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Loving Lovely Liebster♡

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Yes I have muchly exciting news to tell you dear reader, for my rather humble little blog has won a Liebster award! Thrilling news, isn’t it? I was nominated by the lovely Sarka, whose equally lovely blog can be found at http://berriesandyarn.wordpress.com and is well worth a browse if you haven’t done so already. After my jumping-around-with-joy moment had passed (well, you have to, don’t you) I settled down to have a read of all the rules and regulation thingies you have to follow, which although a bit complicated, are jolly well worth the effort. I think the whole Liebster thing is a fab idea, as it not only promotes newbie bloggers, but also helps you to discover other inspiring newbie bloggers too. Great stuff! So here goes with the rules and regulation thingy first (or the grown-up bit as I like to call it).

1. You have to link back to the person who nominated you.
2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
3. After completing those questions, you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers and give them 11 questions of your choice.
4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link to your post for them so that so that they can learn about the nomination.

Phew! That’s the boring rules and regs bit sorted. Now for something much more interesting dear reader: the questions I was asked, well here goes…

1. What got you into blogging?

Ooh, easy, I just loved reading all the fabulous arty-crafty blogs that are out there and always found them so inspiring, that I decided to start my own blog in the hope that I, too, would inspire people to be more arty-crafty.

2. What is it that you enjoy the most about the blogging experience?

Well obviously as I mentioned in my first answer, the thought that my lovely readers are beavering away at something creative because they have seen something on my blog that has inspired them.

3. And is there anything about blogging you find annoying or irritating?

I would have to say the ‘techy’ stuff, as there have been quite a lot of said ‘techy’ things that have blown my mind, or caused me to have meltdown moments with the rather scary cyber space!

4. How do you find new blogs to follow?

As I blog with WordPress I quite often look for new blogs via search tags on my blog feed. I am also a member of Bloglovin’ so I’m always finding lovely new blogs to follow on there too. Magazines are also a good way to discover new bloggers as well.

5. What inspires you?

Oh my, everything and everyone! I love Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for inspiring pics and people, but the world outside your door is full of inspiration isn’t it? That’s why I always carry a notebook around with me and I’m always taking photos on my phone when I’m out and about.

6. Do you prefer paper diaries, calendars, planners, stationery, etc, or do you rather go digital?

I have a ‘thing’ for notebooks! I have them all over the house and I’m always jotting down ideas when they pop into my head. I also love post-it notes and I have lots of lists of ideas/projects on my mobile phone too.

7. What’s the best book you have read this year?

I read LOADS of books but recently I have enjoyed a couple of books by Debbie Macomber: ‘The Shop on Blossom Street’ and ‘A Good Yarn’ simply because they are about a yarn store owner and they also have free knitting patterns in them!

8. Given unlimited time and resources, what is your dream project?

I would love to be involved in a huge community art or craft project with children and adults.

9. On the other hand, what sort of a quick project do you go to for instant gratification?

Easy, a doodling session!

10. What was your favourite boy band in the 90’s? Don’t tell me you did not have one.

I was probably a bit beyond boy bands in the 90’s, age-wise! Although when I was of a ‘boy band age’ as it were, I was well into Duran Duran!

11. If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?

Ooh, tough one, I guess I would have to say Nelson Mandela, because he had such courage and determination to fight for what was right and true.

Well, I hope that was of interest to you dear reader, now for the next bit: my list of nominations! Here are the 11 bloggers I nominate for a Liebster award, drum roll please!

http://abipartridge.wordpress.com

http://jademosinski.wordpress.com

http://artprescription.com

http://littleillustrations.wordpress.com

http://lovelydeer.wordpress.com

http://sewyeah.co.uk

http://thelittleroomofrachell.wordpress.com

http://themightyhare.wordpress.com

http://ucuspucus.com

http://thebloominggarden.wordpress.com

http://varnatantu.wordpress.com

There we go, nominations complete, and what a truly inspiring bunch they all are too; a great mix of art, crochet, knitting, sewing, weaving, gardening and other inspiring crafts. I hope you enjoy your blogging adventures while you explore dear reader! And now for the final bit, my 11 questions for the 11 lovely bloggers I have nominated:

1. When you think about your blog, what makes you smile?
2. What new form of art or craft would you like to learn?
3. What do you collect?
4. Where is your favourite place for being arty or crafty?
5. Tea and biscuits – do you dunk or crunch?
6. What is your favourite toast topping?
7. Where would be your dream arty-crafty destination in the world?
8. E-reader or good old-fashioned paperback book, which do you prefer?
9. What is your favorite season of the year and why?
10. Which famous artist/crafter/gardener would you like to meet and why?
11. What would your dream job be? (If you’re not aleady doing it, you lucky person you!)

