I’m still here! Update and promise of a new pattern soon

Thursday, 14 November 2013, 2:41 | Category : General
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Ey up!

It’s been a while, as much as I’d like to update all the time, it doesn’t seem to happen like it used to.  At the moment I’m on a crafting binge to try and do ALL THE CRAFTING before christmas, and give everyone lovely handmade treats instead of buying everything (yarn totally doesn’t count as something I buy, obviously).

So I’ve just completed a pair of fingerless mittens but I’ve realised though that posting pictures of this project might spoil it for the recipient, so I’m going to make another pair (plus I can test how it looks without a colour changing yarn) before posting the pattern – though it is really simple, so I don’t know if anyone even needs a pattern for it.

Hope everyone is well.

/gem

Caek

Monday, 4 February 2013, 4:49 | Category : Crafting, General
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Cake?

I’ve made this, and some cupcake coffee cup holders in the recent past – must do some more crafting!

 

Learning Swedish

Thursday, 24 January 2013, 5:56 | Category : General
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Another blog post from me across at My Living City.

Hoping to get some time on here at the weekend to do an actual real update, who knows maybe I’ll manage it.

In the meantime have a new-years picture of some costumes I made and me and my pregnant self (in genuine 1970’s duds from my auntie).

 

Pregnancy in Stockholm (link)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013, 4:14 | Category : General
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Here’s an article over at mylivingcity that I helped with.

Love being pregnant somewhere like Stockholm, so many things to do and enjoy!

Skull Embelishment Pattern – Crochet

Saturday, 18 August 2012, 3:10 | Category : Crafting, How to:-
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Hey Everyone! Hope you’re doing well – again sorry for escaping off the face of the earth – it happens from time to time with a little baby… ahem toddler on your hands. She’s grown so much, can hardly believe it’s nearly been a year.

 

Anyway I thought maybe you’d like to see what I’ve recently been making, and you know… maybe try it out yourself.

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These guys! Crochet sugar skulls to be exact – you can pretty much do whatever you want with them – garlands, sew them onto things.. the only limit is your imagination really.

So what do I need Gem?

4,5mm hook or there abouts to get the desired gauge.

white wool, black wool, coloured wool (I used acrylic 4ply leftovers)

Embroidery Needle plus a needle for sewing in the ends of the crochet.

Embroidery Thread in various colours.

White skully:-
Row 1chain (ch) 8single crochet (sc), turn and work into chain.
Row 2 ch1, 2sc in first, 6sc, 2sc in last (10 stitches)turn
Row 3 ch1, 10sc, turn (10)
Rows 4-onwards, Continue increasing  for one row, sc the next until you have the desired size, of top of skull, then do several rows just (chain then sc to end and turn) normal, before starting decreasing to the jaw – I decrease in the first 2 stitches and last too stitches.

Once it’s looking skull shaped tie off, and sew in the ends.

Eyes

I start with a magic circle (or you can chain 4, join and work into the hole in that)

Black:-

Row 1 6sc into magic circle (or around 4ch loop)

Row 2 Change to desired flower colour and ch4, slip stitch into the black, repeat going around, slip stitch into first, and tie off. Sew in one end, use other ends to attach to the skull where desired.

Embelishments:-

Use embroidery thread to sew the details onto the sugar skulls – Google is a great inspiration!

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Progress shots of the skulls

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Prototype finished.

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I’ve sewn mine onto blankets as embelishments, but really use your imagination, I think they would make great bunting, in which case you can incorporate them into a long crochet chain.

Links to crafty ideas

Friday, 13 July 2012, 3:00 | Category : General
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I left pinterest not too long ago, and so I’m missing out on somewhere easy to keep my crafty ideas – but here’s some idea’s that I’ve saved in my favourites folder recently.

Patterns in crochet!

Editing photographs is something I’m still terrible at – though I try really hard still. Here’s some newborn editing tips.

Soft pretzels of deliciousness -recipe I followed while nesting in late pregnancy. Nom.
How to make a granny square - used this for my magpie blanket and a cushion I made not so long ago. Going to use it to make another cushion soon.

Blog of the runner up from masterchef a few years back. Interesting and quite funny.
Lemon Scented Pull-Apart Bread
Lemon Milk - An alternative when there’s no buttermilk

Diablo 3 – PONIES!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012, 13:10 | Category : Gaming
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As a treat for finishing my course, I bought Diablo 3 and have been playing it with hubby on an evening after the little one is asleep.

We completed the game this evening on the first difficulty, and as a treat he took me to the cow level  whimsyshire.  All I can say is HAHAHAHA but more awesomely I ended up with a shiny  rainbow sword – Spectrum ‘This fantastical blade is the physical manifestation of unicorn smiles, bright rainbow colors, shooting star wishes, and teddy bear giggles.’

Rather amusing!

As for Diablo 3, I can see why some of my friends weren’t into the idea – it’s a little bit short for a 60 euro game, and yeah – a bit ‘blizzardy’. But as a hack and slash to play through and drop in and out of it’s been great. It’s reminded me of my shortcomings as a gamer (aka I like to stand in the fire), and ultimately why at the end I was pretty crappy in WoW, but it’s been rather good fun with my little wizard – and the replay-ability with dungeons that change everytime is really quite funky.  Plus I need to go back to whimsyshire!

Semi Final 2, Eurovision 2012

Thursday, 24 May 2012, 13:29 | Category : General
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My favourite from this evening:-

1. Sweden – Euphoria

Okay, so I’m biased – but I do think this is a good contender for the throne, but better than Saade for sure.

2. Ukraine – Be my best

3. Georgia – I’m a Joker
Finally something fun!

4. Slovakia – Don’t Close your eyes
Melodic almost like Faith no More.

5. Norway – Stay
Bit like Eric Saade, but very pop – always good to have something nice and upbeat

6. Lithuania – love is blind

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OoTD – Monday

Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 0:47 | Category : General
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How unexciting huh?

This is about as ace as it gets.

  • long top – from a pair of leggings
  • Vest – Monsoon
  • Skirt – Etsy (will drag up a link)
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My favourite 2012 Eurovision Semi Final 1

Tuesday, 22 May 2012, 13:41 | Category : Eurovision, General
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So what am I liking this year?

1. Russia 

I love the grannies, like most people. I hope they win, well except I’m selfish and want Sweden to win so I can try go next year.
2. Montenegro


I missed this one tonight, but it reminds me of Thorsten in Melodifestivalen 2012
3. Ireland


The Jedward are back, and well they are entertaining so I can’t complain!
4. Austria


Sounds like poo poo, though apparently it’s booty (differance?), I approve,
5. Moldovia


Okay so not incredible, but loved the intro.

What are you favourites?