「Crochet」Baby Birthday Dress

Our little girl is 1 year young today, and I handmade her a special birthday dress!
Technically she is now a toddler and not a baby anymore. However, she’ll always be MY baby, I took the liberty to title this blog post Baby Birthday Dress.

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It’s not my own creation though, I rather followed the instruction of this neat post at craftideas.us. For the colour combination I chose a yarn with different shades of green and for the lower part of the dress I used leftover yarn in this beautiful vibrant pink/purple/white^^^

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Smash*Book「Pretty Pink」Update #3

 This double page is very special to me: it’s about my baby daughter!

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I picked this double page to be all about my daughter, because it has the calendar on the bottom of the right page saying “A DAY TO REMEMBER”, so I circled her birthday with a heart.
In addition to that I used adhesive letters to add the birth-month (spelled in the german version with an “i” in the end) and her name, as well as “My Girl” and the meaning of her Japanese name (kanji 七海), “7 seas”

I took polaroids of her, as well as me with her & my husband with her to fill out the page on the left with that. I really like the little frames for the polaroids that I got from a friend. On the page to the right I only added a palm print of hers and will use the empty space to fill it with all the funny, witty, interesting things she’ll say once she can talk (more).

In the middle I attached a little wooden ’ema’ keychain I bought at a Japanese shrine that sort of specialises on wishes & prayers for a good upbringing and education of children.
Something I added in the middle to the “rings” of my smash book are little ‘song cards’ as I like to call them. Basically I got a little crafty and made cards that on the front are decorated according to the theme of the lullaby/children’s song, and have the song lyrics written on the back. They are all  in Japanese lullabies (except for the one on the bottom left which is just the Japanese version of “twinkle twinkle little star”).
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I can’t wait to fill the page on the right with quotes of all the things she says that I want to remember!

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Smash*Book「Pretty Pink」Update #2

I filled another double-page in my Smash*Book!

This time I wanted all my favourite perfumes in one place. So I cut out the packaging of each perfume and used washi tape to put them on the pages in a way, so you can “unfold” the packaging (as youc an see on the two photos on the botom). Often the design of the packaging itself is so nice and goes all the way around, I just wanted to keep all that.

I added a quote by Jean-Paul Guerlain: “Perfume is the most intense form of memory”

I left a bit of space at the top because, I don’t know ….I might find another perfume I really really like in the future, and then I can stick the packaging there!

 

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Smash*Book「Pretty Pink」Update #1

Recently I was bitten by the ‘smash book bug’ 🙂
I’ve seen so many people make or start one, it seems to be a real hype. And while I’m not one to just join any hype for the sake of it, the fact that you get to be creative and can turn a smash book-base into your very own uniquely styled piece intruiged me very much.

I chose to buy a Smash*Book by K&Company (they have many different ones): it’s the ‘Pretty Pink’ version!  I want to share some pictures of what I’ve done with my Smash Book so far – getting into my creative flow if you will.

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Each version of the K&Company Smash Books comes in a differently coloured binding and with a different front cover pattern. This version had flowers and I chose to make them *POP* a little more by simply colouring them the way I liked.

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「handmade」Knitted Pink-Purple Sweater

It’s the first time I knitted a piece of clothing for myself. In general I do more crocheting than knitting and did several baby clothing items throughout my pregnancy and after but never  “challenged” myself to make something for myself, until now!
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This knitting project basically took me about 2 months to finish – I used yarn & needle size 2-3 (EU sizes) but NO PATTERN!!! For measurements I simply used a bought sweater that I knew fits me well and that I liked wearing. I just looked at it constantly while making this and measuring different parts.

I really liked the pink-purple colour-interchanging wool, that has some white sprinkled in here and there to give it somewhat distressed look. I knitted this sweater in 4 pieces – basically only using garter stitch except for the hem and edges.

Starting of with the front I knitted the right and left side of the collar seperately then joined everything on one round needle at the tip of the v-neck there. For the backside I could start with one round needle right away and simply knitting from top to bottom copying the measurements and stitch counts from the front. But I kind of knitted a slope on the right and left shoulder so it would fit more comfortably and hug my shoulders rather than give it a rectangular look. The slope was about as wide as the right and leftside top of the front piece. You can see I joined them together in the following photo.
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Both arms were knitted in one piece and then joined on the on the bottom side were it matches up with the side-seams of joining front and back. I did pay attention to knitting the arms in the shape of the armhole on the top so it hugs my shoulder-upper-arm-joint nicely.

The hem & edging was simply done in a knit2-purl2 rhythm so make it a bit more stretchty and just giving it a nice visual finishing touch. I think you find that most of the bought sweaters have similar patterns.
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For the edge on the neckline I decided to first slip stitch with a crochet hook to get a basic line, then half-double crochet around it again. Lastly I did a second half-double-crochet row around that neckline but crochet together every 5th-6th stitch. That way it’s less loose, especially at the tip of the v-neck and around the corners on the shoulers
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I have to say I’m quite proud about my very first knitted clothing piece for myself. I wasn’t 100% sure I could pull it off  (only 95%, hehe), but I just sat down and started knitting and figured my way from there – step by step.

「Geisha Girls Cross Stitch」 Misaki

This is the first post of the geisha girls cross stitch series I’m working on whenever I feel like it. They are all inspired and/or done according to the pattern from iamnotadoll on etsy 🙂 I just gave them different names that I personally like or connect with each little geisha doll.

The first one is 「Misaki」
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Misaki – often written with the Kanji for 美 (mi)  beauty &  咲 (saki)  bloom  – means ‘beautiful blossom‘. With her green kimono and the purple/pink hair that name fits perfectly in my opinion 🙂

shoes, Baby shoes (crochet)

Continuing to post all the handmade items I mostly crochet for our Snowflake-Baby, I want to show you these two pair of shoes I made weeks ago (but never gotten around to post them *shame on me*)

1. Cuffed Booties

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I liked the dark green – pink colour combination for this as it fits the bootie style but is also quite girly (espeically with the flowers on the cuffs)

 

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A better view of the side of the shoes. I not only decided to crochet a flower for the side, but put a little cute heart-button in the middle of the flower as a bit of “bling accessory” or something 🙂

2. Blue Mary Janes

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I >>LOVE<< this vibrant blue colour, and had to make those tiny Mary Jane style shoes with it. The blue heart buttons on the side just look to me like they were made for those shoes 🙂 To brighten it all up even more, I went for the sun-yellow dot on the front (both are a bit off to the outside of the foot, because it looked more relaxed to me that way)

 

 

Life is PINK

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Ever since I started seeing PINK lines on my home pregnancy tests, I also started knitting these handwarmers. The different intensity of the color pink that I saw on the tests inspired me to mix light and dark pink(violet). Using these colors and reminded me to be confident and keep trusting those little pink lines on the test. (I was having trust-issues since they tricked me last time and I ended up with an early miscarriage due to non-viable pregnancy).

Since the “pink lines” were a big part of my days leading up to the official test, I decided to call these handwarmers “LIFE IS PINK” (^_^) You can get them here.

For more handwarmers, cup cozies and knitted flower necklaces, have a look at my etsy shop 🙂