Wednesday, 22 October 2014

What You Doing Wednesday Week 122


Good Afternoon!

So sorry for the late post!
Things are a bit hectic today.

Little Red is ready for half term.
He really hasn't wanted to go to school this week.
Only one more day to go after today.

The weather wasn't nice yesterday.
We had gusts upto 70mph.
There was hail and rain and other such fun things.
My chest is bad with the damp weather so hubby had
to take some time and take Little Red to school
in the morning.
Unfortunately I still have to pick him up from school.
It's only round the corner and we got soaking wet.


The picture doesn't do it justice.


I'm in the middle of making Little Red a balaclava.
It's based on a pattern for a hat that I have made this week.

I've been making quite a few things this week.
i am so excited to tell you about them on Friday.


I'm also in the middle of making some Christmas coasters.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Holiday Pizzazz Tree Skirt Crochet Pattern ePattern ~ Pattern Review



Available in pdf format from LeisureArts.com

Okay Christmas is coming to us too fast.
It's been too warm up until now to make anything this big
but now it's cooled down it's the ideal time to get started.
There is enough time to get it made before the tree has to be put up.

This is a brilliant design from Rosalie DeVries.
The colours and design are perfect.
The finished size is 39" point to point.

The pattern is in written format and is easy to follow.
It's a pattern that is similar in every round, it just gets bigger and bigger.
It would be an easy pattern to alter to most sizes.

I think this would be beautiful under any tree.
It just adds that extra Christmas feeling and ties in everything.
It also means you can wash it, if you have a real tree, 
when you take everything down.

It's a brilliant item to pass down generations.


I received the ePattern to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Splendor Afghan Crochet Pattern ePattern ~ Pattern Review



Available in pdf format from LeisureArts.com

Now the weather is getting cooler it's an ideal time
to make an Afghan.
They make brilliant gifts or for adding to your own home d├ęcor.
Whether it's for on your bed or to keep you warm in the living room.
This would also be an ideal design for a cabin.

The finished size is 51" x 61"
so it's a good size.

The pattern is in written format but you also have
the chart or the flowers and leaves.
They are added using cross stitch.
With having the chart it would also be ideal to make matching items with it.


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Craft A Creative Business ~ Book Review & UK Giveaway


by Fiona Pullen
ISBN:  9781782210528
Publisher: Search Press
Publication Date: 23 October 2014
RRP: £12.99

Available to purchase direct from Search Press

Everyone has a dream.
To be able to have my own business is one of them.
I might not be able to at the moment
but I'm sure that when I do I'll be following this book.

This book gives you everything you need to know
to start your own business.
It takes you through the whole journey and helps you on the way.

I love the fact before you even start the book takes you
through the reality of being self employed.
Sometimes the idea means you think more about the dream
rather than the reality.
It also takes you through all the positives so that you 
can look at everything from ever perspective.

Once you've decided it's for you the book then takes you
through every step.
All the things you didn't think of and so much more.

Fiona doesn't only give her own perspective she
gives you hints and tips from other creative businesses.
As well as these she also gives you links to other sites
that can help you on your way.

You get examples of other creative businesses to show
you how they have been successful.


The book also supplies you with examples of tables to set-up.
How to calculate your costs and how to price items.

This book sets my heart beating faster.
It makes me believe that one day I would be able to set-up my own business.
If it wasn't for my health I would be using this book NOW
to set-up my crochet business.

If it's your dream then buy this book!
It has everything you'll need and so much more!
If you already have a business but you want to be more successful
then I think you would also benefit from this book.
You wouldn't believe how much more you could be doing
to help make things work.

I would give this book 5 out of 5.
All the way through from a dream to being successful is covered.

Now I have some exciting news!
I have 2 copies to giveaway to 2 lucky UK followers
sorry to my international follower.


If you can't wait or you don't live in the UK
you can purchase the book
Available to purchase direct from Search Press
or


Good Luck!


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Giveaway only open to UK postal addresses

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Snowflake Hooded Cape for Baby Crochet ePattern ~ Pattern Review



Winter is coming quickly.
If you are looking for something to dress a baby up
that will keep them warm but be beautiful as well
then this pattern is ideal.

It's brilliant for Christmas Day
or for Photo's for Christmas Cards.

The design by Lillian Rather is timeless.
The pattern is in written format and each part of the cape
is clearly written so that it's easy to follow.

The pattern is repetitive so is ideal for making in the cold evenings
whilst watching tv or listening to a book.

The finished cape would make an ideal gift.
In different colours it would also be brilliant as a baby shower gift or for spring.

I love capes for babies when it's just slightly nippy and you want
to dress up whatever they are wearing.

What/Who/Why would you make it?


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Friday, 17 October 2014

I've Made Friday Week 121


Good Morning everyone!

I am getting super excited about Halloween!
Little Red is on half term that week
so we are going to have lots of fun making different things.
Well that is if he lets me :-).

We bought him the new Skylanders - Trap Team.
I wish I had pictures but unfortunately I didn't get chance.
He was at school so I took the figures with me.
I hid them behind my back.
When I brought them out he stood in silence for a few seconds
in disbelief.
Then he grabbed them and went running round the school yard
shouting yes, yes,and lots of other noises.
He was soo excited.
Normally he is a scaredy cat when it comes to going upstairs on his own.
He seems to have overcome that so he can play the game.

I've got a few makes this week as I am on 
the Halloween make it challenge :-)
I know this isn't Halloween 
but I made it for a pattern review.
I think I'm going to make one for each of the family
for Christmas this year.

I made a skull
I must admit I did struggle with the pattern at times.
Partly due to the fact that some of the stitches used
I hadn't heard of previously qc.
There was also some mistakes.
The amount of stitches didn't always match up to the previous row.
I fudged it a bit but luckily it turned out okay.
The shaping and detail in the pattern is fantastic.

I also finished the hats for my niece.


I'm enjoying making things for Halloween so much!
I'm also really excited about what I want to start making for Christmas.

I've read:
The Crow Trap
by Ann Cleeves

 

This is one of the Vera Stanhope series.
I am really enjoying the tv series but reading
the books is soo much better,
The story stems around a quarry that is proposed.
The story has lots of twists and turns.
You are constantly guessing about who could be the murderer
and what is going to happen next.
The characters are well written and Vera is the ultimate character.
She is an inspector but not like any other.
The difference with the tv show and the book is you
get her thoughts in her head.
It makes a huge difference to how you see the character
and the story.
I would highly recommend this series of books!
I have already downloaded the next book.
5 out of 5

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Snowflake & Jack-O'-Lantern Hot Pad Patterns for Crochet ePattern ~ Pattern Review



Available in pdf format from LeisureArts.com
With Halloween & Christmas coming every so fast
this set of patterns is a brilliant idea.

The patterns are in written terms and are really easy to follow.
In no time you can have a beautiful Hot Pad to celebrate
this time of year with.

I decided to make the snowflake first.
It was super quick and easy to make.
Very effective.



I haven't even blocked mine yet but already it's beautiful!
You don't have to use it as a hot pad.
I think it's beautiful enough to be placed in a frame or on the sideboard.


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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

What You Doing Wednesday Week 121


Good Morning!

October is rushing past soo fast!

The weather has been awful in the UK.
Lots of rain and wind.
It's meant to warm up a little as the week progresses
so I am looking forward to that.

Our lollipop lady Joyce often used to say to her husband
that it always rains when she is about to go out
to cross the children at school time.
He used to say she was imagining it.
He is off sick at the moment and he can't believe
just how right she was.
Sometimes it's within 5 mins of us having to go out
and it will start raining.
To be honest we've been so lucky with the weather this year
I don't mind a bit of rain.
I do hope we get some crisp cold mornings.
I love a proper cold morning with the sun shinning.

I'm in the process of getting everything ready for Halloween.
I've started setting up a few things.

I've got tea stained paper and envelopes drying at the moment.


The spiders are on the window:

I've added the Chamber of secrets message to the mirror:

And I've put some coloured water in some bottles
ready for their labels:

I need to make some eyeballs and mini snakes
to go in the jars.

I'm in the middle of making the cauldron:

I've also got a quick make this week.
My niece needs a pumpkin hat for her Halloween outfit.
I wasn't sure how much I had left in my pimpkin colours
so I made 2 in different styles:

 

 


As you can see I just need to put them together now.

I'm reading another Vera Stanhope book so I should have the review 
for you on Friday.


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