What Happened?

Hmm… That’s the question! So many things has happened to me and I can’t even mention all of them. My deepest regret is having failed to write down all the craft and wonderful activities I made last year. Sigh!

The truth is… I got lazy. Did it happen to anyone of you? You want to write down everything but you got to the point where you’ll say to yourself, “Why write? “. Of course I continued to craft! Not only crochet but also cardmaking, stamp carving, papercutting, quilling and I even became engaged in creating bento lunch boxes for my daughter. But I never did get around to write it down.

So, this year I promise to myself that I will get into blogging once more and share my experiences in the world of crafting to anyone who will be interested to what I have to say. Well, actually, even if no one will read this I’ll still do it because I know it has helped me to relax and release my stresses in the past.

Ok. PROMISE!!! Happy Crafting! 🙂

It’s been a while…stretch…yawn…finally… :p

Aw! I’m so sorry everyone. I’ve been in hibernation for a long time. Not that I wanted to. So much has happened during the past 5 months. Believe me, I had every intention of opening my blog but I just wasn’t able to get around to do it. Blah, blah, blah, yadayada, yada… Ok no more explanations, just start posting again! Sorry! 🙂

Anyways, is it too late to greet everyone a Happy New Year? Well, in that case, advanced Happy Chinese New Year! Though I’m not Chinese, we celebrate it here in the Philippines in respect to our Chinese brothers and sisters.

My New Year’s resolution is to LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, CREATE, CRAFT, CRAFT, CRAFT!!!! Not just concentrate in crocheting but explore other areas of the crafting world.

Here are some of the things that I did while I was away:

1. Made a Rapunzel hair for my daughter to match her costume. I used acrylic yarns for the hair and hand-dyed cotton yarns for the flowers.

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2. Made a Shaun the sheep toy for my nephew, Miggy. It’s his favorite show in Disney channel.

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3. For my daughters’s community helpers day in school, she decided to go as a baker/chef. So I made her a slouchy chef’s hat and an apron made out of katsa (a plain muslin cloth or cotton cheese cloth) from a flour sack and then added crocheted flowers and trims. 🙂

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Thanks everyone. Happy crafting! 🙂

Some more gifts that I made

Sorry for being away for so long. My time has not been my own. I’ve been so busy ever since school started in June. (That’s the start of school year here in the Philippines.). Just want to post some projects that I have done since then. Hope you’ll enjoy seeing them as much as I’ve enjoyed making them. Happy crafting! 🙂

I made this amigurumi bear for one of my daughter’s classmates as a birthday gift. It was meant to be a cat but it turned out to be a bear. Hehehe! :p

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I made this cute amigurumi owl for my daughter. It’s sort of a necklace cum belt. She loves wearing it around her neck or sometimes on her waist and she usually wears it everywhere. The good thing is that It won’t easily get lost. 🙂

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During the Linggo ng Wika, we celebrate this to honor our native Filipino language and dialects and is held every first week of August, my daughter’s school celebrated it by requesting the children to wear their best native Philippine costumes and they paraded around their school grounds. I chose a Filipiniana terno known as baro’t saya. For her footwear, i got her a red bakya, a native footwear that is usually worn by both men and women in the old days. But nowadays, sadly, I seldom see them being used. It is made of wood and the strap is usually made if of plastic, leather or crocheted material. The one that I got was made of plastic and wood. To make it more comfortable, I crocheted a red cover around the strap and added a crocheted rose on the sides of the strap as embellishment.

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I also made her a rose hairpiece to match her bakya slippers.

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Here’s the native Filipino costume that she wore. She looks wonderful in it.

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Fairy Vidia

If you’re a Tinkerbell fanatic like my daughter, you’ll discover that there are lots of fairies living in Pixie Hollow. That is why when my daughter attended a birthday party with a theme from the movies of Tinkerbell and Peter Pan, she chose Fairy Vidia as her costume for the party. Hah! I thought it would be easy to find a costume for her but if you must know, fairy Vidia is not a very common fairy. This is what she looks like:

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Hmm… After searching and searching, I decided to make her own Vidia-inspired costume. I crocheted the bodice of the dress and attached tulles of varying shades from black, violet, purple to white around the edge of the bodice to create the tutu skirt. To give it a cohesive look, I embellished the waist area with crocheted flowers.

