CraftKitchen

One of the things that’s been high on my catch up list is CraftKitchen.
As you might know, I’m one of the 5 bloggers that design for them, and it’s a job very close to my heart, for many reasons……
First of all because of the people I get to work with: my dear maker-friends and colleagues Janneke, Lidy, Lisanne and Liza; I’m sure you’ve all seen their gorgeous and inspiring work on social media. It’s just wonderful to be part of such a group of talented, lovely, and fun ladies.
Secondly, because of the creative adventures it gets me into. When the 5 of us decided to step on board of the CraftKitchen-wagon early last year, we liked the idea of all of us trying our hands at different kinds of crafts: crocheting, sewing, knitting, diy, anything.
So even though we’re all experts in one or two areas, we committed ourselves to come up with projects in all other disciplines as well.
As we hoped, taking these crafty turns adds to the enjoyment: we all love to be challenged like this!
It’s great to step out of your comfort zone, and learn something new. Besides, there’s always 4 lovely colleagues (and the internet) to help you out when you run into a problem.

Since my last half of 2016 was all about writing my book, little time was left for anything else….. Luckily I did manage to make 5 CK-projects, but unfortunately there was no time to translate them in English, that is…. up to today! Hurray!
You’ll find the link to all Dutch versions here, and in English by clicking the links you’ll find here for my Mandala/Dream catcher, Pip-stool cover, Pip-slippers, felt Fall/Halloween bunting and fun knitted children’s scarf, fair isle style.
Of course they’re also listed in the pattern sections of my blog (here and here).

Now Janneke, Lidy, Lisanne and Liza have been very busy too, creating many fabulous CraftKitchen-projects. I know you’ll be doing yourselves a favor checking them out. Even though they’re all described in Dutch, many of them have lots of photos, and/or charts/diagrams, so I think you’ll be okay even if Dutch is abracadabra for you. And there’s always google translate……
One thing’s for sure: perusing the CraftKitchen-site will leave you inspired, and sometimes that’s all we need to spark our creative side again!
Happy – and crafty – times!

Love,

Marianne xx

Exciting news!

2016-10-15-14-55-25-1Hello, you lovely people, long time no see – I sincerely hope you’re all doing well!

I can’t believe it’s been three whole months since I last wrote a blog post; I’ve honestly missed blogging, and it sure feels great to be back here.
It must not have gone unnoticed that my summer break turned out to be a rather lengthy one. The funny thing is, it was all but a “break”: I honestly don’t think I’ve ever crocheted as much as I did in these past months.marrose-ccc-dolly-dotty-cushion-02

You see…… I’ve been asked to write a crochet book, and that’s all that has been on my mind and desk this summer!
Late May I was contacted by a publisher whether I’d be interested to make a crochet book with them. Needing hardly any time to think about the fab opportunity they offered, soon enough I was on my way designing and crocheting to my heart’s content, all projects for my own book. A book that will have an isbn connected to my name: wow, how awesome is that?
marrose-colorful-crochet-granny-squares-01The book will have a nice mix of projects for the home, as well as pretties to wear, and will be released internationally (in English) next Spring.
Almost all designs are ready: crocheted, their patterns written, charts drawn, and photos taken. Right now it’s all about testing, re-testing, crocheting projects in different colors and yarn, in short: adding the ever so important finishing touches.
Even though I’m close to the finish line, I still need to pinch myself regularly to realize, that, yes, it’s true: next Spring will see the publication of my very first crochet book!
All kinds of exciting, really!

marrose-ccc-dreamcatcher-40This – of course – is the main reason why I’ve been extremely silent here and on other social media, and I’m delighted I can finally share my happy news with you.
Unfortunately I still can’t show a whole lot – a sneak peek here and there will be all, I’m afraid. But at least there’s an explanation for my absence (thank you, you sweet peeps for checking in to see whether I was okay), and the ongoing recycling of old work on my Instagram and Facebook.

Within the next couple of weeks I’ll start my “Treasury Tuesday”-posts again, and I’ll share the projects that I’ve made for CraftKitchen during the past couple of months (including the English translation of those patterns/diy’s), for instance the dream catcher you see in this post (↑), the cute knitted slippers (↓), and my latest, a felt Fall/Halloween-garland (↓marrose-craftkitchen-slofjes-17

marrose-ccc-craftkitchen-vlaggenlijn-herfst-halloween-22As I said, I’ve missed my blog (and YOU, my lovely readers) and I’m looking forward to spending time here again!
See you soon,

love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday – “The Beach Bag”

maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-55My Fridays always have that little extra ‘pezaz’, when I have a finished project to share with you, and they’re even better when I can give you the pattern/diy of that project at the same time.

