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Big Bang Theory Amigurumi Patterns

Für Häkelfreunde, die auch Amigurumi UND The Big Bang Theory lieben, gibt es nun Amigurumi Anleitungen kostenlos. A[mi]dorable crochet hat die Anleitungen hier auf ihrem Blog gepostet. Es gibt sie für alle Hauptcharaktere, häkelt alle oder nur eure Lieblingsfigur.

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For people who love crochet, amigurumi AND The Big Bang Theory there are some adorable amigurumi patterns for free available. A[mi]dorable crochet offers them on her blog here. Crochet all the TBBT characters for a fun display.

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Crafty Tuesday – Blanket crochet along part 1

Unser Crochetalong wird langsam. Zumindest bei mir, denn Nina mußte erst noch eine Kuscheldecke fertigmachen und hat gerade mit Teil 2 angefangen. Ich habe schon beinahe Teil 2 fertig. Teil 1 seht ihr hier schon mal. Die Farben gefallen mir gut, eine richtige Winterdecke. Übrigens könnt ihr das Projekt auch hier auf Ravelry verfolgen –> Blanket Crochet Along oder bei -> Instagram.

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Our crochet along is coming along nicely At least mine is; Nina had to finish a very cuddly blanket first and is starting with part 2 now. I am almost done with part 2. Here you can see part 1 already. I really like the colors, it’s going to be a nice winter blanket. By the way, you can also follow my project here on Ravelry –> Blanket Crochet Along or on -> Instagram.

Crochetalong Teil 1

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New crochet project–a crochet along blanket

Nachdem ich Nina von Cherish Each Day ein gemeinsames Häkelprojekt vorgeschlagen hatte, kam sie sofort mit einer Idee. Eine hübsche Babydecke, die man natürlich auch größer machen kann. Der sogenannte crochet along wird von schoenstricken.de organisiert und fand schon letztes Jahr statt, aber das heißt ja nicht, daß man nicht nachhäkeln kann.

Zuerst hatte ich geplant, Wolle zu verwenden, die ich schon habe, aber Nina ging unmittelbar nach Projektbeschluss einkaufen – etwas übermotoviert, wenn ihr mich fragt -, und da kann ich nicht nachstehen. Jetzt werde ich wohl auch neues Garn kaufen müssen. Ach, welche Mühsal!

Bei dem Tempo wird Nina wahrscheinlich schon zu zwei Dritteln fertig sein, bevor ich überhaupt angefangen habe.

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After I suggested a project together Nina from Cherish each day has found a super lovely baby blanket (which can be made bigger and thus turned into a regular one). The crochet along which is hosted by schoenstricken.de already took place last year, but this is no reason not to play, is it?

At first I was going to use some yarn that I already have in the house, but then Nina has to go along and buy some for herself on the very day we decided to do this project – talk about over enthusiastic! Anyway, now I am forced to come up with some new yarn as well (oh, the hardship) and will go to the creative market tomorrow to have a look around. Probably, by the time I start crocheting, Nina will already have 2 or 3 parts done, haha. We’ll see!

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Crafty Tuesday–Guerilla Crocheting

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No crafts project from me this week, but a fun thing I saw this morning on the way to work. I was so enthusiastic about it that I had to park my car, walk back to the corner and take a couple of pictures. Isn’t that the cutest thing ever? Decorating a few boring traffic bollards with crochet? I feel some adventurous spirit coming on! There are plenty of those plain bollards around…

Guerilla crocheting

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Crafty Tuesday–Cross stitch box lid

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OK, this is not MY project, but something I helped my son with who started and finished it at school. Isn’t it great that boys learn how to cross stitch in school? I love it. They had to design a pattern inspired by Piet Mondrian and then recreate it in cross stitch.

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As you can probably see it is not 100 % accurate, but who cares? The sewing up of the thread at the back is not Corin’s strong point either, but as the piece is now attached to the lid of the box it shouldn’t matter. Isn’t that one of the prettiest gifts a mom could possibly receive? I think it is.

