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Popping out again

Hello, my dear friends!

It has been a while since my last post here on the blog. What had happened….? Well… It is hard to say but let it put that way… I have a compulsive need to create and hold in my hands the result of this compulsive activity. Around Christmas last year I found so hard to spend time both online and crafting and I discovered Instagram, a quick and easy way to share photos, exactly what I needed in that very moment. So you can easily imagine what had occured. I was able to show you my WIPs and FO projects and follow and be followed by all my blog friends. Well, to be frank it is much easier to find me on my personal Facebook profile and on Instagram than here or on Pinterest…. So I totally neglected my blog and all that beautiful people who are my ultimate inspiration. As I always say that there wouldn’t be any crafted goodie at mine if there weren’t you, my friends, who inspired me.

I have to thank Roma for bringing me down from the moon. With few lovely words she made me think about the goal I gave to this blog and I understood that writing alwaysΒ  calmed down that crafty urge I have and always made me collect my thoughts. For a new beginning. Maybe I’ll not be present so often as I used to be but i promise I’ll start sharing again my projects here in blogland. All the photos you’ll find on Instagram first…. Sorry for that!! But my musing will be written here.

I’d like to start with sharing one of the Christmas gifts I finished off lately. I knitted a stole for one of my SILs ….

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It has taken me a while to knit this stole but it is totally worth the effort. The pattern is a simple one, I just replicated a lace chart from Elisabeth Lovic’s book. πŸ™‚

I have knitted two shawls too… the Stone Tulip Shawl! What a beautiful pattern!

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The first one is for a friend of mine while the second one is meant for another SIL (there are three of them… the gift for the third one is in progress… ).

A friend of mine asked me to crochet her a Mermaid tail blanket.

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If you like to make one of these you can find a pattern here.

My Big man and I were away for a holiday in the mountains this summer and having a break under a glacier eating a sandwich with home made bread and wearing hand made socks was great!

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Alost the same feeling as in the moment i found this book in my mailbox!

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I had fun with little sewing projects…

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…. and I crocheted a Sleepy Bear following a pattern by Jennifer Olivarez.

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This was a very busy summer because I discovered the joy of fruit…

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….and made a lot of jam!

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I hope that I was able to illustrate a bit of what had happened here down in Italy during my absence. Now I have to say bye and hurry to knead my flat bread with the yeast starter (…who is yelling for some attention down in the kitchen… ).

Stay tuned and have a nice day, lovely people out there!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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The Big Acorn Race

Hello my dear friends!

It has been quite a long time since I wrote a post on this blog of mine. Life is rolling in its usual way here. I always craft a lot but I’m spending my time on a job hunting which takes me a lot of time. Oh,no result up till now but I’m enduring this situation. Well, if you like you can follow me on Instagram. I love it because I can share the photos of my projects much faster than here on my blog.

I popped up here today because I’d like to share with you somethng really sweet. An amazing blogger and a good friend has published her first crochet book ever. Jennifer from Squirrel Picnic wrote The Big Acorn Race, a real crochet Wonderland!! What to say more?? Oh, my word treasure is really poor to describe it but if you click HERE you’ll find a really nice review by Kathryn Vercillo who has perfectly understood the essence of The Big Acorn Race.

I had the luck to have been asked by Jennifer to be her pattern tester something like a year ago. You can’t imagine how happy I was when she asked me that! I will never thank her enouhg to have had me taking part of her project!Her patterns are magical, they have the power to make you feel happy and thrilled and calm all in the same moment. I warmly suggest you to purchase her book, you will make yourself a really nice and magical gift!

Two days ago I have received my copy and I simply couldn’t resist, I had to put myself on work!

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I crocheted some oak leaves by using the pattern from the book and applied them on a shopping bag I sewed for my Mother in law as her birthday present.

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See??? This is only an idea and my personal interpretation of a pattern written by Jennifer. There are much more wonders to be discovered and a lot of lovely projects to be made thanks to Jennifer’s creativity!

Go and check out her pages, you will not regret!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Some rest at last

Hello, my dear friends!

Here we are, two more days till Christmas!

How are you, how is your crafting going on? Are you freaking out? Oh,I hope that, whatever is your business right now, you are having great time!

I managed to craft all the gifts I planned to and here are some random shots…

I embroidered two Russian nesting dolls, one for the lovely lady who owns my fav yarn store in Parma and the other for my MIL, to add to her gift since she copied some of my ideas and I wanted her to have something special though… Both were turned into lavender bags….

