Thursday, March 29, 2012

Plum Perfect & All Good Fun

Quick as a bunny, I just want to share today, all I've been up to lately, crocheting, scrapping, and art journaling...  just a little bit of everything really!

First, those who know me best, know that I'm a big fan of Harry Potter, the movies, and the books!  Well, I finally got around to making myself the Luna Lovegood's Crocheted CardiganHERE'S where you can find the pattern, and here is what it looks like in the movie...

I just love Luna, and I have to admit, while I have many favorite characters, I may relate to her more than any other character in the stories/movies!  She makes me laugh, and in turn, hopefully, helps me to laugh at myself!..

Well, first, I thought I'd go with the same exact color Luna is wearing, but then both Dear Daughter and I agreed the darker shade of purple looked better on me personally.

I used Caron Simply Soft, in Plum Perfect!  I LOVE this color, and am very tempted to use it in a purse too, when I can get around to it anyways.  The pattern suggests making crochet-covered buttons, but when I saw these buttons, I knew they were just perfect for me!

I picked these up from Walmart, and I just loved the smoky gem-like quality and colors.  I couldn't have possibly matched them any better than this, so I was excited to find them!  The pattern called for the use of 4 or 5, but I went with using all six!

While I'm still only thinking about the purse, I did manage to make a matching headband and scrunchie.  There was terrible lighting when taking this picture, but you get the gist...  Plum perfect, I think, in Perfect Plum!...   Now tell me..  Do you think I should make a charm necklace, not only to match, but to keep away the "Nargles"?!

Recently, I quick made a couple pairs of earrings, this time not in plum, but in white, and then red.

Update: Having been asked, I'll add that you could start with any doily/snowflake pattern to make earrings like the white you see here.  I will have to make adjustments myself to make a smaller 2" size.  But for the earring you see here, this is how I made the white 3" hoops:

I used size 10 crochet thread, (OR you could use embroidery floss), and I think I used a size 3 hook. (Just remember, your tension may be different than mine, and you may need to adjust accordingly.)
Round One:  Chain 3, 12 sc in second ch from hook.  Join to complete the round.
Round Two:   Chain one, sc in first st, chain 3, (sc in next st, chain 3) around, till you have 12 sc and 12 chain-3 spaces.  Join to complete the round.
Round Three:  sl st up to next chain 3 space, (chain 3, 2 dc in same space).  From there 3 dc in each chain-3 space around.  Join to complete the round.
Round Four:  Chain 1, sc in first st, (chain 5, skip next st, sc in next st) around.  Join to complete the round.
Round Five:  Sl st up to middle of next chain-5 space, make a sc through both that space and the hoop earring.  Crochet 6 sc onto JUST the hoop.  Then (make a sc through both the next chain 5 space AND the hoop, proceed crocheting another 6 sc onto JUST the hoop) around till you complete your way around the hoop (till you have 16 spaces actually attached to the hoop, and a total of 16 groups of 6 sc between all those attachments)... Make sense?  I hope so, but see photo, if not!  (0;  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  I added just a dab of E600 glue to hold the ends of my stitches in place.

The red earrings are simply done in single crochets around the hoop.  Actually, it's hard to see, but I did two rows on this pair.  Both pairs are a good size, 3" in diameter, but surprisingly light!  Personally, I really only get away with wearing these, just when my hair is down.  I love them, really, but would like to make more in a smaller size...   maybe a 2" hoop next time around?...  for those ponytail days!  If you're interested, I did find a link to a YouTube video, where there is a great tutorial in which you can crochet right along with Jess, a very talented teacher, right HERE.   You can also find her website HERE.

"Anyway, my mum always said, 
things we lose have a way of 
coming back to us in the end."
(Luna Lovegood)

I've really been having fun, art journaling as much as I can lately.  I loved coloring, and drawing, ever since I can remember.  While painting is very new to me, and my work proves to be primitive, I'm sure, I'm still having lots of fun learning it, and I'm so glad to have rediscovered ART in general!  Here are a couple of pages I've done in my Book of Days journal.

Recognize the Andes Candies wrapper-paper I made?
  I've been using it!

Here's a face I started.  Right now I'm working with horrible paint brushes, and the cheapest of paints; but the more experienced and comfortable I feel with it all, as I go, the more I'll look into buying the more expensive necessities.  A pad of watercolor paper would be really nice, someday, as you can see how my composition-notebook paper bubbles up the way it does.  Shading will come MUCH easier when I buy the proper supplies as well...

I don't know...  
Do you think she'd look better with hair? 

Here are a couple of pages from my Life Is A Verb art journal...  These are a little more scrapbook-ish, than any kind of lessons learned in painting...  But they were fun to do!

The book, Life Is A Verb, is by Patti Digh.  Both this art journaling class, and Book of Days, have been hosted by Effy Wild, at  Love & Glitter!

