Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tropical Sunset Cuff Pattern


Hello all.

My newest cuff that I named tropical sunset. Name came naturally from the selected color combo and I do started imagining summer nights at the beach while choosing the colors for this one. 

As with all my bohemian cuffs, I played with all sorts of beads and sequins to make it unique and desirable. 

I am sure it would fit a princess from the Arabian nights.
Pattern on Etsy, Ravelry.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Easter Home Decorating Ideas


How is your Easter home decorating going? 

In our household it is different every year. I do use toys and decor I've bought during the years, but see that the place feels different every year, and every year I never miss to buy something small that would fit the existing menagerie. This year I also got a couple of ornaments from my mom - which I showed in my last post. 

When decorating for holidays, I am a person to have several places scene-scaped rather than have the whole house decorated. 

What about you? Do you overdecorate or not? 

Check out my Easter board for credits to  these images and more inspiration.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter Egg Flower Pods - free pattern


Back in 2013, I made my first Easter basket pattern which has been loved many times so far and it continues to rank well in my shop. The tradition of making egg cozies started then and there (and with a skip of a year or not )I am inclined to continue this tradition until I feel differently about it.

What is different this time is that this pattern is completely free. I always try to make unusual cozies and while brainstorming ideas I thought of a poppy pod. And it all started from there. So, let's make it!

 Egg Flowered Pods Pattern

For the cozies I used sport yarn and 1.9 mm steel hook.
For the flowers I used embroidery floss and a 1.7mm steel hook.

Also you need sewing thread and needle to sew the flowers on. 

The pattern below is for small eggs (53-63gr.).
Used stitches: chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), single crochet 2 together (sc2tog), slip stitch (sl st).

Foundation: Ch 5 and join to make a ring.
Rnd 1:  sc 6 in ring.
Rnd 2: sc2 in all stitches (12)
Rnd 3: repeat rnd 2 (24)
Rnd 4: sc1 all (24)
Rnd 5: sc1, sc2 (36)

Rnd 6: rep. rnd 5 (54)
Rnd 7: sc 1(54)

Rnd 9: sc2tog (36)
Rnd 10: sc2tog (18) 
If making it with round 10 leaves you with a small opening, than repeat rnd 9 once more and end the pod there.
Don't cut yarn. You'll be making the leaves.

Before we start, please note that I made the leaves different and not two are the same in stitch count. For example, I made the first with 7 stitches, the next one 11, the third 9 and so one. The leaves shouldn't be very long because they will slop down. Also, while we are at them, when you are done, you can either wash them with a sprinkle of starch or spray them with fabric stiffener so that the leaves stay upright. 

Ch 7 and starting from the second st from hook, sl st in first 2 st, then hdc1 in remaining 4. Sl st it in the next st, sc in the next to it. Sl st in the next and chain 11. Repeat the leaf pattern (sl st in 1st two st, hdc1 in remaining). Repeat making different sized leaves until you finish the round. 

Now onto the flowers. 

Using all the strands of the floss, ch 5 and sl st in the 1st st. Ch 5 and sl st in the 1st st of that chain. Repeat working this pattern until you have 5 such petals. Join the last one with the first one with a sl st. Tie both tails in a tight knot twice, thread the tails and weave them through. Work on the color arrangement.

 Thread a sewing thread and sew the flowers on. And you are done!

So, how do you like them?

I am going to gift these to my nieces and nephews this Easter. Maybe make some for my mom. She always makes an Easter village on her chest /stand in the living room so we'll see if these fit the scenery. 

Also I will be including this pattern as a gift with all my other paid patterns for Easter cozies if you are interested in having a printable copy, or as a free download on ravelry.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

On Old Cuffs and New Pendants


In my journey as a crochet jewelry and accessories designer, I've come to learn that some crochet pieces rank better than others. Such are my cuffs and bracelets which always strike a chord with a wide audience and instantly become best-sellers.
It is no secret I too love making them and wearing them dearly, regardless of the material they are made.  Which brings me to the cuff from this post.
This simple beauty was among the first ones made - cannot even recall if I have ever posted about it, but it is still one of the dearest. I (mostly) own every cuff I have ever made and though this one is followed by many beaded and awesomely decorated beauties, this plain and dull cuff remains a favourite.

Whenever I work on a new model of a cuff / bracelet - which I am right now, I always take out the old ones to remind myself of the patterns and I pay attention that no pattern repeats with the new cuff. Hence, it was then when I decided this oldie needs a slight refreshment without disturbing it greatly and added this pendant, which I think perfectly suits it. I added it by attaching it to the cuff with a jump ring so that I could easily take it off when the cuff needs to be washed.

Yes, it is a bit shabby and worn out, but I see it will be still loved in the future.  

My new cuff is already made, but I am a bit lazy with the beading. Hopefully, it will be done soon.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday Inspiration - 1950s

I love it when the week starts with a positive vibe and today was one such day! 

So, wishing you a happy start of the week, here's a snippet of inspiration for my collection, which I am glad to report is slowly building up. I don't rush it and work on it slowly and when my full time job does not drain all my energies (which it has - lately). This means I have no idea when it will be finished -time wise - but mid May sounds just about right. 

Check out my 1950s board to find the credits of all the images I've included here.


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Sunrise Necklace - mixed media necklace

Spring cleaning my ever-growing crochet / craft stash, I came upon my embroidered patches and wanted to really use them - so here you are looking at one of my latest plays with embroidery floss. 

I attached the embroidered pendant to the crochet ties and added a motley ensemble of beads to make a visual continuity of it.

Cannot wait to use the others for some ideas I have swirling in my head. Let see how that goes.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Free Crochet Easter Decor Patterns

Easter - the time of joy and celebration! It has always been treasured as such both in our household and on the blog.

This year, traditionally hand-picking projects from the internet, I leaned towards amigurumi Easter toys, which would be just great to use as Easter decor around the house and make children's excitement even greater.



More of my Easter roundups

Monday, April 1, 2019

Blueprint and the Power of Creating

The Baby Blanket That Will Never Be

Remember Craftsy?
It has experienced a makeover and now it changed into Blueprint

Their mission is simple: spread inspiration, offer expert instruction and supplies we need to confidently tackle any creative project from start to finish. They have certainly taken crafting to a new, exciting level. 

I was honored to be included into their top ten crochet blog list. Check it out here.