A friend blog, Christmas, Craft, Crafting, Family, Friends, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great knitters online, Holidays, Home, Home decor, Homespun pleasure, Toys, Yarn

A Beastie at mine

Hello, my friends!

I think that you have noticed that I didn’t talk about my BM’s Christmas gift in my last post… That is because I didn’t craft him anything… I asked a friend to do it for me… that because I have seen this post a long time ago and I said to myself that this could have been a perfect for him!

So I wrote to Helen from Crowcrafts Beasties and asked her if she was avaiable for this project… AND SHE WAS!!!

So, after an hideous and long journey, our new family member was dropped on the the doorstep on December 30th, on my BM’s birthday… What a perfect timing!!!

Our Dr. Who made himself at home immediately…

…. and found his favourite place ….

wp_20170119_07_54_32_pro

He has a passport…

wp_20170119_07_55_52_pro

… and he carries the Sonic Screwdriver…

wp_20170119_07_56_41_pro

And what to say about the Tardis… ????

wp_20170119_08_00_59_pro

AWESOME!!! Simply AWESOME!!

I do not know how to describe Helen’s work… it is neat, well finished, you have that clear feeling that she put her heart in it… every single detail is at its place! My MB and I, we felt so well while opening Helen’s parcel… So, my dear friend, thank you a lot! My BM appreciated your creature and its space time vessel so much indeed and thank you for the Beastie calendar and the lovely postcard too, they were a really beautiful and unexpected surprise.

Have a happy and crafty week everybody!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Advertisement
Christmas, Craft, Crafting, Family, FO project, Friends, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Holidays, Home, Homespun pleasure, Knitting, WIP, Yarn

A bit late but… Happy New Year

Hello, my dear friends!

A very happy new year to all of you!!! I wish you a lot of love, happiness, fun, WIPs, FOs and yarn!

How are you?

Did you have some good and cozy time spend in a good company of the loved ones? I truly hope you did and that the beginning of the year is exciting and satisfying!

It seems that 2017 is going to be a surprising year as 2016 was… Well, I can speak for the part of the world I’m living in since Italy is still stroken by strong earthquakes, fortunately far away from Peschiera del Garda, but which are causing so many tragedies. I do hope that Mother Nature will give a break to the population suffering this disater.

2017 is the year of my 40th birthday too. Whaaaaaaaaat??? Already?? But but…. I was a little girl only yesterday! I swear! IT WAS YESTERDAY!

Oh, I will tell a lie if I say that I’m not affraid of the time flowing by but on the other hand I feel so well! Life is treating me very well indeed and I’m so thankful for the chance I had to enjoy some very happy and rich moments despite all the adversities. I do hope that this will continue for a long time ahead…

I owe you some Christmas photos. As I tell you I knitted socks as Christmas gifts for the family men and here are some photos. It had taken me a month to finish all the pairs and I took photos only of some of them…

The project I’m most proud of is a two color stranded hat! I have to thank to a friend of mine for the help and the directions given! It had had a big success and, apart the two knitted for my nephews, I knitted two more of them commissioned by friends of mine.

This is a project I do love to knit so much! It is fun, lovely and so nice. The pattern I use is this one. πŸ™‚

I crocheted a Sleepy Bear for my BM’s nephew πŸ™‚

15380835_10211469118912578_2172583877232442684_n

… and despite my perplexity about the color, the little chap likes to play with this crocheted guy :).

And here are all my gifts gathered together..

15578655_10211532916467477_6400241146932754404_n

I can’t deny that there was a lot of stress about deadlines and the satisfaction of everyone’s desire, but everybody liked their pressie so I felt so very well after Christmas.

We had a handmade Christmas tree this year …

… and we have a new leafy friend to take care about…

15327410_10211417574343996_4185075776615763479_n

A bonsai. A ficus tree…. purchased before Christmas and it is still alive! Yeah!!

To not be forgotten: would you like to make the lovely snowman from the upper picture? Click here πŸ™‚ . And if you need the translation, I can ask the permission to the designer to translate her pattern.

What had happened more… let’s see… Oh,well, anything special… I’m back on my craft πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

My BM made me a nice gift…

15542184_10211534844395674_2330536361427583497_n

Oh I almost forgot about a pre Christmas quick commission, a pair of mitts and a hat for a little nine months old girl…

wp_20161216_17_49_07_pro

… and I made myself Amabie

I think that that’s it for now and that I didn’t forget anything. After holidays life has continued to flow in its usual way, I’m so happy about that, and I can tell that I have a lot to do. A commission, a gift exchange (Roma, I didn’t forget about, after the stole it is your turn πŸ™‚ ), a hat and a scarf for my BM and a lot of accounting study…

So let us put on the go mode!