A new art journaling class I've just recently joined in on is "Mind. Body. Soul.", at Words of Me Project!  Yes, now I have THREE art journals going at once, but here's the shabby chic cover I had fun making for this one...

Here are a few of the pages I've done so far...

Leslie's posts and prompts have been wonderful, and I highly suggest this course for anyone wishing just to get the feet wet with something like art journaling!

LOVE this tea set graphic from The Graphics Fairy!

Here was a very good prompt, I thought.  The dream may seem small, but at least it's an attainable one for me, at the moment!...  a very necessary one, in fact!  Here, I dream of cleaning up my little craft corner, which has turned into a gigantic mess!  Leslie shares how dreams can come true, by way of "micromovements".

Well, this covers everything for now, with the exception of some "happy mail" I've recently received!  I participated in a Twilight Altered Composition Notebook Swap, over at Mini Album Scraps!  I made one notebook for myself, and three others to send out.  Here's the one I made...

And here is the group of them I now have!...

What gorgeous work from all the girls at Mini Album Scraps!  I love every one of these books I received, and can't thank them enough!  The swaps are always so much fun there, and Lisa runs a tight ship, bless her heart.  NO "flakers" allowed in her swaps!  

My gosh, is that enough for today, do ya think??!!  I knew I'd better post it, because "hippity, hoppity", Easter and MORE projects are on the way here, and I hope to be posting again soon! 

Have a great day,
and thanks so much for stopping by!


Debi Y. said...

Love the cardigan and the earrings - they're very pretty. And I love the art journals too - very creative. :)

scrapwordsmom said... have been BUSY! WOW! First off the cardigan is wonderful...I LOVE that shade of plum...and that style is so very me, too:)

Your art journals are WONDERFUL. you have so many going at once...that is exactly what I like to do:)

I love your energy here and I APPRECIATE your kind thoughts on my class. Thank you so very much for making my day!!!



DaCraftyLady Debb said...

the cardigan is so cute!! I love HP stuff. :) Your books are so cleaver, do you give them away or keep them to show case? Now I also love the earrings. Been looking for a pattern to fill up my hoops where did you fins that one. So cute.. :) Got to make some...Have a fun crocheting day!! Debb

paula said...

Love the earrings . . I have been a hoop girl since I was in college.

WHat patern did you use for the white ones . . .they would be PERFECT for Christmas presents. . . snowflakes and all :-}

Faith said...


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOSH!!! I NEED to share that Luna pattern with my completely obsessed friend who LOVES Luna!!! And LOVING your journal pages... especially the Twilight ones!!!!!

glor said...

My goodness what delights. You have been one busy girl and I love the cardigan. Great work. By the way, the music is wonderful, takes me back to when I was just a girl! You've brought smiles here. Have a lovely night and blessings.

paula said...

By the way, I like the sweater with the buttons you chose . . they give it an old fashioned charm.

Kristina said...

Wow, I love everything you posted on this.

JENNIFER said...

I'm new to your blog :o) you are so creative! I love the sweater and the buttons are beautiful, the earrings are very unique and beautiful to. I enjoyed my visit and I will be back to visit again! Have a nice weekend! hugs Jennifer

Sara said...

A Harry Potter inspired cardi... I love it! Thanks for sharing the link to the pattern. Happy Friday!

Jacqueline said...

I love Luna too! I wanted to know what happened to her at the end of the movie! She was so sweet and her sweater is great. Love that you made one too. The color is perfect. Your earrings are fabulous also! You have been a very busy lady!

Mary said...

I love your jacket, Tina! I wanna make myself one. And your earrings are amazing.
Such cute artwork, too :)

LDH said...

Super cute! Love the style and the color! Well done.

Listening to Here Comes Peter Cottontail reminds me of my dad. I think he sang this to me :)

SO nice stopping by to visit with you!
Kindly, Lorraine

DaCraftyLady Debb said...

Thank you Tina, :) Now I have another question, I know I am a pain, but I am having a real dickens of a time to fix this??? Whenever you click on my name "DaCraftyLady" now it takes you to my Google+ and doesn't not show the links for my blogs. :( Do you have any idea how to change this ???? All these upgrades...grrrr...Debb

Debbie said...

All very cute! Happy Easter!

Faith said...

Happy Easter Lucy, to you and your family, Fred and I are getting some lovely aromas down here...

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, what a fun post! Love seeing all that you have been up to, Tina! Love your crochet sweater. You will be just like Luna now. And those earrings are SO cool! So unique and pretty. And super fun art journal pages. Such a freeing way to be creative. :)

SHANA said...

Luna has always been a fave of mine. She has hidden intelligence and people discount her but she always comes through. I love her even more that I just finished reading all of the books. I have seen all the movies but never read the books. I am so happy I did. I fell in love with the series all over again. Now I need a movie marathon day with them! I love the color you used for your cardigan too. So pretty and the buttons are perfect.