13 November, 2019

The Makers Holiday Gift Guide

It's that busy time of year for us Makers, the time where we click our knitting needles faster, put the pedal to the floor on our sewing machine, hear the snip snip of scissors and the glide of glue even more. It's time to start your gift making for the upcoming gift season!  ..and yes, I say gift season rather than just Christmas as it's also birthday time in our house and the end of the school year, so I'll be making 'Teachers Gifts' and then also, of course, Christmas gifts.           (aff links below)

So, what can we make that's easy, fun and will be loved by the recipients?  Here are some of the patterns that I've purchased & some more ideas to inspire you.

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As a Teachers Gift, I'll be making this cute Juniper Basket by Sotak as I know that Delaney's teacher loves to craft.
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This is a fun Origami style Bento Bag pattern by Indigo Bird Design, it's great value for money and it'd be a useful gift for everyone plus it looks super easy to make.

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I'm going to make the kids some of these Tubs by Rosie Taylor Crafts as I think they are super cute and it'll be great for their crafty stuff or even barbie dolls!

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If you like a bit of a challenge, then this Honeycomb Basket pattern from Love From Beth looks super fab and the designer also has a great hamper basket pattern too which would be great if you're planning on baking some goods to give as well.

If you love to make stuff and have someone that's a bit sweary that it is hard to buy for then you've got to check out this pattern ... I'm not going to add a piccie of it here because it really is a sweary thing and I don't want the more delicate readers to be insulted by the words!

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If you have a shark lover in your house or even a teenage boy that's hard to buy for then you might like to make this fun Shark Cushion by SpinaYarnStudio.

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This Mouse Book Shop by Noiland is on my making list as it's absolutely adorable and I know both my kids will love it.
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If you have crafty friends or family and you don't know what to make for them, then you can't go past these Tiny Tin Rooms by Tea Rose Company. They are possibly the sweetest things that you'll ever see!

If you're after more ideas then have you checked out the Etsy Gift Guides? Amongst the guides, my favourite one is the Personalised guide as I think it's always super special if you can add that extra touch to gifts.

I hope you have fun making and giving as it's my favourite time of year.   
Share in the comments the links to your favourite pattern or maker as I'd love to see what interests you!

   
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So please help me to keep CraftyRie up and running by clicking on my aff links! Many thanks, Rie

   
   

12 November, 2019

Sewing Thread Organiser

A cute way to personalise your sewing thread storage by CraftyRie.com
I have been slowly trying to organise my sewing space and the one thing that was too big & cumbersome was my plastic thread holder. I really hated it, it didn't even fit the new thread that I'd started to use (this type) so I changed to a basket but that was just a big mess.
So I was delighted to come across a pattern that offered a much prettier way to store my threads, don't you think?!
A cute way to personalise your sewing thread storage by CraftyRie.com
It was a fun thing to sew, I changed the pattern ever-so-slightly to remove the sections that you could pull your threads through instead I opted for full pouches because I wanted to store the threads for my sewing machine rather than for embroidery (where you only need a bit of thread not the entire spool).
A cute way to personalise your sewing thread storage by CraftyRie.com
The needle organiser that I made (see it here) fits perfectly into the bottom pocket, so no more hunting for my sewing needles!
A cute way to personalise your sewing thread storage by CraftyRie.com
Joe, upon seeing all of my thread, was a little jealous, so I gave him some of the colours that I bought, many years ago, that I never used. He's now he's a happy kid!
A cute way to personalise your sewing thread storage by CraftyRie.com
My next sewing plans for organisation is for this nifty holder. I've had the pattern for a while but honestly, I couldn't figure out what I could store in it for it to be useful.  I've since decided that I'm going to store all my knitting needles, crochet hooks, pompom makers - everything yarnie within it to keep them all together (instead of me misplacing them throughout the house!).

How do you store your threads?  Box, bag, out on display?

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04 November, 2019

The Awesome Beatrice Cowl

A gorgeous cowl knit by CraftyRie.
I'm seriously in love with newest finished project.
This was a long term project, I'd pick it up every now & then when I needed a 'smaller' project to take places (such as in the car or to the kids sports stuff).

I'm so glad I made as the yarn is gorgeous and matches the stitches perfectly. 
The pattern is from the world's most gorgeous knitting book and you can it the book either here or here
I also knit this jumper from the same book, the patterns are just awesome! 

That gorgeous yarn, you can get from here & it's the Lemon Quartz shade.

I wasn't sure if the yellow would suit me but this pop of colour over the top of my clothes just cheers me up!  Whatchya think of it?

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22 October, 2019

The FOMO blanket

 An awesome granny square (rectangle) retro crochet blanket by CraftyRie.
So last year when I finished a blanket for Laney, Joe got a little jealous .. he had a bit of FOMO going on (Fear Of Missing Out)! So I jumped online and ordered the cheapest yarn cakes that I could find to quickly make him a blanket too ... but big mistake, the yarn was crap, so it slowed me right down!
An awesome granny square (rectangle) retro crochet blanket by CraftyRie.
So I treated it as an 'Slow Project' - a project that I'd pick up every now & then to do. It finally got finished and my Joe is loving it!
An awesome granny square (rectangle) retro crochet blanket by CraftyRie.
So as the yarn I used was crap (unevenly spun, horrible texture, terrible dye job), I'm not going to recommend it, so instead here's a link to some nicer yarn that is similar that will be much better to use.
An awesome granny square (rectangle) retro crochet blanket by CraftyRie.
I crocheted each yarn cake into a rectangle = 6 yarn cakes
Then used an additional 3 yarn cakes to join the rectangles and edge it to hang over his bed.

