Thursday, November 27, 2014

Color 'n Cream Crochet 2014

I wanted to take some time to look back at my great year of 2014 already. Oh, what a lovely year it was!!!

I have only warm memories of all the nice people I met, through my blog and my visit to Sweden. All of you who left me those nice comments to make me feel better and inspired. I really LOVE this place! THANK YOU for giving me so much good vibrations! I appreciate it very much!

I hope to have brought some happy moments to you with my colorful happy work and I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and an even HAPPIER 2015! (I know it's early, but because I'm not sure if I am able to post before the end of the year, I just wanted to have said it!)

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Crochet Cushion Color Bomb

First of all, Thanks to you all for all the nice and caring comments on my last post. I really appreciate it!

I've been working on some very happy Color Bomb Projects. This is one of them. And how happy it turned out!!

As you all know, I love to work with many colors. I love to make them work together. I really love the results of this effort. I used my own Circle In Square Pattern (free tutorial).

The front crochet panel is sewn onto a fabric base cushion cover with zipper. Don't you love the fabric of the back? It's so fresh and lovely.

I like the edging too. It's very simple, like most of the edgings I use. But it makes the colors pop and it compliments the cushion.

This Colorful Crochet Cushion Cover  is for sale in the Color 'n Cream Shop. I wish you all a very happy monday!

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Hello Again

Hello, my dear readers. I'm back! As you might have noticed, I've been absent these last few weeks. Not because of a holiday (sadly) but because I had a nervous breakdown 3 weeks ago and was lying in bed all this time, trying to relax as much as possible...

I have ME and although I have been doing really well the last year, I wasn't careful enough about my diet and so I kind of relapsed. Luckily, I have a very helpful and caring man, who is very capable of taking over everything when this happens and our parents (in law) are always happy to take care of the kids. Everybody was very willing to pitch in and that made me realize how lucky we are.

So, I'm taking it SLOW, at least as slow as I allow myself to go. I need to take better care of myself and that will have consequences for Color 'n Cream. I will be making less tutorials for now and probably post a little less frequent than I used to.

This is our dog, Billy, by the way. Ain't she sweet when she's relaxing??!! A lot of us could learn from her. I guess I'm not the only one always running and stressing about unimportant stuff... Or am I??

The pictures show you our living room. I've been thrifting a lot lately, sometimes with my new friend Miranda (MierPapier). I actually went to visit her yesterday and it gave me soo much energy. It's so nice to find someone you can relate to so easily. And I got a preview of some of her new designs... They are wonderful!

Anywho, next week I'm going to the KreaDoe Beurs with my mom. Looking forward to that. It's kind of our annual field trip.

The stars in the picture are a new project. It's a real nice christmas project. And I'm actually learning the technique of stiffening my crochet! Always nice to learn some new techniques.

And this is something I'm working on now. It's going to be a garland. Don't you just love all the colorful flowers? They tend to get me through the day and keep me busy while I'm relaxing...

Have a lovely weekend!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Color Love

Because of the new Color Bombs I'm working on, I had a lot of fun experimenting with colors. I made some new combinations while working on the hexagon project and this combination feels suitable for the weather and season at the moment...

It's cold and windy in Holland at the moment, and I'm loving it! Time to stay inside, put on a warm sweater and soft slippers, make some tea and just start crafting!

Especially since my craft room is starting to look more and more exactly the way I like it! I will be making some pic's soon. I've decided to start sharing some more interior pictures of my house. I'm getting better and better at finding my own style and my house is starting to feel like the kind of home I've always wanted.

I wish you all a cozy windy day!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Book of Inspiration

As some of you know, I have a book of inspiration. It's starting to become quite full...

Interior styling is a big passion of mine and I love to go through my old magazines and cut everything lovely out and put it in my book of love...

And then, every time I get stuck or feel unhappy I just get my book and go through it from the first to the last page. As you can see, the colors would make anybody happy. And I get filled with inspiration to make new things.

I encourage you all to make your own book of Inspiration, for it's a real happy maker and it's a nice way of taking some time to yourself. Have fun!!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Crochet Flowers

I'm so glad I opened up to you guys last week, about my doubts and feelings concerning my blog and business. It really helped me clear my mind and getting things back in perspective. The thing is, I really LOVE Color 'n Cream and I love that I'm able to do what I'm good at. I'm totally full of energy again and this morning I made a list of what I'm to do (and although it's a LOT, I'm looking forward to it too!!).

