May Mood Board Challenge

I love this months Jot Magazines Mood Board Challenge of blues and greys.

Their challenges are always inspiring and I just love the colour combinations.

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I chose a fun photo to scrapbook and thought the colours would suit.  Its a mini scrap book page of about 14X14cm.  We found his old safety glasses in the barn while tidying it up.  The lens flip up.    I splashed distress ink for the background and used some leftover scraps of gelli prints (brown and blue) and blue acrylic paint stencilled with paste. I added some unused yarn and washi tape.

Thanks again Jot Magazine for the challenges.  Love seeing them and participating when I can.

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Pocket Pal Letters

I discovered Pocket Pal Letters early this year in March 2016.

Besides the opportunity to write to Pen Pals from all over the world or just locally in your country, you create mini cards (9X6.5cm) that fit into a pocket of nine.  Its a plastic sleeve that holds collector cards that you can buy at EB Game stores in Australia or online stores like Ebay or Amazon.

http://www.pocketletterpals.com/ is created by Janette Lane and is a network of Pen Pals.  This is her description from her website:

Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals were created by Janette of Janette Lane Blog as a new way to send and collect penpal letters. The concept is easy and fun! Pocket Letters are penpal letters in pocket format. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 Pocket Page Protector (or similar) and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap or to your existing penpal(s). You fill the pockets with the components of a typical penpal letter. Items such as stickers, tea bags, ephemera, washi tape samples, and pictures can 
be added. A letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. The Pocket Letter folds up easily and is then sent to your Pocket Letter Pal in a standard 10 size envelope. It’s the perfect way to send and collect letters from other Pocket Letter Pals (i.e. people who are sending mail in this format) around the world. They also fit perfectly in a binder for easy storage! This can be a one-time exchange or you can swap Pocket Letters indefinitely. 

If your into paper crafts, card making, art journalling, mixed media etc, you can apply these techniques to Pocket Letters in miniature form!

My techniques to creating the Pocket Letters are varied.  I love writing a short letter and getting to know my Pocket Pal.  You can join in events which is a theme for a Pocket Letter or search for a group that interests you and find a Pen Pal with similar tastes.

Some other blog sites that delved into Pocket Letters include:

Purple Mail Box: http://purplemailbox.blogspot.com.au/2016/02/pocket-letters.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+ArtsyCraftsyPursuitsOfOneSoaphouseMama+(Artsy+Craftsy+Pursuits+of+one+soapHOUSE+mama)

Cocoa Daisy:  http://www.cocoadaisy.com/blog/cocoa-daisy/23744/mother-may-i/

Art & Whimsy:  http://artandwhimsy.net/category/pocket-letters/

Here are my efforts so far:

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ColorKeeper with CrochetHome

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I was given the chance to help test the beautiful flower design by Nela of CrochetHome www.crochethome.wordpress.com .
I fell in love with the pattern.  You can press the flower flat or leave it scrunched up like I have done.
I always wanted to make a bag and it ended up to be a bag to hold my crochet projects.
I used cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills http://www.bendigowoollenmills.com.au .  4ply.
I lined the bag with cotton material.
So happy how it turned out.

Thank you CrochetHome for allowing me to help test your flower.  Follow Nela’s blog as she has some lovely projects with flowers and mandalas.

Finding crochet projects

On Friday, I went into town and popped into Morris & Sons in Collins St to top up on brown and beige 8ply cotton for the Stockholm crochet blanket project. Tally so far:

✂ 20 Cream squares

✂ 3   Beige squares

✂ 4   Brown squares

✂ 28 Coloured squares

Total of 55 squares of various stages.

As we are moving house, progress will slow down.

I have been looking at www.issuu.com which facilitates an online magazine.  I have been finding lots of crochet online mags and storing them in my account.  There is an app for issuu allowing you to browse on you smart phone. This is a great addition to Pinterest where I store my other ideas for projects. Next update will be from our new home.

Crocheting to Relax

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I have now run out of Brown and Beige cotton and will need to order more.  I can continue with the Cream squares and make more coloured squares in the meantime.  I will either wait till I am in town to get more of those colours or order them online.

As of today, my tally of squares is 48.  Just on the half way mark for a throw blanket!  Yeah!

  • 22 Coloured squares
  • 6 Brown squares
  • 12 Beige squares
  • 8 Cream squares

I love crocheting.  Its relaxing and lately have been crocheting during the evening and while the Australian Open tennis is on in Melbourne.

Stockholm crochet – Yarn Quantity

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So far I have worked out how far a ball of yarn goes for each stage of the Stockholm crochet project.
1 ball of Cream makes 8 squares.
1 ball of Dark Brown makes 14 squares.
1 ball of Beige makes 10 squares.

Therefore I would need 12 Cream balls, 7 Dark Brown, 10 Beige.

I have not yet worked out how many Greens and Yellows.

Progress is looking good:
8 Cream squares.
11 Dark Brown squares.
5 Beige squares.

Stockholm Blanket – Stages

I am so happy with progress made with One Crafty Mummas Stockholm crochet blanket.

  • Stage 1 – 40 coloured squares
  • Stage 2 – 2 squares with brown
  • Stage 3 – 4 squares with beige
  • Stage 4 – 2 final squares with off white

I am using Morris & Sons Avalon 8 ply 100% Pima Cotton, with 4mm crochet hook. One the brown and beige wool ball has gone, I can work out how much I need to complete my blanket for those colours. Check out Melissa’s progress on One Crafty Mumma’s blog. Progress #1

Stockholm Crochet Blanket Update

During the couple of hot days in Melbourne, there is not much you can do but stay inside and crochet!  I now have 25 colourful squares inspired by One Crafty Mummas Stockholm blanket project, and also made up a completed square to gauge how big each square will be.  Its approximately 14 X 14cm square, and I think I will stick to the colour scheme here but with each centre design a different colour.

A complete square

Last night I sewed up the dangly bits of yarn of each coloured square so its neat when I finish off each completed square.

I think my method for this blanket at the moment is to make up the centre colours first in batches, then sew up the yarns.  Once in a while, make a complete square.

For my completed project, it would be nice to have a 140 X 140cm of squares plus the border.  This would mean that I need 10 rows and 10 columns of squares, therefore 100 squares.  It should cover a queen size bed.  Otherwise a nice throw blanket on the couch that measures 120 X 180cm in total which is approximately 8 rows and 12 columns minimum plus border, therefore 96 squares..

Colourful centre pieces

Coloured pieces are kept in a shoe box.  Once there is more completed squares, I will need to keep them in a bigger box.

I love taking photos with my smartphone as it is convenient at times.  I found a great app, Photofy, which you can enhance your photos with text, frames, etc. Easy to use and fun!  A free app and you can purchase designs or use the freebies.  Design on your smartphone once you have captured your photo.