28 March 2012

Easter Huggie Bunnies

I've been a busy, beavering bee today and I'm so excited because I've got something to show you and it's a new free pattern. Woo hoo!

Yesterday I started making a teeny tiny little something for Easter, thinking I had ages yet to work on it.  Then, after a 'who's doing what and when' type conversation with Hubs I realised that the school holidays are actually next week.  Not the week after, as I had been thinking.  Eeek!

I had this little idea of spicing up our traditional Easter Egg Hunt this year with some little bunnies.  The little bunnies would each be hugging a nice little Easter sweet treat, all safely hidden inside.   So, armed with this vision and some rather vivid Lily Sugar 'n Cream left-overs I set to work on the pattern.

As I only had the rest of this week with no prying Little Miss eyes around to spy what I was up to, I decided to spend this afternoon working on them.  They came together quite easily.  Well they are only dinky after all and after a little tweek or two, I had my production line in full swing.

I'm not so very good at doing faces and after attempting a smiley bunny which I wasn't sure about at all I decided to stick to a simple little face for my egg hugging bunnies.

Luckily for me, I think it suits them that way.  However, you Clever Bods out there will probably be able to do something much more inspiring.

Here they are all are though, holding their treats and ready to be hidden for some Easter Egg hunting fun and games.

As you can see, they are just right for holding and hugging a Cadbury's Creme Egg, or some other equally delicious sweet confectionery Easter treat of about that size and I can't wait till Little Miss discovers them all, one by one.

I hope you'll give the pattern a try.  You could have your own Huggie Bunnie Easter egg hunt, or just use them as gifts or even real egg cozies maybe.

You can download the pattern right away from  Cherry Heart's Boutique, on the 'Knit' page.

I hope you like them as much as I do and happy hunting!

S x

27 March 2012

Things that make me go.... Oooh!

Just a very quickie today to say thank you so much for the fabulous response to my Eclectic Grannie Bag.  You were all so lovely about it, you darling people!!

I've been so happy today too, so I also want to quickly share some things that have made me feel so bright, cheery and full of Oooo's.

Happily my magnolia does not have frost damage for once and Oooo, it looks glorious against the very glorious blue sky!

Oooo look, this little cluster of tulips are burning bright in the spring sunshine.

Ooooh!  I've just realised it's fabulously sunny and warm and I can put my washing out again.  Hooray for line dried washing.

Secret Oooooo's!  Some naughty, but very exciting packets arrived today....

This one from Tikki London

More Oooo's for this one...

and this one, from The Eternal Maker

Hoo, hoo!  I can't help but do a little hop skip and a jump today with such sights around me.

I'm just going to give you a closer look at those cutie little animal faces.

Oh, so adorable.

What on earth shall I make with them all I wonder?  The ideas are brewing, but I don't know myself yet.  Still, it'll be fun finding out.

I've also got some Ta-dahs to show you, and maybe another little something for Easter.  If I can get it done in time...  fingers crossed!

S x

22 March 2012

Eclectic Grannie

As promised in my last post, I have something finished to show you this time.  But, let us start at the beginning....

I mentioned leafing through my Pinterest pages and finding an Inspiring Photo.  This is the photo...

Isn't it lovely?  I must admit I never would have given this bag a second look going by the Ravelry picture alone, but clever Cecile of Electic Gipsyland has totally transformed it into something really unique and eye catching.

Originally thought it'd be great to make this bag in a bright, happy, riot of colour but when I found the photo again something else suggested itself to me.  I knew I had a few half balls of DK left from other projects in some lovely colours which had worked pretty well together and I'd been wanted to use them up on something.  So I raided the rest of my DK stash to find some other colours to add to the eclectic mix and then I got really excited.

This was exactly what I needed to kick start me off again, some different colours to work with, to combine and to drool over.  Fab!

The bag starts off making a really quite sizeable granny square, 30 rounds to be exact, which is quite huge.  I only dared go to 28 rounds because I didn't want to run out of my yarn left-overs.

I can't tell you how much I wish I had enough yarn to make this into a blanket though.  It would make such a beautifully grannie-ish granny blanket.  All random colours, slightly mismatched and the rusty brown really does it for me - quintessential grannie in my opinion!

Alas, I did not have enough yarn and this was destined for other things, so I started to think about.... Embelishment!  (Worth the capital letter I think.)

Thanks so awesome Cecile, I knew I wanted flowers, and dangley bits and lace to be very much a part of things.  I wanted a kind of 'flowers in the hair' bohemian gipsy type look.  Hence I went for yarny braids* with flowers on the end and lots of straggley, dangley hangy bits!

*I know, being an English, British and citizen of the UK I should say 'plaits' and not braids, but somehow braids sounds more.... flowers in the hair-ish to me.

