Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Crochet Necklace Tutorial


Here's a simple pattern to make a necklace or just a decorative cord that can be used for other projects.





Ch 60, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch (first leaf made), 


*ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch (leaf made)* twice, 


*ch 13, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch (leaf made)* three times, 


*ch 15, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next ch* four times, 


ch 20, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in each ch to 1st leaf, skip leaf, 


*sl st in next 5 ch, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next ch (leaf made), sl st in each ch to next leaf, skip leaf* three times, 





*sl st in next 5 ch, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch (leaf made), sl st in each ch to next leaf, skip leaf* three times, 


*sl st in next 4 ch, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch (leaf made), sl st in each ch to next leaf, skip leaf* three times,  sl st in each ch to end of ch. 

Fasten off. Tie the thread tails and secure with a bit of clear glue or clear nail polish. Once dry, trim off the threat tails. 



Make the second piece same way.  


Pass the ends through a big bead or two. Tie the other two ends into a knot. Use a bit of clear glue or clear nail polish to secure the end. 




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lavender Inspired Bookmark


Here is another bookmark that was inspired by the blooms in my yard!


I love lavender! I keep a small sachet filled with dry lavender in my socks drawer. 




I also use lavender oil for a body scrub that I make myself. I used to buy sea salt scrubs, but now I make them myself (at a much lower cost). I simply mix together fine grain sea salt and organic coconut oil (in about equal proportions), and ad a drop of lavender oil



But back to my bookmark. 

It's a simple pattern. I used size 1.25 mm crochet steel hook and a small amount of crochet cotton thread size ten. 

I now have a collection of five lace bookmarks in different spring colors. 


The pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My Special Day



Yesterday I celebrated my birthday! It was a memorable and happy day for me. Here are a few highlights from my special day.

For my birthday outfit I chose to wear this white lace crochet cardigan. My mom purchased it for me from a thrift store a couple of years ago. It was in perfect condition and only cost five dollars. 
  
I don't wear it often as it's one of the most dressy items in my closet, a special occasion kind of thing. But on my birthday, I paired it with jeans as I wanted my outfit to be special, yet comfortable and not too formal. 

My bright lime green shoes (which somehow look yellow in these photos) and a bag with the same lime green accents added a splash of spring color to my outfit. 





This year I decided to bake my own birthday cake. I noticed that lately the bakery cakes taste way too sweet for me, and I usually avoid sweet treats altogether. 

For my special day, I wanted a cake entirely to my liking. I cut the sugar in the original recipe in half. But I compensated for the sweet taste with lots of raspberries and blueberries. 
Everyone in my family liked the cake. Even my dad, who doesn't give out praise easily, complemented my baking. 

I snapped this photo with my phone, so it's not of a good quality. I forgot to take a better picture later one.


I received lots of warm wishes and wonderful presents on my special day. I got fresh cut flowers, potted tulips, which I'm going to replant in my garden, a gorgeous orchid (I hope I'll be able to take a good care of it), a lovely bonsai lemon cypress tree, which smells incredible, and a beautiful hand-crafted tissue box cover.  


My dear friend Valentina decoupaged it for me. Such a beautiful and delicate work. 


It had been a wonderful birthday! 
My family and friends made me feel truly special.