Monthly Archives: December 2012

Necklace turned bookmark

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I spent the whole of last night finishing a crochet flower necklace (pattern for crochet flowers can be found here. Leaf ties use this pattern. Both patterns are written in British crochet terms and, as I learned to crochet using American crochet terms, I used this translation guide to help me). When I tried it on and showed it to the boyfriend, he had this look on his face that said ‘It looks odd and I think you’re probably the only one who’d wear it, but good job though’. Yes, I do worry a lot about making things for people, especially when it’s a piece of jewellery or an accessory of some sort. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to wear something they don’t especially like to keep me happy. And, I do realise that I sometimes wear quirky fashion.

Thus, I disassembled the finished necklace and re-assembled the crochet flowers to make three bookmarks. These I will give to my boyfriend’s grandmother, who enjoys reading very much.

Looking at the pictures now, I do think the flowers make better bookmarks. They look a bit too big and awkward as a necklace. Good call, Ram (and boyfriend)!

Ram

One handmade gift down, more to go!

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After much thought, I’ve decided that I’m not going to give away an uncomfortable collar necklace as a gift. Instead, I made another one with a different colour and without any buttons, beads and other sew-on extras. At first, I used a champagne coloured yarn to make the collar tie. Then I came across this pattern and thought the tie looked way cuter.

An adorable accessory, rich in colour.

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I really love the flower ties!

I’m really glad to have finally finished one gift. And now, to move on to the next one!

Ram

Santa is coming to town!

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I went just a little bit crazy with the gift wrapping this year. I thoroughly enjoyed myself though, despite my aching neck and back. Christmas is so exciting!

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Pretty, pretty Christmas gifts!

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The ‘heart comet’.

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The ‘shooting star’.

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The ‘fan explosion’.

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The ‘lily’.

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The ‘budding rose’.

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The ‘rainbow hearts’.

Ram

A gift of childhood memories

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A Christmas gift from my sister arrived today! For those of you who don’t recognise it, it is a necklace that resembles the brooch-like piece on Eternal Sailor Moon’s outfit.

Moon eternal power... make up!

Moon eternal power… make up!

Eternal Sailor Moon is a character from a Japanese animation that my sister and I grew up with. We did not only like it, we were in love with it! Between the two of us, we probably have collected hundreds of Sailor Moon products. I thought I was pretty much over Sailor Moon (for I am ‘old’ and all), until my sister gave me this. A short fan-girl shriek did escape from my mouth this morning when I opened the parcel she sent me. I can’t help it – the necklace makes me feel a bit sentimental and I miss my sister now. She always has good gift ideas and I still have no clue what to give her!

Ram

Pearl and lace collar necklace

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I’ve finished beading my necklace and here’s what it looks like. I’m happy with the look of the finished product, but the thread that I used to sew on the beads made it feel a bit itchy to wear. So, I guess my dilemma remains…

Ram

p/s: I got the pattern for this collar on Ravelry, in case you’re wondering 🙂