Sunday, 2 September 2018

YouTube Video / Podcast 3

I've recorded another podcast!  Here are the notes about the things I chatted about.

You can find the video embedded below...



Or click here to view on YouTube.

Mentions

My completed stripy crochet blanket.  See the blog post here.



This yarn below by Dandelion and Dogwood with which I've knitted the Rosewater Shawl by Janina Kallio (still awaiting blocking):



I'm following the Winwick Mum Sockalong to make my socks.  Yarn is Stylecraft Head Over Heels 3103 Eiger.



Bunny Sock blockers are from the Knitting Shed.  First seen on Jooles - Sew Sweet Violet - blog/podcast.

Projects bags from Sam - Betsy Makes and Debbie - The Crimson Rabbit (plus yarn from Sam too.)

Animal Friends of Pica Pau (affiliate link) given to me by Matt of A Boy and Bunting.

I think that was everything!  I hope you enjoy the video!



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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Stripy Crochet Blanket

Hello!  Sorry it's been a while - the time is flying lately and I feel like I'm not staying on top of things.  However, I am here at last to show the stripy crochet blanket that I have finally finished!!  This has been in the making for nearly 5 years!


Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.


This is made from King Cole Cottonsoft DK, which is such a lovely soft yarn to work with, with a 5mm hook (instead of the 4mm recommended, as I have tight tension).

The colours are:

White (710)
Sky (714)
Mint (715)
Saxe (718)
Jade (781)

I used 3 balls of each, so 15 balls 100g balls in total.

Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.

It's a pretty big blanket, as you can see from it draped over (and covering!) my armchair.  It's quite difficult to get a good picture of, but I've tried some different shots to give an idea...

Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.

The stripes of colour are in three different thicknesses - 2 row stripes, 4 row stripes, and 6 row stripes.  It is made entirely from treble(UK)/double(US) crochet.  Each colour is used evenly throughout the blanket, in an apparently random way.  It's not random, of course - it was very carefully planned out!  I'm clearly too uptight for the random method!  ;)

Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.

It's big and soft and great to snuggle under!

Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.

I can't believe I've finally finished it, after all this time!  You can actually see it in my first podcast (my YouTube channel is here) but it wasn't quite finished then.  I am planning to record another video in the next week or so, and will be sure to show it off then!

Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.


If you're interested, my colour order and stripe plan is below:

Beautiful cute and easy stripy crochet blanket.


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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Heart Embroidery - A Beautiful Gift

My dear friend, Anna, gave me this beautiful cross-stitch heart picture as a wedding gift when I got married back in May.


Heart cross-stitch - wedding gift

It is always so special to receive a handmade gift.  As a maker, myself, I appreciate the work which goes into something handmade, and it always means so much to me.  (I had been secretly hoping for a treasure made by Anna - I was not disappointed!!!)


Heart cross-stitch - wedding gift

I thought I'd share it here, as it's so pretty and clever.  She picked turquoise colours - as I love them!


Heart cross-stitch - wedding gift

Thank you so much Anna - I will treasure it!


Heart cross-stitch - wedding gift




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Sunday, 15 July 2018

YouTube Video / Podcast Two

Yes, I've recorded another one!  I talk about cross stitch, crochet and knitting... with a little bit of chat.

You can find it embedded below...


Or you can view on YouTube here.

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This yarn below by Dandelion and Dogwood with which I'm knitting the Rosewater Shawl by Janina Kallio:


My African Flower cushion - find out more here.


Extreme knitting - find out more here.


I hope you enjoy it!



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Sunday, 1 July 2018

YouTube Video / Podcast One

Well... I've been thinking of doing this for a while - and today I just went ahead and did it!  I've recorded a video for YouTube!  I have a new Dinki Dots channel... and I plan to do podcasts every now and then.  (Actually, I always thought podcasts were audio only - not video - but in the crafting world everyone seems to call the craft videos podcasts... so I've gone with it...)

