Mrs Tiff creatively

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Crochet Rope Stitch Throw

After receiving my digital copy of Simply Crochet in November I decided to hook up a throw for my mother in law for Christmas. I didn't give myself a lot of time but luckily this was a quick project to make. I ordered some King Cole Cottonsoft in Oyster and ended up using about five 100g skeins, from Deramores online.

The rope body of the blanket was quite fast to make up and then I switched to a slightly smaller hook and worked on the border.

I am very happy with this project and want to make another for myself now!

Meanwhile, I have had a play around with some yarn and hooked up this sweet cactus from a free pattern I found online (via Pinterest).

You may have seen this image before if you read Gathered by Mollie Makes as it was featured in the Show and Tell section.

Happy week friends!

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Location:Home Sweet Home

Sunday, December 8, 2013

White Table Tray and Crochet Bunting

I had fun yesterday moving a few things around and digging out a few treasures that were hidden away in the cupboards!

I also made more soy candles in little sherry glasses. I added some shells and twine to give them a beachy touch and I am quite happy with how they turned out!

Happy Monday friends!

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Homemade Advent Calender

I have managed to get four advent calendars worth of items collected, sorted and wrapped! Phew! I started collecting small items for my children, then I thought how much my grandma would enjoy opening something small each day. This is her first Christmas away from her home because she has gone into care this year. I thought having a small surprise each day will cheer up her festive season. Once I decided to go ahead with my grandma's treats, I realised my mum would enjoy the experience too so then I had four advent calendars to do!

To make the wrapping easier I used brown paper lunch bags and small kraft bags I purchased at Spotlight. I delved into my scrapbooking supplies that were gathering dust and used what I could find to jazz up my wrapping! I needed some numbers to stick on, so I went to my friend Google and found a bird frame I liked. I then inserted numbers from a digital scrapbooking kit I had on file and printed them on to A4 stitcher sheets. I cut them to size and I was ready to wrap!

Lovely! I think it will be a pretty and fun way to see in Christmas!

Have a happy week!

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Pretty Soy Candles

I made some soy candles yesterday, using some recycled candle jars. I decorated them with some cotton lace and wooden buttons from my stash. I love how simple and sweet they look.
It is always exciting to make a new batch of soy candles using found and recycled containers - the results are often quirky and surprising!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Flower Crochet Cushion

I have been trying to brighten up the TV lounge and decided to go a bit crazy with some bright colours.... the room can tend to be a bit dark because it has a large chocolate leather lounge in there. So I delved into my fabric stash and whipped up some bright new cushions, I had pom pom trim and braids all over the place!!! I was quite happy with my efforts but then I thought how lonely my blooming flower cushion was looking and I immediately decided to hook a friend for it!

I found a great granny flower tutorial HERE and adapted the pattern to make a cushion...

I followed the pattern for the flower then attached the blue to the back making a 5 chain, slip stitch and repeating 8 times. I used a treble crochet stitch to make 5 trebles in each 5 chain space. For the third row of blue I started with an increase every third stitch, then next row every fourth and so on until I increased every ten stitches.

Then for the edging I changed colour to red and half treble crochet all around in every stitch. I changed colour again to hot pink and scallop edges were made by skipping a stitch, 5 half treble in one stitch, skipping a stitch, slip stitch and repeat.....

If you are giving it a go, take care, because I had to frog my third row of blue (above photo) because I forgot to flip my flower after the first round of trebles. When I looked at the photo I realised it was back to front! So remember, after doing the first row of trebles, flip work around the correct way!

I cut two fabric circles to size and made a cushion pad with calico on one side and floral fabric on the other side. Then I hand stitched the cover to the cushion pad.

It looks just as good from the back as it does from the front!

I am quite happy with this little project and think it would be nice in some other colours.

I am now officially on Long Service Leave from my teaching job, which is why I suddenly have time to blog again! I am looking forward to doing all the things I love.... more sewing, hooking and baking! I have started walking each morning and l have been learning some yummy new raw food recipes to help my family eat a bit more healthy food (especially for snacks)..... Anyway, it will be nice to just relax and take things as they come. I also have a holiday planned which I am looking forward to as well.

Happy week friends!

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Location:Home Sweet Home