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For the wings, I bought a white fairy wing and embellished the middle part with flowers.

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For the headpiece, I decided to make a tiara for her. Using a plastic headband and a purple bead wire, I worked on putting different beads to create a tiara fit for a fairy to wear.

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As an alternative, in case she decided against wearing the tiara, I also made here a crocheted flower crown. It can be used as a necklace too. 🙂

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And here’s the finished project! Made extra special because it is for a very special young lady. Try it someday. Happy crafting! 🙂

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P.S. She was able to wear it again when they had a parade at school and they were asked to wear costumes of characters from their favorite books. 🙂

Cupcake, anyone? :)

It’s my new friend’s birthday yesterday. I thought I’d give her something handmade. Since I only knew her birthday the day before, I needed to make something that can be done in at least 2 hours. What to give, what to give? Aha!!!! I know, out came my hooks and yarns and I started crocheting away in a frenzy. After 2 hours, using 8 ply cotton yarns, 3.5mm hook, tapestry and beading needles and pearl beads, here is the end product of my effort. What do you think?

I’m glad she liked it! I’m sure I’ll be making some more in the future. Happy crafting! 🙂

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By the way, in case you’re wondering,this cupcake can be used as a pin cushion, and if you have more than 1, it looks good when displayed in a cake or cupcake stand. 🙂

Amigurumi Bunny

I made this bunny to give as a gift to one of my daughter’s friends. I used Red Heart high bulk acrylic yarns and crochet hook 3.5mm. I love giving handmade gifts. Since I gave this to a three year old girl, I did not use amigurumi eye buttons. Instead, I used black yarns to make the eyes.

I love, love, love it!!! Happy crafting. 🙂

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Stool Slipcover

Crochet is a great stress reliever, don’t you think? However tired I am, I’ll always find time to crochet even if it’s only for a few minutes. Anyway, here’s what I made using the hand-dyed organic yarns that I got from Needle N’Yarn Crafts:

I have a stool from Ikea given by my mom. Love this color. It helps brighten any room. But I thought it could do a bit more to dress it up. Ding!!!! I knew what I had to do. Out came my hook and yarns and I crocheted away last night. Just finished it this morning. Love how it came out. I could use a litlle help though especially when I change colors. I wish it does not show so much when I change colors. But that’s ok. I know practice makes perfect, right?

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I used 8 ply cotton yarns and a 5.00 mm crochet hook for this project.

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I love colors so I tried to use most of my 8 ply yarns.

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I used mostly double crochet stitches after doing the motif. I like these yarns! They’re so easy to work with.

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My finished work!!! Happy crafting 🙂

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Totally Addicted

I have a confession to make. I am an ADDICT.
Totally…Absolutely…Terribly…. addicted to YARNS!!!!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YARNS! I’m totally smitten!
Especially if the colors and textures are so YUMMY and BEAUTIFUL.
These are my latest Haul. I got it last Saturday from Needles N’ Yarn Crafts
Their cotton yarns are all organic and hand-dyed with the most beautiful colors. They smell wonderful too! I can’t wait to use them in one of my projects. Some are in 4-ply, 6-ply and 8-plys.

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If you are like me, then you know that those are not the only yarns that I have. I still have these, which I haven’t had the time to use or organize it yet. Next time I’ll be showing everyone what’s inside those boxes.

I know, I know! I always tell myself that this will be the last haul. But just like in scrapbooking, once you get hooked, there’s no escape. But promise, I’ll stop hoarding for a while… A least until I have used at least half of it. (Oh Lord, help me to keep my promise! :). ).

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Oh, by the way, I want you to meet Funny Bunny. She’s Nina’s friend. I made it for her using 2 strands of worsted weight yarns from Yarn Source Manila, another online store selling a wide range of yarns and knitting and crochet notions. Next time, I’ll show you my haul from this store. Happy crafting! 🙂

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Doll Dress

I’ve always been overwhelmed by wearable crochets, which is why I haven’t tried creating one. But my daughter, Nina, requested me to make her a dress for her doll. So here is my first attempt to make a doll dress. It’s not perfect but it made my daughter happy which makes it all worth it. 🙂

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