Monday, October 26, 2015

Fantastic fox in the forest

We are so lucky to have some nice weather in the Netherlands. Lots of sunshine!

Just perfect for a walk in the forest.....and of course my daughter had to bring her Fantastic Fox along!
It makes me smile every time someone says she has such a cute scarf. And her response is always very proud
"My mommy made it!"

Isn't the fall a beautiful season? I just love how the leaves start to change color.

Great news for those of you who would enjoy making your own fox. I'm going to work out the pattern and it will be available soon. I will keep you posted on my blog so make sure you stay tuned. 

Update: The pattern for this scarf is available! Please see this post for more information.
As the evenings are getting longer..... which means I will be on the couch with my crochet hook in hand. It's time to think about my next project. Wonder what it's going to be ????

Monday, October 19, 2015

Branding handmade products..... buttons & labels

In my search on the world wide web for new ways on how to brand my handmade creations I came across these items and thought I would share them with you all.

Wooden buttons
I found these wooden buttons at WolcafĂ© and immediately got excited. This is exactly what I was looking for!

They come in different sizes and you can choose from a selection of several ready made phrases. To name a few;
Crochet is the new yoga.
Keep calm and be creative.
Handmade is happiness
......and lots more!

Soon you will be able to order buttons with your own logo or personal message. And that's what caught my eye!
After contacting the shop, I was lucky enough to order buttons with my shop name and a little crochet hook on them. Aren't they cute? Thanks Leonie, I love how they turned out!

Just perfect for that finishing touch! 

Glued to the leg of my mollie flower stool
Crocheted baby blanket
Stored in a nice glass jar I found at the thrift shop

Looking for labels?
Nominette has a great website where you can design your own labels.
 I chose a cream colored background and gold letters, which goes well with the fox scarfs I make.
Also like the text I put on the back of the labels ;-)
If you don't have the budget or are just crazy about crafting, there are also some great ways to make your own labels.
Check out these great DIY tutorials and different methods....
1. Mippoos labels Using computer, printer, transfer paper and cotton ribbon.
2. Gras tussen je tenen kledinglabels. (in Dutch) Using computer, printer, transfer paper and fabric.
3. See Kate sew Order printed fabric from Spoonflower and sewing machine.
4. Kojo designs: fabric labels. Using logo template, fabric, fabric pen and sewing machine.
I will definitely try some of these methods for future projects. It's a nice way to have a matching label for your craft.
Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

#MandalasforMarinke & sunshine

Mandala in the sun
Hello again, it's been awhile......I've been away on a short break, enjoying family and lots of sunshine on Cyprus. And of course I brought my crochet project with me!

As I told you earlier, I wanted to make a mandala in honor of Wink and to help raise awareness about depression. I too have been suffering from depression and stress the last couple of years and I finally took the first step and reached out for help. Being creative and making things with my hands helps and this blog will also be a way to express my thoughts and share my creative items.

Looking through Wink's many beautiful mandala patterns, I made my choice. This one caught my eye because it reminded me of the sun. Sunlight brightens your mood. Just about everyone, regardless of whether or not they suffer from depression, feels better when the sun comes out. Because I was on Cyprus at the time I let the sunshine guide me with my color choices.

It turned out to be a bright and cheerful mandala.
Here is a list of the yarns and colors I used (from left to right):
  • Phil Coton 3 color 0049 Craie
  • Phil Coton 3 color 0052 Azalee
  • Phil Coton 3 color 0062 Poudre all by Phildar
  • SMC Catania Fine color 1020 Jade by Schachenmayr

I hope it will bring a smile to someone's face.

For the finishing and personal touch I added a wooden button with my artist name, stitchES, on it. I will post more about where I purchased these buttons shortly.
As for now I wish you all lots of happiness & sunshine!


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