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The pressie for my Big man is wrapped….

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… and put under the tree…

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…we still have the same tiny tree from Parma… maybe there a change should be made… oh and yeah, my BM will have a new pair of socks soon πŸ™‚ …. Isn’t the above yarn just lovely…? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I made some fabric hearts for some friends…

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…. and crocheted some of them too…

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The candy bags are filled and some of them were already given to the children…

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I knitted some cowls, the one from the below photo is for one of my SILs…

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And I wrapped the gifts for my friends…

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I took the photos of the embroideries and I will show them to you after the holidays.

My dear friends I wish you a very merry Christmas and I hope that the new year will bring you smiles, happiness and love! Thank you for being there!

❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Back From Holiday

Hello, my friends!

How are you? Is everything ok?? I hope it is and I hope that you are having a great end of this crazy summer! My Big man is back to work and I’m back to my crafting after having spent four days in Croatia. There is a lot of things to talk about and I was wondering which photos share with you first. There are many of them to be shown, in particular those from our holidays are quite interesting, but I decided to start with the craft done before leaving, to put some order in the last week happenings. Both because I’d like to do justice to a great crochet designer and a friend and because I’d like to show you my first Xmas scarf FO yesterday night πŸ™‚

As first, let start with the second bag I sewed for the family girls. I have found a tutorial for a really nice bag. I have simply fell in love with it and decided to try myself with, even if it looked a bit tricky…. well, it wasn’t so difficult to sew but I have had some problems with the union of the top and the bottom since the main fabric and the lining have to be attached in the same time…. oh,my version of it isn’t so bad at all, since I use jute and it looks quite cozy, but if I want to sew an elegant version, like the one from the tutorial, I have to be more careful…. here are the photos of my bag…

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I find it so suitable for my artistic SIL! Very simple, made out from some natural fabric as jute and with one beautiful flower to adorn it. I hope she will like it πŸ™‚ What do you think about my versione of the Canvas Slim Bag? Do you like it and, in particular, do you like the crocheted flower? I’m so very happy to introduce this ornament to you because its pattern was written by my friend Jennifer whose blog, Squirrel Picnic, I simply adore. This lovely lady is writing a crochet book, The Big Acorn Race, and asked me to be a tester for her pattern for this lovely flower named Tall ‘n’ Fast!

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Can you imagine how happy and honoured I was and am to have taken part to her beautiful project!!! I highly recommend you to have a look at her blog,you’ll find there a lot of inspiration, and follow her during the book writing! She’s a genious indeed!! Can’t wait to see the book! Hi, Jennifer, hugs are crossing the ocean!! ❀

The first Xmas scarf is done! YIPPEE!!! I have started it a while ago and since I worked only during evenings I’m happy that it is FO πŸ™‚ Since today it is quite cloudy I was lucky to have caught some sunshine during the photo session πŸ˜€

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A simple seed stitch and some nice soft yarn, a mixture of cotton and merino wool, in a nice dark brown shade. So manly,don’t you think? πŸ˜‰

I’ll be back soon with my holiday photos.

Love

xxx

Tajana

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A bit of late crochet

I had a crochet phase today and it was so very relaxing indeed…. it is one of those super quick projects which gives you a great satisfaction….

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It is Suzann Thompson’s Columbine and it is one of my favourite flower from her book … This is going to be the only decoration for my Mum’s bag…. Up till now the project looks nice LOL LOL LOLΒ  …..the bag is still a piece of fabric though…. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

Wish you all a good nignt…

Love

xxx

Tajana

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The mustard yarn epilogue

Oh,yeah,it is true! I had bought a big amount of the mustard cotton yarn and I tried to make the most of it indeed! First the dress, then the Crescent shawl and, as last, this little goodie… a grocery bag…

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…. well,in fact it is too small to carry groceries but it is perfect for books…. LOL The cost of the yarn? 26 € for thirteen balls thanks to my friend Katia. I’m quite satisfied with my maths LOL and even if I had paid it twice as much it still would have been a bargain.

Back to the bag, I had found the pattern online quite a while ago but I don’t remember where. Here’s the photo I saved on my computer and if the author recognizes it as his own pattern I kindly ask to let me know.

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As you can see, the size can be adjust as you want and it is quite quick to crochet so… Have fun!!

I can easily suppose that you could be slightly sick of seeing all that mustard at mine…. πŸ˜›

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…. but,oh,there’s a ball left!!!!! Can you spot it?