Well I hope those questions get your imaginations working! Congratulations to all the bloggers that I have nominated and I hope you are all inspired by each other’s blogs, which is what the Liebster Award is all about I reckon! So farewell for now dear reader and remember to read those blogs and be inspired! Blog on…

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Perfect Pillow for a Tree Hugger

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Hello again dearest reader! What do you think of my newest knitted creation, bought to life from the pages of my sketch book by my trusty knitting needles? I might knit another one with more of a ‘bubbly’ shaped top next time, what do you reckon? I ‘wooden’ say no to any positive feedback and who knows, you might make me ‘branch’ off in a whole new direction…

Sorry about that reader, on to more serious issues now for I have finally completed the cloud cushion I’ve been working on lately…

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I think the felt and crochet flower cluster works quite well with the pattern on the vintage fabric. Of course I am also really chuffed with myself because I managed to thread up my new sewing machine without having to consult/argue with/throw across the room, the dreaded manual! Yay!

My sketching pencils have had a bit of a workout this week, as I fancied drawing some animals. I started off with one of my favourite birds, the owl, what a hoot!

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Then I had a go at drawing a little deer…

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I might sketch them again but with coloured pencils. I always like to practice drawing things in a 2B pencil before I produce one in coloured pencils; so I can get the ‘shape’ just right before I think about colour and tone.

Well that’s it for this post dear reader, I’m off to knit on with my next Mr Moustachiono, this time in black and white. I’ll leave you with a couple of pics from my Summery weekend…

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Beautiful Day♡

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Daisy, daisy…

Smile Please! Camera Cross-Stitch Completed…

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Yes dear reader, I completed my cool camera cross-stitch and am well-chuffed with it. I followed a Cross-Stitcher magazine pattern for a blue camera which I changed to a red one (as you can see) and will be framing it in a black picture frame. It was an easy project although I would advise against back-stitching the set of lines at the top of the camera late at night, when you are sleepy and in a dim light as I did, for when I looked at said lines in the cold, harsh, unforgiving light the next morning, said lines were well-wonky and hence hastily unpicked with much muttering…

It was with much sadness that I took down my homemade Easter decs last week and the thought occurred to me that I had failed to share my Easter makeryness with you dear reader! Shame on me! So here in all their egg-celent glory are my icky-sticky-finger-fun decopatch eggs (where I learnt how to become one with glue, literally) and my cracking paper crafting eggy bunting…

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As you can see, we had a mainly monochrome Easter in our house, as I am partial to black and white with a splash of grey. I also took my faithful black Sharpie ink pen for a play recently and produced these random lines…

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…and then Sharpie became bored with straight lines so went crazy for wavy…

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…then totally lost it and went well-loopy…

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And finally an update on the progress of the cloud cushion I am sewing from a vintage pillow case: the embroidery is now finished and I spent Sunday afternoon happily making beaded felt flowers and buttoned crochet flowers for the final flourish. I just have to remember how to thread up my new sewing machine so I can sew it together, mmmmm…well anyway, here’s a pretty pic of the flower cluster and I wish you happy makeryness dear reader, along whatever your chosen path of crafting may be…

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Let Me Point You in the Direction of…

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… my newly designed knitted arrow pillow! Ta-dah! Isn’t it fab? I can’t wait to knit more with different width stripey patterns, different colour combinations, or even one twice as big! Any suggestions reader?

I have also completed both of the crocheted baby snuggle-blankies (yes I have been a busy crafter) the first one being the black and white striped one with a pop of yellow…

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… which measures 30cm by 100cm and is made up of single double knit yarn colour rows in a half treble stitch, with 3 rows of double crochet around the edge to form the lovely zingy yellow border. The other blankie is the chevron striped one in sherbet blue and silver grey, which measures 57cm by 80cm…

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I have also been having a play with my pastel coloured watercolour paints and ink pens and came up with this chevronish type pattern…

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I shall leave you with a little sneak preview of my next cloud cushion, a work-in-progress shot as it were, where you can see that I have embroidered the wording and started to add stitching to the centre of one of the flowers. I shall return to my dreamy-vintage-flower-power-cloudiness-pillow and let you craft on…

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Yarn Yacht Sets Sail for a Sale…

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Ship ahoy dear reader! For I have finally finished knitting my sail boat pillow from my very own pattern design. I hope to knit some more before my next craft sale, maybe a monochrome version in black and white, or even a pirate one in red and black! I also rather like the reverse side, what do you think?

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I also have some thrilling news to share with you dear reader, for my quest for a vintage Singer sewing machine is over, as I discovered a rather lovely one in a charity shop last week. It’s a little beauty and I just love to gaze at it and stroke it whenever I walk past! It’s a sheer joy to use, so quiet and smooth and definately restores my inner tranquility whenever I trundle away on it…

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I sewed up one of my first sewing designs this week: a cloud cushion made from Ikea fabric. I wasn’t intending to add any stitching to the cushion at all, as I only wanted to test out my pattern design to start with, but when it turned out okay I couldn’t resist adding a little something to the front! I stitched a few extra petals and stamens onto the flower print, as well as embroidering a little phrase, although the pink stitching doesn’t show up too well in the photo, aplogies for that.

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I have already cut out another cloud cushion from an old vintage pillow case I picked up in a charity shop and this time I plan to add a few crocheted flowers to the front, along with some embroidery too. Here’s my inspiration…

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I also managed to complete the little cross-stitched notebook that came free with last month’s Cross Stitcher magazine. I just love the vintage typewriter on the cover and now that I have found my vintage Singer, a vintage typewriter has now become the subject of my new quest, so watch this space!

