Webpage layout shuffle and Bunnies!

For those of you who actually read this blog consistently you will have noticed that I change the layout every couple of weeks…. I apologize for this.  I am still trying to find a layout that I Love. While surfing around on DA I fell across this cute little picture and just loved the yarn effect on this bunny! Along with the stitched mountain in the background it’s really fired up my brain and given me a better focus for how I would like the header and layout to look. By no means will it look like this but I will consider this picture my crafting muse!

Picture by Lilibz of Deviantart.

This picture is done by the very talented Ms. Lilibz of Deviantart. Her website is full of very cute drawings and amazing colors. She very graciously gave me permission to post this picture so please go give her website some love.

I just love the feel of this cute picture I’m not a huge fan of pink but this gives the artist friends an idea of what I’m sort of looking for. I’m trying to incorporate so many different crafts into the header that it was nice to just browse around Deviantart and find something so simple and cute. Hopefully in a month or two I will have a layout I love roll out and this constant every couple of weeks changing the background stuff will stop. 🙂

Speaking of bunnies

Since I am making this post about a cute bunny picture this is a perfect time to introduce “The Queen”.  So my little cousin just turned the whopping 3 years old and for her birthday I made a cute little bunny this pattern was created by the talented Ms. Stephanie Jessica Lau. It was a super quick super easy pattern to follow, along with a great walk through chart for embroidering the nose on the bunny. I would highly recommend this for someone who is an advanced beginner and has some patience for the hand stitching. The bunny took me about 3 hrs. to make so maybe 5-6 hrs for a beginner. And if your curious the bunny was a hit with the birthday queen. 😉 I’m even contemplating making one in purple for me.

On another note the walk through video of diamond ridges is at the chopping up and assembling stage I bought a better webcam and recorded in one sitting and am now editing it. For those who are really patiently waiting I thank you.


Call me the bag lady

So for the last few months I have been making a bajillion and one bags. Ok more accurately I’ve only been making like nine bags it just feels like a bajillion when your using the same pattern over and over and over. I ran across this pattern while searching through ravelry. Usually my process of finding patterns is I use one very generic keyword and then start clicking pictures I like or going through forums until I stumble upon random little gems. 🙂 Now I can’t exactly remember how I got to this page suffice it to say it was probably in a weird convoluted way. After spending oh about an hour on this site clicking away on patterns I decided to try this bag. It looked like the simplest one of the lot…..meaning it was the easiest chart to read.

All of the patterns on this site are charted and only a few out of each category actually have english instructions to actually go along with them. Those instructions are bare and I mean BARE minimum. A lot of interpretation goes into using there patterns. This pattern was done over the course of my vacation during down time or at night when I couldn’t sleep. It is a no brainer pattern as it is one large granny square. I did end up changing the pattern around a bit as my yarn I have a filling was a good bit thicker than there yarn. I took off about ten rows if I remember correctly. ^^; I also had to do the decreases wonky as my math was different because I took off so many rows. Once I figured out the math I took a 16×32 in. piece of cloth and sewed up the sides half way, ironed the seams all the way to the top, and handstitched it into the bag using an invisible stitch. Once I got to the handles I sorta eyeballed a pleating and proceeded to finish it up with whip stitching for the pleated areas.

I would recommend this pattern for a really advanced beginner crocheter and upwards along with some basic sewing knowledge. The reason I would say really advanced is it introduces charted crocheting with charted decrease’s which if you’ve never seen can be a little confusing. Especially in a japanese crochet chart, think minimal instructions. Otherwise this bag turned out really cute! I even sold this bag already which surprised me since in my personal opinion it was a wee bit eye glaringly 80’s style as that pink is really really neon. Though I have it on good authority that the 80’s style is so in from my younger sister. What do you reader’s think?

80's Glam bag