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18 October, 2019

Joe's Jacket: the Pengweeno

I finished knitting this jacket over a month ago but then I got sick, then Joe got sick, then I got sick again... finally, we are all well and I managed to convince Joe to let me to take some photos.

This oversized jacket was the perfect scrap yarn stash buster. I really enjoyed hunting through the cupboard for the all yarn that was hidden in the back that never got used. It's a blend of DK weight yarn held double with Fingering weight yarn so it was a great way to blend colours together.
I really enjoyed knitting this as you knit small blocks at a time, so it went really fast. I'm also totally jealous, so I'll now be knitting myself one!

Pattern is this one.
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30 September, 2019

Granny Possum

A fun granny square crochet top made with possum yarn by CraftyRie.
I'm a slacker. I made this top last year and it's been sitting on the shelf waiting for me to give to Laney.  .... it sat there all summer, all autumn & now all winter long and I only just gave it to her and it's spring already.

A fun granny square crochet top made with possum yarn by CraftyRie.
Sigh.
But it's still cold, so she's wearing it!

The yarn has possum in it (the same brand as my poncho) and it's just two large granny squares with extra rows for the back near the neck and for the sleeves.
A fun granny square crochet top made with possum yarn by CraftyRie.
I didn't use a pattern (see it here on Rav) and now I'm trying to decide if this is a style that I'd wear. To be honest, I'd love to say yes, I'd wear it but I've got big boobs and I think the fit would be all wrong.
Would you wear a style like this?
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24 September, 2019

Ombre crochet blanket

 a gorgeous ombre crochet blanket by CraftyRie
I'm just a little bit in love with the colours of my new completed crochet blanket, it has a minty grey ombre effect.
a gorgeous ombre crochet blanket by CraftyRie
I got the yarn from American Yarns and it's this yarn.  I love the big balls, and I used 6 balls (or skeins, if that's what you want to call them) of the yarn to make this expanding blanket.

a gorgeous ombre crochet blanket by CraftyRie
The blanket starts in one corner and you keep adding rows until you've got the size that you're after.
This blanket fits the single bed nicely and finishes just before the pillow with plenty of room to tuck it in at the sides, it also makes a fab blanket for the couch which is where I've been snuggling up on these chilly nights.
a gorgeous ombre crochet blanket by CraftyRie
Details:
Yarn used, here.
Pattern via project page here.

Stuff in the bedroom:
Cute unicorn pillow here.
The green elephant is something that I haven't shared with you yet, not sure why though, maybe because I made them & handed them straight to the kids to play with!
Yellow unicorn horse as well!
Fat quarter cushions that I made.
The Tigger cross stitch on the wall is something that I made approx 25 years ago, long before I had kids!
a gorgeous ombre crochet blanket by CraftyRie
What do think of it? Do you like the colours? 
Did I choose a suitable pattern?  What should I make next?
I talked more about the pattern is this previous post as I kept getting asked lots of questions on Instagram, did you read it?

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08 September, 2019

Crochet Love

Over on Instagram, I've been getting asked the same question over & over.. "What is this pattern?"  Well, ok then,  here are the details:
the above crochet blanket is from this pattern and the yarn that I've been using is from American Yarns & it's this yarn.

And if you like crochet projects, then check out some of my previous crochet work.
 fun crochet projects, easy crochet patterns
The prettiest blanket that I've ever made!  
Using this fun pattern (or get it here too) and this gorgeous yarn range.
 fun crochet projects, easy crochet patterns
This fun cushion, using this pattern and this yarn
Also,  if you like discounts, use the code: CraftyRie to get 20% off any of their patterns!

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This super cute unicorn market bag that folds out to a large shopping bag, 
then folds up into the cute unicorn head - my daughter loves this & 
stole it for herself! Grab the pattern here.
fun crochet projects, easy crochet patterns
This gorgeous blanket, using just over-sized granny squares.  

fun crochet projects, easy crochet patterns 


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This was supposed to be an Icecream van but my son loves pies, 
so I turned it into a Pie Truck!  Pattern here, blog post here.

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An adorable cute Alley Cat toy for my son using this pattern.
fun crochet projects, easy crochet patterns
This was supposed to be something very different but I changed my mind whilst making it!  
This was the original pattern that I was working from.

And there are so many more projects, too many to display them all but here's some direct blog post links:
~ Mr Cactus
LoveCrafts~ Itty bitty baby & bassinet
~ Woofy kid bag
~ Denim crochet dress 
~ the fun Mr Ted & his cardigan
~ Spring Squares Bag
~ Hygge wrap
~ Carrot Boy
~ Gorgeous trivet 
...and so much more!
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