This Friday is all about the “Beach Bag”, my latest CraftKitchen-diy, simply made using an old pair of jeans, and some fun things to embellish it with.

You might remember the very first jeans bag I made last year – the “Flower Power Jeans Bag”.
maRRose - CCC - Flower Power Jeans BagThe funniest thing happened right after I completed this one: I received an email from a sweet Italian lady, telling me she saw the bag on my blog, she loved it, and would I – please – be willing to sell it to her?
I don’t think there’s a better way to feel appreciated in the things you create! I was absolutely thrilled she liked it this much, and so totally unplanned and rather soon the “Flower Power Jeans Bag” moved to Italy!

maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-49Making another one, a bit differently shaped, was high on my wish list, and the big shopper-sized kind of jeans bag I had in mind seemed the perfect summer project for CraftKitchen: hello “Beach Bag”!

You can find the tutorial in Dutch on the CraftKitchen-site (link here, click on “werkbeschrijving”), and the English version is in the DIY/Tutorial-section of my blog (click here to get there).

maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-43I really hope I’ll be using my bag to go to the beach (or “Tuin11” for that matter) a lot!
All it needs to carry is my yarn&hook and the occasional book: perfect ingredients for the nice, long summer break that I plan to take!
maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-44I might pop in here every once in a while to show and share my monthly CraftKitchen-projects, but normal services will be resumed again at the beginning of September 😉

Wishing you all a wonderful, relaxed, happy and sunny summer,
love,
Marianne xx

Follow-up Friday

maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-126No visits to the museum, no meetings with colleague-bloggers – this week was full of plain old crocheting, crafting and coming up with new design/patterns, and I could not have loved it more!

maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-Bobble Square-15As happens every Thursday, a new CraftKitchen-project went live on the CK-site, and it was my turn again. Third project already, and I sure hope you’ll love it as much I do …..
maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-01maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-02This one is actually: projectS – plural, because in the “Bobble Square”-tutorial I not only give you a new granny square to crochet, I also tell you how to crochet a hook case with it, AND show you how to sew the zippered lining for this case.

maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-11As an added bonus you’ll find some tips at the end of the tutorial on crocheting the “Bobble Square Cushion”.
I’m sure you already know all CK-tutorials and patterns are in Dutch, and if you don’t want to call on Google Translate’s help, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until Monday, when I’ll be able to share this multifold tutorial with you in English here on the blog.maRRose - CCC --- CK Haaketui-030

It was fun to read a non-Dutch Instagram follower’s comment this morning, saying she already zoomed through the “Bobble Square”-pattern, and had no problems it being in Dutch, so if you don’t want to wait for Monday, this is where you want to go (and click on “werkbeschrijving” for all details)!

In other news:maRRose - CCC - Rustic Lace Squares-36• (only) three more squares were made for the “Rustic Lace Square”-blanket;

maRRose - CCC - Rose Triangle for bunting-01• I adjusted my “Rose Granny Square”-pattern, and we now have a “Rose Granny Triangle”, perfect to use in a bunting (pattern will follow soon, I promise);

maRRose - CCC --- wall decoration-01maRRose - CCC --- wall decoration-03• I made these two wall decorations, using the wonderful DMC Natura XL; pattern/design by Lisanne/Draad en Praat;
maRRose - CCC --- recycled jeans bag-01• I’m working on my CK project for June, and that’s a fun one again: recycling and pimping an old pair of jeans into a summery beach bag;

maRRose - CCC - Tunesian Project-02• ideas for my August project – tunisian crochet à la Pip Studio – are already flowing ……

So ….. I’d better get cracking on the “Bobble Square”-tutorial, and have it ready for all you lovely English-speaking people right after the weekend!maRRose - CCC --- Bobble Granny Square-17

Wishing you a great one,
love,
Marianne xx

Yarn Ends Jewelry

maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-33How about one more fast diy for Mother’s Day?
Having made quite the collection of yarn ends objects already (more here), I thought it would be interesting to experiment a bit further with my trusted paste and colorful ends, and make something different.
I loved how my experiment turned out, hence my sharing this quick little project with you here.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-20

