Monday, 21 July 2014

Aubrietia Afghan ~ ePattern Review



Aubrietia Afghan
Available in ePattern format from LeisureArts.com

There is something soothing about making an afghan.
It's the sort of project you can pour your heart and soul into.

As you can see from the picture above the Aubrietia Afghan is
a treasured afghan that would be perfect for passing to generations to come.
It would make a beautiful gift to brighten up someone's day.
The use of the muted colours give it a lovely relaxing peaceful look.
You could even use brighter colours to give it a completely different look.

The pattern is broken down into the different steps in written format.
You make each of the squares and the flowers separately and then join them
together to give this beautiful look.


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Leisure Arts Paracord Bracelet Kit ~ Product Review



Leisure Arts
Paracord Bracelet Kit



You can also buy kits direct from Leisure Arts

There are so many crafts out there are the moment
but quite a few seem to just be fazes.
I think this is one craft that will last.


The reason why I think this is the items you make will last.
With them being made out of paracord they are strong
and durable.

The other reason I think this craft will last is they can be
made by or for either sex.
They are also fantastic for a huge range of ages.
You can mix colours or make them with one colour.

The kit comes with a fantastic book
with step by step instructions.
This instructions also include pictures to make
them easier to make.


The instructions are easy to follow.
I had never made one of these before and
found it easy to follow the instructions.


I made one for Little Red and one for his dad.
You can buy different kits with different colour mixes.
This means you can get a girly set, neon, bright or boys set of colours.


I really enjoyed making these and would highly recommend the kits.
You get everything to get started straight away.
The only thing I did differently than the instructions
is I burnt my ends as I think it gave a nicer finish.
I'll be making more of these with the kit
and then I think I'll be buying some more once I've finished these.


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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Curvy Crochet ~ Book Review


Curvy Crochet
by Marlaina Bird & Jill Wtright
Available in eBook format from LeisureArts.com

As a curvy lady myself I was super excited by this book
and it didn't let me down.
It's full of beautiful designs that make you look and feel good
no matter what your shape is!

 

Each of the designs has something special about it that is going
to want you to wear it time and again.

 

They are going to make the wearer feel good about themselves.
What better way to brighten up someone's day than to give them
a gift that you know will be appreciated and look good.

 

Using lightweight yarn specifically for full-figured women each garment is feminine, 
with an easy-wearing drape that is so flattering to generous curves.

 

With 8 fantastic projects for you to choose from and
clearly written patterns for you to follow
this book offers so much!
With the sizes ranging from Large to 4X - Large 
you'll be able to find the right size for you.

I love this book!
I love how it uses the designs and yarn to 
make you look good.

Available in eBook format from LeisureArts.com


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However all opinions expressed are my own.
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Friday, 18 July 2014

I've Made Friday Week 112


Morning everyone.
I hope you are all having a good week.

I'm afraid I have no pictures for you today.
My external harddrive that I have all my data
on has died :-(.
I can safely remove it from my notebook
but I can't see any of the data.

I did have pictures of the shawl I had finished
but they'll have to wait till I get it sorted.

Little Red has his last day at school today.
He is finishing for 6 weeks of summer holidays.
I'm an evil mum and have bought loads of workbooks
and reading books as well as science experiments.

Hubby's shed got delivered yesterday so he
has his week all planned sorting the old sheds out
and then destroying them before putting his new shed up.

I'm so excited by this summer!
I will miss the peace and quiet!

I'm still reading my book so that will have to
wait till it's finished.
It is really depressing me!
The subject is such an open minefield and based on facts.
It's all about the extinction of human kind if we carry
on growing like we are.
The earth only has so much resources and at the pace
we are growing it could be the end of human kind within
a century!
Very scary.  One line is if you had the choice to flick
a switch and half the population would die but you
save mankind would you?
You don't know who would die including yourself.
If not everyone dies within a 100 years?
Which would you do?

Now I've depressed you and got you thinking it's you turn to link up:

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Please feel free to share anything you've made.
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Wraps By The Dozen ~ Crochet ~ Book Review


Front Cover
Wraps by the Dozen
Crochet
By Judith A. Thompson & Carla Rae Miller
Available in eBook & Book format from LeisureArts.com 

You are going to be seeing quite a few of the wraps in this book
in my projects.
I just love so many of them that I am going to be making them
as gifts for friends and family.
I think the only problem I may have is wanting to keep them
for myself.

Charming

With the 12 designs using a medium weight yarn and easy
enough for any skill of crocheter to give them a try, 
you are bound to find something you want to make.

Passionate

They don't have to cost you a fortune to make
but they look a million dollars once they are finished.

Frolic

And with Leisure Arts free on-line videos to help you will finish with ease!

Joy

You can wear them in the evening to keep off the chill
or to dress up or down any outfit in your wardrobe.

Diamonds

And what's better than curling up with a wrap when 
it's chilly.

Elegance

They make such special gifts for family and friends.
And with the different choices within the book
you are able to tailor each design to your own wants.

Back Cover

I love this book and am really enjoying making some of them.
The patterns are in written format and clear and easy to understand.
With the use of the online videos as well you are sure to be able
to make your finished shawl as beautiful as the ones pictured in the book.

