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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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crochet Doily

Hello my sweets! How was your summer? Although technically, summer isn't over yet, it is here in the Netherlands... It's rainy, grey and cold. I LOVE it! I always enjoy the first days to wear socks and long sleeves again. Sure, a few more days of sun would have been nice, but I don't mind the fall coming early at all.

I hope you all had a relaxing vacation and made some fun memories with your friends and families. I went camping with my girls and man. In a tent, just 45 minutes from home. We had so much fun! And even though we would only stay for 4 days, we prolonged it to 10 days, because it was so nice. I really needed to get away!

And naturally I did some crafting during the holiday. I designed this doily for example. I've been wanting to do some black crochet en I really wanted to do a doily. Designing doilies is FUN FUN FUN, but I discovered, making tutorials on them is NOT! I'm still busy making the Pink Doily Tutorial and I'm not enjoying that at all. Hmmm, what to do, what to do??

I have some fun stuff for you in store. There will be a free tutorial next week, on the confetti in the pic's. And in september there will be another double Give-Away since August wasn't so giving. Oh, and I have another Crochet Flower Coaster Pattern finished. I think that will be in the Color 'n Cream Shop at the end of this week. Ahhhh, I love to be back! I missed you guys!

Have a crafty day!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

And The Winner Is...

Thanks everyone for the very nice compliments and participation in my july Give-Away. It's so nice to see my patterns being enthusiastically received and a big motivation for me. Now without further ado: And the winner of the July Give-Away Winner is... Patty C!

As you know I only interrupt my holiday for this announcement. I will go on enjoying my spare time (and updating everything since I got quite far behind on the Color 'n Cream Shop and all my promised tutorials...). This is going to be my next tutorial. It's almost finished! I think it's my best Crochet Coaster Pattern yet!

Have a lovely summer!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Chit Chat... Taking My Break

This is my last post for the coming month. I will be taking my break now, of the blog at least. I need to catch up with a lot of work. There are many tutorials to be made, I have to update the Color 'n Cream Shop, I need to crochet lots of stuff for the Crafty Market in Almhult... Still busy, just off the radar for a while.

I feel the need to do some other stuff too. Like this weekend, I worked on my inspiration pin board. I love the way it turned out, with all the pretty colors, pictures and post cards. It makes me happy just to look at it. Just as I intended!!

But don't worry! I will announce the July Give-Away winner next week. You can also keep an eye on Color 'n Cream Facebook, since I will announce there when new patterns are available in the shop.

Oh, and the shop will be open, but just for the Crochet Patterns. The yarn and other items will be inactive since I just really need a vacation. I will be ordering yarn during the holiday though, and I hope to have it available for you afterwards. Exciting right? For me anyway...

Some of you might have read it on Facebook, but one of my projects got published in the latest issue of Homespun Magazine.

I'm very excited and honored and I love the magazine too! Do you guys know it? It's the Black-White-Grey cushion in the left upper corner. You can find this Flower Square Tutorial here.

I wish you all a very happy, relaxing, sunny and sometimes rainy summer (great to catch up on your crochet!!)!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

July Give-Away

Did I almost forget the promised monthly Give-Away!!! Couldn't allow that to happen. So, this month, the Give-Away is kind of obvious. It's the Granny Square Scraps Blanket Tutorial! YEAH! Leave a comment below and win this fun project!

Talking about 'giving', all of you know by now that was my new year's resolution. I announced I would be donating 10% of every dollar spent in the Color 'n Cream Shop to Microckrediet voor Moeders, an organization that lends microcredit to (single) mothers in Asia to help them provide for their families. I love this cause, because it's a gift that keeps on giving. The loan will be paid back, and the donated money can be used again for someone else. Anywho, I did my first donation yesterday, and MAN did that feel GOOD!!

 This is what I've been doing these last 2 days. What will it be?? I'm about 99% sure you will not get he right answer... It's a surprise and something I've been planning to do for ages.

These are my Edition Paumes books. I'm sure most of you know them. They are the BEST books for inspiration EVER. I love to just go through them over and over and be inspired by all the colorful and original interior ideas. I have only 4 now, but am planning to get them all. Maybe for christmas...

The rain has cleared and it's the sunniest day today. I just walked my dog and enjoyed the sun after all that water pouring out of the air. The plants really loved it though and I didn't have to water them. 

Thanks for the nice responds to my latest pattern! I hope you have a colorful day!

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