Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crochet Happiness

I don't think I ever had more fun chrocheting then when I was making these little colorful flowers. This is the PERFECT scraps project!! I will keep on making these until all my scraps are gone, and then I will make some more. I don't think I'll ever stop making these!

All the colors go so well together and I'm sure you'll all agree: These pretty suckers are instant spirit lifters!! Nothing ever made me happier... Without exaggeration (or maybe a little...)! I'm not sure if I ever want to crochet anything else...

I've been thinking of all kinds of projects I can use them for: been making garlands, could make brooches, magnets, appliques... Who can think of more fun ways to make use of these pretty little flowers?

For now I am making lots of mini garlands to sell on the Amsterdam Maker Festival this weekend. I will be there on saturday. I'm still quite nervous about it... The Mini Crochet Flower Garlands are also for sale in the Color 'n Cream Shop.

I hope these flowers made your day a little happier as they did (and still do) mine. Have a flowery day!!

PS. Voor de Nederlandse volgers; als het je leuk vindt om me te ontmoeten, kom dan zaterdag naar het Amsterdam Maker Festival. Volgers van mijn blog en Facebook mogen een van mijn ansichtkaarten uitzoeken.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Color 'n Cream Postcards

It took me quite some time to figure out what they needed to look like, but they're here!!! My very own Color 'n Cream Postcards! How do you like them??

Ii still love to send postcards, even though we live in a digital era. Nothing makes me happier than a real life postcard on my doormat. Someone taking the time to write by hand and walk to the (scarce) mailbox. And these happy fellows will make the recipient even happier!!

I love the funny texts too. It's a bit different from your regular 'Get Better' or 'Just Thinking Of You' Hallmark stuff.

This one was in my possession for months already, but I wanted to add 3 more to be able to sell them in sets. 

I'm very pleased with the results and hope you guys like them too. You can buy these Color 'n Cream Postcards in the Color 'n Cream Etsy Shop of course.

Oh, and about the other happy makers in these pictures, I will tell you on wednesday... Have a thrilling day!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Coaster Fun

Friday is my favorite day of the week. People are always more cheerful and everybody is excited that the weekend is almost starting. Do you recognize this feeling? 

This friday is extra happy, 'cause my man came back from his kite surfing trip and today we are whole as a family again. My little one is still quite sick, but I'm not alone anymore, so we can do it together. I can relax a little...

And my coasters are almost done! I made about 15 sets of 4. The coasters in my shop will be available in sets of 4 too, instead of 6. But I will do that later on... 

Anywho, enjoy your weekend! Spend some quality time together. Oh, and I have mothers' day this sunday, because we postponed it. Looking forward to that...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pastel Crochet Cushion

Tadah!! Here it is. The Pastel Crochet Cushion Cover. I love how it turned out! It took me quite a while to finish though...  I used one of my old granny square patterns. This one has an edge too. A little white romantic edge.

I did the back in my usual way. It works lovely with the pink/white fabric and the yellow buttons. I added a little white edge on the back strip too. You can buy this Crochet Cushion Cover in my shop.

As you all know, I'm working on a tutorial on how to make a crochet cushion with a fabric back. The pictures are taken, I just need to finish the tutorial. And then finally you can all make your own!!

The little one is taking a nap here, on my craft room floor (on a mattress...). I always love to hear her breathe when sleeping. Oh, and yes, she is sick AGAIN... Poor little sweetheart. (Poor me too, hadn't had a normal night sleep since saturday)

Have a colorful day!

Monday, May 19, 2014

And The Winner Is...

I never had as many responds to a Give Away as this month. It's a great confidence boost, for me and my choice of colors. I picked a winner and that winner is.... Rie from Tasmania!! Congratulations Rie! 

I've finished 2 cushion covers and am working hard on a tutorial on how to make a crochet cushion like mine and on the new crochet pattern flower square. I will try to finish them both this month, but it might be June... My man is on a kite surf trip and my youngest is a little under the weather, so my time is kind of scarce right now. 

Been making coasters for the Amsterdam Maker Festival like crazy. Another 10 days to go...

I will keep you all posted. Excuse me for the short post...

