Baby toy

Like always, it’s been a while since the last update, which doesn’t mean that I have been quiet. I’m always doing or thinking of a new project, when I’m not, I remind myself how good I feel when I do have one or I’m making one. It doesn’t matter how much time I’ve got, as long as I choose the right project for the amount of time I’d like to spend on doing it (without getting frustrated or too anxious, just the right balance).

This time was a request from a friend who was heavily pregnant and wanted a toy for her baby: an amigurumi octopus!

It was quite easy and I liked the way it came out. The biggest challenge was to make the eyes and the little star in the head (also a mouth that didn’t turn out good so I gave up). I still have a long way to go practicing eyes, little ‘accesories’ and mouths when the crochet pattern is quite ‘open’. In any case, I liked the idea, loved that she actually requested it, and her now 5 months old baby likes it!

Captain’s armband

It’s been a long long time since the last update, but that does not mean I have not done anything all these months.

I have been ‘playing’ (is more of an attempt on my side) football with my working colleagues for a good couple of months now. From the beginning, we had a designated team captain but it was only when her birthday came up a few weeks ago that this idea popped into my head, an armband like a proper football team!

I made the letter with crochet, following this video and it was way easier than expected! I only struggled a bit with at the end as the sides of the letter were too close. I followed the advice for adjusting the shape by securing it to a towel and spraying some water and letting it dry, but it did not really seem to work. Perhaps you have to do that and once dried sew it straight away.

I also thought of adding the name of our team. I thought of embroidery (although I am not really fan of it) but wasn’t sure about how it would work with the elastic so I dropped it. Perhaps I could add it on the opposite side of the velcro, but then it needs more thinking. I quite like it like that and I hope the captain likes it too! ^^

PS. I love my new accessories, they make everything look cute ♥(ˆ⌣ˆԅ)

-DIY- Canvas quote

When I saw this quote a particular friend came to my mind. What a perfect opportunity to give it to him as a gift! He has a “personal quote” rather similar so I liked the idea but I could have chosen his quote as well (actually I thought of this afterwards, hehe).

A couple of months ago a new Poundworld opened nearby and when on an exploring mission, I was surprised by the wide range of objects at such a low price! (sometimes below or over a pound). I got a nice thin canvas and 12 acrylic paints for only £2!

At the beginning I wanted to try with proper calligraphy, but then I realised not only my calligraphy skills were so good, nor my ability of using a brush and acrylic paint, so I decided to draw it and then paint it. If I have had more time, I would have mixed the colours and have a nice gradient transition. There will always be another chance to try 😉