Crochet and Things

I have been a bit lazy as far as my blogging goes, but I’ve done so much in the studio. Still, not many photos were taken, and I blame the weather for that. 🙂 It’s too dark and gloomy, it rains almost every day, and that doesn’t inspire me to photograph. But I will do my best to show you everything I’ve done, before I go on vacation, which is approaching! Yay! Ten more days till swimming in Greece! 🙂

Anyway, here are my two crochet projects, finished and beautiful.

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The yellow edged throw is for my bedroom. I used a lovely soft cotton fabric and I crochet the edge to make it the size I wanted, but also to add a bit of color to it.

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The pink one I made for a friend’s daughter.

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She loved it. That made me happy. 🙂

I also finished making another pile of handmade paper, which means that my studio is a little bit more tidy after I recycled a ton of junk. Now I have these beauties to play with!

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I made some tea and coffee dyed paper:

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And my favorite “alphabet” paper:

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I just love those letters and numbers coming through!

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Have a great day! 🙂

One Good And One Bad

The good one is a baby blanket I crocheted for my cousin’s son. This is my first crocheted baby blanket and it turned out very nice.

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Double crochet, with a simple border.

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It’s perfect for Spring or Summer.

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But the bad one is really bad. It’s a quilt, my first big quilt ever. I made only one quilt before, and it was a small one which ended up on my dog’s bed. And he loves it! Even though it’s a bit girly. 🙂 I have a very picky dog. He likes to sleep on cotton. My handwoven woolly throws are being pushed away from his bed immediately. 🙂

Anyway, as I was saying, my first big quilt turned out to be a huge mess, which should not be a surprise. I have no experience in quilting, I wasn’t very precise with cutting squares and lining them up correctly, and most of all, why on earth did I start making such a huge quilt in the first place!?! I did try to make it nice and even, with matching corners and things like that, but it just didn’t turn out right.

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It’s not completely flat, I have some ruffled parts which should not be there at all, and I had to cut it and make it smaller than originally planned because some parts were too messed up. But at the end, it does look like a blanket, my husband says it looks absolutely fine (he is so sweet), even though my planned pattern doesn’t look like a pattern at all, but I did use old bed sheets for this quilt so at least I didn’t waste any money. 🙂

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Practice is important, and I will love this quilt as my learning quilt. We will have many happy sleepy moments together and I know my dog will love it because it’s cotton. LOL! That’s just me, sometimes (unlike in other parts of life) too confident when it comes to making things. I always start a project with an idea that it’s going to be just perfect. And almost always it does. But sometimes mistakes happen and that’s ok. I practice, I learn, I discover. And I go to the next project with more curiosity and more confidence.

So here are my two blankets that took me about three weeks to finish and left me with a very sore back. 🙂 But hey, I’m smiling! 🙂

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Creative Block

I’m finally out of it!!! Oh, how I hate when my muse goes away, leaving me uninspired and sad. It’s unbearable! To have ideas, lots of them, and to not be able to do anything, to create one single thing, that is terrible! Thank you my dear muse for coming back! I will make you a cake! 🙂

Or maybe I should thank Deb. She organizes an ATC challenge every month, and this month the theme is “Fish”, which immediately made my fingers itch. 🙂 So thank you Deb! Here are the cards I made:

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Not bad. ? You have no idea how thankful I was when I finished these ATCs. Funny how glue, paint and paper make me happy.

The holidays are to be blamed. They somehow push me out of my normal rhythm, and instead of having more time to make art, I end up being stuck. Strange. (OK, enough about that!)

Anyway, I have to tell you that almost all of my scarves and a poncho have been sold (yay!), along with a wonderful brown crocheted bag which I forgot to photograph! Come on! What is wrong with me?! But I do have another one to show you. Happy, colorful summer bag.

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It was finished a while ago, but I was uninspired to even take photos of it. Poor bag. It didn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

Another thing I must thank Deb for is an inchie fever! Deb committed to making inchies and twinchies every day in 2014, and she already has an amazing collection! You should visit her blog (http://bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com/)and see how lovely they are! It’s been a while since I made inchies, but last night I thought that it could be a great way for me to start making something. They are small so they don’t require too much work (well, you could make them as complex and detailed as you like, but you don’t have to, there are no rules), so it was a perfect thing for me to do! This first batch is a bit simple, but I’m just happy that I played and had fun. And who knows, maybe the fever will continue and I’ll have an inchie for every day of the year! Wouldn’t that be great!

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Thank you Deb once again! 🙂

Have a wonderful day everyone!

My Sizzix Coat

From drab to fab! 🙂

Well, the photos are not very good, but you will be able to see the difference.  My very old coat, which was very much loved and used, was at first a long one, then I cut it just above the knees and wore it for a couple more years. After that I decided that it was not fashionable anymore, and forgot about it.

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But no, I don’t throw away things easily. 🙂 I even kept the fabric that was cut off! And recently, I decided to play with it. I used Sizzix Tattered Florals Die to make the flowers, Tattered Leaves Die for the leaves (of course),and also several of my crocheted flowers, and beads. I attached them to the collar and the sleeves, and the coat looks very pretty now! Well, at least to me. 🙂

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It took me many hours to do this, but it was worth it.

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Because it is an old coat I could play with no fear of ruining it, but in the end it turned out great and I’m going to wear it again! That’s how I am – when I buy something I really like, I have no intentions on getting rid of it until it’s completely destroyed.

Another successful project. Me happy. 🙂

Have a great day/evening everyone!

