Even though I’m working on a colorful project right now (the word “eclectic” even comes to mind), when searching treasures for this week’s “Treasury Tuesday” I was once more drawn to soft, muted colors.
Calm and comforting are key this Tuesday!
After all the fun, but busy December preparations and celebrations, I guess my gut feeling tells me to take it easy, cuddle up, relax and be comfortable – do a spot of crochet, maybe ;)?
One of my favorites this week, is this super cute jacket; too bad there are no more little girls around here …….
Crocheting the winter coat, while snuggling under my second favorite, the gorgeous lacy blanket – I like that idea!
Wishing you all a comfy & cozy (gezellige in Dutch) week!
Yesterday was “Kingsday” in The Netherlands – a national holiday full of festivities in honor of our King Willem-Alexander’s birthday.
The Dutch royal family stemming from “the House of Orange-Nassau“, orange has become the color that every Dutch person wears when there’s a reason to celebrate nationwide.
So ….. orange it is for this Treasury Tuesday!
This week’s most popular:
Totally unrelated to Treasury Tuesday, but definitely a reason to celebrate a tiny bit: the talented and lovely Lisanne (“Draad en Praat”-blog) has published a mini-interview with me on her beautiful blog today! Woohoo – I’m honored and as pleased as punch. The interview is in Dutch, but Google translate does a pretty good job (and produces some hilarious phrases too ……).
Have a great week!
This week’s Treasury Tuesday proves to me that we sometimes just need a pretty pattern to create a gorgeous crochet project.
Looking at all these beautiful images in grey I can only go: “aaahhh” and I hope you’ll feel inspired by them as well.
The talented makers I want to give a little extra attention this time around, are: Wishing you a wonderful new week!
No matter how much I love making blankets, making baby blankets is my very favorite.
When crocheting these I never seem to hit the low of feeling overwhelmed (“I’m never going to be able to finish this”), because – obviously – right at that very moment the blanket is done, ready to be gifted or sold.
Having experienced a high like that very recently – this blanket traveled all the way to France to live with a yet to be born sweet baby girl – I thought a Treasury Tuesday filled with crocheted baby blankets would be nice, if only for inspirational reasons.
Every week, while browsing Etsy, I’m astonished to come across so many talented makers; it’s truly amazing to find so many wonderful results, simply by typing “crocheted baby blanket” in the search field ….
The two amazing makers that I think deserve some extra attention, are:
Be inspired and have a great week!
When our kids were little, we were always looking for fun books, to either read them from, or have them “read” those book themselves. One of our very favorites was “Play with your Food”, by Joost Elffers, we all got a kick out of the fabulous photos in this book.
One of our resolutions for 2015 is to declutter our house …. I know, brave us!
The downstairs – including the kitchen area – is pretty much done and we’ve begon clearing out the attic. Not exactly a fun job, although, coming across things that have nice memories attached to them, actually is fun. Finding the “Play with your Food”-book surely brought back some good times.
It also made me think there should be crochet-food-to-play-with and sure enough I found some delightful crochet(ed) play food and thus a new Treasury Tuesday-list was born!
This weeks favorites:
Mind you: the popcorn bag is enormous: it’s a floor pillow about the size of an average bean bag chair – I love it!
Have a playful week!
Inspired by one of the many talented ladies I’ve found on Instagram and the web, the lovely Lu Douglas (blog here) who’s recently organized a granny bag/tea cosy “crochet along“, I’ve made a “tea cosy”-treasury list this week.
Still in love with the one I’ve already made, it’s great fun to see how many more patterns and ideas there are out there!
This week’s favorites are:
A little more than one week before Christmas is upon us ……
Trying not to add to the Xmas stress by putting together yet another Treasury Tuesday containing lovely things that have to be made first, I decided to mix things up a bit. So this week you’ll find only a few “to do” items on the list, but mainly “ready-made”/”ready to buy” things, and I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.
These two have gone on my list for Santa ……
Wishing you a happy week!
There’s one more reason to like “Innocent”, apart from the fact that their products are pretty tasty.
Every year they organise their “Big Knit“, where they ask people to knit little hats that fit their smoothies, and for each one sold they make a donation towards organisations that help the elderly.
Usually somewhere in January each year Innocent smoothies wearing these little hats – how cool is that – are sold in grocery stores.
They even provide the patterns and have cute ideas to start your creativity flowing on their website, so really there’s no reason not to participate in this wonderful campaign.
Need more help? Viisit this link on pinterest.
Luckily they allow crocheters to join in as well, and for us happy hookers there are lots of places to go on the interweb to find patterns and inspiration too – all for such a good cause!
Two basic crochet patterns can be found on Annemarie’s Haakblog, but there’s more here, here and here (love the frog!).
If you’re in the UK (or want to contribute towards UK funds) this link tells you what Innocent wants you to do with your finished hats.
You can send in your UK-hats until December 12th, 2014, so there’s still plenty of time.
For you lovely lot in The Netherlands: here‘s where you can get all the information you need regarding making and sending – the Dutch cut off date for sending in your hats is December 1st, 2014.
This is where you want to click to check whether your local Innocent has a campaign like this too.
I can assure you I’ve already had a fun time making my little hats and I really like knowing my small contribution (doing something I love) may help someone in need – it made me feel pretty good!
I know will make many more – will you too?
It’s been a while since my last blog post, I guess summer stepped in the way!
Over the past few weeks we’ve been camping in the South of France and enjoying weeks of lovely warm and sunny weather at home. Thís is so my kind of season ……
Oh, yes, I like winter nights too, when we cozy up in front of the fireplace (crochet, book, magazine, coffee and/or wine right next to me), but these weeks filled with sunshine, gorgeous flowers everywhere, lazy meals outside ….. just terrific! A lot of crochet was done also (as you can see in the 1st photo), but not a whole lot reached a finishing stage, so I have barely any “ta-dah’s” to share right now.
A “ta-dah” of all sorts was my Instagram account hitting 6000 followers: wow!
The “6000” was crocheted as a token of my appreciation.
I kept up with the weekly granny squares from Simply Crochet Magazine and crocheted a LOT of colorful hearts for the Bétaille Throw – substantial progress was made. So this post is all about some snippets of my summer so far ……
Are you a fan of summer too? What is your favorite kind of season?
Wishing you a very happy day – no matter the kind of weather you’re experiencing!
A big and heartfelt “thank you” to all of the 393 people who entered the “maRRose Giveaway“.
I really appreciate all your likes, follows and sweet comments here, on Instagram and Facebook and would have loved for ALL of you to win!
There will definitely be a “maRRose Giveaway 2” in the near future!
The winners are: