Stash-buster Challenge 2013, Project #6: Vintage rose doily

This week’s featured project is this vintage rose doily that I finished sometime ago. I gave this as a present to a fellow Postcrossing member from Netherlands who, with her whole family, came to Cambodia for their Christmas holiday last year. I think I made the right choice – it’s light, doesn’t take up much space in her baggage, and most of all, she (like me) loves anything and everything handmade!

This lovely rose doily is one of the first things I learned from my mother.Β  From the doily down to the roses and leaves, my Mum taught me all of these (and a lot more) decades ago, including how to attach the leaves to the roses, and the roses to the doily.

stash-buster challenge 2013 round rose doily
I recently made this for a Postcrossing friend who came to Cambodia for a holiday. Proudly handmade by yours truly, Sreisaat.

If you ask me where did the pattern come from, that I do not know and my mum already forgot where she got it from. I did a Google-search — et voila! You can find the pattern all over the Internet!

 

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Stash-buster Challenge 2013, Project #5: Ribbed beanie

A few months ago I was an excited and eager participant in the Stash-buster Challenge at Lanas de Ana and at Snapee Turtle’s Show Off Your Shell. I was able to make crochet pieces one after the other and posting them, but then, in April, I temporarily halted my crafting projects. April was the hottest month in Cambodia and other things just got the better of me.

I didn’t totally shelve my projects but the heat made me tired and cranky and could not get anything done. Except for this one ribbed beanie.

ribbed beanie front post double crochet
This is the only project I completed in April. I’m going to make a smaller version of this beanie for my nieces and nephew next time.

The beanie features the ribbed stitches, the front-post-double-crochet and the back-post-double-crochet (fpdc & bpdc) that are now my favourites! I had fun and I really love the result. The fpdc and bpdc stitches pop out from the rest of the stitches giving the beanie a nice “texture””. Both of these stitches are used to create some sort of a 3D feel or look to your crochet item. Yes, that’s the trick. Remember that.

I used a chunky yarn and was thinking of using only one solid colour but, since I’m on a mission to use up all my leftover yarn stash (scraps) no matter how little of each colour is left, I just have to use them. Hence, the beanie’s mixed colours. I do not have the heart to just toss the scraps away. I know one day I can make something out of them so… they stay in my stash box for now.

I forgot where I got the pattern from, must be from Ravelry.com. Anyhoo, I’ll check later on and update this post about the pattern source.

Now that the rainy season is here, the weather is cooler (and hopefully no more power cuts) and I could go back to crafting soon. I hope I can still make theΒ  infant booties and beanie set that I promised to my sister.

See you next time πŸ™‚

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Hashtag Yarn Happy!

Or more appropriately — #yarnhappy. Lol.

Hi. It’s been awhile since my last post.
Sorry for my long absence. No posts for Stash-buster Challenge and Show Off Your Shell. I am reeling from the severe Phnom Penh heat. This year is hotter than last year and we’re not even in the month of April yet (which is the hottest month in the country!) Add to that, the long power cuts that last 10hours on some days. It’s really awful staying in the house, sweating. We’re almost melting! But we can’t do anything about it. The supply is not enough to cover the capital’s demand. Oh, well. Living here for more than a decade now we learned to just bear it and grin. Oh, and we just bought a small generator last weekend.

yarns from turkeyA reason to be happy despite the heat – this! The package I was waiting for arrived from Turkey. It was a good reason to go out of the house and meet up with my Lui (she blogs at My Crafting Den) who shares half of the contents with me. The package contains the imported yarns we purchased online. We’re pleasantly surprised that the package arrived early. In fact earlier than we anticipated it to be considering it was sent via registered mail only. Happy heads!

Lui and I agreed to meet at Paul’s Brewehouse along St. 51 in Boengkengkong district. It was my first time to go there and we agreed to meet at 10amish. I must admit, except for a footwear malfunction which will now go down in my memory warehouse as my Mentos moment, it was a great morning of peace and quiet while enjoying our coffee, donuts, and crochet. At that time of the day, Paul’s Brewehouse was the perfect meeting place.

So here’s my part of the loot:

imported yarns from turkey
Pretty, aren’t they?

I know what you’re thinking.
Yes, I promised myself and my husband that I would refrain from buying any more yarns until my stash is all used up. But who could resist these absolutely gorgeous yarns of different fibres? In Cambodia where it’s difficult to get anything that is not acrylic, these are fabfabfab and Lui and I are both in yarn heaven right now. I’m pretty these are not found in yarn stores here (in Cambodia) or Thailand and Vietnam.