Love

xxx

Tajana

 

 

Salva

Salva

Beanie, Christmas, Craft, Crafting, Family, FO project, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Holidays, Home, Homespun pleasure, Knitting, Shawl, Shetland lace, Socks

I’m still here

Hello, my dear friends!

Yes, I am, I’m still here! I have been neglected the blog for a while and that because I’m on a big delay with my Christmas gifts cratfing… Oh, well, I will be able to make everything on my “to do” list but I’m not sure if I will have the scarf I want to knit for me before Christmas…. I hope a miracle will happen but I’m affraid it will have to wait until next year… :/

Oh, never mind, here are my latest FO…

An off the scedule hat for my BM…

The pattern is the same I used for my hat, the Cabled Hat by Debbie Bliss.

My Mother in law Stone Tulip Shawl

I have to admit that I like it a lot!

The Lace Scarf for my Mum

I followed this pattern and even if it is in Finnish it is easy to understand.

All the gifts for the ladies are done and now it is gentlemen’s turn…

Socks, socks, socks!!!

I have started with my Father in law…

…. and I’m going on with my brother’s pair…

15027452_10211187090502044_8014590931226490308_n

Oh, I feel I’m working so slowly….

Some more Christmas tree ornaments are ready too….

Making all those things by hands… Insanity! That’s the most suitable term to describe how I’m feeling in these days!

So…. since the last few months were so discouraging because a lot of bad things had happened (Brexit, Trump president of the USA, Italy stroken by two terrible earthquakes…. I stop here!) I’d like to share with you some random photos of this still beautiful autumn…

Places we have been….

My dears, enjoy and relax! Of course, if you have time for πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Bye!!

15056482_10211183466651450_414458923498994949_n
Ponti sul Mincio (… yes, I love to make selfies πŸ™‚ )

Love

xxx

Tajana

Christmas, Craft, Crafting, Fabric, Family, FO project, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Great tailors online, Home, Homespun pleasure, Knitting, Sewing, Shawl, Wandering around, WIP, Yarn

Holiday fever! Already????!!!!

Hello, my dear friends!

Those of you who knows me best know very well my obsession with handmade Christmas gifts….Β  There’s no need to talk about that much… but did I tell you that I want to have a nice Christmas tree this year… ? Since I’m so insane, I’m not only crafting gifts, I’m making tree ornaments too….

I have a precise idea about how my tree should look like and I’m playing a lot with the hook and different kind of yarn. I’d like to have sparkling garlands, nice white snowflakes, macarons and some felted embroidered hearts…. Let’s see if I’ll be able to finish off all the ornaments in time…

In the meantime I have finished off, blocked and stored the stole I was making for one of my sisters in law…

This is Luule pattern by Susanne Visch and I love it a lot! The yarn I used wasn’t the best one I have ever knitted with but it was worth the effort. The colors of this stole are too bright, in my opinion, but are perfect for the lady it is meant to. And I’m happy I was able to store it at last!!

As you can imagine, a new project is on my needles which should be finished off in three or four days… The Stone Tulip Shawl for my Mother in law ….

What can I say… I can’t wait to have it finished off and blocked!!!!!

My Mother in law is going to have a small pressie before Christmas, though… three pot holders…

I’m not satisfied with the finishing of those, however. Sewing is still my weak spot which has to be improved a lot… Sometimes it happens that my projects turn out nice but sometimes they do not…. I have to work a lot on appliquΓ©s….

At last, I knitted myself a hat! It was a while that I wanted to make this for me, a pattern I saw for the first time on Sewchet’s blog

This hat is perfect! I love this pattern very much and I love to wear it during our waks… By the way, we spent a few hours outdoors this weekend and here are some photos of the Lake seen from above!

I hope that you will enjoy this views!

I have to go now and have lunch ready!!

(Breathe, Tajana, breathe….)

Love

xxx

Tajana

Beanie, Christmas, Clothing, Craft, Crafting, Family, FO project, Fun, Gift, Giving, Great crocheters online, Great knitters online, Holidays, Home, Homespun pleasure, Shetland lace, Wandering around, WIP, Yarn

October

Hello my dear friends!

