Daisies and Leaves

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One week ago, I saw on Pinterest a picture of beautiful daisies and leaves decorating a gift package. I followed the link and that brought me to a beautiful blog called Daisy Cottage Design, featuring lovely crochet projects (the name itself is quite lovely!). And, oh goodness!, there is a tutorial for making those wrapping decorations (DIY Floral Gift Wrap). It only took me a few seconds to decide that this would be what I would be working on during the following days. I had finished my Narcissus Baby Blanket and was in need of a new crochet project. Something completely different and fun.

I went to my yarn basket and found scraps in red and grey. The daisy is very fast to crochet and I had a few done in no time. I wanted more daisies and more colors. So I made a few in yellow. But that was not enough. Unfortunately, I had by then run out of my scraps suitable for flowers and didn’t have any for the leaves. I was starting to plan a trip to the yarn store when I remembered the two sweaters I had knitted a few years ago and that were now two small for my sons. I started unraveling them. As I mentioned in my post about my Picot Fingerless Gloves, I love recycling yarn and the one I used for those sweaters was perfect for daisies.

That was a very fun project and I know that I will make daisies again when I need to decorate a package for someone special.

France

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Sleeves from old sweaters I knitted for my sons and that were washed many, many times, as we can see on this picture.

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I found matching buttons in my button box.

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The daisies make beautiful tags.

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Of course, they are quite pretty on a box.

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They would be perfect when giving a quilt! No box or paper needed in that case.

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I know there are not many grey flowers in nature but I just like them with their navy/gold centre.

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They are quite sophisticated around a rolled sheet of paper.

 

Romantic Heart

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Let me present you my Romantic Heart. It can be crocheted in 30 minutes, which means you can make many in just a few hours. I love it and it makes a beautiful addition to cards and tags (see pictures after the tutorial). You will find below the tutorial for crocheting this versatile romantic heart. You can also go to my web site for a printable version of this pattern, with a chart, a legend of stitches and, of course, pictures.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

France

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Tutorial for the Romantic Heart

This heart must be crocheted loosely. Use a hook larger than what is recommended by the manufacturer of the yarn.

Materials

  • 3.75 mm hook
  • Yarn recommended for a 1.75mm hook
  • Yarn needle

Instructions

  1. Ch 6, join in circle with 1 ss.
  2. Ch 2, 11 dc. Join with 1 ss. You should have 12 stitches at the end of the row.
  3. Ch 2, 23 dc. Join with 1 ss. You should have 24 stitches at the end of the row.
  4. Ch 2, 47 dc. Do not join. You should have 48 stitches at the end of the row.
  5. Turn the work to the wrong side. Ch 2, 7 dc, 2 sc, 7 ss, 3 sc, 3 dc, 2 tr, 3 dc, 3 sc, 7 ss, 2 sc, 8 dc.
  6. Turn the work back to the right side. Ch 1, sc all around the heart except for a ss in the nook of the heart (see picture below). It is important to crochet this row loosely to be able to give the work a nice heart shape.

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Sketchbooks

There is a blog called scrappassion that I particularly love. The lady hosting it has an infinite amount of ideas for book covers, cards and boxes. The site is not in English, nor in French, nor in any language I can decipher, but the images are plentiful and beautiful.

I was inspired by her work and decided to embelish one of my sketchbooks. I used a picture from an old diary, bits of ribbons, paper flowers and beads. This sketchbook is dedicated for zentangle drawing and the stained glass window gives a similar effect.

The result pleased me.

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My sister’s birthday was a few days away and I went deeper into my stash of bits and pieces. Again, I found a nice picture in my pile of pictures that comes from magazines, diaries, calendars, etc. (I know that this is something many people do, or used to do before Pinterest. One never know when they may come handy…) I selected matching white, grey, black and pink paper, ribons, flowers and letters. And some sparkling silver beads, for an added shining effect. What woman wouldn’t like that?

Again, the result pleased me. Quite a lot. Being a birthday present, I also made a box. And then I thought about a bookmark. Every book needs a bookmark, no? I made two. Just in case a second would be useful. I also made a few tags, to make sure people know they are hers. Who doesn’t like to receive personalised items? I may have gotten carried away but that was certainly a gift I was proud to give!

France

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