Crochet Update

Double crochet

Ok guys, so it seems my journey of learning to crochet has slowed down a little. But I must say, I’ve got a firm grip on this double crochet business now.

After a friend let slip that she crochets, I quickly nabbed a visual lesson and it seems this technique makes a pretty cute blanket. If you have enough wool. I had enough for half a blanket.

Not super productive, but totally addictive. I guess you could say, I’m “hooked”. *cough*.

It doesn’t look like I’ll be making ornate lacy fingerless gloves this year, but I’m thinking one of these ripple blankets might be more achievable for my novice skill level. Just in more muted colours, perhaps.

By the way, is it supposed to have the little ridges across each row? Am I even doing that right??

Hazed Magazine

Hazed online mag

Issue 2 of the online magazine “Hazed” is out now and I’m quite excited.

This little mag is the beginning of some big and beautiful things. With a focus on New Zealand small businesses, Hazel from “Hazel Loves Design” began Hazed in order to promote our burgeoning indie design community. I can just see this gem on the shelves right next to Peppermint and Mollie Makes some day. Continue reading

Chalkmat Winner

Hooray!  Congratulations to the winner of the chalkmat.  I’ll be in touch with you shortly.

But who is it, you ask?  You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

If you can’t watch it but still want to know, just post a comment below and I’ll announce it there.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend xoxo

Wallflower Pizazz

Who would’ve thought you could decorate a nursery using napkins?  Up until recently, certainly not me.  In fact, I would’ve pictured something tacky, flimsy and just outright laughable.

I’m proud to say that I think this project is far from that.  But if you can’t bear the thought of using something so outrageous on your walls, you could use tissue paper just as effectively.

I love the texture and feminine touch it adds to the room.  We definitely needed a girly touch in there.

Tutorial is found on Dana Made It.

Softies for Christchurch Children

A NZ blog called “Kiwi At Heart” is helping co-ordinate the making of Softies (handmade soft toys) to give as a source of encouragement and comfort for children affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

If you’d like to participate, click the image on the right to go to the blog and place your details in the comments section of the post.

What a great way to send courage and love to a child whose world has been turned upside down!

DIY Wall Decals

Photo courtesy of HowAboutOrange.com

I love blog surfing.  It starts with finding a great blog that I peruse for an hour or so, before I get distracted by their exciting looking blog roll and I spend another few hours scrolling through all those blogs too.

A wonderful time waster but it’s so inspiring!  There are so many talented people out there.

It was one such expedition that I found “How About Orange” and her wall decal post.  At first it seemed quite astounding that you could iron stiffened fabric onto a wall.  I mean, how did someone even discover that?  Was it by accident?  Yet, I’m loving the idea.  How cute would an elephant shape or child’s name on a nursery wall look, cut from your favourite fabric.  It’s genius!

It won’t damage your walls, removes easily and means you don’t have to spend big $$’s on fancy store bought decals.

Check out her post here for more inspiration and a full tutorial.  I haven’t tried it yet but it has quickly made it onto my to-do-list!  Not to mention the blog has become a new fav of mine too.  Thanks Jessica!