Friday, January 30, 2015

Creative goals for 2015

With a new year comes new goals and resolutions and normally I'm not one to make any resolutions (they never usually get kept) but this year i want to have a clear view of what I want to get done creatively. 
In the past I've made myself promises and plenty of lists but this year I want to be realistic about what I want to get done and what i can get done.

I'm putting it out here on my blog to help keep me on track as this is where I share almost all of the creative things I do.
I'm going to share either at the end of a month or at the beginning of a new month the goals creatively for the following month. This way i think I can stay on top of how much time I'm going to have each month and not make a heap of goals in January that come June I wont have the time for.

 I am hoping to scrapbook more, work in my art journal regularly and write as often as possible as well as make as many handmade gifts as possible. I think that its all about being prepared and planning and not leaving everything to the last minute which has happened alot in the past.

 So As January is almost over lets start of with the creative goals for February!
* Finish granny rectangle blanket by 5th
* Complete order for crochet washers
* 3 scrapbook pages
* crochet baby blanket x 2
* art journal page
* crochet baby items for baby shower

Tall order ?  Well the 1st two items on the list have to be complete by the 1st week so as long as its not too hot to crochet of a night I think I will be ok.

Do you set yourself creative goals ? How do you go about keeping on track ?

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rainbow coasters

Towards the end of last year I had made alot of cotton crochet items and had quite alot of leftover bits, not really big enough to make a full dishcloth but too much just to throw away.
There was just enough to make up some coasters.

A simple circle pattern just adding in some colour made a cute array of rainbow coasters. They are really quick to make, I think I did the whole lot in one night.
They made a sweet small gift to add to my penpals Christmas package, I think this year with a cute mug and teabags or hot chocolate they will make a great gift.

I  have been thinking alot about my creative goals for this year might have to do a blog post about it, stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Australia Day

Wishing you all an amazing Australia Day however you spent the day! We had a quiet ( well maybe not) one at home with the family, a BBQ a bit of cricket and a swim.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Crochet Market bags

Who shares my dislike of plastic bags? I'm sure most of you do. There are a lot of  Eco alternatives around now a days. Like a lot of you I have many of the $2 ones from the supermarkets, and whilst these are great for doing the groceries, not so practical or pretty for a day of shopping for clothes or non food items.

Introducing the crochet market bag! I have made a few of these for gifts and have a couple of my own. I have made the handles long so they can go over your shoulder and not have to be carried in your hand. This is easy enough to change though if you prefer shorter handles.
The patterns are endless, so many different designs and of course they can be made in whatever colours you want. I added flowers to these for that extra girly touch.

I didn't use a pattern for these I just started with a circle and went from there, but if you are in need of a pattern do a search on Ravelry or check out this one on Attic 24, she has an awesome tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Handmade gifts - Personalised Zentangles

Teenagers and young adults are hard to get gifts for at anytime, so creating something handmade for them becomes a real dilemma.
I have in the past made blankets but as I had a few to create gifts for that was out just due to time constraints. After some searching around for inspiration I came up with the idea of personalised zentangles.

 The first couple I did just with their initial, on A4 canvas sheets. There were 3 of these that had to be mailed and one of them overseas so I left these ones unframed for safer travelling (don't want glass breaking in the mail).
Then for my niece and sons girlfriend I did A3 size sheets with their full name and picked up some nice black Ikea frames (at the thrift store for $4) trimmed them a little and popped the artwork inside.

I think they looked great and the girls all agreed, they loved them. The hardest bit about these was finding the right size frame. The larger full name ones were a little more time consuming but they proved to be a great gift for the teenage girl!

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Scrap the Boys - January challenge

It has been many months, since I last scrapped anything for a challenge. May last year was the last time I entered a ScraptheBoys challenge.
The current inspiration piece jumped out at me and I already had this photo of Jayden sitting on my desk, so I pulled together some more bits and pieces to end up with a grungy layout.

My first lout for 2015, I'm going to try and create at least one layout a month, would love to try for one a week but know that is just not realistic.
If you are looking for some inspiration or a challenge head over to the STB blog and check it out.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Crochet Mandala

 My last post showed you a very basic crochet doiley, today im sharing with you  the mandala - or fancy doiley. You can see how different they are from the plain pink one just by using a different pattern.

I used an acryllic yarn for these ones as I wanted specific colours that i didnt have in cotton. I was also pretty certain they wouldnt be used for hot items.
Even with the fancier pattern they were still pretty simple to make up and quite quick too. The beauty of this one is that you could use whatever colours you wanted to suit your decor.

With the leftover yarn I made up a couple of smaller doileys to go with it. I quite like this design and am thinking would make some cute coasters in cotton.

Thanks for stopping by
Lis :)