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Crafty Tuesday–crochet scarf

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Exactly two years ago, in March 2011, I started crocheting a stole. You can see the progress of it here – that was at a time when I was still optimistic I would EVER finish that thing. However, it was not meant to be, and about a year later I unravelled the little I had. One of my problems was that it started out small and got wider and wider and every row took longer and longer until I saw no end of it – and started something else: a pet project of mine, a scarf.

Everybody knows I love DROPS. I found this great pattern for a crochet scarf at their website and started crocheting. Meanwhile the scarf has reached the impressive length of 20 cm. The photo of the scarf looks much darker than the yarn, but it starts out rather dark (inside of skein) and gets lighter (and more purple). Fun to work with. It is called “Bauerngarten” (Farmer’s garden) and is from the shop 100 Farbspiele.

Crochet scarf "Farmer's Garden"

It is really easy to make and I am determined to finish it this year (I can hear some of you laugh out loud now). Cross your fingers!

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Crafty Tuesday: Spiral Mesh Bag

After reviewing the “Crochet One-Skein Wonders” book I thought I need to put my money where my mouth is and actually create something from that book. As I am a sucker for bags of any kind I decided to go for a so called Spiral Mesh Bag. It is for medium weight yarn and the pattern calls for 113g of it. Our skeins are usually 50g and I had two of the one I wanted to use and in the end I ran out and had to finish the bottom with another one. This might also have to do with the fact that I never much care for the gauge with such projects, I just start crocheting and see where it takes me. Anyway, I ended up with the lower part of the bag in another colour and the whole thing also is a bit smaller than in the pattern, but I am happy with it.

Spiral Mesh Bag

At first I didn’t twig at all what I was doing, but just followed the instructions until I realized I was working from the strap down. This was a really quick project (it took me a few days because I only crocheted a little every evening), and easy on top of that. There are only single and half double crochet stitches involved, and two different stitches, a linen stitch and a mesh stitch. You can see where I ran out of purple yarn and had to finish off with grey, but it looks ok to me. I can always say it was intentional.

Have you done anything crafty lately? Let me know, I am always looking for inspiration.

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Crochet One-Skein Wonders by Judith Durant

Cover Crochet One-skein Wonders by Judith Durant

Crochet one skein wonders is a great book for projects and ideas for experienced crocheters. Every project uses 100g yarn or less, so none of them is overwhelming or too time consuming.

The projects are sorted by yarn weight starting from thread to heavy weight with everything in between. If you feel like a quick project, just look in your stash what you have got at home and then look up a project for that type of yarn – very convenient. They range from scarves and cowls to doll clothes, baby caps or shoes, jewellery and bags to mittens and gloves. The style varies and I am sure everybody will find something they will like.

At the end there is a list of abbreviations commonly used in stitching instructions  as well as a symbol key in order to understand the charts. A guide to yarn weights and a glossary complete the book. The glossary consists of short instructions on how to crochet the various stitches and comes with a few illustrations.

All instructions are clear and easy to follow. As a bonus for non-American readers all measurements are given in cm as well as inches, which is a great help. I already went through my stash and chose a spiral mesh bag as my first project. I admit I am slow, but but will post my progress here on Crafty Tuesday.

All in all for crocheters this is a really nice book with lots of ideas to choose from, and they are all do-able with what we have at home already without additional expense. All of us have a leftover skein lying around somewhere. Let’s put it to good use!


Product info and buy link :

 

Title Crochet One-Skein Wonders
Author Judith Durant (editor)
Publisher Storey Publishing
ISBN 9781612120423
I got this book from Storey Punlishing via Netgalley
Buy link Buy Crochet one-skein wonders

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Paper artist by Gail Green

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In a nutshell:   

 

Short synopsis: Paper projects for children of all ages

Did I like it? Yes, it is inspirational and gives tons of ideas and instructions

For people who: like paper and crafting


My thoughts:   

 

The projects in this book cover a wide range of topics and levels of difficulty. Every (future) paper crafter can find something here that appeals to him/her. The book is divided into several chapters, from “Adorable Accessories” (definitely for girls), “Pretty Presents”, “Classy Keepsakes” to “Dazzling Decorations”.

