Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Delight!!!

Such a delight to be able to sit and crochet,crochet and crochet with the occasional break to cool off in the swimming pool or pop out for lunch. We aren't going away for summer holidays in fact we don't very often do in the summer as we have it all here ,the sun,the pool,the beaches, plenty of socializing,occasional BBQs with our neighbours and lots of quality time for ourselves.

I have managed to finish off my wedding present to my great niece and send it off to the UK, all in plenty of time as she is getting married at the beginning of September.
Blocking sofa throw
I call it the Happy family sofa throw. It looks great after blocking and I added a little something extra so it would be that little bit more special.



Can you see them?  A little crocheted bride and groom sewn onto the corner of the throw.


As you can see I used the Granny ripple pattern,hook Nº 4 and DK yarn. The edging my own invention... just what seemed right.
 It was a wonderful stash buster as I used up loads of wool from my stash.

I have had time for more too (love to say that) and made a sun catcher as a birthday present for my sister. I didn't use any particular pattern just copied an old doily that I had. I did about three quarters of the doily's pattern up to where it fitted into the hoop.  I used Schachenmayr Tahiti Lace Peach Beach variegated cotton and a 2.00 hook. Lovely Lace cotton and in fact I am going to use the same cotton again but I have chosen a different shade for that, Bermuda;it is for a shawlette.

The bit of purple on the right is a little silk butterfly
The hoop is an old embroidery hoop which I covered in dc and a Nº 5 hook using Catania Grande. I have covered plastic rings like this in the past but never anything as big of this ...it was a bit tedious as the hoop was thick and awkward to hold. I think I would like to find a thinner metal hoop if I do another one. Something similar to the ones used for dreamcatchers.   The glittery bits and beads from my beads jar.

and ...hold on to your horses there
here's a photo of me ....a rather wet me ....feeling cool and relaxed :-)




keep well

Amanda :-)

23 comments:

  1. How nice to live in a holiday place! I love your blanket AND the picture of YOU! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. I love, love your picture. Beautiful you. That blanket is lovely and will be cherished I'm sure. The bride & groom are the perfect touch. The dream catcher is so delicate. I was thinking what a lot of work covering that hoop must be when I first saw the photo of it, only to have you say the same thing!!!!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  3. Cute touch with the bride & groom.

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  4. I adore adore adore the blanket with its little cute couple! But the sun catcher is exquisite Amanda! I wish I could crochet!! I love the Summer too - and how lovely you are too xx

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Hope you are having a great summer too :-) A. xx

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  5. Lovely blanket! So pleased you have some well deserved time off, at least as teachers we have some perks!

    Helenxx

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  6. Who needs to go away when you have it all there!! Beautiful and special makes that will be treasured, and I hope you enjoy lots more crochet in the sun! Sounds perfect Amanda, enjoy!!!
    Gill xx

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  7. The place you live sounds idyllic who needs to go away. Love the blanket and the bride and groom are a great delight, such a special gift.

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  8. Your great niece is going to love the throw Amanda it's lovely and what a sweet touch with the little bride and groom I love the suncatcher what a great creative idea. Enjoy your time relaxing in the sun. :) xx

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  9. I love it - and the edging looks great. What a wonderful present.
    xx

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  10. You looks so beautiful and relaxed! Your gifts will be treasured, they are both so wonderful and made from the heart.
    Meredith

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  11. Wow! Loved the finished ripple. What an amazing gift! They'll cherish it. Love the dream catcher too. It's on my loooong list of things to make. You look so healthy and radiant. Great pic!

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    1. Many thanks Pammy Sue! I have to say I do feel much much better lately! A xx

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  12. Super cute blanket! The bride and groom are cute! I'd love if you'd stop by the Submarine Sunday Link Party to share this wonderful creation!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  13. I'm glad that you're having a lovely summer. Your crafting projects look fabulous and I love the little bride and groom on the throw! Jx

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  14. Hello dear Amanda!!
    Such a beautiful blanket!!
    You are so talented!!Love the pattern and the colours too!!
    I hope you are enjoying your hollidays!Have fun!
    Dimi...

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  15. Beautiful. Love the granny ripple pattern; it's new to me. Bet they'll love it!

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  16. Love the Sun Catcher! Your crochet projects are all just gorgeous, XOXO

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  17. Lovely dream catcher :) You have been busy x

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  18. Fantastic, wonderful blanket!!
    Greetings.:*

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  19. That blanket is beautiful! And your sun catcher is stunning. xox

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  20. What a glorious wedding gift that blanket is. I am sure that it will be appreciated a lot. Viola

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I love to receive your comments and I read all of them. Unfortunately real life does get in the way sometimes, so as much as I would like to I cannot always reply to every comment, however I do my very best to keep in touch.

Amanda :-)

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