Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Spring - Mother's Day - Easter Card in 3D.


Hello everyone, I hope you are well. I was going to post this at the weekend but thought I'd send it early in case you wanted to make a daffodil too. There are many possibilities, a Mother's Day or Easter card, a broach, or a bunch attached to stems (green garden sticks) in a jug. Now that the snow is just a distant memory here, many people are starting to think about spring. Every year I see on social media, photos of the most beautiful daffodils both fresh and crocheted ones. I gaze at the pretty flowers wistfully thinking 'oh if only I had time'. Well this year I was determined to make time and not be late! 

This crocheted daffodil is the design of Lucy at attic 24, she has a full colour photo tutorial over on her blog here. The design of Lucy's is easy enough to follow using - slip stitch and chain stitch, dc, htr and treble stitches in UK terminology. She starts with a brief explanation on 'how to do each stitch' and gives an equivalent in US terminology too.  She includes guidance for blocking the daffodil as it will start to curl. 

Making a 3D card.

I've attached a safety pin to the back of my flower and stuck it to the green card with 3 strips of double sided sticky tape. I bought my coloured cards with pre-cut apertures over 20 years ago from Craft Creations here.  I'm making 3 cards for now, I may make some more later. Selfishly I'm going to keep one for myself... just because. The other 2 will be for Mother's Day cards so if you know the 2 Mums I talk of, please keep it a secret. Thank you. The yarn is some from my stash in yellow, orange and green. The crochet hook I used was a size 3.5 mm. You could of course use a lemon yellow and white.

I've since purchased a new spray bottle, mine was pathetic and hard to press. I'm hoping that future water spraying to block crochet will be easier. Already my leaves are curling again, tomorrow I will try giving the leaves a light ironing on the reverse side. 

The start of a daffodil looking like a star / Christmas present - beautiful candle holder

Sparkly table runner won in the WI raffle


I loved crocheting this daffodil, though in future when I block any work, I will return to a more rigid surface as before with the square in weekend stitches. Many people say they find their craft work relaxing, this definitely falls into this category. With the points crocheted up and down both sides and the trumpet done in the round with a frilly picot trim, followed by the 2 leaves, there's nothing tricky or boring about it.

In other news, the teens are delighted to be back at school and college again. I'm starting another crochet square which I hope to share at the weekend. I've asked the teens to pick a few recipes that they like the sound of in the new book for the Cookery Calendar Challenge. Who knows, they may even like to cook them! Tonight's dinner was a family favourite, Spaghetti Bolognese. Personally I think it needed more tomatoes in it. It had garlic and one tin of tomatoes plus a glass of red wine, dried basil and black pepper with the mince, onion and streaky bacon for added flavour.

A friend of mine, who bought me the candle holder, also bought me a bottle of Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. A few evenings last week I had a glass in the evening with an ice cube in the glass. It tasted nice. Yesterday In Aldi, I thought I'd risk trying their 'look alike' bottle of Croft Pale Cream Sherry. Again, very nice. Honestly, what did we do before Aldi, Lidl and Heron. There were hardly any flowers in Aldi so the tulips were purchased at the CO-OP.

M noticed that the Amaryllis from last year is growing well, an inch from this mornings watering. Bookwise I'm reading the book club read - The Girl Before by J P Delaney. I won't be recommending it. If rope was involved, I'd think I was reading Fifty Shades.

What are you making at the moment, do you fancy crocheting a daffodil?
What are you reading? 
What's for dinner tonight?
Cake for the week? 

Have a good week, any questions about anything please leave a comment.
Cx







12 comments:

  1. I'm sure the two mums will be delighted with their Mother's Day card. We've got a new Lidl opening here within the next few weeks. I don't usually shop at the discount supermarkets as they're a bit of a drive away but I'm sure I'll be a frequent visitor once there's one on my doorstep.

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    1. Thanks Jo, I've posted one today and will deliver the other personally. One of the things I like about Aldi is I can tie it in with a work day and it's smaller than eg Tesco so I can be finished in no time. Obviously the price is cheaper but the fact you don't have so much choice within product lines makes it a quick shop. Before Aldi arrived I always went to Lidl. Opposite directions, convenience wins. Cx

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  2. The Daffodils are so pretty, such a clever idea and look lovely on a card. I love the vase of Tulips in the top photograph too.
    I hope you manage to get those teens cooking for you. Spaghetti Bolognese is always a favourite here, accompanied with garlic bread of course! X

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    1. Thanks Jules. Loved your snow photos, glad you're feeling better. Not sure if my comment went through as phone rang at the same time. Cx

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  3. What a lovely idea! I think that cards and gifts that have taken some thought and time to create are wonderful! xx

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    1. Thanks Christine, yes I often say to the teens, make me a card. It tends to be computer graphics made as opposed to glue & scissors but much appreciated. Cx

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  4. What a wonderful card/gift idea. I must admit I do miss Aldi/Lidl/Heron sadly we only have Tesco/Co-op/Iceland here on the Island.

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    1. Thank you, we used to shop at a small Co-op whilst living in Kent. You just do the best you can, shop wisely and hope for the best - pricewise lol. Cx

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  5. I love the card you made, the daffodil is adorable. A lot of work for a card! I hope who gets it appreciates your efforts. I'm reading an old book that I bought on my iPad, "Light a Penny Candle" by Maeve Binchy set in war era England, they sent the heroine to live in Scotland during the war. I have no idea what is for dinner as our DIL is the cook. :-) I added your blog to my blog list.. hint hint.. lol! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Thanks Teresa, I've read that book many years ago. There's 2 girls and Jonnie I think and one girl now grown preparing things for her Dad's fridge eg peeled potatoes, makes up pastry etc. Also the bridge games.
    Ps you are on my blog list lol. If you look at the bottom of the list - on this page - you'll see your name. It won't show a photo or a time ref eg - when you posted your latest blog. Jo from - Three Stories High - is the same. No picture & no time posted. I follow all blogs through bloglovin' as opposed to individuals direct. I find I get an e-mail telling me there's a new one to read this way. When I followed direct on a blog - I didn't know when a new one was posted. Cx

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  7. Oh, your daffodil is lovely!
    I am trying to finish a tank/vest/top and a million other things!
    I hope you are having a very nice week!

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    1. Thanks Pom Pom. Hope you managed to do some more of your top. Cx

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