Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #12, Axevictimus

Hello friends

You might be interested in this article on the amazing work of an Etsy colleague.  He creates the most amazing jewellery using exotic woods.

Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #12, Axevictimus.

Other news…Benny’s blanket is finished!  I’ll be blogging about it very soon 🙂

Until next time with love

Tracey x

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Blanket progress and more seeds

Hello friends

It’s been a busy week for me.  Lots of ‘real’ work as well as lots of time spent on my new website, listing items and making plans 🙂 Very exciting for me 🙂 Today I thought I would update you on the progress with Benny’s blanket as plans for this have changed!  You will see that this happens alot as I love to let projects like this just evolve in their own way.  So far I have completed the 6 large blocks of 20 rounds each.

 

Originally I had planned to mix these with a whole series of smaller blocks but when I laid them out together they looked just right and so I have decided to add a border of smaller blocks.  Each of these will be 10 rounds and I have stuck to the same design for each but different colour combinations.

  

What do you think?  I am so very happy with it and Benny can’t wait for it to be finished.  It is supposed to be for his bed but he wants it for his ‘tv blanket’ as well so I can see it is going to be well used and, I hope, well loved.  I already have plans for Jack’s blanket and have decided to let him choose his colours and perhaps help to make it as well 🙂

I shall finish by updating you on the seeds we have been planting.  The sunflowers have been repotted and are hardening off outside now.  After last year when the slugs got ALL of them, we are going to wait until they are nice and big before planting them in their final position.

 

We now have 4 strawberry plants and our little cuckoo is doing well.  Still no idea what he may be 🙂

Finally, we have planted peas, beans and sweetpeas indoors this week, all of which have started to germinate.  Its just beautiful to see the joy and amazement on the boy’s faces, I love them so very much.

  

Until next time, with love

Tracey x

Benny’s blanket and a cuckoo in the nest

Happy Wednesday Everyone

I am unashamedly skiving for half an hour this morning as I just couldn’t wait to share my latest news with you all. One of the perks of working for yourself 🙂

Firstly, I wanted to update you on the strawberry seeds the boys planted a couple of weeks ago.  We got all excited last week as something had germinated but a bit sad as it was just one from a whole pack of seeds.  Well I am now beginning to suspect that this cheeky fellow isn’t a strawberry plant at all!  He’s just too big.  We now have three more tiny germinators and they look much more like strawberry seedlings to me.  Still, I can’t help but be excited to see what exactly our little cuckoo will turn out to be.  We will keep you posted 🙂

            

The other news I wanted to share was my newest crochet project.  This one is a granny square blanket for Benny’s room.  We recently redecorated his room for him to celebrate his move from a toddler bed to his  ‘big boy’ bunk beds.  Blue was the order of the day so we picked out some gorgeous ‘mini’ wallpaper and an ‘Italian job’ print for him.  These are the inspiration for his blanket.

            

Here are the colours I’ve chosen.  The bright, turquoise wool came to us from Scotland after my Mum and Dad’s latest trip.  Hand dyed and pure wool, I’ve been waiting to use it in a special project and I think this is it 🙂

The design is based on the traditional granny square but I’m experimenting with combining squares of different sizes.  I’m first making 6 large squares  of 20 rounds each and will then make 18 squares of 10 rounds and 24 squares of 5 rounds.  I have a rough plan which I’ll share with you when I’ve transferred it from the back of the envelope it is currently on to a proper piece of paper 😉

           

With love until next time

Tracey x

A finished WIP and a wooleater

Hello Friends

It’s a week since I was last able to blog but here I am today thanks to a horrible cold and a lovely hubby who has taken Benny to his gym class today 🙂 I’ve somehow managed to get lots of crochet done this week.  First I think I’ll show you the finished bed scarf I shared with you previously.  Here’s the finished blanket.

 

I’ve made this for my lovely Mum and Dad to keep their toes warm in bed and brighten up their bedroom a bit.  I know they are going to love it because they’re my mum and dad but I have to say I’m really pleased with how its turned out.  I just love big projects like this 🙂

I told you before that I planned to join in the the Wooleater CAL with Sarah London.  Well, I got so excited that I made this cushion for my friend but forgot to take photos of it as a WIP!  It was a lovely stitch to crochet and grew really quickly. I made the front in the wooleater stitch using three colours that will coordinate with the wallpaper in her bedroom.

 

I made the back as one large crochet square using a treble stitch just slightly smaller than the front as I wanted the fan stitch of the front to stand out a little.

 

I then stitched front and back together with wrong sides together.

   

Finally, I created a button band in the same way I do for all my crochet cushions by picking up 60 stitches evenly across the inside of the front piece and working 6 dc rows.  I picked out 4 coordinating buttons, stitched then evenly along the button band and then poked them through the back between the treble stitched (no need to make a button hole for this, in fact I find it holds the button better if you don’t).

 

Et voila!  A finished cushion 🙂

 

I have already made a start on my next project, a blanket for Benny.  The yarn is ready and waiting and I just have to decide on the exact design.  But more on that when the plans are in place. Finally, I couldn’t leave you today without showing you the seeds the boys planted last week.  The sunflowers are huge!  They need potting on and that will be a job for the boys in the morning.  Thankfully, a strawberry seed has come up for each of them.  Just one though which I’m a bit disappointed about.  Still, we have lots more things to plant tomorow.  Here’s hoping for a drier day.

 

With love until next time x

Tracey

Beautiful pink flowers :)

Good morning friends

Is it really over a week since my last blog post!  Well, I hope it was worth the wait 😉 Today I want to share with you a cross stitch project I’ve just finished the first stage of.  It’s a large cross stitch cushion cover with the most gorgeous pink flower designs.  I started it a few months ago but found I needed day light to really work on it properly so it’s taken me longer than I first expected.

I have worked this on a handheld frame although as it is worked on a  tapestry canvas I probably didn’t need to.

Here it is in its final stages with just the top right hand corner to complete.

Aren’t the colours just gorgeous?

Filling in the yellows.

And here’s the finished item hot off the frame.

Next steps will be to create the cover back and add a zip.  I haven’t done that before with a tapestry piece so that will be fun.  I’m not sure yet whether to try it myself or invest in a kit.

I worked this tapestry from a kit by Vervaco. The design is called  ‘Pink Bloom’ and there are several others in this series, all of them using the most beautiful and vivid colourways.

And I’m left with an empty frame…can’t have that…

Worry not, I have another project already on the go…more next time…

Until next time, with love xxx

Etsy Shop Feature and a bit of an experiment

I’m not being lazy really, I’m just experimenting!  If I’m right I can share other peoples blog posts with you 🙂 How cool is that!  Hope you don’t mind Louise…

I’m a member of the CraftBritannia team on Etsy and each week we feature and promote one of our members shops.  This week its the fabulous Sunny Crystals aka Sue.  Below is a link to Louise’s blog post about some of the lovely 3D cards available in Sue’s shop.

Etsy Shop Feature – Shop No 7 in the Series – SunnyCrystals.

Now, I’m much more of a jewellery gal so here are just a couple of my favourite items from Sue’s shop. She has many more beautiful items for sale so do pop along for a browse. You won’t be disappointed 🙂

http://www.etsy.com/listing/40080317/pink-sapphire-butterfly-pendant-vintage

http://www.etsy.com/listing/87951914/fluorite-green-aventurine-kambaba-jasper

 

Bye bye for now x