Colour you own Cell Phone Cover

It's no secret that I love adult colouring! So when I recently saw one of my favourite artists create a range of cell phone covers that could be coloured in, I was over the moon. Sadly upon further investigation I discovered it was near impossible to get these covers in South Africa at the moment. So I wondered if I could create one myself, and turns out...I could!

I went to my local shopping centre and found a reasonably cheap, clear cover that fits my cell phone (I have an iPhone 5S). Then all you need is a photocopied page from your favourite colouring book, a sharp pencil, scissors and of course some pencil crayons.

Place the cell phone cover over your photocopied picture and line it up as desired. Then, using a sharp pencil, trace around the cover and the little hole for the phone's camera. 
*Note: You can turn the cover over so that it is flat against the paper - this will make it easier to trace around, but remember your picture will be flipped then. I did it that way - I placed my page against a window so that I could see the design through the paper and I traced onto the back of the page.

Using a sharp pair of scissors cut along your traced lines. You might need to trim it down slightly to get it to fit into the cover nicely.

Then comes the best part - colour in your new phone cover! 

I did three of them, which means I can easily and quickly change up my cover as and when I feel like a change.

And voilá! It's as easy as that! Have fun!

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Demelza Inspired cushion

A while ago I came across the gorgeous Demelza CAL (Crochet-a-Long) designed by Catherine Bligh. The blanket design was inspired by the character Demelza from the BBC TV series Poldark, which is one of my favourites!

I would love to do the full blanket one day, but I have so many projects on the go at the moment that I thought for now, I would only use a part of the pattern and make a fun cushion cover. I found one of the little corner squares in the design really unusual and attractive. I used the left over yarn I had from my Dance in my Granny's Garden blanket (which you can read about here) and this is what I created with it:

I made 16 of the Small Corner squares. You can find the pattern for the FREE Demelza blanket here (the Small Corner Square I used can be found on page 3 in the file with pictures and on page 10 in the file without pictures).

It's all in a Nutshell Crochet has also created wonderful tutorial videos for this square and you can find this here.

I then joined the squares using the flat zipper or slipstitch join. It's a very quick and easy way to join squares and gives a really great finish. You can see how to do that by watching this video.

For the back of my cushion I did a very simple square using the corner to corner method. There is also a very handy video to explain how to do this really great stitch here. I added in a few rows of colour to create some interest, but you could do just one solid colour if you preferred. I really love the way the back of my cushion turned out and now I can use it both ways around.

To join the two sides and finish off the cushion, I did the same border stitch used in my Dance in my Granny's Garden blanket. You can watch this tutorial for it here.

This was a really great project to do, I really enjoyed it and I just love the finished product. Cushions are an easy and affordable way to brighten up a room and give it a new lease on life. This is a really happy little cushion, which adds a fun punch of colour to any drab corner.

Happy crocheting!

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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'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*