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Been art journaling this week too dear reader, this time inspired by Oasis song lyrics. This first piece is a mixed media of watercolour paints, ink pens and tissue paper, with lyrics from ‘Live Forever.’

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In this next piece I also used watercolour paints and ink pens, along with coloured pencils this time. The lyrics are taken from the song ‘Roll With It.’

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I have been busy decopatching some polystyrene eggs today in monochrome patterns, in preparation for decorating my monochrome Easter tree! But more of that egg-citing news next time! Must craft on, keep making dear reader!

Oooh La La Lapin!

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Hello dear reader, or should I say ‘bonjour’ seeing as I am introducing my latest crochet creation: Monsieur Lapin (or Mr Rabbit for those who require a translation) isn’t he fab? He’s from a pattern in the latest Mollie Makes magazine ( http://www.molliemakes.com ) and was very quick and easy to make. I also attempted to make the stripes on his little top ‘jogless’ by following a tutorial by June Gilbank on You Tube called: Perfect Stripes for Amigurumi (right-handed version). She demonstrates two types of jogless stripes: the no-cut join and the invisible join which involves cutting the yarn. As it was only a teeny tiny project, I plumped for the no-cut join and the stripes turned out pretty near enough ‘jogless’ but I would probably use the invisible join for a larger project. You can always pop over to June Gilbank’s website for more tutorials, along with other amigurumi awesomeness, at http://www.PlanetJune.com .

On the subject of crochet, this month’s Simply Crochet magazine ( http://simplycrochetmag.co.uk ) has some lovely ‘must-add-to-my-crochet-to-do-list’ projects, such as a rather fetching rucksack, a lovely lacey cowl and a delightful rainbow-striped Daschund.

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Oooh, and guess what else I’ve been up to dear reader? I’ve only been ‘upcycling’ haven’t I! You see, one of my delightful daughters had sadly outgrown her favourite sundress but loved the fabric so much that she did not want to part with it, so good old Mummy here magiced it into a skirt! Ta-da!

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My upcycling of said dress involved opening up the back seam, chopping off the top of the dress, removing the zip and then sewing the back seam up again. It has to be said however, that removing the long zip at the back took longer than re-sewing the whole skirt, but there you go. Delightful daughter was well-happy with her new skirt and I was well-chuffed with my first attempt at upcycling, so what can I chop up next…

I also picked up a copy of Cross Stitcher magazine this month, as it had a rather fab notebook freebie which caught my eye because it had a super vintage typewriter on the front cover…

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So I am presently stitching the cute heart on the front cover of said notebook. There are also some lovely projects inside too, such as the terrific town house candle holder and the cute cloud cushion. Of course I need to finish the vintage camera cross stitch I am still stitching, but more of that another time dear reader…

How about a little artful gallery time now, for I have been playing around with pencil-sketched people, what do you think?

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I rather enjoyed drawing her so think I will probably draw some more pencil-people and may even add some colour, possibly watercolour paints, so bear with dear reader. I also had a little play with my coloured pencils and came up with this young lady who is rather pleased with her new hair-do…

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And on that note I shall leave you dear reader, for I must craft on…

Thanking Fab Followers!

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Yes thank you dear reader! For unbelievably I reached the giddy heights of having 20 followers of my humble little arty-crafty bloggy thing this week! It is truly heart-warming to know that there are 20 lovely dear reader chums out there. I do hope I can keep you all entertained with my makeryness and crafty adventures, as well as inspiring you to get stuck-in with some creating!

I also have more exciting news dear reader, for I have finally purchased an electric sewing machine! Yes, following my recent exploits with a brand new sewing machine, which rather alarmingly kept sewing all by itself even when my foot was NOT pressing the foot pedal, I now have a much more friendly machine that only sews when I intend it to do so. I am very grateful to the muchly helpful lady at The Exeter Sewing Machine Company http://exetersewing.co.uk who was very patient with me with regards to my foot pedal fears and other ‘issues’!

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I have never owned an electric sewing machine before, having only ever used a hand-operated vintage Singer, so am still in the ‘tentative getting to grips with it’ mode at the moment. So bear with on the sewing front, dear reader! The lovely and talented Jane Foster http://janefoster.co.uk also visited the Exeter Sewing Machine Company this week which is a bit of a coincidence, as the first item I sewed together on my super new sewing machine was the Jane Foster dog sewing kit that came with an issue of the fab Mollie Makes magazine! How spooky is that?!? And here is that rather dashing Daschund..

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Not bad for my first machine sewing me thinks. Talking of Mollie Makes http://www.molliemakes.com the latest issue is just as fab as always and am rather smitten with Monsieur Lapin so have my hook poised ready to crochet the chap forth with…

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Talking of crocheted bunnies (I do so hope you are noticing all these lovely links dear reader) I also hooked up a cutie-pie of a bunny brooch this week from a Simply Crochet magazine pattern http://www.simplycrochetmag.com in prepartion for my Eastery ensemble. So I shall leave you with a Springful pic of my happy-hoppy bunny, as I have some makings to be getting on with and I need to hop to it (sorry)…

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