First you make the paste that will glue all your yarn ends into the desired shape (tutorial in English here, in Dutch here). As soon as this is cooled off, get out your baking sheet, baking paper, cookie cutters and yarn ends.
Cutters that do not have too many corners and angles work best – the hearts were a good choice.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-18                          maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-30          maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-28

Make sure all yarn ends are “pasted” well, put a not too thick layer into the cookie cutter, verify that it’s totally filled. Carefully remove the cookie cutter – if necessary, this is the time to make little adjustments to your brooch-to-be. Also, if you want to make a necklace, you’ll want to punch a little hole into your yarn ends heart now.maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-34Let everything dry overnight/24 hrs. Remove carefully from the baking paper, glue the brooch pin back to the back of your yarn ends brooch (I used my glue gun).maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-15maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-17 maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-14I’ve varnished my first batch of brooches, using an acrylic varnish  (the kind painters use). It worked really well, but it took days before the distinct varnish-smell was gone….. So, for my second batch I simply used nail polish, and that work perfect too – and way less of a nasty smell;)
I even found old&inexpensive nail polish that had some glitter: did the job as well!maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-23maRRose - CCC - Yarn Ends Brooches-22Happy crafting!
Love,
Marianne xx

PS: a nice way to gift your lovely brooches: my other Mother’s Day diy, the treasure boxes 🙂

Treasure Boxes – for Mother’s Day

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-62I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun I had working on my 2nd project for CraftKitchen!

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-66maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-12Looking at my CK-treasury boxes, my mother-in-law reminded me this weekend that I had made little treasury boxes before….. some 20+ years ago.
At that time we lived in the US (in beautiful&picturesque Hollis, NH), and as a member of the Hollis Woman’s Club, I was their “Strawberry Festival Chairperson” in 1994.

The annual “Strawberry Festival” is a wonderful joint HWC/“Hollis Town Band” community fundraising event. At the time it was quite the undertaking for a Dutch girl that had just made a life changing move from The Netherlands to America.
However, to make a long story short: the festival was a success, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, and we raised a good amount of money.

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-14To thank the many, many volunteers, I painted and decorated little boxes – all in strawberry colors/theme, sewed small bags from strawberry-fabric to gift them in and those too, were a success.
I had totally forgotten about them…..but even found some photos in an old album.maRRose - CCC - strawberry boxes-11

Subconsciously they must have played their little role in the making of my latest treasury boxes.maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-28maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-29Adding the little notes, as described in the tutorial, will make them not only a perfect gift-from-the-heart for Mother’s Day, but basically for any occasion when you’ll want to share how much that special person in your life means to you (charming little project to be doing with kids of any age too).
Turning them into a button box or jewelry box is just as easy – the possibilities are endless….

maRRose - CCC - CK-schatdoosjes-50You’ll find the tutorial in Dutch here, and the one in English here – I’ve included links to pdf’s for your convenience as well.

Happy making!
Love,
Marianne xx

Instagram Crochet Party

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Show and Tell-01Just try to picture this: a gorgeous yarn store, 25 lovely and creative ladies, at least 100 of their wonderful projects, lots of cake, drinks, made-with-love presents…… yep, there you have it: yesterday’s glorious Instagram Crochet Party at Echtstudio.
Gosh, it was so much fun – I’m still feeling all pumped up and happy!
maRRose - CCC --- Instagram Crochet Party-18maRRose - CCC --- Instagram Crochet Party-19Meeting people who I can share my passion for anything yarn and craft related with, is one of the things I’m probably enjoying most ever since I started my wooly adventures a few years ago.
It’s simply so inspiring to get together with like minded buddies, especially the ones that you already kind of know through their Instagram account.

We were all asked to bring some of our projects, which resulted in a delightful show and tell (and touch ;). Truly special to see everyone’s beautiful crochet and/or knitting in real life!
maRRose - CCC --- Instagram Crochet Party-20Above you’ll see (from left to right, top to bottom): Dorien‘s fantabulous Frida-bag, Manon‘s all so beautifully made crochet projects, rightfully very happy Lidy with her gorgeous Rustic Lace Square throw, and last but not least Janneke‘s grand scarf.