I love those hangy bits, I really do.  I love that photo.  I love the braids (whoops, I did it again) of yarn all jumbled in together too.

I added lace round the edges

The most suitable lining I could find

And just a couple of flowers on the back to keep things more simple that side

And the bag was complete

I didn't know exactly how this one was going to turn out until it was done, but it was one of those times where the ideas just suggested themselves as I went along.  I'm searching for a less poncy term and can't find one, but it was kind of an 'organic' project I guess.

But, I like it and I've had a couple of lovely compliments on it too while parading out and about with it, which makes me very happy indeed!

S x

Edited to add (24th March 2012):  
Sorry everyone, I forgot to make clear what pattern I used.  It was this one by Pierrot Yarns.  Also, I used DK yarn rather than 4ply and used a mixture of wool, blends, acrylic, whatever really!

Further Edited to add (21st June 2012):  
The pattern and tutorial for the little flowers I made and used on this bag are now availble if you'd like them:

Mix and Match Flowers Written Pattern Download

Mix and Match Flowers Photo Tutorial

19 March 2012

Fingers in pies

I don't know what happened, just before the weekend I was thinking to myself, 'coo, if things go on nicely at this rate, I'll have 500 followers by the end of the month'!  Now here we are, just after the weekend and bam, there are 505 lovely followers that come a-visiting with me.  Goodness and gracious.  Welcome, welcome to all my delightful new proto-friends, it is a joy to see you here.  Thank you for supporting me and for your lovely comments.  (You too, my already established friends and followers!)

What I wanted to talk about today though, is all the little 'things on the go' I have at the moment.

I had a little inspirational lull the other week.  You may remember my mentioning the Mo not being so Jo at the time of going to press?  Well, when Ravelry doesn't do it, there's only one other place to go.  Yep, Pinterest!

Well, it did it's job folks, I got inspired.  It only took one photo, but it worked a treat.  In fact, it worked too well truth be told because now I have no less than five projects on the go at the same time.  Which is a lot for a usually monogamous crafting me.

First of all, let's talk about the current hooky projects.  Hooky wise it's all about the Grannies right now...

Number One you've just had a sneaky peaky of above.  This is a direct result of the Inspiring Photo, which you'll learn more about soon as this is off the hook now and only needs a couple more photos before it's all ready to show you.

I really adore the colours of this project though.  It's mostly the result of the odd half balls of DK that I had lying around to be used up.  I just added a few more elements to mix and I've ended up with a new and very much needed refreshing palette.  I've got some different combinations going on in there, I'm finding it kind of quirky and eclectic and it's perked me up no end.  Want to have another look at it?

What do you think?  It might not be to everyone's taste but I love it and I can't wait to show you the finished article later in the week.  Especially because it doesn't remotely resemble this picture any more!

Next up is Number Two, this led straight on from Number One, because I wanted to use those colours again.  Unfortunately the oddments of yarn I had weren't going to cut it for another project and I tried to recreate the same mix with different yarns but that wasn't working at all.  So, keeping the same quirky colour mixtures in mind I came up some more colour combos, but in a more muted version which hopefully will look just right where this hooky creation is going to live.

It took me a while to get used to this one.  I was very uncertain and worried about my colour combos, thinking I'd made a mistake with this colour, or maybe that one.  But as it grows, I'm getting happier and happier with it and that photo actually very much confirms it's yumminess in my mind.

Number Three, the last hooky/grannie creation is a very much in the same vein.  It's going to live in the same room as Number Two so I want it them to play together nicely.  It uses the same colours as Number Two, but far fewer of them.

I think it's going to work out quite nicely though and, if I can explain it without my head exploding, it's going to mean a new tutorial too! 

Next we come to the sewing projects. 

Number Four is a scrappy log cabin type quilt, which is an idea I've had floating around for a long time.  You never know quite when the quilting bug will strike you but suddenly the mood took me and I started cutting and stitching.

It's starting to take shape and I'm loving how it's turning out so far.

I actually have the 'top' finished but work had halted on this one temporarily while I wait for new supplies come in.

In the meantime though, I had another idea, Number Five, and started snipping up more fabric for these...

 I love these little hexies and the delightful heaps they make, like here.  I just knew I'd be back to them sooner or later and I'm so excited by my latest plan for them.

Ooh, it's all exciting and potential!  Well, that's how it feels for me anyhow.  I hope it's the same for you and you aren't too put out that all I've given you so far is little glimpses.

There will be more coming soon, I promise!

S x

PS  A little word on fabric, because some of you have asked and I haven't gotten around to replies yet.  The fabrics I used on my Mummy Love Needlebook are offcuts from the Scrappy Log-Cabin blocks above.  I got most of the fabric from here but it seems a lot of it has gone now.  Try checking the links in the new 'Fabulous Fabric' list in my sidebar on the right or try searching for fabrics under: Feedsack, Nostaglia, 30's reproduction, Timeless Treasures, Leicen or Sevenberry.