Seriously now, I think that I’ll take a break of that mustard but in a few days even this last ball will be happily used for a very good purpose so I hope that you’ll forgive me its longlasting presence at mine… Do you remember the Charity Yarn Bombing promoted by The Grange Range last year?? This event will occure again in August this year so I will use it to crochet flowers! And if you are interested to, just have a look at The Grange Range blog for more informations:

https://thegrangerange.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/charity-yarn-bombing-2015/

Have a great weekend, kind and lovely people out there!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Back online again

Hello,my friends!

Here I am again!! The internet connection is now fully functional and I am able to show you where we have moved and what I have been crafting lately… πŸ™‚

Let start with Peschiera del Garda. Those of you who were following me on Instagram had aready seen these photos but now I can arrange them with a new order and sense…

Have a look to the downtown….

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…. and to the surroundings…. my favourites!!! Because I can have as many bike rides as I like!!!

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We moved in a nice part of Italy and I foresee a lot of solitary rides,a condition which I like a lot. Do not misunderstand me,I’m a very sociable woman,but I love that condition which brings me to stay a lot with myself musing about my spiritual and earthly life. Oh,I’m always and so often looking for answers…

Between one question and another rising in my mind,we had settled down πŸ˜€ and I have started to decorate our home… here it is, my crafting corner… πŸ™‚

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…. and the very first of the four curtains sewed and hanged.. πŸ™‚

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Wine and spices can’t never miss at ours….

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….as can’t good food….

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And what about knitting and crocheting…..??? Don’t worry! Here I am with my last project….

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…. and with some crochet cameos…

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I crocheted this sweet creature for my kitchen to keep me good company while cooking or when my Big man is away… did I do the right thing… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ???

There are a lot of things still to do in this new home but up till now I’m satisfied with what has been done and how we had managed all the move thing! And now we are back to our normal life. Well,I miss my Parma friends but I will go back to Parma from time to time,we are not so far away πŸ™‚

I’m so happy to be online again so I can catch up with the latest news in the blogsphere! I missed you so much,I missed the way I feel when I read all your fabulous posts!! My door to the marvel of creation is open again and can’t wait to discover all the beauty you were up to lately!

Love

xxx

Tajana

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The unbearable need to crochet

It happened! It stroke me like a thunder! I simply had to crochet it!

A few days ago I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest,just because, and have found this…. originally published here… and there was anything but anything indeed that I could have done to push away that painful need to craft this amazing doily…. despite all the work and the tasks to be acomplished in these days…. for my sake, the doily was quite quick to crochet and I FO it and iron it a half an hour ago… Even if it has a quite mushy look it is still the most trendy doily I have crocheted up till now and I like quite a lot how it turned out… I foresee more doilies crocheted following the same patterns but trying different colours…. It will be fun indeed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Enjoy…

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A day at home…

…. means….

(i) …. a bargain…

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….the curtains for our new home which original cost was around 70 € per meter and which I paid 9 € per meter. Since I learnt to sew straight seams (see my totes….) I thought that I could be able to sew courtains too. I was sweating cold because I knew that curtain fabric costs a lot but did’t even dream it could be so awfully lot…. the average price is around 70 – 80 € per meter… So when the owner of my Mum’s favourite fabric store showed me this job lot I bought it immediately. Well, not exactly immediately because I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing so I called my Mum in law…. and when she told me that I will never ever find a better price for curtains of good quality as the above one, I purchased them in the very moment I stopped talking with her. I had to call her instead of asking my Mum because I need an ally with my Big man who has no idea about home decor prices and to whom 120 € for courtains could sound so very expensive…. Yeah, you understood it right, the whole house curtains for 120 €…. I’m very satisfied and will buy more in a second time if I’ll find a similar bargain. It’s always a good thing to have some spare curtains at home, don’t you think?Can’t wait to sew them and put them on!!!

What do you think, my friends? Do you like my purchase and do you think I did the right thing!! I have never ever bought curtains before so I feel I did well and can’t deny that I feel quite proud of myself πŸ™‚

(This blog is becoming a self celebrating place…hmmmm…. it’s high time to calm down a bit…. )

(ii) …. a secret crochet project….

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…. nothing to tell about that except that a single ball of yarn can give a big satisfaction…. and yeah, the light blue has a reason…. but more when the gift will be at its recipient’s…. πŸ™‚

Off to packing my stuff!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Love

xxx

Tajana