I've been having some fun these last few days. Like making these flowers from the little Mollie Makes Summer Homestyle book. I wanted to do this for ages, but I didn't know where I'd put it... I did some tidying up and found it again. This is a real fun project!! And it really brightens up the place!

Do you see the little grey ball, with the little legs and feet? That's my first paper maché project. Miranda from Mier Papier taught me last tuesday how to make this. It's so much fun. We totally had fun too. We met in Sweden, where we were both selling at the same market and instantly hit it off. When I visited her, I came in and we just talked and talked and talked for 7!!! hours and we have a lot of the same interests and taste. Her house is the prettiest I've ever seen, but naturally, I forgot my camera... Next time I will make photo's to share with you guys!

The orange shoe in the pictures tells a sad SAD story... There used to be 2 of them, my favorite pair... But yesterday my lovely BAD, BAD dog tore 1 of them to pieces!! I'm so sad because I bought them in Thailand and they were kind of dear to me. Can any body tell me what this model of shoes is called, so I could find new ones online?

The shoe is now an accessory and I think it looks great. I can still enjoy it! Don't you think it looks lovely on it's own too??

Well, I just want to encourage you all to make some flowers in the weekend, to make sure you still have some summer in your home now the fall starts... Have a lovely cozy weekend!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Chit Chat

First of all, THANK YOU for all the kind words and the compassion you've shown me by leaving such nice comments on my latest post. It was so heartwarming and it convinced me even more to keep on going with this blog. Thanks a bunch!!

As you know I got started on some African Flower Action and I'm totally loving it to pieces. I think this is the prettiest project I've ever started. I'm so in LOVE with it! I decided it's going to turn into a new sleeve for my Macbook, since that really needed replacement. And I also decided to make a tutorial for you on how to make one of your own.

It's definitely my happiest project ever, although I did a lot of them. It's a Color Bomb through and through!

The colors inspired me to start something else too. I'm using one of my old patterns, the Circle Granny Square (check out the tutorial). It's turning out quite lovely, if I say so myself. And our iPad needs a sleeve too, so I just keep on going while I'm at it. Some nice stuff for myself, to lift my spirits...

Oh, and tomorrow Miranda from Mier Papier is going to teach me to paper maché!! Looking forward to that!

I hope you have a happy monday!!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I've been a bit confused these last few weeks. Although I really love crochet and love the blog and all that comes with it, I've had some doubts about quitting. Sometimes it's kind of overwhelming. The blog and my shop are always on my mind... I really needed to take things slow a bit.

Naturally I get a lot of energy out of Color 'n Cream. I love to do crafts, not just crochet and I think I will be doing some more like sewing and crafting with felt or paper. I'm also a BIG button-lover... Maybe I just need a little variation. But I also need to spend time with my loved ones and really need to take better care of myself and relax more...

Having said that, I do enjoy my new crochet project a lot. I love to make a new Color Bomb and am planning to make something for myself for a change. I really need a big bag to do my grocery shopping in style!

 So, now you know why it's been so quiet around here. Hopefully the wind has changed a bit. I think it has. And the weather is really going towards autumn, which I love, for crafting is so much more fun when it's cold outside, don't you think? I will keep you posted!

Have an inspiring day!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

And The Winner Is...

Well today I will announce the 2 winners of the September Give-Away. Thanks to everyone for joining and sharing. Without further ado, the winner of the Fat Quarters and the buttons is... Ayda from Cafenohut Blog (lovely blog!!!). The winner of the Crochet Flower Coaster Pattern is... Anna Robinson. Congratulations to you both!

So, these are a few of the lovely dahlia's again... The pink one is beautiful isn't it? And the yellow-pink one is from my mom's garden. I hope to get some of them next year... 

Don't know if you remember, but some time ago I showed you some pictures of an unfinished project and asked you if you knew what it would be. One of you guessed correctly. It turned into a lampshade. I finally finished it after having it laying around for 2 months...

I like it. I made it with different yarn than I'm used to. It's all Cotton 8, from different brands though. IT's soft and lovely, but in my opinion splits easier than mercerized cotton.

I also did some crafting this weekend, with my little one. She collected some lavender and we made little scented hearts. I used the idea from the lovely book All Sewn Up, from Chloe Owens. Very inspiring book and makes you happy just to look in it! I love the scented bags and think they will make a perfect holiday gift for the ladies... What do you think? Did any of you get started on the holiday presents yet??

And this is what I'm working on now. Not sure yet what it'll turn into. Something for me! A bag maybe, or a cushion?? Any ideas??

Have a lovely day!

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