Sunday, December 30, 2012

Crochet Doily Red Clutch Bag

The other day, I was just thinking of projects for Valentine's Day.
I know I know...It's still like a little over a month away and it's probably still early to think about it. But after Christmas, that's the next big day that I get excited over.
And I thought I could make a cute little clutch bag that I could use on a date.

So, I went through my Crochet Pin Board as usual to find a nice clutch pattern.
And I found this oh-so-lovely Floral Pouch Pattern by Pierrot Yarns.
I must warn you that the pattern is only in diagrams. There are some helpful written notes, but yep, you have to know how to read the diagrams pretty well...It was kind of painful trying to decipher it, especially the Motif pattern, but I think it was all worth it in the end.
If you need help reading the pattern diagrams, just leave a comment and I'll try and help you.(:

Of course, I used red and white since I was thinking of V'day.
I had to use double strand of white yarn, since the yarn wasn't thick enough.

Both the doily and bag are done. I love this doily pattern so much. I think it would be perfect for coasters too.

Then, I sewn the doily to the back of my bag. I wasn't sure if it would turn out neat. I did my best to align it properly and pinned it in place with sewing pins before sewing.

I think it turned out pretty neat, don't you think? :D That's the back of my clutch.

And another shot of the back with the flap opens.
And finally, it's all finished :D
I hope you like it. :D
Happy crocheting. (:

Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Bright Yellow Crochet Cowl

Hey everyone!
How was your Christmas? Mine was great (:.
My family don't celebrate Christmas, but Mitch's family obviously does and I had a great time.
We have so much left-over food and I'm still having them today...

I was planning to share this cowl with you for awhile.
I used the pattern from MyPicot Club. You can find the pattern HERE.
It is such a beautiful lace pattern! I LOVE IT.
The pattern is not for crocheting in rounds, but I changed it up a bit and managed to crochet this cowl in rounds instead.

I don't know if I'd look weird to wear it to my college classes back in hot and humid Singapore, but I'm loving the look over my blouses. I might just be bold and wear it. :D 

And that's me and my photographer. It's always great to have him taking photos for me although he insisted that I wear my glasses...

This is my first crochet cowl and I'm loving it! Hope you like it too. (:
I'm on my second one right now and it is in royal blue. And I'm using daisy crochet stitch.
I'll share it with you soon enough! ((:

The yarn I used for this project is 100% acrylic and Mitch got it for me cos they were on offer and it was only $2 for 100 grams! It's pretty cheap yarn, but it isn't itchy or anything. It is really warm and sooo soft.
I did a bit of googling and you can purchase the yarn I used on this website, Alacraft.
Yarn used for my project
That's all from me for today.
If you've ever made a cowl and posted a pic or blog post about it, feel free to share it under the comment section. Thank you. (:


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Yarn Bombing in Adelaide

Couple of weeks ago, I was in Adelaide with my fiance. We were on a bus and I saw yarn bombing on a statue. Actually, Mitch saw it first and he pointed it out. I was so excited!

And a few days later, we went back again to the venue, which is Hilton Victoria Square and took plenty of pics! It is my first time seeing a yarn bombing in person and it was so cool! There were plenty more trees covered with crocheted/knitted items, but I think we were already looking pretty weird for taking so many photos, so yep, I decided not to take pics of every yarn-bombed tree.

Hope you're having a great weekends! (:
I finished making a cowl and already taken photos, so I'll be back really soon to share with you.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Colourful Aster Bookmarks

I made these little bookmarks in several colours. 
The pattern is an Aster pattern from 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet.
The pattern is pretty easy to follow and they crochet up so fast! Changing colours isn't too hard too and I can easily tug in the loose ends while crocheting too, which makes them extra fun to crochet!
I think they look like they have been pressed between book pages and that's why I think they make such great bookmarks.
I gave the pink one to my niece; she loves it. (:
Can you tell I had so much fun taking the photos too? (:
I hope you like it! (:

Just on the side note..I'll be flying to Adelaide tonight and so, I will put my Etsy Shop on vacation mode till 14th of January. When I come back, I'll list those aster bookmarks too. (:
I'll be active on my blog thou. I have to close the shop while I'm there because postage from Australia is wayyyy too expensive. 

I hope you're having a great weekends! (:

Friday, December 7, 2012

Out and About in CraftLand

Every Friday, I do a special post on my blog called "Out and About in CraftLand".
It is to sum up all the lovely things I came across over the week from hours of browsing Pinterest/blogs.
I hope you like it!

I lovee this beautiful cowl, "iris". The pattern is available for purchase on MarianneS's shop on Etsy for $4.50. Since winter won't be here till June in Adelaide, I have plenty of time to make this lovely one and you can bet I'll be buying this lovely pattern. I've been itching to make a cowl; I just love how you can wrap over your head.

Aren't these ornaments the cutest?! They're made of cute buttons and you can find out how to make your own on Beneath the Rowan Tree.

