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Working on my colouring

I’ve always liked the adult colouring books by Johanna Basford. The illustrations are beautiful pieces of art, don’t you think?

I was looking for a new craft that I could pick up and put down easily when I have a spare minute. Colouring seemed like a good choice because you only need a few things to get going quickly. The colouring book and some pens or pencils.

I have a selection of Letraset Promarker pens already that I really like but I decided on pencils for a change. I didn’t really know which ones to go for but I liked the sound of the Staedtler ergosoft pencils so I’ve been giving them a try. They are made from a softer lead which makes it easier to blend colours together.

Staedtler ergosoft pencils

So after a few evenings colouring, this is my first finished piece.

My first finished colouring from the Secret Garden

By the way, I have serious job envy. How lovely would it be to be like Johanna and spend your days in your studio drawing and make a living from it too?!

This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the colouring book and pencils myself.

5 crochet gifts for newborn babies

Crochet fox. Image via
Image via

It really doesn’t seem like almost a year ago that our son arrived but it is. He’s going to turn one in a few weeks and I can’t quite believe it.

It’s been so lovely to watch him grow up this past year. You really can see them growing up before your eyes at this age can’t you?! People used to say that to me but I didn’t really appreciate how true it was until he came along. He’s not a little baby anymore and the down side to that is I no longer have an excuse to make little crochet baby toys.

But it’s OK. One of my friends has just given birth to her second little boy and another is due to have her second baby next month too, so I have an excuse to keep crocheting away.

Here are my favourites at the moment:

  1. Every baby need a little fox.
  2. Little rattles for little hands.
  3. Counting sheep.
  4. Tried and recommended rattle bunny.
  5. A second mention on the blog because it’s such a lovely pattern to make and give.

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

Top 5 pins I love this September

If you’re a regular reader you’ll be familiar with the series I started at the beginning of the year on my top 5 crochet pins from each month.

Well, I only made it to March and then our little boy came along. So I’ve been focusing my attention on him ever since. I’ve not really been pinning that much and unfortunately the series doesn’t work very well without those!

I’d like to get it the series back up and running now that I’ve got a bit more time again. I’ll still post monthly but what I’ve learnt so far is that I like to pin inspiration and projects on all sorts of crafty subjects. So instead of just focusing on Crochet pins, I’m going to post about whatever I happen to love pinning at the time. I hope that’s OK with you?!

Here goes…

What is shutter speed? I’ve picked up my dusty dSLR camera again now that I have a wriggling, giggling little boy to take pictures of! It’s been fun but he moves so fast I’ve had to brush up on my photography knowledge. Pins like these are so handy to reference when baby brain hits and I can’t remember which setting to choose.

Anything to made gardening easier sounds good to me! With limited time right now we are always looking for an opportunity to optimise tasks. Mowing our lawn is a relatively quick job as we don’t have a huge garden but edging it seems to take forever. I like this idea to use some decorative edging that can be mowed over with the lawnmower.

We decorated our bedroom and had fitted wardrobes built in when we moved into our house nearly 4 years ago. Since then the wall over the bed has looks quite bare. I’ve been meaning to put some pictures on it but haven’t found anything I liked. I just can’t find anything I want to look at for years and years. So instead we’ve added an Ikea RIBBA picture ledge to the wall and I’m going to put some photo frames on it. I like this layout so I think I’ll do something like this.

Artisan bread? Sounds fancy. Our bread maker hasn’t been used for a while. I can’t blame our little boy for this one, I’ve just been lazy. It’s so nice baking bread, even in the bread maker when most of the work is done for you! This pin has inspired me to bake a fresh loaf. It’s not a bread maker recipe but it’s supposed to be much quicker than the traditional method.

Did you have these perler beads as a kid? I did. We got them when we visited the US, before they had made it to the UK. I remember making lots of coasters! This is a fun and different way to use them.

crochet elephant front

Cute crochet amigurumi elephant

Hello! I didn’t abandon you, promise! Our family increased by one in April and we’ve been taking some time to get to know our little baby bundle. Normality is slowly resuming and I’m getting small chunks of free time here and there again. I’m looking forward to getting back to my crafty projects and posting about them here on the blog.

One of the projects I finished shortly before baby came along is this super cute crochet amigurumi elephant. I’ve wanted to share him with you for a while now. I love this pattern and I’m really pleased with how he turned out.

Back of crochet amigurumi elephant
I originally intended to make much smaller versions of this elephant for a mobile for the nursery, but when I made a tester elephant I realised that they were going to crochet up too big. So I decided to make this supersize elephant instead.

Front of crochet amigurumi elephant
I used a chunky weight yarn and crocheted some black and white eyes instead plastic toy eyes.

Isn’t he great?! This is such a fun pattern and the construction is very clever too. You crochet the body first then re-join the yarn to make the trunk, legs and belly. Only the ears and tail have to be made separately and attached.

The original pattern was designed by Japanese artist Chisachi Kushima and the English translation can be found at All About Ami.

What have you been making recently?

Top 3 crochet projects I love this march

I’ve pinned lots of really great Crochet projects in March but there are just 3 that I really love…

Having just finished my first amigurumi project, I’m definitely going to make more. I really like that they are quick little projects with enough technical detail in the pattern to keep things interesting. It looks like most of the beginner projects at least start out with one or more of these basic crochet shapes so this tutorial from Moogly is going to come in handy.

There might be a kiddies blanket with strawberry stitch edging in my future! It’s nice to see something different. See the full tutorial and PDF download by

There are so many great Japanese patterns out there. Sunflowers are probably my favourite flower so it’s no surprise I love this one!

This post is part of a series. Every month I’ll be posting my top 5 crochet pins from the month past.

Are there any Crochet projects you’ve pinned this March that you’d nominate for the last two? Let me know!