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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Crochet triangle scarf

I tripped over this pattern once again on Pinterest... I'm really starting to sound like a broken record! The original seemed to be a basic double crochet skipping 2, with a modified "spider web lace" around the edge.

This has got to be my favourite crochet piece so far. At least until I find a new scarf pattern ;)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Crochet Flowers

I'm loving the look of these crochet flowers, also inspired by something pinned on Pinterest...  I've tried it out with a variety of types of yarn, and I find something of a mohair or fuzzy finish gives it the right look.  Fairly simple to make, finished with a nice button and a pin on the back and you've got a great add on to a jacket, sweater or hat...

Baby Hat and Booties

This is my 1st attempt at making something like baby booties, and I must say it turned out fabulously...  

I made them for the son of the photographer I've worked with for well over 5 years now. I knew exactly what to reach for when I heard that they were having a boy!  She was kind enough to post a photo of my handy work on our little model.

I used the following site as a guide for hat sizing: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/size-chart.html

And did my best to mimic the following for the baby shoes: http://liscrafts.com/2009/01/little-button-loafers/

Crochet Rag Rug

After seeing so many fantastic posts on Pinterest for crochet area rugs I figured it was about time I upcycled an old comforter I had and gave it a try.  The little area rug below comes from one Queen sized comforter cover torn into strips and crocheted together with an 11.5mm hook.

You can use pretty much any doily pattern with this kind of thing, my only suggestion would be to cut a round of non slip padding because they are certainly don't stay put on hardwood.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Voulez-vous Boudoir Photography

I have been working in makeup for 2 decades next winter and it seems that the trend for me has always been in making people a fresh and pretty version of themselves.

While in highschool I worked with David Little from Headshots photography in the early 90s where I simply helped even out the skin and contour the face for actors headshots. I also did several makeover days with my highschool camera club which again were some nice makeovers that brought out the best in the subject.

Today I work mainly in bridal and boudoir where most of my clients look for something fresh, pretty and natural. Not a glam makeover. I love perfecting the skin and brightening up the eyes... adding that perfect glow and glossing up the lips! We work together and take our time and build it up until the client is satisfied.

Here are some great before and after sets shot by Bri at Voulez-vous Boudoir Photography in Ottawa/Gatineau. A sweet studio located in Gatineau with several looks and rooms all in one to give your shoot variety and texture!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Puff Stitch Hat

My new hat was inspired by an internet search last week looking for a few cute slouchy hats... There will be quite a few posts over the next few weeks as I run through a few of the designs that I found!

The puff stitch is a super easy and warm stitch in crochet. If you are wanting to learn more about the puff stitch check out this youtube link:

It is just a coincidence that I made it with almost the same colour grey! I also only pulled the loops through three times rather than the 9 that she seems to use. I think that is almost too much puff in most cases and gives the hat a softer more floppy final look.

It is quite an easy pattern:
- chain 6 and complete the loop
- row 2: chain 2 and then double crochet 3 times into each of the 6 loops
- row 3: chain 2 then puff stitch + Chain 1 for each of the 18 holes
- row 4: chain 2 then puff stitch through the the gap by created by the single chain between puff stitches. on every third gap, add two puffs in order to size up.
- row 5: chain 2 then puff stitch through each gap.
- row 6 & 8: see row 4
- row 7, 9-16: see row 5
- row 17-21: single crochet for brim

Monday, February 27, 2012

Woodworking project by my dad

It is likely because of my dad that I ended up being a pretty handy person. One of his hobbies is woodworking and he has made a couple model cars from absolute scratch over the last couple years.

While checking his stats one day, he came across this french site/blog that was sending him a bit of traffic from across the pond. The article discusses the origins of the Myth "Morgan sports cars have a wooden chassis"

It's great! My dad is now internet famous!

Way to go!

For more great pictures of his fantastic works check out his work here: