…that’s not only a Take That song, but also my motto for today’s post 🙂 It’s been a while since I last posted anything and I certainly won’t try to bore you with lame excuses, so I’ll just skip that step to say Hi everyone!
There’s been an awful lot of crocheting, crafting, making going on and I’d like to share the outcomes with you:
There’s the monthly Whimsey Box that broadens my crafts horizon every 30 days with fun projects and easy instructions. You should definitely check them out, so far I made hand scrub and lotion, paper flowers and a picture frame. All projects come neatly packed, the kit itself is wrapped in tissue paper and an adorable matching satin bow, there’s some art work as well and an ‘achievement’ button for every project you finished (actually you receive the button with the kit and that’s basically cheating, but I won’t mention that here 😉
Then there are more crochet projects, of course (Amigurumi, crochet slippers, baskets, a Fox Jar Cozy and some more Amigurumi 😉
I purchased three crochet basket patterns/project kits and only managed to finish one so far, in two different color combinations. The stitches used are pretty simple, but my downfall always is the end of one round/beginning of the next round, where you have to join with a sl st and/or ch1 and then sc in the next st, wait, wasn’t it the second sc? See what I mean? I keep couting the stitches of every row, hoping that I’m not in the middle of creating a basket-shaped monster (well, barely basket-shaped in that case). Sometimes the stitches add up, sometimes they don’t. Not sure what this actually says about my crocheting skills, but I hope I’m not the only one who has trouble with this… However, the baskets turned out quite nicely (see pictures), and I’ll try an owl-shaped basket next (bought on Craftsy).
In the meantime I took up stamping again and bought an alphabet stamping kit. Possibilities are endless!!! I started carrying a notebook with me for collecting all the quotes and words I want to stamp on cotton bags and maybe even shirts, at some point. Have yet to find out if the fabric is still washable after stamping (promise on the stamping kit package). I’d love to make my own statement shirts at some point, but I’m really afraid of the colors fading and ruining other garments in the washer. I’ll keep you posted!
Then there’s also the chain mail owl making and the homemade cosmetics branch and the granola factory and the gardening… An entire DIY armada coming your way 😉
My good friend Milo gave me an owl-making kit from The Ring Lord for my birthday, a kit for making tiny chain mail owls. He promised to help me make them since he already has some experience in the chain mail sector. Last week he stopped by at my place for pizza and owl making and it was fun! Bending the rings wasn’t so much fun first, and figuring out where to put the small, large and medium-sized rings in order to create an owl-shaped something was quite exhausting, but in the end Milo turned out to be a great teacher and instructor so that we were able to make three cute and adorable owls!
Also, I got into cosmetics thanks to the very first Whimsey Box I received (which included ingredients for hand scrub and hand lotion) and also a gift set for making my own body scrub. At first it feels a bit weird to pull out your handheld mixer that usually comes into action for beating eggs for cookies and cake, and beat your fluffy moisturizing, exfoliating body scrub, but if you thoroughly clean all the equipment afterwards, there’s nothing wrong with that 🙂