Sunday, 2 November 2014

Mini Hoop Flowers

Hello Lovelies!! 
I do hope you're all having a jolly good week?
Over the past couple of days or so I've received a lot of questions about the crocheted flowers I made for my Ikea lamp. I thought I'd take a little moment to answer your questions and hopefully help those of you out who are interested in making some of these flowers to embellish your own projects.

Now these flowers started out as some plastic rings that Dennis and I bought ages ago and never got around to actually use them. 

The rings I used are 26mm flat profile crochet rings by Prym. They are available in many different sizes. It could be fun to play around with some of the larger sizes, but for this project I used the smallest size.
I've had a little look online and found some similar versions of the crochet rings that are available in the same size (26mm) as the ones that I used, check out these websites:

As for my choice of yarn; I used Cottonell by Wolle Rödel, an aran weight yarn. It's a very easy to use, no fuss cotton, that comes in some lovely vibrant shades!
This yarn along with a size 4mm crochet hook and I was ready to get to work!

The buttons were purchased here at Depot, a German home and interior store.
There are lots of great alternatives online for buttons, Why not have a look at the websites also?:

I hope this answers a few of those questions you had about the materials that I used. Of course you probably want to know how I actually made the flowers (that would be helpful), so I jotted down the  pattern. You can find the tutorial for these delightful flowers along with lots of other fun things to make, by clicking on the tutorials link at the top of the page. Alternatively to go straight to the flower tutorial you can click here.

I hope you have fun making these little flowers. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Autumn Walks and Wild Flowers

Hello there!!
A big thank you for all of the lovely comments I received on my last post. It really means a great deal hearing from each and everyone of you! 
Today was a truly magnificent day! An Autumn day with a rather fresh breeze and a glorious dose of sunshine. Nothing I enjoy better than a clear blue sky and a strong fresh air to clear my mind. 

Instead of heading into the city (as I usually do on my day off), Dennis and I decided to go for a nice long walk, armed with our cameras. 

It was rather tremendous! With the sun shining and the leaves changing shades and falling from the trees, everything appeared to be gleaming a rather yummy caramel colour. 

The ducks were splashing about, enjoying the day as much as I was! 

With a little exploring the dried out remains of Summer could still be found.

We spotted the crisp remains of the sunflower fields, along with glimpses of dried out corn that hadn't been harvested. That shade of yellow is rather amazing, like gem stones! 

Yes the remains of Summer could be seen! But Autumn was bringing it's own fresh delights. 
Bright magenta berries...

Vibrant flowers....

and nothing reminds me more of Autumn than a big bold pumpkin!

It was a lovely walk, it really was!
On our way home we stopped of at a field close to out apartment. It is a flower field, where you can cut your own bunches of flowers and pay for the flowers you have cut. A rather fabulous idea, if you ask me!

There was a knife lying at the entrance of the field so you could easily chop the flowers you so desired.

Despite it being colder, there were still a lot of very gorgeous flowers growing in the field!

Dennis and I picked a small bunch of pretty flowers and placed our money in the slot at the entrance to the field. 

What a beautiful bunch of flowers we have! So vibrant, with great variety to the different types of flowers. Far better than buying from the supermarket!

They look rather lovely at home and bring a warmth to the darkening days.

I'm a big fan of this time of year,  even if it makes me feel like hibernating under my duvet all day long!!!
Hope you are all having the most glorious Autumny week!