So, anyway, Lui and I split everything 50-50, down to the shipping cost. And we also could not believe how fast these yarns arrived here. I’m impressed!

By the way, these are Lui’s coming-home present for me — mercerised cotton from Monaco!

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Monaco, the brand that my mother used in her crochet projects years ago.

These are the kind of yarns that I’m used to. And the brand is quite popular in the Philippines. Salamat! Now I should stop worrying about yarns because I think I already have enough till next year.

Stash-Buster Challenge 2013, Project #4: Tablet/e-reader sleeve

Hi. How are you all?

The 7in tablet fits in snugly.
The 7in tablet fits in snugly.

Things are hectic at home at the moment. Nothing major, just spring cleaning of sorts. It’s the height of summer in the kingdom and it could get really, really dusty. Add to that, my two dogs are shedding at the same time so just imagine the amount of fluff, in addition to the dust, that accumulates inside the house πŸ™

Okay, enough of the excuses. I finished one project yesterday. Actually this wasn’t part of my list but – because this month is my birth month – I received an early birthday present from my thoughtful in-laws all the way from merry England. I was so delighted when I opened the parcel. Mum and Dad, you are the best!

So I had to make this right away. For “protection”, you know. Tee-hee-hee.

I used a pattern I found in this blog, Handmade by Haniyya. But unlike her design, I opted for more colours in one project. I’m in love with stripes of various colours, thus the choice. I attached the bottom ends by using single crochet stitches. I think that looks better than sewing the ends of the sleeves. But that’s just me. To each her own πŸ™‚ In addition, I also added a lemon yellow crochet flower and olive-green button that not only as serve embellishments but also to catch the latch to fasten the top ends.

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Stash-Buster Challenge 2013, Project #2: Baby beanie

I’ve been quiet these past few days but my silence doesn’t mean that I’m in the throes of idleness. It’s actually the opposite of that as I was busy revamping my other blog. It has a mini shop of postcards and I wanted to do a total makeover. Since I am no-web designer, it didn’t happen but. at the very least, I managed to organise the categories and tags.

Anyhoo, today was a good day. I’ve accomplished a lot of tasks and it was only tonight that I was able to sit down and touch my crochet paraphernalia. Since the news of a new family member’s arrival, my goal is to finish one project for the baby once a week. Sounds a lofty goal but we’ll see…

This week, I’m meaning to do a baby beanie. We do not know of the gender yet so I’m going to use gender-friendly colours until I am told so πŸ˜€ I already started on this very easy pattern for a baby beanie. All double-crochet stitches (US) and if I can finish one a little later tonight I’ll post the picture.

Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peak of my beanie. I love the colours. I think most of you will be reminded of autumn πŸ˜€ (which we don’t have here but I have the good fortune to witness when I went to Japan some years ago)

I’m using a 5mm hook and medium acrylic yarn. After three rounds, I measured to see if it is the right size. Smaller by half an inch πŸ™

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Jar of hearts and other heart stuff

So this is an update of yesterday’s post.

Yesterday, I ended my post with a picture of crochet mini hearts and left a question about how am I going or what am I going to make of them.

I draw my inspiration from Pinterest and a host of other fantastic craft blogs out there. But the thing about these sites is that there are too many beautiful stuff and I end up ooh-ing and ahh-ing at other people’s boards for hours and hours… which doesn’t really help me at all because the more time I spent pinning what interests me on my boards, the more I can’t follow or do what I’ve pinned because I’m buried deep in the images! Lol.

Anyways, going back to what I made out of the mini-hearts… I managed to rein myself and actually finished some things to show you, guys. I kinda like the slide-show feature here at WP, so enjoy the slideshow πŸ˜›

Crochet mini-heart buntings
The crochet heart buntings. It was difficult to photograph them. Please excuse the messy background, this is like our workshop where all the crafting and DIY actions happen. And that's my dog there, if you can spot her πŸ˜‰
Crochet mini hearts bookmarks
Mini-bookmarks, hand-drawn, with baker's twines and washi tapes. Can also be used as gift tags.
Love is all we need Valentine's card, 2013
Jar of hearts. The mason jar is hand-drawn using a metallic pen and a coloured pen, and I glued the hearts onto the card.
You Have My Heart, Valentine's card, 2013
And this one's for my husband. Hand-stamped V-day card with crochet heart applique.

