Friday, 21 November 2014

Remember this Hat?

Bob Marley Slouchy

Well, Kay can't find it!
She has searched and searched and searched.....
But then she is a teenager so it is probably somewhere in her room!
Anyway, her room is not my room and so I thought I would make a short process of this and whip her up another one for Christmas.

She has this blue version I made for her aswell but it isn't her favourite.

Bob Marley Slouch Cap

If she finds number 1, well then she will have a reserve.
Why am I making such a fuss about this - she really likes this cap I made for her - the child who told me there are clothing stores for a reason and not everything needs to be handmade!

So here is Version 2:

And with that my FO for this week.

Have you finished something this week?

I will be sharing this with my Friday Friends :)

Have an awesome weekend, thanks for the visit.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Fan Gifts

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another week of linking fun!

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

If you want a button for your side bar - here you go:

Marigolds' Loft

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Secret Santa 2014 Reveal Link Up

Where has all that time gone?
All the Secret Santa Parcels should be on their way to their new homes.
Have you received your parcel already?

Awesome - show us, show us!

Feel free to link up your gift reveal post below.

Thank you to all the wonderful participants who took part this year, I do hope you had fun?

I look forward to seeing you again next year :)


5 More Weeks WIP

5 More Weeks

Only 5 more weeks!
My Christmas crafting is going well and I am going to be glad to see the ends of these two pairs of socks!

This is what I have been working on since last week:

Batman socks

I have about 3cm to go before I can start on the toe cap - yay!
All things going as intended these babies will be finished by next week.

Tardis Socks

Hubby's socks have also been worked on.
I am just about finished the heel decreases and then I will be trying to knit the feet at lightning speed!

I have also managed to finish another "Extra" project which I will share with you on Friday.

The Scarf on my loom is almost done and I am hoping to bring that project to it's conclusion this Friday.

As for the mandrakes, I have started on the arms and legs and hope to have them finished shortly too!

I still have a couple of projects that I would like to see under the tree and I am hoping I will have enough time to complete them.

They are as follows:

A Bray Cap for Jas
Fingerless Gloves for Hubby,
Another pair of socks for hubby,
Wristlets for Hubby

Sewing Crafts:
3 Shoppers for godparents and grandparents

In-between all the festive creations I have many Christmas orders for my soaps and hubby has become my employee of the month ;) He comes home each day with bigger and better orders, which is awesome and keeps me on my toes.

Reading Wise: I have got my copy of the Beekeepers Bible which I am thrilled to have in my possession. I have some really good german books on the subject but it is nice to have a book on beekeeping in my mother tongue!

How has your week been?
I hope you will come by tomorrow and share your creative crafts with us all :)

Have a super rest of your week.
I will be sharing this with all of my lovely Wednesday friends so do pop over for a visit :)
See you soon.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Unhappy/Happy Sewing FOs

wrap dress

Finally, I finished this dress!

This was part of a Craftsy Course which in itself was a good course, with good tips on how to change patterns to suit you, but not really advisable for novice sewers like myself.

With the course I received the Butterick Pattern 5030, and I initially signed up because I have always wanted to learn how to sew a wrap dress.

Now I absolutely loved, really loved, and learned so much from Meg McElwee in Sewing with Knits (this link will take you back to the post where I shared all my projects I completed in this course).

She showed me how to sew the pieces step-by-step in a great video class.

This is what I had hoped my new course The Perfect Wrap Knit Dress would teach me too.
I mean look at this awesome dress - who wouldn't want to make something if it turns out like this:

The perfect wrap knit dress

Unfortunately I didn't gain the same kind of experience with the course.

I think this course was definitely made with the advanced sewer in mind.

The instructor didn't take us through the steps, and I found myself treading water and confused at quite a couple of sections.

Because I received the pattern and the instructor didn't specifically say that she was going to take us through the pattern in a different sequence, I understood that she would show us how to sew the parts of the pattern when we come across them.

I merrily began to sew my dress according to the pattern insert and realized too late (more-or-less in the last chapter) that I had to add the belt tie in the seams and under the neckband. So I had to rip open band seams and side seams to allow for the belt!

The neckband was another headache as I had merrily attached it to the dress thinking that there was only one way to get it on there.
Once it was on, I tried the dress and noticed the collar sticking up at a weird, warped angle and suddenly distant bells rang reminding me of my Home Ec class many, many moons ago.

 What was it the teacher taught us about neckbands?......
Oh golly, I had sewed it on the wrong way.

