Wednesday, December 19, 2012

cute tute: crochet tiara

Hello everyone!  It's been a long time between posts of late as we've been so busy with the new website and prepping for Christmas... oh Christmas!  It's only 6 sleeps to go, yippee!  So just in case you have a little girl or two for whom you're still trying to find the perfect present, here's a quick gift you can make in just an hour or so.  As I'm writing this up super quick, there is only one pic but hopefully the pattern is written clearly enough!  If I have forgotten anything, let me know x



You'll need:
solid headband of any thickness (the ones I use are about 8mm thick)
yarn (preferably no thicker than 8 ply)
crochet hook to suit ply of yarn
gems & hot glue gun

ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
tr - treble
sl st - slip stitch
picot - ch3 then sl st into first chain to create a little point
sk - skip stitches
sts - stitches
*uses US crochet terms

R1: single crochet around the headband until it is completely covered (around 90 sts in 8 ply with a 4mm hook) then tie off and cut yarn.  To learn how to crochet onto the headband, check out this link which shows how to crochet into a ring but the idea is the same :) 

R2: You need 24sts in the middle of  the headband in which to create the peaks and you want an equal amount of sts either side of these 24 to make the tiara look even... so if you have made 90 sts, count in 33 sts from one end.  Now attach yarn to stitch number 34, *ch3, sk2, sl st into next sc* (repeat from * to *twice), ch5, sk4, sl st into next sc, *ch3, sk2, sl st into next sc* (repeat from * to * twice).  You should now have 7 'chain spaces' on your headband.  These form the foundation for the peaks of the tiara.

R3: Turn your work and you are now working into the 'chain spaces'.  2dc, 1picot, 2dc, sl st into first 3ch space (repeat from * to * for the next two 3ch spaces).  Into the 5ch space, 2dc, 1tr, 1picot, 1tr, 2dc, sl st.  Into the next 3ch space, *2dc, 1picot, 2dc, sl st* (repeat from * to * for the next two 3ch spaces), tie off and thread in ends.

Now you should have a pretty little tiara all ready to be blinged up!  Grab a hot glue gun (or Gem Bond or super glue) and stick on some sparkly gems.  I like to put a big one in the centre peak and a smaller gem either side.  
If you want extra sparkle, you could crochet a metallic thread with your yarn or add extra gems.
I hope your little Princess enjoys her new tiara!  I'd love to see pics of any tiaras you make :D  Have a Merry Christmas everyone xxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

mag mad

It's been awhile since my last post as things have been hectic with renovations, workshops and dreaded lurgies... but I'm back...
So it seems that along with pretty fabrics, yarn, storybooks, vintage crockery and baking books, I have a new obsession - magazines!  There are so many great mags out there but I do limit myself to just a few of my faves (promise!) - and as I have a new supplier who flies them in direct from the UK, I get to share the mags with you, my lovely Crafters, just after they are published (instead of three months later which is the norm for newsagencies etc).  Here are the latest arrivals, fresh from the box today:

Mollie Makes Issue 19

By jeepers, I love this magazine!  I know I go on about it A LOT but it really is fab - so full of inspiration, new makes, patterns and just pretty things!  And this issue comes with some sweet retro postcards on the front...inside it says that there are a pair of cute scissors attached but...maybe they weren't allowed on the plane :/  It just so happens that Mollie Makes has a new Christmas book out too and I'll keep you posted on its arrival :)

Simply Crochet Winter 2012
Simply Crochet Winter cover
Being in the southern hemisphere means that we are often sweltering through a dry, hot summer when the UK release their lovely mags full of cozy crochet patterns HOWEVER there's no reason you can't get started for winter well in advance!  And of course, UK Winter mags contain lots of Christmassy things too!  I sense a Christmas crochet workshop coming up soon... ;)

Handmade Christmas
Handmade Christmas
This mag is sooo new that this is the only image available - yup :)  But believe me, it's full of beautiful festive makes from knitting to stitching and gluing and everything in between!  Definitely a go-to crafty reference for this and future Christmases!

Needless to say, all these are available in store now and online from tomorrow over at our new and lovely website.   

Happy Reading xxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, September 6, 2012

...and we're LIVE!

