Projects, projects everywhere!

I’m back! And still insanely busy… In between the holidays, a very busy time at work, getting sick a couple times, and having my birthday, I’ve been working on loads of little projects that just didn’t seem to want to be made into a blog post. Thus, I’ve decided to try and put them all in one.

So here’s a quick overview of what I’ve been up to:
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I made a bunch of stuff to sell with Tegendraads at Gamepitcon last January.
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Finished work on the blanket I started back in October/November (still need to somehow attach the fleece that I bought for the back)
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Made some cute felt owls with a kit I bought way back at the Kreadoe
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Went to the Haakathon for the Dutch leprosy relief and made a couple ‘red cats’
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Went to the opening of a new Crochet store by the girls behind Briljant Crochet (they seem to really be living the dream!)
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Made some cards with a kit I got for my birthday.

And together with my friend Doretta, we taught two more people to crochet ^_^ I hope they enjoyed it and are still working on their skills.

Right now, I’m working on Vlad the vampire bat by Lalylala. Using this:
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A ball of awesome ‘magic swing’ yarn from Briljant Crochet. It’s got a little sparkle mixed in it ❤ but I have to work it together with my normal yarn, which made for some hard work. Thankfully it's almost done now!
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Magic swing in action, it’s a lot of fun to watch the balls of yarn taking shape.

After Vlad is finished, I’ve got a couple projects lined up already (african flower crocodile, a froggy coin purse, actually really finishing the blanket, maybe even start on another blanket with the Stylecraft CAL in April) I hope to be making more blog posts again in the future! I’ll probably elaborate a bit on the Haakathon in a later post ^_^

Plus, something totally not crochet or craft related, I got a new fish tank!

What have you guys been up to?
Cheers, Lydia

Kreadoe 2014

Last Saturday, Doretta and I went to the Kreadoe. This is a huge arts and crafts fair in the Netherlands, with tonnes of stands promoting different crafts and selling the materials you need.

We went last year as well, but didn’t really enjoy ourselves as much as we would’ve hoped. So this year, we weren’t sure if we would go at all. Eventually, we both decided that we deserved to have a nice “girl’s day out” and went anyway. Luckily, this time we knew what to expect and we came prepared. I’d checked out the site already, and found a couple workshops that I wanted to attend. On the day itself, I ended up doing other things, which were just as much fun nonetheless.

My yarn wish-list was pretty big, since I had a couple of projects that I wanted to get started on, or was in the middle of when I ran out of the right yarn. I ended up buying loads of different things, but hardly anything from my wish-list. That’s the fun bit about this kind of fair. Since it’s not focused on crocheting alone, you can get into contact with some other crafts that you might like just as much (or maybe even more)

As for the workshops, the two that I attended were the following: covering a Styrofoam heart with moss and other natural materials, and making an origami Christmas ornament. And here are the results:

The paper is kind of shiny, so pretty <3

The paper is kind of shiny, so pretty ❤

I made a number plate for our house ^_^

I made a number plate for our house ^_^

Like I said, I bought loads of different things, so here are some pictures of my haul:

Everything put out on the table

Everything put out on the table

The yarn I bought. I ended up buying two versions of almost the same colour to start on a flamingo pattern I'd wanted to make for a while now. Turns out I can now make a small army of flamingos if I want to... I really love the multicolour yarn, and I'm rather glad that I didn't know the price until I went to the register (man, pretty multicolour yarn is expensive!)

The yarn I bought. I ended up buying two versions of almost the same colour to start on a flamingo pattern I’d wanted to make for a while now. Turns out I can now make a small army of flamingos if I want to… I really love the multicolour yarn, and I’m rather glad that I didn’t know the price until I went to the register (man, pretty multicolour yarn is expensive!)

