So James has been promising to write a post on how to make his cinnamon scrolls for over a year now and he never remembers >_> So for today’s Silent Saturday we’ll make them without words. Direct all complaints and begging for recipes to James please ;D
They were made using light pink from Bendigo Woollen Mills and the red from Fibra Natura Sensationals which was left over from my cardigan.
I changed the pattern to make the thumbs flip top as well so they could be used for texting but I wished I had ribbed the edges to make them a little longer too so they could cover up the hole more.
I really loved the yarn I used on these but I didn’t love the end shape. I just can’t seem to find the perfect mitten shape!
Note: OMG I didn’t think it would be this popular, more than half the sticker sheets sold out overnight so if you want to get some better be quick! Thank you so much to everyone who has bought them so far!
I disappeared for a while there, it was partially because I have just been SO unorganised. I gave up keeping a to do list and my diary was just for appointments for a while. I thought it would make me less stressed to not look at all the things I had to do… but it turned out it just meant I didn’t have a reminder to do them so they never got done >_>
So I went to the dark side… the planner side. I went and got some *cough* 3 *cough* mini planners from Kikki K and went to town.
The spiral into addiction was quick. From buying the journal I thought “Hmm a pretty journal deserves pretty insides…” so I started collecting stickers. But it wasn’t enough… I wanted to make my own stickers.
The next thing I knew I had a printer and a die cutter and I was designing sheet upon sheet to decorate my things with. It was an extremely slippery slope!
And that’s how all of these happened:
After honing my technique and printing a bajillion test sheets I’ve put a limited batch of stickers up for sale in my Etsy store. These ones are really limited runs and I’m not sure which ones I’ll reprint if any so go have a look now :D
In the mean time, feel free to enjoy some gratuitous sticker photography…
I’m really glad I’m not the only person who is completely obsessed with diaries and organising things like this!
I’ve decided that there’s no such thing as the perfect diary/organisational system so now I’m a little obsessed with making my own. I’m thinking of printing my own custom pages to go in the Kikki K diaries too… too far? I don’t think so >_>
Lottie also personally approves every order that goes out so you can be assured that it’s not full of tuna or bacon ;)
I can’t believe I haven’t done an nail art tutorial for this look before *_* I’ve worn it so often that I figured I had already done one… but I guess not?
This year I’ve been keeping my nails really short again but I’ve started to grow them again recently so I’m interested in making them pretty again :D
So let’s get going with some chocolate nails!
Start off by doing a base coat in a pastel colour. I went with a matte peach this time which was a mistake because it chipped in about 3 seconds flat >_> I love matte polish but it’s so hard to maintain!
Pick a nice chocolatey colour and load up your brush so the bottom of it is round like a drop. Press the drop onto your nail and drag it up slightly to make a tear shape like this:
Use the same technique to make another drop which is lower than the first.
Join them by adding a drop between them. This polish has a shimmer in it so you can see the drops well.
Add another drop on either side so the whole nail is covered. You want the brown to take up about half of the nail.
Wait for it to dry and then use a toothpick or a nail art brush to paint on some sprinkles. I used some more pastel colours that came in the same set as the peach bottom coat.
Once the whole thing is dry, give it a top coat.
Rinse and repeat for all of your other nails! … Don’t actually rinse though because that would probably bump the nail polish!
Celebrate with some cake in real life now!
This bear looks like how I feel >_> Over the weekend our horrible neighbours finally moved out and they had a loud blow out party and trashed their place as a final “suck it” to their landlord. It was loud and late at night and I just want to sleep for about a week now. I don’t really have a lot of energy lately to start with!
Instead let’s make a crochet bear coffee cosy :D I’m using a 3mm hook and crocheting with 2 strands of yarn at once to give it a mottled effect.
I measured the size off a Starbucks cup holder but I think the Aus sizes are smaller than the American ones so probably best to measure your cups locally!
Start by chaining 40 and joining in a circle.
Chain 2 and then start single crocheting around the chain. Continue going around in a spiral around and around. Make sure you mark where the beginning of the round is so you can count accurately.
I wanted a thin bear so I did 6 rounds then bound off.
Next, join on some yarn around the front where the first ear will start. Single crochet 4 stitches then turn, chain one, skip the first stitch and single crochet into the next 2 stitches. Slip stitch into the next stitch and bind off.
Repeat this for a second ear on the other side.
To finish the top and make the ears look nice and round, slip stitch all the way around the top.
Use some black yarn to sew on a face. You can choose to make it look a little happier and less sleep deprived if you like >_>
Of course, it’s much cuter if you add some blush too. I always used to use yarn or felt or something physical to make blush spots but lately I’ve been using actual blush and it’s so much softer and cuter!
I hope you guys are well and having a good week. I will catch up on sleep and have enough energy soon to stop disappearing for weeks at a time I hope soon!
I will at some point start talking properly in these again >_>
We’ve gone through some big changes over the last month or so, Kris has gone back to QLD for a while so I’m working as James’ assistant again which takes a decent chunk out of my time and I’ve been working really hard to create more products for my Creative Market shop.
I want people who aren’t using graphics like designers to be able to access my artwork too so I’ve been working on setting up places to buy prints, shirts and that kind of thing as well.
I feel like I’m at a turning point in my life and I want to turn into the wind and go the direction that makes me happy and the more I get into it, that’s illustration.
These photos are so old… Bergamot’s cousin Oolong came to visit with Becky!
Becky has even come to visit with Oolong again since then >_<
So… I don’t know exactly where I’m going right now but I am happier than I’ve ever been so I’m looking forward to sharing it more with you all ^_^
This didn’t turn out to be a very silent snapshots did it? Maybe I’ve found my groove again after all ;)