Friday, 7 November 2014

Welcome to my new blog!

Hello and welcome! My name is Lisa, I'm a 30 something who almost 3 years ago uprooted hubby and our three little bumble-bees from our city life to move 200 miles away to the blissful Cornish countryside. 

 In my search for a more peaceful and content life I reconnected with my childhood love of crafts. I just love to craft. I have been known to be somewhat of a fickle character and so no craft is off limits! However I do have a special affinity for crocheting, its a real passion of mine! I've now been crocheting for about 3 years, and along the way I've also picked up a few (and I mean few!) sewing and knitting skills. My main resource for learning new crafts and finding patterns and inspirations has of course been the internet. How I ever lived so many years without pinterest in my life is beyond me! So if you haven't checked out Pinterest let this be first tip I pass on to you, go on and have a browse, just be prepared to loose hours of your life to it, its highly addictive (not chocolate addictive, but still its up there!) But apart from my best buddy pinterest my other main resource has been blogs. There are some incredible blogs out there, the likes of which I could never dream of competing with, they are a wealth of knowledge, but not only that, when you start to follow a blogger, its like forming a friendship.  I truly hope that some of you will at some point view me and my little blog that way, like a good friend.

So the new blog and what you can expect... My little blog is going to be a place where I can share my crafting addiction with you, I hope to share free tutorials I find and hopefully write some of my very own. I'm thinking top 10 lists of free patterns, pay for patterns and craft blogs, Craft magazine review (I'm a devoted buyer of Mollie Makes, Craftseller and just recently Simply Stylish Knitting) and more craftiness than you can shake a stick at.

I thought I would start things off with a list of some of my favourite free crochet patterns/tutorials, which, with the ever impending seasonal festivities creeping up on us quicker than a small boy with a water bomb, have a suitably Christmassy (is that a word?!My spellcheck seems to think not!) feel to them.
Make them. Gift them. Or just fill your house with them!
1. Over on the Make and Take blog you can find this sweet little bow pattern
They are super quick and easy to make, and if your unsure of how to do a Half Double Crochet (HDC) they have a video tutorial to show you. These look fab on clips for the hair and make super cute little stocking fillers. I have short hair so I've made myself a festive red one and fixed it to a little plastic alice band for my hair!
2. Up next is this glorious Acorn pattern,

This site has loads of crochet patterns on it, so its well worth a look, I've made millions of these little fella's, and they sell like hot cakes! I've made some into a garland and left loads just to be brought as singles, they look fab in a bowl with pinecones.

3. Lulu Loves Mouse Pattern is another firm favourite for me, my little bee's just love these little mice. How sweet would it be for a little one to find a family of them hidden in their stocking or scattered amoung the presents under the tree! I'm also thinking they would make great presents for cats!
4. Now who doesn't love bunting right? Over at my all time favourite blog Pink Milk there is a great crochet bunting tutorial, which is easy to follow, its actually one of the very first tutorials I ever attempted. Heather's use of colour on her blog is a delight and she takes some seriously scrummy photos. All round I am just a lover of Pink Milk! I'm thinking the bunting could be made in shades of red, green and white for a Christmas feel. If your feeling adventurous you could even applique onto them.

There are lots of other fab patterns and tutorials, so go check her out, after you finish reading mine of course!
5.  And lastly I thought I would finish off with a combination of 2 of my favourite things, cushions and hearts!

 This tutorial for a heart cushion at Mon Makes is easy to follow with lots of photos taking you through each stage. I have made a pretty pink one to go in my little doggies basket. But again you could easily change the heart to a festive red for your Christmas Living room or bedroom!
Well that's it, the end of my first blog post! Eek! I hope you have enjoyed spending some time with me and I haven't rattled on too much! I would love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment! Now go forth and create!
 L x


  1. Well done! It's no mean feat launching yourself into the 'blogosphere'!
    If you don't mind, I'll add you to the bloglist on my own blog.....then I'll be able to keep up with how you're getting on!

    SueH at The Knitting Assassin!

    1. Hi Sue! Thank you for your kind words, It has been very daunting!

      And please do add me to your bloglist! I look forward to exploring your blog too!

      Lisa x

    2. Lisa - added you to my blog list and it shows you've added a new post, but the page won't display?
      (I don't want to be missing out...!)

    3. Hello again Sue! Hmmm.... not sure why it was saying I had added a new post, as I hadn't, but I literally just have! Hope you enjoy my new post!
      Lisa x

    4. Lisa - it came up in my blog list as a new post this morning (about crochet blogs?) but when I clicked on it I was taken to the header title of your blog with a message saying something like 'this post is not available' - ??!!
      Wierd, or what? Anyway, I see the new post is now up - so I'll trot over to read it! ;-)

  2. Hi Lisa, welcome to blog land, you will love it :)