Of course, I couldn't resist to buy a package that lets me make a cute owl out of felt <3

Of course, I couldn’t resist to buy a package that lets me make a cute owl out of felt ❤

A set to make a Styrofoam fish. I loved the finished ones they had at their stand and couldn't let myself walk away without a set to make one of my own

A set to make a Styrofoam fish. I loved the finished ones they had at their stand and couldn’t let myself walk away without a set to make one of my own

Little tiles to make a mosaic with

Little tiles to make a mosaic with

And lastly, a set of three cute little vases

And lastly, a set of three cute little vases

I already made the mosaic inside a little tray. I just need to fill the spaces between the tiles. And the flamingo is halfway done. I ran into a little problem with the way the feathers are crocheted, but thanks to the lovely crochet community, I got some helpful tips and should soon be well on my way to finish it. Other than that, my head is brimming with ideas and inspiration. Let’s just hope I don’t lose it before everything is finished up.

Do you enjoy looking at other crafts, or do you prefer to stick to what you know? I love to experiment a little bit (or else, I would have never started to crochet!)

Cheers, Lydia

Beanstalk castle

This is great! I get to post from the couch with my laptop on my lap ^_^ I realise now how much I missed this.But on to the actual post!

Like I promised last time, here is the post about my own little beanstalk. It’s not crochet, but still pretty crafty.

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For my birthday, my brother gave me a kit to make my own beanstalk castle. This kit included everything I needed, except for the glue. I borrowed my dad’s hot glue gun and got started.

Everything I needed to make the beanstalk

Everything I needed to make the beanstalk

Sorted the kit and got everything ready

Sorted the kit and got everything ready

I laid out some papers, since the entire kit was covered in glitter and the moss made quite a mess ^_^”
First off, I made the beanstalk itstelf and the little towers that go on top. These are made of Polymer clay and needed to go into the oven to harden.

All ready to go into the oven!

All ready to go into the oven!

It took slightly longer to bake than the time that was indicated, but I’m pretty used to that with my oven (it’s a combi microwave).

When the clay had hardened and cooled down, it was time to glue everything together and decorate the beanstalk. This was the most fun part for me, since I got to ‘play’ with the hot glue gun. (Note: never, ever actually play with a hot glue gun! It gets very hot and you could get some nasty burns!) It was rather difficult at times to figure out where I wanted to put certain elements. And at first, my beanstalk kept falling over because of the actual stalk being a bit tall and heavy and it started to lean to the side. But in the end, I managed to get everything in place the way I wanted it ^_^

Just the nut with the beanstalk and towers glued on. Now it's time to really decorate!

Just the nut with the beanstalk and towers glued on. Now it’s time to really decorate!

The finished beanstalk!

The finished beanstalk!

Detail of the bottom half

Detail of the bottom half

Detail of the top half, I especially love the little rope ladders to get from one tower to the other

Detail of the top half, I especially love the little rope ladders to get from one tower to the other

The whole thing still leans a little bit to the back, but it can lean against the wall now, so it doesn’t topple over.

I still have some materials left over. There was lots of moss, so I have a little bit of that and I ended up not using the strass stones at all. Frankly, I wouldn’t know where to stick them to. But I’m really happy with the result and am now thinking of putting the other kit on my wishlist as well. That’s a kit for a castle inside a nut.

The kits can be found here (it’s a Dutch site!) (I hope this link works, cause on my laptop I get a blank screen >_<)

Do you enjoy other crafts once in a while, or are you well and truly a one-craft person?

Cheers, Lydia

Lovely day for a crafts fair

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Welcome to KreaDoe

Yesterday was my first time ever visiting the ‘KreaDoe’, a huge crafts fair in the Netherlands, together with my friend Doretta (site in Dutch). I had no idea what to expect and I have to say, it really blew me away.

First of all: Saturday is not the best day for visiting this event. It was busy:

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Yes, blurry pictures.. My phone isn’t the best when it comes to busy overview pictures and I didn’t feel like lugging my camera around all the time ^_^” but you get the idea!

