Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafty Almhult Market

As most of you know, I've been to the lovely Almhult in Sweden to attend the Crafty Almhult Market at last... Well, it's over already and I had a fabulous time! I just came home yesterday evening, so I'm still unpacking and checking out what I brought home with me... Yes, Scandinavia is a nice place for shopping...

We started of sunny the first morning, but sadly, the sun left us after only a few hours. The weather stayed grey for the rest of the day and the next, but still the atmosphere was happy and fun. There were lots of other Dutch people (even more then Swedish) attending the market and lots of lovely products were sold. I must confess; I didn't take a lot of pictures (as always...), but I will share one of the lovely crafters in a post later this week that really blew my mind for it's loveliness.

I really love this fabric from IKEA. It makes my colors pop out even more. I got lots of responses how my work was making people happy, like you guys always tell me and it was heart warming.

The trip to Almhult went very well, even though I was a little nervous, for it was my first time traveling abroad all on my own. People in Copenhagen and Sweden were very helpful and public transportation was so well organized. The only thing was, my suitcase was heavier than heavy with all that cotton 'candy' inside.

The landscape was unbelievably beautiful and I saw a fox and a deer on the first day. I love to see 'wild life', since in Holland it's very uncommon, at least where I live. I heard a moose too, but didn't get to find it. That would have been awesome!

And naturally I did some crocheting. I designed a little rainbow raindrop garland. Specifics on that will follow sometime in the future...

I wanted to thank you all for your support on the blog and on facebook. You made my trip so much more fun with all your encouragement.

Have a yellow monday!!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Crochet Confetti Pattern

So, it's kind of a time consuming way of making confetti, but non the less, very durable and fun! Just think how lovely this luxury confetti would look on a pretty set party table, or coffee table. Or how it would brighten up your windowsill or just your pictures... This is how you make them. It's an easy and very small project.

Just make a magic circle, chain 1 and make 7 single crochets (UK double crochet) in the ring.

Use your scraps. I use mercerized cotton (also available in the Color 'n Cream Shop) and a 3,5 mm hook. Once you've made the sc's, pull the beginning of your yarn to close the circle. Now cut the end of the yarn and pull it through.

Now, look at the pictures closely how to join. If you do it this way, it's almost invisible where you've started.

Now just finish off and you are done!! Tadaaaah!!! Isn't it lovely in it's simpleness??

Let's PARTY!!!! Have a festive day!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation!

These last few days it's been all about preparing for the Crafty Almhult Market. I've been quite relaxed about it, to my own astonishment...

I have lots of crochet pretties, but also some buttons, fabrics, postcards, beads etc. that I bought in Thailand some time ago. My suitcase is stuffed. I'm very excited!!

But I did think of you guys too. There's a little free tutorial waiting to be published for you on friday. It's a perfect little weekend project, so have fun with it!

I'm off the radar no, until monday. Have some lovely sunny days (I hope)!!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Chit Chat

Just a monday 'Hello!' from me to you and some eye-candy to brighten up your day. Do you see the lovely scissors with the little geisha on it? In pink and yellow no less, my favorite colors. This was a present from my man (he is starting to really know me!!) and I think it might be the best gift he EVER got me. Don't you love it?? Now I can cut my loose ends in style!

And I just HAD to share these gorgeous Dahlia's with you. They are my favorite garden flower and mine (and my mom's) is full of them. The beauty of it is, I can just plant them again next year, with even better results, and I will get more new ones too, so my garden will be even fuller of this floral abundance. I cut them every day (the more you cut, the more you get) and have little vases with fresh lovelies everywhere!

And these are some new potholders I designed to take with me to the Crafty Almhult Market. I will take lots of goodies with me. Not only crochet, but also fat quarters, beads, buttons... Only 4 more days...

Well, that's it for me today. What are your favorite summer flowers??

Have a flowery day!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Flower Coaster Tutorial

It's finally finished! The Flower Coaster Tutorial is in the Color 'n Cream Shop at last. (Find the Dutch version here). I made a few different designs, and I think I'm in love with every single one of them! 

I think this is my best pattern yet. The coaster is so nice and flat and with a diameter of about 4 inches (10 cm) it's the perfect size too! It's a bit early, but they would make a great gift for the holidays, don't you think? And well, I think it's about time to start thinking about making presents, if you are planning to give your loved ones a hand crafted gift. I'm already thinking about what to make my loved ones... I did coasters last year, so I have to come up with something original...

This set is my favorite. I tried something new with the grey and LOVE the way it turned out. They make me happy just by looking at them.

Next week I will be attending the Crafty Almhult Market in Sweden and I'm soooo looking forward to that. It's very exiting and I'm busy preparing my goodies for the trip. I'm bound by the weight of my suite case, since I'm flying there, which kind of sucks, but still. I think I will be able to take enough with me. I will just wear the same clothes for 4 days... Think anyone will notice??

The coasters themselves will be available in the shop too. I will list them next week, for those who want to have but not do.

This afternoon we will take our 2 girls to visit the History Museum in Leiden. I'm so looking forward to it, partly because the Vikings series (History Channel) has really brought my enthusiasm about history back to life. I'm curious what we will find there!

That's where I'll leave you for today. I hope you'll have a lovely weekend! Oh, and by the way, which design do you like best??

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