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Last jam making of the year

Hello, my friends!

As I told you yesterday I discovered the joy of fruit this summer and made a lot of jam. Cherry jam, strawberry jam, apricot jam… I thought that it would be nice to give jam jars as Christmas gifts to my friends and mused a lot about how to embellish them for this special occasion… well, I found that kitchen string could be quite decorative… as much as buttons and tags…

Cherry jam

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Strawberry jam

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Apricot jam

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I made the last pot of jam of the season last week with some really juicy plums…

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… and I crafted the tags for the jars…

… with crocheted flowers which pattern is from this beautiful book…

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I simply adore Emma Lamb‘s style!!

So here we are!

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Well, I can feel satisfied! There’s enoug jam for everybody! Would you like to come and try some? You are all welcome!

Have a great weekend!!!

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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Back Again!

Hello, my friends!

It was about time to be back blogging again! Oh, I was quite busy with my Christmas crafting but I also had some health issues, nothing serious, I’m on my way solving my troubles, but all that kept me away from my blog. Well,to be honest, I hope that I can be online more often but I’m not sure… Life has become busy lately and I kindly ask you to not judge me too hard for my absence… Oh,I almost forgot to tell that I have started to attend German language lessons too, I need to know German if I want to work here around and learning it is taking a great part of my free time…

But I don’t want to bother you with my troubles, I want to share my last FO projects! Crafting is great and creating is still the best antidepressant for me 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 And sweet lovely things are worth sharing!!

The scarf I knitted for my FIL suits better my Big man so I decided to keep it at ours! (My FIL will have a new pair of socks instead!)

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You can find the pattern here 🙂 It is so simple to knit and it turns out so beautifully!! Yeah, I’m so pleased with this scarf 🙂

I made myself a slouchy hat following this pattern

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I have taken some photos from the back but they had turned out very badly…. Well,have a look to the pattern, my hat is so very alike the original photos. Oh and I have used the yarn I had bought at Abilmente. 🙂

My MIL has her Christmas gift ready too…

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Three fabric baskets for her stash…. I followed the tutorial found here and I do hope that she will like them…

The first of three blankets for the family children is FO too…

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I have followed several tutorials foun on Pinterest to sew this blanket and I like to see my handwriting embroidered…. 😛 😛 😛

And last but not least, a detail….

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I can’t tell you what it is but I had to show you this dragonfly…. A nice gift from Uncinetto e mille fili colorati ❤ ❤ ❤

I made more little sweet things but I still can’t show them to you! I promise to make a lot of photos before giving my pressies away!!

I wish you a great day and hope that I’ll be back as soon as possible!!

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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂 Since today it is quite cloudy I was lucky to have caught some sunshine during the photo session 😀

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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? 😉

I’ll be back soon with my holiday photos.

Love

xxx

Tajana

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FO :: my Mum’s Bag

I did it, I sewed it today…. and decided to do it as I always do… a tote bag with a slightly modified bottom …. that because I tried to quilt a phone case and the result was that….

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So to avoid ruining the nice fibric I have at mine I decided to experiment quilting with some more suitable wadding for bags which I still have to buy…. In the meantime I couldn’t stay still and I sewed my Mum’s bag and decided that this will be her Xmas present….

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I added some lining and a zipper too…

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…. and fixed some last minute discovered flaws….

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Maybe I’ll have to crochet another Columbine in a different shade…. well,I’ll think about next week…. now I’m off to get ready for tonight…

Love

xxx

Tajana

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Jennifer’s gift

Hello,my friends!

It was about time to write about a nice large package sent to me by Jennifer, the nice and sweet lady who stays behind the Squirrel Picnic blog…. Today I had finally my home clean and tidy (if you ignore all the boxes around….) and I took the chance to take some shots of its content…. so here we are…. enjoy 🙂

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I’m so sorry to being so tired and have little energy to write about these gorgeous goodies arrived from Colorado because Jennifer is such a perfect (NO KIDDING) crafter and deserves a much better post than this one. The only thing I can do to thank her properly for her generosity, and which goes far beyond than I deserve, is to invite you to stop by her blog and enjoy the beauty you’ll find there.

Enjoy!

Thanks,Jennifer, I’m still thrilled by the beauty I saw as I opened your box

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A romantic tote

Hello, my friends!

This is the super quick post about a tote bag I have just finished off for Jennifer from Squirrel Picnic… Unfortunately I’m a bit busy today so I’m going to post only the photos and I sincerely hope you enjoy the view.. 🙂

Love

xxx

Tajana

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