17 October 2016

My DIY Wedding

Hello my lovelies! It's been nearly six months since my wedding, so I think it's high time I dedicated a blog post to it now that I'm finding my feet with Little L!

True to form, this wedding was massively DIY-oriented, not only because we were on a budget but also and mostly because, as you may have gathered, I love handmade stuff. I am hugely indebted to many of my amazing friends and relatives who helped in various ways, and so I'll take advantage of this post to renew my thanks to them for their invaluable contributions.

Let's have a gander...

I had a great time with the "Paris Girls" whipping up those end-of-row decorations the day before the ceremony:

"Super Nurse", "Kingston Maman" and I had a blast making over 80 candle holders out of empty jam jars, decorating them with lace, ribbon and other trinkets:

They doubled up as favours, as we told guests to take some home if they wished. The whole effect in the venue - a 16th century barn converted into a village hall - was simply amazing!

As part of the French tradition, we gave guests little bags filled with sugar-coated almonds (or dragées). My lovely Mum sewed all of those bags herself (over 100!) out of scrumptious scraps of fabric. Look at those beauties:

You may remember the little flowers I crocheted for weeks on end before the big day. I managed 130 before I couldn't stand the sight of them anymore :-D We scattered them strategically on the tables, along with ready-made lace flowers...

...and the "Paris Girls" came up with the genius idea of sticking the rest up on the wall above the glasses, which cleverly made it look as if colourful bubbles were floating in the air!

My lovely MIL made cupcakes and Viennese fingers, which went so quickly I never got round to having any :-D The guests raved about them, though, so I know they were good!

"Super Nurse" got this gorgeous handmade bunting from a friend of hers, and I am so glad she did, as it quite perfectly completed the country touch of the whole thing:

"Mum-in-Love" made the wedding cake, giving it a naked look which I loved, and the cake topper was made by a friend of hers who also gifted us the cup and saucers as a wedding present. Just look how gorgeous:

I also made my own bridal bouquet, as we decided not to have flowers. I ordered floral butterflies and bunched them together following this tutorial. It's really quite simple and I love the result :)

Which brings me nicely to my pièce de résistance, my wedding dress! I crocheted it over many weeks from this vintage pattern, although I had to adapt it to the thread I was using, and most importantly, to my then-6-month-old bump (I found out I was pregnant 2 weeks after starting the dress!). I also altered the neckline as I found the one from the pattern did not particularly flatter me. This is what I came up with:

I finished the look with a handmade choker, a little lace bolero (not handmade, boo!), a ribbon tied at the waist, this crochet clutch and a pair of killer pink shoes generously gifted by "Sister-in-Love". Oh, and a husband in blue waistcoat and tie, of course! ;-)

So much has happened since then (ie. the arrival of our little man!) that I can hardly believe it was only 5.5 months ago, but I will forever cherish the memories of this fabulous day. Thank you so much for reading! :)

Note: all photos by Debbie Simister of Momentous Photography.

02 September 2016

Gift Wrap Idea

Remember the little gift case I sewed for a friend some time ago? Well, when the time came to give it away, I didn't have any fancy gift wrapping paper handy, only some plain wrinkled white paper from an Ikea box!

However, if there is something I am NEVER short of, it's yarn, and so I got a bit creative:

Three different colours of cotton yarn, wrapped 5 or 6 times around the plain paper and secured with a tight double knot (and loose ends cut) at the back, and presto! you have a lovely, original gift wrap that shows some thought as well.

I hope you like the idea and it makes you want to use it in the future, unless you have already come up with something similar for your gifts? Let me know! :)

31 August 2016

A granny square update... and an announcement

Hello, dear readers!

Where has the year gone, I have no idea! Well, the reason I have been away for so long is actually twofold.

First, I got married in May, for which I was making crochet flowers earlier this year. The wedding was fabulous, and I hope to soon be able to share pictures of its amazing DIY vibe.

As for the second reason... well, you may remember my last granny square challenge post about a mysterious project. The squares have now turned into this:


A crocheted building block! :) And said crocheted building block now belongs to...

Little L, a sweet little boy who arrived into the Little Crochet household last month! So as you can probably guess I have been very busy of late taking care of my new little bundle of joy, and have had little time for anything else. This has meant quite a few stalled WIPs (especially as Little L arrived slightly early) and no blogging, of course.

But I am slowly finding my feet again and I hope to be able to get back to crocheting and blogging more often, so watch this space! :)

Head over to Dane et le crochet for more granny squareness :)

13 April 2016

Decorative Wedding Flowers

Hello! So I have crocheted a few more decorative flowers for my wedding, having currently just over a hundred of them. Ideally, I'd need twice as many, but at this rate, I'm not sure if I'm ever going to reach that figure...

Anyway, here's a sneak peek...

Head over to this week's Granny Love Challenge at Dane's for more lovely makes!

09 April 2016

A Gift Card Case

Goodness, here's a post that was a long time coming. It's been lurking in my draft list since November last year!

So, back then, I bought gift cards for a friend's birthday, but I thought it would be nice and more personal if I made a little case to put them in.

Armed with leftovers from a fat quarter, some bias binding and felt (for the lining), I whipped up this little fella:

The most challenging part was actually topstitching the bias binding tape, as the case was too small to fit around my sewing machine arm. So I had to do it by hand, being very careful to be as even as possible. It didn't turn out so bad. :)

Such a simple make, but so effective and personal as a gift, I think!

06 April 2016

A Sweet Little Project

Hello! I am currently taking a break from crocheting decorative flowers for my wedding, as I seem to have developped a bit of an allergy to them. I know, with only one month to go to the big day, this is quite unfortunate, but hey ho, it's not the end of the world... At least the dress is ready :D

Anyway, today's about a new little secret project I have had in mind for a while and which feels very special to me.

As you can see, I have crocheted squares with various techniques and yarns, trying to depart as much as possible from my usual preferred colour palette.

These two are tapestry crochet:

This one uses the so-called "linen stitch":

This one below is a (wonky) granny square using only dcs (US scs):

This one, which I can no longer find the name of at the moment, is made by crocheting rows of 1 dc, 1 treble (1 US sc, 1 US dc):

And finally, this one is made of rows of dcs (US sc) crocheted alternatively in the back and front loops of the previous row, with a variegated yarn:

All very good fun to make and quite a nice challenge for some of them! Can you guess what I plan to make with them?

Don't forget to have a look at what the other challengers have made over at Jijihook's :)

Thanks for reading, and see you soon!

30 March 2016

Update On The South Bay Shawlette Front

Quite a while ago, I embarked on a South Bay Shawlette project. Back then, I predicted it would take me a while, and I was absolutely right!

It's not even finished yet, as I'd like to add a row or two of the grey yarn to complete it. However, I have woven the ends in to be able to wear it in the last chilly days of early spring.

Here's the result so far:

The grey and turquoise yarn are the Icelandic brand Lopi, the cream one is, I think, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, and the variegated one is Araucania (though not sure which range anymore...). The whole thing is crocheted with a 5mm crochet hook. It has a beautiful drape and is very warm indeed.

That's it for now, and that's one for the Granny Love Challenge over at Isa Bricole, where you can see other grannyesque creations.

Thanks for reading! :)