Saturday, February 9, 2013

CAL: One Dog Woof!

Strange title for a blog post I know, but not until you understand it. Along with learning how to sew this year, I really want to learn how to crochet. I decided this when a visit to my gran in December had me gifted with a beautiful crocheted bag and viewings of other items she had crocheted herself. I don't know much about crochet, but I do know that I think my gran is a master. Remind me to post a picture of the vintage Shawl she made out of mohair for herself to wear to my parents wedding. I was gifted this as well and will treasure it the rest of my life. Love you Gran, you are my crafting inspiration!

So, now for the title explanation. CAL stands for Crochet Along, and I have joined one over at One Dog Woof. ChiWei has a full explanation on how she chose the name One Dog Woof for her blog, if you're interested in looking at her more about me page :)

I have quite a few papercrafting friends that like to crochet, I know you're reading ladies, and I thought this would be fun to share with them. Heck, I think this would be fun for everyone to join in! The CAL is for beginners and veterans alike and will have us making a double strand infinity cowl.

If you're interested in seeing the timeline for the project, you can look here. And if you're eager to get started, we've been given our first 'assignment', which you can find here. The best way to tag along, I think, would probably be to add the blog link to your followed blogs so that you get regular updates. It's what I've done, else I would struggle to remember the dates given in the timeline.

Here is a picture of the cowl we'll be making (lovingly borrowed from ChiWei's blog)

Of course, being a tiny bit OC, I have purchased four different crochet hooks and two different colour yarns (all before I saw the pattern...silly me), none of which fit the spec for the pattern. LOL's! Too funny, but I wanted to get started and will get started following a couple of tutorials online in the meantime so that I can get my crochet brain cap fitting nicely.

I will have to go get the specified yarn and crochet hook some time in the week, but in the mean time, I'm going to sit here in my little corner of the world and get better acquainted with the hobby that my gran so loves*

This truly is my year for learning new things.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Be Mine {TTT Guest)

Do you all remember when I won the Top Tip Tuesday, Top Tipper award? Well it came with a month long Guest Design spot :) And today is my first post! (three more to come! woohoo!)
I must admit to being in a design rut when I started this card, some days you just struggle with the mojo and nothing seems right. I think I changed colours about four times, and my layout about three. In the end, I'm still not even sure I like my own work, but hubby assures me it's gorgeous.
The girls at TTT are being sponsored by Stamp Fairy this week and the theme is Romance (Valentines or anything with a heart). The image I chose to use is called Molly Love 2, and you can find her here.

I used my singer again to sew all sorts of lines everywhere, and wrapped twine around the top edges of the card. Flowers are petaloo, die cuts are no-name-brand courtesy of a crafting friend called 'Sea Hag' during our Secret Pal swap this year.

Molly is coloured with Sharpies and Promarkers, as always.

hope to see you at the challenge!

Friday, February 1, 2013

What's up with that?

At the end of December I got a really random e-mail from a challenge blog owner asking me to be a guest on their DT. To be fair, I had placed the usual GDT acronym behind my name when they suggested those who wanted to design do so, when I entered one of their challenges (so random might not be the right word) quite a while ago (maybe October?).

The e-mail asked me if I would like to Guest design for the Anything Goes challenge they were going to have. I sent an e-mail replying in the positive and was asked to have a photo of my creation e-mailed by a certain date (also end of December). I was on holiday at the time and advised the owner that I would send the picture once I got back home, which would still be before the given deadline.

Chuffed I was, not even thinking to ask when the challenge date would be, and when I would be allowed to post the same image on my blog.

I merrily made the card and sent it off, not forgetting my signature watermark on the photo. I haven't heard a word from the blog owner or seen my card on their blog since. What is up with that? And I feel a bit embarrassed to send her an e-mail to ask her why she hasn't used my card, I don't want to sound like I'm whining. Am I? After rereading the e-mail exchange, I wonder if she might be a bit miffed that I didn't take up her offer of using a free image from her personal Digi site?

Either way, I thought it was time that this card saw the light of my blog page and I've decided to post it whether or not it gets used on the challenge blog. It's my property and I can do what I want to.

I used a whole lot of Scrap paper, sewing bits together as I went along. I actually pretty much cased this card design straight out of the November (or was it December?) Cards and Papercraft magazine. I added my own twist to the mix, but that's where I got my inspiration. The stamp and sentiment, funny enough, is also a Cards and Papercraft freebie, but the brand name escapes me right now. The flowers are a mix of petaloo and something else (South African craft stores feel the need to repackage flowers and put their store names on the packaging, so I don't know who the manufacturer is, irritated much?)

The fairy is coloured with a mix of my trusty Sharpies and Promarkers. The little butterflies from the swappable no-name-brand punch i bought last year. All sewn together with my Singer ;)