Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Winner of the Mini Knitted Safari Book

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The Winner of this fantastic book is:


Congratulations Tracey!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

What You Doing Wednesday Week 117


Good Morning!

I hope your week is going well.
The week is rushing by!!
I can't believe it's Wednesday already.

The sun is back :-)

It's been a really good week.
We had some good news from the neighbour behind us.
They are going to be chopping down the leylandii
behind our garden.


Our shed is about 7 foot tall so you can tell how huge they are.
They are actually taller than our 2 storey house.
It will make a huge difference to the amount of light we get.
In winter we miss out on most of the sun because they are so tall.

The bush you can see just poking out from the conservatory
is our thornless blackberry bush.
We have had a huge bumper crop this year.
My hubby is planning on making some blackberry wine.

I have a few makes for you this week:

I haven't made much more progress on
my Hitchhiker shawl this week.

This is what it should hopefully look like:
Crochet Pattern Shawl and Mitts PDF, Triangle, shawl, uk or us crochet terms, No23 
You get the Mitts as well as the Shawl.
Fantastic value for money.

I am also making this fantastic bag:

 CROCHET BAG PATTERN Purse Clutch Bag Pouch Bag Crochet Bag Pouch


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 
Crochet Addict UK What You Doing Wednesday

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Bathtime Buddies ~ 20 Crocheted Animals from the Sea ~ Book Review


Martingale - Bathtime Buddies (Print version + eBook bundle)
By Megan Kreiner
ISBN: 9781604684155
Publisher: Martingale
Publication Date: 12th August 2014
RRP: $22.99
Photographer: Brent Kane


The front of this book starts you an the
imaginative journey or these bathtime buddies.

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I am loving making the different designs from the book.
The patterns are so easy to follow and full of so much imagination.

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There isn't a single pattern I don't want to make.
Little Red is loving all the different designs.
It's such a complete set.

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There are so many fantastic techniques used.
It's amazing the amount of detail in each pattern
but they aren't daunting and are really easy to follow.

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There are some of the patterns that are slightly more difficult but
nothing that most crocheters wouldn't be manage.

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Children will just have so much fun with this set.
Little Red doesn't even want to take them in the bath with him.
He just wants to play with the set.

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I love Megan's use of terry cloth to get an even better
look on some of the animals. 
The bottom of the whales and sharks are terry cloth
and it works really well.

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All of the animals and characters are the perfect size to interact
with each other.
The mermaid and diver look fantastic.

Which is your favourite?
We started our collection off by making the jelly fish


The pattern was very easy to follow and
Little Red loves his Jelly Fish.

I would highly recommend this book!
It is jammed packed full of brilliant patterns!




I received a copy of the ebook to review.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
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Auntie's Beads ~ Product Review


Auntie's Beads

I have been lucky enough to receive a voucher
to put towards purchasing some items from
Auntie's Beads.

The first thing I needed to decide was what I wanted to make.
This is where Auntie's Beads excels most sites.
They have a design centre where you are either
given written instructions on how to make the design or there
are videos you can follow.
As quite a new jewellery maker this was invaluable.
I decided to make :
Hidden Treasure Beaded Bracelet | Auntie's Beads

I decided to make mine slightly different as I love owls
and I thought their design would go brilliantly with one
of their glass owls. 

When you get the instructions for the design
all the items you will need are linked below
so it's easy to purchase the items without
having to search for them.

Once you have purchased you items and gone through
checkout you will find the postage is very reasonable.
I was worried with being in the UK but was pleasantly surprised
at the cost of postage and packaging.


First you take 2 wires 
Beadalon 19-strand Wire, 30 ft., .015, Metallic Satin Gold


And then feed on the fresh water pearls


And here is the owl I added :-)
Lampwork Owl Bead, White, 14x16mm | Auntie's Beads


It was a beautiful and easy bracelet to make.
The instructions were easy to follow.


And I hope you'll agree it looks beautiful

Auntie's Beads site is amazing.
It has such a variety of items and the prices
are fantastic. 

I ended up buying lots more so I can make
more beautiful items of Jewellery


  
      
  11/0 Transparent Root Beer Miyuki Seed Beads               Antique Brass 12mm Lobster Clasp

                                   
8mm Glass Pearl Beaded Chain By The Foot, Antique Brass     6mm Glass Pearl Round Bead Strand, Cream

W4110708003 Freshwater Keshi Pearl Bead Strand,   JW14NG-0 Beadalon 19-strand Wire, 30 ft., .015, 

Golden Green                                                                                 Metallic Satin Gold


 Metallic Satin Gold


 Crimp Beads, 14kt Gold Filled, 2 x 2 mm, 50pc                Lampwork Owl Bead, White, 14x16mm

8mm Glass Pearl Round Bead Strand, Chocolate          TierraCast Antique Copper Pewter 2-Loop                                                                                                  Heirloom Toggle, 14mm

As you can see I got an amazing array of different items from the site.
The delivery was quick and the customer service were very helpful.
They send you an email so you can easily track your items.

I've already started making another item.
I'm making myself a necklace now:

I love the fact that you can either buy items you want
or follow designs and make yourself some beautiful jewellery.
I'm also thinking of adding some of my beads to
my crochet designs.

Why don't you check out some of the designs you can make
at their design centre.

You can find loads of how to videos including Kumihimo
Simple Twist Pattern Kumihimo | Jewelry Making Videos

I can honestly say that I am super pleased with my purchases.
I will be using Auntie's Beads in future.
With such brilliant prices, services and wide selection
you are sure to find what you want and much, much more.


I received a voucher towards my purchases.
However all opinions expressed are my own.
Affiliate links are included on the post.
No monies were exchanged.