Second: it was a lot of the same stuff. I must have seen at least a hundred stands with different kinds of paper for making cards. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but trust me when I say there were many!

Third: it was tons and tons of fun! So much to see and so much inspiration to be drawn from every corner! One thing I picked up was a DIY package for a little felt owl. If I like making it, I might order some more!

Winter Owl Decoration

Winter Owl Decoration
It has all you need to make it, except for pins, scissors, glue and measuring tape ^_^

One of the stands that really stood out to me was that of Fantasy Atelier (site in Dutch!). They make the most amazing, tiny little castles and fairy-trees with mostly natural products. If you’ve ever been to the Efteling (a big themepark in the Netherlands) you can compare what they make with the ‘Droomvlucht’. Aw heck, you guys need a picture to know what I’m talking about:

Castle Globe

Castle Globe

"Beanstalk"

“Beanstalk”

All their products looked so amazing, I fell in love with them. They also sell DIY packages, I think I just need to put at least one of those on my Christmas Wishlist ❤

At the EchtStudio stand, you could have your picture taken with Joke, from AmigurumiPatterns.net, in order to get a 10% discount. The only catch was that you needed to bring a Zoomigurumi with you. I finished my Wasabi the Bunny way before the event, but bought the book last wednesday and couldn’t resist working on the Toucan. I finished work on it friday night, just in time to join me on my trip:

Me with Joke and Zico the Toucan

Me with Joke and Zico the Toucan

And a 10% discount was just what I needed, since I found out how much yarn is needed to make that African Flower Owl I love so much. Which brings me to my purchases of the day:

All the skeins I (believe I) will need for the African Flower Owl

All the skeins I (believe I) will need for the African Flower Owl

Some other stuff I got: present labels, the felt owl, a new crochet hook (4mm), colour changing yarn and some felt-wool (wool-felt? no idea what the stuff is called ^_^")

Other stuff I got: present labels, the felt owl, a new crochet hook (4mm), colour changing yarn and some felt-wool (wool-felt? no idea what the stuff is called ^_^”)

All together!

All together!

After all that shopping, we enjoyed a nice cup of hot cocoa (me) and coffee (Doretta) at a café in Utrecht and then went on our way home. I was exhausted after the trip and was glad to see my trusty couch and later on my bed. A headache attack kept me from going to the birthday party that was on the agenda for the evening, but in the end, I think it’s a good thing I didn’t go, as I might have fallen asleep right in between the other guests…

And what did I spend my sunday on? Finished work on my shy little unicorn for the CAL:

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Isn’t she a cutie? I think I need to make her a big brother to watch over her!

How was your weekend?

Cheers, Lydia

MGC Experience

What a weekend it has been for me and it’s only saturday night!

Yesterday, I got to go to the Walibi Fright Nights at Walibi Holland (thanks to Boyfriends’ awesome job!) It was a little bit scary, I guess I’ve watched too many scary movies to really get scared quickly. The haunted house we got to go in to was a bit more frightening to me than the actors walking around outside, but still, I had loads of fun.

The scariest part might have been getting off the parking lot after the park closed. We got to the car at around 11.15pm and didn’t leave the lot until after 1am. Eventually, it stopped being funny and became annoying and a little scary as people were starting to get irritated and some drivers made some dangerous manouvres. But in the end, we made it home in one piece ^_^

Here's a picture of me with Little Dead Riding Hood ^_^"

Here’s a picture of me with Little Dead Riding Hood ^_^”

Today I got to help out with the stand for Animecon at the MGC Experience (website in Dutch) in Utrecht. It’s a one day convention that’s a lot smaller than Animecon, but it was loads of fun nonetheless. I got to talk to loads of people I hadn’t seen in a long time and sell some tickets for our upcoming event. But what I really love to do, is browse the dealerroom for lots of cute stuff. And I sure found my fair share!

