New fingerless gloves lace crochet pattern

A while back I told you that I was featured in Inside Crochet Magazine in here in the UK, finally my pattern is now available on my shops! you can buy the winter lace fingerless gloves on Ravelry and Craftsy for only $3! but hurry offer ends soon!

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Back to school crochet, sewing and knitting inspiration

This year I am determined,  I will be ready!. London is a funny place, you can have 28 degrees on Sunday and 15 on Monday! Last year in September I thought I was ready and then suddenly started to get cold really quickly!, I have three kids so I panicked and had to buy ‘emergency’ winter gloves, scarfs and a few cardigans! This year I will be on top of it! I AM crocheting, sewing and knitting winter stuff through the summer even if it kills me! so it is a very sticky 26 degrees outside and I am sat here with all my merino and alpacas… nice!

I have been looking at the items that they will need for next year, a backpack is the first on the list, I like this pattern from Ann Marie Brei

annemariesbreiblog backpack bloged at LuzPatterns.com

I have seen some super cool pencil cases but this one is my favorite!  by Minnebites

Whale pencil case bloged by minnebites at LuzPatterns.com

This super cute rainbow crochet pencil case by Lisette Maurik van is adorable and so simple to make!

rainbow pencil case

I always make a ton of hats, they love the animal ones but I kind of fancy something a bit more smart looking, I love this one!

Hats Scarfs Gloves - Kids Clothing - Catya  Lora  Girls Knit Hat

 

On a more practical level I love this fleece hat tutorial from spoonful 

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I must make lots of time to make at least one of this by knitting pure and simple

knitting pure and simple kids knitted cardigan bloged LuzPatterns.com

Love the crocheted animal mittens by uncommon goods

kids mittens

A very simple tutorial for this lovely scarf here

bow scarf tutorialYou can bit a pencil scarf tho! this one by lisaBbowman

pencil scarf

I will have to set a few hours over the weekend for this one, but I really fancy making this winter coat by Heidi and Finn patterns

winter coat for kids sewing pattern bloged at LuzPatterns.com

Food glorious food: Avocado mozzarella salad

I am on a quest to get back to a healthy weight (I am not too far but it seems to take forever!), so I have decided to keep it simple. There is a glorious sunshine in the London’s sky and I feel like a salad!

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abocado motzarella salad

This super fresh salad is made by cutting 1 small avocado, a handful of olives, nice dark leave lettuce and low fat mozzarella, I dressed it with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Not many calories and it is a feast!

Calories:  not many…. :)

Yum yum factor: MMMMMMMM…..

Home DIY before and after bedroom wardrobe

I am in a mission! After 4 years of living in our home I decided I had enough of an “open door wardrobe”, okay what I mean is you buy this cool wardrobe’s ‘guts’ from Ikea, they fit perfectly on the gap where the wardrobe used to be but then… I just didn’t know what to do with the front! anyway this is what it looked like before
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Well actually I guess this is an intermediate step as you can see the rail on the ceiling already.

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And this is what it looks right now!

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Considering that I have never really made a curtain and it only took me two and half hours I am really happy with the result!, I was so worried I would mess it up so I only bought a inexpensive white cotton and added the gold fabric stripe at the bottom, duvet cover really needs an upgrade tho! :)

It was very easy to make as well, Theo measured the ceiling and bought and installed the rail, then I just measure from the ceiling to the floor and all the way around the corner. Because there isn’t much space between the bed’s feet and the wardrobe I didn’t want the fabric to ruffled too much so I only added an extra 60 cm.

 

4th of july best crochet bunting

The 4th of july is almost here! but you still have time to make some super cute patriotic crochet bunting! I have gathered some inspiration for you, check this yarn crochet bunting granny style from rettg

yard crochet bunting

If you can imaging this heart one with the right colours, I think this one from a cup of jo jo it’s a winner!

heart crochet bunting

A lovely summer bunting by Attic 24

attic 24 bunting

This free pattern from Jean Herman it is for Christmas but you can use it in July as well!

light bulb crochet garland

I am looking to original designs and I think this bows by one and two company are just so sweet!

bow crochet bunting

With a more vintage look, these flower bunting by Eaden Yarns are adorable

flower crochet bunting

You can always decorate the cake! crochet bunting toppers

crochet cake toppers bunting

Another free pattern by Doni Speigle 

banner_re_medium2 I hope you enjoyed my small contribution to your celebrations! and if I don’t see you before Happy 4th of July!

