Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts

Friday, 3 April 2020

Totoro Crochet Mobile

I have some news....

No! Not mine. The Blonde Bombshell aka The Divine Miss Emma has had a delicious little bouncing baby boy cut from her lovely tummy to be unleashed unto the WORLD!

And he's squishily adorable. The Blonde Bombshell has had a little Baby Bomber!
The Divine Miss Emma decided to have a 'My Neighbour Totoro' themed nursery.
My Neighbour Totoro c/o of Studio Ghibli
 If you haven't heard of My Neighbour Totoro, it's a gorgeous anime movie created by a Japanese animation company called Studio Ghibli. They also created other movies such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, The Secret World of Arriety and The Cat Returns amongst many others. There are loads of them on Netflix at the moment.
My Neighbour Totoro c/o of Studio Ghibli
We love these movies and My Neighbour Totoro is my favourite. It is about 2 little girls and their dad who move to a new house in the country. Their mother is recovering from a long illness in hospital. One of the little girls meet some of the local forest spirits who lead her to the large spirit called Totoro. 
My Neighbour Totoro c/o of Studio Ghibli
It is the most enchanting movie. Even if you're a hardened, grown up grumpy type person, I challenge you to watch this movie and not fall in love with it!

So when The Divine Miss Emma said, "I'm up the bloody duff." I said, "Whaddya want?" And she said, "A Totoro mobile like the super expensive ones on Etsy." And I said, "Sure." 
I didn't need to try and design a Totoro. It's already been done. In actual fact several years ago I made the large Totoro for the Divine Miss Emma for Christmas....
That last pattern was from a designer Lucy Collins. But I didn't want to make a big one. 
Only little ones. A clever clogs called Shehla from blog The Blue Elephants has published small versions of the patterns for all 3 of the forest spirits for free.
There are the 3 'Totoro' spirits: A small white baby totoro, a medium blue totoro and the very large grey Totoro. 
I first grabbed some scraps of coloured yarn to crochet a 'practise' medium one who ended up looking like this. He is not true to colour, and I didn't intend him to be. But I loved him looking like this! Sonofagun No.2 gave him to a friend for Xmas. 

I had loads of felt pieces from some time several years ago when I thought I was going to make all of the things out of felt and didn't. I cut them into leaves and pulled this mysterious machine out from a cupboard. The machine was dusty. It had never seen daylight before!
I made pompoms of different sizes and colours. The black circley things that you see aren't pompoms. They are Soot Sprites from the movie and are made from felt. They are in a couple of other Studio Ghibli movies. 
 I also bought felted wool balls off a local seller on Ebay.

So one of Baby Bombers favourite things to do was to scream his face off whenever he gets his nappy changed. He screams so much that he manages to squeeze a little tear out of his left eye just to make it look like he's terribly traumatised!

Doesn't that sound adorable! 
Since we installed the mobile over his change table his mum has informed me that he has decided not to scream his face off when getting his nappy changed anymore. Because he's totally fascinated in his new mobile!

It's now Autumn and so I have been making a little pram blanket in matching colours from his mobile. I first made a basic swatch...

I haven't followed any pattern for this. Just making up each row as I go along, although most of it was in single stitch.

What do you think? Do you want to make a baby? I don't. I already have two of the buggers who can finally feed themselves, wipe their own bums and I really like sleeping.

If you're just like me and want to make a Totoro instead, pop over to those links and give it a go! 

Thanks for visiting!
Red Haired Amazona

Sunday, 29 March 2020

My Summer Obsession: Macrame!

Over summer I found a new hobby.

I became kind of obsessed with macrame.

I watched a couple of Youtube videos to get an idea of the basics and smashed out these 2 wobbly beauties!
I then got a little bit fancy and started using coloured cotton cord. 
I found a clever Macrame lady called Jo with the Instabrag page Retro Craft Revival . She has amazing macrame items in her feed and was kind enough to email some tutorials to me including this lovely plaited style one.
 It's difficult to photograph the whole hanger in one photo as it is quite long.
I wanted to do something a bit MORE for my next hanger. This one was a birthday present for the Mothership.
I first made a basic hanger for this terracotta pot.

