IdentiDaisies

Fiiiiiinally I have an entry into the Made It challenge!

woolhogs, vinnis colours, bambi

Not too long ago, my sister-in-law Krystal asked me to make her some crocheted flowers for wine glasses – you know the little thingies that identify whose glass is whose. At the time I filed it under WGTIS (Will Get To It, Sometime) in my brain with all good intentions of getting there.

Yesterday, Vicky and I had tiny table at one of the local schools Spring Fair so for the past week I have been frantically making odds and ends to display alongside our yarn. For us it was an opportunity to give our Woolhogs Online yarn shop some publicity (see, I just shamelessly did it again heehee). Just for the record…I take my hat off to all of you that sell your products at markets. The stress is enormous and the time spent making stuff seems endless!!! Thank heavens we mainly sell yarn as I think I would seriously give it up as a bad idea.

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Anyway, I wanted to make a few flowers so naturally I went to Lucy for some inspiration – her May Rose pattern is so sweet and her tutorials are good enough for even the newest of newbies to grasp. I must be honest, my attempt to roll and sew it to resemble a rose made me want to fling my hook at something – my shortcoming, nothing to do with the pattern. But after a deep breath and a second attempt I discovered that the unrolled work looked a lot like the flower wine glass thingies I had envisioned. Eureka!!!!

So, I fiddled and fumbled but finally tweaked it so that I got what I was hoping for. Here it is

  • I used Vinnis Colours Bambi which is a 70% cotton 30% bamboo blend and a 4mm hook
  • SC = US Single Crochet DC = US Double Crochet
  1. Thread a bead onto your yarn (not the easiest thing in the world! I used very thin wire and used it like one would use a needle threaders – bend wire, insert into bead, thread yarn through the “eye” and yank hard)
  2. Secure the bead with a slip stitch
  3. Chain 14

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Row 1. SC in the first 11 stitches (leaving 3 at the end – these will become the little beaded tail)

Row 2. Turn work (but don’t chain 1) * Work 6 DC in the first stitch, sl stitch in next *First petal made.

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Repeat between * another 5 times to the end and fasten off

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See how the work naturally want to coil?!

Lastly – at the bead end – weave the tail in between the original 3 chains to give it some firmness. Sew the other end along the base line too.

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They natural coil means they simply fit onto the base of a wine glass without needing to be secured.

Whip up another 5 of these little babies and you have yourself a full set of IdentiDaisies (the term, appropriately termed by Krystal)

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I call theses Summer Fruits (just to be childish – and because I am OCD like that). Orange, Plum, Blueberry, Strawberry, Banana and Apple. See!

 

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And there you have it….Roll on Summer!

For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, these may brighten up your chilly evenings – either way, give them a go.

Clink Clink!

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Sometimes….

….it’s just the simple things in life that make you happy.

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Like the new iPhone that my lovely hubby made me get!!!

After all my initial protesting…“there’s nothing wrong with my phone”, “it works just fine”, “no, I don’t care that I can’t download an app that can change a light bulb, pfffft”….I am finding myself warming to this lovely little rectangle of awe rather nicely, thank you.

To be honest, technology boggles my mind and I do my best not to try and keep up.   BUT, through the lens of this little phone (and with a little – ok, a lot of help – from Instagram), I AM seeing the simple things…that makes me very very happy.

Like my new kitchen side board which was custom-made by a friend and local artist/woodworker/coffee shop owner, out of old wooden containers – very rustic which I LOVE

It stands in the kitchen which is the place in our home where friends and family usually congregate, even though there is no place to sit (although you will often find bums on the counters) and is now home to a few items that have bought me a lots of warm satisfaction.

I’m sure you have all heard of the lovely Lucy from Attic24 – she is the queen of colour, crochet and all things lovely. She was my inspiration to try to crochet something other that the obligatory hat and scarf and the first thing I ever made were these candle holder trims…..

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….which I also used as jar trims

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Jar Trims

And herb pot covers too!

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Herb Pot Covers

Hmmmm, what else…..

AH, my family know that despite that fact that I – at the age of 19, along with my flat-mate-who-is-now-my-sister-in-law (if you do the maths, I am married to her brother) once made a cauliflower lasagne that was soooo bad that it still haunts us – actually love to cook (but need serious help) and gave me a food processor, a sassy apron, a baby food cookbook and a blank recipe book that I could copy down new ideas into, last Christmas.

Best baby cookbook given to me by my other sis-in -law!

My Mom’s recipe!

Sassy little apron given to me by my Cauliflower Accomplice

Needless to say, the cooking is coming along slowly but that’s another whole BLOG!

I was walking down the local main road the other day and spotted an antiques shop that I have known about for donkeys years. On a whim I decided to pop in and was sooooo happy I did – I spotted these enamel mugs that are original Disney beauties and which cost R25 each – bargain!!!. They are now my kids’ favourite hot chocolate mugs and have taken top shelf residence…oh, along with a couple of Cupcapes too!

   

Disney cups

Mickey and Minnie

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Cupcapes

 

 

And finally…

My sister and her two daughters left for the UK almost 3 years ago – I miss them so much I feel like half a person. We have this little ritual where we send each other hearts of all sorts. This simple, woven, wooden heart is a constant reminder to me of not only of them but of the rest of my beautiful family across the ocean…

My lovely twinkle toes…all 30 of them!!!

…and I get to look at all these special, beautiful things every day