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Etsy Finds – Birthday Edition

Today’s Etsy Finds is a special edition as it was my birthday on Thursday! I have selected a range of things that I would have loved to receive ^_^

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Here are the links:
3 Bath Cookies
Cat Mug In Back Or White (I NEED this!!)
Fondant Giraffe Cake Topper (I had to include a giraffe ;) )
Candy Birthday Card
Happy Birthday Cake Banner
Personalised Birthstone Necklace (This is beautiful)
Crackle Glass Earrings
Double Flap Clutch (I really want this, it’s so pretty and useful!)
Sleepy Time Epic Vegan Lip Balm (My lips are really sore at the moment so this would come in handy!)

As always, if you have an Etsy shop and would like to be featured in a future post leave me a comment :)

Sam xx

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Pretty Crochet Flowers

Crochet Flowers
Thought you might like to see some pretty flowers I have made recently :) There are two different sets at the moment, one in luxury/premium yarn which is super soft and quite floppy, and one in standard yarn. The standard yarn is still really pretty though as you can see, and they are slightly bigger.

The luxury yarn is the ones in the background and the top picture, and the standard yarn is the one in the bottom picture. 

They are both listed on my shop here

Hope you like them!
Sam xx

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Free Pattern: Weave Square

Here’s what I was making from this post! Did you guess right?

Weave Square - Free Pattern
I thought I’d share with you a square I have made! I got the idea from a picture I found online. I couldn’t find a pattern so created my own! I hope you like it :)

Weave Square - Free Pattern (materials needed)
Click here to add to your Ravelry library!

Skill Level: 
Easy to intermediate. The pattern is basic double crochet and half-treble crochet, but putting it together is a bit more complicated. I’ve explained each step as clearly as possible though, and included lots of photo’s to help 

Finished Dimensions:
4×4 inches, but it can be easily adjusted. If you need help with this just ask!

Yarn:
I used a mix of brands in DK. It can be any yarn, but remember it will change the dimensions if it is a different weight

Hook Size:
3.5mm

Other Materials:
Scissors
Darning Needle

Tension:
Unless you are after a specific sized square tension is not necessary. If you do need it to be specific, each strip should measure 9×1 cm each

Stitch Key:
This pattern is in UK terms; for the American terms please see ‘tips’ below 
htr – Half treble
dc – Double crochet

Tips:

  • I find weaving in the ends as you go along really helps. That way all you have to do at the end is weave the last end in. The way I do it is I crochet over the first loose end made, then sew in the one at the end of each strip. None of my strips had loose ends once I started connecting them, making things much easier and neater.
  • The coloured strips are only fastened down at the ends. 
  • American term conversion: htr in UK is hdc in US;  dc in UK is sc in US

Making the strips
You need to make 5 white, 2 orange, 2 medium yellow, 1 light yellow, or any colour combination! 

Row 1: ch 18. htr in the 3rd chain from hook, htr along (16 sts) Fasten off and weave in ends. Repeat until you have the right amount of strips.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (strips)

Putting the square together
Row 2: Join in with white on a white strip as if you were about to do another row of htr. dc 1. Then pick up one of the dark strips. Place it vertically at the back of the white strip and dc in the next 2 sts, making sure you go through both strips. dc in the next st on the white strip. Repeat this process with all of the coloured strips, overlapping and under-lapping alternately, with a dc between each one. Use the picture for guidance. End with a dc.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (strips)

Row 3: ch 1, 2 dc down the end of the white strip you’ve been working on, then ch 1. Pick up the next white strip and dc twice along the short edge, then ch 1. repeat with the rest of the white strips. Make sure you don’t dc through the edge of the coloured strip here, only crochet the white ones. The coloured strips only get dc along the short ends. You don’t need to worry about the placement of the coloured strips until you do the next side, so don’t worry about them for now.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (strips)
Row 4: This is where you start needing to make sure the strips are in the right place, but the weaving is not super important other than for guidance until you get to the white strips again. The main thing to remember is if it under-laps at the top then it does at the bottom too. Starting with the dark colour, overlap and under-lap in the right place, again using the picture for guidance. Then ch 1 and dc along in the same way as round 2.

Weave Square - Free Pattern (Third Side)
Row 5: Now you need to make sure the colours are weaved properly. All the coloured strips are fastened down so you will only be able to move the white strips. Once that’s done: *ch 1, dc in next 2 sts of the short end of the white strip* repeat along, making sure the strips are weaved correctly for the final time, ending with a ch 1

Row 6: starting with 2dc  in the next st (the corner), dc around the whole square, making sure you do 2 dc in the rest of the corners too Fasten off, weave in the final yarn end, and you’re done!

