Hygge - A FREE Printable Poster!

This year's Crochet-a-Long (CAL) from Scheepjes is called Hygge. If, like me, you've never heard of this word before let alone how to pronounce it, then read on...it's actually a really lovely concept. 

First, how to pronounce it? Well, that's pretty easy - it's pronounced "hoo-ga". Got it? Good. It's a fun word to say. Say it a few times. "Hoo-ga", "Hoo-ga" "Hoooooo-ga". Ok, moving on... 

So, what on earth does this fun-sounding word mean? That, I think, is a little more complicated to explain. It's more of a feeling or a concept than a word. It is a Danish word, and it basically means "cosiness". It is the ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures and making the ordinary more meaningful, beautiful and special. Isn't that lovely! We need more of that in today's world!

The designer of the Hygge CAL is Kirsten Ballering from the blog Haak Maar Raak. The design is Scandinavian themed and combines my two crafty loves - crochet and cross-stitch. So of course I am going to be participating! 

The biggest dilemma I'm having is which colour way to choose. Kirsten, together with Scheepjes, have come up with 3 colour options which can be purchased as part of a kit. The colours are Rainbow, Jewel and Pastel. Another Scheepjes Blogger, Simy, added her own colour option too, which has received a lot of love, called the Danish Mermaid. 

The CAL officially starts on Wednesday the 15th of February and will run for 14 weeks. So, while we all wait until then and in the spirit of Hygge I have designed a FREE printable poster to help set the scene and get you in the hygge mood.

As there are 4 colour options for the CAL kits, I thought there should also be 4 matching posters! Choose your favourite, print it out and get cosy.

Download the Rainbow Hygge Poster here.
Download the Jewel Hygge Poster here.
Download the Pastel Hygge Poster here.
Download the Danish Mermaid Hygge Poster here.

Rainbow Hygge Poster.

Jewel, Pastel and Danish Mermaid Posters.


And since Scheepjes has just introduced one more colour option - the "Girls Night In" kit - of course I had to do a matching Hygge poster for it too! So, if you are one of the lucky few who are getting this last limited edition kit and would like a matching poster, then click below to download your free poster:

Download the Girls Night In Poster here.

Enjoy! X

*The top photo is courtesy of Scheepjes*

Enchanted Garden Crochet Square - FREE Pattern!

I had always thought crocheting was too complicated and difficult to do, and that it would be one of those things I admire, but is beyond my abilities to do. Then I saw a crocheted blanket on Pinterest that I absolutely had to know how to do (read about that here). So I followed a YouTube video and discovered that crochet is actually super easy and just makes so much sense to my brain. 

Ever since then I have been fascinated by the way people can combine a few different stitches in a variety of different ways to make the most amazing patterns! And as I gained more experience with different crochet projects my confidence grew and an idea started brewing - I wanted to be one of those people, I wanted to attempt my own crochet design. 

And here is the result - taaahhh-daaahhhh!

I tried a few different designs until I found the one that  really made my heart sing! I'm so thrilled with how it turned out and very excited to share my pattern with you.

I've crocheted the above 2 squares with the really-lovely-to-work-with Nuturing Fibres Eco-Fusion yarn, using a size 3.5mm hook, in the colours Cornflower, Vanilla and Orchid (how pretty do those names sound for an Enchanted Garden square!!!). And the square below was made using Scheepjes Colour Crafter yarn, using a 4mm hook, in the colours Meppel, Dordrecht and Eelde. Both yarns can be purchased from BeInspired.

To download the FREE pattern click on either of the links below, for the pattern in UK or US crochet terms:

Download the pattern in UK terms here
Download the pattern in US terms here

I hope you have fun and enjoy my pattern. Be sure to share anything you make with it using the hashtag #madewithdbc - I'd love to see it!

*Disclaimer - if my pattern resembles anyone else's, it is purely coincidental*

A Treasured Memory

Throughout history there have been pieces of jewellery with stories attached to them - special memories, symbols of status or daring thefts. Jewellery has been around for thousands of years and has often been able to give us an insight into how different ancient cultures worked. It can consist of anything from metal and gemstones to shells or wood.

Like many people, I have a piece of jewellery that is extra special to me and has an interesting story attached to it. So here's the story about the theft (and loss) of some leaves and how I inherited this pretty necklace from my Granny. 

When I was very little (I must have been around 5 or 6) I was in the car with my Granny, driving home from somewhere - probably from school - when my Granny suddenly pulled over and parked the car. On the pavement outside of someones house there was the most beautiful tree covered in bright yellow leaves! My Granny said she thought we should pick some of the leaves and then press them when we got home. I can remember thinking that we might get into trouble for stealing these leaves, because whoever owned this tree must love these gorgeous yellow leaves so much and would be very unhappy if some went missing! 

No one came out of the house yelling, so we made off with our loot of bright yellow leaves and when we got back to my Grandparents' house we stuck them in-between some tissue paper and inside an old telephone book. Unfortunately we didn't think to mark the page where the precious leaves were - or even which phone book they were in - my Granny kept a lot of stuff, so there were a few old phone books! So we sadly lost our leaves, neither of us being able to remember where they were. 

Years and years later when I was visiting my Grandparents my Granny very excitedly said she had come across our leaves! They were well and truly pressed by then and weren't quite as bright yellow anymore, but they were still just as beautiful! We were so happy we had found our treasure again. I don't remember what we ended up doing with the leaves, but I do remember they brought us a lot of joy.

Sadly, both of my Grandparents passed away last year. My Granny left all the women in the family a piece of her precious and more valuable jewellery. I was so grateful to receive a pair of Tanzanite stud earrings and an Amethyst pendant - my Granny knew that my favourite colours to wear are blues and purples. She also had a fair amount of less valuable and more plain silver jewellery which she didn't specify who it should go to. I saw the necklace with the Gingko Biloba pendant and thought I would really like that because of the memory I had of our leaf-stealing-escapade, but I didn't feel comfortable asking for it as I was sure someone else would want it too.

The dealing out of that jewellery was left until a few a months later when my mom and her 3 sisters packed up my Grandparents cottage in Benoni. When my mom came back home to Durban with the treasures she had from her parents, she gave me a little bag and said she had picked some of my Granny's jewellery that she thought I might like to have. Inside the bag was the Ginkgo Biloba necklace!!! I had never told my mom the story about our leaf-pilfering adventure and she had not known how much I wanted the necklace!

I later learned that the tree is called a "Ginkgo Biloba" or "Maiden Hair" Tree and is actually not that common in South Africa as it is native to China. I have never seen another one in South Africa, but on our recent trip overseas earlier this year, we found a few in Italy at the beautiful Isola Madre gardens on Lake Maggiore. They didn't have the bright yellow leaves as they only turn that colour in Autumn and we were there in Spring, but they are still very beautiful.