Saturday, 28 February 2015

Monday, 23 February 2015

Embellished -- Oscars 2015

Back in January I posted a roundup of my favourite frocks from the Golden Globes because I LOVE a good red carpet. And as it was Oscar night last night I thought I'd share my favourites, but much like the films nominated this year I wasn't wowed by the selection on show...

Even so I've found 7 of my favourite embellished frocks and a couple of statement necklaces.

1. Julianne Moore in Chanel
In my opinion this would have been a much better frock without the floral motif repeated at the hips and at the bottom of the gown.
2. Cate Blanchett in a Tiffany & Co necklace
Cate can do no wrong in the style stakes and wore my all time favourite Oscar dress, this time it was her statement necklace that stole the show.
3. Felicity Jones in Alexander McQueen
One of the few very embellished gowns on show, this mixes different panels of beading.
4. Rosamund Pike in Givenchy
This gown is embroidered rather than beaded but still looks amazing - check out the full length view for the cut out effect on show as well.
5. Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab
Although there is beading on the top of the skirt too, most of it was on the bodice.
6. Scarlett Johansson in Versace dress (necklace not credited)
I've seen this outfit on a couple of worst dressed lists, while the dress is quite plain I love the statement necklace and the colour. 
7. Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein
The most embellished frock on the red carpet, the pearl beaded detail was amazing but all I can think about is how heavy all that beading must have been!
8. Emma Stone in Elie Saab
So different to the other dresses on show last night the pattern of embellishment is quite simple but very effective.
9. Jennifer Aniston in Versace
Also spotted on a couple of worst dressed lists - I really can't understand why - I love the beaded detail, especially that the effect is created without using solid beading across the whole gown.

All photos are from Just Jared and links to the originals can be found on my Embellished board on Pinterest.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tunisian crochet

I've been wondering about Tunisian crochet for a while, so I purchased some hooks and gave it a go.

I headed over to Pinterest and found this tutorial. As with any other crochet stitch I'd quickly worked up quite a few rows, even managing to successfully change colour.

I love the texture.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Crochet hearts inspiration

The very first Valentines card I gave to my other half was handmade with lots of different coloured little crochet hearts. He still has that on display in his study amongst the CDs and football books.

So I thought I'd round up some of my favourite free crochet heart patterns this Valentines day.

1. I love this granny heart by Zooty Owl - she has some great projects. 
2. These hollow centre hearts are something a bit different and the button gives it a cute finish. 
3. This is a straightforward pattern for a little heart. Perfect for making into a scattered heart Valentines card.
5. When one heart ain't enough make a string of them!
6. For the jammy dodger lover in your life. This is going to feature on the Valentine's Day card I make this year. 
7. I've been looking for a rosy heart tutorial for ages - all the pins I found were just photos. 
9. The texture on these double sided hearts is great and they are made in a way that means you could stuff them too. 

If you want more crochet hearts head over to my Crochet board on Pinterest where you'll find these and many other crochet delights. 

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Crochet covered jars

This month's Mollie Makes was all about organisation and the minute I saw the cover stars I knew I had to make them.

The project involved trying a crochet technique new to me - tapestry crochet. I'm forever hunting for the right crochet hook and my knitting needles are scattered everywhere, so I picked two empty jam jars suitable for storing my hooks and needles and got crocheting.

The first jar I covered was the bigger, fatter one. For this jar I went with an ombre look round the middle. I just love this combination of colours and may well be covering another jar very soon with just the stripes and no cream yarn.

I love those colours so much ...

For the second jar I tried the tapestry technique, using my own design (the rounds on my jar were a multiple of 6 so the pattern was 4 stitches in the colour then 2 in cream for 4 rows, followed by 1 row of cream and then switching to the new colour etc etc).

This is a great project to try if you've never custom shaped crochet to another object such as a jar or if you've never tried a technique like tapestry crochet.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Malta inspiration

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a couple of pictures I posted from a recent trip I took to Malta.

Although I spent most of my time there in a conference room I did get a bit of time to go out and explore Valletta yesterday and saw the following things that inspired me.

Weathered and repaired wall.

Colours and textures of doorways and windows.

Who would have through a keyhole could look so beautiful?