Holiday is Over

Yep, it’s over, we came home ten days ago, and I now want to go on holiday again! 🙂

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As soon as we came home I started preparing food for winter – making tomato juice, tomato sauce and other things with peppers, aubergines etc. I have no idea how to translate those (cooked) things in English, but here in my country it’s a must to have jarred delicious vegetable winter food. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a homemade food, which is always better than the store bought one.

So, it’s been a busy week after holiday, but now that the food is mostly ready, I can concentrate on doing something artsy! But since I have nothing ready yet to show you, here are some things I made before the holiday. 🙂

My journal, now filled with all kinds of memories from Greece.

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It was a quick and fun project, made with all kinds of fabric scraps, with a yellow felt circle and a blue lacy embellishment on the front to symbolize the sun and the sea. I filled it with my handmade paper and other mostly recycled papers.

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I added handmade beads and pieces of yarn to the spine, just for fun.

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And in Greece, I had a great time writing in it and playing with it. 🙂

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I also made clay pendants and embellishments. These are almost finished, waiting to be transformed into jewelry, but I have a lot more that need to be painted and sealed with varnish.

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Another crocheted bag, ordered by a lovely lady who liked the one I made for my self and wanted the same bag, although this one turned out a little bit darker and bigger.  But she loved it!

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I also made her a small crocheted envelope bag for tissues or a cell phone.

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Now that I’m looking at these photos, it’s obvious to me that the same color repeats over and over again, my favorite, blue. Which also shows in this journal spread:

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It needs a little something to be finished, I just don’t know what it is yet. But no matter how hard I try to use other colors, I always end up using blue. Hmmm…What does it mean? 🙂

 

My New Bag

I recently had to throw away one of my favorite bags because it was too damaged (or should I say well used and loved).

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But as nothing goes to waste here in my art/craft world, I completely took it apart, saving the zippers and other good bits. Then I crocheted a fun and colorful cotton bag, about the same size as the old one, and used the old zipper for closure, as well as the inside pocket (the zippered one) that I sewed into the lining.

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And because it’s a summer bag, why not adding some flowers to it? 🙂

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I also needed another inside pocket because I am a pocket person. 🙂 And because I didn’t have any more of that blue fabric or recycled pockets, I crocheted it.

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Now I have a wonderful, colorful, fun and unique bag! I’m happy! 🙂

Making Embellishments

I’ve been making these things a lot lately, and I’m pretty much addicted right now. It seems like I do things in “phases”, so this time it’s “embellishment making phase”. Sometimes it’s “art journal phase”, then there is “mini album phase”, although “tag making and ATC phase” is missing for a long time(?). Of course, weaving is something else, it’s always present. 🙂

So here is what I did. I’m sorry about the bad colors in these photos, but the weather was horrible, without sunshine.

Fabric flowers:

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Pearl and bead sprays:

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Stick pins:

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Crochet flowers, of course:

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These plastic flowers were very fun to make, and I will have to make more, just because. 🙂

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You can make them curled or flat, or just how ever you like:

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Then some paper roses:

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And some tiny ones:

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As well as some other types of flowers:

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You can find tutorials for these pretties on YouTube, as well as on these blogs:

http://what-a-beautiful-mess.blogspot.com/

http://simplypaperandcreativity.blogspot.com/

If you have any questions about making these, feel free to ask. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Shawls and Pumpkins

Two more shawls are done, and now I only need to wash and iron them.

They were made with the same warp, but with different weft yarn so I got two different shawls. They are so soft and warm, and this twill is one of my favorite patterns, which all means I am very satisfied how they turned out.

Because my back gets painful with all this weaving going on, I like to relax on the couch and make some small things (of course I can’t just watch TV, that would be like a waste of time for me,lol!), so I crocheted these cute little pumpkins.

I stuffed them with leftover yarn, and added sequins and beads around the “stem” to add a bit of a sparkle. 🙂 They are 3,5 and 2,5 inches wide and I LOVE them! I think I will make more to give to friends. What’s best about them is that they are fast and easy to make.

And here is another Journal page good enough to be shown publicly 🙂

Have a great day! 🙂

This and That from Greece

Hello lovely people! I wanted to share with you what I did while I was in Greece. I had so much fun (doing what people usually do on their vacations) 🙂  taking photos, relaxing, swimming, fishing

lol! That was my first catch! 🙂

I was writing in my “Greece journal” from day one,

and made a few child – like drawings in it.

I also crocheted tiny flowers

and played in my sketch book (or doodle book 🙂

It doesn’t seem like there was too much art going on, but at least I have something as a memory of Summer 2012. 🙂

Have a great day!

 

Books books books!

I’ve had a wonderful week! And the reason for that was – inspiration! A ton of it! I was so in the bookmaking zone, that everything else seemed irrelevant. And everything was so easy to do! Well, my hands and fingers hurt, and my butt feels numb from all that sitting, but who cares! I have so many gorgeous little books to look at, to sell, to give, to own! I can’t explain how good I feel! But I have a feeling you kinda noticed by now, and I promise, I am not drunk or on drugs, it’s just “bookmaking high” thing,LOL!

Anyway, the only thing that bothers me are the photos, which for some reason didn’t turn out quite right, no matter how many times I photographed, or if it was it inside or outside, they just are not good enough. But, I can’t help it now, so here are some of the photos, and yes, there are a couple of pendants that are not books, but I just felt like trying some new things. 🙂

Those were the necklaces, and here are some tiny books made into earrings:

Then some slightly bigger books:

And another great thing this week was that I found two bags full of books by the entrance of my building, and they are all hard cover, so now I have fourteen books to play with! Some are quite large, about 30cm nigh, and I can see them becoming great art journals. Apparently, someone didn’t want them anymore, and to be honest, who would want a book about installing heating in commercial buildings! 🙂 But they are all in excellent condition! More fun for me! Yay! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 🙂