Some of the projects are intricate and fragile; as the mother of two boys I would predict that they won’t stay intact for very long, but maybe girls are a bit more careful with paper art. If you are a beginner or you have clumsy and impatient kids, you should start with some of the easier, more sturdy items, but as you get more experienced you can try your skills with more advanced projects. And there is plenty to choose from. Tubular frames, quilled name plates, cards, photo cubes, book ends, owls, boxes, ornaments, time capsules, you name it. The techniques vary, from scrapbooking to quilling, to weaving to mosaic. Some of them easy, some of them rather sophisticated and with a lot of supplies. The instructions are always clear and easy to follow.

If you are a paper crafter and would like to introduce your child to it, or if you want to explore paper crafting together with your child, this book is something you should definitely have a look out for.


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Title Paper artist: Creations kids can fold, wear, tear or share
Author Gail Green
Publisher Capstone Press
ISBN 9781623700041
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy Paper artist (publishing date March 01, 2013)

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A Holiday Card from Down Under

Holiday card and bookmarkThe holiday card from the Book Bloggers Holiday Cards Exchange arrived today. My swap partner was Jeanie from Sam still reading and she lives on the other side of the globe in Australia. How exciting!

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I got a very cute Santa card and a handmade bookmark with an origami woman on it. I love handmade gifts, and a bookmark always comes in handy. Yes, I have seen the error of my ways and started to use bookmarks again, :). Thank you, Jeanie for a lovely gift and a great card!

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Week on the web

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Here are my finds for this week…

  • You want to sell your e-book but don’t want to share the profit? Try out Payhip, a new service where you can sell e-books without any fee.
  • Look what lovely candle holders Helena creates from old book pages. Visit her at her bilingual blog Craft & Creativity
  • Birgit from The Book Garden has a fun article about one of her pet peeves – the well-beloved Captcha. Thank God she can put two and two together, otherwise she’d never comment on this blog, :).

What interesting things have you found recently?

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My first set of calendar bookmarks

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My first set of calendar bookmarks for 2013 is finished and I really like the way they turned out after all. Especially considering that it took no time at all to do them.

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See the first three months in more detail here. To assemble them I will either just staple them at the top (pretty rough method, I know, but quick) or punch a hole and tie them with a nice and colourful ribbon.

Have you done anything crafty lately? Let me know, I am always looking for inspiration.

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My lists project

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Remember the 30 lists project I mentioned in my last recap post? Well, it is in full swing and I am having a blast. The only downside is that I don’t get anything else done. To create a list every day is quite time consuming if you don’t just scribble it on a piece of paper, let me tell you. Plus, I don’t want to fall behind, I know that one day without making the list will be the end of it, so I am keeping at it.

Want to see my lists so far? Aren’t they pretty? Well, I think they are, :).

My first batch of lists

If you would like to take a closer look you can view them on my flickr set or my Pinterest board (now you know the REAL reason I am so busy, I am uploading all day).

As far as reading is concerned, I am still reading the first Harry Potter, but find it strangely unattractive. Somehow I am not getting into it. And I started to continue The Grass Crown. My only complaint about that one, you can’t take it anywhere, it weighs a whopping 1.2kg. No bathtub read, unfortunately.

What are you all up to, be it crafty or otherwise?

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Calendar Bookmarks Jan – Mar

Remember the templates I showed you the other day?

I am not at all sure I like my bookmarks. Somehow I think I should go for a more artsy look than for cutesy. This is easy, really quickly done – especially because I used premade wordart so far (being lazy, you see). But is it really worth doing it in that way? Or maybe finish this set and then do another artsy one?

What do you think? If they were a gift for you would you like them?

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Credits: Jen Wilson, Summer Simmons, Nina & Ashalee Wall, Angie Hinksman, Meredith Fenwick, Rhonda (DWD CD), Fei Fei

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Perfect small bookish Christmas gifts

It is never too early to think about Christmas gifts. I have been on the lookout for something calendar-wise to create digitally for a while now and today I found those calendar bookmark templates.

Calendar Bookmark Templates

Use photos, quotes, patterned papers, even tiny scrapbooking pages, I can think of tons of possibilities. These are going to be such quick, fun and practical bookish Christmas gifts!

