Making time for making

Gosh, I feel like I’m on constant catch up with myself recently…. time is precious and I’m definitely someone who needs a whole lot of ‘downtime’ ‘me time’… whatever you choose to call the time that you reset your levels and remember who you are…
For me that time pretty much has to be solitary and I’m increasingly realising how much I NEED to make stuff and learn stuff… Like the grown up, bill paying version of playtime :)
For weeks I’ve been wanting to make something with some antique silver Berber beads that I got…. they’ve been sitting patiently in an old bowl on the table and reminding me daily that I need to make time to buy some bead thread and fasteners….
this weekend I made time and came up with this

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unlike the hands on, hammering, sawing type jewellery making that I’m learning about at the mo; this type of jewellery making is much more sedate and living room friendly :)
I got the antique beads online and strung them with semi-precious aquamarine beads from an old bracelet and some tiny silver spacer beads that I bought along with thread and silver fasteners from YumYum Beads in Leeds.

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I think perhaps the aquamarine is a bit too washed out and tiny to do the big silver Berber beads justice… but I’ve got some left and will see what I come up with…. that’s the nice thing about playing, it’s about the doing not the final thing really… and I loved playing with these beads :)

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summer crochet

with the sun blazing and every window in the place open, the last thing I want to be doing is working with wool, as much as I do love my chunky, handspuns.

As I’m working in a new city I’ve been seeking out new places to buy yarn and I’ve found two amazing places. One sells gorgeous cream Yorkshire wool that I’m looking forward to getting when the leaves start to fall… but for now I’m using a cotton yarn (that coincidently was spun in my hometown.)

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Ivory lace squares with very pale grey edges and when it’s done a grey lace border….
I’m crocheting on the commute every day, so I’m trying for a square a day that makes a row a week…. and working on squares means I don’t have to carry an ever increasing blanket around with me :)
I’ll show you when it’s finally done…. what’s your summer project?

The bestest bestie

Last week lovely bestie C came back after a long trip in the US…. I was very pleased to catch up over a gorgeous Indian meal to celebrate my new job… Yums!
And he brought presents too!
A gorgeous bunny tile (that’s been added to the group of lovely things on the lounge wall), a letter press card of an heirloom tomato soup recipe (to be framed and hung in the kitchen) and this gorgeous handspun alpaca yarn

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And I decided to make myself a special bear :)

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I love that bear! I can’t decide what to call him though…. Any suggestions?
How lovely?! I really do have the bestest bestie :)

Unexpected brooch!

I had intended to make lots of motifs to use in a proper piece of Irish crochet lace…. but I think I got impatient or something and this happened instead…

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…. a brooch with a vintage jet button centre!
I really like it I think… and it might look nice on my little summer jacket.
So I’ll start again making motifs… I think I’ll aim for a cushion cover this time and see what happens :)

Practice makes perfect # 2

I got a new pattern for an Irish crochet bed spread… made from roses and scrolls.
I’m thinking though that I’d like to do something else with the rose motifs…. but first I had to master them!

Not the easiest pattern to follow… it’s ancient and it seems that back in the day patterns were quite sparse in their information…. no YouTube videos here…. Or even pictures for that matter!

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First attempt: totally read the pattern wrong! It turned out like a little basket with petals :)

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Second attempt: a bit better, still not cracked it.

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Third attempt: yay! I think this is finally right.

So… on with some more motifs…