Little Red’s Craft Cupboard
Yippee!  It's only been five months of design, uploading and PR panic but our website is finally up and running!  If you have a look (and please do :D) you may notice that there are a few blanks but they'll all be filled soon as we continue to upload all of our products.  The site will also detail our workshops, latest product news and of course you can buy stuff and have it delivered to your door!!!  If you find any faults or squiffy bits, please let us know so we can jump straight on it :)  
A whole lotta gratitude goes to my hubby who has held the fort on the home front while I've been glued to the computer these last few weeks!  A HUGE THANKS and an even HUGER HUG go out to Bee from Little Beehive for her beautiful illustrative work which give Little Red's Craft Cupboard the sweet, storybook appeal you have come to know and love x
Check out the site at www.littlereds.com.au and be sure to let us know what you think!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Term 3 Workshops

so... it appears that in my haste to run workshops this term, I forgot to tell you about them!  What a duffa :)  Here they are...



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cute Tute: Storybook Button Badges

At our first Happily Ever Crafters workshop of Term 3, we had such an ace time getting all messy with Mod Podge that I couldn't wait to write up this tutorial for Storybook Button Badges!  It's the first of many of my new Cute Tutes, promise x

You'll need*:
pen or pencil
scissors
Adorn-It Wooden Buttons
storybooks - we used vintage Little Golden Books as I love the illustrations and nostalgic feel - but don't go cutting up your valuable vintage storybooks! I only cut up shabby books that I feel can be given a new and better life in a brand new form :)
Mod Podge (we used Matte but you can use Gloss or Sparkle too)
paint brush
wool needle
sparkly bits and bobs eg. sequins, rhinestones, glitter
very fine sand paper
tacky craft glue or any super strong bonding goo
thread
brooch back


*needless to say, Little Red's sells most of this stuff :)

Step 1
Choose your image/images from your storybook(s).  Trace around your button onto the image and cut it out very carefully.  It looks best if the entire surface of the button is covered so even if you are going to layer your cut-outs in a decoupage-y kind of way, starting with an image 'cut to size' is a great base.  See those teensy black dots on the yoke of Cinderella's dress?  That's where the button holes will be and it's a good idea to mark them to help line up your image.

Step 2
Coat the button surface with a generous layer of Mod Podge...


...then lining up the button hole marks with the button holes, position your image on top and smooth it out.  Now use your wool needle to poke holes through the image where the buttons holes are.  Holding your needle in one of the holes to keep your button steady, apply a coat of Mod Podge and leave to dry.



Step 3
apply another coat of Mod Podge and allow to dry.

Step 4
Now is the time to embellish your button!  I like to bring out the colours of the image by using sparkly things in similar colours.  Use Mod Podge or craft glue to attach your sparkly things and leave to dry.


Step 5
Put a little splodge of craft glue on the back of the button and stick on the brooch back then use your thread and wool needle to sew the brooch back to the button.  I used silver thread to add extra sparkle.

Step 6
Once dry, give the edges a light sanding with sand paper and...

ta-dah!  It's a lovely storybook button badge for you or the little character in your life!


Of course you can use any type of image to make these button badges, I just luuurve storybooks!  I have a funky idea in mind for the boys and will post some pics when theyr'e complete.
Have fun Mod Podge-ing and stay tuned for the next chapter!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

a quick catch up

It's already July and boy is it COLD around here!  We had ice on the windscreen yesterday morning and a beautiful frosty garden... which kind of makes up for the bitter chill on the toes when we have to take the pups outside at 4am :)  Ooh, did I say 'pups'?  We got two pups the other day!  So that's where we'll start this quick, visual catch up...

we got two puppies...

meet Snow White (left) & Heidi (right).  They're sleeping.  They do that a lot.


The sister puppies love to snuggle on my lap...
                               
                                            ...which makes multi-tasking a little tricky

I knitted...           
 
 a knitting success! one of many projects on the go but the only one finished as yet.
      
and the Berry likes it!



we baked...
Berry & I baked this chocolate cake and resisted the urge to try a slice just long enough to drench it in ganache and chocolate flakes!  It was the best chocolate cake ever.  Trust me :)  

we workshopped...
Our school holiday workshops are well underway!

We're also super busy trying to finalise Term 3 Workshops and I promise they'll be out super-soon!  
That's a little look at what I've been up to this last couple of weeks so if I haven't returned your call, forgot to buy the milk or looked half asleep as I dragged myself to the shop with my morning coffee, now you know why!!!   