I then crocheted a range of flowers. Check out these adorable pansies! Sure I made them but the pattern was written by Little Monkey Crochet. They are so beautiful and this is such an easy, delightful pattern that I really wish I designed it myself. But I didn't. Pop over and check out this pattern and make some. You could make so many colour combinations!
I experimented with making some lily type flowers. I didn't end up using them on this hanger. I crocheted a whole lot of leaves and some random pink 5 petalled flowers, and a length of green chain.
 And voila!

My most recent hanger was a more modest, smaller one I made by following a Youtube video by Gray Wonders. I sewed on some leftover leaves and flowers made earlier.

I really loved this one with the different sections of knots!

 It wouldn't be a stretch of the truth to say there's a growing collection of hangers under the pergola now!
I'm thinking of trying to make one of those 70s style macrame owls next! 
Thanks for visiting!

Red Haired Amazona

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Cold nights, warm blankets.

It's Winter now.

It's the time for blanket making!

I've been stash busting by crocheting a classic granny stripe blanket.
I rolled a bunch of my remnants into cakes. Yarn cakes look amazing until you use half of them. Then they look like hollowed out yarn shells and start to fall in on themselves.
Chuck Norris likes to try and sleep on the blanket while I'm crocheting. Just like a cat except heavier and his big clumpy claws pull out little threads in the blanket.

I'd like to show you a photo of the size of this blanket, but Chuck is always lying under or on it...
 This is a photo I like to call 'Dog in crochet on crochet'.
This is another photo I like to call 'Kid under crochet under cat'. 
When Sonofagun No.2 is sitting on this couch playing PS4 or watching tv, for reasons unknown, he does this with the blanket on the back of the couch.
His ever watchful guardian Bijoux, then sits on the back of the couch like this....
Whenever I have almost used up a yarn cake for the new granny stripe blanket, I roll it into a little ball and put it in another basket.
I started making up some random granny squares with these.
I sewed 5 of them together in a ring. They look very pretty!  
And made them into a lamp shade. 
This isn't really the right sort of lamp shade as the base was designed for a desk lamp so it has an awkward knob thing that sticks out the side.
It doesn't get hot enough to worry about being a fire hazard, so I don't have to spray with any kind of fire retardant.
Once the blanket has finished and I have some more little yarn balls leftover, I have the perfect lampshade waiting to be covered next to my bed!
I also stretched my baking skills. Not in doing any challenging baking. Just baking.
I bake about once every 4-5 years. I don't really like baking. But Sonofagun No.2 had just returned from school camp and was excited by something he had never had before called 'a scone'! 

I thought if my 10 year old could be excited about this mystical thing he had never had before, then I would blow his mind by baking some!
These were lemonade scones which are gluggy and sticky to make but come out of the oven super fluffy.
Sonofagun No.2 told me as he stuffed his face full of scones, jam and cream that my scones did not look like the real scones he had at camp, but they were 'adequate'.
On the weekend I made a super fast solo trip up to Mollymook. Look beautiful and sunny, doesn't it?
It's a lie. It was freezing and windy with occasional rain squalls.⛈

Aunty Horse Whisperer was getting married. So I flew up to Canberra on Friday morning.
As the plane landed, I looked out of the little windows at a brilliant blue sunny sky.
And the pilot said this:
"Welcome to Canberra where it's a sunny one degree outside."

That's the thing about Canberra winters. It lies to you. You look outside at 10am and think, "Wow it's beautiful and sunny!"
But you step out into arctic temperatures!
The Fatherdom was waiting to pick me up and drive me back to Mollymook.
That night the Parentals and I shared a delicious Italian sausage, fennel and fetta pizza.

On the day of the wedding, we all chipped in. It was a lovely backyard wedding at Aunty HWs little farm.

The Mothership had spent the whole week before the wedding preparing and freezing delicious mini quiches, meatballs and chicken wings for the big day. She then worked from 9am that morning with my Nana in the kitchen at Aunty HWs house preparing sandwiches, snacks etc for the guests. 
I helped Aunty Martha Stewart to prepare a grazing table full of deli meats, crackers, pate, cheeses, fruit and chocolates.
The next day it was straight onto one of these cool double decker Sydney trains from Kiama to Sydney airport. Our Melbourne trains are boring single level things. It only cost a couple of dollars for a 2 1/2 hr trip up the coast.
Thanks for stopping by!

Red Haired Amazona