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Play Food Project: 3. Carrots

I’ve finished the third instalment of my play food project, and this time I decided to make a family of health carrots! I followed this excellent tutorial on Ravelry from Kristi Tullus: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crocheted-carrots—amigurumi-play-food  It was free to download and everything is explained so clearly – I even learned how to do a magic ring!

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Again, I used DMC Natura cotton yarn (that’s Lion Brand for those of you “across the pond”!).

They’ve gotten the seal of approval from my son (he had already put them in his play saucepan to make dinner before I could take a photo!), so I think I’ll carry on in the healthy vein with this project! :)

 

 

 

 

 

Chequebook cover

Chequebook cover

I don’t know about you, but I have a handbag like Mary Poppins! Everything I could possibly need when I’m out and about is in there. It’s all very convenient but I do find my cheque book gets all dog-earred and messy, which bothers me a wee bit. Solution? This very simple and cute chequebook cover!

Chequebook cover

I whipped it up in an hour, following the tutorial from Crazy Mom quilts: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.fr/2008/09/gifts-to-create-for-christmas-08.html . It’s very easy to follow, but CrazyMom gives you some more involved alternatives if that’s what you’re interested in.

I used some Indian embroidered batik fabric, I like how the embroidery makes the project look more detailed and complex that it is! And now my chequebook is pretty and protected!

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Play Food Project: 2. Macarons

The second instalment of my play food project is complete! I made some yummy French macarons, using this tutorial from NyanPon.

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Again, I made these using DMC Natura 100% cotton yarn that I have in my stash. While the body of the macaron was easy to make (just a spiral of DCs), I couldn’t get my head around the surface crochet (the “ridge” above and below the “filling”). You can’t see it in the photo, but the ends of the surface crochet rings are wonky. I’m not sure how to make it neater. I couldn’t sell these but they are grand for my son’s play food set!

I think next time I’ll have to make some healthy like fruit or a vegetable to make up for two deserts in a row! :)

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Play Food Project: 1. Cupcakes

My son is just turned two, and he loves playing at cooking and eating and drinking. I’m not a huge fan of the fake plastic play food that’s available out there to buy, so I decided to started crocheting and sewing some play food for him. There are some fantastic tutorials around, so I have a whole list of cute food items to make! My first effort are these amigurumi cupcakes, which I made following this tutorial from Itsy Bitsy Spider.

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I made these using DMC Natura 100% cotton yarn that I have in my stash. I made the purple and green cupcake with a 3mm hook, as recommended for that yarn, and while it turned out fine, the weave isn’t tight enough, so I used a 2.5mm hook for the pink and yellow one, with a better result.

It’s a really easy quick project to make, it’s nice to have a short project like these that you can finish in one day.

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Finished: Crochet hearts and butterflies ornament

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Back in August, I posted about crochet hearts and butterflies I was making for an ornament, inspired by Attic24. I quickly got all the little butterflies and hearts crocheted (10 or each) but it took me a while to get the right twigs to complete it. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the in-laws place in the country and saw some lovely yellow coloured branches on a willow tree. So I chopped off a few and brought them home. I found it hard to get a good photo but it looks cute in the living room. The baby was even mesmerised! :)

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Chopstick Placemat

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In our house, I do the cooking, which I love. But I do enjoy the odd take away, and we’ve become sushi addicts since we found a nice sushi place that delivers. Of course, every delivery brings a lot of complementary chopsticks, which we don’t use (don’t judge me! I’m all thumbs! ). As a natural hoarder, I was loathe to throw them away so I searched for something I could do with them. I found this tutorial for chopstick placemats which I thought would be both useful and within my skill set!

I changed the instructions a little bit, 40 pairs of my chopsticks would make a ginormous placemat, I settled at 28 for an ideal size. Also, unlike the chopsticks used in the tutorial, mine were not all the same size, so mine has a rougher look to it. For backing material, I used some IKEA fabric (already used in a cushion I made last year). I need to clean off the mod podge stains, oops! I think the material is so nice, that the placemat could be used on both sides. What do you think?

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I’ll need to get a lot more sushi deliveries before I can make a set of four, but for the moment I can use this one as a hotpad and for serving tea to guests!

My 1st blogiversary! :)

Today I got a notification from WordPress that it is exactly one year since I registered as a WordPress blogger! Here is a selection of some things I have made or blogged about this year:

I’ve really enjoyed my year of blogging, I’ve made new friends, I’ve been inspired, and in particular, I’ve been pushed to do as much crafting as possible!