back to reality

I recently had some thought about our blog. I have to be honest, in the last weeks I was not able to post much and constantly had a bad conscience. I feel in order to make you followers happy, we should post every week. But recently my life was just too busy. And then this week after a lot of traveling for work, for the first time in long, I had time to breath again. I looked at my to do list and saw the blog has been neglected for 4 weeks now… Instantly, I felt bad and thought which project I should prepare next …

Wilhemina_1But then I stopped and had another look at my to do list… Also I wanted to sent a birthday present to my aunt, who just finished chemo, I wanted to sent a welcome present to little Ida, the newborn daughter of my friend in London, I wanted to sent postcards from Utrecht to friends since weeks… So then I realised that actually I want to put back my priority to make real people in my life happy and the blog followers only come second. Do you understand what I mean?

Wilhemina_2I think our blog is great. It kept me motivated to try new things and it kept me close to Ale. I think it is amazing that we managed the market and spend a day among many crafty soulemates. But lately, I feel something went wrong… This blog should be joy, not stress!!!

Wilhemina_3Thus, I feel I need a break… maybe it is that after a year dedication, I feel there are other new things I want to try and this will be the end of me posting… maybe I really just need a break and will be back posting with new energy soon. At the moment I don’t know…
I hope all that read this will understand… Don’t abandon this space. There will be more craftyness happening here! But for now I need to get back from virtuality to reality. I hope to see some of you out there :-)

My Next 5 and a Half Weeks: Projects on the Way (with Free Patterns From the Blogosphere!)

The hot summer has cooled down a bit last night. My teaching lessons are slowing down from the end of next week on. And I am 5 and a half weeks far away from the due date.

Let’s say there is a big will of taking care of my self for at least 3/4 weeks before the birth, have long sleeps and especially “make the things I’ve never had time to do!”.

The to-do-list includes creative and less-creative stuff. But more important it is a way to relax and see this period as a way to recharge the positive energy and make the best of it for the growing family.

I wish I had more time… We always say. But in fact, we just need to be organized. And luckily, I do not feel so sick or tired and just wanna use the energy I have for making or finishing the “nice things” I’ve left aside for a while.

1) Wedding albums.

First of all I’d like to finish the marriage album with all the pictures of the day before the wedding and the day of the wedding. Thanks to my friends and the good photographer, I have really great pictures of those days. It has been 3 years we got married and still – I am a bit ashamed to admit it – I have to finish the two big albums of pictures I made myself (sometimes that’s the bargain to do things in your own … But better in this way! ;)).

2) Family photos books.

I also would like to (at least) start the yearly family album from 2012 on, the year were we got married and I was pregnant with our first boy. I still don’t know how… Nowadays it has become so difficult to select photos and decide what to do with the digitalized version of them. I wanna just do it fast and do not worry too much to leave some nice photos away.

3) A crochet blanket for the next boy.

IMG_20150118_143014

First I found some super quality 100% merino wool in an outlet in Italy. The thread was so thin that I needed to roll it 7 times! I spent a huge quantity of evenings in the winter watching series with my husband and rolling this wool…Not the most funny activity ever, let’s say. I used two colors: yellow and white. Then the main color of my the little blanket I have in mind it’s a light yellow. I used this vintage pattern from the Dutch crocheter ByHaafner. Dutch and Scandinavian people are so good with wool and pattern!

My wool is a lot thiner. Then I calculated that I’d need at least 9 squares (and not just 4 like in the picture). I’m finishing my 5th in these evenings.

4) A small monkey or another crocheted animal for the baby coming.

2015-06-05 10.46.09

I think I’ll use this Japanese pattern of a crochet cat that I’ve found some time ago (see picture below). I would like to make a monkey or a rattle like the one in this picture above.

cat

5) Stimulating activities to do alone.

I don’t want to make more plans. But it is also good to have some time left for friends and for new inspiring small courses like the ones I am going to follow: one course of French for communication and office that lasts 10 lunch-breaks, and especially one workshop of three mornings to sew cloths for children and babies. It could be handy in the next months. Plus, I’m looking forward to do that! It is the first time I’ll make a course for teaching my self a bit of sewing tips. ;-)

6) Sleep and have fun.

Yes I should not forget that the tiredness is increasing and I could also need some rest before the big event – And especially before the following months of not sleeping and not resting with two boys and may be also a move!

Hope you are fine as well and have some time for your summer projects! Curious to know more about yours…

Hugs and creativity,

Ale

Frau Gerold Garten Market: Our First Market!

It has been one week, on a very turbulent day, windy and cloudy and with a storm in the middle of that day. But WE DID IT!

2015-06-27 11.26.41

2015-06-27 11.19.49The 6 of us were present, and thank to all our motivation and excitement, we made up our stand and try to sell all day long.

Here I show our items:

1) Antje’s origamis.

2015-06-27 11.37.22 2015-06-27 11.36.192) Ale (me!)’s crochet and fimo items.

2015-06-27 11.36.593) Rossana’s crochet fruits potholders.

2015-06-27 11.36.52

4) Bettina’s jewelry.