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Crafty Tuesday: The photobook

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Some time ago I got a coupon from a company producing photo books, calendars and other photo gifts. They are operating in various countries, in Germany and other European countries they are called Cewe Fotobuch, in the US they are Smilebooks. I hadn’t used that company before and was curious to see their product, especially because their rates are quite good and considerably cheaper than some of their competitors’. The coupon was reason enough for me to finally finish my photobook of 2009 (!). The production only took a few days and in Germany you can have it delivered to a retail shop of various partners and so even save postage costs.

I was very pleased with the result, the quality is very good and sturdy (this is the standard kind, not the luxury one), I had it within a few days (upload on the 6th, pick up at shop on the 10th) and the customer service is extremely friendly and speedy. I never use any of the offered designs because I upload complete scrapbook pages, but there are tons of designs, colors and styles to choose from, so there is something for everybody, and creating the book couldn’t be easier.

Here are just a few of the pages: yearbook

If you have photos lying around on your HD and are too lazy to print them and stick them into a photo album, either because of the time commitment, the bulk or the mess, you should consider a photobook!

Have you done anything crafty lately? Let me know, I am always looking for inspiration.

 

Disclaimer:

I got the coupon for a photobook from Cewe in exchange for a link to their services on my scrapbooking website and not for a blog post about the photobook. But I was so pleased with the result that I chose to write about them anyway.

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Crafty Tuesday: Beading with crochet flowers

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Finally I finished my second crochet flower necklace. The first one had rather small crochet flowers and this time I wanted to do something slightly bigger. I already made the flowers in November and now finally I finished the necklace.

I still have flowers and matching beads left, but am not sure yet, what to do with them. Any ideas?

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Crafty Tuesday: Woolly hat recycle

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Everybody who reads this blog knows that I am a sewing newbie and pretty much suck at it. Mainly because I lack patience and if I start a project I don’t want to spend hours measuring, adjusting, ironing, cutting, pinning and what not before I can sit down and actually SEW.

That reminds me, did you know you can enroll in a free quilting class over at Craftsy called The craftsy block of the month? I did enroll, just for the heck of it, we will see what happens.

Anyway, two days ago I found this great idea and tutorial (shows how much of a newbie I am, I NEEDED that tutorial) to create a woolly hat out of an old sweater at Make it and love it. So I rummaged in the “for the thrift store” basket and found this old but still nice baby sweater and went down to work. It turned out a bit wonky but cutting and sewing that knitted thick material is rather tricky, I found out. The little “Tiger” label was already on the sweater so I had no embellishment work to do either. Convenient, cute and cheap!

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Week on the web

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Here are my finds for the last couple of weeks…

  • Why not try a book? from The Doghouse Diaries
  • I didn’t think I’d EVER post something even remotely wedding related on this blog as I am really not into wedding stuff at all, but look at this gorgeous Steampunk wedding. Everything is perfect there.
  • Judith is hosting the fourth Literary Giveaway Blog Hop this weekend. There is still time to sign up for it here.
  • Have a look at some objects made from repurposed books
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My custom-made pocket planner

I almost like planners of any kind more than bags – almost! As much as I try to stick to one Filofax and simply change the calendar part each year, I can’t. I NEED a new calendar for variety. Some time ago I found this site where you can design your own calendar either with templates they provide or with your own design for front and back. The inside you can fill with modules that you need, choose your favourite color etc. It’s great. This is my very personal self made pocket planner:

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Inside

Both cover images I had already made previously, the front is part of a much larger poster that is hanging in our hall (the quote is by Seneca), the back is a smaller one I made for a scrapbooking challenge a long time ago (you had to use wings which were the rage back then. Instead of putting them on a cute kid I decided to put them on Mata Hari).

Want your own custom-made calendar? Go to Mein Taschenkalender!

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Spellbound beads

If you like beads, wearing jewellery and books you need to have a look at Spellbound beads.

Making beads out of used books and turning them into bracelets sounds like the perfect combination to me. You can choose between art bracelets, travel bracelets, music, nature and so on….every time the beads are made from books corresponding with the theme you chose.

Love “Wuthering Height”? Get the bracelet! You like “Where the wild things are”? Dito! The prices are very reasonable, just to make a choice is hard! Check the bracelets out at Spellbound Beads!

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Week on the web #13

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Here are my finds for this week…