Sunday, 11 January 2015

12 Free Winter Crochet Patterns to Keep You Snug

Its been a while since my last post..... busy busy busy! 
Anyway HAPPY NEW YEAR! Heres to 2015 and what it might bring!

Well here in Norway its a winter wonderland. Snow is falling and the temps are pretty low! 

The winter woolies are much needed so I thought I'd have a little search and do a round up of all the cutest free patterns I could find........

HATS




EAR WARMERS / HEADBANDS  




GLOVES 



SCARVES 



Now get those hooks out ! 


Monday, 1 December 2014

A Scandinavian Inspired Christmas

I love looking for inspiration for Christmas decoration. I'm a huge fan of the cosy Nordic style and now that I am in fact living in a country that is the centre of it, I am looking forward to starting a fresh. The shops are filled with beautiful decorations inspired by reindeer, snow, nature and lots of these fabulous little gnome like santas! They are so cute!


The Norwegian style is a beautiful mixture of whites, silvers, golds and natural materials. Its simple and classic. And could be described as classically old fashioned or indeed ultra modern if thats possible ??



You can also go for a beautiful splash of red for a traditional look
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Theres a lot of reindeer related decorations


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I love these cute tree decorations
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I adore these little Gnome-like Santas..... So cute!! 
These can be got on Etsy.com - here
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In Norway they LOVE Pepperkake (gingerbread) Its everywhere at Christmas time! 
Cookies, House's, Giant Hearts..... Smells so good
All the kids bake cookies at School & Kindergarten
Click here for recipe at Cute Sweet Things
outdoor inspiration
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Candles are essential!!!
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Beautiful!
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I could go on forever posting images of beautiful Christmas homes to inspire you........

But I won't!
Have a beautiful Christmas! 


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

10 DIY Advent Calender Ideas




Every year I say to myself that I am going to do fab little imaginative Advent calenders for the kids. And every year I end up going down the short and cheap route of buying the character ones from the shops with the little windows that you open to a chocolate sweet.......

This year yet again I would love to be more creative so I'm trawling the internet for great ideas that will suit both my time and budget.







Here's a little round up of some of the great ideas I've come across

Tutorial and free printables 

Tutorial and free printables 

Tutorial 

Upcycle those toilet roll inserts








Now to decide what style to go for ????

Monday, 10 November 2014

Beautiful decorated jars, bottles & tea light holder ideas

My favourite thing about this time of year is creating a cosy atmosphere and snuggling up by a blazing fire.
Maybe a cup of Hot Chocolate in hand or better yet an Irish Coffee!
And to top it all off a selection of candles to give it that super toasty feeling!

Over the past few months I've been unable to throw away jars. I just cant bring myself to waste them. I start to think of all the pretty things I can make with them.

Add lace, flowers, beads, gems ..... anything to jazz them up.
I find my hot clue gun a fantastic little tool but I have also used Modge Podge or PVC glue.

I've stuck with a similar colour scheme for them all using burlap, lace, twine and sometimes a bit of felt. Kept it very simple to create a rustic look.

I've used jam jars and the tea light holder is from ikea.

I'm always looking around for interesting ideas to do with my lovely jars so I've put together a collection of findings to inspire you



feeling artistic? I'd love to have this talent!




I have lots of wine bottles ready for the bottle bank but all this researching has given me lots of new ideas so I guess I'll be upcycling a few of them ! 

Enjoy! 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Free Crochet Bootcuffs Tutorial

Last year I really got into knitted boot cuffs & legwarmers. I love the cosy look with boots.
This year as I am more experienced with the crochet I thought I'd give some homemade ones a go

I looked at many patterns and tutorials but as usual in the end I kind of went with my own version and made it up as I go along!
In winter I'm a big fan of chunky neutral colours - creams/beiges/browns I also love grey tones

I also LOVE lace! I love the vintagy cosy look, if theres such a thing :)

Winters here are pretty cold so the yarn available here in Norway is mostly 100% wool, apparently its the ONLY thing to really keep you warm in minus god knows what temperatures.


So I chose these neutral colours, cream and pale grey colour.



I have a loads of lace in my stash. love it! So I picked out this beautiful pale pink. I thought it added a vintage look to them.
The pattern I used is simple

I chained enough to fit my calf, just below the widest part. to the nearest multiple of 3 (this is for the middle rows where you dc x3 every 3rd stitch)

I didnt plan of this being a pattern post so I'll just summarize it. mainly for people familiar with crochet.





Ch 42
Join to beginning..... make sure its not twisted
SC in each stitch - join
Row 2,3,4,5 DC in each stitch, join each time
Row 6 - DC x 3 in base of current stitch, skip 2 and DC x3 in 3rd, DC x3 every 3rd stitch, join
Then I change colour
DC in each stitch 
then the edging
I just followed this pattern: ch2, DC in next 2, ch2, slip st in next 2, ch2, DC in next 2, slip st in next 2 and so on

When done, add you embellments, lace, buttons etc

I've gathered some more patterns and tutorials for you below. Once you do 1 pair your mind with begin to be more creative. I plan on a pair for my daughter next.










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