Monday, 28 April 2014

On My Hook: April

I find that I work on quite a few projects throughout the month but I don't always have time to blog them individually or they are little things not worthy of a whole post. So I would do a monthly round up of all the things I have been hooking. 

So here is April:

You have already seen my bunnies 

There was my flower drawing pins

I made BG a basket for her Easter Egg Hunt.

I got carried away with bunnies and made this super cute bunny head

One of my favourite items was this Mini Spring Magnetic Garland. I will do a proper post about this one.

I made some new bunting for my shelf as I was bored with the hearts. I think I will make a new one each month. This is from Simply Crochet issue 17

Lastly I have been working on a baby blanket for my friend Chelle. After playing with a few colour combos I think I have it just right!

What have you been hooking this month?

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Start of Something Beautiful

A quick trip to Homebase earlier today turned into a mooch around the plants and some garden planning. 

We already had some seeds that I had bought last month and we needed to plant so we got some compost. However on the way in I couldn't resit the bargain rack and after a little search through the half dead plants I found two primroses for 35p each and a blue heather for 45p!

They are now in a pot outside my house and they look rather cute.

We also picked up some new herbs for an old sink that was housing last years sunflowers (yes still). We got a new rosemary plant as the one we have is getting really woody and some oregano. I re-homed two mint plants that have miraculously come back from the dead this year to join the other herbs. I have some basil seeds to plant and want to get a few more to add to it.

We have so much mint that it has also got a pot of its own. Its quite strong and the leaves are red underneath so I think it might be spearmint or peppermint. 

The OH and BG planted some flowers seeds as well in three big pots so we should have some pretty flowers this year.

We started on our vegetables and planted sweetcorn which is new for us and cucumber. We still have more to plant but that will have to wait until next weekend now.

What are you growing this year?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

How To Make a Boring Old Noticeboard Gorgeous

I have recently taken on some new client which means I have to be even more organised than before. This of course meant I needed a noticeboard above my desk!

I bought a really cheap cork board from Wilkinson and decided I would pretty it up as really nice boards can be very expensive. 

While I was there I bought a tester pot of paint in a scrummy dark purple to match my office curtains.

First job was to paint it. The brilliant thing about the tester pot is it came with its own brush so less mess.

Once it was dry I glued these gorgeous wooden buttons I got from ebay around the edge. I lined them where I wanted them to go first and then hot glued them on.

I loved the finished look but it still needed something else. I had some crochet flowers I made using a pattern from Simply Crochet so I hot glued them to some drawing pins and I think they look really good. I only have three so far so need to make a few more I think I will do some hearts as well.

This is my finished notice board. What do you think?

(ignore the wonky buttons)


Plain Noticeboard approx £2
Dulux Tester Pot Mulberry Burst 50ml £1.55
Buttons £1.20 
I already had yarn & drawing pins at home £0

Total Cost: £4.75

I still have some buttons lefts not sure what I am going to with them yet. 

As I had paint left over I gave some branches a once over. Watch this space to see what I do with them!

Love Chic Living and Love Your Home

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Hello Bunnies

I decided to make Easter gifts for the girls and their cousins this year. 

There are 6 of them all together!! 

I wanted to make them something they could keep and get use out of I found some super bunnies and chicks in a shell.

Last year when I first started to learn crochet I wouldn't have dreamed of attempted a 3D type project. I looked at stuffed toys and though that looks really complicated but actually once you know the basic stitches its not that hard. Of course a great pattern and tutorial helps.

The bunny pattern I used is from The Green Dragonfly blog which is where I got the pattern from for the rainbow scarf I made BG.

The body is nice and simple to do as its basically two granny squares. I did have trouble with my first set of ears they were huge. It was my first attempt at amigurumi but I eventually got it and the ears got better and better. I found a smaller hook (3) helped. 

I had a lot of fun choosing colour combinations so they all had a different bunny.

Do you want to see them all?

Ta da!

I am really proud of them.

If you want to make them yourself you can find the pattern here  

Now on with the chicks! 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

#theyearinbooks April

I am really loving this project I am pushing myself to find a little time to read.

My books for March was How to Fall in Love by Celia Ahern which I had to finish and The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez. 

I actually managed to read both of these books and start a new one! 

I really enjoyed both of these books. They both tackle really important issues without making the books too heavy or trivialising the subject.

As I had finished these books I started on Life after Life by Kate Atkinson

After seeing people rave about it I thought I would give it a try as it was only 99p on kindle. It is a brilliant book so far. 

Front Cover  Front Cover

My second book for April will either be The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion I am on the waiting list at the library for it or The Lemon Tree by Helen Forrester which I bought from the library for 10p! 

What are you reading?