Weave Square - Free Pattern
Hope you enjoyed my tutorial! If you have any questions feel free to ask me, and if you send me photo’s of your finished squares I’ll post them here! (I’ll get round to this soon, I promise!)

If you’d like to save it for later here’s the Ravelry link!

If you’d find it easier to read this pattern in Hungarian, The wonderful Mercédesz has translated it over on her blog! Go here to check it out ^_^
Translations are always welcome as long as they credit me and link back to my blog. If you’d like to be added to the bottom of the pattern post your link below or message me!

Sam xx

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Happy Valentines Day!!

Crochet Valentines Hearts
Happy Valentines Day!! I hope you’re all having a happy, love-filled day :)
Above is a picture of a heart I’ve crocheted, the pattern can be found here. Its really easy, so give it a go! Perfect gift to show love to your partner, or a family or friend who you want to show some love to! ^_^

I’ll be back in a few hours with a special Valentines Etsy Finds post!

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday….. On Monday – Christmas Edition

Oops this is a little late!
Have you noticed my new Christmassy theme of my blog? I changed it today! If you are a regular you will see that is the same theme just a different colour, and I’ve added some snow! ^_^

So, today’s two themes are Gadgets and Romantic! 

Firstly:
GADGETS!!

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Here are the links:
Hard Drive Clock
Rainbow Macbook Keyboard Decal (I want one for my laptop!!)
Playable Harmonica USB Pen – 8GB
Pink Egg iPhone case (awesome!)
Gadget Wallet (This would be so handy!)
Design Your Own Wooden iPhone Dock
Pikachu Pokmon Mouse Pad (Cute!)
Sherlock Holmes Pocket Watch
PDF Pattern For Tablet Cover (Pretty!)

The next set is:
ROMANTIC!!

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Here are the links:
Swarovski Heart Pendant (So pretty)
Linen Heart Ornaments (A lovely gift idea!)
Rose Earrings
Red Dress
Rose Gold Sapphire Ring (I really love this ♥)
Rose Bath Bombs
Fairy Locket
Pyjama Lounge Shorts (Pretty, and I love the rabbit!!)
Origami Lotus Flower

I loved finding today’s sets, especially the romantic things – there’s so many pretties!

Thank you for visiting today :)
Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday – Christmas Edition

I can’t believe where this year has gone, its December tomorrow!! Anyway, today’s gift pair is: ‘Pets’ and ‘Cards and wrap’ :)

So firstly:
PETS!!

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Here are the links:
Horse Treat Wreath
Personalised Velvet Dog Collar
Cat Shaped Cat Bowl (I love this!)
Pet Lover Bauble + Donation To A Pet Rescue Centre
Rainbow Rabbit Plush (I want one of these!!)
Cat/dog Collar Tie
Hamster, Rat or Gerbil Bed (My mice would love this)
Cat Cave Bed (Awesome!)
Hamster, Rabbit or Gerbil Stick Treat

Perfect for any pet lover, or for yourself and pets! :)

Next:
CARDS AND WRAP!!

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Here are the links:
‘Wish’ x3 Clay Gift Tags
Box Of Bakers Twine In Christmas Colours (I love this ^_^)
Set Of 4 Reusable Fabric Gift Bags
Set Of 24 Christmas Cards
Gingerbread Gift Wrap (Awesome!!)
Colourful Doilies (Would be great to wrap around the present)
‘Believe’ Rubber Stamp
‘Baked With Love’ Gift Tags (Pretty!)
Christmas Washi Tape (I love washi tape :D)

Isn’t there some great things? I want everything! ^_^

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday…. On Monday – Christmas Edition

Welcome to the second post of the special Christmas gift finds from Etsy! Today’s themes are children and teens! I tried to include things for both boys and girls.

Firstly:
CHILDREN!!


Here are the links:
Organic Octopus Baby Bodysuit
Rainbow Acorns Educational Sorting Toy (I love things like this!)
Toy Car holder (Awesome!)
Hooded Shark Towel
Wooden Fairy Wand
Elephant Plush Toy (I want this so much ♥)
Dummy/Pacifier clip (Gorgeous)
Educational Sewing Kit
Wooden Stacking Rainbow

The next selection is:
TEENS!


Here are the links:
Colour It Yourself Bag (Wow, I would have loved this when I was younger!)
‘Ka-pow’ Comic Book Wall Art
Gadget Cover
Shark Necklace (great for both boys and girls!)
Sock Monkey Kit (Amazing!! And you should look at the other colours :D)
Jewellery Box
Rustic Rope Bracelet (perfect for teenage boys)
Zebra Stud Earrings (I want these!)
Owl Plush

Hope this helps you find the children and teens in your life the perfect Christmas present! (Of course there is loads of things there perfect for adults too – I know there’s lots I want!)

What is your favourite gift above?

Sam xx