Much to my distress I had to undo all my work from the day before and spent the entire morning doing nothing else :(

Once back on track and feeling slightly frustrated with the whole experience, I decided to persevere and hoped that the outcome would be one of wonder and awe.

Unfortunately I was wrong again!

After the garment was complete I tried it on - UGH!

It didn't fit me at all, was way too big and my girls told me it looked like an old, wealthy man in a dressing gown, kinda like a Hugh Heffner - YUCK - take it off!!!

What to do?

Well, I whipped off about 25cm off the hem and got Jas to try it on.
She looks really nice in it and it suits her with some skinny jeans underneath it.

perfect wrap dress

Would I recommend this course?

Yes - if you are looking for some advice on how to adjust a pattern so that you get a perfect fit, then this course would definitely give you some help in that area.

Yes - if you aren't a novice and can achieve the results you want from your sewing, then this is a great "Extras" course.

*No - if you are looking for a course which will give you some basics and more in sewing with knitted fabric. Then I would definitely recommend Sewing with Knits, this course gives you great satisfaction as the end result is very close to what she teaches you and is a very rewarding class to take.

No - if you are looking for a course that is built in a step-by-step construction class, this is definitely not one of those! Refer back to the *No above, that is an in-depth construction course!

So that is the end of this week's sewing attempts, maybe I will try something simpler next week - like one of these FREE Craftsy Courses for example:

bag making basics

I wish you all a super weekend.
See you soon.

I will be sharing this post with all of my Friday Friends :)


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Tutorial Thursdays Month-Long Linky Party with Guest

featured blogger

Today I am honoured to have Marie @ Blooming Homestead over for a visit.

In October I featured some of her amazing creative tutorials which she shared with us all on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.

Here are those great tutorials again for your convenience:

DIY Embellished Pumpkins

pumpkin rice krispie treats

easy teddy bear costume

I asked Marie what her crafting inspiration was.

She replied: "I love finding inspiration everywhere. There is beauty in nature everyday life! One of my favorite things is to create or DIY my own crafts, home decor and more. I love creating beautiful things while sticking to a budget."

She also told me: "My favorite job is being a wife and mom to my 2 sweet kiddos. I love using my blog as a creative outlet to connect with others and also to improve our home and how it runs daily. Crafting is my sanity and favorite pastime. :)"

You can find Marie on her Blog aswell as:

Thank you Marie for your Tutorial Thursday Support :)

And now it is your turn dear readers:

In November there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Fully Festive WIP

Tardis Socks

Welcome back, another week rushed by and now I only have 6 weeks to complete my Christmas Crafting!

I am not yet in a tizz as I still have enough time to at least complete the projects I have on my needles with hopefully enough time to squish in a couple more wanna have Christmas pressies!

Let me begin with my update of this last week's work.

Above are hubby's Tardis socks.

I am busy with the reducing of stitches after the heel flap. I would like to be a lot further but whenever I am at home lately so is hubby, so it is getting difficult to find the time to complete these babies!

Batman socks

Eventually you can see the front pattern!

So far I am loving this creation, it is turning out exactly as I wanted it to which is always a plus ;)

I have just turned the heel and am at about the same point as hubby's socks, so now the race is on!


This is another "Toy" creation wished for firstly by Kay, but as the first one of these cuties turned out really well, I had oohs and ahhhs from the rest of the Harry Potter fanclub and so I am making one for each of them.

These are Mandrakes.

I am not really an experienced crocheter by any means so I was thrilled to see the eyebrows and expressions that come out once done :)

And they work up really quickly.
A bit finicky when it gets to the smaller parts like the saplings, but somehow they turn out okay! The best bit is if you have to pull them out, you only waste about 5 minutes work at a time which is awesome!

I will share the first one with you as soon as I have attached the eyes, which are on their way to me but not yet arrived.

sewing wrap dress

And lastly, some sewing progress!

I apologize for the bad photo quality of this one, I hope I am soon finished and then I can show you much better images!

This is another Craftsy course project which has been waiting for quite a while to get started on.

The perfect knit wrap dress.

So far I have had quite a headache with this project.

A photo posted by Natalie Buehler (@marigoldsloft) on

I will share the whole story with you once it is complete - hopefully that will be Friday, I only have so much patience for sewing projects before a nice pair of sharp scissors come to play :O

Reading wise: I have nothing to report unfortunately, still waiting for something to grab my attention. Any tips?

Anyway, I wish you all a warm, and if not warm, a cozy Wednesday.
Thanks so much for visiting :)

I am sharing this with all my Wednesday friends, so pop over there for some amazing projects on the go.



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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.