Autumn is here! Already?! I don’t know how and why time flies so fast, maybe aging do not bring only wrinkles but it also changes our percepction of time flow… Well, I don’t care! At all! I love this time of year (this came with age for sure… πŸ˜› ) for its colours, the need to gather in house and the pleasure to spend my evenings on the sofa watching television and knitting.

The walks in the mountains also become shorter and less frequent but they are still good and liberating. Here are some shuts from the Apennines.

IΒ  particulary love the second photo of the first row…. It is quite poetic…

Spending time indoor and crafting are a perfect autumnal coefficient and I’m glad that I can show you some results of that sum…

A cozy hooded capelet

wp_20160926_15_25_33_pro

A friend of mine asked me to knit a hooded capelet for her daughter and I finished it off some days ago… I followed this pattern but I changed the lenght and the gauge. I used 8 mm needles and have to say that I love more those big cables instead the smaller ones…

The WIP

After have FO the red stole I have started a new one… This new one is also meant for one of my SILs… πŸ™‚

14457403_10210703455731477_8512733465440226778_n

I found a lovely pattern with which I fell in love so, despite the itchy and irritating yarn, I’m stubbornlyΒ  working on it.

The first of three beanies

From time to time I have to put aside this project though and make something quick with a yarn which caresses my hands. Merino for this purpose is great…

14522886_10210762411925345_1245889865542691638_n

The beanie for my BM’s nephew is finished off πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and I like the pompom quite a lot πŸ™‚

A simple and easy pattern by Purl Soho but so lovely!! I adore Purl Soho’s projects. They are all so easy and fresh and modern and so IN and… and…. Just go and have a look!

Happy October and happy crafting!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Crafting, Flowers, FO project, Friends, Fun, Gift, Home, Home decor, Homespun pleasure

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

13427974_10209729993635533_8325311903815722883_n

Strawberry jam

13450296_10209789314998530_927230596754513502_n

Apricot jam

13592258_10209983058041985_537557204622551985_n

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

14358969_10210567063121747_6750036725645165202_n

… and I crafted the tags for the jars…

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

13680513_10210032367474690_1912423205907778780_n

I simply adore Emma Lamb‘s style!!

So here we are!

14370386_10210661966614275_7654823726746484997_n

14364840_10210661971654401_8075439681838467720_n

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

Abilmente Vicenza, Craft, Croatia, Double pointed needles, Friends, Fun, Gift, Gift excange, Great tailors online, Knitting, Magliuomini, Socks, Wandering around

Exciting Events

Hello, my friends!!

How are you? Wow, it is the first day of Autum today!!! How do you feel about that?? The beginning of a colourful season and it is my brother’s birthday!! This is nice! I’ll call him later to wish him a happy birthday πŸ™‚

Since we are entering a cooler part of the year and since this morning I saw this sky…

WP_20150923_10_31_25_Pro[1]

… I thought it is time to slow down a bit and write a post about what has happened and what is happening lately…

I was at home in Croatia last week and came back with a nice goodie….

InstagramCapture_455f718d-4e0b-4e80-838c-fa2d9aee7aeb_jpg

A thermic mug!!! Oh, what a big deal indeed! But as I saw it at the supermarket I fell in love with this simple thing and had to buy it! So now I will have hot tea for a longer time than usual! I love those small life pleasures….

I’m thrilled!! Indeed! Like a child! Because I’m going to attend Abilmente! Abilmente is a craft fair held thrice a year here in Italy, twice in Vicenza and once in Rome. There will be a lot of yarn, needles, hooks, fabrics, threads…. and a lot of great creative people! I was invited by a nice group of male knitters called #magliuomini ( find here their FB page and here their blog ) to attend the fair as a sock knitting teacher. I will hold a four hour workshop and anybody interested in socks will get the basic directions to try themself in sock knitting. This is simply exciting!!! This is the first time ever that I’m going to attend an event like that and I’m out of my mind for that! Since there is a lot of excitement to deal with I started to work on my workshop to calm myself down and have finished off my first pair of socksΒ  πŸ™‚

InstagramCapture_b1c518d0-f428-4649-a4b9-b076d1cbc32c_jpg

InstagramCapture_9a97aa2e-ddf9-471f-baa4-f8be79871c8e_jpg

(… to notice the thermic mug in its natural surrounding….)

WP_20150923_08_24_17_Pro

WP_20150923_08_38_59_Pro

WP_20150923_08_39_20_Pro

WP_20150923_08_39_50_Pro

WP_20150923_08_42_48_Pro

Today I take a day off from knitting but I’m going to start a new pair of socks with the grey yarn from the below photo..

