Sunday, 22 August 2010

Woolly Stuff

I didn't take any papercrafting stuff on holiday this year, instead, I took a crochet hook and several balls of brightly coloured wool!

I'm still very much inspired by Lucy's creations over at Attic24, and ended up making not one, but two squishy, soft, woolly bags, following Lucy's tutorial.

This is bag #1. 

I love the bright, cheery colours, but unfortunately, I forgot to take into account that my yarn was thinner than the one Lucy had been working with, and I didn't add more stitches into the first round, so when this bag lies flat, its bottom is rather more pointy than rounded.  I also got muddled when I started new rounds and new colours, so the back of the bag is looking a bit funny as well.  Eldest daughter called it "wonky", her favourite word at the moment :)  But from the front, with a few things inside the bag, it looks reasonably presentable.

This is bag #2:

My favourite green, I had to go and order another ball!  This bag is a fair bit smaller, but much more perfectly formed, since I learned from my mistakes with bag #1!  It's still very bright and cheery, with its colourful stripes at the top, and I'm really rather pleased with it!  The only question is: what am I going to use these bags for?  Most likely, they're going to carry my woolly works-in-progress, although, unfortunately, crochet hooks (and knitting needles, too) have a nasty habit of poking out between stitches...  Bag #2 might also go on the odd outing to the shops, only filled with items big enough not to poke out.  Of course, I could line both bags with fabric, but I am not exactly on best terms with my sewing machine, and cutting into fabric frightens me, never mind trying to work out a template to use for cutting said fabric to the right shape and size.  So we shall see, I'll let you know if and when I take my bags out on wee trips :)

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I'll have some other crafty project to share very soon.

I'm back!

The summer holidays are over, the girls have been back at school for 3 days last week, and slowly, things are getting back to normal.  It's a slightly different kind of normal, since eldest daughter started high school and has to get used to so many new things: getting up earlier, lots of new subjects, new teachers, new classmates and apparently, lots of tall people everywhere she goes! :)  The other two are pretty much settling straight back in to their normal routines, which is nice.  And I've suddenly got lots of quiet time at home, but of course, there's still a puppy to entertain, and then there's all that housework to tackle that somehow fell by the wayside over the summer (read that to mean: major declutter needed in more than one room!).

I have a few cards to share that I've made over the summer, starting with middle daughter's birthday card.  She really enjoys strawberries, so here was an obvious choice for a theme :)

The strawberry paper is by Doodlebug, the stamps are from Papertrey Ink, and the inks are Stampin' Up!

Next is a birthday card for youngest daughter's friend:

Love this Magnolia stamp and used some Basic Grey papers which I just had to have, even though I'm really trying not to buy any more papers...

Next up, a card for my MIL's birthday:

I used some My Mind's Eye papers that came free with a magazine, Papertrey Ink stamps and Stampin' Up! inks again.

And lastly, sadly, a sympathy card.  Don't like making those.

Well, I hope you liked this wee selection, including the photo right at the beginning, which shows the view from our holiday cottage in Glen Quaich, Perthshire.  Aaah, it was beautiful, and I didn't want to come home!