Sunday, February 23, 2014

Crocheting a mandala

I have the tendency to have this great idea for a project just a few days before I think could be perfect to have it finished...

And so my three balls of red T shirt yarn that just arrived through the post, last Saturday and my idea for a rug that my sister would love.... all coinsided 6 days before the ideal moment to give her this present...

I was very excited on the arrival of my first T shirt yarn via post - which turned out to be cheaper to order from a little west coast town (postage included!) than buying it from my favourite yarn shop around the corner...


So with a beautiful tutorial on hand I started the mandala rug. Even our little garden rabbit thought it had potential...


This time around (just like with my doily rug) I had color issues... only a little bit of dark red yarn - not enough to alternate the reds in whole circles. Then I got an idea which I encountered with an earlier project.
I chain stitched the darker red onto the rug and it enhanced the circles wonderfully.


So a few late evenings of frantic crocheting followed... although still I loved every moment of this growing mandala rug...


...and with a little bit of effort the rug was finished just in time to be presented to my sister on the day we planned a trip to her in Tulbagh.





Ps. the clogs on the rug was inspired by a wonderful crochet blog post :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Be my Valentine

This week I had fun putting together a lovely flower heart. Thank you Lucy for the pattern in the newest issue of Simply Crochet :)

I needed 18 little flowers...



...and 12 leaves - which came to life late yesterday evening :)



My dear husband assembled everything and eventually my 'Attic24' heart was born...




The reason for making this cutie, was to bring some joy to my colleagues at work...



So now my spring flowers at work have some heart flower company :D

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thoughts on being creative... last week...

This previous week a friend and I had our first artist date.  This was already a goal of mine of 2013 to attempt to draw and watercolour and paint more regularly... On Wednesday evening we had a wonderful 'first art date'... My friend prepared a canvas and started looking for inspiration in some favourite magazines of her... while I attempted my very first 'artist trading card'!  Thank you Nini for the inspiration and starting a beautiful small group for artist trading card swapping - I am so excited!! 


Nini's newest blog entry is on keeping a journal of one's life as there is so many things happening and when you record your special and ordinary beautiful moments you realize how many of them happen daily!   
I had the same thought at the beginning of the year and started out 2014 with printing Stephanie Levy's beautiful calender.... and so I started recording my creative joys as it happened... I forget so quickly... thus I have this to reread and be inspired by all that I experience... 


Something very special happened in January! See if you can discover in my January calender what this could be :)
More on this in another blog entry ;) 

Earlier in the week I started trying out Tunisian crochet - as I saw that this could be ideal for cross stitching...


I definitely have a little project up my sleeve with this Tunisian crocheting... which I will reveal as soon as it is completed!

Yesterday while starting yet another crochet project - this time for Valentine's day :) ... I saw all the projects of mine that are in progress on my studio table... and had to smile - all is special to me and every one gives me so much joy...  See if you can spot them all...


Now I'm off to have some tea with my mom...  

Wishing all a wonderfully blessed creative day!xx

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A lovely crochet filled morning...

On Saturday I met friends and other lovely ladies of the "Hekel innie Kaap" (crochet in the Cape) face book group at the Botanical gardens in Stellenbosch for a craft share.

The restaurant is nested between trees ... so although it is summer and we have very hot days... the venue was cool and we had a lovely morning crocheting... meeting new members... and always learning something new about some crochet stitch or method...


I saw a beautiful book that someone brought with...



We had lots of laughs...



Me and two friends that share my passion for crocheting (and addiction too!) had a great time ...



We were crocheting blocks towards a huge yarn bomb (we are talking "Guinness book of records" style!) that is going to happen in Pretoria later on in the year at a yarn indaba there...  and... I will be going there!!  That is going to be SO much fun experiencing the get together of all yarn lovers :)



What a lovely morning! :) :)