Below (and first photo in this blog post) are my show&tell goodies: the Lucy cushion, my Rustic Lace Square blanket-to-be, the flowery tea cosy, granny square blanket “Wynter“, and my latest corner-to-corner project.
maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Show and Tell-02

The Echtstudio owner said that he was astonished to see that when this group of 25 came in yesterday afternoon, we all started talking immediately…. and did not stop doing so. And he had not even realized we mainly talked about yarn, patterns, and projects, haha!maRRose - CCC --- Instagram Crochet Party-15The awesome trio that organized yesterday’s party, Lisanne, Miriam and Noor, made sure we all felt warmly welcomed, and equally pampered.
There were beautiful handmade gifts for everyone, as well as a delicious goody bag.
A huge “thank you” of course to them, but also to Echtstudio, Helen of Bijderwets for her cool pattern-gift, and Jacqueline for her ever so pretty bracelets.

Lisanne, Miriam and Noor were showered with – mostly handmade – gifts as well, and these are the little presents I brought.
maRRose - CCC --- pincushions-25maRRose - CCC --- Hama Bead Dear-01With a head and heart full of friendship and inspiration I came home, only to find more loveliness!
Sweet Joyce / MEZ11 surprised me with these two beautiful leather tags, saying that the rose-print made her think of me instantly.
maRRose - CCC --- Instagram Crochet Party-14And then she sent them to me, just like that ….. ig-friends truly are the best: thank you, sweetheart – I looooove them.

But wait …. there’s more …..;)
The Dutch February/March issue of “Simply Haken” was in my mailbox too, and I’m thrilled to tell you that I’ve been featured in this copy with a lovely interview, and some great photos of my work.
maRRose - CCC --- Simply Haken februari-maart 2016-01We have a saying in Dutch to express how incredibly proud one can be: “ik ben zo trots als een aap”, so yes, I’m as proud as a monkey!

Have a good Sunday!
Love,
Marianne xx

Christmas Gifts – showtime!

maRRose - CCC - Christmas Projects 2015Now that all Christmas giving has been done, I can finally show you the things I made. That is, as far as I was able to take decent pictures (quite the challenge these dark days in this part of the world), or simply did not forget to photograph a particular item before gifting it.
As I’ve said before, I loooove making and giving handmade gifts – since they’re gifts from the heart – but I’m always kind of nervous about it as well ……
maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-50For most men in my family I crocheted “Hey Hats” (original pattern in Dutch by Wimke Tolsma, more info/links to pattern in Dutch and English in this blog post).
They have all been received well, my sweet brother-in-law being the happiest with his hat. He kept saying how cool and awesome he thought his “Hey Hat” was – I could not have been more chuffed with his response.
The grey/teal one is his hat; the grey/black one was gifted to my father.
maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-54           maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-55           maRRose - CCC --- Hey Hat-56
More “Hey Hats” went to husband, son and daughter’s boyfriend – more satisfied recipients …….
maRRose - CCC --- Tweed Scarf-15For my brother I knitted a scarf, and (hurray) he was really pleased with it. I used 9mm needles, a super simple purl stitch and this lovely yarn.
I so love how Joyce’s leather labels put the perfect finishing touches on my projects!

maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-57maRRose - CCC --- Crochet Christmas Baubles-56Some more knitting was done making this fun Christmas bauble for a mint-loving blog friend. Going from 9mm knitting needles to toothpicks couldn’t have been a bigger change, haha!maRRose - CCC - Cat Hat-01maRRose - CCC - Cat Hat-02When I found this adorable (free) pattern on Alexis’ beautiful blog (Persia Lou), I knew I had to make cat-loving Quinn one. Don’t you agree she looks very cute wearing it? maRRose - CCC --- Christmas Cookies-20Other than some more small Christmassy bits & bobs, like home-baked cookies (1,5 kilos of just flour went into those) gifted in upcycled-jam-jars-turned-into-cookie-jars, and a couple of crocheted Christmas baubles, the scarf I made my mom was the last one on the list.

maRRose - CCC --- Monsoon Scarf-06 maRRose - CCC --- Monsoon Scarf-07It’s basically The Little Bee‘s lovely “Monsoon Stole” that I made earlier this year (more here), but longer and wider; I used all the different stitches given in the pattern, just played a bit with the number of rows to get the desired length. A lot of the beautiful Lana Grossa yarn that I got at the Knotten Crochet Party went into this one – including the shiny Lace Lux.
maRRose - CCC --- Monsoon Scarf-20I edged one side of the scarf with pom poms (tutorial here), and love how it turned out.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to start planning and making my Christmas gifts way sooner, and sticking to it this time around …….
Any tips in this department are warmly welcomed!

