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Vantastic (a Giveaway!)

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Vantastic  1 Vantastic 5 Vantastic 3 Vantastic 4 Vantastic  2 When Kate of the beautiful Foxs Lane blog announced a little while ago that she was working on a book, I got really excited. When I discovered it was about “retro caravan holidays in the modern world” I got really, really excited! I’m a little bit obsessed with vintage caravans and have often daydreamed about finding an old van, doing it up and going on a big adventure. In 2011 Kate and her lovely family did just that! The five of them packed up their vintage caravan, Frankie Blue, and embarked on a 6 month road trip around Australia. I followed their journey via Kate’s blog with great admiration (and I have to admit, just a teensy bit of jealousy!) Yesterday a copy of Kate’s book landed in our mailbox and as soon as it was unwrapped, I snuggled down with a cup to tea and devoured every page. Vantastic is just beautiful. It’s bursting with practical information for beginner caravaners, sprinkled with cute crafty projects and yummy recipes and, naturally, the styling and photography is gorgeous. I know this book is going to become a much loved addition to our little library and I’m sure that in years to come, when we’ve got a van of our own, it’ll be absolutely invaluable. And! The really good news is, we have a copy to giveaway. Hurrah! To go into the draw all you have to do is leave us a comment. We’ll use the random number generator to draw a winner at the end of the week. Good luck everyone! And congratulations Kate!

Katie x

PS This giveaway is open to all our wonderful readers, both in Australia and overseas.

Update: The winner of the giveaway is comment number 3. Congratulations Gillian!

Vantastic Winner

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Reuben’s Whale Shark iPhone Cover

The Whale Shark

Under The Whale Shark

Whale Shark

Some of you might remember that at about this time last year I was working on a knitted cover for my iPhone, in the shape of a whale shark? At first the project came together really quickly and I began writing down the pattern with the intention of publishing it, so that anyone interested could make it too, but unfortunately I got distracted along the way. Between being promoted at work, completing a diploma, buying a house and trying to find time to renovate it, I’ve had quite a busy year, and until now I just haven’t had the time to put it all together.

The good news is, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working really hard to get the pattern finished and it is finally done! I simplified the pattern from being knitted on DPNs to flat rows (for communication and tension purposes) and modified the fins to make them a better shape. I’ve even had a friend test the pattern to double check it works!

You can download the pattern here. It’s absolutely free! And while I made the whale shark as a cover for my iPhone, I think it would do equally well as a soft toy.

I’m so excited to be sharing my very first knitting pattern. I really hope you like it!

Reuben :)

PS What do you think of the blog’s new look? Katie gave HOH a bit of makeover over the weekend and we’re pretty chuffed with it! It felt like time for a fresh start…

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If at first you don’t succeed…

Knitting Dishcloths

It’s that time of year again. That time where I find myself pouring over knitting patterns and wishing my knitting wasn’t so atrocious. That time when I bemoan the fact my dream handknit mustard yellow cardigan with vintage glass buttons still hasn’t come to fruition. That time where I tell myself I really must practice. So I drag out the yarn and the needles and… well, I try. Last year I managed one lumpy scarf. Unfortunately I made it far too wide, so it’s too short and bulky to actually wear, so this year I decided to start with an even smaller goal. Dish cloths. I figure it doesn’t get much easier than dishcloths and I’d really like to replace our supermarket cloths with a handmade, washable alternative, so this seems like the perfect place to start (again). Though I haven’t had much success in the past, I’m determined not to give up on knitting. Surely I can manage dishcloths!

We have quite a lot of Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton left over from the crochet projects Reubs created for Handmade Christmas, so that’s what I’m using. As I haven’t done any knitting at all in about a year and my skills are rusty at best, I’m starting off by knitting a plain garter stitch square, just to get back into the rythm, then I’ll get started on some actual patterns. I like the look of this one and this one and this one!

My mum is visiting my brother in Queensland at the moment so for the next week we’ll be splitting our time between our house and hers, but you can bet wherever I’ll be there’ll be a mishapen little knitted dishcloth on needles nearby…

Have you made anything nice lately? Anyone got a great dishcloth pattern you could share?

Katie x

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A Little Creative Venture

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately. Reubs has been busy with work and I’ve been busy working on a special little project, which I am really excited to share with you today! You might remember me saying that I was waiting on some craft supplies? Yes well, they finally arrived and I’ve been feverishly putting them to use ever since. This project has been brewing at the back of my mind for such a long time… I’ll share that story with you soon, but in the meantime, I thought I’d give you a peek at what I’ve been working on.

Pink Key Glitter Globe Necklace

Typrewriter Pendants

Creative Mess

Sky Charm Necklace

Paris Glitter Globe

Necklaces

Strawberry Charm Necklace

Typewriter

Blue Bow Glitter Globe

I’ve been making a little collection of trinkets and treasures featuring antique bronze charms, delicate globes full of German glass glitter and glass pendants, handmade with tiny notes typed on my vintage typewriter. I plan to pop my jewellery into an Etsy store in the next couple of weeks and I am so excited about it! It feels really good to be doing something creative and productive. Making things makes me so happy.

Wishing you all a most wonderful weekend! I’ll be spending most of it perched in front of that mess on the dining table, with pliers and glue in hand…

Katie x

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Crafty Dabblings

Do Small Things with Great Love

I have a big creative project that I’m itching to get started on. It’s something that I’ve been pondering and processing in the the back of my mind for a long, long time now. Something I should have started years ago. Now I’m finally ready to give it a proper go and make things happen… but I can’t. Because I’m waiting for supplies and the mail seems to be taking an incredibly long time. Every morning for the last week I have eagerly trotted down to the post office and unlocked our PO box, hoping to be greeted by a little pile of parcels, only to discover… absolutely nothing. It seems a watched mailbox is never filled. And it’s driving me slightly insane!

In the meantime I’ve been pottering about with other things, dabbling with this and that, trying to satisfy the urge to create. I made this little hoop out of vintage bits and bobs and planned to make a few more so I could create a lovely cluster of hoops on a wall somewhere, but then I just couldn’t get motivated to make more hoops. So for now the “do small things with great love” hoop sits all alone next to a cluttered pile of books on our mantlepiece. I pulled out the sewing machine and altered a thrifted muumuu style dress, to turn it into a little frock with an elastic waistband like this one and this one, but decided it wasn’t nearly as cute in real life as I had imagined it might be. I half heartedly started some granny squares only to abandon them half an hour later… I really want to be making things but I can’t commit to any of these projects because they simply aren’t the right ones for right now. Have you ever felt like that?

Reubs and I are going to start painting our walls this weekend. Up until this week it has been far too hot to even contemplate renovating projects, but the temperature has finally dropped enough for us to get back into things. Hopefully painting will distract my restless little brain for a while. And in the meantime maybe, just maybe, my much anticipated supplies will arrive.

Have you been working on anything crafty lately? I’d love to hear about your creative projects. I find people making stuff so inspiring!

Katie x

PS A few people have asked about making my guilt free chocolate mug cake in the oven, rather than the microwave, so I gave it go and happily it worked! I’ve added a little update to my original post with the details.
PPS The 20% off “houseofhumble” discount code for Shadow Moon Creations expires tomorrow.

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