Monday, September 26, 2016

in which I become a hooker.

So, early this year (April? May?) I decided to try crochet.

My nana tried to teach me when I was a kid, and Mrs Rolley had a go in Home Ec in about 1978, and both times I sat there with yarn in one hand, a hook in the other, and a look of complete bewilderment on my face.
I simply could not connect the two hands. They felt like foreign objects, and my brain refused to have anything to do with them.

You might think this would lead me to believe I would have trouble this time round, but you would be wrong.
I sailed into the project, full of confidence, and then, as it became more and more obvious that I was, in fact, a crochet idiot, my confidence morphed into dogged determination.
I know, right? it took me by surprise, too. Normally I give up at the first sign of difficulty.

Did you know that YouTube is full of video tutorials that are not in the least bit helpful?
I know this because I'm fairly sure I found most of the begin-to-crochet ones that actually didn't teach me anything apart from how to make dirty, tight little knots.
Eventually, though, I hit the jackpot.
I found Mikey.
And I love him, more than a little bit. He saved my sanity.

So if, like me, you are thinking of taking the plunge into the dark and strange world of hooking, or crochet if you want to be perfectly correct, may I present, for your viewing pleasure, the wonderful...

lesson 1: holding the yarn and hook

lesson 2:  hook size, gauge, and chaining

lesson 3: how to single crochet (US term) or double crochet (UK/Aus term)

That should get you started, though he has plenty more available!

You should try and chain a few hundred kilometres of yarn to get the rhythm going. If you can manage it in less kilometres, go you!

Once you feel confident that you have some sort of tension and technique happening, try moving on to learning the single/double stitch (depending on whether you're American or English/Aussie.
The conflict between the US and UK terminology is VERY confusing.
Here's a list of the basic terms:

If you can, make a copy of the pattern you're working from, and substitute the correct terms so you don't get confused.

Your hook may use an American or UK size ( a number or letter)  or a metric size. Here's a comparison chart for that, too.

I hope this helps, good luck!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

January at ScrapLounge

This was the January challenge over at ScrapLounge.

The sketch provided was from my lovely friend Miss Kym, whose sketches are always a delight to work with.

And here is my take. I took inspiration from the beach theme with my photos, and the yellow, then added other papers to pick up the colours from my daughters' bathers. I really like the effect of the black outlining, though I wish my eye was straighter! I can see plenty of places where I have stuck things down crooked.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

BW2 January

I LOVE scrapping on black, but I just haven't done it for ages for some reason. I've been doing a lot of patterned paper backgrounds instead.

Anyway, decided to have a bash at the January challenge at Black with 2, and here's my attempt.

I'm not at all certain that this will pass, but since I love the LO, that's OK. I'm really happy with this one, mostly because I wouldn't have thought to scrap these photos otherwise!
They were taken on holiday at Herberton Historic Village in 2008, and show my sweet teenaged boy trying to let his little sister carry the umbrella. CUTE AS!

So here's my LO, and if you want to join in, click the link and take a look at the criteria.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I'm a Winner....

The gorgeous Tiff Sawyer just recently picked me to be on the CT for her This One's a Winner blog.

 You could have knocked me down with a feather!!
I'm so pleased and very excited to get to know the other team members. I've had a bit of a stickybeak at their work, and you should, too! There's a list somewhere on the side there ------>

 If you want to play along, just go to the blog and add your favourite creation for the month. There are usually NO criteria, and it can be any kind of scrappy project (LO, ATC, OTP, etc) (wow, how much does that resemble a bowl of alphabet soup???)

Thursday, March 21, 2013


Look at these beautiful ATCs, from my gorgeous friend RaggedyAnn....


Isn't she just SO talented???? I have to think how I can display these, they're worth more than shutting them into an album....

Monday, November 12, 2012

Halloween ATCs

Just recently at JellyBean Scrappers, we had a Halloween ATC swap.
 We had a partner assigned, and we made a set of 3 ATCs and swapped with our partner -- I got the gorgeous Miss Terri as my partner, and here are the fab ATCs she sent me:

They came in this cutesie little bag, which she's embossed with a folder from {Couture Creations?}

I think she's used Tim Holtz's Tattered Banner die here.

 Tucked inside the bag are the ATCs




Aren't they FABULOUS!!!


 Now, here are the ones I made:




We do hold ATC swaps monthly and we'd love to have you join us at JellyBean Scrappers. You can find the link on the right sidebar :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

how to kill a miniature vampire

Ann over at JellyBean Scrappers posed us a tiny challenge for our Halloween cybercrop - to scrap a miniature project, less than 4x4 inches.
Her example is stunning, and here's the link to her blog to see more of her fabulous and delicious work.

My take on the challenge was to scrap a miniature vampire killing kit. (yes, that's how my brain works).

 I took a perfectly innocent little tin, and inked the outside with Espresso alcohol ink.

Then I papered the inside with scraps of G45 paper I had left over from the cabinet.

I made some stakes from toothpicks, a mallet from a scrap of dowel and a piece of toothpick (please be impressed by that, I actually had to drill a hole in the dowel to push the toothpick into), then added a bottle of Holy Water, a cross charm, and a Bible.

Cleverly, I managed to make a Satanic Bible by accidentally gluing the cover on upside-down.
I assure you, this was an accident, not a statement, and I'll add it to the List of Things I Have To Answer For.

So, there we go. Do you like it?