My first art journal

I’ve made my first art journal!!
I used an old watercolour block I had laying around, and removed some pages and decorated the cover.

Love it!

first art journal cover

And the first page is a really softstart… I just wanted to start with a full spread. The crow is one I found at the homepage of the Swedish Historic Museum. If I remember right it’s originally a pendant or something from the Viking era.

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More pages to come. 🙂

Love
Jos

Seed bead heaven

I’m in seed bead heaven! Yesterday my package with beads arrived, unfortunately I was totally bedridden and couldn’t fully appreciate the small colourful mixes. Having both a bad cold and a really bad migraine sort of beats the most more positive things.

I ordered these beads for the rest of my birthday money and they shipped all right, but somewhere on the route from Arizona, USA, to my place in Sweden it sort of got stuck. Guess the Swedish customs wanted to have a closer look. But now they’re here! Yay! Five bags of absolutely lovely mixes of 6/0 mm seed beads, plus a small bonus bag with equally beautiful beads.
I found this wonderful shop on Etsy, I’ve looked for big enough beads, for crocheting (and maybe some beadwork), for ages. It’s called “Spirit Bear Beads” and the owner is very helpful and shipped really fast. She’s got lots of different beads, and the mixes are to die for… and the names of the mixes are true poetry.

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I’ve got plans for two of the bags, the Emerald Isle mix and the Red Rum Raisen mix. I’ll use them both for shawls, it’s a pattern I’ve had laying around. Actually this shawl is one of the reasons I wanted to learn how to crochet, The Lisa shawl. Love it!
For the Emerald Isle mix I’m thinking of using Malabrigo’s Agua and for the Red Rum Raisen I’m going to use, also a Malabrigo yarn, but the Tizina red. Hopefully I’ll find one more skein of the Aguas yarn, it appears to be out of stock everywhere in Sweden.

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The bonus bag contained a mix called Blue Jay Birdwatcher mix. A beautiful mix of blues and greys. I have to find a project to use them in…

Now I feel I’ll have to crawl under the blanket again. Have some home made ginger tea and maybe some pop-corn. That must be a perfect combo, right?

Keep well and prosper.
Josefina

Orange pillow

Just a quick post of my second cushion I’m working on.
It’s just waiting to get some sort of backing… and maybe blocking before that. It’s worked in Drops Muskat with a 4mm hook.

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orange cushion_2

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Hope you all have a great weekend.

Josefina

Yarn, yarn and yarn

Today my yarn orders arrived! Yay! My excuses for ordering more yarn were that I had to use up the rest of my Birthday money, and I had to order more yarn to a current wip. I know, good excuses right!?

I have stared with big eyes on yarns from Malabrigo and Cascade for ages. Totally yummie and gorgeous colours! So when I received  some money for my Birthday I decided that I should buy some of these gorgeous skeins of yarn.
In the first picture you can see one skein of Malabrigo’s sock yarn in the colour Aguas. Unfortunately they only had one skein left, I had an idea of using it for a shawl pattern I have on my waiting list. But I’m sure I’ll come up with something. It’s a bit darker than I thought, but still beautiful shades of grey/green/blue. The other skeins are Cascade 220 Fingering yarns in the colours Cyan blue (8891), Azure (8892), Anis (8908), Flamingo Pink (7805) and Natural (8010). Difficult to photograph so the colours come out right, but I love them! Maybe I’ll use them for a blanket… All of these yarns are ordered from Garnkorgen, a Swedish site with lots of gorgeous yarns to dream of.

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The other package was from Garnaffären another Swedish site with lots of yarns to choose from, I mainly order Drops Paris from them and that’s what was in the package this time also.
Last week I started making a cover for a stool I bought at a flea market ages ago. I found this pattern at Pinterest and I thought it would be perfect. It’s a total yarn eater though, so I soon realised that the yarn I had wouldn’t be enough… Too bad, right? 😉

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So when I had to order some yarn for my project, I just had to order some extra colours right? It’s good to have for small projects and I feel another pillow is coming up… or a market bag… or something totally different. You can never know when the crochet bug strikes. The colours are Pistachio (39), Vanilla (35), Off white (17), White (16), Light ice blue (29), Dark turquoise (10), Light light pink (57), Apricot (01), Rust (46) and Light mint green (21). I think I’ll continue with the stool cover right away… or maybe I should just sit and squeeze the Malabrigo and Cascade skeins a bit more, maybe turn them into squeezable balls…

Another thing I’m waiting for is a package full of seed beads from Spirit Bear Beads over at Etsy. She has absolutely gorgeous beads in various mixes, Emerald Isle mix and Beaches mix are two of five mixes I bought for the rest of my Birthday money. I plan on trying some crochet with beads, one is a shawl with a Malabrigo yarn I’ve had for a couple of years. I bought it as a newbie in crochet and have not come around to use it until now… I hope. It’s the same yarn as the Aguas I wrote about earlier. It’s so soft, merino wool and a beautiful deep red. The pattern is one of the reasons I wanted to learn how to crochet and now might be the time to try add some beads in the mix.

Many thanks,
Josefina

One of those days

Today has been one of those days when I want to do stuff, but don’t know what. Instead I end up playing Minecraft and doing some crochet. They’re my way of just being, but still feeling that I’m doing something.