2015-06-27 11.36.27

5) Bettina’s friend postcards.

2015-06-27 11.36.33

6) Janine’s jewelry.

2015-06-27 11.36.42Honestly we didn’t sell as we wished… But it was a difficult Saturday we guess. Every stand was actually not selling a lot but we did sell a little each one!

Hope to be more lucky next time. Anyway we had fun and we understood a lot more.

2015-06-27 11.18.13

XO

Ale

Getting Ready for the Zürich Flea Market of Saturday

Labels, pricing, little packages, business-cards for our Blog, display furnitures for the market, bins for the little items we create, organizing girls and stand with the market (i.e. chairs, table, umbrella for the sun, boxes, food and drinks)… and so on. I didn’t know it was going to be so tiring to prepare everything for a real sale. At the beginning it looked like the main activity was to CREATE things and then simply try to sell them…But it is so much work more!

IMG_5648

But the good thing is that we are – all 6 girls – still motivated and very exited for the stand in the Frau Gerolds Garten of Zürich that we booked for this very Saturday 27th June!
FullSizeRender_1FullSizeRender_2

And seeing all the items together made me create even more! I started to mix crochet with Fimo and other kind of beads or material like leather, cotton, wood and tassels. FullSizeRender_3I just hope my desk is gonna be less messy next week. ;-)

Next post will be about our market, hopefully…Because it all depends of the weather of Saturday.

Fingers crossed,

XO

Ale

…What a (Crochet) Ball!

Balls, balls, balls… lately I wanted to concentrate on this object, very easy to make with crochet hook and cotton.

…And what a ball!

(In my mind, sometimes connecting this little action with the Italian literal translation of it!)

I still don’t know what I am gonna produce with those balls, or for use a better expression, with those crochet beads. But it is a perfect way to understand the tridimensionality of the crochet, moreover textures and colors combinations. I really learned and found colors matching together for further crochet experiments!

FullSizeRender

Here the free pattern for a ball with a hole. I used 2.5/3/3.5mm crochet hooks and 100% cotton in different colors and sizes.

CROCHET BALL PATTERN

ABBREVIATIONS:

sc – single crochet

st(s) – stitch(es)

sc2tog – single crochet decrease

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain stitch

CROCHET BALL (WITH HOLE):

This is worked in a continuous spiral.

Round 1: 6 sc into a magic ring. (6 sts)  NOTE: Don’t pull the magic ring completely shut.  You’ll need a bit of space to thread the ribbon through.

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12 sts)

Round 3: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.*  Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

Round 4: *Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, then 2 SC in next stitch.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (20 sts)

Round 5-8: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (20 sts)

Round 9: * Work 1 sc in next 3 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (16 sts)

You’ll want to insert the wooden bead around now, if not earlier.

Round 10: *Work 1 sc in next 2 sts, then sc2tog.* Repeat from * 3 more times. (12 sts)

Round 11: sc2tog 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Again, don’t shut the hold completely, as you’ll need space for the ribbon to go through.

FullSizeRender_1

As you can see my desk is getting crowded. Balls and other beads for necklaces or something else. Still I do not have Idea, but the desk is supposed to be even worse all over the weekend, while I am gonna concentrate in making my final items for the Frau Gerolds Garten of June 27th!

-10 day!

Happy crafting to my crafty friends,

and a special Hello! to my dear friend Clarita from Colombia, who is passing from time to time! ;-)

XO

Ale

Colorful Origami Birds

All right, here I am back with some summery Gerold’s market stuff, as promised.
birds_1The inspiration is from a lovely dutch blog that I am following since a while. All in all, I folded 50 of these birds over the last weeks. I often folded one first thing in the morning :-)

birds_2I really enjoy choosing new combination of colors and trying different origami papers. I now have a large collection of different origami papers and it just makes me joyful looking at all the nice colors and pattern.

birds_3Ok, these bird already go in a box to survive the travel to Zurich. Four more weeks till the market. I hope I can finish three more little projects! Have a colorful week!

birds_4

Fimo 7 Beads Necklace

When it comes to summer, my crafty imagination goes to colorful and easy-to-wear jewelry!

This time I tried with fimo beads, following the inspiration of the Australian artist Emily Green.

She really has a special way to mix colors and shapes. I tried my best with just three colors, some mixes and a lot of patient.

Processed with Moldiv

Ale craftosphereexplorers

Here some ways to wear them. It is a summer piece that matches with casual cloths as well as a bit fancy ones. And even the pregnant women could use this funny accessorize! ;-)

IMG_5419

Processed with Moldiv

Ale craftosphereexplorers

I like very much the texture of Fimo, the sounds it makes and its color intensity. I wish I could make more colors and try more combinations of them.
FullSizeRenderWorks are in progress for making some different ones for the market of 27th June in Zürich in Frau Gerolds Garten.

We are all (actually 5 creative souls!) very exited for the upcoming market. Sure we’ll have a busy creative June and make our best for that little event of ours! Looking forward to share this little moment with my girl-friends!

Happy weekend creative folk,

Ale