It is not the most flattering video - I think I need to position my laptop (with webcam) higher, so that I'm not looking down.  Also the lighting didn't make me look great - a darkened room would probably do the trick in that area!  ;)  I was quite nervous as well - it was a weird experience!  Hopefully I'll get used to it and will be more relaxed in future.  It is certainly not the most polished of videos - but it's a start!  If I waited for perfection, I'd never upload anything!  I can improve in time, I hope.

It's just a short video - about 10 minutes - although it's taking forever to upload.  As I type this, there are still 2 hours to go of upload time.  Rob says it's because our broadband is rubbish.  So, it's lucky I didn't film any longer!

When it's uploaded (and when I figure out how) I will embed the video below:


Or you can view over on YouTube here.

Mentions:
Debbie of The Crimson Rabbit (shop)
Anna of Nrelva blog
Sam of Betsy Makes (shop)
Lucy of Attic24


Hopefully it's not too unbearable to watch!  It's a bit scary putting it out there!


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Monday, 18 June 2018

Wedding Signs, Sweetie Bag Labels and a Decorative Tree

Isn't that a catchy title?!  This is the last of my wedding craft related posts - phew!  I've grouped the outstanding bits into this post, and then we'll hear no more about it!

*I've linked to the products I used - if they've got an asterix then they are an affiliate link.  If not, then they're not.  You don't pay anything more for using an affiliate link - I would just get a few pennies if you did buy anything.  (I think I would, anyway - I wouldn't really know as I've never earned anything so far, in the very very rare times I've tried using an affiliate link!  But that's fine by me - I'm just a hobby blogger!)

I made a couple of signs for the wedding.  One to go with the guest book...

Wedding Guest Book Sign

I printed on the same hammered card I used for all the rest of my wedding crafting (hard to see the texture in the photo, but it made it look a little fancier!) and put it in a box frame with a gold bow.

Wedding Guest Book Sign

The gold bow picked up the gold on the guest book and the pens.  I made crepe paper peonies to go with them as a bit of extra decoration.

Links to items:
Pen 1 *


The other sign was for the sweet table...

Wedding Sweet Table Sign

This was the same style box frame as the other one.  I just had these at home - bought from Homebase years ago.  I printed on the hammered card again and used an aqua bow this time - that matched all the place names and menus.  The colour scheme of the wedding was aqua with touches of pink and a bit of gold.

Wedding Sweet Table Sign and Paper Sweet Bags with Cute Labels

I made labels for the sweetie bags.  I ordered the bags from Amazon - links below - and designed my own labels that I printed off and stuck on.


Wedding Sweet Table Sign and Paper Sweet Bags with Cute Labels

And finally, I decorated a white decorative tree with aqua, pink and gold bows that I made from ribbon.  I firstly wrapped it in tiny wire fairy lights, that I already had from a couple of Christmases ago.

Wedding Sweet Table Sign and Paper Sweet Bags with Cute Labels

This went on the sweet table too.

Aqua Ribbon (I think it's this one - I bought it in store)
The pink and gold ribbon was also from Hobbycraft, but I'm not sure which ones.

Here was the sweet table on the day...

Wedding Sweet Table Sign and Paper Sweet Bags with Cute Labels
Photo by LJ Photographics

I don't think the lights on the tree were switched on yet - as they were only put on when the evening guests arrived and the sweet table was made available to all!

Links to:
Sweet Jars * (they were plastic)
Sweet Tongs - I bought them from ebay, but the seller appears to have been removed from ebay!  There are plenty on Amazon, though - like these * which look the same as the ones I bought.

And I do believe that is it on the Wedding crafting front!



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Saturday, 9 June 2018

DIY Wedding Place Names and Menus

Are you bored of posts related to wedding crafting yet?!  Sorry if you are - I have been working on a long-standing crochet blanket project... so there will be other crafting to show you!

However, before my wedding is old news, I wanted to document the things I made for it.  I thought it might give ideas for anyone planning a wedding - as well as something I can look back on in future years!

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!

I made all the place names for my wedding - 98 of them!  (Well, actually 100 as two guests couldn't make it and I found out in the nick of time to replace them with two others!)

