heart of the sea

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I recent­ly went to a mille­fiori jew­el­ry work­shop with a good neigh­bour, who spot­ted this Groupon and we jumped at the opportunity.

I’ve always been fas­ci­nat­ed by mille­fiori. I used to be obsessed with mak­ing imi­ta­tion ones with fimo when I was a kid. But I’ve nev­er worked with real glass mille­fiori canes. So here we are! :D

We did­n’t get to make the canes but we used them in kind of a mosa­ic project, fill­ing pen­dant bezel trays with pieces of the glass canes.

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Aren’t they so pretty?

I decid­ed to use blue and green ones. And I found a heart! :D If it were an art­work, I would call it “heart of the sea”.

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The shop own­ers would then pour epoxy or resin into it to seal all the glass pieces in. We left our pieces there for the resin to set, and picked them up a few days later.

Isn’t this beau­ti­ful? I love the air bub­bles in it, and the feel­ing of depth that the epoxy creates.

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With my macro lens :D

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I think it looks great on a long chain :D

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It’s a bit of a trek for me to get to the shop, so while I was there to pick up my project, I went on a small adven­ture near­by :D pic­tures to come, stay tuned!

Have a good rest of the week!


this week’s awesome finds

Flamin­go sum­mer love :) from Gold­en Lucy Crafts.

Nev­er too ear­ly to start cro­chet­ing for cool­er weath­er. Car coat spot­ted on Rav­el­ry by Bren­da Grob­ler.

They make an excel­lent birth­day gift! From Drawn to DIY.

Cutest thing I’ve seen made with bot­tle caps. They make great fridge mag­nets! From WhiM­Sy Love.

I don’t have a paper cut­ting machine and cut­ting these by hand would be quite a chal­lenge, but I love the idea. From The House the Lars Built.

Think­ing of mak­ing a seat cov­er with this, the best thing is that even though it looks like they’re flower motifs that are painstak­ing­ly sewn togeth­er, there’s actu­al­ly no sewing involved! From MyP­i­cot.

Might give this a try since flipflops are on mas­sive sales at the end of sum­mer! It’s got some nice instruc­tions for prepar­ing the flipflop soles for cro­chet. Does­n’t include pat­tern for cro­chet­ing the shoe tops, but there are lots of free cro­chet shoes pat­tern out there, sure­ly one will work for this. From A Crafty Cook.

A very cute tod­dler dress pat­tern by One Dog Woof :D I won­der if it’d work as an adult size top too.

Odd­ish is my favourite :D Make a gar­den-full with this cute pat­tern by Yarn­mon!

And maybe hide them at Pokéstops, like Knot­ty Nicole does :D (via Bored Pan­da) I don’t play Pokémon Go but if the game starts to include catch­ing cro­cheted plush I’d be all over it!! Knot­ty Nicole shares her Pokémon pat­terns on her Rav­el­ry page.

Have a great week everybody!

it’s not easy being green

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It’s actu­al­ly a real­ly easy pat­tern, it just reminds me of Ker­mit’s song :D

I spot­ted the Kawasa­ki pat­tern by Crafty Queens on Rav­el­ry, and I loved the geo­met­ric fil­let cro­chet eye­lets around the sleeves and the edge of the sweater. It’s a sim­ple and bril­liant design, and a very quick make.

I used the “leaf green” of Pre­mier Cot­ton Fair, because it’s the only DK weight cot­ton yarn that’s avail­able at my local Michaels and it’s rel­a­tive­ly afford­able. It turns out to be very soft and smooth, and the fin­ished gar­ment quite breath­able, just a bit split­ty while work­ing with it, but will def­i­nite­ly use it again.

I wore it to a fam­i­ly func­tion in which I was entrust­ed with the task of tak­ing pic­tures of the guests at the pho­to booth and through­out the event, so I did­n’t have a chance to take a pic­ture with the new sweater except in the bath­room. Nev­er have I thought I’d take a bath­room self­ie, but this bath­room’s got some retro wall­pa­per that goes real­ly well with my retro out­fit. And if I did­n’t tell you that this was a bath­room, you would’ve nev­er guessed, would you? :P

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(I also made the skirt a cou­ple of years ago :D)

Close­up of the eye­lets on the sweater. Mike’s awe­some cousin took this pic­ture of us at the pho­to booth :D (We made the crepe paper background!)

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Have a good week every­body! :D


square cat

Stum­bled upon this adorable granny square cat pat­tern on Insta­gram by Suregal27 — have to share it! :D

This is the one I made, I love how it looks kind of annoyed, like the way cats often do :D

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Now I want to make a bunch of oth­er ones with dif­fer­ent fur colours!

If you want to make one too, search for #grannysquare­cat on Insta­gram, scroll to the bot­tom and you’ll find a pho­to tutorial.

Hap­py square-cat-mak­ing! :D