Wow, that came around fast. I suddenly realised that I hadn’t actually blogged for AGES so I decided that now was a good time to pick that up again!
Towards the end of 2017 I contacted a lovely lady called Michelle over at Heartfelt Illustrations to help me out with a bit of branding. Whilst I’m not a business (YET) I still wanted to have a smart logo for when I do create the odd few commissions. Then, if I choose to kick-start the business side of things, I’ve got a ready-made package of a logo, banner, stickers and business cards. Michelle took the name of “Dove Cottage Creations” and a list of flowers that grow in my garden throughout the year to create my pretty logo. Every time I use it, I smile! Not only has Michelle created all my branding, she’s also made me sets of order sheets, diary spreads and my very own project book. I love it all!
So what else have I been up to?
I’ve actually been quite busy behind the scenes. I’ve made a Monster’s Inc Inspired Bonnet for my best friend’s little one (using this pattern by Thread the Love) as well as finishing off two pretty and girly sets for the lovely Elsie who has come back to me again to make these. I’ll write a bit more about those sets in a moment. I also whipped up at traditional Granny Square blanket with a simple, scalloped edging for a friend’s baby who was born back at the beginning of December. It’s not actually been gifted yet, so I can only offer a sneak peak instead of a full reveal. It’s the picture on the bottom right of the collage. I had intended to make a few more of the pretty red ornaments that is pictured on the right but unfortunately, poorly children didn’t allow the time for that over the Christmas period. I’ll make sure I’m more organised at the end of this year! This pattern (in case you’re interested) is: The Lovebomb Christmas Ornament by Queen Babs it was written and sold to help “Babs” raise some much-needed money to fund her new wheelchair – which I’m pleased to report has been successful!
Elsie’s Baby sets.
I used a cardigan pattern which can be found here. The beanie hat wasn’t working for me so I used the same bonnet pattern as mentioned before. I also used two different kinds of bootie patterns which I felt added a bit of individuality to the sets. The cuffed boots were fun to do; the ribbing on the cuffs adds a lovely texture and the peach boots are a variation of a pattern I’ve used before.
What am I up to now?
Well, this year has seen me finish the above set, carry on with a current blanket AND start a new one! The first blanket that I’m working on is a very simple blanket, I’m letting the texture of the pattern and the colour of the yarn do all the talking. It’s a gorgeously girly blanket yarn called “Peachy” and is by Bernat. There isn’t a pattern as such, just following seed stitch. I’m nearly 600g of yarn into this blanket and still going. I love it! I had intended this to be for Jess or Matthew, but sorry kids, this one is all mine!
The other thing that I have started is the new CAL (Crochet-a-long) by Lucy over at Attic 24, is the new Woodland CAL. Its colour palette is beautifully autumnal and whilst it’s not quite fitting for this time of year; I love it. The other reason I love it is that it’s a variation on my favourite ripple pattern. Whilst its not colours that I would normally choose, I’m enjoying the selection anyway – I’m following the “random stripe” sequence as opposed to the “colour story” which sees the darker colours sit and the bottom and the lighter colours are at the top. I just like the random order because it means I get to use ALL of the colours sooner! There are a lot of people who are following this CAL that race to get it all finished before the next pattern is released. I hadn’t realised that crochet was a race! I will happily plod along at snail’s pace enjoying the process without worrying about ‘keeping up’ or ‘catching up’.
So, that’s me for now, if you’ve got this far, well done, it was a long blog! I promise not to leave it so long next time! If you’ve enjoyed reading, please like and share through my Facebook page as I would LOVE some new followers (I’m nearly at 100 followers on Facebook and nearly at 700 on Instagram!!!)
I hope you’ve had a great start to 2018,
Love, Ellen xxx