Togetherness

This book is certainly a 5 out of 5!

Available in eBook & Book format from LeisureArts.com 



I was received a copy of the eBook to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What You Doing Wednesday Week 108


Good Morning everyone.
I hope your week is going well.

Wow it's been a week of ups and downs!
Hubby has ordered a new shed and booked a week off work.
We've ordered a skip and am going to clear out the junk.
We currently have 2 sheds that are falling to pieces.
We also have a kennel area that we built for the dog.
Now I'm not able to work we don't put him in it so we are
going to re-design the garden.
We are going down to one shed and possibly getting
a trampoline for Little Red.
Hubby is going to take the week to get everything sorted.
It's an exciting to the Summer Holidays.
Little Red only breaks up from school this Friday.

Little Red's birthday is coming up so I've
spent a lot of time deciding what to get him for his birthday.
I also have ordered some books to work on whilst
he is off school.
We also have some science experiments to work
on over the summer.
I always get him something to do that's fun 
but educational at the same time.
I'll be showing you loads more over the summer hopefully.

I finally got rid of my chest infection to then catch a UTI.
Finally cleared that and got a stomach infection.
I'm hoping I'm getting everything out of the way
before the summer holidays.

I'm still making the shawl for my gran. 
It isn't perfect. They aren't mistakes as such
they are just where the stitches are looser than the rest.


I'm loving the look of the shawl!
The colour is soft and pretty.
I have also used a double knit yarn so it will keep
her shoulders warm.

The pattern is from the book
Shawls, Wraps & Ponchos

It's called the sideways shawl.
It's available in eBook and Book format from Leisure Arts.

I'm reading
Inferno by Dan Brown


   

This book has really got me thinking.
It is all about the expanding population of the world.
It shows how it is going at a huge rate and when the world
can't take it anymore........
I decided to look up the subject online and there are 
a lot of groups and people who believe the world will
reduce the population by it's own means when it gets so huge.
They say that the new diseases that can't be cured and don't
react to antibiotics, the storms, floods etc.
are the worlds way of reducing the population to a manageable rate.
It's a very scary thought but you can see why people think that.
As some of the sites say if the population keeps growing and growing
there will be some point when the world just can't provide the amount
of food and water to sustain that level.
It got me to thinking about what I want out of life.
My dream would be to own a small holding.
Hubby grew up working on a pig farm so he wouldn't have
any issues bringing up animals to feed.
Between the two of us I am sure we would build a brilliant life.
It's just a pipe dream but it would be a wonderful
dream if it came true.

Anyway that's enough of that deep thinking!

Now it's your turn to share what you are doing.
It doesn't have to be crochet, anything you are making
is perfect.
Please add the pin to your post & check out a couple
of other people that are sharing their work 
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Baby Blankets Made with the Knook ~ Book Review


Baby Blankets Made with the Knook
by Melissa Leapman
Available in eBook & Book format from LeisureArts.com 

As you all know I am a huge fan of the knook.
Even now that I have started to learn to knit I will
most certainly carry on using the Knook.


Blankets make such a wonderful gift, especially for new babies.


There is something about a blanket, it can be used for a lifetime
and then passed on to new generations.


This books gives everyone something to make.
All the instructions are included if you are new to knooking.
And all the patterns use the skills to make beautiful unique blankets.



The 6 beautiful designs  for beginner to intermediate-plus skill levels
each have their own look that will brighten up any nursery.
You can tailor the colours to your choices.
The only problem you may have is choosing which design to make.

I really love this book because the designs are the 
ideal projects to hone your skills and make beautiful gifts
that will be used for generations to come.

Available in eBook & Book format from LeisureArts.com 


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Monday, 14 July 2014

100 Colourful Ripple Stitches to Crochet ~ Book Review


100 Colourful Ripple Stitches to Crochet
by Leonie Morgan
ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210986
Publisher: Search Press
Publication: 17 June 2014
RRP Price: £10.99



I have to tell you that you really really need
to check out this book!!!
It isn't just a normal stitches book, it's so much more!


The book is ideal for any level of crocheter
as it goes through each stitch step by step
with pictures to help beginners.
There is a full stitch guide for all the stitches used in the book.


No only does it give you patterns it also
give you loads of other ideas.
It shows you how the design can change
with buttons, cross-stitch etc. to give it
a completely different look.


There are loads of new and interesting different designs.
Each has such a different personality.
Each of the patterns is in written and graph format.


They are clear and easy to understand.


Not only do you get all the different stitches you also
get 5 different projects to use some of the stitches with.


They are fantastic projects that really gets you thinking
about how you can use the different stitches.


They are just straight across designs. There are many
different shapes and designs.


I love how each of the designs is completely different to the next.
Loads of different colour scheme ideas are used.
You will be amazed but the difference in each of them.


With 50 Original Stitches & 50 Fabulous Colour Schemes
for Blankets & Throws
you'll be spoilt for choice!

As you can guess I really really like this book!!
There is just so much inspiration & fun
projects to choose from.

Has to be a 5 out of 5 for me!!!


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However all opinions expressed are my own.
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