Friday, January 18, 2013

the crafty kitchen - only it's not mine this time around ;)

Here's another quick post about Valentine's Day ... a whole collection of super sweet Valentine's treats you can whip up in your own kitchen!  No diamonds, no romantic escapes - just good old home cookin'!  Thanks to Yesterday on Tuesday for this lovely collation :)
Click here for these scrummy recipes!
                                      15 Fun Foods For Valentine's Day - Yesterday on Tuesday

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine's freebies

It may be true that Christmas is barely over and that some of us (he-hem) aren't even back at work yet but I just came across these adorable Valentine's printables at the Creative Breathing blog and had to share!  Even if you're not into Valentine's Day, you could still use the pics to make a cute 'reminder' for the one you love :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

cute tute: owligurumi

Due to the lovely response I've had since posting the crochet tiara on Ravlery, I thought I'd share this little guy with you too!  

you’ll need:
8 ply wool
4mm hook (or 3.5mm)
6mm safety eyes
scraps of felt
scrap of fabric
toy fill

This sweet little owl is worked in the round.

Foundation: ch2
R1: sc6 into 2nd ch from hook (6sts)
R2: sc2 into each st (12sts)
R3: *sc1 into next st, sc2 into next st* repeat to end (18sts)
R4 – R20: *sc into each st*.  Do not fasten off.

Cut out two 10mm circles from felt and make a tiny incision in the centre of each.  I find the best way to do this is to fold a circle of felt in half and make a teensy snip in the centre.  Open up the circle then fold it in half in the other direction and make a teensy snip in the centre, thus making a cross-cut in the centre of the felt circle.
Poke the front safety eye piece through the felt, position on your owl and attach.

Start to close the top of the owl by using single crochet to join stitches which lie opposite each other.  When you are halfway, fill the owl with toy fill then finish crocheting the top closed.

Cut out a circle measuring 3cm from your fabric.  Hand stitch the fabric to the front of the owl using thread.

Cut out a small triangle from brown felt and attach to the owl with a couple of small stitches.

Your little owl is now the perfect pocket-sized toy or you can turn it into a brooch, key ring or even a necklace!