Inspiration Monday, healthy eating and food planning

Happy Monday!, today I ‘didn’t’ step on my scales, (probably because I know all that falling down red juice on saturday spelled not very good news!) BUT! as many others, monday is normally the day that I think: ‘right!, that is it!, today I start my diet!’, only to give up by tuesday afternoon!…

I have been doing the 5 2 diet on and off for almost a year and half, and although I haven’t particularly gone back to my healthy weight I must admit the health benefits that I feel really make up for not seeing size 10 on my jeans anymore! I kind of think, ‘Hey!, I am healthy, I do plenty of exercise (just came back from my Zumba class this morning!) and I feel pretty fit and happy”, I think I am going to stop worrying about losing these few pounds and start enjoying live! And yes! that includes the 5 2 diet!, hey! it works for me!.

My only problem is the fact that I am really not that well organised, I am kind of missing a gene or something!, gosh! when I see this ‘professional’ mums at the school gates I think to myself: ‘no…. just no’.

Having said that, I think I need a bit more structure when it comes to the food I eat, I am always so careful about my kids having a nutritionally balanced meals, with plenty of fruit and vegetables (even if they make lots of noises to eat the later!), but when it comes to myself (and my poor partner) we just make a sandwich and or whatever is faster. So today is the day I am organizing my weekly food planning! get a load of that ‘Super Mums!’

Monday dinner…. I fancy this cauliflower rice from tinned tomatoes (I rediscover cauliflower and now I cannot have enough!) it is only 137 and I am not fasting today so I will add a piece of chicken no doubt!

5 2 Diet - Savoury Cauliflower Rice

Tuesday, I am fasting… so it is baked cod Provençal I found at Marie Claire

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Wednesday me thinks a frittata from Lavender and Lovage (I love frittatas, spanish omelettes anything with eggs really!)

fritata

Thursday I am fasting again, I think fish, salmon is always good, this one from Mimi Spencer

salmon two waysFriday I get to do Zumba again! (wooo hooo!), so I need something substantial! I think I will have this chicken and some rice!

chiken breast

Saturday it’s a burger! Portobello mushrooms burger that is! from Greatits

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Sunday… Sunday? what? do you want me to cook on Sunday!??? you will be so lucky! :)

 

10 DIY projects for this weekend, crochet, knit or sew your weekend away

Do you craft over the weekend?, on my line of business, I ‘craft’ just about every day, I am always doing some crocheting, knitting or sewing. Some days I win (I love what I do) and some days I loose (I really really really don’t like how it my work has turned out!), but everyday that I make something I am happy!

When the weekend comes I get to experiment on different things, I sometimes bake a new type of cake, (I am not the best baker in the world so it is a biggy for me), other times I just go and sew something totally unexpected, like patchwork or a new leather bag… what I should probably do is work on the pile of clothing from my kids that need mending!… So… anyway here is a collection of projects I much rather do! :) enjoy them!

For when you fancy sewing:

Who doesn’t need a shopping bag?, if you are to make anything useful this is the project for you! there are many free patterns online and bag tutorials out there but this one from Dana made it its going to be the best!

DIY shopping bags from made it

I am obsessed at the moment with refashion! and I mean TOTALLY obsessed!, I have a passion for recycled and upcycled, we really need to think what are we leaving behind for future generations, we need to educate them on reusing and reducing waste. One of the most common items we all have in our wardrobes is old men’s shirts, there are many projects out there, but I really like this simple transformation from leafy treetop spot, actually she has lots of really good tutorials!

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A classic refashion item denim!, who hasn’t a got a pair of old jeans at the back of your wardrobe?, there are many remakes, normally involving bags (hands up!, you got me!) but I found this spectacular! don’t you think?, you can find her tutorial on the blog of dreams and seams

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If crochet is more your thing:

My kids get invited to quite a few Birthday parties, I sometimes make an small amigurumi doll for the birthday boy or girl, they are always a hit with the kids, amigurumi or crochet dolls are not really wildly available so they really love having them!. If you are new to amigurumi check this lovely tutorial out! this lovely koala is courtesy of craft passion, you can find her tutorial here

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If you know how to crochet and make amigurumi dolls, maybe a you fancy a bigger project check out my mermaid doll .She is so adorable, I loved making her! and I see her every so often sitting pretty on my girls bed, it makes me smile every time I see them playing with her!

LuzPatterns.com mermaid doll

If you fancy something for the house that will take you about 30 minutes what about this super chunky heart pillow, I think it is stunning!

heart pillo

A super fast project will be this lovely crochet flowers for a canvas, lovely decoration tutorial from pukado

crochet flowers

If you much rather knit, I think this bag is lovely and not that difficult to make! free pattern by Sabine Wosmann here

knitting bag pattern

 

Super easy, super cute knitting headband tutorial by a common thread 

knitted headband

You can even plan your next weekend and buy a kit to make!, what about this lovely knitted bag project kit by the wool and the gang 

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I think I am sewing this weekend… mind you haven’t said that I have two projects on my hooks at the moment! Have a great weekend! :)