I used this card* (*affiliate link) which is a lovely lightly hammered card.  It's hard to see the texture in my pictures, but it looked great in real life.  I was worried whether it would go through the printer ok - but I had no problems at all.  The print on the card was also nice and crisp and black - a better finish than on normal paper, I found.

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!

I liked the idea of going for something a little different to the usual place names I'd seen - which were mostly landscape rather than portrait (wider rather than taller).

I also wanted to put everyone's menu choices on the back.  I know when I attend anything I usually forget what I ordered, so it's nice to have a reminder!  It also helped the catering staff when handing out the food.

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!

The way I made these was to use Word to create a table with five columns - each column made one place name.

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!

Each column was 5.2cm wide and each row (there were two rows) was 7.25 cm high.  (You might need to reduce the margins to fit that on the page - and make sure the last column hasn't been cut smaller if it doesn't fit on the page.)

I presented the names in the same way for all guests - with the script font for their first names and the other font for their surnames.  For Rob and me, the script was on the bottom - for 'Bride' and 'Groom'.

For the menu choices, I added a text box and formatted it so that the text was upside down.  This meant that once printed and folded, the menu choices were the right way up.

I altered the table lines to a pale grey, so that I could see them when I printed them out - but when cut you wouldn't be able to really tell that there were any lines there.

Once one page was ready, I copied the table onto as many pages as I needed and amended the names and menu choices - that took a while!!  I'd do it in stages, a few a day!

I cut them all out with a guillotine, then folded along the middle line.  Make sure you don't cut across the middle line - as then you're cutting the place names in half - yes, I did that once!!  Very annoying!

Once cut out and folded, it was "just" a matter of tying a length of aqua organza ribbon around the front of each place name.  I cut my ribbon to 32 cm lengths, snipped out a 'V' on each end, then tied a bow around the top front of each place name.  The bows drove me mad!!!  Trying to get them even and looking good was quite tricky!  If you don't mind wasting ribbon you could cut longer lengths, tie your bow, then snip off the ends to make the legs of the bow the same length.  I thought doing that for so many place names, I would end up wasting way too much ribbon, so I did it the hard way!

Here are ours on the big day!

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!
Photo by LJ Photographics

The menu choices on the place names were abbreviations of the full description, so I created a menu for each table with all the options.

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!

I made 11 of these - one for each table.  I used the same hammered card, and this time made a table in Word with three columns, each 9.05cm wide.  There was only one row, and it was the height of the page.  I used the same font as the place names to type up the menu, copied it onto each column, and printed the page out as many times as I needed.

I cut them out with the guillotine, tied (yet more!) bows and stuck them to the bottom with glue dots.

A couple of shots from the day...

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!
Photo by LJ Photographics

Click to find out how to make gorgeous DIY wedding place names and menus!
Photo by LJ Photographics

What do you think?  Would you consider making your own place names and menus for your wedding?



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Thursday, 7 June 2018

DIY Crate Wedding Table Plan

We are now back from a wonderful honeymoon in Mauritius!  So... here is another wedding craft post for you!

I made my own Table Plan for the wedding, using a crate we received from my sister-in-law (who was my bridesmaid) as a hamper full of goodies when we got engaged.


How to make your own vintage crate wedding table plan - cute and easy!

I turned it on it's side and decorated the top with crepe paper peonies.  I made others for the wedding too, and you can find out all about how I made them and what I used here.

Once the flowers were in place, I wrapped two lengths of gold ribbon around the crate, tying them tightly at the back.

Now... the slight rough edges of the box, along with the glittery texture of the ribbon, meant that the ribbon didn't slip or move at all - it gripped well.  If you were using a more silky slippy ribbon, you would probably want to use some hot glue, glue dots, or something similar to make your ribbon stay in place.

I printed each table's number and guests onto hammered white card, and cut them out.  To fasten them to the ribbon, I used a glue dot at the top of the card and pressed it to the back of the ribbon, positioning the cards evenly across the length.  I then added the mini pegs, which gave a bit of extra fastening security, as well as looking pretty!


How to make your own vintage crate wedding table plan - cute and easy!

