Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|Pattern by Bunny Mummy.|
Here's a picture of the display:
I collect enamelware, so I have a lot around the house. I thought this enamelware milk bucket would be perfect!
These little cuties aren't online yet and, for now, will only be available at the Rancocas Woods show.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
And also finishing up new items. Tomorrow I should have some new little birds to show you. Today, it's owls.
A whole basket full!
|This adorable pattern is by Bunny Mummy.|
If you're in the area, do come by. It's a great show & full of really fantastic crafts. If you do come, stop by my tent and mention this post to receive 10% off your purchase.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I originally posted this as a tutorial on how to read a pattern. You can get the free pattern here.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
|Photo by Wind Rose Fiber Studio.|
This is a lovely pattern for a zinnia that works up quickly. It's quite simple to memorize, so you could make lots of these on the go or watching TV. Get the free pattern from Wind Rose Fiber Studio.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Let's start off the week with a rose. I've made rolled roses, mostly from wool so I could felt them. They're easy to make and the end result is very cute. This pattern takes roses to a whole new level. I've not yet tried this and can't wait to get started.
|Picture by http://www.duitang.com.|
The best part is, the pattern is free from duitang.com for those that can read a chart. I need to brush up on my chart-reading skills and this looks the perfect pattern for that endeavor.
Another new pattern tomorrow....
Monday, April 15, 2013
It warms my heart when I see beautiful crochet that people really appreciate. Here's one such item:
|Picture from Creative Jewish Mom|
The pattern is available for free from Creative Jewish Mom. Click on over for your copy. I think I'm going to make mine a table topper. This would be so pretty in the summer.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Last year I had a single citronella plant in a pot. It worked pretty well and smelled nice. This year I'm thinking a lot more plants on the deck and planting some around the deck as well. Here's a link to a great article about plants that repel mosquitoes.
|Picture by Awesome Home Pins|
Non-toxic and pretty. What more could I ask for?!?
Saturday, April 13, 2013
These fruit coasters are the perfect accompaniment to a fruity summer libations.
Get the free pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.
Friday, April 12, 2013
The closest I've come is making a ruffled scarf in the Starbella Yarn color "Go Fly a Kite." Here's a picture:
Personally, I love the colors of this yarn. I find them very fun to look at and I loved watching the colors come together while I was making the yarn.
I found this example on Pinterest:
|This beautiful work is by anri knits.|
As always, if you've tried some of these new colors I would love to hear your experiences. If you're so inclined, I would be happy to share your work on this site. You're welcome to email me at cherishablesnj <at symbol> gmail <dot> com.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
As part of my vow to be a better blogger, I wanted to share some things I've found on the interwebs that I thought might be helpful to others. Usually I "pin" these kinds of things on Pinterest (you're welcome to follow me there -- there should be a button on the right) and I also wanted to add them to my blog for easy access and tagging.
If you make granny squares, and they have become very popular lately, then you'll love this tip on spray blocking a granny square, originally published by Crochet Me. If you've blocked before, you're probably used to wetting an item & pinning it. The big difference here is pinning before wetting the item. I like this technique because the squares don't get as wet as they normally would so, theoretically, they shouldn't take very long to dry.
I would love to hear your experiences with this technique or any other blocking technique. Looking forward to reading your comments.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I'm interested to know if people pay for patterns or get most patterns for free and I hope this sparks a discussion. A little later on, I'll list some of my favorite sites for patterns.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I confess. I like granny squares. I know, I know. In my defense, I always strive to keep crochet moving forward. I'm all about "not your grandmother's crochet" crochet.
So, how do you make a granny square fresh & interesting? This was my attempt last year:
Here are some ideas I pinned from the interwebs to keep those grannies fashion forward.
How about one big square turned into a purse?
|From La ventana azul|
Lots of pretty hex grannies make a fun purse or afghan.
|From Facile Cecile|
|By Mit Hand und Herz|
I'm really loving the first & last options. Which one to try first????
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Part of it is because there are only so many hours in a day and it's just me trying to make a go of this business. But that's a really bad excuse. There's no reason I can't find a few minutes to talk to you each day.
Here's part of the reason I've been so busy.
|Pattern by kristinaskrochet.50webs.com.|
Here's a close-up of the wooden button and button loop. You can also get an idea of the stitches. I think the button coordinates perfectly with the off-white yarn.
I just love the lining I selected for this bag. It's bold and fun, but on a light background so the purse contents are easy to find. I saw this fabric during a weekend trip to the fabric store and had to buy it!
This picture shows how I attach the lining.
If you turn the purse inside-out & the lining right-side out, then you can sew it easier. Once the lining is in place, turn the whole thing inside-out & voila! Perfectly placed lining. Isn't this fabric the cat's pajamas? Dreamy. /sigh
Here's one last look at the finished purse.
It's now on it's way to Greece (that's how the title ties in) and I really hope it's new owner loves her as much as I loved making her.
If you would like to commission your own basketweave purse, take a look at my Etsy listing where you can check out the colors & handle options.
Thanks for looking and....
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I will have some of my regular favorites like flower pins
and yarn wreathes.
If you're local, I hope you'll come on out and stop by my table to say "hi!"
Click here for the address/directions.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The flower and circle embellishments are all handmade by me. These are making their debut at the St. Gregory the Great Academy Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, March 2nd.
|Blue with little chick|
|Moss green with flowers|
|Light blue with Easter egg|
|Tan with green bird|
|Pink with Easter egg (I've since added more embellishments)|
|Lavender with bunny|
|Leaf green with bunny|
I love making these and can see me making even more. Probably at least 2 more for the March show. If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by my table.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
I've often drooled longingly over the photos and tutorials in Martha Stewart Living or on the online site. Some I can do (like the pipe cleaner ornaments -- they're fab!) and some are just a pipe dream. Actually, most are just a pipe dream. But this is one tip that is so very, very simple and it really does work -- create a template, which you can insert into envelopes so that your written addresses are perfectly straight. So easy and you probably have everything you need right around the house.
What you need:
3x5 index card
Sharpie or some other bold, but sharp, felt-tip marker (black is best, but any dark color will work)
Take a standard 3x5 index card and use a Sharpie and a ruler to follow 4 lines on the card:
Now stick it into your envelope, press down on the paper and you'll be able to follow the bolded lines when addressing envelopes:
This won't work for really thick envelopes, but it works for most of the cards you buy in a store and for most boxed Christmas cards. One tip: when you insert this card into an envelope, make sure it goes all the way to the bottom and into the right-hand corner. That way the straight lines you're following really are straight.
I didn't take any pictures of a finished envelope because I didn't want to kill any tree with a fake address. But try it yourself. If you're one of the millions of people who write on a slant, this will help. If you care about this sort of thing. I like it when my envelopes are nice and neat, so I find this to be a very helpful tip & one I use fairly often. I keep the address guide with my stamps, so it's always on hand.
I hope you find this useful. :-)