Love,
Marianne xx

Sinterklaas

maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-04In a recent post I already told you about Santa Clause’s big brother, Sinterklaas, who’s responsible for even more December-festivities in The Netherlands!
Today we’ll be celebrating “Sinterklaas” with our extended family, some 10 people. Not the traditional way though, no we’ll be playing the so called “dobbelspel”, a bit of a silly, but fun party game.
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-24The essence of this “dobbelspel”: every participant buys 2 little presents (€ 5,– max), and they’re put on a big pile. Then the rolling of the dice can start. As soon as all – still wrapped – presents are divided over the number of people present, the real game starts. Every number on the dice (1 – 6) is connected to a certain action (like: everyone has to give his/her presents to the person left of him/her, give someone else’s present to another person, etc, etc). I’m sure it’s going to be pretty hilarious …..
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-36Gearing up to our “Sinterklaas”-gathering, I’ve kind of all gone out in the crochet/diy department, and I’ve truly enjoyed doing so!
This might be somewhat less interesting for you lovely non-Dutch readers, but I’m sure your creative brain can think “X-mas” when seeing my “Sinterklaas”-projects ;).

First, I made a “Welcome Sinterklaas”-wreath, and I have just hung it on our front door. Inspiration was this pattern on Wolplein. I covered the wreath with some jute fabric, that I cut into strips, added the moon, some “pepernoten” and heart candy: oh….. I really love how it turned out!
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-32maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-01Next up: “Sinterklaas”-votives ….. cut-outs, printables found here, here and here: fun!
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-27 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-30 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-14A “pepernoten”-wreath was constructed as well (tutorial by Janneke/JipbyJan, to be found here). As an added bonus my workspace smells soooo good ……
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-02 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-06No proper “Sinterklaas”-holiday without sweets! Using this easy tutorial on (Babbe Bora’s very inspirational blog) I made white chocolate with sugared puffed rice, and a very special “Sinterklaas” Rocky Road (tutorial – in Dutch – here, for Rocky Road tutorials in English, click here).
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-31 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-18 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-28 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-21Last but not least, I just finished baking some cake-presents …..
Just bake a simple poundcake, cut it in little squares and rectangles, decorate with fondant – simple but effective.
maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-35 maRRose - CCC --- Sinterklaas-34Happy “Sinterklaas” to everyone who’s celebrating this fun holiday as well!
Love,
Marianne xx

“Traveler’s Notebook”

maRRose - CCC --- Misc and De Hallen Amsterdam-55Correct me if I’m wrong, but you’ve surely all been to a buffet before.
The question is: have you ever been to a paper buffet?
Today I had the privilege to do just that, choosing from a wealth of gorgeous paper, that was to go in my very own spiral bound notebook – and I can assure you this buffet was pretty darn delicious (as well as good for the waist line)!

Personally, I love notebooks – and own quite a lot of them. They’re all put to good use – you know, I’m at a stage in my life that I really need to write things down, otherwise I forget…..
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-41So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I received an invitation to attend the special “Traveler’s Company Caravan Event” that the wonderful Amsterdam based store “Miscellaneous” hosted this weekend.
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-45 maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-44It meant I could hand pick both cover, contents and spiral ring, thus assembling my own very unique spiral bound notebook. One of the craftsmen of the “Traveler’s Company”‘s creative team bound my one of a kind notebook right there and then – really so much fun to watch.
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-43Very happy to add this special notebook to my collection ……
maRRose - CCC --- Traveler's Notebook-10And browsing the gorgeous store while I was there, was not exactly a burden either; “Miscellaneous” truly lives up to the statement on their website: “Refined goods for the home and desk”.
maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-40 maRRose - CCC --- Miscellaneous-Misc -Traveler's Notebook-42A quick stop at the “De Hallen Amsterdam” – right around the corner from “Misc” – proved to be a good decision as well, as you can see: I ran into lovely homespun dyed yarns and even some spunky crochet and knitwear!
maRRose - CCC --- De Hallen Amsterdam-11 maRRose - CCC --- De Hallen Amsterdam-10The yarn is from “Undercover Otter”, and the crocheted and knitted coats and skirts are from Rags & Bone.
Thijs Verhaar is the designer of the gorgeous (merino!) scarfs (bottom right).

All in all an unexpected well spent and definitely fun Saturday afternoon!

Love,
Marianne xx

PS: you can still attend the “Traveler’s Company Caravan Event”
November 8 (12:00 – 6:00 pm) “Miscellaneous”, Amsterdam;
November 10-11, 2015 “ACE HOTEL” London/UK;
November 13-14, 2015, “LUIBAN” Berlin/Germany.