Thursday, October 30, 2008

Marquetry Coasters

It's really frustrating to have a lot of projects to post, but having no light to photograph them. I love living in Finland. I'm an arctic creature, anything above 20 degrees Celsius makes me nauseous. And I usually love autumn, the rain, the darkness... But it really makes photographing impossible. I'm thinking I might have to wait till summer, before being able to post anything new...

Anyway here are some coasters I made. Most of them are blotched by coffee now, but here are a few that have managed to stay white.

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I used this pattern, except I skipped the row 6, to make them smaller. It really is an easy and quick project and the result is even and tight. And cute!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Crocheted Bedspread

My mother decided to give me the bedspread  after all!

I'm so happy!

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The photos are crap, but the bedspread is truly wonderful!

I really like the idea of crocheting some pillow covers too, but with the bedspread there might be too much crochet going on? I'll have to think about it...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Flea Market Finds

This has nothing to do with crafts. I visited the flea market near my university yesterday and found a few things.

First a glass bunny jar. My grandmother used to have a chicken jar a bit like this one, and during Easter it was filled with candy. So when I saw this one, I just had to buy it.

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Also, I just reread Watership Down, so I've been having rabbits in the head.

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I have a tendency to break plates. I don't have a dishwasher so I wash my dishes by hand, and sometimes they come out in pieces. Anyway, I was in need of new plates. I decided to look for mismatched floral plates from the flea market, and found a couple.

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I really like them, and hope they aren't going to break right away.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crochet Lace

I'm visiting my parents in my tiny home town in central Finland. Mum is at work and Dad is having a nap, so I blog.

I've lately been enamoured with crocheted lace. It all started with these two pictures from Kyuuto.

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The pillow case and the blanket look so nice. I'm not sure they are actually suitable for sleeping, unless you like having lace marks on your face...

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Gah, I want that bedspread.

Incidentally my parents do have a bedspread very similar to that one. It's crocheted by my mummi (Grandmother) at least twenty years ago. It's lovely and my mother refuses to give it to me. Unfair:) I'll try to get a picture when my camera batteries are back on.

I've always thought crochet lace as old-fashioned and stuffy, but I've changed my mind. It's cute, and cosy and modern.

Anyone know any good free patterns for similar results?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stamp Magnets

Here are the magnets made of old stamps, I mentioned in the last post.

I used to collect stamps for years when I was little, and have a few albums full of them. It was fun hobby at the time, but after I stopped, the albums have been pretty much a waste of space. Until now.

Here are some that I chose to make into magnets.

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I'd love to make magnets of all my collection, but it might not be practical or cheap.

The magnets are made of self-adhesive magnetic sheet and self-adhesive film. And stamps, obviously.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

On magnets

My favourite craft after amigurumis is making magnets. They are quick, they are cute, they are very useful! I have two magnetic notice boards, filled with postcards and photographs, all held with magnets I've made. I'm going to add magnets as a new label, but in the meantime here are the magnets I've posted before.

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I've also made magnets out of stamps, which I used to collect when I was little. I'll post those too once I have a change to take good pictures.

Anyway here are the once I was planning here, but only got around making now. They are quite large, about 7cm x 5cm.

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I think they look like vintage toys!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fingerless Mittens

It's starting to get pretty cold in here...

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So, I decided to knit a pair of fingerless gloves.

I'm a very inexperienced knitter, so there are quite a few mistakes. The reason I chose black yarn is that it's pretty much the only colour I wear, but now it's also good because my mistakes don't show so well!

I'm going to wear another pair of gloves underneath these, since it's already too cold to expose your bare fingers to the weather outside.

The pattern (in Finnish) is by Elina Aro and is called Polysemiakämmekkäät.

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Well, at least they are almost the same size!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Christmas!

I've been really bad at updating my poor blog. As an excuse: school swallowed me whole.

But today is my birthday, and I've decided to take off the day to do nothing. I'll probably sit all day on the computer in my pyjamas drinking coffee. Bliss.

My Aunt is participating on a Christmas craft sale in her home town, and she asked me if I'd like to sell some of my handiwork there. Obviously it can't be anything based on somebody else's' pattern, so I'm not sure what it could be. I'm pretty sure the eyeballs would not sell that well...

I've lately been inspired to make crocheted cookies. Do you think anyone would be interested in those? I'd really appreciate opinions.

Here are a few pictures of the cookies, they are all based on real Finnish cookies.

Hannu ja Kerttu (means Hanzel and Gretel) such a cute name, but they've  now changed it into Princess Carnival, ugh)

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Doris (chocolate and truffle)

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Ballerina (raspberry jam and vanilla creme)

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They are about 5 cm (2 inch) across.

I've almost decided on these strawberry ornaments. They're about 4 cm long.

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So, what do you think?