Saturday 30 March 2013

Guest Blogger Week 57 Lace n More

I would like to say a huge welcome
to Nazee
 from Lace n More

My name is Nazanin S. Fard, Nazee for short.
I am a knitting/crochet designer with more than 500 published designs.
My designs are regularly published in magazines and on yarn company web sites.
Rail Road Tracks Vest

I became interested in knitting at around age four,
when my mom started knitting for my unborn sister.
I learned then and hardly ever put down my knitting needles.
I learned to crochet from my craft teacher in middle school.
Using a hook instead of two needles always intrigued me.
Crocheting became a wonderful addition to my knitting.
Timeless Dress
In 2007 I started self-publishing some of my designs mostly in an electronic magazine format which is published four times a year.

In addition, I have individual knitting and crochet patterns available.
They are available on

Two years ago, my sister was diagnosed with brain cancer.
I have been fortunate enough to live close to her and was able to help out during her ordeal.
She lost her battle with cancer in July 2012.
While she was still well, I came up with the idea of publishing a book of prayer shawls and donate half of the proceeds to brain cancer research.
She loved the idea. I designed six shawls and with the
help of my knitting friends managed to complete them.
My sister and two other friends who are cancer survivors modeled the shawls.
The book “Prayer Shawl Designs from the Heart” is now published and is available on


 Here is a review of the book:
Book Review at My Central Jersey

The Prayer Shawls Knitters and Crocheters group on Ravelry
will be having a KAL, after Easter, based on the shawls in the book.
Starting March 28 (my sister’s birthday) until April 10,
 I will be offering one of the shawls from the book “Rough Seas Shawl” on Ravelry for USD 6 for anyone who likes to participate in the KAL.

In health and happiness,

Thank you Nazee
That is such a touching thing to come out of such an awful situation.
It's something that will always have your sisters memory in it.
I hope you will all join in saying thank you to Nazee
and go over and take a look at her site & Ravelry store and group.

Friday 29 March 2013

I've Made Friday Week 52

Good Morning Everyone.
I hope you are all having a good week
and are looking forward to the weekend.

Little Red & hubby are off at the moment
but I'll tell you more about that when everything is back to normal.

I decided to make a couple of things
for Easter.

I made a little Easter Egg garland
using a free pattern from Lacy Crochet.
and joining them with a chain.

A little Lamb
Using the free spring squishies pattern
by Josephine Wu
This is a free download from Ravelry
and you get the patterns for a chick, duck, lamb & rabbit:
This was a fantastic and easy pattern to follow.
I think they are also just soooo cute!

I loved following this free pattern
from Lani Herschensohn

Each eggshell has a top and bottom and in each is a chick
I made quite a few in different colours

Then I made up a basket for them to fit in.

But if you've got the eggs and you've got the basket
you need a chicken to sit on them:
The chicken isn't as pretty as the pattern
that I followed but I just wanted a hollow
chicken that the egg could fit in.
This is the free cosy set:
I changed the legs and didn't make the egg cosy inside them
as I was making it for Little Red to Play with.

Wow isn't this sheep hat fantastic!
and it's a free pattern as well
I loved the way she uses a treble crochet with a sc to make the bobbly effect.
I loved making this hat!

I also made a broach for me.
I purchased this pattern
It's for a poppy hat but I have just made the poppy itself
Poppy Flower Girls Hat  age 0-3 & 3-6 months 6 -12 1 -3 years crochet Pattern
I love the effect of the big poppy.
It makes a real statement.

Little Red asked if I could make him a scarf to match
his Turtle hat.
and you know I can't resist
making things for Little Red.

As you know I have been following the Online Tunisian Crochet Class
at Craftsy
This is the first washcloth I made

In the next part of the course you learn how to use 3 colours:
I haven't block it yet but I think you'll agree it's very effective.
I just couldn't believe how easy it was to work with 3 colours.
Infact it was easier using the 3 colours than using one.

