Thursday, 27 December 2012

work in progress

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and all that. I'm a little bit relieved that the day is over - I like Christmas of course but there's just so much stuff surrounding the holiday that drives me up the wall. Namely commercials and the same six or seven Christmas songs repeated over and over! Why can't we just listen to Last Christmas by Wham! ten times and call it a day?!

Anyway. I have a Project. Two of my friends are getting married on the 29th and unfortunately I'll be about five thousand miles away. I'm really sad that I can't be there but I thought I could at least make them something nice for their wedding. So naturally, embroidery ahoy! Satin stitching is difficult for me but I think I'm getting better at it (see above)!

This pattern is pretty simple; their names and an ampersand, the date of their wedding, and some beautiful delicate roses that I found in the vintage embroidery pattern pool. I seriously think these flowers are just so pretty. The little stems are stem stitched, and the letters and love heart are done in chain stitch. I'll post better pictures of the whole thing when it's done. You can't really tell in these photos, but in person the fabric has the prettiest little tiny flecks of glitter, spaced quite far apart, just for a small amount of sparkle. Soo pretty.

What have I mostly been doing while home for Christmas, though? Well. Getting right up into my cats' faces and taking pictures of them, of course. The catte pictured below is currently taking up a disproportionately large amount of my bed and cleaning his face. What a cutie.

Look at this beautiful dude. 

Friday, 21 December 2012

Mondrian trestles

My dad is working on a DIY project. No pictures of it just now as it's still very much a work in progress, but it's too cool not to share! He's calling them his Mondrian trestles.

He's taking thin pieces of wood, painting them black, then creating a sort of grid. After that he's painting other pieces of wood white, yellow, blue and red and putting them behind the grid in a few places, leaving the rest of the spaces open for flowers to grow into. How cool is that?! I'm so impressed with my Dad for doing this, I think it's going to look totally awesome when they're done. I'll definitely post pictures of it then!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

crocheted flowers

I've been crocheting!

How lovely are these little guys? Crocheting tiny flowers is my favourite; it's so easy and the result is so  lovely and adorable. Each one takes about five minutes to make. Here is the very very simple pattern:
chain 10, join into a loop. Into the loop, make one sc, one dc, two tr, one dc, and one sc. that's a petal done! Squish it up against the beginning of the petal so it's as compact as you can make it to make sure you have enough room for all five. Repeat the petal four more times, then after the final sc bind off.
It's that simple! I'm using them as present toppers this year. You can also make them in a chain, without binding off and doing maybe ch10 or ch15 between loops. Yarn flowers everywhere!

(They also work as rings in a pinch!)