I hot-glue-gunned pink and aqua bows to the table plan, for some extra decoration.

Then to finish off I used a beautiful frame which I already had at home - it is a Matthew Williamson one, from Debenhams.  For inside that frame I used the hammered card again and printed our names, the date of the wedding and the top table list.

It was all quite simple, but I was pleased with how it looked.


How to make your own vintage crate wedding table plan - cute and easy!


How to make your own vintage crate wedding table plan - cute and easy!


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Mint to Be - Wedding Tic Tac Label

I am now a married woman!!!  Who'd've thought it?!  Our wedding day was yesterday and it all went wonderfully!  I'm too exhausted to do much other than get everything packed and ready for the honeymoon (and that's only because we have to!) but I'd already written this wedding craft blog post, so thought I'd publish it today... here goes... (Incidentally neither of us actually ate a single Tic Tac throughout the day!  I'm putting mine in my hand-luggage bag, though, so it might get used yet!)

As a little bit of fun, I made a few pretty Tic Tac labels for the wedding.

I bought a pack of four boxes of Tic Tacs, and removed the labels from them.  That was a bit tricky as they were quite sticky - I heated them with a hairdryer to help the process along!

I then created a quick label design which I printed onto label paper.  The labels on the paper were bigger than I needed, but I just cut my label designs out once printed.  In case you are interested, the label I created was 2.9cm x 9.45cm.

On one side, I put...

Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

On the other side...


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

The 'Mint to be' idea was something I'd spotted all over Pinterest, and thought it was quite cute.  Some people use this idea for favours, but we didn't have favours - instead opting for a sweet table.  I made these because I decided to put a box of Tic Tacs in the handbags of my bridesmaid and me - to keep us minty fresh throughout the day!  I then got struck with the creative urge to have a bit of fun with them... as if I didn't have enough to do!


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

I made four because there were four boxes in the pack - the other two I gave to my parents.  They weren't manly enough for Rob to take one!  ;)


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

I thought it was a nice thing to have in my bridesmaid's bag, alongside a little pocket mirror that I bought from a seller on Etsy.


Cute mint to be tic tac labels for wedding gifts or favours

The mirror was from here.



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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Crochet Colour Block Blanket

Finally it's done - just in time for this sunny weather!!

Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

A very bright and colourful crochet colour block blanket!

I started this in April 2017, so it's been over a year in the making... which isn't bad for me when it comes to making an adult size blanket!

Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

Details
Dimensions: 110cm x 151cm approx
Yarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton in:

  • 531 Peacock - 2 100g balls
  • 536 Fuchsia - 2 100g balls
  • 533 Green - 2 100g balls
  • 544 Red - 2 100g balls
  • Violet (discontinued) - 2 100g balls
  • 542 Navy - 5 100g balls
I really like the finish of King Cole Bamboo Cotton - it's got a nice sheen and a lovely smooth finish, which enhances the vibrancy of the colours.


Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

It's hard to get a decent photo of it lying flat on the floor, as it ends up looking wonky and wobbly and I lost interest in pulling and straightening it!

It's a lot straighter than it looks in this picture.  Although the edges are curling over for some reason, which isn't something I'm used to with crochet.  It was all double crochet (UK treble crochet) but I finished the blanket with one round of crab stitch.  I'm not too bothered about the curling edges to be honest - I could try to block it but I don't think it's worth it.  You can see from the second picture of it draped over the chair, that it all hangs and sits nicely enough.

Click to find out more about this easy bright crochet colour block blanket.

I absolutely love it - it's just how I wanted it to look!  I love how bright it is, and how the navy really sets off the colour blocks.

I might write up the pattern for it if anyone is interested?  It's not that tricky really - just solid granny squares.  It'll be more of a method, than a pattern.

This has already been claimed by Rob.  In recent months he suddenly started asking when I was going to finish "his" blanket!  Well, I'm pretty pleased by that - he's not usually that taken by any of my creations!  It's done just in time to be a wedding present for him!!  ;)



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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Wedding Reserved Signs

As I keep banging on about... I'm getting married soon.  Now that we have ticked over to May, it is in fact this month!!