Have a summery day!! 

PS. The 10 yarn combo's will be available this week. I will post it on Facebook

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Crochet Balls

Long time no see! But here I am. Been taking some time off to do some crochet and get some other things going. But as you can see, I have some inspiration for you now!

My craft room is still in need of some decorating and I wanted to make some fake flowers or something, to color things up a little. I decided balls would do the trick... And they do!!

As many of you know, I'm not the amigurimi type, but I figured, I needed to give balls another try. This is the result. I will definitely be making more of these. The flower ball is a new design and I like it even more! Hmm... I feel the need of another tutorial coming up...

It's lovely don't you think? I will experiment some more with colors. I'm so happy if I learn new skills. Who knows, maybe I'll be making amigurumi's shortly... Not likely though!

I'm now preparing for the Amsterdam Maker Festival, which I will be attending with my fellow Etsy team members, Ka ching. I have to make lots of Coasters, designed 4 Post Cards (Yes, they will be available at the Color 'n Cream shop soon!!) and am figuring out what to take with me to sell. It's very exciting, and nerve wrecking, really. It's a bit scary too...

Oh, before I forget... THANK YOU SO MUCH for the great responses to my May Give-Away! I was totally overwhelmed. I finally decided I will be selling some yarn in my shop. But it will be Color 'n Cream color combinations only. I always combine lots of different brands as you know, and I will make my combo's available for you. There will be a try-out next week with 10 sets of 5 balls in my Pastel Combo. I figure, you will need to be quick about it, but we'll see. I still need to get into the details for ordering more...

Well, I'll leave you for now. My promised tutorials might take some extra time, because I didn't think of the festival. Does anyone have requests for the 'Mastering The Basics' series??

Have a stormy day!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Crochet Pattern Flower Coaster Square

Pssst... There's a new Crochet Pattern available to make my Crochet Flower Coaster into a square. Go check it out!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May Give Away!!

I have a crazy Give Away for you this month. A Give Away of which I'm SURE lots of you will like to win... You can win these 4 balls of yarn. I know many of you cannot find the colors I use in the countries you live in, and because I'm not sure yet if I'm willing to start selling it, here's your chance of getting some.

The cushion panel of my new square is done. Now I need to make a back strip and turn it into a cushion cover. I will be making a tutorial on how to make a cushion cover like mine this month and it will be available in my Etsy shop soon. 

And on the right you can see the other cushions that's not finished yet. I will be doing all that next week. First I have to make a tutorial on how to make my flower coaster into a square, as some of you requested. That's my first priority now. I will make it tomorrow and it will be available at the start of next week.

So, enough to do to keep me busy. The Etsy school on SEO is much fun and very helpful. I love to work with a partner to get more insight and to learn from each other.  Check out the Team I joined: Ka-ching Collectief.

Oh, to join the Give Away, leave a comment below and be sure to leave your email with it. If you don't, I'll not take your entry seriously and you won't compete. 

Have a colorful thursday!!

PS. Totally forgot... The Give Away winner will be announced on monday the 19th of may

Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday Chit Chat

Finally got going on my newest Flower Square. I love it a lot! This is my first project with it and I love the pastel and white. It's going to be a beautiful cushion cover don't you think? As soon as it's finished, I'll be working on the Tutorial!

Maybe I'll use this pretty piece of Pip fabric for the back... What do you think?

I've entered an Etsy Team in Holland to be able to take part in the Etsy School; Ka Ching. The Etsy school on SEO started today and I'm very excited to study with my partner Ama, from Miss Minoes. It feels so funny to be learning again. 

I still need to add some items to my Etsy shop. I made a new coaster set and this finished blanket will be added this week too. I've got my work cut out for me this week, because the 'big' one is turning 8 in 2 days. The party for her friends is tomorrow and the party for family on wednesday. 

And I still need to make a tutorial on this edging too... Where will I find the time?? 

Well have a happy monday!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Crafty Friday

Today will be all about doing stuff that relaxes me. I'm a bit off... I will have some crafty fun! In my fabulous and messy craft room. Just for me... Maybe I'll even make soup...

Have a shiny weekend!
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