Monday, September 8, 2014

Mier Papier And The September Give-Aways

I already told you I was going to introduce you to a wonderful crafter I met at the Almhult Market in Sweden. This is Miranda from Mier Papier! Oh how I love her work.

She makes the prettiest little paper mache figures. And as you can see, we like the same colors... I couldn't resist and bought one of her lovely pieces, a music box tree with a pretty bird on one of the branches.

Here it is still standing on her market stand, but that didn't last long. As you can see in the next picture, it's now showing in my colorful home. It makes me happy every time I see it! And lucky me; she lives close to me and is going to teach me her methods!! I can't wait!

But also, as promised, here are the  September Give-Aways. Because there was no Give-Away last month, I decided to do 2 this month. The first one isn't really crochet related, although it would be perfect to use as a backing for my Crochet Cushion Pattern.

It's 4 fat quarters of this pretty fabric (there will be some more available in the Color 'n Cream Shop) and some colorful rainbow buttons in 3 different sizes. And the second one is the latest Crochet Coaster Pattern.

All you have to do is leave a comment below and make sure it's possible for me to reach you. If you leave your email address do it like this: jenn at colorncream dot com, so you won't be spammed out of your mind later.

The winner will be announced on monday the 22nd. Have a pleasant day!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hip Hip HURRAY!!!

Let me start this post with a very happy announcement: My first little nephew was born on the 2nd of september, Benjamin. Oh, how I love that name. He was 5 and a half weeks early but is doing very well. I didn't meet him yet, since I'm in bed with the flue, but I will soon. So exciting!

But I also wanted to show you some of the goodies I brought with me from Sweden and Copenhagen today. I discovered a very very cool shop Søstrene Grene in Copenhagen. I understand they sell all over the world and even in the Netherlands... They sell lots of lovely and also cheap stuff! Look at my pretty mugs and the lovely house boxes. I actually bought those from a new friend I made in Sweden. She is also a crochet (and knit) designer and was very friendly. She even sold me the boxes!!

The drawing pad was also bought there, and the pretty ballerina skewers. As you can see, the rainbow raindrops were made into a little garland. How happy, don't you think?

I also bought lots and lots of interior and craft magazines these last few days. I can't wait to start cutting and pasting the inspirational images in my big inspiration book. And I made another rainbow garland. A granny garland, which was very simple and a quick project.

These are the fat quarters that are left over from the market. They will be for sale shortly in the Color 'n Cream shop and I think they will be part of the Give Away this month... I really got some great fabrics to share!

I will tell you more about the lovely bird-in-a-tree soon. It was made by a lovely girl who I met in Sweden and happens to live very nearby me. I will love to share her work with you...

Have a bright and colorful day!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crochet Flower Garland Tutorial

My first tutorial for the Heart Handmade Uk blog got published! If you'd like to make this garland, rush over to the Crochet Flower Garland Tutorial and enjoy!!

Have a sunny tuesday!

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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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