I listened to:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is a free audio book from Books Should Be Free
(you can listen online, download the audio or the book itself)

Wow I loved this book!
The author also wrote The Secret Garden.
The book is based around a young girl called Sara.
At 7 years old she is brought to London from India by her father.
She is brought to Miss Minchin’s London school
where she has her own bedroom and sitting room
and has a blessed life due to her fathers riches.
Her father was devoted to her and has left her there 
reluctantly as he knows she needs schooling.
During her time in school she is a perfect pupil.
Then her father dies penniless. Things take a drastic turn
and Miss Minchin keeps her as a slave and works her to the bone.
For the rest of the story you'll have to read the book ;-)
Sara it such a beautiful child in looks and in her heart.
It's a very touching innocent story that is written beautifully!
I would give this book 5 out of 5

Now it's your turn
It doesn't have to be crocheting
anything you've made is more than welcome!
Please try and visit at least 2 other sites
to see what other people have been making.
Can you also put the pin and link to this page
so that we can get more people joining in.

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Thursday 28 March 2013

Thursday Handmade Love Week 51

Good morning everyone!
I hope you are all having a good week.

This weeks theme is..............................

Etsy Finds:
daisy art print, watercolor flowers, white daisies pure daisy flower necklace Daisies and Dragonflies Retro-Style Apron
Fabric Flower Headband - Hippie Daisy Trim Headband - White Skinny Elastic Real Daisy Bangle, Botanical Bracelet, Real Flower Jewelry, Pressed Flower, Nature Resin Bracelet White Daisy Wreath, Spring Wreath, Front Door Wreath
White Daisy Hair clip Myriads of daisies Ivory Pillar Candle: Cute Flower Garden. Poppy, Daisy, Sunflower, Blossom. Ideal, Unique Christmas Gift
FLOWER BOX With Daisies, Sunflower, Tulips, Lilac and Bees for home decor, door hanger, mothers day and spring decor Diaper cover - Daisy flower set - Photogrphy prop - Flower Petal Hat -Daisy hat - Photo prop - Diaper cover - Flower diaper cover Silk with Yellow Daisy Appliques Ring Bearer's Pillow
is also offering a 10% discount to
all followers. Just enter the coupon code 
BEELUCKY at check out 
to receive 10% off your entire purchase.

Etsy Crochet Patterns:
Crocheted Daisy Headband & Ballerina Slippers for babies PDF Pattern PDF Pattern - Crochet Daisy Flower 3D Lazy Daisy Crochet Potholder PATTERN
Number 40 KNITTING PATTERN Baby Booties with an X-strap and Large Daisies Number 101 pdf  CROCHET PATTERN White and Yellow Daisies  Headband for a Girl Daisy Rattle Crochet Pattern
Garden Party. DAISY Pin/Headband Crochet Pattern/eBook Crochet pattern for Daisy Chain hat in 4 sizes (pdf) Spring Daisy Beanie Crochet Pattern  - 5 sizes included PDF 080 - Permission to Sell Finished Items
Instant downlaod - Crochet PATTERN (pdf file) - Daisy Braided Headband (sizes - baby to adult) PDF CROCHET PATTERN 003 - Daisy Bonnet - Size 0-3 months Friendly Flowers...PDF Crochet Pattern
Daisy Bonnet (pattern) Crochet Pattern for Baby Booties and Headband, Daisy Booties Sandals and Headband Set for Baby Girl, PDF 12-024 CROCHET PATTERN - Spring Fling - a beanie hat with flower in 5 sizes (Baby - Adult) - Instant PDF Download

Ravelry Crochet Patterns for Sale:

Ravelry Free Patterns:

On another note:
I am opening up my diary to Guest Bloggers for May onwards.
The service is free and I open my blog
to a guest blogger each Saturday.
I schedule you in and all you have to do is send me
a post at least a day before.
In return I'll post, tweet, g+ and pin to get you as many new followers for you.
All I ask in return is that you let your followers know about the post.

I've also got some more exciting news for you! 
30% coupon for Easter at Lisa's Heirloom Designs
Just use the code EASTER
Felicity Dress only $3.50
to celebrate the birth of Lisa's first Granddaughter!
Elegant Felicity Dress Crochet Pattern Sizes Newborn, 0-3 Months and 3-6 Months

Feel free to link anything handmade.
It doesn't have to follow the theme.
Please add the button to your post.
We want the handmade love to spread.