Maybe today is a sort of hangover from yesterday and Friday. We decided Thursday evening that we should take a trip to Malmö, the third biggest city in Sweden and only about a two hours drive from us. We stayed at an hotel, had hotel breakfast (Weeee! Love them!), went to museum, did some shopping and just had a nice time. Our young pixie is a great travel companion. He’s now so big so he manage to walk for rather long periods of time and he can stay up rather late… even if he still wakes up around 7 am… No problem when you can sleep in the car on the way home. 🙂

… but today… Guess the headaches and migraines I’ve had the last couple of days are starting to wear me down. I just want them to stop! Totally sucks the energy out of you…

But on the other hand I’ve finished the Nordic shawl! Yay!
A great pattern to work with, but I think I’ll have to practice some on the yarn changing and how to end and start a row… Some of my rows got a bit wobbly at the edges, especially the ones with mixed stitches and different colours… Maybe it’ll even up a bit if I block it?

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It turned out a bit too small, even if I added a couple of rows on the advice from Annette (My Rose Valley), but it’s still good at doing it’s job warming my shoulders. Next time I’ll add even more rows, maybe 10 or 15 even, if I make it in Tilda yarn. I definitely will make one, at least, more… maybe I’ll use the odd balls I’ve got of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino…

Now I’ll try to be kind to myself, or humble as my doctor called it. Tomorrow is another, new day.
Josefina

Spring and more Nordic shawl

We’ve had a couple of days with wonderful, lovely weather. Sun! We’ve been able to sit on our balcony, basking in sunlight eating the first ice cream this year. We have the big fortune to have a long balcony, with doors from both bed rooms and the living room… and it’s situated to the south. Love it, but we might need an umbrella so it wont be too hot… If that is possible…

Today our Pixie man is home from school with a sore throat and a little fever. But he seems rather happy… and being able to play Minecraft for the main part of the day is never wrong… As he said earlier: He’s ill so he’s allowed to do that. LOL
Seems like it’s the thing right now, fever and a sore throat. Nic had it last week and I can feel I’ve got something going on in my throat as well. Typical spring I guess… But I’ll take that any day as long as it’s sunny and above 0 degrees. Ha!

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My Nordic shawl is coming along fine. It’s such a nice pattern to work with… I wonder why I waited so long to try a shawl pattern. But this has definitely got me hooked… no pun intended…
I’ve finally decided what colours to use for the mixed stripes…
It’s all Tilda yarn, a mix of cotton and acrylic. I’m using dark grey (02) for the base colour. Then for the mixed stripes I’m going to use: cream (05), red (45), coral (37), dark green (86), apple green (801 limited edition) and petrol (88).
This is how the shawl looks like right now and the next photo shows my colour choices all together. It’s always so nice to see them like that, it’s like a bouquet of flowers, right?

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Now time for some tea and some biscuits for me and my little patient. I’ve got to continue with the coloured rows as well, it’s hard to stop… But that’s a good thing.
This week end my mother is coming down and we’ll celebrate both mine and her Birthday. I also feel an urge to go to some flee markets… maybe we can make an outing when she’s here… It’s spring.

Cheers!
Jos

A cushion for my mother

Today have really felt like a spring day! Sun and a little bit warmer. Feels so good! I’ve started to think how we will use our long, but narrow, balcony this summer. Last year we moved into the apartment a little late, so we sort of just put out what chairs we had and I bought two strawberry plants. But this year I really would like to make it as cosy as possible. Nice chairs, table and maybe an umbrella if the summer is going to be as warm and sunny as the last one… Yes, I’d love that. Have some herbs and flowers in boxes… maybe plant some sweet pea or something else that can climb up the walls… Oh, the possibilities are endless.

Today my mother-in-law came for a short visit, my Birthday is on Monday so we’ll celebrate some in advance… and next week-end my mother will come and we’ll celebrate some more. And since my mother’s Birthday is later this month, we take the opportunity to celebrate her too while she’s here.

I made her a pillow, using the Sunburst Granny Square from Nittybits. The yarn I used is Catania cotton with a 3 mm hook. The squares are made up in two different colour schemes, red/pink/coral and dark green/ light blue/light green. I used the join-as-you-go method and stitched them together with also Catania, in a linen, sort of white/beige/grey, shade. The edging or trim is from Lucy over at Attic 24, the granny blanket edging.

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I hope she’ll like it… well she’s my mother and most mothers love anything you give them, right? But the colours are really me… I do love to combine greens with reds! The edge is a bit frilly to be me, but hey! You’ve got to try things out right? I’ll try and wrap it up nicely and give it to her with the other gifts next week end. Eeeeeh! This is a fun way of giving.

Ooh, the backside is made in linen fabric with a dark red button so you can remove the cover and wash it if necessary. It’s a first time for me, adding fabric to a crochet front. It was a bit tricky… and my sewing machine didn’t help… But in the end it turned out all right. Next time will be easier.

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I actually have another cushion that is almost finished, I’ve got to add some rounds around the squares, so it wont be too small. I learned this from the cushion in this post. It’ll make it easier to put together with the fabric backing… I hope… It’s made in another yarn and different colours, but I used the same pattern, It’s funny to see how different it can look just by changing colours and/or thickness of yarn.

But, that is another post for another time…

Hope you all have a great week end, and that the spring is in the air where you are too!

Cheers!
Jos