I decided to make some little reserved signs to be placed on the chairs of the wedding party - to save their seats for the ceremony


How to make these cute reserved signs for your wedding!

I made these for the parents, and also one for my bridesmaid and one for the best man.

The inspiration for these was this pin which takes you to this page.  They have a downloadable template, which I didn't use.  I copied their design and made my own, using my wedding fonts.  I can claim no credit for these, though - they were a complete copy of the inspiration.


How to make these cute reserved signs for your wedding!

I used hammered white card, pink ribbons, and aqua eyelets.  I plan for them to be placed on the seats of the chairs.

They were just a bit of fun really - I saw the inspiration on Pinterest and felt like making them!

I have now created a page on my blog with links to all the things I've made for the wedding... you can find it here if you are interested.




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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Paper Peonies

Sorry it's been a while - wedding planning seems to be taking up my time these days, as the big day draws ever nearer!

I've got something lovely to show you today, though!  Even if I say so myself...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

I've spent this weekend making these beautiful peonies out of crepe paper - and I love them!

SUPPLIES

These were my supplies, which I ordered online.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

I ordered these from Little Craft Bugs - an online store I'd not used before, but it seemed to have a good range of supplies for paper flower making.

You never quite know what you're going to get when you order online, but I'm so pleased with these items - they were perfect for the job.  The crepe paper is very good quality - thick and nice and wrinkled / kind of 'concertina-ed' (not a word!) and I just love the colours!  It is actually floristry crepe paper, so not the cheaper stuff you'd buy for crafting with kids etc.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

These colours are from this range in the below options (top to bottom):

Light Fuchsia
Light Pink
Rose Pink
Yellow

The Rose Pink is actually quite a corally/peachy pink - which is actually perfect as I wanted pinky and peachy shades.

They only had a light green in stock in this section, so I bought green in a bigger roll - this one in Clover Green for the leaves.

I also ordered:

1.2 mm 30 cm long floristry wires (which I believe equates to an 18 gaue)
Green floral tape

I had to rush to hobbycraft when I started, as I realised that I didn't have any glue left in my hot glue gun.  When I was there I also bought some additional wires:

22 gauge 25cm long floral wires - these are thinner than the 18 gauge ones and I used them for the leaf stems.  Each flower needs three leaves, each on its own stem.

You use a hot glue gun to adhere the flower together.


MAKING THE PEONIES

Ok, that's the boring supplies out of the way!  (I wanted to put them here in case anyone wanted to try it for themselves.  Also, so I remember in future years!)

I can take no credit for these beautiful peonies - I merely used the template and followed the instructions of Lia Griffith:

Blog Tutorial - includes link to template PDF
Youtube Tutorial

The only changes I made were to make the whole flowers smaller.  Instead of printing the template on A4 paper, I traced it off my computer screen at the size it opened up at, as I didn't want them to be as big as Lia's.  They are still peony-sized - hers are just extra big (which is beautiful of course!)  I also used the thinner wire for the leaves, but the thicker wire for the main stem of the flower.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

Cutting our your pieces is quite time consuming - especially when you just want to start to put your flower together!  It's worth it, though.  Shaping the petals is very satisfying!  You can see below what one of the petals looks like before and after shaping.  That crinkly surface is what makes it so easy to shape.


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

They really do end up looking like petals!


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

The first one I made was in light pink...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

... and I was hooked!!  I can't believe how beautifully it came out!

As soon as I finished I embarked on one in rose pink... that beautiful corally colour...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

Aahhh, so pretty!!


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

Then finally onto one in the light fuchsia...


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning

I love them all!


How to make beautiful crepe paper peonies - they are stunning


I am planning to have them in a vase at my wedding, on the table with the guest book.  Then if I manage to get them back from the wedding intact, I will display them at home.  Or else I'll just have to make more, as I need them in my life!

What do you think?  Would you give crepe paper flower making a go?  I can wholeheartedly recommend it - I am so in love with these peonies!


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