The buntings actually look nice but I have to find a better spot for it. I think the hearts are too small so I’m going to make another batch of bigger hearts to add to that.

Well, I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. My husband and I are not really big on V-day but we appreciate the holiday. Loving gestures, in my opinion, should be every single day. And I believe you don’t save them up for just one day.

See you all again next… post. Lol.

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Stash-Buster Challenge 2013: Project #1, Crochet hearts

Last week I signed up for the Stash-Buster Challenge 2013 over at Lana de Ana’s site. Well, I was already preparing to crochet something when the news of my sister’s pregnancy came out, I got so excited that I forgot all about it.

So I have this box full of yarns, yes? There are a lot of things I want to do for the challenge and it’s difficult to select an idea or a project to do first. But since it is February and Valentine’s day is tomorrow, I decided to make mini-hearts. I found a very simple love-heart pattern via Google search and after two practices, I was crocheting non-stop!Β  Look how many mini-hearts I made?

stashbuster challenge 2013 crochet mini hearts applique

Who doesn’t love hearts? They’re tiny but cute and they can be used in various ways, like an applique to use on your sewing projects or embellishments to your craft projects, glued or sewn onto a card for a sweet Valentine’s card, or even as cute decorations in your room or even a Valentine’s party?

Now that I have enough hearts, I wonder what am I going to do with it? Luckily for me, there is Pinterest that offers a lot of inspiration. I’ll post what I decided to do with the mini-hearts a little later. (UPDATE: Here’s what I did with the mini-hearts!)If these were yours, what would you do with them?

 

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A fantastic giveaway not to be missed!

Here’s some great news to my crafter-friends out there!

I just been to Hannah Ackroyd‘s site and found out about Diaper Mum’s first anniversary giveaway. I was trying to re-blog this from Hannah’s site using the re-blog (press this) button but for some reason it didn’t work for me. Talking about experiencing a glitch at an important moment, huh.

1stAnivGiveaway_button_zps16edb71eWell, anyway, I clicked the logo and it led me to Diaper Mum’s blog and OH.MY. GOD. What a fantabulous stuff she has prepared for this giveaway:

  • 500 Crochet Blocks by Hannah Elgie and Kath Eastoe
  • a collection of lining materials for crochet bag projects
  • fancy brads
  • and pretty wooden buttons

I can’t believe how generous Diaper Mum is! For more details about this exciting giveaway, why don’t you visit Diaper Mum’s blog for more details. Simply click the logo on the left and it will automatically take you to the post πŸ™‚ Good luck!

 

Stash-buster Challenge 2013

I was browsing some craft sites today, hopping from one blog to another. I could not believe the many creative and talented people are out there, whether it be in needleworks, paper crafts, recycling/upcycling, and many others. I envy these crafty people and at the same time they inspire me to be diligent with my own crafting.

I’m relatively new into this crafting bandwagon (although I did a bit of crafting when I was younger) and I have lots of interests – crocheting, rubber stamping, card and tag-making, just to name a few – which is really a problem. Why? Because I do not have a focus, that’s why. I tend to start a project and later on drop it halfway to begin a new one. Tsk. Need.To.Change.

I have a boxful of crochet yarns gathering dust in my craft nook. I had them since 2011 but never had the chance to really sit down and make something out of them.Β  I was waiting — no, no – I was looking for project ideas but everytime I scour the Internet, I got overwhelmed at the number of wonderful patterns. So, I ended up with nothing at all, hahaha.Β  So what do I do with this yarns?

my stash of crochet yarns
So many yarns, what would I do with them? Here’s hoping the Stash-Buster will help me use them all up this year πŸ™‚

stash buster1After several hours of ooh-ing and aah-ing at the fantastic works displayed on the many sites, I found this very interesting meme, a challengeΒ  of sorts and it gave me a fantastic idea. Over at Lanas de Ana site, she is hosting a Stash-Buster Challenge and I was excited! See that logo on the right? That’s it! πŸ™‚ It’s a challenge for crocheters like me to tackle the problem of having too much stash of yarns stored in the house. It’s sort of crocheting together and showing and telling the challenge participants about their individual projects by posting it to their own blogs.

So I think this year, it is going to be different. With the Stash-Buster challenge, I will be forced to take on one crochet project at a time and will have other participating bloggers to encourage me to finish one! I hope they’ll accept me πŸ˜€