Wednesday 31 July 2013

Stash-Busting Work In Progress

stash-busting 2013

Whew, another month gone, can't believe it!
As today is the end of July I am going to update you on my Stash-Busting efforts for this month.

If you have been following this space each Wednesday, you will have seen that I have spent this month finishing up most of my stash drawer on my Stash-busting Blanket. 

stash-busting blanket

I am just about finished my last ball of beige :( Which means I will have to be ordering some more over the next while to complete the blanket and until then it will go into hibernation, which is a pity, but that is just how some things progress! 

stash-busting blanket 2013

It has reached the size of just under 132cm which is still a entire meter away from where I need it to be. Now to work out how much more yarn I will be needing --- hmm I am sure hubby will help me with that :)

I want to stay away from ordering new yarn until my drawer is empty for that really great feeling of achievement, so I better hurry and get the new/old projects done and out of the way!

 The good news is that as the blanket stands it is stash-busted, so this morning I weighed it and was amazed to find out that the blanket weighs 1'749g :O

stash-busting Challenge

If I add that to my stash-busting total of this year so far:


Wow - 3.5kg of wool - that is incredible!

So a recap on my stash-busting drawer and projects:

1. Jassy' Jumper - Completed
2. Birthday Gift for my Sister-In-Law - Completed
3. Birthday Scarf for Kayla - Completed
4. Socks for me - Completed
5. Socks for Jas - Completed
6. Socks for Kay - Completed
7. Pullover for Hubby
8. Cleo for me - busy
9. Scarf for me
10. Fingerless Gloves for hubby - Completed
11. Perfectly Pink Sweater - Completed

I will be picking up my Cleo again after today and try to get that finished asap as I would like to move on to hubby pullover before the cold returns!

Knitting madness hangout
Last Friday was our monthly knitting madness hangout, it was so much fun! We have since grown to 3 participants which is awesome and it such an amazing time spent with wonderful, interesting people, talking about what we love most - knitting and everything that includes :)

The new date for the next hangout is planned and posted. I would love to see some of you there in August. To find out more and secure your spot Click HERE

Reading-wise: I have received "The Liberty Tree" from Book Depository and will be doing a review on this book for you all shortly.
book-club hangout

Talking of books - I hope you will consider joining in my "Turning The Pages" Book-club  which you can attend from the comfort of your own home :) For more info go HERE

wall-hanging diyTomorrow on Tutorial Thursday Linky Party I will be showing you how I created this Wall Hanging.

Do come by and link up your crafts and creative posts from this last week and don't forget to vote for your favourite link from last Thursday HERE

I will be sharing this post over at my usual lovely ladies and a monthly catch-up over at Linda :)

See you soon.

Sunday 28 July 2013

Knitting Madness in August

Knitting Madness Video

Oh wow, another great event, thank you so much to Christine and Barbie Jean for the great time.
This month we chatted about the yarns which we frequently use and what it is we like about them. We also discussed where we buy them etc. To be able to spend an hour or so with such wonderful company is always so enriching :)

knitting madness hangout
A screenshot (trying to help Barbie get set up :))

Christine has some awesome images on her blog :)

The next date has been set and I am hoping you will be taking part?

At the next hangout we will discuss Needles! 

That's right your favourite tools of the trade! 

To take part all you need to do is have a Google Profile and secure your spot HERE.

Be sure to bring your needles with you to the hangout so that you can tell us all about why you love them most.
(This month there will be no form to fill out, but please bring all relevant info about your needles with you - sizes available, where to buy etc.)

When will it take place?
Friday 23rd August

What time?
9:00pm CEST (3:00pm EDT)

In the Google Hangout.

The Hangout will be recorded so if you can't take part but would like to see what goes on inside of them, you can catch up :)

Hope to see you there!

Social Media / Blogging Linky Party

social media linky party

Welcome back to the social media tips and tricks linky party.

Thank you kindly to those of you who linked your social media posts last week.

  • Link only tips and tricks for Social Media or Blogging 
  • Do not link if you are selling something!
  • Please link your creative posts on this week's Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party and not here!
  • Link the Relevant Blog post and not your homepage!
  • As it is a Linky Party, it would be nice if you would visit at least 2 other links.
  • Do not link the same topics twice.
  • Share the word, please grab my button and place it somewhere on your blog or link back in some way :)

Do you have your own Linky Parties happening?

I would love to visit them - Link Them up HERE

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Saturday 27 July 2013

Turning The Pages - An Invitation

Have you always wanted to be part of a physical Book-Club but not had the time or capacity to get to one?
Would you like to be part of a book club that takes place in the comfort of your own home?

I would like to invite you to the first "Turning the Pages" Hangout.

What is that you ask?
Well, it is going to blow your socks off.
It is going to be our first, live, Video Chat Book-Club discussion that's what it is!

Will you be there?

To take part you will need to have a Google Profile, and have placed your vote on the book that you would love to read in a group setting below.

When is the first meeting?

August 16th 2013

What time?

9:00pm CEST (3:00pm EDT)

It will be a 1 hour meet and greet hangout.
You will discover which book won the vote and meet one another.