MostCutest (website in Dutch) was there with their stand and did I ever need them, since I folded my last couple starts earlier this week. My dad gave me two jars that are simply begging to be filled to the rim with lucky stars! This time, they had even more cute designs than I’m used to, so picking my favourites was very difficult. Eventually I just had to force myself to stop looking and pay for what I had chosen already, or else I would probably still be picking through their box of paperstrips.

So many cute designs, I didn't know which to choose.. So I basically bought them all ^_^"

So many cute designs, I didn’t know which to choose.. So I basically bought them all ^_^”

I just love their plastic bags, even those are cute!

Another very cute stand was from Crafts by Cloud (website in Dutch), a newcomer to the anime and convention scene, but to me, definitely a very welcome addition! She makes very small, very cute charms, keychains and goodies with polymer clay (fimo). She admitted that some of her merchandise was made especially for this convention and so I couldn’t resist buying a Domo-kun keychain.

Even the little bag he was put in is adorable!

Even the little bag he was put in is adorable!

Check out her site for some awesome and adorable stuff ^_^ I kind of really want to buy all the cupcake cats, but I’m afraid that’s a collection that will have to wait…

One of my little less known addictions, and one I very rarely feed, is Ramune. It’s basically a Japanese softdrink that comes in cute bottles with a little ball in them. The trick is to not drink them too quickly, or the ball will block the bottle. There was a stand with loads of flavours and since I always keep the bottles once they are empty, I got a couple I didn’t have yet.

From left to right it's melon, pineapple, peach and blueberry flavour

From left to right it’s melon, pineapple, peach and blueberry flavour

Also, Domo-kunchain and a couple origami cherry blossoms in this picture.

And last, but not least, I fell in love with this little purse:

IMAG0733It’s perfect for bringing my crochet projects with me when I go to a friend, so I don’t have everything hiding out somewhere in the bottom of my bag. Especially needles and hooks have a tendency of escaping whatever pocket I try to keep them in… But not anymore!

After the convention, we went to a wok restaurant with the Animecon crew. Yummy food and great company is always a great way to end a fantastic day! But now, it’s time to get some well deserved sleep.

So, in short, I had loads and loads of fun!
What did you do this weekend?

Cheers, Lydia

Build-A-Bear!

Last thursday and friday, I’ve been to Germany with my boyfriend and some friends of mine. We visited Movie Park Germany, which was lots of fun! On thursday, we ate at ‘the largest shopping mall in Europe’, where they also happened to have a Build-A-Bear Workshop. I’d heard of the concept, but there aren’t any stores in the Netherlands, so I decided to pester my boyfriend until he let me build a bear 😉

Meet ‘Slaapie’ (Sleepy or Snoozy, I guess, in English):

Next to his little house ^_^

Next to his little house ^_^

I really liked how the process worked, plus, the lady helping me was really nice ^_^
I’m not sure if he can count as crafty, since you don’t really make anything yourself. You just pick what kind of stuffed animal you want, fill it up and pick out clothes, but I just HAD to share 🙂

What have you been up to this weekend?

Cheers, Lydia

Variety is the spice of life!

So, as said in my last post, I didn’t get to crochet during the past weekend. I did get to run around a lot, not eat very much and stress out. Of course, I also had loads of fun and I got to relax a little bit every now and again.

Something that got me back into a bit of a Zen-state, were the simple origami cherry blossoms:

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I could just feel myself calming down a little more with each fold. Plus, they look adorable.

One thing I really wanted to do this weekend is follow the ‘sweet creations’ workshop, where you learn to make little chocolates from fimo clay (not sure if it is called the same in English, but I’m actually too lazy to look it up right now).
And here’s my result:

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Not bad for a first try and without any tools besides a cookie-cutter and a razor knife, if I may say so myself ^_^

But now, I’m back at home and thinking what project to start next. Then again, I could always try to finish reading ‘The Hobbit’ before starting anything else…

Cheers, Lydia