InstagramCapture_a96d1345-7c2c-4cc7-b620-12c059963223_jpg

…. yarn bought in Trieste during my last trip in Croatia in a nice yarn store, LalanalΓ , run by two lovely ladies indeed! It was fun to buy some yarn in a store I read about and liked on Facebook! This store had opened a long time after I left Trieste and I am so glad to have found a pearl like that in a town I love so much!

Will the excitement end…? No, it will not for a quite long time! Because I received Sheila’s parcel!!! We had a gift exchange and look what this lovely lady and expert tailor sent me…. ❀ ❀ ❀

WP_20150923_08_52_15_Pro

WP_20150923_08_52_40_Pro

A bag to bring along my projects…

WP_20150923_08_55_28_Pro

…. and the matching card keeper, coin purse and phone case with my name embroidered on! How, for God’s sake, can I avoid to have my heart melted?? And did you see the beautiful card she sent me?

My friends, I’m so overwhelmed by all this excitement! Nice things are happening lately and I have to admit that I’m enjoying it with a lot of joy!!

Now it is time to lend on Earth again (…. Huston is calling, Tajana, answer, please!!!) and get on work! New ideas are in the air and I hope I’ll be able to materialize them!

Have a great day!!

Love

xxx

Tajana

Croatia, Family, Home, Wandering around

Holiday Pictures :: Part 3

Hello, my friends!

Here I am with the last part of our holiday pictures, those I loved most. It was the first time that my Big man and me went to the island of Cres, just one of the myriad islands of the Croatian coast, and the nearest to my home town. Oh, even if I was several times on the island by myself, this time was different though ❀ . It was a really nice experience : the ferry, Lubenice, the Vrana Lake and the rainbow that saw us home at the end of the day. I especially loved our walk to the beach Sv. Ivan (St. John), a beach I heard a lot and where my brother has already been while it was the first time for me. You have a 45 minutes walk down a steep path to reach the beach and the way back takes you twice as much time.Β  It was hard but totally worth the effort and I’m so so so very glad that my BM loved it too. He’s a mountain kind of guy and it is hard to make him like the coast but I managed to surprised him at last!! Oh, bravo to me, indeed!!

Enjoy the view!! ❀ ❀ ❀

The ferry trip

SAM_8713

SAM_8707

SAM_8703

SAM_8717

SAM_8714

On the island and the City of Cres

SAM_8720

SAM_8722

SAM_8731

SAM_8733

SAM_8734

SAM_8735

SAM_8736

SAM_8737

SAM_8741

SAM_8743

SAM_8744

SAM_8746

SAM_8749

Lubenice

SAM_8750

SAM_8753

SAM_8760

SAM_8762

WP_20150821_13_03_07_Pro

(ignore my look, please, but I have to post this photo to prove I was there… do you spot the village of Lubenice behind me, up there on the cliff?)

SAM_8763

SAM_8764

SAM_8768

(The water was freezing but I had one of the most delicious swim ever down here)

WP_20150821_12_46_08_Pro__highres

WP_20150821_12_46_25_Pro

WP_20150821_12_45_53_Pro

(some stone castles,not built by me, and Jennifer’s skull hoodie πŸ™‚ )

WP_20150821_14_45_34_Pro__highres

The Vrana Lake

WP_20150821_16_27_22_Pro__highres

WP_20150821_16_27_22_Pro

On the way home

WP_20150821_18_48_25_Pro

WP_20150821_18_55_35_Pro

WP_20150821_19_16_17_Pro

WP_20150821_19_20_31_Pro

WP_20150821_19_55_47_Pro

WP_20150821_19_55_53_Pro__highres

Love

xxx

Tajana

Croatia, Holidays, Home, Wandering around

Holiday Pictures :: Part 2

Hello,my friends!

Your comments on my previous post made me feel so happy indeed!!

Thank you all for your kind words of appreciation! I’m moved and so very pleased!

I was thinking about publishing the following photos late this evening but my enthusiasm grew so fast thanks to you that I decided to post them immediately.

I wish you to enjoy, travel and dream again ❀ ❀ ❀

Buje – Buie d’Istria

SAM_8640

SAM_8644

SAM_8658

SAM_8645

SAM_8646

SAM_8647

SAM_8651

SAM_8654

SAM_8655

SAM_8664

SAM_8665

Novigrad – Cittanova

SAM_8674

SAM_8676

SAM_8682

SAM_8684

SAM_8692

SAM_8690

SAM_8694

SAM_8697

Love

xxx

Tajana