Catch you soon Crafters xxxx

Monday, July 2, 2012

follow the tracks...

you may have heard of Aimee Ray...she's the creative cuteness behind the Doodle Stitching books, contributor to numerous other publications and owner of the Etsy shop Little Dear.  Aimee also writes a blog, little dear tracks where she shares all her latest crafty creations including stitcheries, Blythe Doll clothes and the sweetest little clay toys that you ever did see!  Her palette includes a delicate mix of pinks, blues, greens and browns, all topped off with an air of innocence, the likes of which you might find in a vintage fairytale.  As well as showcasing her beautiful little treasures, Aimee offers free patterns and tutorials which reflect her whimsical style for you to replicate at home! And she goes one step further - if you want to make & sell your own Little Dear creations, Aimee has a simple licensing agreement available for cottage crafters!  How sweet is that?  Aimee has absolutely inspired me to get my craft on this morning and it just so happens that two of the cutest little pups have come into our lives so they might be the focus of my next creation!  Check out little dear tracks - you'll love it x




Friday, June 15, 2012

school holiday workshops

It's nearly that time of year again folks!  School holidays are nearly upon us and we've prepared a whole bunch of fun workshops to keep the kids occupied (and outta your hair!).  There are some old favourites like 'make-a-monster' and 'pencil toppers' and some new exciting workshops including the very funky 'scrapplique tote' and the much anticipated 'crochet' where everyone will make their own woolly mits!  Remember that places fill super fast so book now to avoid disappointment :D


Monday, June 11, 2012

waste not (wool), want not (wool)

Hello folks!  How's your long weekend going?  Did you do anything to celebrate the Queen's Birthday?  How about Her Jubilee?  We have enjoyed a pretty laid back Public Holiday Monday and soaked up the glorious winter sunshine with a trip to Sassafras :D We visited the wool store (ssh, don't tell!) had brunch, cake & coffee at Ripe followed by browsing antiques in Mount Dandenong.  The kids made some pretty great purchases, in my opinion - LittleRedBear chose a vintage Enid Blyton book & LittleRedBerry chose a Wade Whimsy kitty - they are totally my kids!  


When we got home we toasted the Queen with a cup of Earl Grey and scones with strawberry jam & cream.  It was during this afternoon tea that it hit me - the urge to sort through the wool stash...aaaaaaaaaargh!
Well it turned out pretty well and now that I've moved the books into a bookshelf (go figure?!), I have this lovely cabinet full o'wool!  Okay, it's not 'full' yet...guess I'll have to keep adding to it :D


Anyhoo, it was during this momentous move, that I discovered just how much 'scrap' wool I seem to keep.  You know those little bits you have left over after a project?  Or the bits that you've crocheted then un-crocheted, knitted then un-knitted?  Lengths that weren't quite lengthy enough and so were substituted with a longer length?  Those kinda bits :)  Well, it got me thinking about ideas for scraps.  My initial thought was POM POMS.  Everyone loves pom poms!  And it just so happens that school holidays are coming up so we'll be doing a pom pom workshop FOR SURE!  
Another great use of scraps is to make Granny Jars.  I made heaps of these last year as they are super simple & quick and they can be as random or stylized as you like.  
Itty bitty appliques are another great way to use up scrappy lengths - try these picot flowers & hearts.  
Or how about some stripes?!  The great thing about stripes is you don't even need enough wool for a whole row - you can use up everything in your stash by tying it all together!  Just tell everyone you designed the wool yourself ;)  These little bunnies would make super sweet stripey pals!
And if you've got the scrappiest of scraps that seem to be too short to be useful, chop them even smaller and use them to fill softies & amigurumi.  
Waste not wool, want not wool!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

retro WOW shopping

you may have heard of Modcloth.  You may have visited their site.  You may have browsed and drooled, drooled and browsed some more. And you may have ordered through them. If you haven't done any or all of these things, you surely will be at the very least, thinking about it by the end of this post.  Modcloth ROCKS.  Their ever changing range of retro and vintage inspired clothes and accessories is to be admired - there are styles and colours for everyone of every body type.  That's why I like it so much - my pear to hourglass figure, or as I like to call it 'Marilyn-esque', has a hard time fitting into anything designed for those under 60 but at Modcloth, I can find clothes to cover the lumps and flaunt the bumps just as nature intended...in the 1950's :)  Enough chatter.  Check out these lurvely items:
I bought this one for less than $50.  Can't wait til it arrives!






a perfect dress for baking brownies!



pair these with...anything...be brave and wear them with a vintage bathing suit, head scarf and cat-eye sunnies.  I don't think I'm brave enough yet but you'd look gorgeous!
this is just so darn pretty.  If you've got chestnut curls and long legs, you should totally get this dress :)  (and it's only $50!)
I'm still into chevrons - these shoes would kill my toes but they're so pretty to look at!                        

lamping it up

Alright, so it's another linky-post.  Ya'll busted me.  I'm sorry.  Forgive me?  I've been super busy and distracted and feel terrible for neglecting the craftiness within but - or should I say a big 'BUT' - I think the inspiration has come back - tee hee! I'm actually excited enough to giggle a little and if you had felt as un-craftily neglectful as I, then you too would grant yourself a giggle :)  Anyhoo...here's a funky project I came across this evening and as I have a super-awesome ceramic base lamp just hanging out all dirty-orange-rusty-junk-pile-seventies like on the shop counter, it struck a chord and I have decided that this may be the way to go - have a squiz here: Yarn Lamp Shade.  