As it is a private Hangout, there is only space for 10 participants.
Will you be among them? I hope so :) 

To secure your spot, please go HERE

turning the pages choices

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Thursday 25 July 2013

One-Of-A-Kind Flowers - A Tutorial Linky Party

one of a kind flowers tutorial

Welcome back to Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
Today I am going to show you how to create these awesome looking flowers for an eye-catching vase deco.

This is another craft I was shown by a wonderfully creative swiss lady - Thank you Esther :) As they are so wonderfully simple to create, I am sharing this craft with you all here today.

To make these easy flowers you will need:

styrofaom ball flowers

A Styrofaom ball for each flower
A packet of ear buds
A kebab stick to use for the stem and one extra to make the holes for the ear buds.
Gonis Decor* (A universal paint to be used on all surfaces)

*I use Gonis products as I am a distributor of these amazing craft products. If you can't find these products in your vicinity you will have to substitute them hence the descriptions in brackets.

one of a kind flowers diy

1. Cut your ear buds in half, stick one kebab stick in your Styrofoam ball and paint the ball should you wish your flower to have a colourful inside :)

styrofaom ball flowers

2. Once the ball is dry, use the other kebab stick to make individual holes for the single ear buds - don't push it in too deep, you can always push it in deeper later if necessary. 

If you have coloured the ball I suggest that you don't make too many holes at once, as you may not find them anymore. You can of course just push the ear buds in by themselves, but I found this to be very strenuous work and not as easy as it seems!

3. Test the depth of one or two holes with an ear bud.

4,5. In a lid, add some Gonis Decor* and water. Dip each tip into the paint mix and then stick in the predestined hole on the ball. Don't let it suck up too much paint, as it gives quite  nice effect if they are only partially dunked.

ear bud flowers crafts diy

Once completed, stand in a vase to dry.

Arrange in a vase and admire! :)

tutorial thursdays crafts flowers

And now the winner of last weeks Linky Party Vote is.......

This awesome jewelry tutorial by Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker

how to wrap a wire Head pin

I have pinned your craft on the community board (email me if you would like to contribute on this board) as well as:

Please take a moment and vote for your best link from last week (voting open until Friday 26th)

Now it is your turn - Link your crafts below!

You can link your crafts until Sunday 28th July
You can vote for your favourite link from Monday 29th July until Friday 2 August

Rules for todays' Craft Linky Party:
  • Firstly, your link must be craft related
  • Please do not link up goodies which are on other topics. I have a  Sunday Linky Party for Social Media/Blogging Tips and Tricks, if you would like to link up your tips and tricks on this topic you can link them there :)
  • Grab my button below and showcase it somewhere on your blog OR create a visible link.
  • Do not Link if you are selling or advertising something. 
  • Be sure to only link the relevant Blogpost and not your whole blog.
  • In linking below you are giving me the permission to use of your image if it is being featured the following week. If I am unable to use your image I can unfortunately not feature you.
  • Please do not link up stuff you have already linked up before!
  • Please note: I will remove content that does not abide by the rules mentioned above. 

Marigolds' Loft

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Post #502 Already?!

stash-busting blanket

I can't quite believe it, already 502 posts?
Wow, thank you so much to all of you out there who support and visit on a regular basis, I have grown and learnt so much in the past two years, it has been wonderful thus far :)
To celebrate this fact, I will be hosting a really big Goody Bag Giveaway in the first week of August so do come back next week and see what you could win!

How has your last week been?

Mine has been productive WIP-wise, and I have set myself a goal of crocheting a ball of yarn onto my Stash-Busting Blanket each day.

Drops Karisma

I have 4 more balls to go and then my stash that I can use up for this project is complete! So, to complete my stash-busting blanket I am going to need to purchase some new yarn - LOL how ironic :D

I am so excited for Friday. It is time for this month's Knitting Madness Hangout and this time it looks as if we may have a full house. I can't wait to meet all of the lovely ladies who have signed up for the event.
On Monday I will tell you all about it :)

Tomorrow I will be sharing this with you all on Tutorial Thursdays:

making one-of-a-kind flowers

I hope you will be dropping by to share your craft posts with us all.
Do take a moment and vote for your favourite link from this past week.

I will be sharing this post with my usual ladies :)

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Tuesday 23 July 2013

Button Swap Buddies :)

Here are some more awesome people you will find on my sidebar at the moment :)

Crystelle Boutique

Crystelle is the owner of Crystelle Boutique, which is a wonderful blog filled with craft ideas amazing free patterns and other great information.
You can connect with Crystelle here:

mel's daisy patch

Melissa is the owner of the blog Mel's Daisy Patch. Her blog has a great selection of crochet and cross stitch patterns to offer. She has two linky parties each week: Monday Funday, and Bloglovin' Blog Hop on Tuesdays.
You can connect with Melissa here:

Thank you ladies for the awesome swap - it has been fun!

button swap

Would you like to be featured here as one of my next button swap buddies?
It is easy and FREE!
You can grab your spot HERE 
I look forward to meeting some of you soon.

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