charge 5% per transaction (sans the Paypayl / Stripe fees) and there are no other monthly fees. I might mention here that I started with the Basic plan which is free.
6) You can set up your own blog there as well as subscribers / membership programs.
7) They have built-in reporting tools, so you can closely follow your daily views, daily sales, top visitor sources, and conversion rates.
8) They offer an affiliate membership program.
As I said, I signed up with the basic plan, which is free. The other plans include:
* Plus Plan - costs 29$ per month (all the features included with unlimited digital downloads, products and revenue. They charge 2% transaction fee (without the Paypayl / Stripe fees)
* Pro Plan - 99$ per month with the same offer as the Plus Plan, but with zero transaction fee (without the Paypayl / Stripe fees).
I managed to list just a handful of products for the start, hoping to add more soon. So, this is a new adventure for me. Let's see how this one goes.
Do you use Payhip? Are you satisfied with it?