Monday, 14 April 2014
My friend asked me to use lots of bright colours and to make it unisex. Hopefully I met the requirements!
This blanket was made using Rico Essentials cotton in a variety of different colours using a 3.5mm hook. I made each circle before progressing to the next stage, and the project came together incredibly quickly.
As for the joining method, I went against my usual 'join as you go' method, (I gave it a go with this, but I wasn't happy with how it looked!) this time, I opted to sew each of the squares together. Before stitching them all together, I blocked all of the squares using the steam setting on the iron. This really helped to set the stitches and help shape all of the blocks into even squares.
I am really pleased with the quality of the blanket; hopefully it will stand the test of time.
For the pattern, I used the Gumball pattern that you can buy from BabyLove Brand on Etsy, but adapted the white rows from a pattern in a crochet book (I can't remember which one!)
Thursday, 10 April 2014
If you fancy making your four legged friend a special treat, give this recipe a whirl:
Oxo cube (I used beef flavour)
2.5 cups of plain flour
1 egg (beaten)
Sprinkle of salt
approx 150ml hot water
Dissolve the oxo cube in hot water. Mix all of the ingredients together until they form a dough.
Roll out until about 2cm thick.
Cut out using pastry cutters.
Put onto a baking tray and bake in the oven at about 180 degrees for about 15 to 20 mins, or until golden.
(adapted from Cesar Millan's basic dog biscuits recipe)
Monday, 31 March 2014
The main bedroom is at the back of the house, but still needs a bit of help in the lighting department. Until now, we had no lightshade in the bedroom at all. It had been this way for almost 5 years, since we moved into the house. We didn't have bedside lamps, we had some cheap ikea lamps from a million years ago, but thanks to a rather fat grey cat, one met an untimely end.
I'm pretty pleased with how they fit in with the decor in the bedroom. You know that I love a bit of yellow! It's nice that they add a bit of height to my ikea bedside table (we plan on getting one for Rory's side too - they were only £7!) We picked up the ceiling light and the bedside lamps in The Range, it was pretty tricky to choose, they had a few good choices- if only we had more ceiling lights in the house!
This post was written in association with The Range.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Pastels. Not my kinda thing usually. I'm all about the brights or monochrome. Vary rarely do I ever delve into the world of the pastel.
It wasn't always the case. My love of Cath Kidston a few years ago turned my house into a floral, shabby chic goldmine, with dusty, pastel florals on every surface. Now, I'm not saying that Cath doesn't have a place in my house anymore, it's just that styles change.
See that picture of me above? That's me wearing my new top (from Primark, obviously) and when I bought it home, Rory had a very surprised look on his face. He said I never wear things like that anymore. Maybe it's just that I associate pastels with looking a bit twee, or overly effeminate, and that's not really my cup of tea.
I did, however, manage to find some pastels at home. In the form of some of the gorgeous real-life florals that find their way into my living room every week. So enjoy!
Pastels probably won't really ever be my thing, but bring me these flowery tones and I'll certainly listen.
Why not have a look at what the rest of the Brit Pack's take on Pastels is. I bet it's more positive in nature than mine!
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Thursday, 6 March 2014
On my recent journey to Ikea (6 hour round trip!) I found some new cactus babies that just had to come and live with me. I just can't say no. Especially when they are pretty colours, or unusual like these beauties.
Overall, I was pretty impressed with the cheapo macro filters. I just can't justify (or afford) a decent macro lens at the moment, so this was a good stop gap. Plenty of natural light is essential though, not great for a British winter, but these came out ok.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
I scoured Pinterest for ideas, and thought I would go for something completely different to the previous blanket that I made for her (it was charcoal grey and sparkly and very detailed).
This turned out to be one of the simplest and quickest blankets I've ever made (I counted recently- I'm currently making blanket number 12) -it would be perfect for a beginner.
I used 3 pink yarns in varying shades to create wide stripes with an ombre effect. I couldn't be happier. The stripes were 40 rows wide (UK dc stitch) and 100 stitches across. So simple!
I'm sure I will be making another one of these blankets again. I was so pleased with the effect that it created. I think next time aqua and turquoise shades would be lovely!