Sunday, April 26, 2015

♥Head over heels with my newest cuff ♥


Hi guys! Hope you are having a splendid Sunday (afternoon)! I certainly am :)

This post is about my newest cuff which I must tell you I am deeply enamored with. In my note/sketchbook I use to jot down ideas and write patterns, crammed between embroidery and needle stitching notes, I found the pattern for this cuff.
I don't know why I haven't used this pattern again when it is so attractive and easy to make. I only used it that time, back in 2011  - I can't believe it was so long ago. However, I gave it another try with some slight variations, and I plan to make some more of these lovelies. Can't wait!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crochet Mori Jewelry

 

You wouldn't believe if I told you that I can go indefinitely like this... posting snippets of my latest collection! 

No, I am just joking...I am a considerate person  - I don't want to bore you to death :)

Truth be told, with everything going on in the past two months I really didn't find time to make representable photos and actually document the pieces. 

Here's another selection I chose to show you today. 




Friday, April 17, 2015

Textile Art Jewelry



 
Today while planning future projects I browsed through my boards on pinterest for inspiration and selected these amazing textile projects.
I have a soft spot for textile jewelry. I just cannot resist it. When I was little, fabric bracelets and necklaces were among the first I made using my grandma's scraps. Fabric (along with yarn) has always been a favourite to work with. The mori collection - which I keep postponing to document - also contains several mixed media pieces. Enjoy the selection!
 

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Funny signs in Popeye's Village



Here's a selection of signs they have over at Popeye's village. Not all were funny - some were instructional and some threating, and then, there were others :P

Choose yours!

 



 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Larksfoot Crochet Stitch Pattern (or the Icicle Stitch) Demistified

Ever since I posted an image I found on the internet showing the larksfoot crochet pattern (or also known as the icicle stitch) the traffic I receive due to that image is mind-boggling and I've received so many mails from people asking for the pattern so I decided it is fair I post the pattern for it.



Since this post was prepared long before I started my travels, I forgot to note down the size of the sample block so I will update this once I return home.

For the sample block I used sport acrylic yarn and 3mm hook. The pattern uses multiples of 4.

Let's begin:


Foundation: for the sample block I chained (7 x 4) 28 + 1

Row 1: dc 1 in 4th st from hook (makes the 1st dc), then 2dc, ch 1, sk 1, 3dc.


Here's the first row finished. As you can there are 7 sets of  3dcs + 1 skipped stitch = (4 sts), which is 7x4 = 28 sts.

Row 2: repeat row 1
To start it, chain 3 (counts as the 1st dc) and 2dc in the next two sts.

 
 
 
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch), sk 1, 1dc (over the 3rd dc in the row below), 1 elongated dc (encompassing the space of this and the row below it), 1 dc in the next stitch. This is the pattern for this row.
 
To divide it in steps it looks like this:
 
 
 
 
How to make that elongated dc:
 
 
 
 
 
Continue working the pattern to the end
 

For my sample block I ended by making the first dc of the larksfoot stitch (look closely at the picture). So whatever stitch number you choose (for the foundation) do not get confused if it ends differently (and it certainly will) - you just follow the pattern and be fine wherever it ends.
Mind the next row, though.

From now on you repeat rows 2 and 3. 
Row 4: repeat row 2 (mind how you finished). As you can see from the picture, I chained 4 and repeated row 2 across.


 
Row 5: repeat row 3 (the larksfoot stitch)

 


 
 
Row 6: repeat row 2

 

 
The pattern is great for blankets and scarves. I made a scarf for myself but I'll show it in another post.
I hope you put this to good use!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Popeye's Village in Malta

Yesterday, we went to Popeye's Village in Anchor Bay to bring back some memories from our childhood. We grew up with Popeye's cartoons and we quite love this funny character, so a trip to his village was a must. Sadly, we were without children and the experience would have been complete with them, because the village is the perfect place where you'd like to take your children for an exceptional and extraordinary day of fun!


When you enter, you have the village spread out in front of you, and all the colorful houses and the setting itself, makes your heart jump up a bit. At least mine did. You can see how happy I am here.


The day was filled with activities so upon entering we made it to the introduction of the Popeye story. The show they put for us was really delightful.


Afterwards we chatted a bit with the actors and took some pictures.




It was Popeye's idea for the selfie and we are glad we did it - because it turned great :)

The village is packed with authentic houses all made for the set of the Popeye movie and we loved wandering through. We also made a ton of photos (literally) so I will upload those on my flickr account when we get back home - that is - if you are interested to see more.

The village begins with Popeye's cabin.





Inside the houses there is a lot of natural light coming in, so some pictures are not clear. Sorry about this!



 
 

Olive's house is the biggest in the village but it only has two furnished rooms (shown above) - it is being redecorated currently, so the other rooms where empty.
 
The Village 
 





















There are a couple of houses dedicated to the production of the movie and a sort of a museum with toys, collectibles, posters, cartoons and memorabilia and inside there is a small cinema  that plays the film on repeat.





 
 
The tickets (which are 10 euros per person) include a free glass of punch, a postcard and a boat ride. The boat ride is not short as one would have assumed for a free one and we were taken to a breathtaking cave and a nice sail around the bay. Upon return you get a fabulous view of the village up front.
All in all it was an extraordinary experience as I said before. Next time I am going to post some hilarious signs they have in the village.

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About the place: Popeye Village Malta has grown from its days as a Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production 'Popeye' into one of the major tourist attractions on the Maltese Islands filled with a number of colorful fun activities for all young and young at heart. You may remember the stunning performance of Robin Williams as Popeye and as Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. I highly recommend you see the film, if you haven't already.