Knitting & Crochet

A Crochet Project For Our 7 Year ‘Wool’ Themed Wedding Anniversary

Hello! How are you all doing? We celebrated something very special yesterday… our seven year wedding anniversary! I just had to share my recent make with you all, which was made as a gift for my Husband, Andrew. The theme of the seven year wedding anniversary is ‘wool’, and as a household of poodle owners, I just HAD to make a crocheted version of Mabel.

Mabel is one of three of our miniature poodles. She’s particularly attached to Andrew, so I knew he would very much appreciate Mabel in crocheted form. In addition to Mabel, we own a black poodle (Felix) and a red poodle (Blossom), so I originally purchased the yarn to make all three of them together. However, I was only able to finish one in time; actually only just in time (I was working on it on the morning of our anniversary and it was wrapped at lunchtime). Totally unlike me to be disorganised with presents!

I will definitely crochet the other two and will share my progress with you here. Here’s Mabel in the photo above, so you can see the comparison. I could have worked in some of Mabel’s darker tones into her face, but I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out.

I used the Millie The Poodle Toft pattern and wool, both purchased directly online. I opted for the smaller sized poodle, but I’d definitely be up for making larger ones in the future. The pattern was mostly straight forward. I would personally consider it to be more of an intermediate crochet project rather than beginner.

Andrew bought me the cutest wool themed gifts too. I’m a little behind on my photography but I promise I will take some photographs soon so you can have a look.

As this post has a dog theme to it, I thought I’d share some new embroidery related purchases with you too. I recently bought some dahschund bobbins from Etsy. Mainly as photographic props when I’m photographing my embroidery projects for social media; but how adorable are they?! They have definitely been brightening up my desk.

On the subject of embroidery, my progress has stalled a little lately, as I’ve been pondering which designs to focus on to release as patterns on my Etsy store. I’m hoping progress will pick up again soon. As soon as it does, I’ll share my work with you on here. In the mean time, feel free to have a browse at my existing range of beginner friendly hand embroidery patterns, which are all instantly downloadable from anywhere in the world.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to. Thank you for reading, take care and I’ll be back very soon!

In My Studio · Makers Monday

Behind The Scenes at Rosefinch Studio: My New Craft Room

Hello all! First of all I would just like to apologise for the slightly longer than expected delay in updating my blog. You may have seen my earlier post about the new build house we moved into last August? Anybody who has bought a house will understand the upheaval and its possible effect on day-to-day living. In our case, we’ve had builders in pretty much every day over the course of a year, yes really! Well, that aside… whilst I’ve been trading during this time making beautiful party decorations and stationery for my Etsy and Notonthehighstreet shops, my blog has been somewhat neglected. This is now set to change as I am back in action, yay!

So, I’ve made a few changes to my workspace over the past week. I ran out of space in my original room and we are lucky enough to have a few spare rooms. I thought this post would be the perfect opportunity to give you a little tour of my new craft room, how does that sound?

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My pegboard from Block Design has got to be my most favourite item in the entire room. It’s super handy for storing all of my craft accessories, particularly the ones I use every day. Obviously no peg board is complete without pretty things… You know those things which you don’t actually use on a daily basis but just like to admire?…. (phew, glad I’m not the only one!)

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You can see a close up here. I’ve used blu-tack to display my favourite prints. As it takes centre stage in my room, I wanted it to look vibrant and cheerful and I think it looks just that!

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No craft room is complete without a companion, right? For those of you who don’t know, this is our rather adorable Mabel. Mabel is our 1 year old miniature poodle and is wonderful company. She also has a nephew called Felix, who is our much loved 2 year old miniature poodle. Together they are double the trouble but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Here they are together, striking a pose!

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Luckily, the craft room is big enough to house two ikea desks. The one shown above is for crafting and drawing. I love my trusty desk storage as it keeps everything nice and tidy and very easy to reach. No drawing space would be complete without pretty decorations above it and some gorgeous eye candy in the form of a jug of flowers, would it? The desk to the left of this houses my iMac, printer, scanner, camera and all other technical equipment.

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Opposite my two work desks are a number of trusty ikea shelves which house all of my craft materials, tools and accessories, packaging, books and¬†magazines etc. Even though this is a really functional space, it’s important to me that it remains beautiful, so I like to have lots of handmade touches scattered around that area to cheer me up.

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I love listening to the radio when I’m working. We live in such a peaceful area, it’s nice to have a bit of background noise to keep me inspired. The trolley shown above houses all of my glittered and patterned papers, stationery, scissors and all sorts of other handy bits. As you can probably tell, the shelves have pretty much reached full capacity now and there are still lots of things stored on the floor! Eventually, I’d like to have another form of storage in here, but it feels perfectly workable right now. The large jars you may be able to spot are from our wedding a few years ago, they were used for tasty sweets and have now taken on the role of craft storage!

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Both of my desks face the window and it’s really nice having some green space to look at every now and then. It’s a nice little reminder that I live in Somerset and it’s one of the most beautiful places to live in the country. In the winter I like to light tealight candles whilst I’m working (and I have been known to get the fairy lights out too!) This just makes the room feel extra cosy and perfect for working in whilst sipping a lovely hot chocolate loaded with marshmallows of course!

The memo board opposite my desk is super handy for staying organised. I usually stick floral post it notes to it.  I added my own ribbon to it which seemed a bit more unique than the standard brown twine which it came with. Not that I have anything against twine РI love it, as you can see from the other photos!

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We have the most comfiest crocheting spot upstairs, in what we call the ‘daybed room’ which is located opposite my craft space. Whenever we have visitors, this is where they stay. I have a fair few of my handmade cushions in here and it’s just a really lovely, peaceful space to have a break in during the day. Usually you’ll find Felix and Mabel snoozing in here during the day. Felix likes to throw all of the cushions all over the floor… just to make things extra comfy I imagine! (It’s a dog’s life) I have been told by a few people that this room has reached its maximum cushion capacity…. Is there even such a thing?

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That’s all from me for now, although I couldn’t help but share this photo of Mabel with you, doing what she does best…. posing! I hope you’ve enjoyed having a peek into where Paper Doily Party Shop is based. Happy crafting!