Monday, December 8, 2014

Construction time

Days 16-24. It's a #handmadechristmas 🎄. Construction time 😀
Mice bits

It's mice construction time. I think it will be cool enough this evening for a bit of hand sewing. I would like for them to be finished by the end of the week but I always under estimate the time it takes to sew amigurumi together!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time for some sewing

All cut out

It was too hot on Monday to do any crocheting so I thought I'd make a start on AJ's Christmas present. He's getting it early as he needs it for his dance concerts this weekend. Couldn't stand him carrying around a supermarket green bag with his dance stuff in it anymore!! So we both dug deep in the pattern pile and he chose I Think Sew's Katie Boston bag. I love how he can see a pattern and be able to project his own take on it, doesn't just look at it and see a girls bag because of the fabric used in the pattern. Yay!

Nearly finished

Just need to add the bias binding to the inside and I'm done! Think I might also add a base. I used thick fabric and interfaced but it needs more structure. Perfect size for him this year, I'm just grateful he's doing hip hop and doesn't need a tu tu!! Some of the bags the girls were dragging into dress rehearsal were enormous!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Days 7-15. Taking form

Days 7-15. It's a #handmadechristmas. Lots of crocheting on the train this week. Surely you can guess what I'm making now 😉. #dittocrafts #crochet #Amigurumi #wip
Handmade Christmas Progress

Check out those shoes!! Well you can't really tell they are shoes yet, but they are cute. Yes I am making Ballerina Mice for my nieces. Both dancing obsessed at the moment. I have visions of them taking their Ballerina dolls to concerts for years to come, fingers crossed that will be a reality. 

They are really taking form now. I'm getting some very inquisitive looks on the train but more and more people are starting to ask what I'm making. I used to just stick with easy projects for the train, but I'm now getting very adventurous. Haven't pulled out the stuffing yet though ;-). If you are ever on a Hurstbridge train in Melbourne and see me crocheting away, stop and say hi :-).

The pattern I am using for this project is by lilleliis and can be found on etsy. I want to try so many of her other projects too. I'm checking out her free bunny pattern so I can use up all that pink i'll have left over!!

Have you found a great pattern lately? Please share.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Days 4-6 Progress

Days 4,5,6. It's a handmade christmas
Progress days 4-6

Check out that pink!!!! Not a colour I am used crocheting with, so bright. I'm not a pink girl, but my niece is. Both of my boys have gone through a pink phase, but not bright pink.

I'm going to have heaps of it left over, now I need to work out what I can make with it! Pink dinosaurs maybe?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Day 3 progress

Day 3. It's a handmade christmas
Day 3 Progress

I'm not used to such a large project!! These 100g balls are causing a bit of a storage problem. Hopefully they will minimise considerably. I've got more colours to add though ;-).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas gift progress

Day 2. It's a handmade christmas
Day 2 working on Christmas Gifts

I'm really enjoying making on the train again, and these girls are coming along really quickly. I'm a bit behind in writing about them, but that's ok. If you want to skip ahead check out my Instagram (look for dittocrafts) or flickr (click on the picture above).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dino Family

Family portrait pic two :-)
My Little Dino Family

It's a dino family!! I made most of these ages ago, you can see the little brown one in my banner, that was the first and is Little O. But AJ was bugging me to make his too. Don't know why it took so long for me to get around to it. They are quick to make, so he finally picked a colour and the yellow one was born. So now we have all 4 of us, in dino.

My version of a family portrait. Hubby, me and both boys in dino :-)
Too cute to handle

So cute!

Pattern by Planet June

Monday, November 17, 2014

Handmade Christmas 2014

Day 1. It's a handmade christmas
work in progress
Hello totally neglected blog! It appears having two blogs doesn't increase blog writing, it just makes you ignore both ;-). Well I'm hoping that will change! This blog is after all meant for my personal craft making, not making for Ditto Crafts. So here is what I'm making at the moment. Gifts for my neices for Christmas. Can you guess what it will be?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Grab a pattern or two

I love following someone's career. Especially when they pave their own way, uncertain where their venture may take them. It's even more exciting when your career is your passion. I'm very excited for Michelle of Michelle Patterns reaching her 6 year anniversary of making her little biz a full time career. She has written so many patterns, most of which I, hmm, own ;-) and each and everyone one always has a function or purpose, love that.

In honour of her 6th anniversary Michelle is having a $5 sale. 

Michelle's Anniversary Sale

Most of her current patterns are only $5, yay.

Here are a few items I've made from her patterns, you've seen them all before but here is a very small round up.

Items I've made using Michelle Patterns

Michelle's patterns a very easy to follow and most can be finished in an afternoon. Very handy when you need a gift quickly, like this owl purse, too cute.

Owl coin purse.
Owl Purse

I've had my eye on her new pot holder pattern, I think I might be snapping that up, my kitchen needs a bit of sprucing up.

Michelle's Pot Holder pattern

So if you are in need of a few extra patterns in your stash, and who isn't ;-) then pop over before April 8 for a bargain and help Michelle celebrate. If you do, let me know what you've made.

(Note: This is a sponsored post and has affiliate links)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Super Space Alien

I know it's been a while, and it's not that I haven't been making, there has been heaps of that going on.

Like this Super Alien I made for Little O for his 3rd birthday.

Here he is in the making. I enlarged the pattern, i think by 150%. He looked like he was going to be too small to cuddle.

And here he is finished. Very easy to sew. I splurged and got real wool felt for the cape. I'm sick of the cheap stuff pilling.

He's a bit shy. I have to be honest. I didn't get the reaction from Little O that I expected. I think I should have made another robot or under the sea creature, he's not shy telling me what he thinks!!

Maybe I should just keep him for myself ;-)

Pattern by Melly & Me

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A new craft for me

My Mum has introduced me to a new craft. It's not that I needed a new one, but thought it might be easier on my hands than crochet when they are sore. Needle felting. She gave me some wool roving a couple of years ago for welt felting, but that didn't really interest me. Well that has now come in useful. The orange eye is me playing around with my first go. Think I'm in love, you will see a lot more needle felting from me. This book is Woolbuddies by Jackie Huang. Soooo cute.

Needle Felting Love


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