Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Decorating for Christmas - The Rustic Lover

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On our other website's blog,  we have started a short Christmas decorating series. Last week we wrote about how to  decorate for Christmas the traditional way, but today we'll focus on the Rustic Lover.

The sole word "Rustic" implies the smell of wood and pines, burlap, weathered antiques and warm, soft natural textures.

Via Domestically Speaking

The rustic Christmas tree is calmer in tones embracing ornaments in natural colors - those being white, beige, brown, grey with a great amount of golden or silver sprinkles, although red as a festive color is also included.

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Rustic decorations come from the nature. You don't need much to give your place a festive look. You need lots of pinecones, pine branches, some wood slices to hold your handles, an eye-catching arrangement of all and the magic is on.

Via Curated Interior
If you want to make a fairytale fireplace, arrange the same gifts of nature into a wooden crate, add colorful baubles and winter berries branches.  
Wonderful Rustic DIY Ornaments

I hope you enjoyed the post!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Crochet Patterns Sale

A quick note to let you guys know I am having a Christmas sale in my etsy shop. All individual patterns are 30% off until December 25th using the promo code CHRISTMAS2017. Hope you find something you like!

Use this link with the promo code already applied.

Monday, December 11, 2017

I've Got the Blues - Insta Feel


When on Instagram, I always go to the posts I've liked to seek for inspiration and feast my eyes on all the treasures my gallery holds. Scrolling merrily away these blues caught my eyes. Not flocked like this of course, but scattered throughout my gallery. I thought it would be fun to gather them all together and make an inspiration board.
Blue in an almost winter setting always makes me think of snow. We still haven't had any. Not in the city that is. The mountains have got their share of it. But here, huddled in the valley, we are eagerly waiting for it, searching the skies for the tiny white flakes, hoping they'll visit us soon.

(1) queen_babs (2) crochetconcupiscence (3) sibvintage 
(4) wildhoneypiedesign(5) the_art_of_dress(6) rairai_ws
(7) frompiper (8) jocelynlilangrand (9) alley_real

Friday, December 8, 2017

Crochet Flower Headband - new pattern available

This is the headband commissioned by Kindred Stitches for their special May issue, and now the pattern for it is available for sale in my etsy and ravelry shops.

You can buy the actual headband here.

I loved designing the netted headband and it is beautiful even without flowers; however the flowers along with the beads really make it stand out.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Crochet Jhumka Earrings - free pattern

Every time I see Jhumka earrings on the internet, a kind of sparkle lights up. I don't own a pair of such earrings; at least not until I decided to make crocheted ones. They are easy to make and I spent time designing the beading than actually crocheting them.
They do make a wonderful gift so you may want to save this post.
I used sport yarn but with coarser weaving so it gave a bit of sturdiness to the earrings, which in this case was perfect so I needn't use any starch to make them stiff. 1.9mm hook.
This is just the crochet pattern - beading is not included, but at the end I do explain how I beaded them.
Ch5 and join to make a ring.
Rnd 1: Sc 5 in ring
Rnd 2: Sc2 in each st. (10)
Rnd 3: Repeat rnd 2 (15)
Rnd 4: sc1 in first 2 st, sc2 in next; repeat all round (20)
Rnd 5: repeat rnd 4 (26)
Rnd 6: sc in first 2 st, sc2tog in next; repeat all round (20)

Rnd 7: Ch 4 and make a picot, sk 1 and sc in next st. Repeat this pattern around. You will end with 10 picots in the end.
Cut yarn, tie knots, weave ends. Jhumka done! One more to go.
Now, for the beading:
I used glass, plastic and pearl beads.
Made a crown around the center of the earring and then combining plastic and glass beads on four sides of it - made strings - a bit longer so they follow the shape of the earring but do not peek beyond the picot. Sewed on 4 pearl beads between the strings. There are about 2 seed beads on each of the picots. For the top I also used a pearl bead which has a chain on the bottom and it goes through the Jhumka bead and on the other end I also added another such pearl bead.
It is actually not so complicated as it may sound.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Countriside Inspired Embroidery Art - Insta Love

I couldn't wait for Monday to come to show you one of my recent instagram discoveries!
In my pursuit for beauty, inspiration, eye and brain pleasing aesthetics I came upon Jane's stunning landscape pins. Quite out of the ordinary. My goodness! They are stunning little masterpieces, many resembling the art of Monet to my delight.

Now a proper introduction to the master stitcher - Jane Mitchell-Finch - a textile designer and her accomplice in art -her husband Ed, taken from their blog.

We trained in graphic design at Norwich School of Art when cut & paste was simply that - we used paper, pencils and pens to create our ideas. Though the years have passed and technology now plays a role in our lives, we're still as excited by art and design as we were then.

Having moved to a quiet corner of Suffolk, we draw inspiration from the countryside around us and the coast that's only a short drive away. We hand craft items using found objects and materials including: hand-painted pebbles, fabric collages, free machine embroidered pictures and greenwood carved spoons.

My personal favourites aside from the landscape pins are her adorable birds & insects, fruits & veggies and sewing machine brooches.

Explore more of Jane's world here.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

What I have Pinned Lately #7

Diamonds and Bobbles Jumper (no pattern, just drool)
Lingerie Knit Socks (free pattern)
What a wonderful, talented world!
 So many gorgeous projects and though I know I will never make (m)any of these, I pin them like there's no tomorrow, because they are important to me as inspiration.
I wish you all a warm and happy Sunday! 
Melman The Hippo (free pattern)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Gold Winter Roses

Happy Friday to all! Can you believe it's the 1st of December??!
I certainly can't. I swear on my life...I just turned my back for a second and whoosh! November went away. And my "to do" list is not getting any shorter. On the contrary, I just keep adding stuff on it and it looks like a 5-year plan to me.
This necklace is among the first to be crossed over. I made it as a present for a dear colleague / friend of mine and she chose the colors in dim golden, so this is a like a continuation to the my previous post. The pattern for this is the Winter Roses one which is among my favourites.
So, what are your plans for the weekend? Working heavily on handmade Christmas gifts? We are going to work on several tutorials for the weekend and have some very exciting things lined up for you guys! Fingers crossed the crafting mojo is in our favour. See you first thing on Monday! 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Autumnal Rhapsody - Beads & Flower Crochet Necklace

Guys, meet my newest necklace! I named it Autumnal Rhapsody and I believe this is the perfect name for it because it truly depicts the lavish attire autumn flaunts with.
I used simple things like crocheted beads and rings to make it, but the colors make it extravagant and special. The super-soft yarn which I have extensively been using it lately is Nako's Vals.
If you want to make something similar, you can use my ancient, but practical tutorials for crocheting  beads and rings.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Insta love: Grannies and Grannies only!


There is an IG account called CrochetGrannies that collects the best crocheted squares. A great source of inspiration, if you ask me. Do check it out!