16 March 2012

Pins and needles

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments about my chair.  You've all helped me feel a lot less guilty about my little bit of luxury.  I'm enjoying it right as we speak in fact!

I'm feeling pretty good today though.  This week I've managed to finish off a teeny tiny project that, for all it's teeny-ness and it's tiny-ness had taken me quite a long while to do and given me a great deal of satisfaction.

I'm really starting to love sewing and my sewing machine these days.  It's been a very slow burn, this new love of mine.  I've sewed since I was a teenager, in fits and starts.  Well, I say 'sewed', it was more 'cobbled together' in the early stages, but gradually I've improved.  I'm completely self-taught, which basically means, I don't know what I'm doing but I make it up as I go along.  Which has no doubt meant that I rarely do things in the easiest or best way, but I'm learning a little at a time.

This last couple of years though, my love has been growing deeper and stronger.  A nice new sewing machine a couple of Christmases ago really tipped the balance for me and completing my first quilt last year was one of the most satisfying things I've done.  I think because I never really believed I'd ever achieve it.

Now I have a bit of sewing confidence under my belt, I'm really enjoying exploring the possibilities.  Beautiful hand made things that seemed out of reach before, now seem a bit closer and a little bit more attainable, especially with the glorious internet and wonderful, generous crafty bloggers and their clever tutorials!

Which essentially, is a long winded way of saying 'look what I've made, from a really great internet tutorial'.  The really great tutorial is from my sewing heroine, guru and daily inspiration, Amy of Nana Company.  I've waxed lyrical about her before, so it'll be of no surprise to most of you!

The tutorial is for one of her darling little Needlebooks, and here's my version.

 I do adore how it turned out.  Finding all the itty bits of fabric and embellishments was great fun.  One of the things I really love about Amy's work is the way she find great uses for even the smallest pieces of fabric.  So using her scrappy easter bunting idea I made a little heart with some of my offcuts.

 I've loved this fabric creation very much, the making, the completing and even the wrapping of it.  On Sunday (the 'Mothering' one) it's off to a new home and I've not been so excited about giving a present for quite some while.  There's something very special about giving and receiving a homemade gift isn't there?

Now, I only have to hope that my Mum loves it as much as I do. 

S x

14 March 2012

Naughty but nice

So, I have a little confession for you.  I had a rather exciting delivery the other day.  Something for my home that I really love, that will look really pretty in my home, but...  it's not crafty and it's certainly not thrifty!  It's a brand spanking new chair from Laura Ashley, the kind I've coveted for ages and ages.

Do you wanna see?

What do you think?  Delicious?  I do.  I was going to go for a more colourful fabric choice originally, but the check just won me over.

As you see, not very much in the spirit of my Pretty Crafty Home quest for the year.  The only things I can say in may defence are that I actually ordered it last year (just), after Christmas.  So technically, it wasn't part of this year.  Ok, I agree, a bit flimsy.  It was in the sale though, a fabulous 50% off!   That's something isn't it?

I forgot to take a before shot before we moved the old sofa out, so it's kind of hard to see what that side of the room looked like before, but I have got the two ends of the sofa, so if you screw up your eyes and use your imagination a bit you'll have some idea of what we had before.

Ok, so the fact that they were taken at different angles doesn't help much either.  But to explain, we previously had two sofas in this room, a large 3 seater and a smaller 2 seater.  The smaller 2 seater sofa is now gone and replaced with my beautiful armchair.

I've been playing and I've tried it this side...

But I think it looks better the other side....

It's opened up the room a lot.  For a start the door open opens up a lot wider, instead of banging against the sofa and the room feels more spacious too.  There will also now be a nice corner for my ridiculously too-big-for-the-room, over the top Christmas tree to fit into.   

And best of all, you see that little alcove to the right?  I've always dreamed of having a little cupboard and shelves in it, for extra storage and because it'd look so fab - well now I can.  Hoorah!

It's turning into a rather comfy little crochet spot too.  I've just got to resist the usual urge of surrounding it knee deep in yarn and woolie projects of one kind or another!

S x

12 March 2012

Bunnies for everyone!

Just a very quick post today to let you know that the Easter Bunny Template is now available for you all to enjoy.

You can follow the handy dandy link above, but just so you know for future reference, you can find it at the bottom of my 'Freebies' page, which is listed on the menu bar at the top there.

Just click either link and it'll whisk you off to Google Docs.  Press the little printer icon on you should be away.

If you have any problems, let me know and I'll panic try to fix it!

If you want to share what you've made please feel free to add a link to the comments or add a photo to the Your Cherry Heart group on Flickr.  It'd be very cool to see what you clever peeps come up with!

S x
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