I'm so so in love with this card by Debbie from Lime Doddle. She makes beautiful handmade cards and this has to be my favourite one. (: I just love those little houses and how she coloured them with a touch of "snow" on them.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Feeling the Christmas Rush

I've been so busy lately.
My last exam paper is 2 days away and I've been so busy trying to stuff all the information into my head..
And I've got more than usual orders on my Etsy shop too since Christmas is coming up.
I've been enjoying making rose bookmarks and I am aiming to get one done everyday, no matter how crazy life gets.
While I was busy doing packaging and all that for my shop items, I remembered to take photos to share too! Here they are (:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


I guess card-making bug has bitten me again...
And it is all this Tuesday Trigger form Moxie Fab World's fault! (:
This is my second card for this Tuesday Trigger and if you missed my first card, here it is.
More pics of my card.

For this card, I crocheted the little frame using a blush pink yarn. It took me awhile to get the size right. But I really like the result (: Scroll down for the crochet pattern.

I used the same pattern paper that I used for my first card.
My sweet fiancé came up with the sentiment. I think it's really cute and match my card perfectly! :D
I used alphabet stamps from studio g and I mentioned about them in my previous post.

I really hope you like it! (:
I'm truly happy that I'm back into card-making and that I'm using crochet elements!
I try to keep things clean and simple thou; it's my favourite style.
Let me know what you think about it too (:

Here is the easy pattern for the frame I used on my card:

ch = chains, dc = double crochet, ss = slip stitch

Round 1: Make ch ring that is big enough to hold your picture. I made 50 ch, and ss to the first ch.
Round 2: 3 ch (count as 1 dc), follow by dc into the ring.
              Number of dc = multiple of 4. I did 14 x 4 = 56 dc
Round 3: ch 6, skip 3 stitches, ss into the 4th stitch. Repeat around the round to make the 6-ch loops.
              For last loop, 6 ch and ss into the first ch of the first loop.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Handmade Card with Crochet Roses

It's been probably about a year since I last made a card.
But since I've "liked" so many cardmaking pages on my Facebook, I keep seeing pretty cards and I've been itching to make one.

I was resisting the urge, of course, since I'm right in the middle of my final exams.
But this Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World did it for me.

Isn't it the most gorgeous thing or what?! 
Oh, yes, they have patterns for those beautiful frames alright. Click HERE for it. (:
And yes, I think I'll be making those beautiful frames once my finals are over (((: 
They're so beautiful...

Anyway, to my card, I always wanted to use crochet appliqués on card. 
And this challenge is just asking for it!
It's a perfect marriage of my two hobbies. (:
I crocheted many roses using embroidery threads and I didn't use them all up.
So I decided to use a few on this card, but I realized how small the size of the handmade card is and I couldn't squeeze 3 roses in like I intended to.
It is just a simple card; I figured I'd just start simple since it's been so long since I did paper crafting.
I've crocheted a few leaves, but I ran out of green ones so I used the yellow ones on this card.
The sweet pattern paper is from Echo Park, bought it long time ago but still my favourite because of those 2 sweet flamingoes. 

Here are more photos of my card. 
Hope you like it (:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Gift from Mitch by Stasia Illustration

My sweet fiancé, Mitch got me a beautiful and cutest drawing by Stasia Illustration on Etsy.
I got it in a mail 2 days ago and oh gosh, Stasia packed it in such a cute way!
I didn't even want to tear the envelope and open it...It was packed so neatly and stamped with personalized stamps of her drawings. Just look at that! Adorable!

After admiring the cuteness of the packaging, I opened it eventually, and gosh, I found an adorable painting inside!

Mitch knows what I like! :D We both LOVE reading and books, so this drawing is perfect.
Just like Stasia said in her LISTING, "Reading in bed, the happiest place in the world." True that! (:
The drawing name is "Bedtime Story", and you have to check out the rest of her shop too! (:

I love her style of drawing: it's really cute and clean, but not over-the-top "kawaii".
And right now, I'm so tempted to buy these postcards by her! 

Stasia creates her prints-in-house on her wonderful large-format Epson printer.
The print was so professional and perfect to the smallest details. You can tell I'm a very happy customer. ;) And thanks Mitch for such a sweet and thoughtful gift.


Here are links to Stasia's shop and her other pages:

Etsy    Facebook   Blog  


I hope you're having a nice weekend! (:


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rose Brooches and Packaging Fun!

I have finally finished the rose brooches order from Marie on Etsy.
12 roses in red, black, pink, dark green and grey.

Also, I bought an alphabet stamp sets from Studio G for S$2.90 from local craft store in Singapore, PaperMarket. I found an Etsy shop that sells those stamp sets too. It has many other fonts! I so want to buy all the sets. I had been looking for one like that, but they used to cost around S$20 and I just thought it's a rip-off!

I used those lovely stamps to stamp my shop's name on the brooch's cards. I love it! (:

It's quite neat, isn't it?
I'm off to sent off the brooches! Have a great day! (: