Saturday, 25 October 2014

Easy Crocheted Hats & Scarves ~ Book Review


ISBN: 9781604685053
Publisher: Martingale
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2014
RRP: $12.99


When you first want to crochet it's sometimes frustrating
finding patterns that are good enough to make for
yourself or to make for gifts.


This book is full of techniques and designs to expand your skills.
You get 15 different designs that you can make in
your preferred colours and give them your own look.


The patterns are all in written format.
When you are learning a new stitch diagrams are also
supplied so you can easily follow where
you need to be placing your hook and how to make the stitch.


This design would make a brilliant Christmas present.
It's perfect for brightening up a dull cold day.


Each design is completely different and teaches you new skills.
It would also be good for an experienced crocheter
to give them something nice and relaxing to make.


Who would you make one for?
Which one would you make?


I received a copy of the ebook to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

Friday, 24 October 2014

I've Made Friday Week 122


Good Morning everyone!

Little Red has started his half term break today.
We are have a pajama day :-).
Mr D is off work today as well so we have
bought some bake your own croissants and pan au chocolate.
It's cold and raining outsite so it's the perfect day for it :-).

I've been making quite a bit lately
with Halloween getting so close.

I'm not sure I've shown these to you before or not

 

These are the wiggly snakes I made.
When I show you the Halloween Set-up you will
see I made quite a few more to fill up the jar.
I want to get the pattern written up for you as soon as possible.
They are super quick and easy to make.

 


I also made a jar of eyeballs.

 

I also made a couple of hats from the book
crochet boutique hats.
I made one for little red and hubby liked it so much he asked me to make him one!
This is amazing as he has never wanted me to make him anything.
I'll get some pictures with Little Red wearing his
for when I review the book.

 

I've also been making some Christmas things from the books:
Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home, and Tree &
Crochet your Christmas Baubles.

Actually I've just realized why my gingerbread man looks different -
I forgot his bow tie :-(
Oh well I think he still looks cute :-).

I'm going to be making more things from these books so watch this space.

I finished my cauldron
 
Most of the pattern I used the free pattern:

I've also been sewing!

These are my Christmas Coasters.
I made them following the instructions from the book:
Artful Christmas.
I'll be reviewing it soon!
It's a must have!
The best Christmas make book I've ever seen!

Anyway I think that's enough makes from me.
I want to see what you are making!

Now it's time for linky love.
Please feel free to share anything you've made.
  • Please visit other people to see what they have made.
  • Add the link to here on your blog so we can share the linky love.
  • I will try and visit as many people as possible.
  • I will reply to all comments as soon as I can
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Trailing Leaves Afghan Crochet Pattern ePattern ~ Pattern Review



Available in pdf format from LeisureArts.com

Rena V. Stevens has designed this beautiful afghan.
It's an ideal pattern for Autumn and Winter.
It could be used to dress a bed or keep you warm
on a cold evening.

The finished size is: 45" x 67"

The pattern is in written format and includes instructions
for some of the stitches just incase you need them.
All of the afghan is crocheted including the designs.
Just using two colours it gives such a beautiful effect.
I think it would also look good in autumnal colours.


I received a copy of the pattern to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate Links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

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.

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, 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.
Affiliate Links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

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.


I received a copy of the ePattern to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate Links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.

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!


I received a copy of the eBook to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate Links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.
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?


I received a copy of the ePattern to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate Links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.