I was going to cover the lamp with this ace retro inspired fabric from the Stitch range by Betz White:
but now I'm thinking it may have to wait for another project coz I'm lamping it up, yarn style!
But...which colour yarns to use?   Red would be an obvious inclusion...plus royal blue...and white...or maybe chartreuse, dark violet and orange?  Hmm...decisions...I'll be sure to let you know what I choose and if this becomes one of those sacred 'completed projects', I'll be sure to post some pics too :)
Happy Thursday everyone x

Sunday, May 20, 2012

going AWOL

sorry for neglecting my bloggy duties of late!  Things have been pretty hectic on the home and work fronts but now I'm back :)


I couldn't resist sharing my latest Ravelry find with you so here goes:


This clock has got to be the sweetest and most novel use of crochet I've seen for awhile.

In fact, I don't know if I can resist the urge to place an order with my supplier for some clock faces, right...NOW!  What do you think?  Maybe we could get together and make some happy clock faces?
Have a Happy Sunday :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

and the winner is...

A huge THANK YOU to all who entered the beanie comp!  It was ace to see all your creative works and a pleasure to be able to show them off on this blog :)
There were three categories and the winner of each will receive a $50 Gift Voucher to Little Red's, so without further ado...


after getting all our customers to vote for their favourite beanie, 'Peoples' Choice' goes to... 
Feathers & Flowers by Linda!!!

Congratulations Linda!  Your use of colour, texture and outlandish style won over the greatest crowd!

'Most Creative' award goes to Melissa for this stripey little guy:

Congratulations Melissa!
'Most Autumnal' award goes to Esme Rudy for this sweet entry:
Congratulations!  Your autumn leaves look splendid in the mixed colour yarn :)

Your Gift Vouchers will be ready for you on Tuesday - message me if you'd like your sent out rather than picking it up.
To all those who didn't win, rest assured that your entries were all absolutely ace and they ALL received votes from customers!  I hope you all continue creating your wonderful beanies and look forward to even more entries next time x
P.S. Just so you know - Little Red's remained impartial during the voting process of Peoples' Choice and Most Creative - I did however select Most Autumnal :)

Friday, April 27, 2012

beanie entries: final take!

here are the last few entries we received this week - aren't they ace?  We have had lots of votes cast by shoppers and judging will take place tomorrow at 12pm so get your votes in before then!  Good luck to all the entrants and thanks for taking part!



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

the crafty kitchen: ANZAC biscuits

ANZAC biscuits are delicious and however you like them - crunchy or chewy - they're easy, cheap and I think a nice way to share the ANZAC tradition with your family.  Politics and political correctness aside, I think it's important that my children know how lucky we are to live in such a great country and just what ANZAC Day represents.  So here's our little contribution to keeping tradition alive (with a few tasty tweaks):

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tsp ground ginger
150g butter, chopped
3tbs golden syrup
optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips OR 1/2 cup sultanas, dried apple & chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line two trays with baking paper
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (except the chocolate/fruit & nuts if using)
3. Stir butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat until melted
4. Mix butter mixture gently and quickly into dry ingredients until combined (now add the optional ingredients if using and combine) 
5. Roll teaspoonfuls into balls and place on the trays, leaving 3-5cm for spreading
6. Bake for 12 - 15mins or until turning golden
7. Allow to cool on trays completely
Note: As this recipe uses self raising flour, these biscuits tend not to spread so much and stay moister in the middle.  If you like crunchy ANZAC biscuits, bake them for an extra couple of minutes.

little hands turn this ....


into this!

beanie entries: take two

these little gems were dropped in yesterday - aren't they adorable?!


silky smooth stripey Rowan beanie

dreadlocks, anyone?

feather and flowers and oh so sweet!

Monday, April 23, 2012

wild & woolly Week

What a great start to Wool Week 2012!  The weather was wild today in the hills with heavy rain, hail and thunder which only made it all the more lovely to sip on a cup of tea and play crochet with the lovely ladies who rocked up this morning.  We had a great time working on Kirsten's beanie pattern and I received a few more entries to the competition (there's still time to enter!).  Here are some pics...
Tea rose

a sweet stripey, textured beanie

a cute-as-a-button beanie for a newborn

lacy shells

a tencel cloche with purple shell button
which is your fave so far...?